From Bristol to the Bosphorus

Starting in April 2018, Bailey of Bristol took on our second long distance to travel from Bailey HQ in Bristol, across Europe and over the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey to take us into Asia and the coast of the Black Sea. We then returned to the UK having taken in 21 countries in 21 days. This was a very different challenge to our Arctic Adventure of 2017 with the challenges this time being man-made with road conditions and border crossings replacing ice and sub-zero temperatures.

You can relive all the stages of our journey below. Click here to return to the Bristol to the Bosphorus homepage at any time.

 

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 15th May 2018

On the final leg of our jorney, we visited our final 2 campsites, plus a ferry crossing to complete the trip and make our way back to Bristol.

 

 

Site 14: Camping Sokol Praha, Prague, Czech Republic

This was another city campsite that suited our needs perfectly with great transport options into the stunning city centre.

It is quite small and cosy (with only about 30 pitches) and was the busiest of our trip, which proves it is popular even out of the main season. It has a mini-market for essentials, public transport tickets available from reception, and there’s also a bar and restaurant.

Most people will be here to see this stunning city, so it’s great that there are easy bus routes close to the site, and the campsite offers a minibus service to the train station.

Although convenient for the city, its location has a village feel with a park close by. It has a swimming pool for the summer and it’s smart, modern facilities impressed us, especially the hot showers. ACSI listed.

Visit the Camping Sokol Praha website

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Site 15: Campingplatz am Rhein, Rüdesheim, Germany

Situated on the banks of the Rhein, and within walking distance of the (typically German) town centre, Campingplatz am Rhein wins plenty of points for its location.

We booked it through the Caravan and Motorhome Club and were lucky enough to have pitches overlooking the river, and close to the impressive facilities block with some of the highest standard of showers and toilet facilities (complete with piped music) we’ve experienced on this trip.

The rest of the site was equally well kept, but the only possible disappointment was that pitches weren’t marked out and some units looked closer to each other than is ideal. 

Visit the Campingplatz am Rhein website

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Site 16: Stena Line Hook of Holland to Harwich crossing

Our last night of the trip was spent on the Stena Line ferry crossing the sea from the port of the Hook of Holland (near Rotterdam) in the Netherlands to Harwich in the UK.

As we were crossing on a Saturday evening, the multiple-laned motorway around Rotterdam was empty, which was much better than our experience on the Arctic Adventure when we were stuck in Friday night traffic mayhem!

This ferry service is a very relaxing way to end (or start) a trip. We would, especially recommend the overnight sailing as it is very relaxing and gets you a good early start on whichever side of the channel you are crossing to. We had a quick bite to eat and a drink before retiring to our cabins for the night. We all slept soundly and when we woke up, we were already berthed in Harwich.

We treated ourselves to a cooked breakfast and were off the ferry shortly after 6.30am, allowing us to breeze round the M25 and down the M4 to Bristol while they were still pleasantly quiet.

Visit the Stena Line website

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