Athens, the birthplace of so much history, mythology and gay eros. A growing gay scene in Greece, the city of Gazi provides entertainment to the birth of the wise men of ancient times, where love was formed. The capital of Greece is place filled with history from ancient civilization and breathtaking stoic architecture. You havenít lived until youíve seen Athens.
Without a doubt, Athens is one of the most historical places in the world. Itís a city worshipped by gods and people, a magical city. The enchanting capital of Greece has always been a birthplace for civilization. This is the city where ancient civilization was established and eros was created.
The capital is famous, more than any other European capital, for its nightlife. Athens is home to a gay friendly city Gazi. While it may be a relatively new to the gay scene, itís taking Athens by storm for gay entertainment. At night, the city of Athens changes. You can visit the famous "bouzoukia" and numerous theatres all around Athens for almost any type of entertainment you can imagine.
Day 1 - Athens, Greece
Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival at Athens, Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, you will be greeted by an OUTstanding Travel Representative, who will assist with your luggage and escort you to your hotel in Athens.
Check-in to your hotel in downtown Athens, the birthplace of western civilization, once hailed as the Paris of the Mediterranean, is now a bustling modern city, a colorful tapestry of eastern and western influences, full of outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks and gardens, street bazaars, dilapidated mansions and ancient ruins.
Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.
We suggest an evening at the Plaka, where you'll find typical Greek taverns.
Day 2 - Athens Ė Athens tour
After your delicious breakfast, you will be met by your guide at your hotel for a walking tour of Athens.
The tour begins with the House of the Greek Parliament, the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and watch the changing of the guards. Continue towards the National Gardens and on to the beautiful neoclassical Zappeion Hall, and you will view both Zeus and Hadrianís Arch. From there you walk towards the Acropolis through the beautiful pedestrian walk way of Dionysiou Areopagitou and pass by the Melina statue.
Enter the Acropolis from the south slope to avoid the crowds & visit the Dionysus sanctuary and Dionysus Theatre built in the 5th century BC. As you begin to ascend the sacred hill enjoy a breathtaking view of the city below. Your guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as, the Parthenon, the Erectheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple, the Agrippa Monument & the surrounding monuments such as the Herodes Atticus Odeon, the Ancient Agora, the Observatory as well as the Philopappos, Mars & Pnyx Hills.
Onto the Acropolis Museum - which is a must see.
In the afternoon meet an OUTstanding Travel representative and party through the vibrant gay scene of Athens.
Overnight in Athens.
Day 3 - Athens - Three Islands Cruise
After breakfast, enjoy a Three Islands Cruise (adjoining gay friendly bus tour) and enjoy your day cruising through the water.
Experience the charm of the Greek islands by visiting three of the most attractive isles near Athens; Aegina, Poros and Hydra.
Aegina has a lovely town full of neoclassical buildings and a well -preserved ancient Temple dedicated to the local goddess Athena Afea, at some distance from the town. This island is famous for its tasty pistaccchio nuts and the special sweets the locals make with them.
During the time youíll spend there, you can try some of the delicious specialties. Poros is a small and very green island, closer to the Peloponnese than to Attica, with a lovely forest of lemon trees and a very nice main town and charming promenade with lots of coffee and souvenir shops.
Finally, Hydra (Ydra) is an extremely picturesque place, because of the unique architecture of its fortress mansions, which once belonged to the ship-owners of the Ottoman rule period. As far as local delicacies go, this isle is known for their almond desserts (made of almond pasta), that you can taste during your visit.
Re-embark for the sail back to Piraeus Port where you will arrive late afternoon and transfer back to your hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4 - Athens Ė Argolis Tour
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for your full day Argolis tour, visiting the renowned place Mycenae and Epidaurus (adjoining gay friendly bus tour). This tour will also include a delicious lunch.
While driving along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to Mycenae you will reach the ancient site of Mycenae which means 'Rich in Gold'. Mycenae was the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics, and is the most important and richest palatial center of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization.
Continue the tour through Argos on to Nauplia 1st capital of Greece in 1829. After lunch depart to Epidaurus, on the headland called "Nesi" at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. Apart from a few rows of seats, the cavea is made of limestone with poros staircases. Until now, nine cunei with eighteen rows of seats have been excavated, which originally could accommodate about 2000 spectators. All the benches and thrones of the theatre carry inscriptions with the names of the donors while implying a direct relationship of the monument with the cult of Dionysus. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Return back to Athens and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
We suggest for you last evening enjoy a night out at the Plaka, where you will find typical Greek tavernas complete with music, dancing and celebratory throwing of plates. It's an experience not to be missed!
Day 5 - Athens - Departure
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to Athens, Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, for your flight back home with everlasting memories of Greece!
Goodbye and AntŪo :)
Select from 3 different category Athens hotel options.
Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens
Royal Olympic Hotel is a family run five star property in the center of Athens. The hotel lays just in front of the famous Temple of Zeus and National Garden. Royal Olympic is underneath the Acropolis and only 2 minutes walk to the new Acropolis Museum.
Royal Olympic is very elegantly decorated art hotel and more important very well looked after in every detail. One of the aspects hotel gives particular attention to, it is very personal hotel and as much environmentally friendly as possible
Roof Garden Restaurant - Bar opened recently offering the ultimate dinning and wining experience in front of the most spectacular view in Athens. Famous chef will be delighted to guide you through the secret paths of Greek cuisine while enjoying the unforgettable view.
Ultra high speed Wi Fi is offered Complimentary throughout the hotel.
The nice atmosphere, the personal yet discreet service and the noticable positive energy make you feel comfortable and happy on your holidays in Athens.
Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens (Deluxe room)
Double Occupancy: from €750 EUR per person
Private Single Room: from €1,320 EUR
Fresh Hotel, Athens
Athensí heartbeat is pumping in and around Fresh Hotel. An urban resort with unconventional atmosphere and totally personalised service, offering you the true sense of hospitality. A stylish hotel with minimal lines and vibrant colours, that create an absolutely cool environment surrounding you with the unforgettable feeling of calmness.
Situated in the centre of Athens, within walking distance to Monastiraki and Plaka, this design hotel offers luxurious, minimalist rooms, in vivid colours. Most units feature balconies, some with a Zen garden.
Fresh Hotelís stylish rooms feature furnishings and fittings by designers such as Philip Starck and Artemide. The spacious rooms are soundproofed and equipped with LCD satellite TVs and free Wi-Fi access. Toiletries and slippers are standard.
Hotel Freshís wellness options include a sauna, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and hammam. On the rooftop, the outdoor swimming pool offers views to the Parthenon and the city.
Guests can enjoy a full breakfast buffet each morning in Magenta Restaurant. The Rooftop Air Lounge Bar-Restaurant serves Mediteranean specialities in an informal environment and offers skyline views by the pool with the Acropolis in view.
Fresh Hotel in Athens (Standard room)
Double Occupancy: from €625 EUR per person
Private Single Room: from €1,010 EUR
Hermes Hotel, Athens
Hermes hotel is a very modern boutique 3 star hotel in a top location! Situated at the exceptional and renowned region of Plaka, just few minutes walk from Syntagma and Monastiraki square. The Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Forum, Parliament, museums, shopping area of Plaka, Ermou street and the Athens Cathedral are all on your door step from the hotel. Syntagma Metro station is 2 min walk, with direct access to the airport.
It offers a spacious lounge and a roof garden. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
The air-conditioned rooms have modern furnishings, wooden floors and bright colours. Each is equipped with a satellite TV, mini fridge and safe. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are provided in the marble bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony, while others have a large window.
A rich American buffet is offered each morning at Hermes Hotel. Drinks are served at the lobby bar, which also features a 42íí TV set, books and table games. A great variety of Greek taverns are found in the surrounding area.
Hermes Hotel in Athens (Standard room)
Double Occupancy: from €580 EUR per person
Private Single Room: from €955 EUR