The Sultans Trail is a 2500 km long-distance hiking and cycling trail from Vienna to Istanbul. It takes an average person 15 weeks to complete the entire Sultans Trail. Cyclists need around 4 weeks to do so.
East meets West
Contrary to its past, then a path of conquest, the Sultans Trail nowadays is a path of peace, a meeting place for people of different faiths, cultures and backgrounds. That’s why we choose consciously to let this Sultans Trail, a European Cultural Route, run back from Vienna to Istanbul, from conquest to “collaboration in diversity”.
Total distance in km
“You are crazy!” A very common response I encounter when talking about my plan. Some people wonder if there are compelling and sensible reasons to cycle around the world. In my opinion, yes, there are actually many.
When I was thinking about taking a few months off from work and decided that I wanted to do a hiking or biking trail, I started to search through the internet for trails. Santiago de Compostela was an option, but I actually wanted to do something different….
“You are going to hike for three months? Through the Balkans?? ALONE???”
Having confirmed each of these questions with a “yes”, I could almost always expect to hear one of the following exclamations: “Are you not afraid? Alone, as a woman, from Vienna to Bulgaria?”
“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old”
Lepši chlebik v pokojí, ako koláč v rozbroji
Better to eat bread in peace, than cake amidst turmoil
Ez van, ezt kell szeretni
This is what it is
Hurry slowly: More speed, less haste
Uzdaj se u se i u svoje kljuse
Trust yourself and your horse
След дъжд – качулка
“You put your hood on after the rain”
Σπίτι μου σπιτάκι μου και σπιτοκαλυβάκι μου
My home, my little home, a little house of my own
Greek equivalent of “Home, sweet home”
I great in peace
Turkish meet and greet