Ferries Italy to Greece?

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  1. Glandwr

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    I am in the south of France at the moment and plan to slowly go down Italy to Puglia and then across to Greece. I am thinking of a ferry from Brindisi or Bari. Anyone with experience or recommendations? Could I save money by booking in advance?

    Dick
     
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    I looked at this earlier in the year and there wasn't a lot in it price wise between the long ferries from the north and the short crossings from the south. This won't be an issue if you want to drive down Italy but worth considering for the return. And I am fairly sure you get the best deals booking on line. Turning up at the port isn't normally the way to get the best deals anywhere - having once done this at an airport when stranded!
     
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    Have taken the ferry from Venice twice. Would highly recommend it . A couple of days exploring Venice and then leaving standing on deck an experience not to be missed. As we don't buy Xmas presents for each other we book the posh cabin :) a superb trip and we get off at Patras and spend most if our time in the Peloponnese.
     
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    We went from Ancona in September, as said not much difference in price, about £100 dearer from Venice. Booking before the end of Feb gave a 15% discount, got another 10% for over 60 & another 10% for joining Miloan Lines Bonus Club.
     
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    We have booked through Viamare in the past. Very helpful and they are in North London. Trying to deal with some of the Italian/Greek companies direct is not always easy if there is a problem.
     
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    We have used Minoan each time and booked direct . No problem . One time just went to ferry port and booked as did not want to be tied to a specific date in advance . Ok price easy done .
     
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    We used Viamare, very impressed, they told us to join the Miloan club to get the extra discount, and when a ferry was cancelled rung us as well as email & asked us to confirm by email to make sure we new about the change, also they deal with all the Greek ferry companies and will find you the best deal.
     
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    Hi Dick
    Will any campsites be open now in Greece , or are you wilding ?
     
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    I can chirp up Robert - there are a good handful of year-round sites on the Peloponnese. I stayed at Camping Finikes in Finikounda, and there are quite a few more. There are wilding spots but like everywhere else now, the locals can find it annoying and provocative on occasions. Too many staying too long and making locals feel uncomfortable. I did a bit of wilding but only at very deserted locations, short stops and very discreetly.
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    Is staying in your van on board still allowed? It looks like it isn't on the website.
     
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    Miloan Lines have stopped it but have a"camping package" only avalable to caravans and Motorhomes it gives you a reduced rate, inside cabin & 30% off meals, we paid €525 return from Ancona to Patras.
    Anek & Super Fast still do it.
     
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    We stayed at Camping Thines but there are 3 in the area open . Not a huge number if sites open. But enough . Wild camping is not too well thought of and given their financial state they are not happy that people obviously with finance are not happy to contribute to the country. Sites and eating out are not expensive . And the Peloponnese is a very poor area but the people are charming .
     
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    In 4 weeks we only spent 4 nights on sights and 2 of them were only because the weather was so bad. Generally found the locals welcome you when it's out of season. In central Greece & Macidonia there were no other vans about we were on our own nice & quiet, a few vans about on the Peloponnese but never a problem finding somewhere to stop for the night.
     
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    Yeah but your amazingly careful? Some would say a tightwad..I could not possibly comment:)
     
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    Next time we meet sabers at dawn :)

    What's the point of buying a Motorhome & then using sites? Might as well kept the caravan.:(
     
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    We've spent the last 2 Summers in the Peloponnese and didn't see many "camper dumps"...

    What do you do with all your er "waste" if you rarely visit sites?:)
     
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    According to ACSI the following sites are open all year in Peloponnese

    Iria Beach Camping
    Camping Gythion Bay
    Camping Koroni
    Campsite Paleologio
    Campsite Triton II
    Campsite Argolic Strand
    Campsite Mani-Beach
    Campsite Finikes
     
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    Carry a spare cassette we can last at least 8 days between emptying, there are a few camper stops on the Pleopnnese some charge a few Euro to service others are free, there is a Dutch book with them all listed.
     
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    Can recommend highly Triton 2 ! And if you like you can take your van into Nafplio to visit , huge parking at quayside . In Pylos from Camping Finikes you can take the van and parking allowed for the day on quayside too.
     
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