Gay Group Trip: Greek Island Hopping
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The state of LGBTQ+ rights has made significant progress in recent years in Greece, although hardships and inequalities still persist in areas outside of the major cities. The country has undergone a widespread legal and societal transformation that has begun to improve the rights and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals.
When it comes to legal advancements, Greece decriminalized same-sex sexual activity in 1951, and in 2015, the Greek Parliament passed a law that recognized civil partnerships for same-sex couples, granting them legal recognition and many of the same rights as married heterosexual couples. However, marriage equality has still not been achieved, as same-sex marriages are not legally recognized.
The legal system in Greece prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment and certain other areas. However, LGBTQ+ individuals continue to face discrimination and social stigma in various aspects of their lives. Homophobic and transphobic attitudes persist in some parts of society, especially in more remote and rural areas.
On a positive note, Athens, the capital city, has a vibrant LGBTQ+ community with a thriving nightlife scene, with an annual Pride parade that attracts thousands of participants from across the globe. LGBTQ+ organizations and advocacy groups in Greece actively work to promote equal rights and social acceptance.
Though LGBTQ+ travelers can enjoy visiting all areas of Greece’s diverse landscape, the gorgeous island of Mykonos is a particular favorite amongst the LGBTQ+ community. In Mykonos, you’ll find a plethora of gay-focused bars and clubs as well as some of Europe’s most beautiful gay beaches.
N.B. The destinations on this trip will not change but Greek ferry times might, so the order of the itinerary could change.
Meet your group in Athens at 4pm, where your adventure will begin. Athens was the great hub of art and philosophy in antiquity, and that legacy endures to this day. This city is a dream for a history buff. We shall visit the Acropolis, a shining citadel on a hill containing the Parthenon, one of the greatest buildings on earth. We can also visit the Archeology Museum and see some of the wonders of ancient Greece. Then we have the energy and excitement of modern Athens to enjoy, centred in Gazi – where you can enjoy bustling nightlife.
Included Activities: A three-hour walking tour of Athens and the Acropolis.
Optional Activities: The Acropolis Museum, Archaeological Museum, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora and Hadrian’s Library.
Time to go island hopping. We’ll begin on Milos, one of the lesser known islands but an unforgettable one. Surrounded by stunning beaches, ancient ruins friendly locals, this is an undiscovered corner of unspoiled paradise. It’s full of passionate locals who will tell us all about their island. We’ll take you for a tour of the island in an ATV vehicle, getting off the beaten track and finding hidden gems along the way. You’ll also be free to soak up the sun on the beach whenever you want.
Included Activities: Three days of ATV rental.
Optional Activities: Sarakiniko Beach, a private charter around Milos, a guided kayaking tour and a Kostanataki’s Winery tour and tasting.
We’ll arrive at Thira airport and then head up to the top of Imerovigli hill to our accommodation, overlooking Santorini and the Aegean Sea. This is one of the most famous islands in the world. A place of great sophistication and natural beauty, you’ll fall in love with the beaches, sunsets, hot springs and wineries. There’s no better place to relax, drink wine and enjoy life than Santorini.
Optional Activities: A four-hour sunset cruise of the caldera, a visit to Akrotiri, and a Skaros Rock hike.
You won’t want to leave Santorini, but arriving in Mykonos will soften the blow. This island has a famous gay scene, so there’ll be plenty of bars to explore. You’ll also find a labyrinth of charming white-washed streets, intimate piano and jazz bars, and ancient ruins with fascinating stories to uncover. Mykonos is cosmopolitan and popular with travelers – there’ll be plenty of interesting people to meet here.
The trip finishes here on the 11th day, and you’re welcome to book your flight home or beyond at any time during this day.
Optional Activities: The Delos Island tour, Elias beach, and Jackie O’s Beach Club.
You’ll be staying in four beautiful hotels in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Milos respectively. This is an adventure-filled itinerary so you’ll spend the majority of time away from the hotel, but a huge amount of work has gone into selecting beautiful 4* properties in each location.
Please note that due to availability, these exact hotels may not all be available during your trip. However, these will always be replaced with similar hotels.
In Athens, you’ll stay at the 360 Pop Art Hotel, based in a fantastic location in the city centre. It’s just a 16-minute walk from the Acropolis of Athens, and a two-minute walk from a metro station, so you can get anywhere in the city with ease. This hotel features retro-inspired design, with all the amenities you’d expect – free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, mini-fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.
You’ll stay at Santa Maria Village when in Milos. This peaceful property sits just two miles from Sarakiniko Beach and overlooks the gorgeous Gulf of Milos. Rooms here feature balconies or verandas, with views of the gardens, pool or the gulf. The hotel features a spa, hot tub, outdoor pool and poolside bar, and you can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and mini-fridge in your room.
In Santorini you’ll enjoy a dreamy stay at the Loizos Stylish Residences, about one mile from Santorini’s Old Port. It’s peaceful and quiet, while still being near the hustle and bustle of Santorini centre. Amenities here include an outdoor pool, sundeck and massage services, and you’ll have free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini-fridge in your room.
Finally, stay at the Damiano’s Hotel in Mykonos. It sits just 2km from the nearest beach and a five-minute walk from Mykonos town centre. Each of the bright and breezy rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges, and the hotel features a snack bar, sundeck, pool with sea views and a bar.
Savor the delights of Greek cuisine in its homeland! With a Mediterranean foundation infused with Middle Eastern influences, local menus offer a rich array of flavors, featuring olives, cheeses, eggplant, lamb, and yogurt. These group trips are designed to provide flexibility for your culinary adventures.
While all breakfasts are included in the trip, lunch and dinner are not part of the package, so you can explore the diverse restaurant options on offer for lunch and dinner at your own pleasure. This way, you have the freedom to dine at your chosen time and place, with the company of your choice, and within your preferred budget. Should you seek recommendations for the best dining experiences in each location, your trip leader will be a valuable resource.
The regions you’ll explore in Greece are generally open-minded and inclusive, with a warm reception towards LGBTQ+ travelers. However, influenced by the Orthodox Church, public displays of affection, whether for same-sex or opposite-sex couples, are typically viewed conservatively. In consideration of local customs, we recommend expressing your affection in more private settings.
The locals in Greece are known for their warmth, friendliness, and easygoing nature. The importance of family is deeply ingrained in Greek culture, often leading to entire families working together in hotels and restaurants. While English is widely spoken, embracing a few Greek phrases can enhance your experience, starting with ‘Yia sou’ (hello), ‘Efharisto’ (thank you), and ‘Pou ine i paralia?’ (where’s the beach?).
What’s the Climate Like?
Greece tends to be very warm in summer and there’s little rain. That being said, it’s always best to bring some layers to be on the safe side.
What’s the Currency?
In Greece, the official currency is the Euro. While credit cards are commonly used, it’s advisable to carry some cash in Euros as well. We recommend arriving with around 300 Euros, and you can easily access more cash from local ATMs when needed.
Do I Tip in Greece?
Today, tipping for good service is customary in the tourism and hospitality industry worldwide. Tipping your trip leader is also a common practice, and while it’s entirely at your discretion, most budget around $10 USD per day for this.
What Plugs Are Used?
Greece uses a “type C” and “type F” plug, the same as most European countries and several other places in the world. The voltage is 230V with 50 Hz frequency.
How Many Go on the Trip?
These trips are intentionally intimate, accommodating a maximum of 16 travelers. Our group members span various ages, with approximately 90% falling in the 30s, 40s, and 50s range.
Will We Have a Trip Leader?
You’ll have a dedicated gay trip leader accompanying you throughout the journey. Their role is to make your Greece experience truly unforgettable by sharing expertise, eliminating travel hassles and ensuring you can fully immerse yourself in the Greek culture.
What Do I Bring?
We recommend you pack light, with breathable clothing and light layers. If there’s anything urgent you need that you’ve forgotten, you can always pick up a replacement in Athens.
Will I Need to Set Alarms?
We strive to avoid the jolt of an alarm clock during your trip. In Greece, your ‘rise and shine’ is ideally accompanied by the soothing sounds of waves or distant church bells. Occasionally, early departures may be necessary due to ferry schedules, but these are kept to a minimum.
Your journey commences in Athens and concludes in Mykonos, both of which have airports. You can book your own flights to Athens International Airport (ATH) and from Mykonos International Airport (JMK). Our team can book your flights for you. You can also opt to arrive a couple days before the trip, so you can relax and acclimatize before the group trip starts – or, choose to extend your trip to anywhere you’d like. Just get in touch with our team and we can tailor your experience to suit you.
We want to ensure you have the best experience with us so we’ll keep working on your itinerary until perfect. You will have your own personal dedicated member of our team who will help build the perfect trip for you.
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To start planning your trip, please call us or complete the enquiry form and one of our team of experts will contact you as soon as possible for an initial consultation to discuss your travel plans in more detail.
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