HARLEY-DAVIDSON SUPER RALLY IGOUMENITSA GREECE

May 31 – June 4 2001

By Paul van Ruiten, Dutch HD-rider since 1971, specialized in motorcycle tours

Greece, that’s the place to be for the Super Rally 2001. Beautiful nature, world-famous archeological sites, white beaches and that special Greek atmosphere will bring you an unforgettable experience.

After the successful arrangements from Holland to the Finland-SR in 2000 something new is developed for the SR in Greece. In cooperation with HDC Hellas (organization SR), Minoan Lines (official sponsor SR) and the Dutch Railway Company I am happy to present for all who live in the northern and western parts of Europe a comfortable and safe way of traveling to the Greek SR: the night train from Holland to Italy (incl. your bike) plus a cruise ferry across the Adriatic to Greece. Or just the cruise ferry for all who like to ride to Italy.

Three arrangements will be offered (all one-way or return):

  1. Night train incl. cabin from Den Bosch to Verona + cruise ferry from Venice straight to Igoumenitsa
  2. As 1), but to Bologna + cruise ferry from Ancona straight to Igoumenitsa
  3. Just only the cruise ferry from Venice or Ancona to Igoumenitsa (the same price)

FIGURE 1 Schedule train- and boat connections before and after the Super Rally

 

Arrival

Departure

Arrival

Arrival

Departure

Arrival

 

Date

Bologna

Ancona

Igoumenitsa

Verona

Venice

Igoumenitsa

Date

Tuesday 22-05

13.00

19.00

21.00

Tuesday 22-05

Wednesday 23-05

15.00

17.00

21.00

Wednesday 23-05

Thursday 24-05

15.00

07.30

17.00

21.30

Thursday 24-05

Friday 25-05

D Den Bosch 19.29

18.00

07.30

12.00

21.30

Friday 25-05

Saturday 26-05

A Bologna 12.19

18.00

10.30

13.00

14.30

Saturday 26-05

Sunday 27-05

20.30

10.30

D Den Bosch 18.32

17.00

14.30

Sunday 27-05

Monday 28-05

20.30

13.00

A Verona 12.05

19.00

21.30

Monday 28-05

Tuesday 29-05

13.00

19.00

21.00

Tuesday 29-05

Wednesday 30-05

15.00

17.00

21.00

Wednesday 30-05

Thursday 31-05

15.00

07.30

17.00

21.30

Thursday 31-05

Friday 01-06

Super Rally

 

07.30

Super Rally

 

21.30

Friday 01-06

Saturday 02-06

Super Rally

 

 

Super Rally

 

 

Saturday 02-06

Sunday 03-06

Super Rally

 

 

Super Rally

 

 

Sunday 03-06

Monday 04-06

Super Rally

17.00

01.30

Super Rally

 

10.00

Monday 04-06

Tuesday 05-06

20.30

08.30

08.30

Tuesday 05-06

Wednesday 06-06

11.30

20.30

10.30

08.30

Wednesday 06-06

Thursday 07-06

11.30

22.30

10.30

07.30

Thursday 07-06

Friday 08-06

13.00

22.30

08.00

10.00

Friday 08-06

Saturday 09-06

D Bologna 18.54

13.00

8.30

08.30

Saturday 09-06

Sunday 10-06

A Den Bosch 10.47

17.00

01.30

10.30

10.30

Sunday 10-06

Monday 11-06

17.00

01.30

D Verona 16.00

10.30

10.00

Monday 11-06

Tuesday 12-06

20.30

A Den Bosch 10.13

08.30

Tuesday 12-06

Date

Departure

Arrival

Departure

Departure

Arrival

Departure

Date

 

Bologna

Ancona

Igoumenitsa

Verona

Venice

Igoumenitsa

 

The right half of figure 1 shows in blue the combination of the train to/from Verona + ferry to/from Venice. The left part shows the train to/from Bologna + ferry to/from Ancona.

Please, keep in mind that only 40 bikes can be transported on each train. If you want to book just the ferry, then select Venice or Ancona plus the accommodation you like. As mentioned above, the matching color presents each day the schedule of traveling you like the most.

Information arrangement 1 and 2 (train + ferry)

Four trains show times of departure and arrival, incl. the connecting ferry schedule (all in matching colors). Your schedule on the way to Greece is to be read from left to right, your schedule back home from right to left.

Example: if you take on Sunday May 27 the train to Verona and on Monday May 28 the 1900 ferry from Venice, you will arrive on Tuesday May 29 at 2100 in Igoumenitsa.

If you book after the SR the 2230 ferry on Friday June 8 from Igoumenitsa, and on Saturday June 9 the train from Bologna at 1854, then you will be back in Den Bosch, Holland, at Sunday June 10.

Information arrangement 3 (just the ferry)

The blue and green cells show times of arrival and departure of all the ferries you can select. Going to Greece is to be read from left to right, back to Holland from right to left. The colors match in schedule, so green connects green, blue connects blue.

Example: if you take on Wednesday May 30 the 1700 ferry in Venice, then arrival on Thursday May 31 at 2130 in Igoumenitsa. And if you book the 0130 ferry from Igoumenitsa on Sunday June 10 to Ancona, you will arrive in Ancona the same day at 1700.

The Night train

Very comfortable, incl. dinner and breakfast in your cabin. If you like, you can book a fancy dinner (EUR 36) and/or a huge breakfast (EUR 9) in the restaurant-wagon (reservation at booking). After dinnertime the restaurant-wagon will be used as a Grand Café. Several accommodations can be booked.

The cabin-6 is for max. 6 persons. Cold dinner plate and breakfast is served in your cabin. Your bed has pillow, sheets and blanket. Toilets etc. on both sides of the wagon. You can book either one place or the whole cabin.

The cabin-4 is for max. 4 persons. More comfortable: air condition and hot dinner. Special toilets at one end of the wagon. You can book either one place or the whole cabin.

 

The cabin-3 is for max. 3 persons. Offers most privacy. Basin with hot/cold water, soap, bed blanket, mirror, towels, electricity, drinking water and room service. You can only book the whole cabin.

 

FIGURE 2 Prices (EURO) night train including your HD

BOLOGNA

One way

One way

Return

VERONA

One way

Return

To SR

From SR

 

To/from SR

 

Cabin-6

 

 

 

Cabin-6

 

Per place

366

285

434

Per place

267

355

+ Passenger

500

419

613

+ Passenger

398

530

Per cabin

+ 3 bikes

1113

863

1317

Per cabin

+ 3 bikes

823

1098

+ 4 bikes

1344

1013

1571

+ 4 bikes

958

1277

+ 5 bikes

1575

1163

1825

+ 5 bikes

1093

1457

+ 6 bikes

1806

1309

2079

+ 6 bikes

1227

1636

Cabin-4

Cabin-4

Per place

381

300

454

Per place

281

375

+ Passenger

531

450

654

+ Passenger

428

570

Per cabin

+ 2 bikes

882

713

1063

Per cabin

+ 2 bikes

689

918

+ 3 bikes

1113

863

1317

+ 3 bikes

823

1098

+ 4 bikes

1344

1013

1571

+ 4 bikes

958

1277

Cabin-3

Cabin-3

Per cabin

+ 1 bike

681

602

855

Per cabin

+ 1 bike

600

800

+ 2 bikes

912

752

1110

+ 2 bikes

735

980

+ 3 bikes

1144

902

1364

+ 3 bikes

869

1159

 

Cruise ferry Company Minoan Lines sponsors the music bands during the SR and sells exclusively all tickets to the SR. They offer 20% overall-discount, especially for HD-bookings, only during the period of 22-05-2001 to 12-06-2001. All prices in this schedules are matching the Minoan Lines conditions, and all discounts mentioned above are inclusive.

 

 

 

 

FIGURE 3 Prices (EURO) accommodation cruise ferries to/from Venice or to/from Ancona

One way

Return

One way

Return

Deck ticket

40

68

3-pers. inner cabin

+ 2 bikes

332

565

Bike

32

54

+ 3 bikes

358

608

Pullman-seat

45

76

3-pers. outer cabin

+ 2 bikes

356

605

4-pers. inner cabin

+ 2 bikes

346

588

+ 3 bikes

382

648

+ 3 bikes

372

632

+ 4 bikes

397

675

2-pers. inner cabin

+ 1 bike

241

410

+ 2 bikes

267

453

4-pers. outer cabin

+ 2 bikes

402

683

+ 3 bikes

427

726

2-pers. outer cabin

+ 1 bike

281

478

+ 4 bikes

452

770

+ 2 bikes

307

521

Cheapest return ticket of the night train is EUR 183 (Verona), and cheapest return ticket of the cruise ferry will be EUR 122. That’s EUR 305 each person, return ticket, incl. bike, based on 6 persons in a cabin-6 with 3 bikes, and a deck ticket on the ferry. Depending on accommodation and number of bikes, prices will go up, of course.

Bookings and payments

If you want to book, please contact me. I will send you a registration paper. After I got that in return (completely filled up and signed) you will get the bill, incl. EUR 11 bookings fee, of which 25% must be paid in advance. When paid, the booking will be definite.

Please, transfer the amount to pay to bank account 7766749, registrated at Mr. Paul van Ruiten (see below). The remaining part of the total amount must be paid before April 1, 2001. Those who make a booking on his/her own behalf and others will be responsible for all obligations that are related to the booking.

Important transfer conditions of the Night train

After your ride to Den Bosch in the central part of The Netherlands, you will check in for the late afternoon trip to Italy in the cabin you booked. In Italy the next morning a few hours driving brings you to the cruise ferry (accommodation as requested). Disembarkation the next day in Igoumenitsa. Then your trip will start immediately, because the site is only 3 miles away…

For the train: A bike’s height must not exceed 1.50 m (or 59 inch). Windshields etc. must be taken off and transported as luggage in the night train itself. Minimum bottom-height is 11 cm (4,5 inch).

You have to ride your bike on the wagon yourself. Railway personnel will do mounting and securing. Sufficient mounting hardware will be available. For mounting and securing procedures, you are obliged to give relevant instruction and information to the railway personnel. Extra personnel will be present in Verona and Bologna to assist the local personnel in loading procedures, depending on the number of booked bikes.

You are responsible for any damage you cause to your own bike or other vehicles during loading and unloading procedures on the wagon.

All schedules, arrival and departure times, prices and conditions in this information bulletin are subject to possible change. Please, check all relevant information in the 2001 brochures you will get from the Dutch Railroad Company (November 2000) and Minoan Lines (January 2001). These brochures will be send to you separately after booking.

Paul van Ruiten

Lageweg 72

9698 BR Wedde

The Netherlands

Tel/fax 0031-(0) 597-541013 mobile 06-53576699 e-mail info@pavarue.nl