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    So I want to drive to Greece this winter....



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    Advice, comments, suggestions etc, All are welcome. - Thanks

    As yet, undecided but I'm leaning heavily towards Greece for the winter.

    I'll be landing in Calais this coming weekend and after a brief visit to Belgium for coffee, chocolate and ciggies, I'll be heading south.

    Provisionally heading to Marseilles and going approximately along the coast, into Italy and down to southern Italy for a ferry crossing.

    For the unaware, I'm oldphart retiree and paraplegic, travelling alone except for my loyal Jack Russell named Dave. Dave is 14.

    These factors are only mentioned as they affect my choices and available options. (eg I can't park up 10 minutes walk from a "must see attraction" and Dave the dog must be welcome) .

    Ferries are worrisome as most require the pooch to be jailed for the duration, he's never sinned enough to be locked in a cage and he's too old to be expected to endure it.

    I do travel with an electric mobility scooter but I tend to unload the rear garage only if I am staying more than a couple of days in a safe(ish) spot or campsite.

    Other than these things, I don't allow anything to worry me and I'm very open minded and inquisitive and I fear little.

    Any and all comments welcomed - Thanks, james

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    We intend to do the same in the very near future , so will keep a close eye on the replies , and good luck on your travels
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    Hi We traveled over to Kefallonia via Patras on the Greek mainland , Our route was via Brindisi in southern Italy, I would suggest some work needed re ferry as there websites are not the best.
    We had absolutely no problems with the trip we wild camped for three weeks apart from visiting relatives on Kefallonia cheap eating out Lidl everywhere Wine a bit iffy, people fine , Its the old story be considerate when parking ( we parked on beaches quays side roads etc no problems ) but Athens a big disappointment
    Dirty and full unhappy people.
    Good luck ( we're off to Morocco in January)
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    addendum

    If the ferries don't suit the pooch, I may do it the long way around along the Adriatic coast, via Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania into northern Greece.

    I'll be checking the pet passport and vehicle insurance jurisdictions before selecting this route.

    This option sounds more adventurous.

    somebody talk me into it.

    james
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    Quote Originally Posted by FringeDweller View Post
    If the ferries don't suit the pooch, I may do it the long way around along the Adriatic coast, via Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania into northern Greece.

    I'll be checking the pet passport and vehicle insurance jurisdictions before selecting this route.

    This option sounds more adventurous.

    somebody talk me into it.

    james

    Hi James fellow Hymer Owner

    Reading your first post here I dont think you need much talking into this adventure as you need to put your old fella dog named Dave first as a priority.I know nothing of this route you are considering but many on this forum will no doubt be happy to guide you!

    whatever you do stay safe and pat the dog for me

    atb Michael
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    If you decide on the overland route, if you haven't already done so you should check whether your insurance policy and breakdown cover includes Montenegro and Albania.
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    I have only done this route once, in a sprinter van for work and sailed from Brindisi to Patras, and they allow you to go to come and go to the car deck as and whenever you like and even stay/ sleep in your motor home, I just turned up at brindisi and booked and paid for the ferry there
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    I assume you're going down the Rhone valley to Marseilles, then along the Ligurian coast ......
    might run into problems with the bridge being down in Genoa,you could bypass that & head to Venice
    & catch the ferry to Patras.
    I'm disabled from a stroke & never book a cabin on a ferry...,always just shut the blinds
    & keep a low profile....never had a problem.
    another possibility......ferry from Marseilles or Toulon to Sardinia, ferry again to Palermo,
    enjoy Sicily....then ferry over to mainland Italy & catch the ferry from Bari to Patras.
    I've done a few winters in Greece,....but now on my 8th winter in southern Sicily,
    which I much prefer.
    you could of course do the Swiss or Austrian route,..... personally, I don't do snow.
    hope your travels go well....keep us posted.
    ciao, D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helen262 View Post
    they allow you to go to come and go to the car deck as and whenever you like and even stay/ sleep in your motor home,
    We sailed camping on board with Anek but they only allow it summer sailings (check Dates) and everyone did not have access to car deck we had a pass key issued.

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    Snow !

    They say
    "There's no business like SNOW business"..
    But as others have posted "plan" to avoid !
    Good luck !
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