0
Price
From£1,425
Price
From£1,425
Booking Form
Enquiry Form
First Name*
Surname*
Email Address*
Your Enquiry*
* I agree with Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.
Please agree to all the terms and conditions before proceeding to the next step
Accommodation Type
  • Standard Hostel DormsMixed Gender (6-14 Beds)
  • Small Hostel DormsMixed Gender (Max 6 Beds)
  • Female Hostel Dorms(Max 12 Beds)
  • Private Hostel RoomsEnsuite Not Guaranteed
  • 3* HotelsEnsuite
  • 4* HotelsEnsuite

Proceed Booking

Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account

4769


Why Book With Us?

How Do I Book?

  • Book online with only a 10% Deposit
  • Pay the remaining balance 90 days before departure
  • Tell us your travel preferences and we book your bespoke trip
  • Receive your personalised travel pack and head off on the trip of a lifetime!

London to Istanbul

20 nights
Where East Meets West

Get ready for an epic adventure starting in London and heading East all the way to Istanbul! Traveling by train and bus, you’ll visit several major cities along the route before landing in Turkey for an awesome four-night stay.

TRIP DETAILS
DESCRIPTION
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Route: London Amsterdam Berlin Prague Budapest Belgrade Sofia Istanbul

Nights: 20

Countries Visited: 7

Transport: Train. Includes travel from your nearest UK station to London on your day of departure.

Sustainability: This trip only creates 57kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 435kg ♻️

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Your epic Euroventure begins in London, but you can also use your Interrail pass to travel for free from your nearest station to St Pancras on the same day as your departure. From here, you’ll start your journey that will take you through some of Europe’s most iconic and coolest cities on your way to Istanbul.

After boarding the Eurostar, your first stop is the picturesque city of Amsterdam, where you’ll spend three nights exploring its charming canals, world-class museums, and vibrant atmosphere. Coffee shops and crazy nightlife are a big part of Amsterdam’s reputation but if partying isn’t your thing it’s still a perfect destination with interesting history and beautiful architecture.

Next, you’ll venture to Berlin, a city where history and contemporary culture collide. Three nights in this dynamic capital offer a taste of its thriving arts scene and historic landmarks. Explore the remnants of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery, head to the iconic Brandenburg Gate and get a taste of Berlin’s street food, such as currywurst, at Markthalle Neun.

Then, it’s off to Prague, a city straight out of a fairy tale, where you’ll have three nights to discover its Gothic architecture, historic Old Town, and the famous Charles Bridge. Explore Prague Castle, venture off the beaten path to discover Prague’s hidden gems such as the John Lennon Wall, and savor delicious Czech cuisine to make the most of your three nights in this enchanting city.

Next up is Budapest, often called the “Paris of the East.” Here, you’ll spend three nights discovering thermal baths, historic architecture, and vibrant nightlife. No trip to Budapest is complete without a day spent relaxing in one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths, such as Széchenyi or Gellért Baths. In the evening, experience the city’s renowned ‘ruin bars,’ such as Szimpla Kert, for a taste of Budapest’s vibrant nightlife.

After three nights in this amazing city it’s time to head to Belgrade, the vibrant Serbian capital. Its lively streets are adorned with cafes, street art, and a bustling nightlife scene. The mighty Danube and Sava rivers converge here, offering a picturesque setting for a city that thrives on its dynamic atmosphere and warm hospitality.

Continue your voyage to Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, where you’ll see a mix of ancient history and modern life. You’ll find centuries-old churches nestled among chic cafes and modern boutiques. The city is surrounded by the picturesque Vitosha Mountain, providing a stunning backdrop for outdoor enthusiasts too. 

And finally, Istanbul! It’s where the East meets the West, and it’s like no other place on Earth. Straddling two continents, it boasts an iconic skyline with the domes and minarets of its historic mosques and palaces. The bustling bazaars are a feast for the senses, offering a dazzling array of spices, textiles, and delectable street food. The city’s rich heritage, from the Byzantine era to the Ottoman Empire, is on display in its magnificent architecture and museums.

After travelling for 3 weeks and covering over 2,000 miles it’s time for a well-deserved rest as you journey back home. You’ve earned it!

– Train tickets from the first to the last city on the route, as shown in the map.

– Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.

– All possible seat reservations – not just the compulsory ones!

– Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels – tested by us

– Walking or public transport directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.

– Travel Disruption Protection – alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.

– 24hr emergency phone number to use while you’re away.

– Personalised travel pack with your travel times, accommodation information, directions, language guides and things to see and do in each location.

– Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.

 

Trip Details

Route: London Amsterdam Berlin Prague Budapest Belgrade Sofia Istanbul

Nights: 20

Countries Visited: 7

Transport: Train. Includes travel from your nearest UK station to London on your day of departure.

Sustainability: This trip only creates 57kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 435kg ♻️

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Trip Description

Your epic Euroventure begins in London, but you can also use your Interrail pass to travel for free from your nearest station to St Pancras on the same day as your departure. From here, you’ll start your journey that will take you through some of Europe’s most iconic and coolest cities on your way to Istanbul.

After boarding the Eurostar, your first stop is the picturesque city of Amsterdam, where you’ll spend three nights exploring its charming canals, world-class museums, and vibrant atmosphere. Coffee shops and crazy nightlife are a big part of Amsterdam’s reputation but if partying isn’t your thing it’s still a perfect destination with interesting history and beautiful architecture.

Next, you’ll venture to Berlin, a city where history and contemporary culture collide. Three nights in this dynamic capital offer a taste of its thriving arts scene and historic landmarks. Explore the remnants of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery, head to the iconic Brandenburg Gate and get a taste of Berlin’s street food, such as currywurst, at Markthalle Neun.

Then, it’s off to Prague, a city straight out of a fairy tale, where you’ll have three nights to discover its Gothic architecture, historic Old Town, and the famous Charles Bridge. Explore Prague Castle, venture off the beaten path to discover Prague’s hidden gems such as the John Lennon Wall, and savor delicious Czech cuisine to make the most of your three nights in this enchanting city.

Next up is Budapest, often called the “Paris of the East.” Here, you’ll spend three nights discovering thermal baths, historic architecture, and vibrant nightlife. No trip to Budapest is complete without a day spent relaxing in one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths, such as Széchenyi or Gellért Baths. In the evening, experience the city’s renowned ‘ruin bars,’ such as Szimpla Kert, for a taste of Budapest’s vibrant nightlife.

After three nights in this amazing city it’s time to head to Belgrade, the vibrant Serbian capital. Its lively streets are adorned with cafes, street art, and a bustling nightlife scene. The mighty Danube and Sava rivers converge here, offering a picturesque setting for a city that thrives on its dynamic atmosphere and warm hospitality.

Continue your voyage to Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, where you’ll see a mix of ancient history and modern life. You’ll find centuries-old churches nestled among chic cafes and modern boutiques. The city is surrounded by the picturesque Vitosha Mountain, providing a stunning backdrop for outdoor enthusiasts too. 

And finally, Istanbul! It’s where the East meets the West, and it’s like no other place on Earth. Straddling two continents, it boasts an iconic skyline with the domes and minarets of its historic mosques and palaces. The bustling bazaars are a feast for the senses, offering a dazzling array of spices, textiles, and delectable street food. The city’s rich heritage, from the Byzantine era to the Ottoman Empire, is on display in its magnificent architecture and museums.

After travelling for 3 weeks and covering over 2,000 miles it’s time for a well-deserved rest as you journey back home. You’ve earned it!

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.
  • 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.
Itinerary

London

London is home to the UK’s biggest and best known museums, sights and attractions – why not add a few nights here if you want to make the most of what the city has to offer?

Highlights

    Check out the country’s top museums, all of which are free!

    Explore the alternative markets at Portobello road and Camden

    Try all the international foodie delights in Brixton Village or Brick Lane

    Train to Amsterdam – 4 hours direct or 5.5 hours with a change in Brussels

Amsterdam (3 Nights)

Amsterdam, the charismatic capital of the Netherlands, awaits your arrival. Beyond its famed recreational activities, this city boasts a rich tapestry of captivating museums, elegant townhouses, and picturesque canals. Discover what makes Amsterdam the vibrant heartbeat of the Netherlands.

Highlights

    Visit the renowned Van Gogh Museum.

    Explore Europe’s largest historic centre by pedalling through the city’s charming streets.

    Take a tour of the red light district

    Train to Berlin – 7 hours

Berlin (3 Nights)

Welcome to Berlin, the epitome of Europe’s alternative and edgy side. Immerse yourself in the city’s unique character, from its fashion-forward inhabitants to its liberal attitudes. Berlin’s streets are a canvas of graffiti, and it’s a haven for skaters, BMXers, art enthusiasts, and foodies alike. Dive into the history of World War II that’s etched into every corner of this remarkable city.

Highlights

    See a section of the old Berlin Wall

    Climb the dome of the renovated Reichstag

    Go Discover the nightlife of Schoneberg and Kreuzberg

    Train to Prague – 5 hours

Prague (3 Nights)

Prague, often described as stunning, will enchant you at every turn. Wander through its charming side streets and picturesque squares adorned with unique and colourful architectural gems. The Czech Republic, known for its Pilsner beer, offers a plethora of establishments to sample this liquid gold.

Highlights

    Cross the enchanting Charles Bridge

    Marvel at the curvy design of the Dancing Building

    Try all the Czech Pilsner beers in the Old Town pub

    Train to Budapest – 7 hours

Budapest (3 Nights)

Proudly guarding the Danube, the once twin cities of Buda and Pest show off every architectural style from Baroque to Art Nouveau. With its rickety trams and turn-of-the-century feel you’ll be charmed by its past while you cure your hangover at the multitude of hot baths.

Highlights

    Relax in the 15th Century thermal spas

    Take panoramic photos from the scenic Buda castle

    Go to Sziget rock and indie festival in August

    Bus to Belgrade – 6 hours

Belgrade (2 Nights)

The Serbian capital, Belgrade, promises a memorable experience with its all-night party scene and friendly atmosphere. Delve into history at the world’s largest Orthodox church or explore the bohemian town center, filled with artistic cafes and trendy foodie spots.

Highlights

    Explore the 18th-century Belgrade Fortress

    Wander the charming cobbled streets of Skadarlija

     Experience the unique atmosphere of floating on the Danube’s splavovi party boats

 

    Bus to Sofia – 8 hours

Sofia (2 Nights)

Sofia is a truly ancient capital, with roots stretching all the way back to Greek times. This Bulgarian city has been on a journey through history and geography – explore medieval churches, find some bargains at the Turkish Markets or indulge yourself in Greek Baklava at one of the many stalls.

Highlights

Take a city tour to learn about Sofia’s complex history

Visit the impressive Aleksandar Nevski Cathedral

Hike up to Boyana Waterfalls for a green escape

    Bus to Istanbul – 9 hours

Istanbul (4 Nights)

 

Istanbul, the city that straddles two continents, is a sensory feast for travelers. The skyline, adorned with domes and minarets, tells tales of centuries past. In its bustling bazaars, vibrant colors and fragrant spices awaken your senses, while lively street vendors offer an array of mouthwatering street food.

Highlights

Explore the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia

Stroll through the vibrant bazaars of the Grand Bazaar

Marvel at the intricate beauty of the Blue Mosque

Cruise the Bosphorus for panoramic views of the city

 

How to get there 

You can use your Interrail pass to travel for FREE to London on the same day as your departure from the UK, and then your transport from London to Istanbul is already included.

The quickest way back from Istanbul is to purchase a flight

Looking to make your trip a loop back to the UK and go away for longer? Just ask us about customising your trip!