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Old 12th December 2017, 21:16   #21 (permalink)
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Yes UOB Superfast do go from/to Venice. Checked their website www.superfast.com It would appear it's pretty expensive though from Venice, mainly because it's over a 24hr trip so you would need a cabin, which bumps the price up a lot!!
So now thinking maybe we should drive further down, maybe to Bari? as the journey time is much shorter and you could get away with just deck or air seats. Even Ancona is around 17hrs so would probably warrant a cabin?

Can anyone advise about the cost of toll roads down to Bari?

Looks like the A14 would be the best route down through Italy but I think the tolls are quite expensive. The coast road (off the tolls) looks really slow and goes in and out of lots of towns.
Any advice on this please??
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Yes UOB Superfast do go from/to Venice. Checked their website www.superfast.com It would appear it's pretty expensive though from Venice, mainly because it's over a 24hr trip so you would need a cabin, which bumps the price up a lot!!
So now thinking maybe we should drive further down, maybe to Bari? as the journey time is much shorter and you could get away with just deck or air seats. Even Ancona is around 17hrs so would probably warrant a cabin?

Can anyone advise about the cost of toll roads down to Bari?

Looks like the A14 would be the best route down through Italy but I think the tolls are quite expensive. The coast road (off the tolls) looks really slow and goes in and out of lots of towns.
Any advice on this please??
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Hi there again. I just did a quick check and the average cost for 2, inc a 2 berth cabin etc is 304- (thats for both of you - not each) you ain't gonna get it much cheaper than that. If you go to Bari, you will undoubtedly need another nights accommodation anyway and have the extra cost of fuel to get there - it ain't close. Take the relaxed route mate, much quicker to drive to Venice and then have a relaxed 27 hours onboard, before setting off again at 7am in Igonumister... Cheers Leo.

PS: Be wary of booking through the various agents promising you everything - and go directly to the company for the best deals. And as I said previously looks for discount criteria like being a member of an automobile club. I hear that they also offer discounts for holders of some bank cards..

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We usually go from Ancona and travel down from Dunkirk via Belgium Germany, Austria and Northern Italy. The last two stages are stunning. No tolls and just one cheap Vignette. We usually just take deck seats, its difficult to sleepin the cabin with the drum of the engine anyway and it is very expensive for what it is. Once the boat is underway you can find the cabin seats and use them, nobody ever checks. Take a couple of pillows with you.
I have driven via Croatia which I would recommend and another time through the French Alps and onto Ancona.
We usually return mid Oct and get the ferry from Igomentesia to Brindisi and then drive further down to the foot of Italy, Calibria way . Its beautiful , warm, most of the tourists have gone so you use the local restaraunts and it is very, reasonable to stay and eat and fabulous to see.
Two years ago we travelled to Sicily , an easy drive from Brindisi and did the Godfather bit. Well worth it. Again great weather late Oct. and very reasonable.
The toll roads back can be very expensive so put no tolls on your sat nav and enjoy. Try Pompei, Florence etc on the way back if you have time.
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We usually go from Ancona and travel down from Dunkirk via Belgium Germany, Austria and Northern Italy. The last two stages are stunning. No tolls and just one cheap Vignette. We usually just take deck seats, its difficult to sleepin the cabin with the drum of the engine anyway and it is very expensive for what it is. Once the boat is underway you can find the cabin seats and use them, nobody ever checks. Take a couple of pillows with you.
I have driven via Croatia which I would recommend and another time through the French Alps and onto Ancona.
We usually return mid Oct and get the ferry from Igomentesia to Brindisi and then drive further down to the foot of Italy, Calibria way . Its beautiful , warm, most of the tourists have gone so you use the local restaraunts and it is very, reasonable to stay and eat and fabulous to see.
Two years ago we travelled to Sicily , an easy drive from Brindisi and did the Godfather bit. Well worth it. Again great weather late Oct. and very reasonable.
The toll roads back can be very expensive so put no tolls on your sat nav and enjoy. Try Pompei, Florence etc on the way back if you have time.
No Tolls in Italy? to Ancona?
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Yes -it is an option. I have travelled to Greece from Ancona, Bari and Brindisi and NEVER used toll roads in Italy.

Personally, I found the ferry route to be the preferred method of travel to Turkey BUT the significant increased ferry prices in recent years made me decide to drive all the way .

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Don't know if this has been mentioned.

You might want to check the minoan line ferry. Does not leave from Ancona. Might be Venice only to Igoumenista.
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Don't know if this has been mentioned.

You might want to check the minoan line ferry. Does not leave from Ancona. Might be Venice only to Igoumenista.
Minoan go from both Ancona and Venice (2018) and are about 46 cheaper for a pet friendly 2 berth cabin from Venice.
Anybody have any views on Minoan versus Superfast?
Incidentally has anyone used the Airseats on either? Are they comfy enough to sleep on? and do they recline much? Are the lounges cold at night?
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Minoan go from both Ancona and Venice (2018) and are about 46 cheaper for a pet friendly 2 berth cabin from Venice.
Anybody have any views on Minoan versus Superfast?
Incidentally has anyone used the Airseats on either? Are they comfy enough to sleep on? and do they recline much? Are the lounges cold at night?
Thanks again.
Personally I don't think there is much difference between the companies operating from Venice and Ancona.
As for being cold - depends when you go. I have sailed as early as March and as late as December. We always take an airbed and sleeping bag. If dry then we sleep outside on deck under the stars. If weather is inclement then we find a place quiet and out of the way eg under the stairwell.

As for the Airseats, they could not be described as comfortable.
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