Planing trip to Greece Apr 2012

Discussion in 'Continental Touring' started by alanyerala, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. alanyerala

    alanyerala Read Only Funster

    Sep 8, 2010
    We are planning :Doh: a two months + trip to Greece/Peloponesse, departing UK after 20 Apr 2012.
    Chosen route is starting from Derby to Channel tunnel, trough Belgium,France,Luxembourg,Switzerland and Italy, taking ferry from Venice to Patras. Drive to Erodios campsite near Pylos.Taking a few days rests on the way! This will be our first long awaited retirement trip. If any one has been on a simmilar adventure before, let us know of your experiences, your advice will realy be wellcome :thumb:
    Regards to all,
    Alan and Tina
    ( and two dogs )
  2. veevee

    veevee Funster

    Jul 4, 2010
    Essex / central France
    This is just a piece of practical advice re the Alps.

    There is/will be snow until end of June in the Alps, Switzerland, France and Italy. Some of your route will require snow chains by law, sometimes even if the roads you are using completely clear.

    It's possible to avoid having to fit chains if you follow the rivers Marne - Saone - Rhone down to the med.
    It's very easy to cross from Calias to Reims, motorway or not, where you can take the Marne valley road rather than the motorway down to Dijon. From there the option of motorway or not is possible for most of the way. Turn left at Marseilles through to Genoa then across to Venice or Ancona.

    When you return to the UK the snow should no longer be a problem although very visible in the distance on the high Alps until the end of July.

    Sounds like a smashing trip however you get there.
  3. flatpackchicken

    flatpackchicken Funster Life Member

    Jun 27, 2010
    Dont forget to fill up with fuel in Lux, should be cheapest on run, Regards Garry Flatpackchicken.
  4. Carol

    Carol Funster Life Member

    Oct 2, 2007
    North Wales.
    In Greece when we were there I was surprised to find that you use the hard shoulder as another lane and if you did not you were soon made aware that you should. I would check this out.
    Have a good trip I will have a look if I can find any details of our stops and post them for you.
  5. rikfos

    rikfos Funster

    Feb 13, 2011
    trip to Greece

    We did a similar retirement trip last year. We crossed the channel and stayed for 2 nights in Ypres near the Menin gate (40 mins. from Dunkirk). We then went on to the Moselle valley and stayed on a Stelplatz at Wintrich (7 euros anight inc electric and free wifi). We then travelled to Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland for a few days.
    Leaving Switzerland we travelled through the Gotthard tunnel into Italy and on to Cavallino, which is a good base for sightseeing in Venice. Here we stayed at union de Lido which, in may, is quite quiet.
    We had booked with Minoan lines to travel to Patras and we camped on board.
    When we arrived in Greece we drove to Killini to catch the ferry to Kefallonia where we stayed at camping Karavomilos in Sami.
    Altogether we were away 3 months. Not long enough. We are doing roughly the same trip this year, away in April and back in September.
    Do visit Venice. If you wish any more info I would be happy to supply, also log in to Magbaz ( loads of good info on various trips and freecamping)
  6. Pat4Neil

    Pat4Neil Read Only Funster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Hi we have done Greece twice, the first time we did mostly cultural and touristy things. We did the Pelopenese too.

    The second time was a more relaxing beachy type of holiday we also did lefkadas and Kefalonia(which we loved) and Pelepenese.

    Greece is fantastic, you could look at our blog link down below.

    However www.[B]magbaztravels[/B].com blog will give you lots of links to look at regarding Greece.

    Also just done recently the blog on Greece by
    Addie and sophie

    We loved it

  7. kiasirius

    kiasirius Read Only Funster

    Jan 7, 2012
    We have a holiday home near to Finikounda.The campsite you mention is very beautiful, but that area is prone to mosquitoes even in winter due to river estuaries & a lake. If you find it gets a bit much, don't despair, check out if campsites nearer this way are open & any better.
    We should be in Greece then, so if you feel like it drop us a line or give us a ring. We both used to be motor home owners in previous existences.

    We have done the Italy Greece run a few times. Via Venise used to be fab, but people say nowadays you don't sail from Venice. I don't know, but it used to be you sailed virtually down the grand canal, we have great photos from the boat. The trip is long & boring, but saves a lot of driving, as does Ancona route . If I was doing it now, though I would go from Ancona as more direct & shorter time on board, especially if its true about Venice. We used to arrive early & use the opportunity of a free car park in the right place!

    Καλο Ταξιδι! Have a good trip!

    W & P
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