"2007 to 2010 we travelled around the world in a Land Rover Discovery3.
In 2018 we departed for a second overland adventure around the world with our daughter on board our 4x4 Iveco VM90 camper. Follow our dream here!"
- Vula, Anastasia and Akis -
From Elafonisi, Crete
Hello everybody from Crete! We are on the road again after an adventurous departure from Piraeus and two days of unprecedented bad weather in Chania. In total we stayed 26 hours in the ferry for a nine-hour trip, as the Coast Guard prohibited the departure of all ships from the major greek port. It was great for us as we enjoyed hot showers in the luxurious cabin and we were invited for dinner by “Elyros” captain Mr. Polomarkakis. Our trip to Chania was pretty comfortable despite the bad weather.
We arrived in Chania Friday evening and stayed for three nights in the communal parking next to the old town. On Saturday the Venetian town was beaten hard by huge waves and local people seemed devastated as marble plates at the waterfront were broken and the place was full of mud and plastic. On Sunday, weather was finally calm and everybody got to work to bring back the town in its glory. The same evening, Chania was beautiful as ever. We made two new friends in town, Alexis, a photographer from Thessaloniki who got married and lives in Chania and George, the owner of Cretajolic, a new travel agency specialised in eco-tourism.
We were supposed to leave the town yesterday but we needed to enjoy it a little bit more, so we were lucky to wake up this morning under a splendid sun. We took our drone for a flight around the lighthouse and then left towards Kissamos and Balos beach. This is the north-westernmost tip of Crete and one of the most iconic beaches in Greece. We drove up to a point and hiked a bit, so enjoy the pictures of the day. Later we drove to the south and tonight we wild camp with a view to another popular beach – Elafonisi.
We travel again and it feels good!
We are so excited because next week we will depart for a two-month trip at the Aegean islands with the Blue Star Ferries and ANEK LINES Οfficial Fan Page ships. These two companies support our project providing us the unique opportunity to travel to the remotest islands of Greece.
This island-hopping winter tour is a great challenge for the three of us. We approach it as an alternative off-road trip as well as a great history and cultural lesson for our daughter. Our collaboration with @BlueStarFerries and @ANEKLines gives us the chance to design a dream-route to popular and less visited islands and experience their genuine lifestyles winter-time, when mass tourism will not be there. All this with the fastest and most modern ferry boat fleet you can have in the Mediterranean.
In a couple of days we will embark ANEKLines Elyros ferry to Chania in Crete, where we will drive for the following two weeks or so. From Herakleion we will return to Piraeus from where we will follow the Cyclades lines towards Syros, TInos, Naxos, Ios and Santorini. From the majestic volcano island we will sail to Symi for a completely different tour in the Dodecannese. We will actually arrive to Kastellorizo – the most south-eastern Greek island – and then we will hop to Nisyros (where there is an active volcano), to Kalymnos, Astypalaia, Amorgos and back to Piraeus. The ultimate part of our Aegean adventure will be towards the north-eastern islands of Lesvos and Chios as well as to Samos.
Diaries, images and images from this special #TheGreekOffroad will be uploaded on this page, on our website www.theworldoffroad.com, on www.visitgreece.gr as well as on the Blue Star Ferries και της ANEK LINES Οfficial Fan Page.
On Saturday we will wrap up our #IVECO VM90 camper with a graphic adventure designed by talented greek artist GIP21 – aka George Panagiotou.
This is a teaser of our vehicle’s rear view where the people who will be following us on the road will have the chance to see our logo and website as well as our three-word motto – our travel manifesto:
DREAM. EXPLORE. RESPECT. This is exactly what The World Offroadstands for, what we really are as travellers.
We literally DREAM but with our eyes open. We really love to EXPLORE our planet as ourselves. And we RESPECT. We respect everybody and everything but more than anything we respect nature and local people and their cultures.
For more curious observers but only while our vehicle will be still, we inserted a little bit of good memories from our previous life on the back of the Iveco. Let’s say some highlights from our previous The World Offroad expedition and more. What do you think about the concept?