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INTERRAIL SUMMER ITINERARIES

Europe has such a variety of scenery and styles that it’s sometimes hard to settle on 1 destination for your summer holiday. Broaden your horizons and experience some of Europe’s best loved cities and resorts. Maybe you’ll find some smaller hidden gems that you would never otherwise have found.

Spain with a ONE COUNTRY PASS     

Hotfooting it to Spain by train has been made even easier with the high speed link between Paris and Figueres in northern Spain. Even better, the first stop is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dali, the site of the enthralling Theatre-Museum Dali, the temple of Surrealism he built as a gift to the town.

 

Continue round the rugged Costa Bravan coast to Barcelona, home of beautiful Gaudi architecture and some of the finest food and drink in Europe. Time your visit right and you could head south to Benicassim for Europe’s sunniest music festival, before making the short hop to Valencia, one of Spain’s most underrated cities, home of world-class museums and piping hot paella.

 

Next up it has to be Madrid – just 90 minutes away. Spain now has more high speed rail track than any other European country, making it easy to flit between its stunning towns, cities and countryside. But maybe you’d prefer to take the slow route, lapping up the rolling Andalucian countryside as you head down to Seville, the deeply atmospheric cultural heart of the country, before finishing your holiday in Malaga, home to fantastic seafood, Moorish forts and glorious sunshine.

 

Figueres – Barcelona – Benicassim – Valencia – Madrid – Seville – Malaga       

 

Eastern Europe with a GLOBAL PASS    

More and more InterRailers are ditching the well-trodden routes in favour of a few weeks exploration of Eastern Europe. Where could be more apt to kick off your tour than Berlin? The vibrant German capital is home to Checkpoint Charlie, Communist architecture and remnants of the torn-down wall. From there, head to Krakow and Prague, 2 of the Continent’s most beautiful cities, full of wonderful baroque architecture and a rich, heady history.

 

After all that sightseeing, you’ll deserve a little rest and recuperation. How about nursing a latte in an ornate Viennese coffee shop, before heading to Budapest, the pampering epicentre of Europe? The Hungarian capital has dozens spas to dip your toes into, all of them intricately decorated, turn of the century works of art. Why not challenge a local to a game of chess on one of the bizarre floating boards?

 

If you really fancy kicking back, head via Belgrade to Zagreb in Croatia – perfectly placed for exploring the white sandy beaches and blue seas of the country’s Dalmatian Coast. This part of the world is just perfect for InterRailers on a budget – take local trains through the wonderful Croatian countryside. No reservations are needed, so you’ve got the flexibility to take a train on a romantic whim.

 

Berlin – Krakow – Prague – Bratislava – Vienna – Budapest – Belgrade – Zagreb – Ljubljana 

Italy with a ONE COUNTRY PASS     

In many ways Italy is the perfect place for a One Country Pass: too many people fly in and out of the country’s great cities, missing the chance to experience the stylish buzz of Milan with the historic and classical sights of Rome, Florence and Naples in one thrilling trip.

 

Throw yourself in at the deep end in Milan, Italy’s fashion capital, then head for nearby Turin, an elegant city full of tree-lined squares and cosy cafes which was once the country’s capital.

 

It’d be a crime to travel Italy without enjoying a gondola ride through the splendour of Venice, the floating city. From there, head south to Bologna, Italy’s gastronomic centre and one of the country’s most underrated destinations. Then it’s just a short train ride to Florence, one of Europe’s most stunning cities, where the likes of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli and Donatello left their awe-inspiring mark.

 

Next head for the enthrallingly chaotic streets of Naples to the south, a sun-kissed city that sits in the shadows of the impressive Mount Vesuvius, which made its horrifying and awe-inspiring mark on nearby Pompeii all those years ago. Lest we forget, Naples is the spiritual home of the humble pizza too. Then round off your Italian adventure with a few days soaking up the sights of Rome.

 

Milan – Turin – Venice – Bologna – Florence – Naples – Rome 

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