Ferries to Greece depart from the main Italian ports such as Brindisi, Bari, Ancona and Venice. The most common destinations are either Igoumenitsa or Patras port.
Igoumenitsa is a coastal town located in the northwestern part of Greece while Patras is situated on the northern side of Peloponnese.
There are daily crossings to both Patras and Igoumenitsa from Ancona which are operated by the conventional ferries of Anek-Superfast and Grimaldi Euromed (Minoan Lines).
The ferry from Ancona arrives to Igoumenitsa in about 17-18,5 hours and to Patras approximately in 22hours.
As for the crossings from Ancona to Corfu, which are almost daily operated by Anek-Superfast and Minoan Lines companies, it takes 16-17 hours to reach their destination.
Departures from Bari to Corfu, Igoumenitsa and Patras are operated with the conventional vessels of Ventouris ferries and Anek-Superfast. The trip duration to Corfu is approximately 9-12 hours, about 9,5-13,5 hours to get to Igoumenitsa and about 17h30m to Patras.
There is one crossing with Anek-Superfast company, more specifically every Sunday from Venice to Corfu which lasts 25h30m.
There are a couple of weekly departures to either Igoumenitsa or Patras port from Venice with Grimaldi Euromed (Minoan Lines) and Anek-Superfast companies. The trip to Igoumenitsa lasts 27 hours and 33 hours to Patras port.
Departures from Brindisi to Corfu, Igoumenitsa and Patras are operated with the regular ferries of European Seaways company and Grimaldi Lines. It takes 9,5hours to reach the port of Corfu, about 8,5-12 hour to get to Igoumenitsa and 17 hours to arrive to Patras.
Apart from the mainland ports though you could also get to the islands of Kefalonia (Sami) from either Bari or Brindisi and also to Zakynthos (Zante) from Brindisi.
Reaching Kefalonia from Bari takes about 18 hours and there is one standard crossing every Monday.
As for the departures from Brindisi to Kefalonia and Zakynthos, there is one crossing every Tuesday, operated by Red Star company which takes 16 hours to reach Kefalonia and 20 hours to get to Zakynthos.
Keep in mind that the crossings with Ventouris ferries, European Seaways and Red Star companies as well as the departures to Corfu only operate in the summertime.
The trip duration times for all the above-mentioned crossings may vary depending on the ferry company, and accommodation you might select.
Also, the prices may differ based on the seasonality, current ferry company’s price catalogue and additional discounts each person may be entitled to.
Greece is renowned for being the birthplace of democracy, the developer of the Olympic Games and having distinctive, historic architecture. A few great examples include the Acropolis, Delphi Shrine and the ancient Epidaurus Theatre. No matter how many times someone visits Greece it seems almost impossible to explore all of its charming aspects.
The mainland ports have so many impressive attractions as Patras with the church of Saint Antreas, a huge magnificent temple, in the city center, with major historical value. He is the saint patron of Patras and its cathedral is considered to be the largest one in Greece as well as in the Balkans.
If you’re lucky enough you might experience the magical event of Patras carnival which is the largest event of its kind in Greece and one of the biggest ones in Europe. All you need to do is purchase a fancy costume of your preference and go with the flow.
Igoumenitsa, on the other hand, is surrounded by pine-covered hills and has a beautiful coastal road with plane trees and a dazzling park. A few of its magnificent beaches are Drepano, Makrigiali and Kanali. You could always go fishing in Sagiada or on a tour to the protected wetland of Delta in Kalamas river.
Corfu has something to offer to everyone. Families tend to choose it for the hospitality and warmth of the locals, the couples for its romantic, capital that looks like a fairytale and "explorers" for the enchanting landscapes and the wide variety of activities.
It’s a tiny paradise full of green hills, golden beaches and blue-green waters. Corfu is every nature lover's dream with many sandy unique beaches as the ones of Agios Georgios Pagos, the dramatic Ermones, the impressive Paleokastritsa, Glyfada and Myrtiotissa.
Zakynthos, the jewel of the Ionian islands, has plenty of attractions that are worth visiting, though the most impressive one would be the beach Xygia, the only one with thermal waters that have therapeutic effects on the human body. It is also necessary to drive to Keri to admire from the lighthouse, the unforgettable sunset, but also to observe the caves in the sea as well as the Myzithres which are huge rocks in the sea.
Make sure to visit its monasteries, the stone park ''Askos'' and the Shipwreck which is the islands trademark.
Kefalonia is a gorgeous exotic island full of alluring beaches and emerald waters. One of the most fascinating landscapes is the lake cave called ‘’Melissani’’, a unique geological phenomenon, created by the fall of a roof section. Another worth visiting part are the islands sinkholes , one of its many geological attractions. The sinkholes are cracked holes located by the sea, where the water enters and follows a long route, crossing almost the entire island underground.
Before you leave the island be certain to visit the castles of Agios ‘’Georgios’’ and ‘’Assos’’ as well as the spectacular beaches of Mirto, Skala and Ammos.
Whatever you do and wherever you go, make sure that your vacation will remain a memorable experience.
Ferries are definitely the most pleasant, cost-effective and amusing way of travelling as there are numerous things to do on board. Depending on the selected vessel there’s usually a swimming pool where you could enjoy the view and work on your tan at the same time. Another interesting activity where you could spend your time are the clubs, bars, shops and casino which are open almost for the whole trip.
Since you’ll be spending a few hours on the ferry, shopping therapy in the ship's stores is one of the best ways of spending your time constructively. On board you will find a wide variety of perfumes, cosmetics, jewelry, accessories and gifts, as well as several different choices in clothing, travel items, drinks, local wines and other traditional Greek products.
There’s wireless access (WI-FI) throughout the trip all you need to do is get the Wi-Fi cards from the ferry’s reception, that way you’ll be able to stay connected with the rest of the world.
There’s everything you need in order to have a great time from the very first moment you board the vessel.
Keep in mind that by arriving to the mainland ports, you could always visit Athens as the distance from Igoumenitsa, via the Rio bridge, is about 485 km and approximately 211km away from Patras port.
Athens is Europe’s oldest capital, it’s the city with the most theatre stages and a very interesting example of unique architecture.
From there, you could easily visit other destinations such as Crete, the Cyclades and Dodecanese islands.
Otherwise, you could travel to Kavala in order to visit the North East Aegean islands or Volos port in order to get to the Sporades islands.