Me and a friend plan to discover Europa this september with the interrail ticket.
Our perfect route would be:
As we are probably going to buy a ticket for 22 days, we doubt that this route is realistic, if we don't want to spend
every minute on the train..
Hence my first question to the experienced travellers of you is: Is it realistic or should we cut it right from the start?
Furthermore I'd like to know if there really are trains which are for free with the interrail ticket, since I tried a lot of connections, to see if there are free trains and to find out how much time the separate distances roughly take.
Therefore I used this planner: https://en.rail.cc/interrail-train-connections
But nearly every connection I found was listed as a train for which you have to pay a supplement, although I activated the "no trains with surcharge"-button. Even trains which are not listed on the list of trains you have to pay.
Are the trains shown with this planner the only existing ones?
I find it very confusing since there are so many different ones, which all seem to work differently, and I have no idea how to find out which trains really exist and can be taken without paying supplements.
My last question concerns Greece. I already mentioned that we wanted to visit Athens, and then take a ferry from Patras to Venezia. Now I read that there are no international connections to Greece at the moment.
How should I plan my trip then, if I want to travel from Skopje to Athens?
Thanks a lot for your help!