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I fancy going to KOS Greece, {any tips would be most welcome

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Now that I have had the van serviced (cam belt etc etc) and done Lands End to John o' Grotas, I would like to head off to KOS in Greece to see and meet up with some old friends. Any tips would be most welcome. best route, ferry's etc,

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As this has been posted in Turkey touring, assuming you mean via Turkey and getting a ferry from there?

You need to do loads of research, there are ferries from Bodrum to Kos but they won't be cheap.

Another consideration is how you are getting to Turkey, either overland or via ferry from Italy to Northern Greece and cross into Turkey from there?

The other option is ferry from Italy to Greece then ferry from Piraeus (Athens) to Kos.
Blue star run a ferry on this route and are part of Superfast who also do the Italy Greece route so you might be able to combine the two and get a discount.

Plenty of info on ferries, routes etc in both Greece and Turkey touring forums, have a good search around.

We have been across to Greece many times in the van and once across Northern Greece and into Turkey, so can help a bit with that and Italy Greece ferries info but the real expert on Turkey and various ways of getting there is Don Madge but he doesn't come on here much now as he has sold his van but you can always email him, he is a mine of information.

I've sent you a PM...

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I fancy going to Kos, Greece

Have not been to Kos, but we returned from Turkey via the Turkish port of Cesme and the Greek island of Chios, then a ferry Chios to Piraeus, Greece in 2012.

Expensive but saves the long drive. Do leave a couple of days between ferries, not just to explore the island but the ferries can be delayed and you can miss the next leg of the trip !

We used an agent in Cesme, by phone and email . . . definitely ask Don though, and give him our regards !

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This website will give you a good idea of what ferries are available....

http://www.ferrylines.com/en/home/
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Another good source for all ferries is

Danae travel http://www.danae.gr/

When you have seen the cost of taking the MH to what is not a large island you may think twice about it.

If you are going from/to Turkey the Kos-Bodrum ferry is expensive for a half-hour trip and is very restricted on length and headroom, or was last time I went on/saw one.

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Thanks everyone!

Looking into it further, you're not kidding its expensive!, my old friends may have to wait some time for me to visit, in the MH anyway. Guess ill have to come up with a more affordable whim.... to satisfy my constant wanderlust...

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I fancy going to Kos, Greece

If you have time it is a lovely part of the world to wander through, and I think Turkey is the most campervan-friendly country we have ever found.

We hardly ever used a campsite, there is fresh clean spring water everywhere, the food is to die for . . . makes me want to go back just writing about it !

You could always visit the island by ferry on foot, or with bikes . . .

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If you or anyone else visits Kos by ferry from Bodrum here is a cautionary tale.

Some years ago I did this trip, booked on Turkish ferry, paid, boarded. Part-way across crewman(no uniform) came round asking for Euros 10(?) for 'Greek Port Fees', people paid, but no receipt. Well I know they have to pay quite hefty fees in Greece but I expect that should be, and is, in the ticket price.

My response was 'If it is for Greek Port Fees I will pay the Greek Port authorities' in a LOUD VOICE. He muttered something about 'Since your are only going one-way you do not have to pay' and shuffled off

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