Whole Hog: 4 Weeks

Duration
28 Nights
Transport

With a slightly more leisurely pace, you’ll cover 11 destinations in 4 weeks. This route is 29 days long, involving 27 nights in your accommodation, as well as 1 night on the night train. Journeys vary in length from a few hours to a full day’s travel. Start and finish from your nearest UK station and travel via Eurostar to and from London – all included in the price. Prefer to fly to Amsterdam and back from Paris 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
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Prague
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Zagreb
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Rome
  • Paris
  • London
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Trip Style

Are you looking to explore Europe’s top cities? If the answer’s yes, our 4 week route is for you. Taking a slower pace, you’ll spend a little more time in each city, from the UK through to Western and Central Europe and back! Tick off all the major sights, foodie hotspots, and undiscovered gems. Can’t get 4 weeks off work or uni? Go for our 2 or 3 week Whole Hog trips, or ask us about customising your route.

Trip Description

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

This package is our most popular European backpacking route; 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.

If you wake up late in Amsterdam or fancy a few more hours in Berlin, 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 cram more sightseeing in, if you prefer…

Start your European backpacking route in London and settle into your journey on board the Eurostar to Brussels. A quick train change and you’re heading off to experience the famously buzzing night-life in Amsterdam. With coffeeshops 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 Bratislava and grand old bohemian Budapest.

After one too many 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 on a hunt for the perfect grape. Who knows, you might even get to make your own 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! Head to any of the city’s many unique clubs and chilled bars, and you’ll be guaranteed a great night.

Take the night train over to Paris for your last destination. Arrive bright and early, 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 before heading back to London. There’s no finer way to say goodbye to the trip of a lifetime…

What's included?

  • All overland transport tickets, including the train to and from London (for your Eurostar).
  • Eurostar to Brussels and back from Paris.
  • 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 4 week Whole Hog gives you a more relaxed pace, with 11 cities in 29 days. Most of your journeys will have some flexibility, and you’ll travel during the day apart from one night train. 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? 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 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 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 Schoneberg 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 (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 in 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

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

Venice (2 Nights)

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

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, 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

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, it bedazzles visitors and oozes charisma at every turn.

Paris Guides
Highlights

  • See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre
  • 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! Prefer to fly back from Paris 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

How to get there

No stress! With the 4 week Whole Hog all of your transport from the UK to the continent and back is included. Travel by train from your nearest city to London, and then start your journey in style on board the Eurostar from St Pancras. Prefer to fly to Amsterdam and back from Paris rather than taking the Eurostar? No problem, just reply to your quote email and tell us – we’ll adjust the price for you.

Optional Extras

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Euroventure made our Eastern Europe trip experience incredible. The communication was great and they answered all of our questions promtly. The travel pack and information was well presented and was incredibly useful. It made our first interail trip very easy to understand and took a lot of stress out of the situation in regards to timetables etc. We had such an amazing trip thanks to Euroventure and we would highly recommend them to anyone looking to do a similar trip! Thank you!

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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.
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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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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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Are transfers to Europe included?
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Our packages do not include flights to the start and from the end of the trip. We have plenty of trips however that do include Eurostar trains from London, and with most of these you are able to start from any mainland UK train station at no extra cost, as well as return there at the end of your trip. We just need to take into account the amount of time it takes you to travel from your UK home station to London to catch the Eurostar to Paris or Brussels, and your onward connections if necessary.
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When you are happy with your package, you can pay Euroventure online using your secure online portal (you’ll find the link to this in your booking summary), by card over the phone, using online bank transfer or over the counter at your local bank. Our friendly advisors will guide you through the whole process from start to finish.
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