Italian Escape: 3 Weeks

Duration
21 Nights
Transport

Take off on an amazing 3 week trip exploring 6 of Italy’s biggest cities with our Italian Escape interrailing route! This particular route is 22 days long, involving 19 nights in your accommodation, and two spent on night trains. Journeys vary in length from a few hours to a full day or night’s travel.

Route
  • London
  • Paris
  • Milan
  • La Spezia
  • Rome
  • Sorrento
  • Florence
  • Venice
  • Paris
  • London
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Trip Style

Fancy getting to see Italy’s biggest cities with a few lesser-visited destinations thrown in for good measure? With the Italian Escape, we’ll take you all the way there from the UK and back by rail so you won’t have to worry about arranging any flights! From Milan to Rome, and Florence to Venice, you’ll see the best of what Italy has to offer with our Italian Escape 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, or get in touch with us to tweak your route!

Trip Description

Viva Italia!

If you’re travelling from the UK, make things easier on yourself and start your trip from your local coach or train station before heading to London on an Italian train adventure. With a little pit-stop in Paris, you’ll get to wake up to phenomenal views of The City of Lights! Stroll around Parisian Montmartre with its Bohemian artist community and pretty red-canopied cafes. Go classic with the iconic sights of the Louvre, Notre Dame and, of course, the Eiffel Tower! If you’ve seen it all before, head to the Pompidou Centre for your modern art fix, or sip on cocktails around Quai de Jemmapes. We promise that your bank account won’t suffer too much!

Next, you’ll hop onto a sleeper train to the fashion capital of Milan! Marvel at the stunning Duomo and shop until you drop in the city of design. Don’t forget to head to a little al fresco bar to soak up the views with a spritz, before travelling to the stunning city of La Spezia.

On to your next destination, you’ll spend a couple of days in the picturesque port town of La Spezia. Not only is this a quaint town in its own right, but it’s also the perfect hub to take a day trip to Cinque Terre! If you do decide to head there, be sure to take advantage of the chance to take in the bright and colourful higgledy-piggledy houses climbing the craggy seaside cliffs of each town.

Next on the agenda is a trip to magnificent Rome! Soak up the Italian dolce vita in the cosmopolitan capital and one of the world’s most photogenic cities. The Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and Castel Sant’Angelo, are all dead-cert must-sees, of course! When night falls, the city really comes alive… Head to any of the city’s many unique clubs and jazz bars, and you’ll be guaranteed a great night!

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 3 nights here, you’ll easily have time to take a quick trip to Pompeii or Mount Vesuvius, too!

After a couple of days in Sorrento, Florence is your next stop. You’ll explore the awe-inspiring sights awaiting you in the birthplace of Italian Renaissance first-hand in no time at all! Although Florence is a real haven for artistic inspiration, it’s also just a short distance from Tuscany’s plentiful vineyards. It’d be rude not to take full advantage of a full afternoon of wine-tasting in the Mediterranean sun!

Next up, you’ll head across the lagoon of Venice in style. Take a vaporetto down the Grand Canal, or splash out on a gondola through the city’s iconic labyrinth of medieval streets.  Don’t let the party stop there, though – next up is a night train to Paris with another night to enjoy the French capital.

Finally, you’ll get to rest your weary bones on the Eurostar back to London; just say if you need us to arrange travel from London to your hometown – we’ll do what we can!

 

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 your itinerary, tickets and documents on the Euroventure App.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

The Route

Itinerary

This 3 week Italian Escape route takes you around the wonders of Italy at a chilled pace, taking in 7 European cities in 22 days. Most of your journeys will have some flexibility, and you’ll travel during the day except for two night trains. 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.

London

London may be huge, but Central London can be walked all over, from the quirky pop-up stalls of the south bank to the glitz of the West End and out to Hyde Park. The buzzing cosmopolitan nature of the city probably makes it the most culturally diverse in the world.

London Guides
Highlights

  • See some world-famous landmarks
  • Watch a show at one of many West End Theatres
  • Experience the quirky nightlife of Soho

Paris (1 Night)

Paris is a byword for romance, a synonym for style and the epitome of elegance. The pride of France and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris needs little introduction, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pont Neuf, bedazzling visitors and oozing charisma at every turn.

Paris Guides
Highlights

  • See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum
  • Watch a cabaret act the famous Moulin Rouge
  • Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais

Milan (2 Nights)

Milan is cosmopolitan and fast-paced, a beacon of Western fashion with an addiction to culture as much as clothes. The world-acclaimed La Scala Opera House sits here, as does Leonardo da Vinci’s famous The Last Supper on the wall of Santa Maria Delle Grazie Basilica.

Milan Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the vast 14th century cathedral
  • Get (window) shopping at Europe’s fashion capital
  • See a performance at the famous La Scala Opera

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La Spezia (2 Nights)

This little port city focuses most of its culture around the sea, with plenty of interesting museums by the sea, specialty seafood restaurants serving up fresh dishes, and of course, quaint neighbouring seaside villages to explore. A short train ride away from Cinque Terre, it’s also the perfect place to visit it for a day trip!

La Spezia Guides
Highlights

  • Explore the colourful cliffside towns of Cinque Terre with ease from here
  • Take in the city’s imposing Castello di San Giorgio
  • Lounge by the sea in any of the laidback open-air bars!

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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

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Sorrento (3 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

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Florence (3 Nights)

If you are touring the big cities of Europe and want to escape to the countryside, then the capital of Tuscany is one of the easiest places to do it from. Not that you’d want to of course once you are seduced by the birthplace of Renaissance art and architecture.

Florence Guides
Highlights

  • See Michelangelo’s statue of David
  • Explore countless Renaissance chapels and churches
  • Eat any number of fun flavours of exquisite ice-cream

Venice (3 Nights)

Venice is nothing short of unique, built on mudbanks of the lagoon, having foregone the convenience of cars for the charisma of canals. Getting lost in Venice is part of the fun, and if you’re on foot you’ll only find small backstreets or large piazzas, and not a single street in sight.

Venice Guides
Highlights

  • Cross the iconic St Mark’s Square
  • Get lost in the alleyways and canals of the city
  • Ride a vaporetto down the Grand Canal

Paris (1 Night)

Paris is a byword for romance, a synonym for style and the epitome of elegance. The pride of France and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris needs little introduction, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pont Neuf, bedazzling visitors and oozing charisma at every turn.

Paris Guides
Highlights

  • See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum
  • Watch a cabaret act the famous Moulin Rouge
  • Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais

London

London may be huge, but Central London can be walked all over, from the quirky pop-up stalls of the south bank to the glitz of the West End and out to Hyde Park. The buzzing cosmopolitan nature of the city probably makes it the most culturally diverse in the world.

London Guides
Highlights

  • See some world-famous landmarks
  • Watch a show at one of many West End Theatres
  • Experience the quirky nightlife of Soho

How to get there

No worries, all you need to do is make your way to and from London and we’ll take care of the rest! If you reside in the UK, we can also arrange transport between your nearest big city and London, so just let us know if you’d like us to. 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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2 weeks ago

The team at Euroventure was outstanding! Not only were they knowledgeable and helpful, but they were always quick to respond, very accommodating, and made every part of our trip personal and meaningful. Highly recommend Euroventure and would definitely work with them again.

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3 weeks ago

I have just returned from my 1 week interrailing trip! Me and my boyfriend went on the “Iron curtain” package and it was amazing. Euroventure organised everything and made it so easy. I would highly recommend anyone that wants to see more of Europe to go with this company.

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3 weeks ago

My sisters and I had the best trip, we did a variation to the 4 week eastern traveller route and Euroventure were so helpful in making the trip suit our needs. Each hostel was great and in a good location. The info pack was such a great help and an amazing keepsake. The fact all of our travel was booked and set out meant we could spend all our efforts on experiencing everything! We truly had the best time and would 100% recommend to anyone. We’re already looking for our next trip! Thanks again for all your help - Alice, Kailey and Harriet :)

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The trip was amazing. The organisation and selection of hostels and type of travel was exceptional allowing for an outstanding memory

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OB14844 Absolutely amazing trip. Took alm the hassle out of booking trains myself. The travel pack is really good too.

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Questions & Answers

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Question:
What do I get when I book a package?
Answer:
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.
Question:
Do you schedule in night travel?
Answer:
Sometimes, yes. Some packages have one or two night trains in order to cover big distances such as Prague to Krakow. In this case, the extra charge for the night train will be covered by us as you won’t be requiring a hostel. Details will be provided when you submit a quote request for a route. If you choose a Loop package these are designed to cover as much distance as possible in the shortest space of time, so on those you might find that most journeys if not all involve night trains or night coaches.
Question:
What are the night trains like?
Answer:
The night trains are a great way to save time by travelling overnight in a comfortable environment. As far as availability allows, we try to get our customers into individual bunk beds in mixed lockable compartments of 6 people, with bedding included. If you want to travel in single-sex compartments or with fewer people this can be arranged as well at an extra cost. There are toilets located at one or both ends of the carriage and there is a guard that will supervise the corridor, check your tickets and let you know when you’re arriving. Sometimes the guards will take your passport and ticket off you when you get on – don’t panic – this is a safety precaution and they’ll always get them back to you in the morning.
Question:
Can I stay in a hostel if I am travelling with children?
Answer:
Although many hostels will take under 18s, generally our hostels do not accept young children, even in private rooms. Hostels are great fun but may not be an appropriate environment for young children, since many will have bars and nightclubs on site and their facilities may not be child friendly. It goes without saying that for safety reasons, children cannot stay in dorm rooms with other adults, even when accompanied by their parents. If you would like to travel with Children, you can do so but you will need to stay in hotel rooms. For more info, check out our Travelling with under 18s section.
Question:
What are the hotels like?
Answer:
If you choose to stay in hotels, you'll have two options to suit your budget and comfort level. You can choose to stay in 2-3* accommodation which will include hotel chains such as Ibis Styles and Mercure. We might also book carefully selected independent hotels of the same star rating where that’s the best option. If you prefer a little bit more luxury, you can select our 4*+ option. In this case, we'll use hotel chain such as Sofitel, Novotel and MGallery, as well as selected independent hotels. Just like with hostels, all the hotels we choose are centrally located and well connected by public transport, so you’ll never end up far from the action. Our hotel prices are all room-only as standard. If you would like to add breakfast to your booking, you can do this during the booking process. Many of our hotels are also able to assist you with planning day time activities and local information - just ask at reception!
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Do I travel as a group or with somebody from Euroventure?
Answer:
With our independent Interrai packages, 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 with you. 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. If you'd prefer to travel with a group, we also run group tours in Europe and Asia. For these trips, you'll travel with a group of likeminded backpackers and at least one guide from Euroventure. With these tours, we'll travel in a group and stay together in hostels, however in each location you will have some free time to explore independently.
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