The Pan-European: 8 Weeks

Duration
56 Nights
Transport

The Pan European is our longest loop trip, covering 22 of Europe’s most incredible cities. This route is 57 days long, involving 53 nights in your accommodation and 3 spent on night trains. Journeys vary in length from a few hours to a full day or night’s travel. Start and finish at your nearest UK station. Prefer to fly out and back rather than taking the Eurostar? No problem, just request a price and reply to the email to let us know – we’ll adjust the price for you. 

Route
  • London
  • Brussels
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Krakow
  • Prague
  • Munich
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Belgrade
  • Zagreb
  • Ljubljana
  • Venice
  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Milan
  • Nice
  • Barcelona
  • Madrid
  • Lisbon
  • San Sebastian
  • Paris
  • London
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Trip Style

If you want a full-on interrailing experience and have a couple of months to cover all the highlights of Europe, the Pan European is for you. You’ll leave no stone unturned as you whizz around almost all of Western and Eastern Europe.  Tick off all the major sights and big cities, and take in some hidden gems on day trips – you’ve got the time! Want to spend a little more time exploring? Just ask about customising your route!

Trip Description

If you’re going to interrail Europe, you may as well do it all, right?

Take in an epic 22 cities in 15 countries over 57 days and stock up on amazing experiences from every corner of the continent. The Pan-European goes everywhere we think you should go in six weeks, but if time is no barrier then you could go the extra mile and try to fit in every country in Europe. This route is an easy loop – you can start at any point, but we’ve chosen London.

You’ll dip in and out of other standard interrailing routes, starting out by following the Whole Hog with the addition of Krakow, Belgrade and Ljubljana, before you carry on through Italy, across France, nipping down to Spain and Portugal before heading back up to Paris and London again.

Let us know if you want to start in a different city, or even if you have any other interrailing routes in mind that we haven’t thought of ourselves. We’ll happily add in some extra cities or customise the length of the trip. Sometimes we get really good custom requests that end up as new package, and the Pan-European was one of them.

There’s little more else to say other than if you want to see London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Krakow, Prague, Munich, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Venice, Rome, Florence, Milan, Nice, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, San Sebastian, and Paris, go on this trip – then you can let us know how to summarise it in 300 words!

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

The Pan European  is a long trip with a fast pace, covering 22 cities in 57 days. Most of your journeys will have some flexibility, and you’ll travel during the day except for three 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

Start your trip in London with the Eurostar from St Pancras. Why not add a few nights here to see the sights of the capital?

London Guides
Highlights

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

Brussels (2 Nights)

Belgium’s biggest city accommodates an eclectic mix of old and new, from Europe’s most beautiful square lined with guild houses and continental cafes, to its bureaucratic alter-ego as the capital of the European Union itself. Come for the delicious beer, waffles, and moules frites.

Brussels Guides
Highlights

  • Visit Mini Europe in the capital of the EU
  • See Europe’s most beautiful square, the Grand Place
  • Try to find the Manneken Pis fountain statue

Amsterdam (3 Nights)

Despite being credited with certain recreational pastimes, there is actually a lot more to the city than the stereotypical picture, with its abundance of engaging museums, beautiful townhouses, and canals. Find out what makes Amsterdam the beating heart of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Van Gogh Museum
  • Discover Europe’s biggest historic centre by pedal
  • Take a tour of the Red Light District

Berlin (3 Nights)

Berlin is the alternative, cool kid of Europe and a pro at being edgy. It’s how people dress, their liberal attitudes, the graffiti, the skaters and BMXers, the art, the clubs and the food. Berlin is also crammed full with fascinating WWII history around every corner.

Berlin Guides
Highlights

  • See a section of the old Berlin Wall
  • Climb the dome of the renovated Reichstag
  • Discover the nightlife of Schoneberg and Kreuzberg

Krakow (3 Nights)

Krakow escaped being reduced to rubble in WWII, preserving the postcard-perfect Old Town and the cellars housing its famous bars and clubs. That’s not to say it doesn’t share a chapter of history in the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp which demands a humble visit.

Krakow Guides
Highlights

  • See Europe’s largest medieval market square
  • Take photos of Poland’s best-preserved city
  • Find one of many Gothic cellar bars open until late

Prague (2 Nights)

Prague is stunning, there’s no better word to describe it. On any side street or square you’ll find unique buildings full of colourful detail. The Czech Republic is also the home of Pilsner beer, with no lack of establishments to sample it in.

Prague Guides
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

Munich (2 Nights)

The capital of Bavaria and Germany’s second city will draw you in with its elegance and attractions to match those of the big names in Europe, with its pedestrianised city centre and impressive monuments, museums and art galleries. Let’s not forget the beer, and plenty of it at Oktoberfest!

Munich Guides
Highlights

  • Learn about the city at the Stadtmuseum
  • Walk across the sprawling Englisher Garten
  • Join the Bavarian beer festival of Oktoberfest

Vienna (2 Nights)

Vienna is crisp, clean, and chic with its biggest draw factor being the multitude of classical palaces and grand imperial buildings. Whether you’re into your royal history or not, the sheer scale of it here will be encapsulating for all, whilst not forgetting the great bars and eateries.

Vienna Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Spanish Riding School of Vienna
  • Eat real apple strudel and wiener schnitzel
  • Go to a classical concert in a city renowned for its music

Bratislava (2 Nights)

Bratislavans are incredibly friendly and, as the city has not yet been discovered by the mainstream tourist (stag-dos aside), food, beer, and wine are still cheap here. It’s just as beautiful as its neighbouring Eastern European capitals, but smaller, quieter, and with an idyllic medieval feel.

Bratislava Guides
Highlights

  • Climb up to the 19th century castle
  • Take a night tour to admire Bratislava’s beauty
  • Do some folk-art shopping at Úľuv

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 any of the multitude of hot baths.

Budapest Guides
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

Belgrade (3 Nights)

The capital of Serbia won’t disappoint you. Visitors from surrounding countries come here for the all-night party scene and friendly atmosphere. Tourists also come to see the world’s largest Orthodox church or just wander around the bohemian town centre from a bygone era.

Belgrade Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the 18th century Belgrade Fortress
  • Climb the cobbled streets of Skadarlija
  • Float down the Danube on the splavovi party boats

 

Zagreb (2 Nights)

A city of flowers and fountains with a curious Mediterranean feel, Zagreb is a year-round destination with a museum-café-theatre culture by day and a lakeside party by night. In winter, a tram ride out of the city provides scenic hiking and skiing opportunities.

Zagreb Guides
Highlights

  • Catch a 360-view from the Lotrščak Tower
  • Stroll through the beautiful Mirogoj cemetery
  • Have a coffee in Kino Europa, Zagreb’s oldest cinema

Ljubljana (2 Nights)

Ljubljana is a colourful chocolate-box city with a café culture that brings a festival atmosphere to it all summer long. See the castle perched above the city or take a day trip out by train to the picturesque Lake Bled, where you can hire a rowing boat and visit the island in the middle.

Ljubljana Guides
Highlights

  • See the 16th century castle on the hill
  • Wander through the colourful streets
  • Take in 360-views from an art-deco skyscraper terrace

Venice (2 Nights)

Venice is nothing short of unique, built on mudbanks in 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, 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

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Rome (3 Nights)

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. If that means indulging in ice-cream, pizzerias, cafes, and trattorias, then so be it. Rome will delight you with its eateries and mesmerise you with its monuments. Also visit the Vatican City, the world’s smallest country!

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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Florence (2 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’ve been 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

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

Europe Group tours

Nice (3 Nights)

Looking out on to the French Riviera, Nice is a chic city with some of the best food in the country. Its appeal was future-proofed by 19th century British aristocrats who commissioned the popular Promenade des Anglais beachside walkway by which to stroll at sunset.

Nice Guides
Highlights

  • Explore the old-world town of Nice
  • See the sunset from the Promenade des Anglais
  • Take a sightseeing cruise of the Cote d’Azur

Barcelona (3 Nights)

Barcelona is a city which offers everything in abundance. Delicious food, awesome nightlife, spectacular views from on high, and architectural and artistic marvels all around. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s plenty of green space (and beach) around… A trip to the Sagrada Familia cathedral, still in construction, is a must.

Barcelona Guides
Highlights

  • See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter
  • Spot Gaudi’s distinctive architecture in Parc Guell
  • Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas

Madrid (2 Nights)

Madrid is certainly one of the ‘in’ cities at the moment and it is easy to understand why, as 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
Highlights

  • 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

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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, hilly heights, hedonism, and a whole lot more.

Lisbon Guides
Highlights

  • 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

San Sebastian (2 Nights)

A total surfer’s paradise, this beachy city has it all: sun, sand and sea aplenty! Be sure to get some snaps of Europe’s answer to Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, before getting a taste of the Basque region’s unique tapas and delicious kalimotxos, and taking on the city’s buzzing beachside bars!

San Sebastian Guides
Highlights

  • Surf the waves at La Concha
  • Grab some mouthwatering Basque bar pintxos
  • Head to the Christ the Redeemer statue!

Paris (3 Nights)

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, it bedazzles visitors and oozes charisma at every turn.

Paris Guides
Highlights

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

London

Finish your trip back in the UK’s enigmatic capital city, or take your onward connection home!

London Guides
Highlights

  • See world-famous landmarks, like the Big Ben
  • Watch a show at one of many West End theatres
  • Experience the quirky nightlife of Shoreditch

How to get there

No stress! With the Pan European, all your transport from the UK to the continent and back is included. Travel by train from your nearest station to London, then start your journey in style on board the Eurostar from St Pancras.

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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 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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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.
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What are the hostels like?
Answer:
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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When do I receive my tickets?
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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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