My parents have just driven to our place in Corfu in a Corsa so an Astra should be fine.
They have done the journey a few times always via Venice. Typically they divide the journey into 4 with 3 overnight stays before Venice. If you are sharing the driving and willing to take longer stints then less stays would be reasonable.
Message posted by Sue45 on 26áSeptemberá2006 at 3:40pm - IP Logged
I think you would be best to drive to Venice and take the ferry from there to Corfu. This would cut out a lot of the driving involved. I would allow for 3 overnight stops, 2 minimum.
Message posted by nextone035 on 27áSeptemberá2006 at 2:26am - IP Logged
I would also like to drive to Corfu. So,i am really interested in finding out lots more information and people's experiences on driving. I was also told the other day,that the best option would be to drive to Venice and take the ferry across to Corfu. It won't happen next year.But i hope to be able to do it either the following year,or the year after that.
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...Hi ya...If you look up in the top left hand corner of this page it says type your corfu holiday question here....And just type in driveing to corfu and the page you are after that Nathan has done about driveing to Corfu is in there it has all the tolls and ferrys prices in there....Next please....Chris
Message posted by manasta on 27áSeptemberá2006 at 8:20am - IP Logged
Welcome on CTG. I have done a few trips from Greece to Europe with my old Corsa, more than 4000 km each time, and never had a problem. Your new Astra is ideal for this trip. If it's time for your annual service, do it before you leave, otherwise just check a few things (oil, lamps, air on tyres) and .... go for it.
Your new car will have no problems, certainly less than a battered and completely abused 12 year old landrover disco.
I get european assistance from 'more than' company, only ú83.00 per year, unlike those rip off big guys like AA rAC etc. I needed it a month ago when alternator belt went on a sunday in Italy, kept driving until it started raining in Austria its diesel so would keep going a long time without belt unless you drain battery) so pulled over in Innsbruck and called them, they took about an hour to get to me which I think was good for European cover, couldn't fix it so took me to garage, told me to find overnight accommodation, would have given me loan car etc, couldn't have been better.
Venice is best bet but Ancona not so bad. Oh, and Manos got it a little wrong, Minoan lines goes direct to Corfu from Venice Anek go to Igoumenitsa from Venice
I tend not to overnight, just take short sleeps in car, don't recommend unless you are used to driving long distances and feel comfortable 'dossing' anywhere. I expect, unless landy plays up, to be on Corfu sat lunchtime...
Message posted by MartynG on 27áSeptemberá2006 at 6:31pm - IP Logged
If you are definately going to travel via Ancona, your shortest (and quickest) route is Calais, Reims, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Lucern, Gottard Tunnel,Milan, Modena and Bologna.
You CAN do this from Calais with about 16 hours solid driving (stopping only briefly for coffee/ a quick snack and fuel). I don't recommend this, however as it is seriously hard work and the dangers of falling asleep are obvious. I have done it (and so have others) but I guess we know the route and the roads etc.
If you are looking to take the shortest time to get to Ancona, I would suggest at least one overnight stop on the way - if you get an early moring start from Calais, breaking the journey at Colmar or Mulhouse splits the journey quite well. However, you will need an early start on day 2 to get through Italy in time to reach Ancona no later than 3pm - check in is 2 hours before the ferry sails at about 5pm). If you can, avoid the run through northern Italy on a Saturday morning - most of Milan seems to be heading for Rimini so the traffic is very heavy.
If your route takes you via Milan, it makes little difference in distance whether you then go via Ancona or Venice - I think it is about 50 miles further to Ancona, but the ferry sails later, so....
This is, however, the more expensive route as you will pay tolls on the French and Italian motorways as well as the Vignette for using the Swiss motorways. Like I said, though, it is quick.
As an alternative, you could travel through Germany and Austria, routing perhaps, via Stutgart, Ulm, Garmisch and Innsbruck. Distance to Venice (the logial stepping off point for this route) is probably 100 or so less than the above route to Ancona - that said, if you bypass Venice on this route to Ancona, you will add 300 miles to your journey. On this route, you will only really have to worry about tolls through Austria.
Personally, I find the route via France and Switzerland less tiring than through Germany, I think because there is much less traffic on the motorways in France. Yes, you have to stop at the toll booths, but this is no real hardship (pay by credit card and let your card company know what you are doing before hand) and generally there are no queues; it can be a little hectic in Italy, but you soon get the hang of it.
Overnight stops generally don't need to be booked in advance - look for the Accord group of hotels (Ibis, Forumule 1, Mercury etc).
However, what I would add that, if this is your first venture onto foriegn soil in your own car, then take it easy on your first day and get used to everything - speeds and distances may be much greater that you are used to. And always be extra careful when starting off firt thing in the morning or after a break - it's very easy to set off on the wrong side of the road.
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