Route: Prague Vienna Budapest Brasov Bucharest Sofia Thessaloniki Athens
Duration: 21 nights
Transport: This route is a 22 day trip. You’ll spend 19 nights in your accommodation, 1 on a sleeper train and 1 on a night bus. The rest of your journeys will be carried out by train or bus during the day.
Sustainability: This trip only creates 147 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 504.6
Reviews: All independent reviews
If you love yourself an epic journey then our Road to Athens route is for you! Travel through Central and Eastern Europe, all the way from Prague to Athens by train in 3 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:
2 Weeks (Budapest to Athens) 4 Weeks (London to Athens)
On our 3 week Road to Athens adventure you’ll explore Central and Eastern Europe, from the pretty pastels of Prague to the stunning blue of the Aegean. Starting in Prague, travel all the way down to the Greek capital – and beyond if you choose! Experience a selection of Central and Eastern European destinations with this 22 day adventure – with plenty of time in each city to delve below the surface and take some day trips!
Pick the Road to Athens up in Prague, where you’ll settle in for your adventure. Enjoy gorgeous Gothic scenery by day, and long pilsner-fuelled nights once the sun goes down. Next, head south to classical Vienna, the music capital of the continent, before making your way along the beautiful Danube to grand, bohemian Budapest – the heart of Central Europe, and the gateway to the East.
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, it’s your first taste of Eastern Europe – you’re heading 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 continue 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 to 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 or head out to the Greek Islands to continue your Odyssey…
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.
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 Vienna – 4 hours
Vienna is crisp, clean and chic with its biggest draw 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.
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
Train to Budapest – 3 hours
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 one of the famous hot baths.
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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!
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 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 3 luxurious nights here, enjoying the slow pace of life and the nearby beaches.
Visit the world-famous Acropolis
Take the bus out to one of Greece’s stunning beaches
Make the most of this metropolis’ awesome nightlife
With this route you only need to arrange a flight to Prague’s International Airport and back home from Athens International Airport, whilst we take care of the transport in between your cities!
Alternatively, if you’d like to start your trip in the UK then check out our 4 week option.