Our inaugural Pillars of Pride cruise to ancient Greece and Turkey features tours of historic sites from a more enlightened perspective. This all-inclusive, deluxe cruise round-trip Athens also features a full-day tour of Santorini with an afternoon at leisure, a special visit to the ruins of Ephesus and a full overnight docked at Mykonos with opportunities to enjoy nightlife at this legendary destination. Eric Marcus, a founding board member of the American LGBTQ+ Museum in New York City and the founder and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast, will also speak on board about the history of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement in the U.S. Join us as we see this part of the world through a different lens, honoring voices from the past and creating meaningful connections for a brighter future.

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Program Overview

Program Highlights

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Day by Day

Day 1

Depart home city

Day 2

Athens, Greece/Embark Le Bougainville

Day 3

Chania, Crete

Day 4

Santorini

Day 5

Kusadasi, Turkey for Ephesus

Day 6

Rhodes/Lindos, Greece

Day 7

Delos/Mykonos

Day 8

Day at Sea

Day 9

Athens/Disembark ship/ Return to home city

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Santorini, Greece
Lesbian Couple Walking on Beach
Ancient Celsius Library in the old Ephesus city, Turkey
  • Discover multicultural Chania, located on the western coast of Crete.
  • Be on deck as the ship cruises into the port of Santorini, beneath which some believe lies the legendary lost city of Atlantis, to tour the Minoan ruins of Akrotiri and more.
  • Dock in Rhodes at the wall of Rhodes Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters.
  • Arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey, and drive to Ephesus, a vast archaeological site of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine ruins.
  • Visit UNESCO-inscribed Delos—the legendary birthplace of Artemis and Apollo—and walk along the Sacred Way to the Sanctuary of Apollo. 
  • Explore the island of Mykonos—where according to ancient legend, its craggy hills and clefts were formed from the petrified bodies of giants defeated by Hercules—with the option to experience its legendary nightlife at leisure.
  • Cruise the Aegean Sea en route to Athens with a day at leisure to enjoy special onboard lectures and activities.
Depart your home city for an overnight flight to Athens, Greece.
Arrive in Athens, Greece, and embark the 5‑star Le Bougainville.
Look for Venetian, Ottoman, and Turkish influences in Chania, an ancient city on the western coast of Crete. Here, you will be able to choose from three tours that are included. Options include a visit to its multicultural Old Town, an excursion to its pristine beaches, or a tour of the impressive Roman cisterns and bathhouses of Aptera. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner this evening. 
Plan to be on deck as the ship cruises into the port of Santorini, beneath which some believe the legendary lost city of Atlantis lies. Explore the Minoan ruins and newly revealed findings at Akrotiri, a unique archaeological site held intact for over 3,500 years by layers of pumice and ash. Excavations show that this amazing city with houses, squares, and workshops was buried during a massive eruption in the 17th century B.C. Our tour concludes in Fira, perched high above sea level. 
Arrive in Kusadasi and drive to the UNESCO-inscribed Ephesus, a vast archaeological site of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine ruins. Enjoy views of rural Turkish villages and a countryside dotted with fig trees on the way to visit these ancient ruins. From there, embark on a walking tour that includes the beautifully reconstructed façade of the Library of Celsus and the finely preserved Great Theatre—built during the Hellenistic Age to hold 24,000 spectators and where Ephesians rioted against the preaching of St. Paul. A traditional barbecue lunch will be served at the Nakkas Weaving Center and will be made with ingredients from the weavers’ gardens. Return to Kusadasi for a classical concert at the Ottoman-era Caravanserai building, built in 1618 as a wayside inn for travelers and merchants.

Dock at the wall of Rhodes Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters — a formidable Gothic castle that houses a treasure trove of art, furniture, and icons from that era. After lunch on board the ship, climb up to the ancient village of Lindos to see its clifftop acropolis or choose to enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Return to the ship this evening for a lively performance of traditional Greek music and dance as we cruise the Mediterranean.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Delos—the legendary birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Walk along the Sacred Way to the Sanctuary of Apollo, a rich archaeological site with remains of three temples from the fifth and sixth centuries B.C. See the legendary Terrace of the Lions, dedicated to Apollo, where hand-carved marble statues guarded the island for nearly 2,600 years. After lunch on board the ship, explore the island of Mykonos, where according to ancient legend, its craggy hills and clefts were formed from the petrified bodies of giants defeated by Hercules. Get ready for a night out as we dock overnight at Mykonos with time to experience its legendary nightlife.
Indulge in one of the many luxury amenities offered on board on this blissful day at sea. Whether you choose a spa treatment or opt to unwind with your favorite book in the sunshine, this day is for recharging and reflecting on your adventures so far as we cruise the Aegean Sea. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner this evening. 
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Dates & Rates

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Early Booking Savings are available when you book by 7/10/24!

REDUCED RATE FOR SOLO TRAVELERS!

Special single rates available in categories 6, 7, & 8 at reduced supplement 125% (previously 160%) of the per person double price and subject to availability. All other categories remain at 200%.

BONUS SAVINGS!
Pay in full at time of booking for additional savings. Bookings made inside 121 days prior to departure are not eligible for this discount. Please call for details.

Port taxes are an additional $450 per person. Deck plans available upon request.

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Category Description Rate Early Booking Rate

Category 8

Deluxe stateroom with a picture window, single door onto private, partial-wall balcony. Deck 3, midship. (limited availability)

$5,795 $4,999

Category 7

Prestige stateroom with sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 4, midship.

$6,595 $5,935

Category 6

Prestige stateroom with sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 5, midship and aft.

$7,395 $6,655

Category 5

Prestige stateroom with sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 6, midship and aft.

$8,195 $7,375

Category 4

Deluxe suite with sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 3, midship. (limited availability)

$9,195 $8,275

Category 3

Deluxe suite with sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 4, midship. (limited availability)

$9,995 $8,995

Category 2

Deluxe suite with sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 5, midship.

$10,995 $9,895

Category 1

Deluxe suite with sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 6, midship.

$11,795 $10,615

Prestige Suite ll

Two-room Suite, expansive sliding glass door, larger private balcony, two bathrooms, two closets, large sitting area with sofa. Deck 5, midship. (limited availability).

$12,795 $11,515

Prestige Suite l

Two-room Suite, expansive sliding glass door, larger private balcony, two bathrooms, two closets, large sitting area with sofa. Deck 6, midship. (limited availability).

$13,595 $12,235

Privilege Suite

Large Suite with expansive sliding glass door, larger private balcony, sitting area with sofa. Deck 5 and 6, aft. (limited availability).

$14,395 $12,955

Grand Deluxe Suite

Extra-large, one bedroom Suite and separate sitting room with sofa, expansive sliding glass door, spacious private terrace, full bathroom with tub and separate shower, additional half bath. Deck 6, aft. (limited availability).

$15,195 $13,675

Owner's Suite

Extra-large, one bedroom Suite and separate sitting room with sofa, expansive sliding glass door, spacious private terrace, with outdoor Jacuzzi, full bathroom with tub and separate shower, additional half bath. Deck 5, aft. (limited availability)

$16,195 $14,575
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Guest Speaker

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Eric Marcus

Three-and-a-half decades ago, Eric Marcus left his job at CBS Morning News to pursue a passion project that would change his life and the lives of countless others who have been affected by his work. Having been commissioned to bring the history of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement to life through the voices of the people who lived it in an oral history book, Marcus began interviewing both known and long-forgotten people who contributed in some way to the movement. His conversation with activist Barbara Gittings became part of the original 1992 edition of "Making Gay History," which has evolved into a podcast and a nonprofit educational organization of the same name. Today, Marcus serves as Executive Director and uses his podcast platform to ensure these firsthand stories of struggle and triumph are shared with future generations. He is also the author of ten other books and is a founding board member of the new American LGBTQ+ Museum in New York City.
Eric Marcus

Accommodations

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Le Bougainville

Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Luxury Small Ship

Le Bougainville, launched in 2019, ushers in a new generation of 5-star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships, where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

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