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Whole Hog: 3 Weeks

21 nights
If you’re going to interrail Europe, you may as well go the Whole Hog, right?

 
Get ready for an epic European adventure spanning 10 captivating cities and 8 diverse countries in just 3 exhilarating weeks. This fast-paced journey is tailor-made for intrepid travellers hungry for a whirlwind tour of the continent’s most iconic destinations. If you’re someone who believes in squeezing every drop of culture, history, and adventure out of your trip, then this is your ultimate European escapade.

TRIP DETAILS
DESCRIPTION
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Route: London Amsterdam Berlin Prague Vienna Budapest Zagreb Venice Florence Rome Milan  Paris London

Nights: 21

Countries Visited: 8

Transport: Train

Sustainability: This trip creates 202.3 kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 830.6kg ♻️

Reviews:    All independent reviews

The Whole Hog is our most popular European backpacking route by far, and with this 3 week option you’ll spend a couple of days in each city. That means you get to see 10 awesome destinations in 22 days. It’s fast paced but not rushed – you’ll have a full day in each city, meaning you’ve got plenty of time to see the sights. Perfect if you want to cover all the continent’s most popular cities.

Fancy a bit more sleep in Vienna or want to head from Rome early? Don’t worry we’ll tailor your trip in accordance with your travel preferences so it’s perfect for you!

Start your European backpacking route in London and settle into your journey on board the Eurostar to Amsterdam. With coffee shops and museums galore, you’ll have the perfect mix of culture and partying to contend with! Next up is the cosmopolitan and edgy atmosphere in Berlin, the European city that never sleeps. Carry on to Prague for gorgeous Gothic scenery by day, and long, boozy nights in secret underground bars by night. Next, head south to classical Vienna, the music capital of the continent, before making your way up the Danube River to grand old bohemian Budapest.

After an evening in the Ruin Bars, recuperate at a spa before heading to the underrated Croatian capital, Zagreb. With a buzzing cafe culture and chilled bars, you won’t go hungry or bored! Head west straight through Slovenia and you’ll wind up in Italy. Ride the gondolas down the canals of Venice and get lost in its picturesque labyrinth of quaint backstreets. Next up is a trip to the artists’ haven of Florence. Soak up the medieval splendour and enjoy the style and glamour of what was once the capital of Italy. Fancy a day trip? Head out to the scenic vineyards of Tuscany to try the best Chianti wine.

As you pull into Rome, prepare to be spoilt for choice when it comes to sight-seeing in one of the world’s most photogenic cities. The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Castel Sant’Angelo, are all must-sees, of course! Be sure to tick off the smallest country in the world, the Vatican City, and spend the last few days of your European backpacking route exploring the historic streets, piazzas and palaces of Old Rome. When night falls, the city really comes alive!

Stop off in Milan for the night before continuing on to Paris for your last destination. Arrive in early afternoon, ready to make the most of the most visited city in Europe. Catch all the best views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomph or the steps of Sacre Coeur, then refresh yourself with a glorious glass of French wine and the finest cheese. There’s no finer way to say goodbye to the trip of a lifetime before you zoom back to your nearest UK station to complete your adventure…

– 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: London Amsterdam Berlin Prague Vienna Budapest Zagreb Venice Florence Rome Milan  Paris London

Nights: 21

Countries Visited: 8

Transport: Train

Sustainability: This trip creates 202.3 kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 830.6kg ♻️

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Alternative Durations: Timing not quite right? Check out these versions of the route. 

3 Weeks

Alternative Durations

Timing not quite right? Check out these versions of the route. 

3 Weeks

Trip Description
If you’re going to interrail Europe, you may as well go the Whole Hog, right?

The Whole Hog is our most popular European backpacking route by far, and with this 3 week option you’ll spend a couple of days in each city. That means you get to see 10 awesome destinations in 22 days. It’s fast paced but not rushed – you’ll have a full day in each city, meaning you’ve got plenty of time to see the sights. Perfect if you want to cover all the continent’s most popular cities.

Fancy a bit more sleep in Vienna or want to head from Rome early? Don’t worry we’ll tailor your trip in accordance with your travel preferences so it’s perfect for you!

Start your European backpacking route in London and settle into your journey on board the Eurostar to Amsterdam. With coffee shops and museums galore, you’ll have the perfect mix of culture and partying to contend with! Next up is the cosmopolitan and edgy atmosphere in Berlin, the European city that never sleeps. Carry on to Prague for gorgeous Gothic scenery by day, and long, boozy nights in secret underground bars by night. Next, head south to classical Vienna, the music capital of the continent, before making your way up the Danube River to grand old bohemian Budapest.

After an evening in the Ruin Bars, recuperate at a spa before heading to the underrated Croatian capital, Zagreb. With a buzzing cafe culture and chilled bars, you won’t go hungry or bored! Head west straight through Slovenia and you’ll wind up in Italy. Ride the gondolas down the canals of Venice and get lost in its picturesque labyrinth of quaint backstreets. Next up is a trip to the artists’ haven of Florence. Soak up the medieval splendour and enjoy the style and glamour of what was once the capital of Italy. Fancy a day trip? Head out to the scenic vineyards of Tuscany to try the best Chianti wine.

As you pull into Rome, prepare to be spoilt for choice when it comes to sight-seeing in one of the world’s most photogenic cities. The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Castel Sant’Angelo, are all must-sees, of course! Be sure to tick off the smallest country in the world, the Vatican City, and spend the last few days of your European backpacking route exploring the historic streets, piazzas and palaces of Old Rome. When night falls, the city really comes alive!

Stop off in Milan for the night before continuing on to Paris for your last destination. Arrive in early afternoon, ready to make the most of the most visited city in Europe. Catch all the best views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomph or the steps of Sacre Coeur, then refresh yourself with a glorious glass of French wine and the finest cheese. There’s no finer way to say goodbye to the trip of a lifetime before you zoom back to your nearest UK station to complete your adventure…

What's Included?

Itinerary

London

Start your trip in London with the Eurostar from St Pancras. If you’re travelling on an Interrail pass for the trip, you can use this to get from your hometown to London for free, as long as it’s on the same day as your departure! This does not apply if you have individual tickets in PDF form.

Fancy adding few nights here to see the sights of the capital? Just get in touch and we can customise this for you.

    Train to Amsterdam – 6 hours

Amsterdam (3 nights)

Amsterdam, the charismatic capital of the Netherlands, awaits your arrival. Beyond its famed recreational activities, this city boasts a rich tapestry of captivating museums, elegant townhouses, and picturesque canals. Discover what makes Amsterdam the vibrant heartbeat of the Netherlands.

Highlights

    Visit the renowned Van Gogh Museum.

    Explore Europe’s largest historic centre by pedalling through the city’s charming streets.

    Take a tour of the red light district

    Train to Berlin – 7 hours

Berlin (2 nights)

Welcome to Berlin, the epitome of Europe’s alternative and edgy side. Immerse yourself in the city’s unique character, from its fashion-forward inhabitants to its liberal attitudes. Berlin’s streets are a canvas of graffiti, and it’s a haven for skaters, BMXers, art enthusiasts, and foodies alike. Dive into the history of World War II that’s etched into every corner of this remarkable city.

Highlights

    See a section of the old Berlin Wall

    Climb the dome of the renovated Reichstag

    Go Discover the nightlife of Schoneberg and Kreuzberg

    Train to Prague – 5 hours

Prague (2 nights)

Prague, often described as stunning, will enchant you at every turn. Wander through its charming side streets and picturesque squares adorned with unique and colourful architectural gems. The Czech Republic, known for its Pilsner beer, offers a plethora of establishments to sample this liquid gold.

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

    Train to Vienna – 4 hours

Vienna (1 night)

Vienna, a city characterized by crispness, cleanliness, and chic elegance, invites you to explore its grandeur. Admire the multitude of classical palaces and imperial buildings that define the city’s essence. Whether you’re a history buff or a connoisseur of fine dining, Vienna’s scale and splendor will captivate all who visit.

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

    Train to Budapest – 3 hours

Budapest (2 Nights)

Budapest, guardian of the Danube, invites you to explore its architectural marvels, spanning from Baroque to Art Nouveau. The city’s historic trams and timeless ambiance will charm you as you soak in its rich past and rejuvenate in its soothing thermal 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

    Train to Zagreb – 6 hours

Zagreb (2 Nights)

Zagreb, a city of flowers, fountains, and Mediterranean vibes, is a year-round destination. Experience a unique blend of museum culture, café life, and theatre by day, and lively lakeside festivities by night. In the winter, take a tram ride to explore the stunning hiking and skiing opportunities outside the city.

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

    Bus to Venice – 7 hours

Venice (2 Nights)

Venice is nothing short of unique, built on mudbanks in the lagoon, having forgone 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 leading to less-touristy and more authentic parts of the city.

Highlights

    Cross the iconic St Mark’s Square

    Get lost in the alleyways and canals of the city

    Ride the vaporetto down the grand canal

    Train to Florence – 2.5 hours

Florence (2 Nights)

If you’re seeking a break from the bustling cityscapes of Europe, Florence, the capital of Tuscany, provides a seamless escape to the countryside. This city, the birthplace of Renaissance art and architecture, boasts a magnetic allure.

Highlights

    See Michelangelo’s statue of David

    Explore countless Renaissance chapels and churches

    Eat any number of fun flavours of exquisite ice-cream

    Train to Rome – 2 hours

Rome (2 Nights)

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. If that means indulging in gelaterias, 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, the world’s smallest country!

Highlights

    Marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum

    See the world-famous Colosseum

    Try real Italian coffee, ice-cream, and pizza

    Train to Milan – 3 hours

Milan (1 Night)

Though Milan is just a brief stop to break up your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to experience its dynamic nightlife.

    Train to Paris – 7 hours

Paris (2 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, bedazzling visitors and oozing charisma at every turn.

Highlights

    See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum

    Watch a cabaret act the famous Moulin Rouge

    Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais

    Train to London – 4 hours

London

Finish your trip back in the UK’s enigmatic capital city, or continue your onward journey home to your nearest UK station for free using your Interrail pass.

How to get there

With no stress! With the 3 week Whole Hog all of your transport from the UK to the continent and back is included already. Travel by train from your nearest city to London, and then start your journey in style on board the Eurostar from St Pancras, it’s that easy!