Spend 6 amazing weeks crossing 13 of our favourite sun-drenched cities on our longest ever Mediterranean interrailing route! This route is 43 days long, involving 40 nights in your accommodation, one spent on a night train and one spent on a night ferry. Journeys vary in length from a few hours to a full day or night’s travel.
- La Spezia
This trip only creates 286 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 1558.6 ♻️
If you’re a sun worshipper & culture vulture with a passion for the Mediterranean lifestyle, this is the ideal getaway! Got a study or career break coming up? Our 6 week option gives you all the time in the world to travel Europe by train; see the best of Greece, Italy, Southern France, Spain, and Portugal all in one go. With at least 2 nights in each destination, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in each city, with time spare for a few day trips. Book these trips as they are, or get in touch with us to tweak your route!
La dolce vita or la vida loca?
Span sun-drenched Southern Europe with a route that ties five hot nations together – Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Taking this route around the Mediterranean, you’ll travel all the way from Crete to Lisbon – not bad for 6 weeks’ work! No matter how long you travel for, 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; 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! Not to mention the oodles of Ancient mythology and Greek culture waiting to be unearthed…
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. No problem though – it’ll just encourage you to come back! Be sure to follow the locals to an authentic taverna to sink a silky wine or refreshing beer, all soaked up with a delicious mezze platter.
Next, hop over to Italy. Sorrento is your first stop for rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and ethereal coves 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 have plenty of time to enjoy the luxe life on the Amalfi coast – not forgetting a day trip to Pompeii or Mount Vesuvius, too!
They say you haven’t visited Italy without going to Sicily… so next up is the beautiful 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.
Next up, you’ll spend a couple of days in the picturesque port town of La Spezia. Not only is this a stunning 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.
Then you’ll make your way to the glittering French Riviera. You’ll stay in Nice where a twilight stroll along the Promenade Des Anglais is a must! Rub shoulders with celebrities whilst dining al fresco and breathing in the sea air. If you have time for a day trip, stop off in Monaco! If you’re feeling lucky, flash your cash alongside the filthy rich at the famous Monte Carlo casino. Maybe don’t go too crazy though since you’ve still got half your trip to go…
A short train ride away, Montpellier will be next on your agenda! We reckon that this could be the French Riviera’s most fascinating city, with lively and friendly locals and a cultural melting pot of French influence – you’ll find a feel for Spain and a taste of North Africa.
Soon after, you’ll arrive in Barcelona and discover Gaudi’s cakebread architectural style permeating the city. The Sagrada Familia is a majestic sight to behold – tick it off the bucket list before spending the day in the boutiques and bars of Bario Gotico. Once you’ve reached culture overload, Barca will take care of your night on the town with plenty of clubs to see you through until the morning.
Next, head South. Lounge around on Valencia’s long city beach, sampling spicy and rich paella on the promenade in the city of its origin. Wash it all down with cold beers in the old quarter, or drink in the city’s many museums.
Then, you’ll find yourself in Seville, watching authentic flamenco dancing, and taking in its majestically beautiful architecture. The Alcazar and the Plaza de España are our sights of choice, so don’t miss out on filling up your Insta feed!
Next up, take the train to ‘the most Spanish of Spain’s cities’ – Madrid. Wander around the majestic Palacio Real or take a picnic out on the boating lake at El Retiro Park. If tapas are also your bag, why not take a foodie tour around the city to discover its specialty dishes? Laidback days here are almost as good as discovering the city’s nightlife, so head out to soak up the live music scene in this buzzing cosmopolitan city.
Lastly, you’ll hop on a comfortable over night train, heading over the border to Portugal’s colourful capital, Lisbon. With its trendy yet old-worldly vibe, it won’t be long before you relax into the city’s slower pace, catching waves with the laid-back locals in this surfers’ haven. Don’t sit back just yet, though! There are imposing castles, towers and monasteries to make your way around. When night falls, check out its quirky bars and clubs to get a real feel for what this city is all about!
- 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.
- Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
The 6 week Mediterranean trip allows you to travel Europe by train at a more relaxed pace, taking in 13 cities in 43 days. Many of your journeys will have some flexibility, and you’ll travel during the day except for one night ferry and one night train. 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum
- See the world-famous Colosseum
- Try real Italian coffee, ice-cream and pizza
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
- 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!
Nice (2 Nights)
Nice is effortlessly charming, with French Riviera sophistication and some of the best food and wine in Europe. Check out the quirky art museums, laze on the star-studded beaches, or take a trip to Monaco or Cannes from here!Nice Guides
- Explore the old-world town of Nice
- See the sunset from the Promenade des Anglais
- Take a sightseeing cruise of the Cote d’Azur
Montpellier (2 Nights)
Popular with students and shopaholics alike, highly cosmopolitan Montpellier is a massively underrated city. Full to the brim with cultural wonders, have a browse of its modern galleries and boutiques, wander around the gorgeous botanical garden and get a flavour of the great nightlife!Montpellier Guides
- Admire the ornate architecture of the Antigone district
- Shop until you drop!
- Get to know the rich foodie and bar scene
Barcelona (4 Nights)
It may not be the capital city, but Barcelona sure is one of Spain’s main cultural hubs and is definitely not one to miss! Home to amazing art, surreal architecture and vibrant Catalan culture, you won’t be disappointed to know that the nightlife scene and food are just as incredible.Barcelona Guides
- See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter
- Spot Gaudi’s distinctive architecture in Parc Guell
- Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas
Valencia (2 Nights)
Paella comes from the rice fields around Valencia and this is the place to taste the genuine article, sitting by the beach or in the old quarter of El Carmen. A belt of greenery runs uninterrupted along the old riverbed, graced with Sim-City-style futuristic wonders.Valencia Guides
- Marvel at the modern architecture in the river
- Taste real paella by the city’s long beach
- Have a drink in one of the cosy old town bars
Seville (3 Nights)
Seville is so unmistakably Spanish, with fierce heat in the middle of the day that rubs off onto its fiery character, its Flamenco dances, its lively conversation. The café and tapas culture here is as good as it gets and the backdrop of the old town exhudes charm and elegance.Seville Guides
- Visit the sumptuous Alcazar Palace
- Experience the characterful Flamenco dances
- Have a drink on the terraces of an old town café
Madrid (2 Nights)
Madrid is certainly a hotspot in Spain right now and it’s easy to understand why. It offers a real insight into Spanish life with its attractive tourist spots buzzing both day and night, brimming with shops, delicious tapas bars and clubs to explore and enjoy.Madrid Guides
- Go to the world famous Museo del Prado
- Stroll through the 17th Century Rastro Flea Market
- Watch a Real Madrid match at the Bernabeu stadium
Lisbon (2 Nights)
Lisbon doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not; it’s picturesque and modest whilst maintaining an enthralling urban landscape imbued with exhilarating sights, sounds and smells. Head to Lisbon for history, for hilly heights, for hedonism and a whole lot more.Lisbon Guides
- Learn about Portugal’s colonial past
- Climb up steep cobbled streets to the castle
- Dance to live rock and electro at the Music Box club
How to get there
No stress! You can arrange a flight to Chania International Airport and a flight home from Lisbon Portela 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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