ferry from bari to igoumenitsa

Old Dec 10th, 2018, 02:52 PM
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ferry from bari to igoumenitsa

My wife and I want to travel to Greece from Italy in May. Are there regularly running ferries in May from Bari or Brindisi to Igoumenitsa or to Corfu? Any pros or cons to ferry travel? Our final Greek destination is Meteora and Vikos Gorge.
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Old Dec 10th, 2018, 02:58 PM
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For ferries from Bari see: https://www.directferries.com/bari_ferry.htm

From Brindisi: https://www.directferries.co.uk/brindisi_ferry.htm
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Old Dec 11th, 2018, 12:27 AM
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Cons are the time it takes to reach the port in Italy and to get from the port in Greece to your destination there, and the longish trip on the ferry.

If you happen to be in southern Italy near Bari or Brindisi and will then be travelling in northern Greece when you get off at Igoumenitsa those would be pros. Another pro is when you are travelling with a car, because you avoid a long detour through the Balkans.

Most people would rather take a 2 hr flight.
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Old Dec 11th, 2018, 06:54 AM
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I think the ferry is a great idea. If you take the ferry to Corfu you can take another to Sarande in Albania and visit Butrint before going overland to northern Greece. Everyone raves about the islands, but I really enjoyed mainland Greece, too. Don't miss Ioannina and the oracle at Dodomi on the way south.
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Old Dec 11th, 2018, 10:15 AM
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There are daily Superfast overnight ferries (FB Superfast 1 and FB Superfast 2, gross tonnage for both 26000) from Bari dp 19.30 to Igoumenitsa ar 05.30am (!). A 2berth cabin costs 170 EUR/pax, a reclining seat 75 EUR/pax and a deck passage 64 EUR/pax. On Sundays, the ferry leaves Bari at13.30 and arrrives at Igoumenitsa at 23.00.
There are daily Grimaldi ferries (FB Corfu, gross tonnage 28000) from Brindisi dp 13.00 to Igoumenitsa ar 21.30). A deck passage costs 55 EUR/pax.
All 3 ferries are about 10 years old.
Stay at Ioannina (see above) and visit the theatre of Dodoni, the Perama caves and the Island in Lake Ioannina.
Buses from Ioannina to Kalambaka usually at 8.45 and 15.30.
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Old Dec 11th, 2018, 11:11 AM
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I'v taken overnight boats several times and they're neat with lots of divergences on board but one drawback is they can always be delayed or cancelled due to sea conditions - happened to me once and had to wait a day so have to be a bit flexible.
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Old Dec 11th, 2018, 02:23 PM
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Thanks everybody for your information. It has really helped with our travel plans! Bari, with its old center seems a nicer town than Brindisi, but ferries are shorter (to Igoumenitsa) from the latter. Have any of you stayed in Brindisi?
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Old Dec 12th, 2018, 10:28 AM
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Bari is nicer than Brindisi, but the real gems of Apulia are in the hinterland.
Visit whatever yo like in Apulia or beyond (Lecce, Castellana, Alberobello, Matera, Ostuni, the Torre Guaceto Park or so) and arrive at Brindisi in late evening. There are some good hotels just in front of the railway station or nearby. Have a late breakfast and leave the hotel around 11am by taxi for the pier where your ferry will be.
As an alternative, you may sleep in the close hinterland, arrive at Brindisi railway station around 10-11am and jump into a taxi for the harbour..
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Old Dec 12th, 2018, 01:48 PM
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We've been to Matera, Lecce, Otranto, etc. Wonderful places. If we take ferry from Brindisi, we could perhaps stay in Monopoli (haven't been there), and catch a 45 min train to Brindisi. But I think staying in old town Bari would be our overall choice, do some wandering, have some seafood, catch the ferry next morning. You mentioned the Bari 19.30 ferry to Igoumenitsa. Is the cost 170 euros for two people in a 2berth cabin? Or is it 170 per person? Thanks for your spot-on advice, very helpful!
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Old Dec 12th, 2018, 01:55 PM
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Personally, I would choose to sail from Bari as the historic center is charming and interesting. The Basilica of St. Nicholas contains the relics of St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, and is a shrine to Orthodox Christians, especially Russians.
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Old Dec 15th, 2018, 08:10 AM
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The orthodox St.Nicholas is not Santa Claus, his name day is celebrated on Dec 6th. while in Greece Agios Vassilios aka Ai Vassilis is the equivalent of Santa Claus
and brings the presents on Jan1st. ( which is St. Vassilios nameday as well). Other orthodox churches may have a different version of Santa Claus though

Greeks exchange presents traditionally on Dec. 31st or Jan 1st and not on Christmas day.
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Old Dec 15th, 2018, 08:46 AM
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TO HAPPYTRVIR:
" Personally, I would choose to sail from Bari"
...but then you must like to leave your cabin at 4am (Italian time) as disembarkation at Igoumenitsa will take place at 4.30 (Italian time).

TO SOI3:
Fares Bari - Igoumenitsa per person: https://www.superfast.com/adriatiki/...bari-2019.html
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Old Dec 15th, 2018, 04:31 PM
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Perhaps better than staying in Brindisi?
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Old Dec 15th, 2018, 11:45 PM
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I have friends who take their cars from the UK to Greece, and for them a car ferry from Italy to Igoumenitsa or Patras makes sense. For me, I would rather take a 2 hour flight at about the same price, which gets me closer to my final destination in the Cyclades. If you are travelling to Corfu or heading to northern Greece and have lots of time on your hands, maybe the ferry will be better for you too.
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