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Overview

All Inclusive

  • All Meals & Alcoholic Drinks Included
  • All Shore Excursions Included
  • All Tips & Gratuities Included
  • Wi-Fi Included
Itinerary

Greek Isles & the Aegean Sea

Trip Highlights

  • Two full overnight stays in Mykonos!
  • An entire afternoon & evening in Santorini!
  • Overnight in Larnaca!

Trip Snapshot

Join us on this extraordinary journey OUTbound to some of the most alluring destinations of the Aegean Sea as we sail from Athens to Larnaca. Witness the origin of civilization as you cruise these fabled waters.

Athens

Begin your journey with us in ancient Athens, once the heart of the most powerful civilization on Earth. Tour the Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma (Constitution) Square, the Temple of Zeus and the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District in the shadow of the Acropolis, a village within the city where you’ll discover the oldest and most authentic section of Athens.

 

 

 

Sea Day

We’ll sail from Athens for an amazing full day cruising the Aegean Sea, laughing, loving, and connecting with our fellow OUTbounders. For most of us, this will be our first real vacation since the pandemic shutdown and international travel limitations were imposed, so shake off those quarantine cobwebs by soaking up the Mediterranean sun and simply basking in this day of celebration. We’ve needed it, and you’ve earned it. It’s time to sail away!

Mykonos

Tonight we arrive in Mykonos, a dream island and the gay capital of the Mediterranean Sea. Hit the town after our full day-at-sea.  In the morning, have a late brunch in town or do a little shopping in the narrow streets before heading to the sunny beaches. Spend today relaxing on one of the main gay beaches like Super Paradise or Elia. We’re overnighting in Mykonos, so enjoy a cocktail at sunset with the gay crowd on the terrace of the Elysium Hotel. Join us back onboard for dinner, or find one of the trendy or casual places to eat in town before kicking off a very long night! We’ll sail later the next morning, so make the most of your night in Mykonos, however you want!

 

Santorini

With its steep cliffs and pristine white villages clinging to the mountainside, Santorini is an icon of the Mediterranean. Even if you’ve never been, you’ll immediately recognize the candy-colored houses, shimmering sapphire waters, and chalk-white buildings topped with cobalt-blue domes. Roam the peaceful black-sand beaches or wander the streets of a provincial village like Imerovigli. Beautiful Oia is world famous for its sunsets, which seem to dial through a kaleidoscope of colors before fading to starlight.

 

 

Rhodes

Rhodes, the “Island of Knights”, prospered from the wealth brought here from the Holy Land by the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem. Follow the Street of the Knights to the most imposing building in Rhodes: the Palace of the Grand Masters, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour this fascinating building, which was first a castle, then a royal palace. Our ship will dock near the city’s historic quarter, allowing you to linger at your leisure. For the more adventurous OUTbounders, visit the Acropolis of Lindos. From high up on its rocky perch, you’ll have magnificent views of the whitewashed village and harbor below

Sea Day

Spend your last full day together sailing across Aegean Sea, enjoying the warm Mediterranean sun and the joy of being together with your fellow OUTbounders. We’ll play pool games up on the Sun Deck, be entertained after dinner in the ship’s lounge, and host our farewell party well into the night. OUTbounders onboard will have a special sneak peek at the future of OUTbound, including an exclusive chance to reserve future unreleased trips.

Larnaca

We end our cruise in Larnaca, a city built on the ruins of ancient Citium and endowed with attractions such as Larnaca Castle, the Church of St. Lazarus, and Hala Sultan Tekke, a mosque complex on the west bank of Larnaca Salt Lake. Larnaca’s waterfronts, scenic vistas, parks and beautiful beaches enhance its stunning coastline and leaves no doubt that Cyprus truly is ‘Aphrodite’s Island’. The picture-perfect weather is another treat for OUTbounders looking to extend their vacation and explore the popular bars and restaurants and get a feel of the local life and culture.

Description

We’re headed OUTbound from Athens and the majesty of the Acropolis, sailing through the beauty of the Greek Isles before exploring the mysterious island of Cyprus, renowned since ancient times for its superb wines and natural beauty. Along the way we’ll immerse ourselves in the wonder of Santorini and its whitewashed buildings with azure domes, explore the ancient Greek ruins of Rhodes, and overnight in Mykonos to experience its legendary nightlife. We’ll sail along the southern coast of Cyprus before arriving at our final destination of Larnaca, with its buzzy bars and world renown Mackenzie Beach palm-lined waterfront promenade.

Day 1 – Athens, Greece

Meet us in Athens, where you will have an entire day to discover this ancient city. Venture back in time to explore the Temple of Zeus or the iconic Acropolis. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets lined with tiny shops selling jewelry, clothes and local crafts in the Plaka District, located in the shadow of the Acropolis. We’ll stay in port overnight, so you’ll have time to enjoy dinner in town at one of the many sidewalk cafés and family-run taverns that stay open until late, or join us back on the ship for our welcome aboard toast.

Day 2 – Sailing the Aegean Sea

Celebrate coming OUTbound again with our very first day at sea! For most of us, this amazing day sailing the glorious blue waters of the Aegean Sea will be the first time traveling in two years. Meet your hosts, mingle with your fellow OUTbounders, and enjoy the Mediterranean sun as the Greek Gods intended. Shake off those quarantine cobwebs and celebrate being OUTbound again!

Day 3 – Mykonos, Greece

Tempting beaches, the Mediterranean climate, and legendary gay nightlife that goes from sunset to sunrise makes Mykonos one of the world’s most infamous epicenters of gay culture, nightlife and hedonism. A fabulous gay playground where it often feels gays outnumber straights, Mykonos is an OUTbound paradise awash with sophistication, glamour, and mesmerizing beauty. The Mykonian reputation for exuberance is truly second to none, and makes Mykonos an unforgettable port of call.

Mykonos Excursion

Spend the day soaking up the Mediterranean sun in one of Mykonos’ world famous beaches on your own, or join us for a tour of the island. We’ll visit the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, the official protector of Mykonos that was built in the 1500s. After, we’ll drive along the coast before returning to the main town of Chora to take in the pure charm of the city. Spend the afternoon on your own shopping, sightseeing or resting up for a late night at one of Mykonos’ famous clubs. We’ll be staying overnight, so enjoy the evening as you like! The next morning we’ll set sail for Santorini.

Day 4 – Santorini, Greece

The postcard of the Greek islands, Santorini is instantly recognizable around the world. Multicolored cliffs soar out of its sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings. Venture into Santorini’s seaside treasures and enjoy deep blue waters and beaches with white, red or black sand or volcanic pebbles, and spectacular landscapes. With its reputation for dazzling panoramas, romantic sunsets and volcanic-sand beaches, the island is one of our favorite spots on Earth, and ranks near the top of many OUTbounders’ bucket lists.

Santorini Excursion

Join us for a picturesque tour of the island, admiring the scenery from impressive vistas, or enjoying local delicacies at the Mediterranean cafés and restaurants. We’ll venture up to the monastery of Profitis Ilias, which offers full panoramic views of the island from the 18th-century sanctuary. Next we’ll visit Megalochori, one of the most striking villages on the island, to enjoy the ambiance of its historic mansions and old traditional houses. We’ll stop off at a wine cellar for a tasting of the local spirits. The gorgeous village of Fira, perched on the edge of a high caldera that faces west across the sea, will be our last stop.

Day 5 – Rhodes, Greece

Known as the “Knights’ Island”, Rhodes has a rich past. Strong walls, stone-paved alleys, elegant mansions, and a fortified ancient castle create the illusion that you have time-traveled back to the age of the knights. Stroll the streets of Rhodes, with its astonishingly well-preserved old town and lush scenery beyond. Journey down the medieval Street of the Knights leading to the magnificent Grand Master’s Palace of the Knights of St. John.

Rhodes Excursion

This morning we’ll visit ancient and medieval Rhodes. Our first stop will be Monte Smith and its splendid panoramic view of the island. We’ll pass through the impressive d’Amboise Gate on our way to the Palace of the Grand Master, an imposing fortress with relics from the medieval period. Our tour will continue on the Street of the Knights, completely restored, beautifully preserved, and lined by the buildings where holy warriors spent their time. Tonight we’ll begin our cruise to Cyprus.

Day 6 – Sailing the Aegean Sea

We’ll spend our last day together as we did our first… out on the open Aegean Sea, enjoying the warm Mediterranean sun and the joy of being together again. We’ll play pool games up on the Sun Deck, be entertained after dinner in the ship’s lounge, and host our farewell party well into the night. OUTbounders onboard will have a special sneak peek at the future of OUTbound, including an exclusive chance to reserve future unreleased trips. Late tonight we’ll arrive at Cyprus, the largest island in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Day 7 – Larnaca, Cyprus

Enjoy a final breakfast onboard before disembarking in Larnaca. Built on the ruins of ancient Citium, Larnaca is endowed with attractions such as Larnaka Castle, built by the Byzantine Empire in the late 12th century, and the Church of Saint Lazarus, built in the 9th century to honor Saint Lazarus who came to Cyprus after being resurrected by Jesus. Larnaca is also home to a trendy waterfront district, scenic vistas, parks and beautiful beaches.

Larnaca Transfers

Direct transfers from our ship to Larnaca International Airport (LCA) are available.

The Ship

Ship Specifics

  • Coastal Ship
  • Five (5) Decks
  • 194 Passengers / 97 Staterooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

MV La Belle de l’Adriatique

The MV La Belle de l’Adriatique, completely renovated in 2017, is a unique ship that combines modern and state-of-the-art technology while still preserving its old-world charm. As a coastal ship, the La Belle is capable of anchoring in ports inaccessible to other larger, ocean-going vessels.

Enjoy the sensational landscapes we sail past from your lounge chair up on the Sun Deck, relaxing in one of the jacuzzis with friends and a drink, or even from the comfort of your own stateroom if you’re looking for a little quiet time to yourself.

The cabins are spread across four main decks. The majority are twins that can be configured as doubles. Staterooms on the Upper and Reception Decks have two large panoramic windows, while staterooms on the Main and Lower Decks have two large portholes. All staterooms are equipped with showers and toilets, climate control thermostats, hair dryers, satellite TV, radios and safes.

The ship has a cozy atmosphere with a piano bar and outdoor terrace on the Upper Deck. The main Panoramic Lounge, with a dance floor and bar, is situated forward on the Reception Deck, and the dining room is found aft on the Main Deck. The MV La Belle de l’Adriatique prides itself on its French heritage, which is reflected in its service and of course the cuisine.

Mixed drinks, wine, beer, sodas, fruit juice, water and coffee are all included.

Panoramic Lounge

The tastefully decorated Panoramic Lounge, located at the front of the ship, was named for the superb views of the passing coastlines that guests will enjoy courtesy of the oversized windows. Intimate seating areas are peppered throughout the open floor plan, allowing you the choice of going all in with the group or enjoying a little private time between you and a smaller gathering of friends. Enjoy cocktails, dancing, games and nightly entertainment in this picturesque setting.

Main Bar 

Enjoy a cocktail at the main bar with us while watching a spectacular sunset together. Located within the Panoramic Lounge, you’ll find originality and innovation, with a new twist on the ol’ purveyors of gin and tonics and buckets of beer. This is the place where, time and again, you’ll spend an enjoyable evening nursing a cocktail with great friends, old and new! Whether you’re in the mood for a mixed drink or glass of wine, we invite you to join us and enjoy one of best bars at sea with your fellow OUTbounders. Who knows, you may even convince Deiler or Javier to jump behind the bar long enough to whip up one of their famous specialty drinks!

Piano Bar

By day the Piano Bar is a place to get away, play a hand of cards with friends, read a book or just enjoy some “you” time away from the shenanigans up on the Sun Deck.

As night falls, unwind with a cocktail in hand surrounded by friends. The piano sits in the middle of this cozy space, where OUTbounders can relax, hear about the day’s activities, learn about what’s coming next, and listen to the night’s special entertainment. The Piano Bar is the hot spot for late-night entertainment with jovial sing-alongs and sometimes nutty piano players dedicated to giving everyone a good time

Restaurant

Located on the Main Deck, the restaurant comfortably seats all our OUTbounders at tables which vary in size with a panoramic view. The atmosphere is casual but elegant. The selection and presentation of the food is outstanding, and you’ll find the quality of service is unmatched. The food is incredible, every meal every day. You’ll enjoy plenty of fish, fruits and vegetables with every meal and be impressed by how fresh everything is. In fact, the only frozen item is ice cream! You’ll have plenty of healthy choices to choose from, and loads of unhealthy ones, too! 

Terrace Hideaway

Located at the back of the ship, you can easily meet up with friends and relax while enjoying the view. This al fresco hideaway at the stern is the perfect casual spot for relaxing in the sunshine during the day if the Sun Deck is a little too social for your taste. Just grab your drink and enjoy the ocean views in this charming little oasis on the high seas.

Sun Deck

The Sun Deck is much more than the place to soak in a jacuzzi, savor a cocktail or catch some rays. It’s also the perfect way to spend your afternoon enjoying a panoramic view of the magnificent landscapes. The Sun Deck on the MV La Belle de l’Adriatique is ringed by comfortable lounges with two large side-by-side whirlpools overlooking the bow of the ship.

A gorgeous outdoor living area also has a huge canopy near the rooftop bar, perfect for OUTbounders who prefer a little shade mixed in with their fun in the sun. And you’re never far from a place to grab a drink with the fully stocked Sun Deck Bar. Outdoor relaxation and entertainment are priorities when cruising, and the La Belle delivers the perfect venue with which to enjoy the warm sun on your back and lulling sounds of ocean waves

Jacuzzi

After a long day in port, give into temptation and head for one of the La Belle’s hot tubs up on the Sun Deck. Rest, relax and socialize with your fellow OUTbounders in one of the two jacuzzis while enjoying the beautiful landscapes passing you by, just out of touch.

Pricing

Book today & pick whichever payment plan fits your budget best!

Choose from either convenient quarterly payments or spread your payments out over monthly installments. Either way, OUTbound has a payment plan designed to fit every budget!

Upper Deck Staterooms

Starting at $3,497 per person

Every stateroom located on the Upper Deck measures 155sqft  and features two large panoramic windows that let in the perfect amount of light, welcoming in the golden summer sunshine as we sail from island to island. Your private bathroom is designed to rejuvenate you after an exciting day exploring. Enjoy a shower complete with indulgent toiletries before settling into your queen or twin hotel-style bed, complete with luscious linens, as you enjoy a movie on your flat screen TV and infotainment system. Storage space includes a full-length wardrobe closet with room for hanging clothes on one side and shelves and a cabinet (with a safe) on the other, and there’s extra room under the bed for suitcases.

Embarkation Deck Staterooms

Starting at $3,197 per person

Staterooms located on the Embarkation Deck all two full picture windows that provide unspoiled panoramic vistas of the Aegean Sea and breathtaking islands we’ll visit. Lay back in your 155sq. foot  stateroom and watch a film on your flat screen TV and infotainment system, or enjoy the space as you ponder an exciting day ahead. Your luxurious bathroom features a shower complete with decadent toiletries, perfect for unwinding after an unforgettable day OUTbound. Your queen-size bed can convert to two twin hotel-style beds, draped in high quality linens.

Main Deck Staterooms

Starting at $2,897 per person

Staterooms located on the Main Deck are 155sq. foot  and have two large portholes that provide unspoiled views. Each Main Deck stateroom surrounds you with elegant décor and opulent, comfortable furnishings. Storage space includes a full-length wardrobe closet with room for hanging clothes on one side and shelves and a cabinet (with a safe) on the other, and there’s extra room under the bed for suitcases. The hotel-like queen-sized bed can be reconfigured into two twins if you prefer.

Lower Deck Staterooms

Starting at $2,597 per person

Your spacious 155sq. foot Lower Deck stateroom has two large portholes and offers everything you could possibly need throughout your Greek Isles cruise and more. There’s plenty of storage space with a full-length wardrobe closet for hanging clothes on one side and shelves and a cabinet (with a safe) on the other. There’s also extra room under the bed for shoes, suitcases and any souvenirs you’ll pick up along the way. When it’s time for bed, you can look forward to the exceptional comfort of your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, complete with luxurious linens. Treat yourself to an indulgent shower with luxury toiletries, to really prepare yourself for a great night’s sleep.

Covid Concerns

iamConfident Booking Greece – CoVid Concerns

We know travel is a little complicated right now, which is all the more reason to seek inspiration from our forthcoming Greek Isles cruise and start planning your 2021 dream vacation now! In order to give you extra peace of mind, OUTbound has taken the following steps to insure the money you invest in your Greek Isles adventure is 100% guaranteed with our extra iamConfident Booking policy terms for this specific event.

OUTbound will never “bait and switch” a cruise or resort. Instead, if we cannot deliver the adventure as promised due to CoVid-related restrictions, booked guests will receive 100% of their paid money back.

OUTbound will not require paid guests to move their paid deposits to another OUTbound trip or charge a cancellation fee. OUTbound pledges that if our Greek Isle cruise cannot sail from Athens as scheduled on November 1, 2021, each and every passenger will receive a full, unconditional refund for the total amount they have paid towards their reservation up to that point. In the event of U.S. State Department international travel restrictions for our guests holding a valid U.S. passport to either Greece or Cyprus (which would restrict paid guests from embarking or disembarking at any of our scheduled ports), OUTbound commits that this cruise will be “Canceled” and not be “Postponed”. As opposed to other LGBTQ+ travel companies, OUTbound will not claim a postponement instead of a cancellation so that we can hold your money until such time a “replacement” trip can be scheduled, charge a cancellation fee for those not wishing to be moved (without consideration) to a future “replacement” sailing, or to have any “replacement” sailing offered not reflect the exact itinerary offered for which a guest originally reserved.

How can we guarantee each and every booked guest a full refund? Well, OUTbound has taken the following steps to insure you can book and cruise with confidence:

First, OUTbound has secured a surety bond with Western Surety Company that covers not just our Greek Isles cruise, but every adventure we offer. For the Greek Isles, that means an extra layer of protection for every dime our guests put toward their reservation.

Next, OUTbound maintains an individual trust bank account for each trip we offer, meaning there is no co-mingling of funds between events. For example, deposits collected from reservations of our Greek Isles cruise cannot be used for payments to any other trip OUTbound offers. The only expenses paid with money collected from reservations for our Greek Isles cruise will be directly to the ship operator for payment on our specific charter.

Further, OUTbound is a member of the Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation (TCRC), a third party entity that was created to decide claims made against the Travel Consumer Restitution Fund, which serves consumers who suffer losses as a result of the bankruptcy, cessation of operations, insolvency, or material failure of a Seller of Travel to provide the travel services booked. Since OUTbound is a member of the TCRC, OUTbound guests have this added layer of protection which insures they have yet another avenue of recourse should our Greek Isles cruise be canceled due to CoVid travel restrictions.

Finally, OUTbound has included a specific CoVid-19 “Forced Majeure” clause in our contract with the ship operator. A “Force Majeure” event refers to the occurrence of an event which is outside the reasonable control of a party and which prevents that party from performing its obligations under a contract. In simple terms, this means that if OUTbound is unable to provide guests for our event (due to travel restrictions) and/or if the ship operator is unable to provide the vessel (due to a crew outbreak, port closures, etc), the contract can be voided by either party and 100% of the funds paid toward that event will be returned. This means that all the money paid to the ship company will be returned to OUTbound, which we will then return to our guests.

So go ahead… start dreaming, start planning! OUTbound will make sure you are able to book confidently and with peace of mind, knowing your hard earned vacation dollars are safe with us. With no worries about losing your investment, it’s time to look forward and head OUTbound again!

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