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dap3081


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We set off leaving the UK driving to Cyprus in 4 weeks time (May 7th), all paperwork now in place. Just got to arrange the ferry from Dover-France. But NOT looking forward to the ferry crossing across from mainland Turkey - Girne after all your horror stories.



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Have fun!

Geoff



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Hi,



Keep a good record of all good/bad things on the way... I would like to do the drive out to Cyprus so would be very interested in hearing how it all goes.



Paul



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The experience of driving over will make up for the Fergun Express ferry, which is in itself an experience you are unlikely ever to forget.



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I would also like to hear about your experieces on the way as we ar also thinking of driving over



Zoots


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Which part of UK are you in?



dap3081


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Zoots Message 6, Birmingham, West Midlands.



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We drove over 3 years ago,came via the ferry from Italy,two things to remember on the last ferry,

only eat and drink what you take on board and make sure you go to the bathroom somewhere else !!

One other thing that might happen is, if it is busy you will go on one ferry and your car on another,

so make sure you take any valuable items with you.

Enjoy the trip



Zoots


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dap,



Hull - Zeebrugge/Amsterdam/Rotterdam overnight ferry may be handy enough for you. After that a tried and tested route is Holland/Belgium-Germany (one day) Austria-Slovenia-Croatia (two days) Serbia/Bosnia (three days) Bulgaria-Turkey (two days) then Tasucu overnight ferry into Kyrenia.

You can do it in one week relaxed as we did with two very young children, but if it's just adults you can do it quicker. But you are seeing places you're normally unlikely to visit like Munich, Zagreb, Belgrade, Sofia, Istanbul and the Turkish interior, so I'd recommend making an occasion of it.

Hotels, motels etc are plentiful en route so you don't need to book ahead. Get an international drivers licence from your local VLO and a green card for your car, Insurance should cover you for EU and European Turkey which leaves you with Serbia and Anatolia as extras, if you declare them.

You're pretty much guaranteed a very memorable experience, plus you have your car for goodies.

Go for it!



dap3081


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Zoots, Thanks for that. With have two cats coming a long with us, so we will take it as it comes and enjoy the trip.



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Two cats....You are aware of the Quarantine regs I hope...



dap3081


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martinD14, Yes, fully vacinated, thier pet passports, UK export & TRNC import licence, and the ok to travel vet. examination booked 48hours before setting off all in place. And yes we are aware of the Quarantine regs. on arrive in TRNC. thanks to KAR for that info.



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Wishing you a safe and happy trip



dap3081


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Thanks to you all for your valid input and best wishes.



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Just caught this thread. Hi, Dap. We are leaving in just over 3 weeks with 2 dogs and a cat. Have spent most of the day 'trial'packing the car and have to now figure out what not to take!

Have a great trip and remember - you're only likely to do it once, so enjoy.



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All good wishes that you have a safe and happy trip over.









Spider,X



dap3081


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Gavangie, just come back to the thread and read your post. Three weeks will soon be upon you, good luck and enjoy the trip. We are driving down in a Ford Transit SWB van, so shouldn't have too much of a problem with the packing.



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Please, please post and let us know how you get on cos that's one of the options we are thinking of when we finally move over from Glasgow and we have two cats too!!! Although I'm not sure if a few hours flying would be easier for them rather than days confined in a car? How old are you cats? Ours are almost 16 and 13 and age is not on their side.



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Agile Chris and I did it in 2006, brought a transit with our goods and chattels, stayed for fro three weeks, went back empty, filled it up again, drove back and stayed. The transit now no longer belongs to us but we often see it around and about.



Would have been cheaper to use a container but what adventures we had. Great.



negativenick


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i think i would rather be sat on by garry monger's missus for a fortnight than contemplate the stress of driving to the trnc...



do yourself a favour - sell the car and go by plane (a neg nick top tip...)



dap3081


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pollymarples, good to hear someone has done it 'our way' in a Transit. But I think oneway WILL be more than enough for me. How did you get on saleing the van, I would like to do the same, and buy a car over there.





mozgor, will try and keep you informed on how it went. Our cats, Tom 12years and Jerry 3years.



nergativenick, stress!!! what stress!!!!



Railroad


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can this trip be done the other way, from the TRNC back to the UK, if the car has a TRNC reg plate.

Or as i still have its GB plates, could i refit these, insure the car in the UK and drive it back.



gavangie


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Dap - thanks for your good wishes.

Mozgor - we are travelling from Dunoon so if you want any suggestions regarding the route, etc. just let us know.



ron/sue


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hi we are moving over there soon would like to take the car or van can you tell me the paperwork i need and how did you get the route thanks



mozgor



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@ dap3081 - thanks - can't imagine being couped up in a car for days with 2 cats so learning from you will be great.







@ gavangie - again thanks - we wont be moving over for a while yet due to my Mum, but she's 92 next week so time is not on her side. Are you travelling over to settle there? Would also love to hear how you get on.



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I've seen all the messaages about pets - in case you feel that at the end of organsiing your journey it might be too trying for your cats or dogs contact us. We are glad to arrange for them to be homed for a few days whilst you travel (and enjoy the experience).

Then we arrange send them on for you by plane and you meet your four legged friends again.

All sorts of pet transport services can be provided including assistance when you get to Cyprus.

Tom IAH Ltd

info@flightholiday.co.uk - 00 44 1594 544 077



dap3081


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flightholiday, only just read your post. And it's worth thinking about, I'll be it touch later. Where are you in UK at the moment?



negativenick


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mess 27 - you won't be laughing when you get here - you'll already have pulled most of your hair out when you arrive - only to meet the brick wall of trnc red tape.....



"you not have van registered if you not have company" - "if van white, 50% more tax because colour can dazzle other motorist"....



i've got some XL "i wished i'd listened to neg nick" T shirts available when you get here...............



dap3081


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negativenick, send me one of your T shirt's, change of plan; we are now making for Libya. THANKS!!!!!



flightholiday


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David Msg 27 - I'm based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Call us soon as usualy we need a few weeks notice to get the job done correctly. Our friend in the TRNC will help you with the pet import red tape (so don't let NN worry you too much).



gavangie


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mozgor - yes, we are making a 'permanent' move to TRNC. If you want to give email address (we don't have enough posts to see yours) we will let you know in detail how the trip goes.



dap3081


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gavangie. We leave UK on the 7th May, you should be well on your way by then, if you get the chance pass on some of that detail to me. My email :- davidpeters06@aol.com



Would be gratefull for any info.



mozgor



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Hi - would be great to hear from both of you moyrah@talktalk.net - thanks



gavangie


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Dap & Mozgor - will email you.



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Hi I'm driving down next week third time once in a 7.5 tonne Ford Cargo once in a a Mondeo and this time in a Hyundia done the Italy/ferry route and the Balkans route both were great but I got caught by Turkish customs in the lorry cost me 1200 for my peronel goods said I could claim it back when I departed Turkey for Cyprus at the port ,that did not happen as I was then told I would have to go to the customs office in Mersin if I wanted to reclaim the duty but I never got round to going to mersin.

This time it looks like I will be on my own as the wife has to stay in UK as her Dad of 90 is in hospital and her mum's 87 so if there's any buxom blondes out there who want to share the driving with me II'm sure the wife won't mind .

PS Don't listen to NN he's so how can I put ? "NEGATIVE"!!!!

Enjoy your trip it's a great adventure and it's good to say you did it



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