Just a couple questions, I was thinking about going from Istanbul to Athens and was hoping I could do it by ferry, is this possible? Also, what about going from Athens to Rome by ferry? Either of these trips would be at the beginning of August 2010.
Obviously the cheaper the better as it will be after an African adventure I have planned.
Thanks for any suggestions, links or advice!
I don't know about ferry connections Istanbul to Athens, but you can definitely go there by train via Thessaloniki (overnight train Istanbul to Thessaloniki, then 5-6 hours to Athens). To get from Athens to Rome you have to go from Athens to Patra (bus about 3 hours), take a ferry Patra-Italy (ports are Bari or Ancona) and then go from there to Rome (by train or bus?). I haven't done it myself, but there are many ferries on this route.
Have a good trip
Don't take the ferry from Istanbul to Athens. Take a plane instead. It takes two hours and costs about 30$ (planning to do it myself this year).
I recommend you to take the ferry from Athens to Venice, instead of Rome. If you buy a deck space is fairly inexpensive. Venice is a much prettier city than Rome (Rome is overrun by homeless people), but if you insist on traveling to Rome, then take the high-speed train from Venice.
Enjoy your trip to Europe!