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Road to Athens: 2 Weeks

14 nights
Travel Eastern Europe from Budapest all the way to Athens!

If you love yourself an epic journey then our Road to Athens route is for you! Travel Eastern Europe by rail and bus, all the way from Budapest to Athens in just 2 weeks. Although it crams in a ton of sightseeing and nightlife, the pace is still leisurely – giving you plenty of time to explore. If that’s not enough, why not add our Greek Island Hopping Trip onto the end!?

This route is also available in the following durations:

3 Weeks (Prague to Athens)          4 Weeks (London to Athens)

TRIP DETAILS
DESCRIPTION
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Route: Budapest Brasov Bucharest Sofia Thessaloniki Athens

Nights: 14

Countries Visited: 4

Transport: Train or Bus

Sustainability: This trip creates 118 kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 294kg.

Reviews:    All independent reviews

On our 2 week Road to Athens adventure you’ll explore Eastern Europe from one end to the other. Starting in Budapest, wind your way down to the Greek capital – and beyond if you choose! Experience Eastern Europe and Greece with this 15-day adventure – with plenty of time in each city to explore and relax.

Start your Road to Athens in grand old 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 East – 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 head 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 – there’s 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 Wonders of the World to amazing food, cracking street-art and even better beaches, Athens is a place which delivers something for everyone. Spend 3 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…

– 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: Budapest Brasov Bucharest Sofia Thessaloniki Athens

Nights: 14

Countries Visited: 4

Transport: Train or Bus

Sustainability: This trip creates 118 kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 294kg.

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Trip Description
Travel Eastern Europe from Budapest all the way to Athens!

On our 2 week Road to Athens adventure you’ll explore Eastern Europe from one end to the other. Starting in Budapest, wind your way down to the Greek capital – and beyond if you choose! Experience Eastern Europe and Greece with this 15-day adventure – with plenty of time in each city to explore and relax.

Start your Road to Athens in grand old 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 East – 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 head 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 – there’s 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 Wonders of the World to amazing food, cracking street-art and even better beaches, Athens is a place which delivers something for everyone. Spend 3 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?

Itinerary

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

    Night Train to Brasov – 13 hours

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.

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

    Train to Bucharest – 3 hours

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.

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!

    Night Bus to Sofia – 8 hours

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.

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 Thessaloniki – 5 hours

Thessaloniki (1 night)

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!

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

    Train to Athens – 6 hours

Athens (3 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 4 luxurious days here, enjoying the slow pace of life and the nearby beaches.

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

How to get there

You can arrange a flight to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airpor and back from Athens International 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 request a custom quote and we’ll create your perfect route!