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Gay Group Trip: Athens to Istanbul Cruise

7 days£
Group Trip

Spend seven days and eight nights cruising around the Greek islands and Istanbul. You’ll party at Jackie O’s on Super Paradise Beach, spend a night in Mykonos and Santorini, explore Delos, the birthplace of Apollo, and enjoy luxury amenities on board the ship. Greek and Turkish history is deeply intertwined. Turkey conquered what used to be the Greek half of the Roman Empire, thereby forming the Ottoman Empire and Turkey itself. Greece fell under Turkish control for around four centuries. Sailing the Bosphorous and seeing Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) is one of the most historic trips you can take.

As well and all the culture and history, you’ll be living the good life in Santorini, exploring tavernas, and even experience the Mamma Mia island of Skopelos. You’ll visit Greece’s gay beaches while exploring the hidden harbors of Spetses, Paros, and Limnos.

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    • All Deluxe Accommodations
    • All meals and snacks
    • Round-the-clock beer, wine, and top-shelf spirits, plus all non-alcoholic beverages including Stateroom minibar
    • 24 Hr Room service
    • Butler Service for Suites
    • Hermes bath amenities
    • Wi-Fi throughout the Ship
    • International Flights
    • Travel insurance
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  • 2nd August 2022 Tuesday

Group Trip Breakdown


Day 1: Athens

Our Greek adventure begins in Athens. Birthplace of democracy, home of the Acropolis and many world-class museums. Explore the lively Plaka district, discover the ruins of the ancient world and maybe enjoy some moussaka and garlic prawns.

Departure: 8:00 pm


Day 2: Spetses

Part of the Saronic Islands, Spetses is known as the “island of jasmin”. It’s long been a popular vacation spot for well-heeled Greeks.  There are no motorized vehicles on the island, so you have to get around on foot or by bike – unless you have a carriage! We’ll visit Poseidonion, the oldest luxury hotel in Greece. It was based on the Negresco.

Arrival 2:00 am/Departure 5:00 pm


Day 3: Mykonos

Welcome to Europe’s gayest island. This is the party destination of choice for much of the international jet set. It’s the place to be in the summer season. As well as exploring the endless whites and blues of Mykonos, we’ll take a short trip to Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Naturally, you’ll find a major gay scene in Mykonos.

Arrival 7:00 am/Overnight/Departure: 5:00 am

View of Oia the most beautiful village of Santorini island in Greece.

Day 4: Santorini

Santorini is the most romantic of the Greek islands. Explore blue-domed churches and Minoan ruins at Akrotiri. See the finest sunsets in Europe and sweeping views of the caldera. Santorini is a volcanic island and, according to legend, the last remains of the lost civilization of Atlantis. It’s packed with luxury boutique hotels and it’s one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations.


Day 5: Paros

Paros is a hilly island famed for its white marble. In Parikia, its main town, you’ll see Byzantine churches and neoclassical buildings. You can also visit the fishing port of Naoussa.

Arrival 10:00 am/Departure 6:00 pm


Day 6: Skopelos

Skopelos was put on the map by the 2008 film Mamma Mia! Despite Meryl Streep and Cher belting our ABBA songs with gay abandon, Skopelos has managed to hang on to its low-key charm. You’ll find charming vineyards to explore and plum orchards. It’s a beautiful and very Greek island. That being said, you’ll probably want to belt out some ABBA tracks when you arrive.

Arrival 10:00 am/Departure 11:59 pm


Day 7: Limnos

Limnos is one of Greece’s most popular seaside resorts. It’s said to be the home of Hephaestus, the god of fire – apparently he had his forge here. Be sure to visit the towers of Kastro, an ancient acropolis fortified by the Venetians. Step back further in time and explore the neolithic site of Poliochni and the city of Hephaestia. Limnos is packed with restaurants too.


Day 8: Sailing the Dardanelles

We’ll be sailing along the waterway that connects the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara. A key strategic point of the ocean, it’s key to controlling the passage between the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea, separating Europe from Asia. A lot of history has happened here.


Day 9: Istanbul

Istanbul is the most beautiful and historically significant city in Turkey. Once the capital of the Eastern half of the Roman Empire, Byzantium. It was ruled over by the ceasers and the sultans. Visit the great Hagia Sofia, Topkapi palace with its countless mosaics, and the Grand Bazaar.

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Le Jacques Cartier

The ship: Le Jacques Cartier

You’ll be sailing in style on board  Le Jacques Cartier, Ponant’s newest state-of-the-art Explorer Series yacht. There are 92 staterooms and suites, and a highly experienced crew. Your room will come with a private balcony, Hermes french toiletries and luxury bedding. Visit the spa, work up a sweat in the gym and enjoy gourmet food. On this trip, house wine and spirits, are always complimentary.

In the evenings, head for cocktails at Ponant’s groundbreaking Blue Eye, the first-ever multi-sensorial lounge. It’s located under the waterline, bringing you face to face with the marine life of the deep. Parties take place at Grand Salon or Le Theatre. There’s even a piano bar and a cinema.

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