Animalcouriers set off from the UK with pets travelling to Greece. We chose an overland route, through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, as shaded open-deck spots weren’t available on the ferry route from Italy to Greece.

Charlie

Charlie, an irrepressible Cocker Spaniel, travelled with us from London to Thessaloniki in Greece.

pets travelling to Greece: Charlie, a lively and lovable fellow

Charlie, a lively and lovable fellow

Serenity

Cute as a button and as calm as her name suggests, Serenity is a four-month-old Bull Mastiff. We collected her from her breeder Triona in Hampshire, and took her to her new owner Christos inΒ  Thessaloniki.

Darling Serenity

Darling Serenity

Leeloo

Simply gorgeous tortie puss Leeloo made the long journey from Dundee in Scotland to Athens. This gentle girl soon got used to life on the road.

Leeloo's beautiful markings

Leeloo’s beautiful markings

Saffron, Sophie and Twinkle

These three chums belong to Kevin and his wife, who’ve relocated from Lincolnshire to the Greek island of Rhodes.

Twinkle is very laid back and always ready for her tea

Twinkle is very laid back and always ready for her tea

Shih Tzu Saffron and Springer Sophie are great mates and love their walks

Shih Tzu Saffron and Springer Sophie are great mates and love their walks

Here they are with courier Marc, just back from a beach walk. We expect there will be plenty more for them to enjoy on Rhodes

Here they are with courier Marc, just back from a beach walk. We expect there will be plenty more for them to enjoy on Rhodes

What we saw on the way

Our hotel near Wels in Austria features some interesting pets

Our hotel near Wels in Austria features some interesting pets

Alpacas, goats and rabbits happily shared a paddock

Alpacas, goats and rabbits happily shared a paddock

Courier Marc out on an early morning walk near Wels with Sophie and Saffron

Courier Marc out on an early morning walk near Wels with Sophie and Saffron

All our canine passengers enjoyed this stunning forest walk

All our canine passengers enjoyed this stunning forest walk

Sunflowers spotted in Romania

Sunflowers spotted in Romania

Around 10 years ago there were a lot of these handmade cards in Romania. Now they seem to be dying out, replaced by rather smart cars!

Around 10 years ago there were a lot of these handmade cards in Romania.Β 

pets travelling to Greece: Now they seem to be dying out, replaced by rather smart cars!

Now they seem to be dying out, replaced by rather smart cars!

On the Bulgarian bank of the Danube, looking back towards Romania

On the Bulgarian bank of the Danube, looking back towards Romania

With Akis to Rhodes

In Athens we caught up with our great friend and colleague Akis, who operates a pet taxi service. He took Saffron, Sophie and Twinkle on the last leg of their trip to rejoin their owners in Rhodes.

In Athens we caught up with our great friend and colleague Akis, who operates a pet taxi service. He took Saffron, Sophie and Twinkle on the last leg of their trip to rejoin their owners in Rhodes.

Twinkle was still laid back after 3,200 miles on the road