Discovering the pristine beaches, cultural treasures, postcard-perfect scenery, and captivating vibe that distinguish the Mediterranean is a travel journey that continually finds its way onto consumers’ bucket lists. And, travel by ferry is one of the best ways to affordably and conveniently delve deeper into ports hugging this celebrated body of water, plus destinations in the nearby Aegean, Adriatic and Ionian Seas.
Have your clients fly into Greece, Italy or Turkey, and then depending on the amount of time they have to travel the region, you can easily build and sell a comprehensive itinerary incorporating air, land and ferry service.
Island-Hopping In Greece
Begin your Greece trip by flying into Athens and exploring the Parthenon and other archaeological sites on the Acropolis. Delve into centuries of heritage at the National Archaeological Museum, and wander the ruins of the Agora. Hike or bike in Mount Parnitha National Park, and savor ouzo and baklava on outdoor terraces affording spectacular water views. Then, island-hop via ferry to some of the magical Greek isles.
Famously photogenic, Santorini beckons visitors to lounge on black sand beaches at Kamari, Perissa, and Perivolos, hike along the caldera, and gaze at brilliant sunsets from coastal Oia. Be sure to sample signature specialties paired with locally produced red and white wines crafted from indigenous grapes. Rich history and tradition harmoniously co-exist with an iconic party atmosphere on Mykonos, where the order of the day includes lazing on sun-splashed beaches and trying thrilling watersports, such as diving, surfing and windsurfing.
Part-St. Tropez feel, part-laid-back isle with its own distinct rhythm – this is the essence of Hydra.
Swim in crystal-clear water fronting picturesque coves, admire lavish stone mansions, and stroll around the waterfront of this car-free paradise. Hike in Folegandros, enjoy kitesurfing on Paros, and climb to the top of Mount Zas on Naxos – just a snapshot of what awaits by ferrying between the Greek islands.
For added convenience, travel agents can now easily book ferry service for their clients and pay online through the Excite Holidays website. The revamped platform allows agents to search for ferry connections, check pricing and schedules, and have an e-voucher sent.
Fascinating Italy By Ferry
Begin your adventure in the undeniably alluring city of Venice. From over 170 canals and 400-plus bridges to the captivating art, architecture, culture and food, the city’s appeal reveals itself in countless ways – the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, and nearby islands of Murano and Burano.
Afterwards, venture by ferry to Ancona, a busting port on Italy’s east coast. Stroll through the picturesque harbor, admire the ornate façade of Ancona Cathedral, and visit the Archaeological Museum. Wander historic Piazza del Plebiscito, and see the 18th-century Mole Vanvitelliana. Sunbathe on Passetto Beach and the sandy stretches lining Portonovo Bay.
From Ancona, ferry to Trieste, a port city not far from the Slovenia border. Spend time seeing the monuments and statues in Piazza Unita Italia, dine in restaurants overlooking the city’s own Grand Canal, and view the well-preserved amphitheater and Castle of St. Giusto. Another Italian city with great ferry connections is Bari in the Puglia region, known for its maze-like old town, Church of San Nicolas, Svevo Castle, and delightful seaside promenade.
For more in-depth European journeys, ferry service is available from Italy to Greece, Croatia and Albania. Whether traveling 60 minutes to a few hours to an overnight stay, many ferries are spaciously comfortable, have air-conditioned areas and open decks, and offer Wi-Fi and food options. Excite Holiday’s ferry booking platform provides comprehensive information and booking simplicity, so agents can sell better and smarter.
The Turkish Riviera – Beaches, History & More
A popular holiday destination after Istanbul, Turkey’s Mediterranean coast – nicknamed the Turkish Riviera – teems with beautiful sandy shores, rich culture and intriguing history. When booking your clients, consider multi-country adventures thanks to ferry service between Turkey and Greece.
Turkey’s largest city on the Mediterranean coast is charming Antalya, known for stunning beaches, ancient settlements, a mesmerizing aquarium, and Koprulu Canyon National Park. Mersin, situated on the eastern end of the country’s Mediterranean region, is home to striking castles and remains of ancient cities. Visit Kas, a typical Mediterranean seaside resort, and take a boat trip to the sunken ruins of Kekova.
Agents can also book ferry service from points in Turkey, including Bodrum, Fethiye, Marmaris and Kusadai, to the Greek islands.
Travel by ferry opens up new possibilities for more expanded and enriching travel journeys around the Mediterranean. From hopping around the idyllic Greek islands and Italian ports to discovering the magical spirit of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, ferry connections are affordable, convenient, and easier than ever for agents to book.