Greece, Italy & Croatia: 4 Weeks

Duration
28 Nights
Transport

Take off on an amazing 4 week trip exploring 8 of Southern Europe’s biggest cities with our Greece, Italy & Croatia interrailing route! This route is 29 days long, involving 26 nights in your accommodation, two nights spent on night ferries. Journeys vary in length from a few hours to a full day or night’s travel.

Route
  • Crete
  • Athens
  • Sorrento
  • Catania
  • Rome
  • Split
  • Hvar
  • Dubrovnik
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Trip Style

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, Italy and Croatia interrailing route! With at least 2 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.  Feel free to choose this trip as it is, go for one of our shorter trips if you don’t mind missing out on Croatia, or get in touch with us to tweak your route!

Trip Description

Escape to the sizzling Southern Coast!

Make your way around sun-drenched Southern Europe with a route that ties three hot nations together – Greece, Italy, and Croatia! Taking this route, you’ll travel all the way from Crete through Italy and round to Dubrovnik. 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…

Picking 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 groaning 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, is 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 heat, or, if you can handle the heat, round off your days here  lounging on its beautiful golden beaches and sampling the delicious seafood specialties on offer by the coast.

Then head to 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, before tucking into some well-deserved cicchetti, and sampling what the city’s nightlife has to offer.

Up next are the wonders of Croatia, where you’ll start off with a well-earned snooze on the beach in Split. Watch the old Croatian sailing boats milling in and out of the harbour and grab a few cool cocktails by the beach before you board your ferry to the port town of Hvar. This walled island will enchant with its Renaissance period cathedral, aromatic lavender fields and access to nearby unspoiled islands with mystical coves to explore.

After a ferry back to Split, you’ll round your trip off by keeping your feet firmly on land with a scenic coach journey down the coast. You’ll wind up in the Unesco World Heritage medieval walled city of Dubrovnik. Stroll through the pedestrian stone streets around the magnificent Baroque buildings and gaze out across the calm blue waters of the Adriatic Sea to reflect on the last four weeks!

What's included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

The Route

Itinerary

This 4 week Greece, Italy and Croatia route allows a more relaxed pace, taking in 8 cities in 29 days. Most of your journeys will have some flexibility, and you’ll travel during the day except for two night ferries. You’ll have a mix of shorter and longer trains, but don’t worry – we’ll always book times that allow you to make the most of each city.

Crete (3 Nights)

With a wealth of natural beauty, Crete is so varied in things to see and do that you’ll never be stuck for what to do! Beaches, mountains, forests and ruins define its landmarks, whilst the locals’ laidback lifestyle reflect its relaxed atmosphere.

Crete Guides
Highlights

  • 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!

Athens (4 Nights)

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.

Athens Guides
Highlights

  • 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

Sorrento (4 Nights)

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!

Sorrento Guides
Highlights

  • 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

Catania (3 Nights)

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 architechture and charm, incredible locally sourced seafood, and breezy open-air bars by the sea, what more could you ask for?

Catania Guides
Highlights

  • 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 any of the many art galleries dotted around the city

Rome (4 Nights)

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, laidback lifestyle and experience it all!

Rome Guides
Highlights

  • Marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum
  • See the world-famous Colosseum
  • Try real Italian coffee, ice-cream and pizza

Split (2 Nights)

Even though Split is a port for many Croatian islands, sitting elegantly between the Adriatic and the mountains, the country’s second city has two Unesco World Heritage sites within its walls, a marble waterfront walkway and a buzzing atmosphere around its bars and pubs.

Split Guides
Highlights

  • See the amazing ruin of Diocletian’s Palace
  • Admire the city as you approach it from the sea
  • Stroll along the glittering waterfront

Hvar (2 Nights)

Playground for the rich and famous, in recent years Hvar has hosted the likes of Beyoncé, Eva Longoria and even Prince Harry, who infamously tumbled into a pool at Veranda nightclub. This is the place to sip ostentatious cocktails, rent a motor boat and glide around the tiny islands.

Hvar Guides
Highlights

  • Climb up to the 16th Century Citadel
  • Do a PADI dive course in the crystal Adriatic waters
  • Day or night you can party at Carpe Diem beach

Dubrovnik (2 Nights)

Dubrovnik is an absolute pearl with its wonderful marble streets and Baroque buildings, totally recovered after being bombed in 1991. You won’t be anything but awe-struck at its beauty, a medieval city perched against the Adriatic and positively beaming with charm.

Dubrovnik Guides
Highlights

  • Unesco World Heritage Medieval City
  • Wander the streets of the Old Walled Town
  • Sip cocktails at the Hard Jazz Café

How to get there

No stress! You can arrange a flight to Chania International Airport and a flight home from Dubrovnik Airport, whilst we take care of the transport in between your cities! Alternatively, if you’d like to start or end your trip elsewhere, just let us know and we’ll work a doable route out for you.

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What do I get when I book a package?
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You get all train travel and accommodation included in the price. That is, all train travel between the first city and last city on the trip and accommodation in the best hostels in each city, or in  hotels if you choose this option. For loop trips you also get return train and Eurostar travel from anywhere in the UK to the continent and back, but flights are not included in any of our packages because we do not have airline partnerships. You get breakfast in some hostels too, and can add this as an extra in hotels. You'll also get a detailed itinerary telling you exactly what trains to get and directions to the hostels. So all that's left for you to purchase is flights (if required), travel insurance and spending money.
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Do I travel as a group or with somebody from Euroventure?
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You’ll travel on your own or in your own group of friends. We don’t add other customers to your trip and you won’t have a guide cramping your style. That’s not to say you won’t meet people – travelling in hostels you’re bound to meet loads of cool people, but by travelling with us you’re free to do that at your own pace. Euroventure trips are all about independence – you just follow the itinerary and do your own thing, knowing that we’re only a phone call away if you run into difficulty.
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What are the hostels like?
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For a detailed article about what travelling in hostels is like go to our hostels guide It’s every traveler’s worst nightmare to arrive in a foreign city with nowhere to stay – that’s why we book and all your accommodation in every city in advance. Booking with us means no nasty surprises – you won’t have to worry about hostels being full or even just being a bit dodgy! All our handpicked hostels are centrally located and within easy reach of public transport.  We only use the best, most modern and sociable hostels along the way which we have personally visited to make sure they’re suitable. Most travelers stay in dorms with other backpackers, unless you’ve specified that you want private rooms, with all the facilities you would expect from a top hostel. Most will have free wifi and lockers. Breakfast is often free and you can also get involved in various activities put on by the hostels, such as pub crawls and city tours. Once you’ve booked your package, we will send you your travel pack, which includes all the information on the specific hostels and how to get to each one.
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Can I go on a Euroventure if I am under 18?
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Yes, generally you can go on a Euroventure if you or some of your group is under 18, however you must inform us before you book if this is the case. Our partner hostels and hotels have different rulings regarding under 18s, for example some do not allow minors to share dorms with strangers (meaning you’d need to go in a private room with your group, and pay the extra cost), and some don’t allow minors at all, meaning we have to use an alternative hostel. Others are fine to have under 18s as long as they carry a note of permission from a legal guardian. If you’re in any doubt, just ask us for a quote and we’ll let you know if it’s fine for you to travel with us 🙂
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Are transfers to Europe included?
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Our packages do not include flights to the start and from the end of the trip. We have plenty of trips however that do include Eurostar trains from London, and with most of these you are able to start from any mainland UK train station at no extra cost, as well as return there at the end of your trip. We just need to take into account the amount of time it takes you to travel from your UK home station to London to catch the Eurostar to Paris or Brussels, and your onward connections if necessary.
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Once we receive your final payment we will get to work on purchasing your train tickets which don’t become available as early as the accommodation. In some cases, we can’t get hold of tickets until four weeks in advance, so we normally say you should expect your travel pack around 2-4 weeks before you depart.
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