Subject: Venice to Istanbul by sea

We have been musing about a trip that would fly us into Venice and out of Istanbul. It would be a cheapie, backpack trip over four weeks in the Fall of 2006 taking local ferries. Our itinerary would take us from Venice to Istanbul, visiting any Greek islands that take our fancy.

We have been to Dubrovnik, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Patmos, Kos, Samos and Kusadasi but it was so long ago that it may as well have been in a previous lifetime.

At this time, I need advice on how reliable the ferry service is in the Aegean during September and/or October. Would also appreciate hearing from Ziners about the merits of stopping in Albania.

Lucy, Toronto (always dreaming of places to visit)