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Postby nojazz » Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:16 pm

Hi
we drove bg through greece to italy in November. The roads were excellent -new motorway through the mountains, spectacular views. Only advice don't prebook ferry on internet go directly to the ferry office, we saved over 50% on the published price for crossing

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Postby grabsplatter » Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:10 pm

We drove from UK a couple of weeks ago and used the ferry from Ancona to Ingoumenitsa, having read loads of horror stories about routes through Serbia and Romania. First day was to Strasbourg, which is well worth the visit in the run up to Christmas. Second day we got to Como after a rather stressful drive across the Alps in heavy snow. Third day we drove to Ancona to catch the ferry the next day. We just turned up at the ticket office and bought tickets on the Anek line, we got a two berth cabin for the price of a two berth . Had a great crossing overnight. The last day was the drive across Greece and to our new home in Sofia. The motorway to Thessaloniki is largely complete, just a few junctions and service stations left to build. If you need fuel then you have to turn into one of the villages beside the motorway. So far they have built the toll booths but not started to use them. They seem to be improving the road from Thessaloniki to the border.

If you have a few days for the journey then I highly recommend this route, just remember - snow chains if you cross the Alps (wish I'd thought of them!) and toll roads in France are not cheap.

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Postby BigD » Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:44 pm

grabsplatter,
Can you just clarify this bit as am interested in the route:-

"we got a two berth cabin for the price of a two berth"

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Postby grabsplatter » Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:14 am

Ah, you spotted the deliberate mistake. That should read "we got a four berth cabin..."

It's a lovely journey. We worked it out over a beer and did next to no preparation but had a great time with no real problems (apart from slippery mountain roads). Everywhere we stayed was so good that we want to go back and spend more time there. I'm sure it's not the quickest route, but you'd be hard pressed to beat it on any other basis. The ferry journey is quite long (16 hours or so) but, if you get the 4pm sailing then you get to Greece in the morning after a good rest.

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Postby doughnut » Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:15 pm

This sounds like a lovely route but how much does the ferry cost?


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Postby Billy2 » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:05 pm

When we went last August - Bari to Igoumenitsa, we didnt book in advance, as we had a little holiday / adventure on the way across. We ended up paying half price for the crossing on the day of travel (two passengers and a jeep) ! As we weren't in any hurry it didnt matter if we had to wait an additional day to travel.

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Postby Senile-and-Blonde » Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:32 am

Hi guys,

Ok we're travelling Italy to Greece route at the back end of next year. Now reason i'm posting is having done this route in Summer 2007 i never really took and notice of accomodation for cats.
Has anyone ever done this route with cats or more to the point done it with 2 18 month old nutty cats.?

Can anyone help with info as well aware we need to sort out passports for them in near future .

Regards Estelle.

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Postby jinx57 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:41 pm

Senile-and-Blonde wrote:Hi guys,
Has anyone ever done this route with cats or more to the point done it with 2 18 month old nutty cats.?
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Never done this route with cats nor seen cats on board. Try talking direct with ANEK lines rather than booking through the ferry agents
info as to how you get on with cat accommodation would be great

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Postby marbellapete » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:18 pm

We have done it with a dog there are individual secure cage type kennels in large cabin on top deck.


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