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Old 25th January 2015, 13:23   #1 (permalink)
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Driving from U.K. to Kusadasi with Dogs

Hi everyone, Our names are Gail & Steve Jones from South wales. We also have a holiday home in Kusadasi near Izmir in Turkey. We've been going back and forth by plane for the last 7 years to Kusadasi & for 10 years prior to that in Marmaris. This year as we've now retired we plan to drive down to Turkey in our camper van with our 2 dogs ( cavalier king Charles spaniels ). Our dogs have pet passports so that isn't a problem . But we'd like to know if anyone has travelled by Ferry with dogs. If so would the dogs have to be in carriers while in a camper van on the ferry crossing? Also another query we have is about getting insurance in Turkey. We've been told you can buy it at the border when entering Turkey but would anyone know how much it would cost to insure a camper for 6 months this way. It is just under 3 metres high & 5 and a half metres long. I saw a post from snow wolf who had done this journey and would be obliged if either he/she or anyone else who had this information from him, could send me their route and how much it cost with tolls etc and petrol/ diesel for the single journey. I believe Snowwolf went to Altinkum so our journey would be slightly shorter. We love to go out and about in our camper van when not in Turkey and are members of the caravan & camping club.
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Hi Steve and Gail,welcome to the forum.I envy you and your journey,love to do it one day. I'm sure someone will be here soon to give you sound advise.Good luck along the way.
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On the ferry from Italy to Greece I have seen loads of dogs walking around with their owners..............its a great trip, done it several times & you will enjoy it. I would tend to park up on motorways service stations, you have access to everything there.
Good travelling & I wish you well.
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Hi everyone, Our names are Gail & Steve Jones from South wales. We also have a holiday home in Kusadasi near Izmir in Turkey. We've been going back and forth by plane for the last 7 years to Kusadasi & for 10 years prior to that in Marmaris. This year as we've now retired we plan to drive down to Turkey in our camper van with our 2 dogs ( cavalier king Charles spaniels ). Our dogs have pet passports so that isn't a problem . But we'd like to know if anyone has travelled by Ferry with dogs. If so would the dogs have to be in carriers while in a camper van on the ferry crossing? Also another query we have is about getting insurance in Turkey. We've been told you can buy it at the border when entering Turkey but would anyone know how much it would cost to insure a camper for 6 months this way. It is just under 3 metres high & 5 and a half metres long. I saw a post from snow wolf who had done this journey and would be obliged if either he/she or anyone else who had this information from him, could send me their route and how much it cost with tolls etc and petrol/ diesel for the single journey. I believe Snowwolf went to Altinkum so our journey would be slightly shorter. We love to go out and about in our camper van when not in Turkey and are members of the caravan & camping club.
Firstly , with regard to dogs on ferries, they are allowed but on some they have to go in dog kennels with owners having access to exercise them etc.
With regard to your trip if you go by ferry then there are a variety of routes but my favourite is via Germany/Austria/ Brenner Pass into Italy and down to Venice or Ancona. Going by ferry via the northern Italy ports is slightly shorter than going by road all the way. Going by road is another alternative and will be less expensive and depending on the route you take can be very scenic and interesting. I have done the Dunkirk - Turkey route for the last 8 years - sometimes by ferry and sometimes with motor home. Another advantage of going by motorhome via ferry is that you can go the long way round to Turkey ie around the Greek coast. There are beautiful places to stay especially if you have the power capacity to stay out on the road rather than going into camping/motorhome sites ( they do not compare favourably with the likes of France, Germany,Austria, Italy etc ). Another option for you whilst in Turkey is to go right along the Turkish Mediterranean Coast and take in Capadoccia at the same time. You will rave about it - it is a fantastic trip.
Distance by road Dunkirk - Kusadasi is approx 2200 miles depending on route taken . Going by ferry Venice/Ancona -Igoumenitsa then it is slightly shorter.
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Cheers TNT123, Spurs & Widdrington for your replies. We have looked into doing the Italy/ Greece & Greece/Turkey ferries but the prices are really expensive for the ferry crossings. We were thinking of driving all the way down via Belgium, Germany, Austria, Serbia, Bulgaria & Turkey. Have any of you or anyone else done this route? Our Insurance covers us for the EU but not for Serbia or Turkey. We have been told we will have to buy insurance at the Turkish border for 6 months. ( We have Turkish residency ). However we don't know about Serbia and whether we can do this on the border between Austria & Serbia. I read somewhere this was possible but expensive. Would anyone know if you can buy daily insurance to cross Serbia? Also how long does it take to cross Serbia? Any help with these matters or toll prices for the journey would be helpful. Also if anyone has done this journey would you have an exact route you took to share with us. Cheers Gail & Steve.
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Cheers TNT123, Spurs & Widdrington for your replies. We have looked into doing the Italy/ Greece & Greece/Turkey ferries but the prices are really expensive for the ferry crossings. We were thinking of driving all the way down via Belgium, Germany, Austria, Serbia, Bulgaria & Turkey. Have any of you or anyone else done this route? Our Insurance covers us for the EU but not for Serbia or Turkey. We have been told we will have to buy insurance at the Turkish border for 6 months. ( We have Turkish residency ). However we don't know about Serbia and whether we can do this on the border between Austria & Serbia. I read somewhere this was possible but expensive. Would anyone know if you can buy daily insurance to cross Serbia? Also how long does it take to cross Serbia? Any help with these matters or toll prices for the journey would be helpful. Also if anyone has done this journey would you have an exact route you took to share with us. Cheers Gail & Steve.
Steve/Gail - yes the ferries are expensive for motorhomes. Have you checked out Bari and Brindisi?

Re the route you mention I have done that route 6 times over the past 3 years. It is very straightforward if you stick to the motorways which are free until Austria and then it is only approx 8 Euro for a 7 day pass in Austria. You will then have to pay approx 10 for a vignette in Hungary, approx 10 tolls in Serbia and then a 5 vignette for use of any road in Bulgaria.

Re insurance for Serbia, I am really surprised that you are not covered for Serbia especially if you are with a UK insurance company. As far as I was aware all UK companies now include Serbia on the Green Card scheme as from January 2013?

I am with Saga Insurance (over 50's) and I also get free comprehensive cover for Turkey as long as I am not out of the country for more than 182 days of the year.

Re Serbia to Bulgaria it is approx 330 miles of which approx 250 miles is motorway. Easily done in a day. I have noticed a real change over the last 2 years re ease of access in and out of Serbia since their alignment with the EU. It is very straightforward now.

As for route , the quickest road route is Dunkirk- Lille - Luxembourg ( fuel fill up) -

Nurnberg - Passau (German/Austrian border) - Venice - Gyor - Szeged (Hungary/Serbia border)- Novi Sad- Belgrade-Nis-Sofia-Plovdiv - Edirne - Eceabat/ Canakkale ferry (Gallipoli)- Izmir -Kusadasi.

However if you have the time and the weather I would strongly recommend you spending some time in Southern Germany/Austria - you are assured of beautiful scenery, fantastic stop off points and excellent roads off the beaten track.

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hi Gail & Steve ,long time no see ..good luck on your travel venture..John & Helen..x ..
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hello guys done this trip overland twice now and going this year too as far as insurance is concerned mine was about 58 euros for 3 months for a seven seater so i guess a motorhome will be slightly higher.not been on the ferry route as its expensive and ou dont get to see more countries and cultures so definitely by road for me
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Thanks for the information Jimmy 1969.
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Hi Helen & John. Hope your both well. we're fine. Hoping to be with you in Kus in April. Take care & see you soon. xxx
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