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
In 2022 we organise a promotional tour along the Sultans Trail. We’ll walk the entire trail in two periods.
Our Sultans Cycling Trail developers invite you to join them on an exciting summer tour, from Vienna to Istanbul, in 38 days.
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?”
I look back with great satisfaction on my cycling adventure from Gemert to Istanbul. From April 25 to July 1, I was on the road. Distance wise it was almost a double Sultans Trail. First about 2000 km to get from Gemert via Prague to Vienna. From there to Istanbul was another 2000 km. A journey full of fascinating contradictions.
“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