Greece, Italy & Croatia: 4 Weeks

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Trip Details

Route: Crete Athens Sorrento Catania Rome Split Hvar Dubrovnik

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 25 nights in your accommodation and 3 spent on night ferries.

Sustainability: This trip only creates 254 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 855.

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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. 

Can’t get a month off? Check out our shorter route options:

Greece & Italy – 2 Weeks          Greece & Italy – 3 Weeks

Trip Description
Escape to the sizzling South!

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
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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 ideas! Beaches, mountains, forests and ruins define its landmarks, whilst the locals’ laid-back lifestyle reflect its relaxed atmosphere.

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!

    Night Ferry to Athens – 10 hours

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.

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

    Overnight Travel to Sorrento – 26 hours
(Bus to Patras, Night Ferry to Bari, Train to Naples & Ferry to Sorrento)

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!

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

    Ferry to Naples & Train to Catania – 9 hours

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

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 one of the many art galleries dotted around the city

    Train to Rome – 10 hours

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 and laidback lifestyle!

Highlights

Marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum

See the world-famous Colosseum

Try real Italian coffee, ice-cream and pizza

   Train to Ancona & Night Ferry to Split – 16 hours

Split (3 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.

Highlights

See the amazing ruin of Diocletian’s Palace

Admire the city as you approach it from the sea

Stroll along the glittering waterfront

    Ferry to Hvar – 1 hour

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.

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

   Ferry to Split & Bus to Dubrovnik – 6 hours

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.

Highlights

Wander around the UNESCO World Heritage Medieval City

Find the Game of Thrones locations in the Old Walled Town

Sip cocktails at the Hard Jazz Café

 

How to get there

You only need to arrange a flight to Chania International Airport and a flight home from Dubrovnik whilst we take care of the transport in between your cities!

If you’d prefer to fly home from Split rather than Dubrovnik then you can include the return bus journey at check-out, just make sure you book a flight in the afternoon/evening as the bus takes around 5 hours!