Our Trail Coordinator is planning to walk the entire trail in 2022 as a promotional tour. The purpose of this trip is to promote the trail and talk to as many local stakeholders as possible. The walking days are kept relatively short (20km max.) to allow plenty of time to talk to people, visit municipal offices, see a museum, check out sights along the trail and have a meet-and-greet at the end of the day. You are welcome to join us. Please contact max@sultanstrail.com.

Grand-Tour-2022

The tour is scheduled to take place in two periods:
part 1: Vienna – Sofia in April – June 2022
part 2: Sofia – Istanbul in September – October 2022

Of course, this will only take place when the risks of COVID-19 can be minimalized and travel restrictions have been lifted.

Due to the persistent Covid pandemic, it seemed unlikely that this plan could go through as planned in in 2021, the reason to postpone the project by one year, to 2022.

    From Vienna to Istanbul in 120 days

    Part 1 Vienna- Sofia
    1546 km – 83 hiking days  – duration 12 weeks
    Travel to Vienna
    Mar 27, 2022 Sun Overnight stay at: Vienna
    Leg 1  Vienna Centre- Budapest
    351 km – 21 hiking days  – duration 3 weeks
    day 1,
    Mar 28, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Kahlenberg to Vienna Centre (17,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Vienna
    day 2,
    Mar 29, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Vienna Centre to Rauchenwarth (22,8 km)
    Overnight stay at: Bauer Karin 
    day 3,
    Mar 30, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Rauchenwarth to Trautmansdorf (13,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Hotel Rumpler (Bruck/Leitha)
    day 4,
    Mar 31, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Trautmansdorf to Bruck/Leitha (12,9 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Hotel Rumpler
    day 5,
    Apr 1, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Bruck/Leitha to Petronell-Carnuntum (18,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Hotel Marc Aurel
    day 6,
    Apr 2, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Petronell-Carnuntum to Hainburg/Donau (9,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Gasthof zu den 3 Raben
    day 7,
    Apr 3, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Hainburg/Donau to Bratislava (16,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: Bratislava
    day 8,
    Apr 4, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Bratislava to Čunovo (19,9 km)
    Overnight stay at: Santino
    day 9,
    Apr 5, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Čunovo to Cikolasziget (21,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hesperus Camping
    day 10,
    Apr 6, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Cikolasziget to Lipot (14,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Pension Lipót
    day 11,
    Apr 7, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Lipot to Györ (29,7 km)
    Overnight stay at: City apartman és camping
    day 12,
    Apr 8, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Györ to Gönyű (18,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: Duna Panoráma Panzió
    day 13,
    Apr 9, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Gönyű to  Àcs  (13,6 km)
    Overnight stay at: Harry’s Pub (in Komarno)
    day 14,
    Apr 10, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from  Àcs  to Komárno (13,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: Harry’s Pub
    day 15,
    Apr 11, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Komárno to Dunaradvány /Radvaň nad Dunajom (20,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Penzión Mlyn
    day 16,
    Apr 12, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Dunaradvány /Radvaň nad Dunajom to Mužla (22,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: Montanara
    day 17,
    Apr 13, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Mužla to Esztergom (13,7 km)
    Overnight stay at: *St.Adelbert Hotel
    day 18,
    Apr 14, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Esztergom to Dobogókő (20,9 km)
    Overnight stay at: Báró Eötvös Lóránd Menedékház
    day 19,
    Apr 15, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Dobogókő to Csillaghegy (21,6 km)
    Overnight stay at: Irisz Panzió
    day 20,
    Apr 16, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Csillaghegy to Budapest (12,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Budapest
    Apr 17, 2022 Sun Day of rest in Budapest
    Ottoman Tour with Csilla
    Leg 2   Budapest- Belgrade
    663 km – 34 hiking days  – duration 4,9 weeks
    day 21,
    Apr 18, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Budapest to Ófalu (24,5 km)
    Overnight stay at: Centrál Borház Étterem és Panzió in Érd
    day 22,
    Apr 19, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Ófalu to Százhalombatta (6,5 km)
    Overnight stay at: Oktán Szálló
    day 23,
    Apr 20, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Százhalombatta to Tordas (24 km)
    Overnight stay at: Szép Napot Vendégház BB
    day 24,
    Apr 21, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Tordas to Nadap (17 km)
    Overnight stay at: Walzer Étterem és Panzió
    day 25,
    Apr 22, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Nadap to Székesfehérvár (21,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Hotel Platan
    day 26,
    Apr 23, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Székesfehérvár to Tác (19,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Vénusz Panzió 
    day 27,
    Apr 24, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Tác to Nagylók (25,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: Fenyves Vendégház-Nagylók
    day 28,
    Apr 25, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Nagylók to Mezőfalva (15,8 km)
    Overnight stay at: Dunaúváros:Álom Szálló
    day 29,
    Apr 26, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Mezőfalva to Dunaföldvár (20,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Rozmaringos Udvarház
    day 30,
    Apr 27, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Dunaföldvár to Dunapataj (24,5 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Bringa Panzió
    day 31,
    Apr 28, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Dunapataj to Kalocsa (20,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Alice Panzio Gold
    day 32,
    Apr 29, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Kalocsa to Bóni-fok  (28 km)
    Overnight stay at: Veránka Sighet Hotel
    day 33,
    Apr 30, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Bóni-fok  to Pörböly/Baja  (21,6 km)
    Overnight stay at: Baja:*Ciszterci Ház 
    day 34,
    May 1, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Pörböly/Baja  to Dunaszekcsö (19,7 km)
    Overnight stay at: Marika Guest House
    day 35,
    May 2, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Dunaszekcsö to Mohács (16,8 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Révkapu Panzió – Hotel
    day 36,
    May 3, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Mohács to Hercegszántó (H)  (26,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Locomotiv Vendégház
    day 37,
    May 4, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Hercegszántó (H)  to Bezdan (16,8 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Anna Caffe
    day 38,
    May 5, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Bezdan to Bački Monoštor (8 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Pansion Marija
    day 39,
    May 6, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Bački Monoštor to Sombor (26,5 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Bike Camp LongTour
    day 40,
    May 7, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Sombor to Apatin (23 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Čarda Zlatna kruna 
    day 41,
    May 8, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Apatin to Bogojevo (29,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Apatin:*Čarda Zlatna kruna 
    day 42,
    May 9, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Bogojevo to Bač (22,6 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Jakic
    day 43,
    May 10, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Bač to  Bačka Palanka  (30,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hotel Fontana
    day 44,
    May 11, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from  Bačka Palanka  to Neštin (14,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: House & camp “Skelica” and Casa Castellum
    day 45,
    May 12, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Neštin to Fruška Gora/Andrevlje  (24,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: Andrevlje
    day 46,
    May 13, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Fruška Gora/Andrevlje  to Stari Ledinci (24,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Podrum Miljević
    day 47,
    May 14, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Stari Ledinci to Novi Sad  (12,5 km)
    Overnight stay at: Novi Sad
    day 48,
    May 15, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Novi Sad  to Sremski Karlovci (13,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Apartmani Sunflower
    day 49,
    May 16, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Sremski Karlovci to Beška bridge (14,7 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Pansion Sidro
    day 50,
    May 17, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Beška bridge to Stari Slankamen (17,9 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Prenoćište Kej
    day 51,
    May 18, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Stari Slankamen to Stari Banovci  (25,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hotel Village
    day 52,
    May 19, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Stari Banovci  to Zemun (22,4 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hostel Kavala
    day 53,
    May 20, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Zemun to Belgrade (6,9 km)
    Overnight stay at: Belgrade
    May 21, 2022 Sat Day of rest in Belgrade
    Visit underground tunnels beneath Kalemegdan
    Leg 3 Belgrade- Niš
    341 km – 19 hiking days  – duration 2,7 weeks
    day 54,
    May 22, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Belgrade to Vrčin (24 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Hotel Hedonic
    day 55,
    May 23, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Vrčin to Grocka (14,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Smederevo:Nikolas Grand Apartments
    day 56,
    May 24, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Grocka to Smederevo (26,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Nikolas Grand Apartments
    day 57,
    May 25, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Smederevo to Mihajlovac (19,6 km)
    Overnight stay at: Smederevska Palanka:*Konaćište Kao Kod Kuće
    day 58,
    May 26, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Mihajlovac to Smederevska Palanka  (24,9 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Konaćište Kao Kod Kuće
    day 59,
    May 27, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Smederevska Palanka  to Markovac (25,6 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Motel Stari hrast
    day 60,
    May 28, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Markovac to Svilajnac (9,7 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Grand
    day 61,
    May 29, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Svilajnac to Despotovac (28,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Motel Kruna
    day 62,
    May 30, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Despotovac to Ravanica (??? km)
    Overnight stay at: Ravanica
    day 63,
    May 31, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Ravanica to Ćuprija (29,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: BB Plava Laguna
    day 64,
    Jun 1, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Ćuprija to Paraćin (14,5 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Hotel Petrus
    day 65,
    Jun 2, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Paraćin to Varvarin (21,4 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Dejana Perinog – sobe za izdavanje
    day 66,
    Jun 3, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Varvarin to Kruševac (21,6 km)
    Overnight stay at: City Hotel
    day 67,
    Jun 4, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Kruševac to Veliko Golovode  (7,9 km)
    Overnight stay at: Krusevac:City Hotel
    day 68,
    Jun 5, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Veliko Golovode  to Ribarska banja (25,8 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hotel vila di Lusso
    day 69,
    Jun 6, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Ribarska banja to Cesma Grebac (12,4 km)
    Overnight stay at: Zeleni Raj
    day 70,
    Jun 7, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Cesma Grebac to Lalinac (23,8 km)
    Overnight stay at: Zeleni vir
    day 71,
    Jun 8, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Lalinac to Niš (11,5 km)
    Overnight stay at: Nis
    Jun 09, 2022 Thu Day of rest in Niš
    Visit Cegar hill, Mediana, look for remains of Roman Aquaducts
    Leg 4   Niš- Sofia
    192 km – 10 hiking days  – duration 1,4 weeks
    day 72,
    Jun 10, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Niš to Niška Banja  (13,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: Pansion Velickovic
    day 73,
    Jun 11, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Niška Banja  to Bojanine Vode (19,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Loggers hut
    day 74,
    Jun 12, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Bojanine Vode to Bela Palanka (27,7 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Villa Festina N&J
    day 75,
    Jun 13, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Bela Palanka to Pirot (28 km)
    Overnight stay at: Apartman Marija 
    day 76,
    Jun 14, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Pirot to Dimitrovgrad (25,4 km)
    Overnight stay at: Saraj, privatni Smestaj
    day 77,
    Jun 15, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Dimitrovgrad to Dragoman (23,4 km)
    Overnight stay at: Dragoman Hotel
    day 78,
    Jun 16, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Dragoman to Slivnitsa (16,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hotel-mehana Gergana
    day 79,
    Jun 17, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Slivnitsa to Bankya (24,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: Family Hotel Emaly 1
    day 80,
    Jun 18, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Bankya to Sofia (14,9 km)
    Overnight stay at: Bon-Bon Hotel
    End of Grant Tour Part 1 (Vienna – Sofia)
    Jun 19, 2022 Sun Return home

     

    Part 2 Sofia- Istanbul
    800 km – 44 hiking days  – duration 6 weeks
    Flight to Sofia
    Sep 16, 2022 Fri Overnight stay at: Bon Bon Hotel
    Leg 5 Sofia- Plovdiv
    209 km – 13 hiking days  – duration 1,9 weeks
    day 81,
    Sep 17, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Sofia to Studenski grad (4 km)
    Overnight stay at: Black and White City Home
    day 82,
    Sep 18, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Studenski grad to Gorublâne (14 km)
    Overnight stay at: Boutique Hotel L do Rado
    day 83,
    Sep 19, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Gorublâne to Red Cross School  (14,7 km)
    Overnight stay at: Red Cross School 
    day 84,
    Sep 20, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Red Cross School  to Krushovitsa (21 km)
    Overnight stay at: Guest houses Krushovitsa
    day 85,
    Sep 21, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Krushovitsa to Paunovo (14,4 km)
    Overnight stay at: Horizon Guest House
    day 86,
    Sep 22, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Paunovo to Ithiman (16,9 km)
    Overnight stay at: Motel Ihtiman
    day 87,
    Sep 23, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Ithiman to Pchelini bani (16 km)
    Overnight stay at: Pchelin Garden
    day 88,
    Sep 24, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Pchelini bani to Kostenets (12 km)
    Overnight stay at: Khotel Restorant “Diani”
    day 89,
    Sep 25, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Kostenets to Septemvri (28,9 km)
    Overnight stay at: Pension
    day 90,
    Sep 26, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Septemvri to Pazardzhik (21,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hotel Trakiya
    day 91,
    Sep 27, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Pazardzhik to Stambolijski (23,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hotel Corner
    day 92,
    Sep 28, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Stambolijski to Plovdiv (23,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hotel Trakia
    Sep 29, 2022 Thu Day of rest in Plovdiv
    visit the mosque and Roman sites
    Leg 6 Plovdiv- Edirne
    246 km – 13 hiking days  – duration 1,9 weeks
    day 93,
    Sep 30, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Plovdiv to Brestnik (14,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hotel – restaurant “BUNARA”
    day 94,
    Oct 1, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Brestnik to Asenovgrad (15,7 km)
    Overnight stay at: Cosmos Hotel
    day 95,
    Oct 2, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Asenovgrad to Bryagovo (30 km)
    Overnight stay at: Guest House Donna
    day 96,
    Oct 3, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Bryagovo to Bryagovo (24,6 km)
    Overnight stay at: Guest House “At the Leader”
    day 97,
    Oct 4, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Bryagovo to Haskovo (23,4 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hotel Trakia
    day 98,
    Oct 5, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Haskovo to Lyubenovo (22,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: ??
    day 99,
    Oct 6, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Lyubenovo to Harmanli (20,6 km)
    Overnight stay at: Hotel Olympia
    day 100,
    Oct 7, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Harmanli to Lubimets (22,6 km)
    Overnight stay at: Maritsa Hotel
    day 101,
    Oct 8, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Lubimets to Svilengrad (15,9 km)
    Overnight stay at: Guest House Radi
    day 102,
    Oct 9, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Svilengrad to Dakia (19,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: Orestiada:Hotel Alexandros
    day 103,
    Oct 10, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Dakia to Kastanies (30,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: Karaağaç:Adres Apart Otel
    day 104,
    Oct 11, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Kastanies to Edirne (7,8 km)
    Overnight stay at: Taşhan Hotel
    Oct 12, 2022 Wed Day of rest in Edirne
    Visit palace and Wrestling area
    Leg 7 Edirne- Istanbul
    344 km – 17 hiking days  – duration 2,4 weeks
    day 105,
    Oct 13, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Edirne to Kavakli (25,5 km)
    Overnight stay at: ??
    day 106,
    Oct 14, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Kavakli to Süloğlu (15,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: Edirne:Taşhan Hotel
    day 107,
    Oct 15, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Süloğlu to Kiklareli (32,7 km)
    Overnight stay at: Line Suite Hotel
    day 108,
    Oct 16, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Kiklareli to Üsküpdere (19,6 km)
    Overnight stay at: ??
    day 109,
    Oct 17, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Üsküpdere to Pinarhisar (17,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Akkus otel
    day 110,
    Oct 18, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Pinarhisar to Vize (28,8 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Trak Otel
    day 111,
    Oct 19, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from Vize to Saray (23,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Elit Hotel Saray
    day 112,
    Oct 20, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Saray to  Binkiliç-Fatih/Atatürk  (29,7 km)
    Overnight stay at: ??
    day 113,
    Oct 21, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from  Binkiliç-Fatih/Atatürk  to Gümüşpinar (21 km)
    Overnight stay at: ?? Catalca?
    day 114,
    Oct 22, 2022 Sat
    Hiking from Gümüşpinar to Dağyenice (27,5 km)
    Overnight stay at: ?? Catalca?
    day 115,
    Oct 23, 2022 Sun
    Hiking from Dağyenice to Dursunköy (23,2 km)
    Overnight stay at: ??
    day 116,
    Oct 24, 2022 Mon
    Hiking from Dursunköy to Sazlibosna (8,8 km)
    Overnight stay at: *Homestay Fikri Bekbaş
    day 117,
    Oct 25, 2022 Tue
    Hiking from Sazlibosna to O-6 Motorway (26,4 km)
    Overnight stay at: ??
    day 118,
    Oct 26, 2022 Wed
    Hiking from O-6 Motorway to Sultangazi (18,8 km)
    Overnight stay at: Selahaddin Eyyubi Uygulama Oteli 
    day 119,
    Oct 27, 2022 Thu
    Hiking from Sultangazi to Eyüp (18,3 km)
    Overnight stay at: Bayrak Hotel & Restaurant
    day 120,
    Oct 28, 2022 Fri
    Hiking from Eyüp to Süleymaniye Mosque (8,1 km)
    Overnight stay at: Anadolu Hotel
    Oct 29, 2022 Sat Day of rest in Istanbul
    Visit the cisterns
    End of Grant Tour  Part 2 (Sofia – Istanbul)
    Oct 30, 2022 Sun Return home from Istanbul

    Conditions

    Travel companions on this Grand Tour agree to the following:
    – to endorse the purpose of the tour;
    – to participate under their own responsibility;
    – to arrange their own transportation to the rendezvous point and their return;
    – to share in collective costs, pro rata;
    – to solve their own problems.

    The travel plan may change.
    The tour is cancelled when the Trail Coordinator is not available.

    COVID-19 may introduce additional restrictions or conditions.

    See also Travelling with friends