The Greek Islands Gay Cruise 2018
All-Gay Aegean Odyssey Aboard Harmony V MegaYacht
8 days Greek Islands & Turkey Gay Cruise from/to Athens, Greece
August 24 31, 2018
Variety Cruises M/Y Harmony V
Our all-gay yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world’s most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands. We will explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbors, dine on fresh seafood and try out our talent for traditional Greek dances after a few rounds of ouzo!
The Harmony V is the perfect vessel for this intimate gay adventure. The Harmony V is a modern elegant yacht with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. We at Coda Tours have been sailing the Greek Islands since the late 70s and have built up friendships and knowledge in the area that permit us special attention when we arrive in port. This is a customized, tailor-made journey that you will remember for a lifetime.
All-Gay Aegean Odyssey Itinerary
Day 1 - Friday, August 24, 2018
Embarkation on Harmony V
If you are joining just for the cruise. You will arrive Greece this morning and transfer to the Marina Zeas. Embarkation will begin at 3pm.
Embark our yacht, Harmony V. After boarding, we’ll enjoy a welcome aboard cocktail. Our ship sets sail for Polyaigos. This evening we have a Welcome Dinner on board following safety instructions and an introduction to our yacht.
Overnight at sea sailing to the island of Polyaigos.
Day 2 - Saturday, August 25, 2018
The Islands of Polyaigos & Milos
The mysterious island of Polyaigos is the largest uninhabited island of the Aegean. It is rich with flora and fauna, including monk seal. Its pristine beaches are on our radar today. We will stop for a swim in the emerald water of the Aegean before sailing on to Milos.
The volcanic island of Milos is most famous for being the home of the Venus de Milo now in the Louvre Museum. This small island has dozens of beaches, the most of any Cycladic island. We will take time to explore the Chora (town) and take a swim amongst surreal rock formations.
Day 3 - Sunday, August 26, 2018
We reach Santorini, formed by the half-submerged crescent of a volcanic caldera, in the morning. We will go ashore by local tenders and take a cable car to the town of Fira, a stunning cluster of white buildings atop a cliff. An optional tour visits Akrotiri, a city buried in the eruption that created the caldera in 1600 B.C and to Fira. The tour will end in Oia, famous for its sunset. For those who wish, we will hike back toward Fira to enjoy the spectacular views of the caldera. Back aboard for dinner and a late sail to the island of Patmos.
Day 4 - Monday, August 27, 2018
Early morning arrival in Patmos. Enjoy breakfast of deck. Our optional Patmos excursion includes two Unesco World Heritage sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St. John, where the apostle St. John was purported to have written the Fourth Gospel and the Book of Revelations, and the historic center of the medieval town of Chora. Afternoon at leisure to discover Scala, the capital, or swim at a nearby beach. Overnight in Patmos.
Day 5 - Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Amazing Ephesus at Kusadasi, Turkey
Early morning sailing to Kusadasi, Turkey. Today our explorations of ancient civilizations continue with an optional tour to Ephesus, the greatest archaeological site in the Aegean region. As we tour this remarkably preserved Greek and Roman city, you may feel as if you’re about to encounter a toga-garbed resident, or hear a chariot clattering down the main avenue, the same avenue down which Cleopatra and Mark Anthony rode in procession more than 2,000 years ago! Enjoy free time in town to shop for carpets or other treasures. Late in the evening we sail to Mykonos. Overnight at sea.
Day 6 - Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Sacred Delos & the fabulous Mykonos (Overnight)
The ship sails into the white and blue Cyclades. Early this morning we sail into Mykonos harbor. Enjoy a optional boat ride to tiny Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. On a guided walking tour, you’ll visit the archaeological ruins of this Unesco World Heritage Site, unearthed here in the 19th century. Delos is a true open-air museum with many ancient monuments and buildings that are remarkably intact. After our 2 hour walking tour, we return to Mykonos. In Mykonos discover its brilliant white houses as you stroll in the narrow streets. While exploring the town you can visit the archaeological museum or the maritime museum, and don’t forget to visit a bakery that has been turning out bread in wood-fired ovens since the 15th century. We suggest ending your evening as the Mykonians do and enjoy a glass of ouzo and traditional “mezedes“ appetizers or enjoy Mykonos world famous night life with a visit to ‘Jackie O,’ a gay club owned by a former Coda Tours staff member! Overnight in Mykonos.
Day 7 - Thursday, August 30, 2018
The Island of Kythnos
At day break we leave Mykonos to reach the island of Kythnos after lunch on board. We stop for a swim stop.
Afterwards we sail to Athens and Marina Zeas where we overnight.
Our celebrate with a farewell dinner aboard ship this evening.
Day 8 - Friday, August 31, 2018
Marina Zeas (Athens) for Disembarkation
After breakfast it is time to bid farewell to the crew. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (One bus transfer will be arranged to the airport. Private transfers are available upon request.)
Optional Pre-Trip to Athens
Day 1 - Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Arrive in Athens, Greece
Arrive Athens. Accommodations are arranged at the Electra Metropolis Hotel.
Make your way to the hotel for check in. (Private transfers are available upon request.)
The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Electra Palace Hotel, Athens
Room: Standard Room
Day 2 - Thursday, August 23, 2018
Breakfast at the hotel. We begin our tour of Athens with the main buildings on the Acropolis, including the Erechtheion, temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaia, and, of course, the Parthenon. Also visit the stunning new Acropolis Museum, designed by Bernard Tschumi and opened in 2009. Continue to the Plaka, the historic neighborhood in the shadow of the Acropolis. There is much to explore here, from Byzantine churches dating to the 11th century, a maze of streets from the same period, to modern art deco and contemporary meze restaurants. This afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to visit the National Archaeological Museum, containing the most extensive collection of Greek antiquities in the world, including the Mask of Agamemnon and the famous bronze sculpture of Zeus hurling a thunderbolt.
Tonight we dine in glow of the Acropolis to kick off the fabulous adventure ahead.
Hotel: Electra Palace Hotel, Athens
Room: Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner