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Old 11-05-2014, 03:48 AM   #1
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Some questions from an Ozzie landing in Piraeus early April 2015

G/day all

I pick up my F800GS in Piraeus Greece ,hopefully on the 8th of April (its being shipped by Get Routed from Melbourne to there.)

1st question, how long should I expect to get from Piraeus to Canakkale, Turkey. 2 days/3 days??

2nd, any suggestions for a route.

3rd, I have been checking out hotels in Canakkle, budget/mid price suits me, any suggestions?

From Gallipoli, I head to the North West 200 and then the TT.
Route will depend on weather.

Any suggestions appreciated.

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Old 11-05-2014, 07:07 AM   #2
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1. You could take a ferry from Piraeus to Lesbos and then another to Ayvalık in Turkey:
http://www.lesvos.co.uk/ferries.htm
https://www.jaletur.com/Midilli-Seferlerimiz.php
http://bilet.turyolonline.com/

Or ferry to Chios and cross over to Çeşme:
http://www.chiosonline.gr/transportation.asp
http://www.erturk.com.tr/en/

Or ferry to Kos and cross over to Bodrum:
http://www.bluestarferries.com/site/...?sel=624&loc=2
http://www.bodrumferibot.com/en/calendar.asp

Or ride up through Greece and round to Eceabat/Çanakkale - https://goo.gl/maps/UBF8j - about 1000km.

3. I would check out TripAdvisor - http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-...st-Hotels.html
I stayed at the ANZAC Hotel once, but probably wouldn't stay there again, it's a bit too impersonal - I prefer small family-run B&Bs.
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:19 AM   #3
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Thanks for your info David,

much appreciated.

Have decided to ride to Gallipoli, have been told the roads, scenery are very good. Allowing 3 days.

Have booked into the Hotel Ejder in Eceabat, I was surprised that rooms were still available at a reasonable rate, about AUD $180, E 120 for 3 nights with off street parking.

If anyone has tips/suggestions for the ride from Athens to Eceabat much appreciated

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Old 11-06-2014, 04:20 AM   #4
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You could follow the main road/motorway but that would be a bit boring (except maybe for the Vale of Tempe - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vale_of_Tempe - which looks nice, although I went around the west of Mount Olympus when I was in that region in '93).

If you're into ancient sites, the Megalithic Portal is a useful resource - http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=15858

I would just follow your nose and stay off the motorway. Although the terrain gets a bit boring in the north-east of Greece, so probably worth getting on the motorway after Alexandroupolis.
Maybe ask the Greeks in their Greek thread - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220702

It might be worth a detour over to Meteora which is an interesting place. And the tombs of the Macedonian kings at Vergina are very nice - https://goo.gl/maps/xmbSL - I've stayed at the Pension Vergina there a couple of times now on my way across northern Greece - https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@40.49...130vr57kvQ!2e0

P.S. Before leaving Greece, I always temporarily exit the motorway to fill up at this petrol station here - https://goo.gl/maps/zMWdf - because petrol is more expensive in Turkey. (Although, a while ago ('07) they didn't have service stations on the motorway - you always had to get off it to refuel, it looks like they might have them now).
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:22 PM   #5
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Some questions from an Ozzie landing in Piraeus early April 2015

From Thessaloniki to Kavala in Greece you could use old national road and not via egnatia.
Much more scenic route.
For places you have to see, as mentioned above, meteora is one of them for sure.
You are right about Gallipoli and the good scenery, but there is nothing interesting in Eceabat or around.
Depends on your plans for sure, but Ayvalik would be a better option.
I have rode all this places last summer till south Tr, so any questions feel free.


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Old 11-06-2014, 04:33 PM   #6
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From Thessaloniki to Kavala in Greece you could use old national road and not via egnatia.
Much more scenic route.
Nice one, Babisadve, I agree. Go past the Lion of Amphipolis! I guess the tomb is not open to tourists yet - exciting revelations going on there...
http://www.theamphipolistomb.com/

P.S. @Babisadve - do you have to pay a toll on the Egnatia Odos motorway for a motorbike?
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P.S. @Babisadve - do you have to pay a toll on the Egnatia Odos motorway for a motorbike?

Yes. Tolls along Egnatia are activated.
From Thessaloniki to Alexandroupoli you pay twice or maybe three times.


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Old 11-08-2014, 03:28 AM   #8
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Thanks for that, Babisadve. The last time I took the Egnatia from Turkey to Igoumenitsa was in '07 and the motorway was not completed. There was a toll booth near Thessaloniki but I was waved through

Sorry to have hijacked your thread a bit, McCardigan. It's nice to have recent local information. I'm thinking of doing it again next year, maybe.
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