optional pre cruise package
October 30 thru November 1, 2021
Gods & Monsters Halloween Party
|Friday, October 29||Early Friday Arrival Option|
|Saturday, October 30||Welcome Cocktail & Halloween Party|
|Sunday, October 31||Athens On Your Own|
|Monday, November 1||Acropolis & Parthenon Tour|
Who wouldn’t want to get to Athens a little early and get a jump on the fun? For those OUTbounders who just can’t wait to start their vacation, we got you. Feel free to arrive at the Stanley Hotel Athens on Friday. Your reservation will be set for all three nights in the same room... no moving across the hall on Saturday when the rest of us arrive. Our early arrival option allows you to start enjoying your vacation right away, and take an extra day to get acclimated to the time change and shake off that jet lag.
Welcome to Athens, drenched in ancient history and the birthplace of western civilization. Once settled into your room at the Stanley Hotel Athens, join us up on the rooftop terrace for our welcome cocktail party overlooking the famed Acropolis and kick off our Greek Isles adventure! It’s Halloween in Athens, so let’s party like the Greek gods as we partner with the hottest gay club in the city to throw the biggest party of the night. Our theme is Gods and Monsters, so let your imagination run wild and show us what you got! Trick us. Treat us. Just be sure to join us for this one-of-a-kind night on the town in Athens.
Athens is a trendy and charming mix of now and then where you’ll find an abundance of bars, restaurants and shops to visit. Explore the gayborhood of Gazi, just minutes from our host hotel around the crossroads of Lera Odos and Konstaninoupoleos Street. Drop in for a taste of Lesbos at Sapphos, a small bar run by a lesbian couple hailing from the famed island (yes... they’re use to the jokes!). Take time to check out Myrovolos, a popular hangout with great people and delicious pizza. After dark, head over to Aleco’s in the hip theatre neighborhood Psyrri, where you’ll also find quaint little shops and taverns and meet the locals.
This morning we’ll check out of our hotel and take a tour of Athens. We’ll climb the steps of the Acropolis and visit the Dionysus Theatre and Nike Temple before reaching the Parthenon. We’ll continue on to Agora and see the temple of Hephaestus, the best preserved temple of ancient times. Along the way we’ll learn about the gay history of Ancient Greece, a time when Athens was the center of all things gay. We’ll hear the story of Zeus taking Ganymede as a lover and learn how it was common for wealthy and affluent unmarried men to take male lovers. We finish at the port of Piraeus where we’ll board our ship.
Located in the center of Athens, the Stanley Hotel was recently renovated to reflect Athens’ new design trends. Free WiFi is available in all areas. Each air-conditioned room offers a modern minimalistic design, guaranteeing a next level guest experience.
The expansive roof garden is located on the 9th floor and is a great place to dine on unique Mediterranean and international dishes paired with a glass from a curated list of fine wines. The rooftop bar is where we will be holding our welcome cocktail party, and it’s open day and night, specializing in refreshing fruit juices, exciting cocktails, excellent coffee, and tasty snacks. Pull up a stool at the large marble bar, and enjoy a drink with the Acropolis as your backdrop. The Fitness Center features a range of cardio machines, strength training equipment, free weights, massage facilities, and a multi-person sauna. Take your time to relax and unwind in the Swedish sauna after a full day exploring the city.
The Stanley Hotel Athens: www.hotelstanley.gr
Our host Stanley Hotel Athens is ideally located in the center of the city, and just a 10 minute walk to Athens’ gay district of Gazi. The Stanley Hotel features a rooftop pool and open-air bar where we will host our welcome cocktail party overlooking the famed Acropolis. A daily breakfast buffet is included with our stay, as is access to the full size gym, sauna, massage treatments, two restaurants, complimentary WiFi and a 24-hour front desk. Huge all-night club events, trendy cocktail bars, and outrageous costume parties tempt those who are willing to go out and explore during Halloween weekend in Athens!
Friday Arrival Halloween
4 Day/3 Night Package
for 2 People
Saturday Arrival Halloween
3 Day/2 Night Package
for 2 People
Rooftop Welcome Cocktail Party
Halloween Party Admission
Athens City Tour & Entrance Fees
Transport from Host Hotel to Piraeus Cruise Terminal
*Prices based on the Stanley Hotel’s Superior room, double occupancy. Upgrades to Superior Acropolis View, Junior Suite or Bedroom Suite available for an additional cost.
In ancient times, Greece was the center of all things gay. Greek mythology tells us that Zeus, King of the Gods, had taken Ganymede as a lover. In ancient Grecian times it was not uncommon for wealthy and affluent unmarried men to take male lovers. In modern times, Athens has become the ultimate haven for the LGBTQ+ community. Greeks from all over the country come to Athens to surround themselves with other open-minded people in the big city. Much of gay Athens is centered in Gazi. On weekends the gay venues are packed and the streets fill with LGBTQ+ people celebrating together. Just keep in mind that the clock starts late in Athens, and the partying doesn’t really start going until midnight!
Athens is deeply rooted in its history and is home to a tremendous amount of historical icons and artifacts. The Parthenon, Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Roman Stadium, and the theater of Dionysus are all located in Athens, as is The National Archeological museum, which holds the single largest collection of Greek artifacts in the world.