I'll be going on my first big trip at the end of January 08. My first stop is New York City for a month and then over to Spain from there i'm planning to walk it all the way to France, Italy, Germany and Greece.
If there's a need to take transport i'll take it but if there's no need then i'll be walking. I'm going to be spending one day in each city and moving on the next day, and money wise i'm takeing just enough with me about 700 pounds cause truthfully i'm doing this just for the experiance of it , like meeting new people, different cultures and everything else.
What i want to know is it possible to do it ?
Well, given that they're all part of the continent it's got to be possible hasn't it!
It would take you a very long time though.
I would think, if you're dead set on going through the countries mentioned, the best route would be from Spain up through France (which has a tremendous network of walking tracks, the grand randonees) to Alsace then through to Germany (somewhere around Strasbourg maybe?) then down through Austria (via Innsbruck maybe) into Italy.
Then you'd have to go - Northern Italy - Slovenia - Croatia - Montenegro - Macedonia - Greece. This would be the really tricky bit. A more comfortable way of going would be to walk to Brindisi in Italy then get the ferry to Patara in Greece.
In fact, if you skipped Germany, you could do the trip reasonably practically going Spain - Pyrenees - France - Cote D'Azur - Italy - Brindisi - ferry - Greece. It's 1500 miles, so assuming you can cover roughly 20 miles per day you could do it inside four months this way. Then dip your tired feet in the med at a remote greek island at the end. Lovely.
Then you'd have to go - Northern Italy - Slovenia - Croatia - Montenegro - Macedonia - Greece. This would be the really tricky bit.
probably a stupid question but why would that be really tricky ?
btw thanks for the reply
Croatia -Montenegro - Macedonia difficult because - not very well established walking tracks, not many English speakers, lack of tourist infrastructure if you get stuck and run out of stuff. Far from impossible, just not as immediately do-able as Western Europe.
I did hear of someone just the other day that had just completed his round the world adventure by foot, row boat, roller blades and anything else that didn't require an engine or motor to operate. It had taken him 12 years if I remember correctly! If his adventure was possible then I can't see why a mini one like yours wouldn't be.
I would certainly recommend reading the book Giant Steps by Karl Bushby. He is walking all the way around the world from the tip of Argentina to London via Alaska and Russia.
His website is here.
This one is also pretty interesting
Hope you have fun
A pretty well-established walking route from Spain to France and on to Germany is the pilgrims route "The Way of St James".
From Germany there are then walking routes across the Alps to Italy. From Italy you could then catch a ferry to Greece.
So yes, it is possible!
The reason why Northern Italy - Slovenia - Croatia - Montenegro - Macedonia - Greece is tricky is that this is a region in Europe that is less than 100% tourist friendly. The Balkan civil war in the 90's left its mark there and the Kosovo continues to be under military observation by the UNO. It is the poorest region in Europe and has a bit of a bad reputation as being less than savoury for tourists.
The other tricky part is crossing the Alps, this should only be attempted from late June to early August. A similar problem might be getting across the Pyrenees as these are also only walkable in July.
You might also want to sent a personal message to TP-member Odysseas - he is the walking expert.
BTW, if I was you I would look into touring Morocco too. I know that the best time to tour Morocco by bike is in winter, I can only assume that this is true for hiking as well.
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 25, 2007, at 11:54 AM by t_maia ]