My bro and I are thinking of driving from the UK to Greece and back.
The route: http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs479.snc3/26237_10150146554550013_658195012_11710595_6556601_n.jpg
We plan to take 3 weeks and do it in a 4x4 for comfort, safety and reliability.
We will be camping or sleeping in the car so accommodation and food will be cheap.
Budgeting around £1000 for fuel and tolls. £250 for ferrys. £1750 roughly in total for both of us.
Although 21 days isnt long for such a trip we have only travelled a few times and my bro has work commitments so dont want to go longer, we're building up to a 3 or 6 month trip later. Greece/croatia/albania also appeals as it will be hot, so we dont fancy going half way and back as we will miss the best of the weather and beaches, we think.
We also like the idea of being on the road everyday, new place everyday etc. We're looking for adventure rather than a relaxing holiday, along the lines of long way down/round or the Mongol rally type things.
It will be a lot of driving but if we hit it hard on the first and last quarters driving 8 hours a day we can then spend 17-18 days doing the 2000 miles in the middle.
100 miles in the early morning say then enjoy the day and sightsee etc.
What do you think, are we being realistic, do you think its a good plan/trip?
Sleeping in cars is frowned on in some countries. There is also the possibility of being robbed whether at a layby or somewhere isolated. If you are going July-August, it does get hot as in 40-50.C when inside a vehicle can be uncomfortably hot even at night. Greece also has fires (as in arson), so be careful you don't wake up in a forest fire).
I'd say drive what you feel like driving rather than sticking to a schedule and maybe becoming bored. Be careful of Albania where it has been known that local cars will deliberately run into tourist cars and try to claim money off of them. Pedestrians run a similar scam, jumping out in front of foreign cars. Do not leave anything valuable in your car at any time when you are not in it.
Perhaps just one fast route for the first and last part of the trip? Dover-Dunkirk-Dover would save both money and time.
Thanks for the replys, after some thought we plan to cut out belgium and lux and head straight from calais to zurich, we will try to do that in a day (8 hours driving), same on the way home, 1 day from geneva to calais again.
This should mean we have 18-19 days to do the bottom leg and really make the most of it. We are also considering doing just the top of greece rather than all the way down to athens, again to save time and make the most of the trip.
That would mean 2-3 hours driving a day, which I think is fine, couple of ferrys and lots of sun, sea and camping.
Would love to hear any advice about driving in these countries, particularly croatia, albania, montenegro and maccedonia as these seem the most remote of the bunch.
As well as anything to consider regards safety, do and donts, like i heard only park your car overnight in albania in secure parking at a hotel etc. Dont drive at night etc. Stuff like this would really help us out. Is it all hearsay and rubbish or is there truth in it?
[ Edit: Edited on 08-Apr-2010, at 12:20 by dhybrid ]