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 first part of the Via Egnatia Hiking Trail is now ready. It is 475 km long, starting from Durrës on the Adriatic coast through Albania, FY Republic of Macedonia and Greece and ending at Thessaloniki. It is a completely new trail for the walker who is looking for untrodden paths. The trail suits the backpacker with sleeping bag and tent as well as the walker who prefers to spend the nights in proper beds.
Explore unknown regions of Albania, the region of Macedonia and Northern Greece as well as famous highlights like Ohrid, ancient Pella and Thessaloniki. Enjoy the hospitality and traditional fresh food in the rural villages. Saunter through narrow streets, bazaars and markets in old cities.
An extensive full color guide book with step by step description, topographic maps, waypoints and GPS tracks, practical information, language glossary, history and background information is now available. Click here for information and sample pages.