Route: Crete Athens Sorrento Catania Rome
Duration: 21 nights
Transport: Take off on an amazing 3 week trip exploring 5 of Southern Europe’s biggest cities with our Greece & Italy interrailing route! This particular route is 22 days long, involving 19 nights in your accommodation and two spent on night ferries.
Sustainability:This trip only creates 178 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 651.
Reviews: All independent reviews
Fancy getting to see a mix of big cities and hidden gems all scattered across Europe’s beautiful South? Escape grey skies and see our pick of the top destinations of the region with our Greece and Italy interrailing route! With 3 or 4 nights in each destination you’ll get a great idea of what each city is about, whilst having time to spare for a few day trips away.
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Make your way around sun-drenched Southern Europe with a route that ties two hot nations together – Greece and Italy! Taking this route, you’ll travel all the way from Crete to Rome. The only difficulty will be in deciding whether to explore the city or sun yourself on the beach first!
Start your trip off in beach-beautiful Crete, Greece’s largest island! With everything it has to offer, you might never want to leave; with white sandy beaches to lounge on, the White Mountains to hike and eerie caves to explore, you’ll have more than enough to fill your 3 nights here! This is even without mentioning the oodles of mythology and rich history that there is to delve into…
Working your way across Greece, you’ll reach the capital city of Athens. This stunning city is so full to the brim with historical and archaeological sites, that you probably won’t see everything during your stay, but it’ll show you just how much another trip would be worth it! Be sure to follow the locals to an authentic taverna to sink a silky wine or refreshing beer, all soaked up with a mezze platter.
Carry on to Sorrento for rugged coastlines peppered with sandy beaches and the occasional ethereal cove to explore. Here, you’ll find plenty of Insta-worthy views, tasty traditional dishes, and mind-blowingly good limoncello to sip on… and that’s without even mentioning the lively nightlife! With 4 nights here, you’ll easily have time to take a quick trip to Pompeii or Mount Vesuvius, too!
Next up – the beautiful ancient Sicilian port city of Catania, nestled at the foot of the imposing Mount Etna. Explore its stunning religious sites and fascinating museums for a welcome escape from the sun, or, if you can handle the heat, round off your days here lounging on beautiful golden beaches and sampling the delicious seafood specialties on offer by the coast.
End your trip in Rome, the Eternal City, and marvel at the ancient monuments which still stand majestic amongst the centuries-old streets, fancifully furnished with sophisticated cafes and piazzas. Enjoy authentic Italian espresso and tuck into some well-deserved cicchetti before sampling what the city’s nightlife has to offer.
Feel free to choose this trip as it is, or get in touch with us to tweak your route!
With a wealth of natural beauty, Crete is so varied in things to see and do that you’ll never be stuck for ideas! Beaches, mountains, forests and ruins define its landmarks, whilst the locals’ laid-back lifestyle reflect its relaxed atmosphere.
Explore the creepily beautiful Psychro Cave, the supposed birthplace of Zeus
Hike the dramatic White Mountains and their protected forest
Hit up Elafonisi beach for pink sands and awesome surf!
Night Ferry to Athens – 10 hours
Both historic and modern, edgy and traditional, Athens is famous as the capital of the Ancient world. Here you’ll find iconic structures like the Parthenon, the Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon, but also a wealth of great coffee houses, delicious restaurants and buzzing bar scene. This is a truly young city, with a big student population – and the vibrant atmosphere that comes with it.
Head to the top of Fillopapou hill, overlooking the Acropolis for the best photo opportunities
Explore famous Greek sites – the Parthenon, the Theatre of Dionysos and the Temple of Poseidon among many others
Drink Greek wine and cocktails al-fresco at one of Athen’s many bars and enjoy the vibrant nightlife
Overnight Travel to Sorrento – 26 hours
(Bus to Patras, Night Ferry to Bari, Train to Naples & Ferry to Sorrento)
Famous for its golden sandy beaches and mouthwateringly good limoncello, Sorrento is the perfect place to unwind and get a taste of that dolce vita. With a couple of nights here, be sure to take a tour of the beautiful cloisters and cathedrals before popping to a liqueur tasting to cool off!
Go beach-hopping around the beautifully rugged coastline
Get a taste of the city’s famously good limoncello
Take a load off by getting lost in the city’s cloisters and gardens
Ferry to Naples & Train to Catania – 9 hours
This ancient and quaint port city perched on the eastern coast of Sicily lies beneath the imposing and breath-taking Mount Etna. With old-world architecture and charm, incredible locally sourced seafood, and breezy open-air bars by the sea, what more could you ask for?
Visit and even hike up Mount Etna if you’re brave!
Head to Castello Ursino to get your fill of the city’s history
Take a tour around one of the many art galleries dotted around the city
Train to Rome – 10 hours
Home to endless culture, stunning architecture and buzzing nightlife, Rome is one of the classic quintessentially European hubs to tick off your travel checklist. Take in the unreal food, fascinating culture and laidback lifestyle!
Marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum
See the world-famous Colosseum
Try real Italian coffee, gelato and pizza
You only need to arrange a flight to Chania International Airport and a flight home from Rome whilst we take care of the transport in between your cities!
Alternatively, if you’d like to start or end your trip elsewhere just request a custom quote and we’ll work out the perfect route for you!