Road to Athens: 4 weeks

Duration
28 Nights
Transport

This route is a 29 day trip. You’ll spend 26 nights in your accommodation, one night on a sleeper train and one night on a night bus. The rest of your journeys will be carried out by train or coach.

Route
  • London
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Prague
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Brasov
  • Bucharest
  • Sofia
  • Thessaloniki
  • Athens
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Trip Style

If you love yourself an epic journey, The Road to Athens is for you. Travel from one end of the continent to the other, all the way from London to Athens by train in 4 weeks. Although it crams in a ton of sightseeing and nightlife, the pace is still leisurely – giving you plenty of time to explore. Top it all off with a healthy dose of chill time at the end of your journey. If that’s not enough, why not add our Greek Island hopping trip onto the end!

Trip Description

Travel the continent from top to bottom

On our 4 week Road to Athens adventure, you’ll explore Europe from one end to the other. Starting in London, travel all the way down to the Greek capital – and beyond if you choose! Experience Western, Central and Eastern Europe with this 29 day adventure – with plenty of time in each city to delve below the surface if you choose

Start your trip at your nearest UK station, and then hop on-board the Eurostar to begin your journey. Alternatively, pick the Road to Athens up directly from Amsterdam if you prefer to fly into your start point. Explore this stunning city, filled with culture, great food and – of course – nightlife. If all that means you wake up a little late in Amsterdam, don’t worry! The joy of interrailing is that a lot of your journeys are open. So you can change your plans at the last minute and take a later train on to your next destination!

Next up is the cosmopolitan German capital – Berlin. It’s the European city that never sleeps. Carry on to Prague for gorgeous Gothic scenery by day, and long, pilsner-fuelled nights. Next, head south to classical Vienna, the music capital of the continent, before making your way up the Danube River to the fairytale capital of Slovakia. Explore Bratislava’s quaint city centre, beautiful castles and questionable communist architecture, before moving on to bohemian Budapest.

Enjoy this historic capital’s gracious architecture, spacious parks and awesome party scene. After one too many in the Ruin Bars, recuperate at one of the world famous spas, before heading to the station to catch your night train. Next you’re heading on to Brasov, in the heart of Transylvania. This hidden gem is home to paprika-laden stews, pastel-perfect houses and – of course – Dracula’s place (also known as Bran Castle!). Leave Brasov and it’s just a quick hop over to the Romanian capital – Bucharest. Visit the crazy palace of the people, and spend a lazy day shopping in the old town.

Say goodnight to Romania – and wake up in Bulgaria! Enjoy the melting pot that this capital city brings – Sofia has everything from Turkish spice markets to Russian inspired churches. For your penultimate spot, you’ll hit up Thessaloniki, the sea-side Greek city that packs a punch – especially when it comes to food. Indulge yourself in incredible Greek seafood – but go easy on the Ouzo – you’ll want to save that for your last stop.

Finally, you’ll reach Athens. This ancient capital has a young heart that’s buzzing with energy. From Ancient Wonders of the World to amazing food to cracking street-art and even better beaches, Athens is a place which delivers something for everyone. Spend 4 nights chilling out by the sea before your trip comes to an end. Fly back from Athens to London, or head out to the Greek Islands to continue your Odyssey…

What's included?

  • All overland transport tickets including the train to and from London from your nearest UK station.
  • Eurostar travel to Amsterdam.
  • 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

With 11 cities in 29 days, The Road to Athens is a fairly relaxed adventure. Most of your journeys will have some flexibility, and you’ll travel during the day apart from one night train and one night bus. You’ll have a mix of shorter and longer trains as well as some buses, 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? Prefer to fly to Amsterdam rather than taking the Eurostar? No problem, just reply to your quote email and tell us – we’ll adjust the price for you.

London Guides

Amsterdam (3 Nights)

Despite being credited with certain recreational pastimes, there’s lot more to this city than coffeeshops and the red light district. Check out the abundance of museums, beautiful canals and awesome foodie options. 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 Branderburger Tor

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 of 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 Schoenberg and Kreuzberg

Prague (3 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.

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

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 music

Bratislava (1 Night)

Bratislavans are incredibly friendly and, as the city is not always on the classic tourist trail, food, beer, and wine are still pretty 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 in any of the many spas.

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

Brasov (2 Nights)

The capital of Transylvania won’t disappoint you. Visitors from surrounding countries come here for the natural beauty and friendly atmosphere. Tourists also come to see “Dracula’s home” – the famous Bran Castle – or just wander around the bohemian town centre, with its pastel buildings and cozy cafes.

Brasov Guides
Highlights

  • Visit Bran Castle – the famous setting for Dracula!
  • Explore the quaint cobbled streets and shops
  • Get back to nature in the wild forests of Romania

Bucharest (2 Nights)

You’ve seen Budapest. Now check out Bucharest. In this melting pot, you’ll find latin roots – think long lunches at pavement cafes, local wines and baking summer weather – combined with Turkish history and communist influence. More recently, the city has exploded with young professionals and expats, bringing an awesome foodie scene and an international feel.

Bucharest Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the beautiful old town
  • Sip a cocktail in style at one of the city’s many rooftop bars
  • Explore the mind-boggling Parliment building – one of the largest buildings in Europe!

Sofia (1 Night)

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.

Sofia Guides
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

Thessaloniki (2 Nights)

For your penultimate destination, dive into Greece’s foodie capital. This seaside city is the place to go for incredible local produce, great wines and the freshest seafood. Thessaloniki faces the sea, and is a major port in Greece. It’s the perfect place to relax – from the English channel to the Aegean, you’ve made it to Greece!

Thessaloniki Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the ruins of Roman Emperor Galerius’ 4th-century palace
  • Feast on local seafood, delicious fresh produce and sweet Baklava
  • Watch the sun set over the Aegean with a local glass of wine

Greece backpacking trip

Athens (4 Nights)

Athens is a capital with two hearts – ancient and modern. On the surface, it’s a bustling student city buzzing with nightlife, awesome food and a great cafe scene. On the other hand, you’ll find ancient Greek history around every corner – not to mention world-famous landmarks like the Acropolis! Spend 5 luxurious days here, enjoying the slow pace of life and the nearby beaches.

Athens Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the world-famous Acropolis
  • Take the bus out to one of Greece’s stunning beaches
  • Make the most of this metropolis’ awesome nightlife

Optional Extras

Reviews

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1 week ago

My partner and I have just returned from our 2 week Swiss Explorer trip and cannot have had a better time. The whole trip ran so smoothly from start to finish. This includes the answering of questions or concerns that we had before we left, the train journey's themselves, the excellent accommodation which we were placed in and finally the additional extra's and sight seeing opportunities which were provided on the trip itself. We will definitely be recommending Euroventure to our family and friends who also have the 'travel bug' and are already planning our next trip ourselves.

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1 week ago

I had the best time on my two week trip around Europe with Tom and our group, everyone was so nice and Tom never failed to be knowledgeable and helpful with whatever questions we had for him. All the included activities were fab and everyone seemed to enjoy them! I have done a group tour like this before and I think the itinerary of this one worked a bit better for a large group. We had more free time to explore on our own which meant everyone got to see all the things they wanted to in each place rather than everyone having to do the same route and visiting sights they didn't have any interest in. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone whether travelling alone, with someone or even in a little group as we had all of these on our trip and the group dynamic was great! Thank you Tom and everyone on our tour, you all made the trip a great one! :)

Lauren Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

Amazing time with amazing people, thank you to Tom and everyone on the group tour! Couldn't have had a better time and would recommend it to anyone.

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1 week ago

The perfect way to properly see Europe via train. Euroventure exceeded my expectations with safe and convient group travel. I would have defiantly missed half of the beautiful sites and activity’s without our guide Tom. Thank you Tom and Team for an unforgettable 2 weeks!

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1 week ago

A wonderful way of travelling around Europe safely, properly and conviently. Without this tour I would have missed at least half of the truely spectacular activity’s and sites in each city. Thank you Tom and team for a truely unforgettable 2 weeks!

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Are flights included in the price?
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International flights aren’t included however we are happy to help you with advice on what flights to book. All domestic flights are included.
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Can I go on a Euroventure if I am under 18?
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Yes, generally you can go on a Euroventure if you or some of your group is under 18, however you must inform us before you book if this is the case. Our partner hostels and hotels have different rulings regarding under 18s, for example some do not allow minors to share dorms with strangers (meaning you’d need to go in a private room with your group, and pay the extra cost), and some don’t allow minors at all, meaning we have to use an alternative hostel. Others are fine to have under 18s as long as they carry a note of permission from a legal guardian. If you’re in any doubt, just ask us for a quote and we’ll let you know if it’s fine for you to travel with us ?
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Do I travel as a group or with somebody from Euroventure?
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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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What are the night trains like?
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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.
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