Piraeus, Greece (PRWEB) January 23, 2014
New for the 2014 Mediterranean cruising season, leading Mediterranean cruise line Louis Cruises is pleased to launch new Cruise & Land packages that showcase the splendors of Greece and Turkey. In cooperation with Karavan Travel, Louis Cruises is presenting these packaged tour experiences in response to travel agent and traveler demand, with the ultimate goal of introducing exciting new destinations to cruise travelers worldwide.
As an added perk, Louis Cruises is presenting splendid savings of 10 percent for bookings made by March 30, 2014. The cruise line is offering guaranteed departures throughout 2014 on its range of Cruise & Land programs, which also equates to guaranteed commissions for agents in addition to the comfort of knowing that their clients will receive top-quality travel services and experiences.
“With these new Cruise & Land programs by Louis Cruises, you don’t just visit Greece and Turkey; you enjoy an authentic Hellenic experience, both on board and at our incredible destinations,” said Nicholas Filippidis, Director of Product Development in North America for Louis Cruises. “We take great pride in revealing the splendors of our home waters and lands to travelers. From the most popular cities to off-the beaten path towns, each of our Cruise & Land packages is designed to give travelers an in-depth and up-close understanding and enjoyment of the treasures that this magical region has to offer beyond any other cruise line in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
Travel agents can register for free at louiscruises.com to book these new Cruise & Land packages via the company’s easy-to-use B2B online booking platform. Agents can register for free to become registered Louis Cruises travel sellers at: louiscruises.com/AgencyLogin.html. Agents already registered at LouisCruises.com can access their account via the company’s travel agent portal directly to learn more about these packages, make reservations for their clients, and earn commissions.
The new 2014 Greece and Turkey Cruise & Land packages offered by Louis Cruises include:
-- Jewels of Turkey and Greece Land Cruise -- 10 Nights/11 Days -- from $1915 per person
This adventure begins in Istanbul, an enchanting city set along two continents that beckons to be explored. After a short flight to Izmir, travelers will be whisked away to Kusadasi to embark on a captivating 3-night Louis Cruises Greek Island cruise. Next stop is Patmos, where the Apostle John is said to have dictated the bible’s Book of Revelation. Travelers can explore remnants of an ancient Minoan civilization in Crete, then visit Santorini, a breathtaking island with cliff-side villages overlooking a volcanic caldera and near endless azure seas. In Greece’s capital, Athens, travelers can uncover the cradle of Western civilization, and continue along to Mykonos, known for its white-washed houses, myriad of churches, and lively tavernas. Revelers will visit the ancient city of Ephesus in Kusadasi then drive to Pamukkale, meaning “The Cotton Castle” in Turkish, to experience the ruins of Hierapolis. Next it’s off to Cappadocia via Konya for a tour of the Mauseloum of Mevlana and Sultanhan Caravansarai. In Cappadocia, a full day of touring takes travelers to discover Goreme Open Air museum and the Underground City of Kaymakli. Next it’s on to Ankara with a stop at the Agzikarahan Caravanserai. Travelers will visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum of Ankara. More time in Istanbul enables explorers to visit The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace in the Old City, and the famous Grand Bazaar.
-- Delights of Turkey & Greece Land & Cruise -- 8 Days/7 Nights – from $1838 per person
Travelers will arrive in Istanbul where remains of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires await. Here they can explore the Hippodrome, ancient site of chariot races; visit the magnificent Blue Mosque; and see the glorious Hagia Sophia Museum on an optional city tour. The second day of this travel journey takes travelers to Kusadasi where they will embark on a 3-night Louis Cruises sailing to experience the treasures of Crete/Heraklion, Santorini, Athens and Mykonos. Guests will disembark in Kusadasi and explore the excavations at the ancient city of Ephesus. Next, the ruins of Hierapolis await in Pamukkale, where travelers can walk along the awe-inspiring white limestone terraces and hot springs. After a stay in Pamukkale, a tour of Konya‘s Mauseloum of Mevlana and Sultanhan Caravansarai will be visited before exploring Cappadocia. Early in the evening, travelers will ﬂy back to Istanbul then enjoy a morning city tour, including a visit to the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Market.
-- Treasures of Turkey & Greece Land & Cruise -- 13 Days/12 Nights -- from $2025 per person
New experiences and chances for discovery are here for the taking in Turkey and Greece. Travelers will arrive in Istanbul, the “City of the Seven Hills”, where they can visit architectural wonders such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome of Constantinople – the ancient arena of chariot races. In the morning travelers will fly to Ankara and visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum of Ankara. A full day of sightseeing in Cappadocia takes them to explore Goreme Open Air museum and the Underground City of Kaymakli. A stop in Konya provides the opportunity to visit the Sultanhan Caravanserai and Mevlana Museum. In Pamukkale, visitors will delve-into the ancient city of Hierapolis then Aphrodisias with its well-preserved Theater, Stadium, Odeon, and Agora. After an overnight stay in Kusadasi, the ancient city of Ephesus, Basilica of St. John and House of Virgin Mary await. The following day, travelers will embark on a 3-day Louis Cruises Greek Island cruise to Patmos, Crete/Heraklion, Santorini, Athens, and Mykonos. Cruisers disembark in Kusadasi before flying to Istanbul where they will enjoy an afternoon at leisure, dinner and overnight stay.
-- Fantastic Turkey & Greece Land & Cruise -- 6 Nights/7 Days -- from $1385 per person
This amazing experience begins in Istanbul, the place where East literally meets West, with part of the city located on the continent of Europe and the other part on Asia. Here travelers can explore the imposing Blue Mosque, the ancient site of chariot races, and the Hagia Sophia Museum. Then it’s off to Kusadasi to embark on an exciting 3-night Louis Cruises Greek Island cruise. Adventurers will revel in the magic of Patmos, Crete/ Heraklion, Santorini, Athens and Mykonos as they sail along the breath-taking turquoise waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. Disembarking in Kusadasi, travelers will tour the amazing excavations of ancient city of Ephesus. A drive to Pamukkale, meaning “The Cotton Castle” in Turkish, reveals the ruins of Hierapolis awaiting to mesmerize travelers. After a relaxing overnight stay in Pamukkale, travelers fly to Istanbul. By the waters of the Bosphorus, they can visit Topkapi Palace and revel in the sparkling treasures of the Sultans, before bargaining for some souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market on this spectacular journey.
These new Cruise & Land packages presented by Louis Cruises include hotel accommodations throughout each tour at selected 4-5 star hotels; sightseeing tours as per itinerary (shore excursions during cruise are additional); entrance fees to the specified attractions in each itinerary; domestic flights in Turkey based on the itineraries; meals per itinerary as well as meals onboard Louis Cruises’ 3-day cruise; Louis Cruises Greek Islands Cruise per itinerary with limited beverage package; tips to hotels, restaurants and onboard the cruise vessel; port, service and local taxes for the touring segments. Starting from prices detailed above are per person, Cruise & Land only rates based on double occupancy. Preferred pricing on airfare is available upon request.
Consumers can contact their preferred travel agent to book Louis Cruises’ itineraries and new Greece and Turkey Cruise & Land packages. For further information or to order the company’s brochures call (877) 568-4787, send an e-mail to cruising(at)louiscruises(dot)com or visit the company’s web site at: louiscruises.com.
About Karavan Travel:
KARAVAN has been active in the tourism industry since 1969 with over 40 years of experience in destination management. The company is owned and managed by the Baltazzi family, which has a long tradition and history of hospitality. Sultan Abdul Mecid was a guest in their Izmir home in 1850 and Sultan Abdul Aziz in 1863. To these experiences and traditions, Baltazzi family has added modern methods and technology to create the KARAVAN of today, with five offices throughout Turkey located in Istanbul, Izmir, Kusadasi, Marmaris and Antalya and four distinctive brands; Karavan Travel: rendering services to worldwide Tour Operators - karavantravel.com; KaravanMar: providing Cruise Sales, Shore Excursions and Port Agency services to major cruise line companies - karavanmar.com; Kmice: a division fully dedicated to meetings, incentives, congresses, events - kmice.com; and Endless Turkey offering exclusive services to luxury segment - endlessturkey.com. Each of them is a leader in their sector.
About Louis Group:
Louis Group was founded in 1935 and has over the decades evolved into a leading tourism, hospitality and travel group in the Eastern Mediterranean. Louis Hotels owns and manages 19 four and five star hotels in all of Cyprus’ resorts, including the Hilton Park Nicosia and the Greek islands of Corfu, Zante, Crete, Mykonos and Rhodes. With a fleet of five cruise ships, Louis Cruises sails from Piraeus, Istanbul and Kusadasi to the Greek islands and Turkey’s most enticing destinations. For more information on Louis Group and its subsidiaries, please visit our websites at: louishotels.com, louiscruises.com and mykonostheoxenia.com.