Grand Tour

From Vienna to Istanbul in 120 days

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.

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.

Travel plan

Part 1Vienna- Sofia
1546 km – 83 hiking days  – duration 12 weeks
Travel to Vienna
Mar 27, 2022 SunOvernight 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 SunDay 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 SatDay 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 ThuDay 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 TourPart 1 (Vienna – Sofia)
Jun 19, 2022 SunReturn home
Part 2Sofia- Istanbul
800 km – 44 hiking days  – duration 6 weeks
Flight to Sofia
Sep 16, 2022 FriOvernight 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 ThuDay 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 WedDay 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 SatDay of rest in Istanbul
Visit the cisterns
End of Grant Tour Part 2 (Sofia – Istanbul)
Oct 30, 2022 SunReturn 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