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pre-cruise options

LISBON HOLIDAY

August 27 thru 30, 2026

Host Hotel, LGBTQ+ Tours & Ship Transfers

Date

Itinerary

Wednesday, August 26Early Wednesday Arrival Option
Thursday, August 27Lisbon Tours
Friday, August 28Lisbon Tours & Welcome Reception
Saturday, August 29Lisbon Tours
Sunday, August 30Check Out of Hotel & Transfer to Ship
01 Early Arrivals
Early Wednesday or Thursday Arrival

Who wouldn’t want to get to Lisbon early and spend some extra time exploring this amazing city on your own? For those OUTbounders who just can’t wait to start their vacation, we got you. Feel free to arrive at our host hotel on Wednesday or Thursday. 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. Prices include you daily buffet breakfast, all your hotel taxes and fees, and your transfers from the hotel to our ship at the Lisbon Cruise Terminal on Sunday.

02 Exploring Lisbon
Exploring Lisbon

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can start exploring with our OUTbound optional tours of Lisbon. OUTbound has partnered with a local LGBTQ+ tour agency to design a different kind of Lisbon holiday for our community, offering a uniquely rainbow experience in Portugal. Thanks to our LGBTQ+ tour experts and their knowledge of Lisbon, our OUTbounders will get a personal, up close tour of some of the area’s best-known sights. Start exploring all the things you want to see on a standard tour, but with an emphasis its LGBTQ+ history just for us!

03 Welcome
Welcome Toast & Cocktail Party

Welcome to Lisbon, drenched in history, culture and food! It’s no wonder Lisbon is one of OUTbound’s favorite cities in the world. Once settled into your room at our host hotel, join us up on the rooftop terrace for our welcome cocktail party overlooking this magnificent city and kick off our Spanish Treasures Cruise! There’s nothing like the first day of vacation. Spend the evening with your hosts, catching up with old friends and meeting new OUTbounders as we embark on our Lisbon Holiday and tour of all things Portuguese!

04 Transfer
Hotel Check Out & Ship Transfers

Today we’ll check out of our host hotel and transfer to our ship docked at the Lisbon Cruise Port. The drive from our hotel to our ship will take approximately 15 minutes, depending on traffic. Remember as part of our host hotel package, all of your daily breakfast buffets, your hotel taxes and fees and the transfer from our hotel to our ship is included in your price.

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Date

Itinerary

Thursday, August 28Early Thursday Arrival Option
Friday, August 29Welcome Reception & Athens Tours
Saturday, August 30Optional Athens Tours
Sunday, August 31Check Out of Hotel & Transfer to Ship
01 - Acropolis
Acropolis & Parthenon Tour

$65 per person • 3 hours • Friday & Saturday
Explore the Acropolis with an expert LGBTQ+ guide through ancient paths, into the Parthenon, around the Temple of Athena Nike, and into the Theater of Dionysus. Your guide will give you an in-depth look at the complex ruins, as well as the LGBTQ+ history of Ancient Greece, Greek society and the Gods of Olympus. Your skip-the-line tickets are included.

02 - Museum
Acropolis & Parthenon Tour with Museum Visit

$85 per person • 4 hours • Friday & Saturday
Journey back to ancient Greece on this LGBTQ+ guided tour of the Parthenon, with a special visit to the Acropolis Museum after. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Acropolis of Athens can't be missed. Visit the Theater of Dionysus, stroll past the Propylaea gateway and the Temple of Athena Nike, and stand in awe before the grand ruins of the Parthenon. After exploring the sprawling citadel, learn more about the excavations as you browse more than 4,000 artifacts at the Acropolis Museum.

03 - Delphi
Delphi Tour with Museum Visit

$85 per person • 5 hours • Friday & Saturday
Go beyond the mythology of Attica and discover the meeting place of the great Greek civilizations on this tour of Delphi. Travel to the ‘center of the world’ as imagined in classical times at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour includes a visit to the Delphi Archaeological Museum, where you’ll enrich your knowledge of Delphi’s unique function in the ancient world.

04 - Poseidon
Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion

$85 per person • 4 hours • Friday & Saturday
Visit one of Greece’s most picturesque coastal viewpoints on a tour of Cape Sounion. Travel by minivan along south Attica’s scenic shoreline roads to reach the ancient Temple of Poseidon, built atop a towering sea cliff with fantastic views of the Aegean. Explore the ruins of this temple dedicated to the Greek god of the sea, and opt for an afternoon tour to catch a famously beautiful sunset.

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Located just minutes from the famed Acropolis, the Royal Olympic offers elegant design and bright interiors. Our host hotel is a modern and comfortable property located in the historic center of Athens and within walking distance to the main landmarks like the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Gate and the Acropolis Museum. Our OUTbounders can start their day with the large buffet breakfast, which is included in the price of your stay. The Royal Olympic is just steps away from Athens’s main underground and tram lines which allow easy access to any areas of the city. The building is furnished with a combination of elegant art and the latest technology. All rooms have in-room bathrooms with showers, air-conditioning, comfortable bedding and flat-screen televisions. Internet is free and available in all public areas and in every room.

01 - Hotel
Royal Olympic Athens

Our host is the Royal Olympic, located in the historical center of Athens just minutes from the famed Acropolis and ancient Parthenon. The hotel sits just in front of the famous Temple of Zeus and is only a two-minute walk to the new Acropolis Museum... meaning that all the very best of Athens, from shopping and sightseeing to restaurants and bars, are easily within reach. Included with your reservation is a full breakfast buffet featuring a wide selection of fruits, juices, cereals, eggs, bacon and pastries to prepare you for your day exploring Athens.

02 - Pool
Our Host Hotel

The Royal Olympic is our favorite five-star hotel in Athens. From our host hotel, you’ll have stunning views of the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis, Hadrian’s Gate, the Marble Stadium and the National Garden. The Plaka District (Old Town), home to authentic Greek restaurants, unique shops and cozy cafés, is just across the street. The private pool offers our OUTbounders a place to rest, relax and recharge after a day of exploring ancient Athens. High-speed wifi is offered throughout the hotel, and the rooftop restaurant and bar will be where we raise our glasses and share a toast for our trip to come.

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Friday Arrival

3 Day/2 Night Hotel Package

$550  Olympic Executive Room

$660  Olympic Deluxe Room

$880  Athenian Panorama Room

$980  Royal Junior Suite

 

Saturday Arrival

2 Day/1 Night Hotel Package

$460  Olympic Executive Room

$560  Olympic Deluxe Room

$680  Athenian Panorama Room

* Prices are for 2 People and include Saturday evening cocktail reception, daily buffet breakfast, all hotel taxes & fees and transfer on Sunday from hotel to our ship docked in Piraeus. Royal Junior Suite not available for Saturday Arrival.

01 - Junior Suite
Royal Junior Suite

$980 for two - Friday Arrival
The Royal Junior Suites are luxurious, spacious and have their own library. Each Junior Suite has a view of the swimming pool garden. Each Junior Suite offers air conditioning, a flat-screen tv, fine toiletries and an in-room safe.

02 - Panorama
Athenian Panorama Room

$880 for two - Friday Arrival
$680 for two - Saturday Arrival

All Athenian Panorama Rooms are just opposite the Temple of Zeus, which is the largest in Greece, exceeding even the Parthenon in size and one of the most important archaeological sights in Athens. The view of the Temple, the National Gardens and Lycabettus Hill turns your windows into a live work of art.

03 - Deluxe
Olympic Deluxe Room

$660 for two - Friday Arrival
$560 for two - Saturday Arrival

Olympic Deluxe Rooms are spacious, quiet and elegant. Each room offers a mixture of marble and fabrics in beautiful colors. Each Deluxe Room offers air conditioning, a flat-screen tv, fine toiletries and an in-room safe.

04 - Executive
Olympic Executive Room

$550 for two - Friday Arrival
$460 for two - Saturday Arrival

Stylish, comfortable and tastefully decorated using bright colors and elegant furnishings, Executive Rooms all have a magnificent view of the swimming pool garden. Each Executive Room offers air conditioning, a flat-screen tv, fine toiletries and an in-room safe.

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Friday Arrival

3 Day/2 Night Hotel Package

$550  Olympic Executive Room

$660  Olympic Deluxe Room

$880  Athenian Panorama Room

$980  Royal Junior Suite

 

Saturday Arrival

2 Day/1 Night Hotel Package

$460  Olympic Executive Room

$560  Olympic Deluxe Room

$680  Athenian Panorama Room

* Prices are for 2 People and include Saturday evening cocktail reception, daily buffet breakfast, all hotel taxes & fees and transfer on Sunday from hotel to our ship docked in Piraeus. Royal Junior Suite not available for Saturday Arrival.

GAY ATHENS

You can’t talk about a gay utopia without mentioning ancient Greece, and Athens specifically. Same-sex love flourished in ancient Athens and was the subject of philosophical texts that are of great interest still today. In his Symposium, Plato talks about “men who take pleasure in having sex with men and uniting with them”; Aristophanes castigates all misogynistic views and speaks of three sexes, original androgynous forms, and the normality of homoeroticism.

This liberalism carried into all aspects of everyday life in ancient Athens. Above all, love was raised on an idealistic pedestal and worshipped as the truest form of human connection, regardless of gender and sexual preference. Theatrical plays, sculptures and statues all remain as testament to the freedom of thought, speech and choice in classical Athens. The Olympian Immortals were no less liberated about choosing a sexual partner.

Visitors to Athens today can easily find traces of the free thinking landscape of the past. The city’s museums and archaeological sites bear witness to the acceptance and equality of ancient Greek society. In recent years, modern Athens is moving to embrace these inviolable values once more by legalizing civil partnerships, sponsoring Greece’s biggest Pride and walking the talk with multiple LGBTQ+ events across the city. In doing so, Athens  is ensuring that “acceptance” is not just another PC word.

Neighborhoods like Gazi, the Historic Centre, Exarchia, Psirri and Pangrati are stacked with LGBTQ+ friendly cafés and bars that continue the traditions of the ancient Olympians.

Friday Arrival

3 Day/2 Night Hotel Package

$410  Olympic Executive Room

$480  Olympic Deluxe Room

$660  Athenian Panorama Room

$980  Royal Junior Suite

 

Saturday Arrival

2 Day/1 Night Hotel Package

$320  Olympic Executive Room

$360  Olympic Deluxe Room

$580  Athenian Panorama Room

* Prices are for 1 Person and include Saturday evening cocktail reception, daily buffet breakfast, all hotel taxes & fees and transfer on Sunday from hotel to our ship docked in Piraeus. Royal Junior Suite not available for Saturday Arrival.

GAY ATHENS

You can’t talk about a gay utopia without mentioning ancient Greece, and Athens specifically. Same-sex love flourished in ancient Athens and was the subject of philosophical texts that are of great interest still today. In his Symposium, Plato talks about “men who take pleasure in having sex with men and uniting with them”; Aristophanes castigates all misogynistic views and speaks of three sexes, original androgynous forms, and the normality of homoeroticism.

This liberalism carried into all aspects of everyday life in ancient Athens. Above all, love was raised on an idealistic pedestal and worshipped as the truest form of human connection, regardless of gender and sexual preference. Theatrical plays, sculptures and statues all remain as testament to the freedom of thought, speech and choice in classical Athens. The Olympian Immortals were no less liberated about choosing a sexual partner.

Visitors to Athens today can easily find traces of the free thinking landscape of the past. The city’s museums and archaeological sites bear witness to the acceptance and equality of ancient Greek society. In recent years, modern Athens is moving to embrace these inviolable values once more by legalizing civil partnerships, sponsoring Greece’s biggest Pride and walking the talk with multiple LGBTQ+ events across the city. In doing so, Athens  is ensuring that “acceptance” is not just another PC word.

Neighborhoods like Gazi, the Historic Centre, Exarchia, Psirri and Pangrati are stacked with LGBTQ+ friendly cafés and bars that continue the traditions of the ancient Olympians.

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