Does the idea of backpacking with your friends in Europe fill your heart with excitement? Are you as crazy about trains as Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory? If you are nodding vigorously, then it is time to combine your love for trains and Europe.
Take a two-week holiday and explore Europe with your friends by rail with the help International Rail. A Global Train Pass with 5 days within 15-day travel validity would cost only £189 if you are less than 28 years of age. You can comfortably travel to around 30 countries in Europe with this pass in your backpack. In addition, pass holders also get discounts on ferries, hotels, museums and other transportation services.
Our suggested itinerary is as follows:
Three days in Paris
Start your journey from the city of love, Paris in France. There are plenty of sight-seeing opportunities that would keep you entertained for three days. Few of the tourist attractions include Montmartre, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, Gothic style Sainte-Chapelle and the 17-century park Jardin du Luxembourg. Those looking for off-beat travel experiences can enjoy the panoramic view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower and visit the The Louvre museum at night.
Three days in Germany
Catch the earliest possible train to Frankfrut or Stuttgart (a 3-4 hour journey), Germany on the fourth day of your trip. Discover the beauty of Füssen on Day 4 of this trip like 19th century Neuschwanstein Castle and former Benedictine Monastery St. Mang’s Abbey. Divide your remaining stay in Germany between Munich, Bavarian castles and Rhine Valley, before heading to the Netherlands.
Four days in Netherlands
Amsterdam is one of the most popular destinations in the world for young travelers. Therefore, plan your stay in the Netherlands centered around Amsterdam. On Day 7, visit the museums Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh. The next day walk through the Anne Frank House, Jordaan, and the History Museum. In the remaining two days, go on walking/biking tours, canal cruises & museum hopping across the city to get familiar with Netherlands’ history and culture.
Hop on an over-night train to England on Day 10 of the Euro trip. Since it is a 9-hour journey, you can sleep on the train and save money on accommodation.
Four days in England
England is huge. Needless to say, you and your friends can cover only a few of the many stunning places. Stick to London, Bath, Avebury, Glastonbury, Wells and Cornwall from your travel bucket list. While Bath has preserved its old-world charm, London is a beautiful blend of traditional and modern England. Cornwall is home to several nature parks, subtropical gardens and beaches.