Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Europe

Europe Topics specific to Western and Eastern Europe, from UK to the Russian border, and south-east to Turkey.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 2 Feb 2014
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Annan
Posts: 31
Italy/Greece Ferries

2 of us planning a trip down to Greece and returning back through the Balkans.Could do with some info and feedback from anyone who has used the ferry service from Venice down to Igoumanitsa. Had a quick look but looks like boat docks at around 2200 which is late for looking for camping/digs. Any info gratefully received.

Ali
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 2 Feb 2014
Pumbaa's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: On our bicycles, probably pushing up a hill!
Posts: 435
Quote:
Originally Posted by alivfr750 View Post
2 of us planning a trip down to Greece and returning back through the Balkans.Could do with some info and feedback from anyone who has used the ferry service from Venice down to Igoumanitsa. Had a quick look but looks like boat docks at around 2200 which is late for looking for camping/digs. Any info gratefully received.

Ali
We did it the other way around, leaving Greece around midnight and getting to Trieste around 1am. Was a bit hard finding a place. Ended up finding a quiet spot close to the beach and having a snooze.

There are a couple of campsites just south of igoumenitsa on the coast. We stayed at one before boarding the ferry. Not sure if the reception will be open, but there are logs of open spots to full over and have a snooze for a couple of hours until the sun comes up.
__________________
Jacques & Mandy with Pumbaa II
www.seeyouwhenwegetthere.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 2 Feb 2014
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Annan
Posts: 31
Thanks for that Pumbaa.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 3 Feb 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Oxford UK
Posts: 1,011
Any particular reason why you have to use the Venice ferry? There are also ferries from Ancona, Bari and Brindisi so the timetable for one of those might work out a bit better.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 3 Feb 2014
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Annan
Posts: 31
Hi.

It a reasonable point but as with everything time is the enemy. Would love to ride all the way down to Brindisi and cross over, however the aspiration is to spend the time in the Balkans. As it is, it's a hike to get down to Venice so anything that can involve moving the bike when you are sleeping to get to where we want is a bonus. Hope this answers a reasonable question
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 3 Feb 2014
nKmS's Avatar
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Greece
Posts: 20
At what dates? Timetables change according to season and sometimes days of week also. With a quick look there is a ferry that arrives at 15:00 from Venice to Igoumenitsa on week-ends (1). The companies that I'm aware of that operate from north Italy are superfast.com, minoan.gr and anek.gr.

Might also worth going a little bit more south and take the ferry from Ancona as it takes only 1 night vs 2 nights from Venice/Triese. The disatance is about 3-4hrs using autostrada.

(1) ANEK Lines - Official Web Site
__________________
http://trois-couleurs.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 4 Feb 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Oxford UK
Posts: 1,011
Quote:
Originally Posted by alivfr750 View Post
Hi.

It a reasonable point but as with everything time is the enemy. Would love to ride all the way down to Brindisi and cross over, however the aspiration is to spend the time in the Balkans. As it is, it's a hike to get down to Venice so anything that can involve moving the bike when you are sleeping to get to where we want is a bonus.

I can understand that - every time I've gone Italy-Greece we've tried to work out the best balance between cost, distance and time but for us it's always come out as ride further south - even a couple of times to a ferry that no longer runs, from Otranto down in the heel. As nKms says though Ancona isn't that far on the Autostrada and might well be a viable alternative.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 4 Feb 2014
Super Moderator
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,847
IMHO avoid the ferry from Brindisi- 90% or so of the load are lorries- horrendous-
I was left for over an hour in a dark corner breathing diesel ( no way out) while all the big boys warmed their engines and unloaded. I prefer the more relaxing overnighter from Ancona and Fastferries- no need for cabin, sleep on deck ( take your mat and sleeping bag and wash kit with you before leaving the moto) - hot showers and loos on top deck. If travelling alone, a Packsafe is a very good idea for when you are in the shower or are asleep...
Bring some good Italian food with you before boarding- cafeteria is limited and expensive.
the Kalami campsite site just south of Igou- is about here 39.47429 20.24024 (eyeball Mk1 gps!)
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 5 Feb 2014
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Annan
Posts: 31
Thanks folks for sharing your experiences. It all helps.

Cheers Ali
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 6 Feb 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: King's Lynn UK
Posts: 329
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bertrand View Post
IMHO avoid the ferry from Brindisi- 90% or so of the load are lorries- horrendous-
I was left for over an hour in a dark corner breathing diesel ( no way out) while all the big boys warmed their engines and unloaded. I prefer the more relaxing overnighter from Ancona and Fastferries- no need for cabin, sleep on deck ( take your mat and sleeping bag and wash kit with you before leaving the moto) - hot showers and loos on top deck. If travelling alone, a Packsafe is a very good idea for when you are in the shower or are asleep...
Bring some good Italian food with you before boarding- cafeteria is limited and expensive.
the Kalami campsite site just south of Igou- is about here 39.47429 20.24024 (eyeball Mk1 gps!)
I've done that Ferry four time's. And each time it had a load of bike's waiting to get on. They put you all at one end of the ship. And coming off it was next to the first lot off. They made a space through the deck and the called all the bike's out. How you get stuck down on the loading deck for an hour? I have no idea. Ten min's to strap the bike down and the up stair's. The same leaving. Go down ten min's before the ship dock's and get you self ready.
John933
__________________
To buy petrol in Europe. Pull up at station. Wait. Get out a 20 Euro note, then ask someone to fill up the bike. Give person money. Ride away. Simple.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 6 Feb 2014
Super Moderator
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,847
Smile

Well John, I must have gone down the wrong end then-, it was last ferry and I was too tired to care! my mistake.
For me, it's now Ancona- unless you are already down in/near Brindisi which I am unlikely to be again. Choices choices!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 9 Feb 2014
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: King's Lynn UK
Posts: 329
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bertrand View Post
Well John, I must have gone down the wrong end then-, it was last ferry and I was too tired to care! my mistake.
For me, it's now Ancona- unless you are already down in/near Brindisi which I am unlikely to be again. Choices choices!
That's alright mate. I alway's use that crossing. Because. One it's about the same price as crossing the channel. If the get the night crossing it's about 12 hour's. Hell it's 12 hours what ever time of the day you cross. But you can get your head down on the boat. So that's one less night that you have to find a place to sleep. Take that off of the price of the crossing, and it's dirt cheap. I always try and take on some drink and food. Captive custom's so the price's are a bit high. The crossing to Igoumenitsa drop's you off at the right place. IE. From there just about any where is with in a day's distance riding. From May onwards the weather is something to write home about. With the coast road, just about the same. The down side is it's about three day's to get there from the UK. But apart from that a good Start to any holiday.
John933
__________________
To buy petrol in Europe. Pull up at station. Wait. Get out a 20 Euro note, then ask someone to fill up the bike. Give person money. Ride away. Simple.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Current schedule for ferries from Flores to West-Timor? Bea & Helle Trip Transport 7 23 Feb 2013 13:26
UK Ferries to Spain............. uknomad Morocco 5 19 Feb 2012 12:50
Ferries & the Careterra Austral Delbert South America 7 26 Jan 2012 13:16
Copper Canyon meeting? Ferries? mollydog Central America and Mexico 8 25 Sep 2004 23:34

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.



Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 23:36.