I am hoping to get an Interrail pass through Europe this June for a graduation trip with a group of friends for about three weeks. What is the best route to take which will include famous sights but also the roads (or rails) less travelled? Maeve, via email 

The possibilities are endless!

Europe is packed with famous sights from glamorous Paris to edgy Berlin, romantic Venice to historic Dubrovnik.

Plan to spend at least a couple of days in each place, as you can’t really get to know anywhere in one day and travelling too much will just wear you out. Make use of overnight trains to save on accommodation.

Given these general rules, I would suggest the following itinerary: utilise London’s speedy Eurostar connection and begin with the stellar sights of Paris.

From here you can take a direct train to the glamorous French Riviera.

Try your luck at Monaco’s world famous casinos before heading into northern Italy to try some of the world’s best food.

In fact, you will be spoiled for choice of cities with top sights in Italy – Rome is bursting with historical wonders such as the Roman Forum and Colosseum, and Pisa’s leaning tower and Florence’s stunning collection of Renaissance art are all worth trying to see. 

From here, travel to Slovenia for a break from the city scene and spend a few days relaxing by Lake Bled.

Then head south to embark on roads less travelled, through northern Croatia and Bosnia, in particular Mostar with its fascinating patchwork of architecture. Finish up with a beach break in Montenegro.

Lonely Planet’s Laura Lindsaywill give you the benefit of her infinite wisdom if you email a question to traveltips@tntmagazine.com. If your  question is answered, you’ll win a Lonely Planet guide of your choice.


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