Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

Turkey

Ipsala - Istanbul

Cyril and Methodius Route in Turkey

Through mountains and valleys, along riverbeds, past lakes and seaside, villages and cities, the ancient Via Egnatia route goes 1000 km eastward to Istanbul. Parts of the old road have survived and are still there to enjoy for the observant hiker. Making use of the former Roman stations, this is a journey into history that will change your views on Europe. Via Egnatia stands for the cultural connection between East and West. Walking here offers a special insight into the amalgam of cultures that have become the Balkans.

The route starts at the western border with Greece and continues along the coast of the Sea of Marmara, ending in Istanbul, the former centre of the Byzantine Empire.

What's ahead of us?

Our tip:

Take plenty of food and drink with you, as there are sections of the trail with no food available for purchase during the hike. 

Which way are we hiking?

Recommended distribution of one-day stages including accommodation at the end destinations.

Ipsala - Istanbul

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 1:
Ipsala - Kermeyan

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 2:
Kermeyan - Mamara ereglisi

Turkish trails - Istanbul

STAGE 3:
Marmara ereglisi - Istanbul

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 4:
Pella - Thessaloniki

Greek trails - Thessaloniki

STAGE 5:
Pella - Thessaloniki

STAGE 6:
Thessaloniki - Apollonia

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STAGE 7:
Apollonia - Amphipolis

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 8:
Amphipolis - Philippi

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 9:
Philippi - Kavala

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 10:
Kavala - Genisea

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 11:
Genisea - Kipi

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 13:
Torre di Mosto - San Dona di Piave

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 14:
San Dona di Piave - Quarto d´Altino

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 15:
Quarto d´Altino - Mestre

Rome - Bari

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 1:
Rome (San Clemente) - Castel Gandolfo

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 2:
Castel Gandolfo - Velletri

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 3:
Velletri - Cori

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 4:
Cori - Sermoneta

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 5:
Sermoneta - Priverno

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 6:
Priverno - Terracina

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 7:
Terracina - Fondi

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 8:
Fondi - Formia

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 9:
Formia - Minturno

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STAGE 10:
Minturno - Carinola

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 11:
Carinola - Capua

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 12:
Capua - Maddaloni

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 13:
Maddaloni - Montesarchio

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 14:
Montesarchio - Benevento

Cyril and Methodius Route

STAGE 15:
Benevento - Buonalbergo

Why walk the trails of the Cyril and Methodius Route?

The long-distance trails of the Cyril and Methodius Route invite you to pilgrimage sites and archaeological sites that have contributed significantly to the development of Slavic culture. They are signposted in both directions and encourage wandering without borders, not only state borders.

What can be obtained?

Perhaps everyone likes to bring back something from hiking, be it various tourist and souvenir items. If you will be hiking the Cyril and Methodius Route, we have prepared the following printed materials to motivate you to hike the trail: