Italy/Greece ferry advice please!

Discussion in 'Continental Touring' started by johnandi, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. johnandi

    johnandi Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    82
    Location:
    North Wales
    Hi All,
    We're planning a trip down into Italy and across to Greece to spend a few weeks around the Peloponnese.
    We intend crossing to Greece about mid June and coming back to Italy early July.

    Does anyone have any advice/experience please on ferry routes - Ancona/Brindisi to Patras.
    e.g. Cost, time, convenience, booking companies.
    I can see from the Minion website that a 25% early booking discount applies for bookings made before 20th Jan.

    Many thanks
    John and Diane :Smile:
     
  2. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,417
    Likes Received:
    25,074
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    As always for that direction, do a search here for posts by Don Madge,
     
  3. Snowbird

    Snowbird Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2009
    Messages:
    10,116
    Likes Received:
    16,298
    Location:
    Liverpool.
    • Like Like x 2
  4. orange22

    orange22 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2010
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    5
    There is a Greek ferry travel company in london who we were recomended to use. We have used 3 times and they have been great. Via Mare. Don't forget to ask for camping on board ,always cheaper
     
  5. The Dude

    The Dude Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2013
    Messages:
    2,103
    Likes Received:
    2,265
    Location:
    Near Uttoxeter and Crete
    Have done the Italy to Greece ferries many times but we always disembark at Igoumenitsa due to it being better for the dogs. Have a look at Superfast and camping on board. This is a great service which means you can sleep in your motorhome, have EHU and access to good showers/toilets plus be able to use all the facilities on board as well. We love this way of travelling and if you are taking your dog then it's much more comfortable for them.
    We will be doing this again in March/April this year and will definitely be travelling Superfast/camping on board.
    Also if you have the time, take a look at the Pelion area around Volos - lovely!
    Good luck and have a safe, enjoyable journey.:Smile:
     
  6. John Laidler

    John Laidler Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    8,564
    Likes Received:
    11,543
    Location:
    Plympton, Devon
    Have a look at costs. I thought the Brindisi ferry would be a lot cheaper but when I looked online it wasn't much cheaper than leaving from much further north and it certainly didn't make economic sense, on the prices I saw, to drive all the way down to the bottom of Italy.

    Of course prices will vary and some of the websites are a struggle to use, especially the Greek ones, so I probably didn't see the best deals.
     
  7. Viennese

    Viennese Funster

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    2,346
    Likes Received:
    2,520
    Location:
    Oxford
    What an exercise in seamanship - still they have been doing it for thousands of years, more of a seafaring nation than us even! :thumb:

    Catherine
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,417
    Likes Received:
    25,074
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    Pah !

    We used steam, they had three rows of oars and farting sailors.
     
  9. Viennese

    Viennese Funster

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    2,346
    Likes Received:
    2,520
    Location:
    Oxford
    Yes Brian, while we were still living in caves and wearing animal skins and woad...

    Catherine
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. Greenacres

    Greenacres Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2013
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Stoke on Trent
    Italy Greece ferries

    Venice to Patras. Camping on board. €700 return. Expensive but worth it for amazing views of Venice.
     
  11. johnandi

    johnandi Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    82
    Location:
    North Wales
  12. johnandi

    johnandi Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    82
    Location:
    North Wales
    Hi, Many thanks for that, we'll have a look at them.
    I've been on the Greek ferry websites but they're not the easiest to 'navigate'! Tried booking a 'DECK' option for the 'van but Minion website won't accept this option - annoying!
    I'll try your London company. :thumb:
     
  13. johnandi

    johnandi Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    82
    Location:
    North Wales
    Cheers Dudes!
    Thank you for this information., we'll have a look at the Igoumenitsa option - presumably being a little father North it's slightly less expensive. Have tried (unsuccessfully at the moment) to book a Deck option with Minion ferries.
    Is 'Superfast' the name of the ferry company you use?
    John and Diane
     
  14. johnandi

    johnandi Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    82
    Location:
    North Wales
    Thanks Mr Devonbeekeeper,
    I had actually considered driving on to Brindisi for exactly the reasons you mention - I'll have a rethink! Annoyingly the Brindisi schedules and prices aren't yet published on-line for 2014 so I can't do any price comparison.
    I had thought of maybe coming back that way - just to enjoy the scenery on the Italian East coast, presumably it's worth seeing?

    Cheers
    John and Diane:Cool:
     
  15. Electraglide

    Electraglide Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2010
    Messages:
    330
    Likes Received:
    361
    Location:
    Farnham Surrey
    I can also endorse Viamare Travel, they organised a trip to Greece for us. 20 bikes, 28 people, not all travelling together. Ferries and Motorrail, the only hiccup was one ferry caught fire. Greek or Italian ferry companies are always a pain to deal with direct.
     
  16. johnandi

    johnandi Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    82
    Location:
    North Wales
    Makes my meagre attempts at berthing a yacht on our Flotilla sailing adventures in the Greek island kids play - wonder if the language on the 'bridge' was just as 'varied' though!! :Eeek:
     
  17. johnandi

    johnandi Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    82
    Location:
    North Wales
    That'll be the curry!! :RollEyes:
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2014
  18. johnandi

    johnandi Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    82
    Location:
    North Wales
    Thanks Electraglide - I (already) agree with your sentiments about Greek ferry websites, although I have found a lady called Katerina at Patras Travel very helpful via email!
    :Smile:
     
Loading...

Share This Page