Whole Hog: 6 Weeks

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Trip Details

Route: London Amsterdam Berlin Krakow Prague Vienna Bratislava Budapest Zagreb Ljubljana Venice Florence Rome Milan Nice Barcelona Paris London

Duration: 42 nights

Transport: This is our biggest Whole Hog trip, covering 16 incredible cities across 12 countries in 6 weeks! This route is 43 days long, involving 41 nights in your accommodation, and one spent on a night train. Journeys vary in length from a few hours to a full day’s travel. Start and finish from your nearest UK station & travel to and from Amsterdam/Paris by Eurostar – it’s all included in the price!

Sustainability: This trip only creates 312.5 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 1938.5 ♻️

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6 Weeks

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

6 Weeks

Trip Style

Starting a gap year, got a free summer, or a big chunk of time off work? Want to explore as many of Europe’s best destinations as you can? Then our ultimate Whole Hog – the 6 week route – is for you!

Taking a slower pace with 2 – 4 nights in each city, you’ll spend more time in each destination, from the UK through to Central Europe, down to Rome and Barcelona and back! Tick off all the major sights, escape the city and take some day trips with the extra time.

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, and with our 6 week option you’ll spend 2-4 nights in each city. That means you’ve got time to soak up the sights and have a night out or too without being rushed. As well as Europe’s top cities, you’ll also discover some hidden gems like Zagreb and Ljubljana. Perfect if you’ve got a little more time on your hands and want to go big!

If you wake up late in Prague or fancy a few more hours in Berlin, don’t worry! The joy of interrailing is that a lot of your journeys are open (no reservations required so you can pick the train times you want). This means 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 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. Hop across to the gorgeous Polish city of Krakow – make sure you make time to visit the haunting Auschwitz concentration camp, and read up on fascinating WW2 history in the Jewish Quarter.

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 for a stop in picturesque Ljubljana, just 45 minutes from the glorious Lake Bled. A scenic ride through the Slovenian Alps and you’ll wind up in Italy.

Ride the gondolas down the canals of Venice and get lost in its 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 a 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.

Zoom up to Milan on one of Italy’s high speed trains, and get ready to immerse yourself in the most fashionable city in Europe. Chic and historic, Milan is classy and sophisticated so make sure you’re dressed to impress. If not, you should be able to pick up some decent threads while you’re there…

Next up, the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera. Nice is a gorgeous mixture of Italian and French culture, with no shortage of baguettes and gelato, it’s a foodie’s heaven. Chill on the beach, hire bikes to explore the coastline or hit up the many art galleries. Why not take a day trip to Monaco for some celeb spotting while you’re there? From here you’ll hug the coast all the way to the Catalan Capital: Barcelona. Marvel at Gaudi’s awesome architecture and stuff yourself full of tapas and generous lashings of red wine before a couple of chilled out days exploring this stunning seaside city.

Take the train up to Paris for your last destination. Arrive at your last stop 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 the best French cuisine in Le Marais. You’d better make the most of your last night – in a few days you’ll be heading back to London. There’s no finer way to say goodbye to the trip of a lifetime before you zoom back to the UK to complete your trip…

What's Included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • All possible 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.
  • Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.


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)

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.


Visit the Van Gogh Museum

Discover Europe’s biggest historic centre by pedal

Take a tour of the Red Light District

    Train to Berlin – 7 hours

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.


See a section of the old Berlin Wall

Climb the dome of the renovated Reichstag

Discover the nightlife of Schoneberg and Kreuzberg

    Trains to Krakow – 10 hours

Krakow (3 Nights)

Krakow escaped being reduced to rubble in WWII, preserving the postcard-perfect Old Town and the cellars housing its famous bars and clubs. That’s not to say it doesn’t share a chapter of history in the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp which demands a humble visit.


See Europe’s largest medieval market square

Take photos of Poland’s best-preserved city

Find one of many Gothic cellar bars open until late

    Night Train to Prague – 9 hours

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.


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 (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.


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 Bratislava – 1 hour

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.


Climb up to the 19th century castle

Take a night tour to admire Bratislava’s beauty

Do some folk-art shopping at Úľuv

    Train to Budapest – 3 hours

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.


Relax in the 15th century thermal spas

Take panoramic photos from the scenic Buda castle

Go to Sziget rock and indie festival in August

    Bus to Zagreb – 6 hours

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.


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 Ljubljana – 3 hours

Ljubljana (2 Nights)

Ljubljana is a colourful chocolate box city with a café culture that brings to it a festival atmosphere all summer long. See the castle perched above the city or take a day trip out by train to the picturesque Lake Bled, where you can hire a rowing boat and visit the island in the middle.


See the 16th Century castle on the hill

Wander through the colourful streets

Take in 360 views from an art-deco skyscraper terrace

    Bus to Venice – 4 hours

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.


Cross the iconic St Mark’s Square

Get lost in the alleyways and canals of the city

Ride a vaporetto down the Grand Canal

    Train to Florence – 2.5 hours

Florence (2 Nights)

If you’re 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.


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 (4 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!


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 (2 Nights)

Milan is cosmopolitan and fast-paced, a beacon of Western fashion with an addiction to culture as much as clothes. The world-acclaimed La Scala Opera House sits here, as does Leonardo da Vinci’s famous The Last Supper on the wall of Santa Maria Delle Grazie Basilica.


Visit the vast 14th century cathedral

Get (window) shopping at Europe’s fashion capital

See a performance at the famous La Scala Opera

    Train to Nice – 5 hours

Nice (2 Nights)

Looking out on to the French Riviera, Nice is a chic city with some of the best cuisine in the country. Its appeal was future-proofed by 19th Century British aristocrats who commissioned a beachside walkway by which to stroll at sunset, now the popular Promenade des Anglais.


Explore the old-world town of Nice

See the sunset from the Promenade des Anglais

Take a sightseeing cruise of the Cote d’Azur

    Train to Barcelona – 9 hours

Barcelona (3 Nights)

Barcelona is a city which offers everything in abundance. Delicious food, awesome nightlife, spectacular views from on high, architectural and artistic marvels all around. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s plenty of green space (and beach) around… A trip to the Sagrada Familia cathedral, still in construction, is a must.


See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter

Spot Gaudi’s distinctive architecture in Parc Guell

Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas

    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, it bedazzles visitors and oozes charisma at every turn.


See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre

Watch a cabaret act at the famous Moulin Rouge

Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais

    Train to London – 4 hours


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!