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August 18 – 25, 2022

The most requested and dreamed about destination is now a reality… VACAYA is taking you to the Greek Isles in Summer 2022! And we’re not just talking about the gayest and most well-known islands like Mykonos and Santorini, which we’ll visit, of course… but islands no ocean-plying behemoth could EVER get to… Amorgos, Symi, Patmos, and Hydra!


The most requested and dreamed about destination is now a reality… VACAYA is taking you to the Greek Isles in Summer 2022! And we’re not just talking about the gayest and most well-known islands like Mykonos and Santorini, which we’ll visit, of course… but islands no ocean-plying behemoth could EVER get to… Amorgos, Symi, Patmos, and Hydra!

We’re sailing the 5-star Le Bougainville from PONANT. She’s all ours – with included alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, WiFi, and a host of other fantastic benefits. And while our ship is luxuriously decadent, the true stars of this show are some of the most beautiful islands in the world! We’ll overnight in Mykonos on a Friday night, giving you the chance to explore all the wonders of this magical LGBT+ heaven, and we’ll also get a late Saturday night in Santorini, as well. Scholars think Santorini is where the lost continent of Atlantis was located before it was blasted to smithereens when Thera blew her top. And you genuinely haven’t lived until you’ve sat on the caldera of a volcano eating scrumptious delicacies pulled right from the sea just moments earlier!


As the only French cruise company, PONANT is an ambassador of the “French Touch” around the world. With French crew, discrete service, refined cuisine, and partners that embody the same spirit of excellence and refinement, PONANT does their utmost to maintain a unique cruising philosophy.

FRENCH CREWThe French Touch means, above all, a French crew to welcome you and ensure your comfort and well-being throughout your cruise. In an atmosphere of elegant luxury, you’ll find 5-Star Serviceonboard. It’s a unique travel experience that is simultaneously authentic and refined. The highest level of butler service is included for all the Privilege Suite, Grand Deluxe Suite, and Owner Suite of deck 5 and 6.




The French Touch also means a way of living in which excellent gastronomy takes pride of place. Every day you’ll discover fragrant flavors, carefully selected cheeses and wines, and delicious specialty breads & pastries from Maison LenôtreMaison Taillevent provides its fine selection of vintage wines by the glass, Maison Veuve Clicquot champagne is served at our gala cocktails, and delicious sweets from the Ladurée bakery are on offer during afternoon tea time.


Finally, the French Touch is also evident in our choice of partners, whose expertise and passion for their work is in line with our own quest for excellence: interior design by Jean Philippe Nuel, fabrics by Pierre Frey, delicate flavours from Le Palais des ThésHermès bath products in all staterooms and suites, spa care products by Sothy’s, and signature perfumes from Fragonard.



Boasting 92 finely-appointed staterooms and suites, Le Bougainville is one of 6 identical Explorer-class ships from PONANT. Le Bougainville gives you a unique yacht-like cruising experience thanks to her cutting-edge design, environmentally-friendly equipment, smaller size, and subtle blend of refinement, intimacy, and comfort.

Discover Le Bougainville’s sister Le Lapérouse (the first ship in the Explorer series) in this video look at PONANT’s Explorer Class…


Le Bougainville’s elegantly-designed staterooms and spacious suites boast a warm contemporary interior design by Jean-Philippe Nuel. The designer took direct inspiration from the destinations and cultures explored during PONANT’s stopovers and then punctuated the design with beautiful ethnic touches.



Le Bougainville’s pool offers a panoramic view of our surroundings and is equipped with a counter-current swimming system. This is THE spot for daytime relaxation and fun with fellow cruisers. There’s also an outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas, perfect for our organized events and parties.




A fully-equipped sundeck and 3-position marina allow access to the sea for swimming and water sports (paddle boarding, snorkeling, etc.). The crystal blue waters of the Aegean await your play!






On Deck 4 Aft, you’ll find the ship’s panoramic restaurant, which can accommodate all of us in a single sitting. This dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts, and cheeses at your disposal. And the ship’s discrete and attentive crew will provide table service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For a more relaxed atmosphere, an outdoor grill on Deck 3 serves grilled meats with a variety of salads and desserts. And of course, complimentary room service is available to you 24×7.



Blue Eye is a first-of-its-kind multi-sensory underwater lounge built to transport you to the universe under the sea. The designers’ mission is to enable you to perceive and feel the underwater universe in a way that never ceases to amaze. The integrated digital screens project the live images from three underwater cameras. An immersive sound experience can be felt in the Body Listening sofas, which discreetly vibrate in harmony with the ocean’s natural cycles and brings you closer to the marine mammals you’ll see and hear behind the giant portholes.



Different lounges enable you to socialize and share moments together with other cruisers during your vacation. Our ship features the Main Lounge, an ideal place to meet over a drink and watch daytime or evening events; the Panoramic Lounge, an intimate piano bar with a unique view of the horizon; and the Outdoor Bar, a relaxation area with access to the pool and solarium. The Main Lounge can accommodate all guests for VACAYA’s social activities both day and night.



The theatre seats 188 and is equipped with the latest sound and lighting technology. This will be the showcase venue for VACAYA’s all-star entertainment line-up. It’s also equipped with an LED wall as the backdrop, allowing for multimedia presentations and destination lectures.





The Spa offers a series of luxury treatments. Choose from moisturizing facials, relaxing massages, aromatherapy baths, anti-aging treatments, and enjoy a moment of absolute relaxation. There’s a salon as well, offering hair styling, barbering, manicures, and pedicures.

The spa area includes a lovely sauna that’s larger than you’d typically expect on a ship this size. With a window facing the outdoors and long curvy benches, it’s an enticing retreat after each day in port.

The Fitness Center, boasting picture-perfect views of the open sea, features the latest Technogym machines, including a Kinesis Wall.



Le Bougainville’s common areas are designed and equipped to meet all your needs while preserving the intimacy of the experience. A 1500-square-foot reception area welcomes guests and fulfills a variety of functions from reception and concierge to excursions and boutiques.




AUG 25-28, 2022

There are only a few places on earth equal in beauty to Santorini. And although we’ll have a great afternoon and evening in this magical place as part of our cruise, we already know… that won’t be enough for you. So we’ve partnered with Santorini’s newest luxury resort, Santorini Sky, as well as her nearby and equally gorgeous sister Voreina Gallery Suites to bring you the ultimate post-cruise experience in Europe’s hottest new must-see LGBT+ destination!

Both Santorini Sky and Voreina boast a level of luxury as high as their location, up to 2,000 feet above the Aegean Sea. From the unique design of each resort’s villas to the unparalleled amenities and service, we’ve carefully considered every element of your stay to help make it perfect. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a travel experience like no other in the world.

This post-cruise experience is open to 34 lucky VACAYA cruisers. Rooms are being sold on a first come, first served basis and we don’t have the ability to add any more rooms beyond our resorts’ 17 perfectly appointed villas. So grab one quickly before they’re all gone!

Optional Post-Cruise package includes all of the following:

Thursday, August 25, 2022

  • Transfer from Le Bougainville to Athens Airport (ATH)
  • Short 30-minute Economy Flight from ATH to Santorini Airport (JTR)*
  • Transfer from JTR to our hotels
  • 3-Night Private Villa Stay with Welcome Amenity
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Your own ATV Quad Bike Throughout Your Stay (one 2-person ATV per Villa)
  • Welcome Reception

Friday, August 26, 2022

  • Beach Club Day

Saturday, August 27, 2022

  • Spectacular Helicopter Tour of Santorini
  • Farewell Dinner

Sunday, August 28, 2022

  • Transfer from our hotels to JTR
  • Economy Flight from JTR to ATH*
  • All Gratuities

There are 2 limited packages available:

  1. The Deluxe Villa Package is 2897 USD per person, based on double occupancy. All deluxe villas feature a separate living room, powder room, and a full kitchen.
  2. The Classic Villa Package is 2497 USD per person, based on double occupancy.

With only 17 villas between Santorini Sky and Voreina Gallery Suites, this exclusive luxury add-on is available to a maximum of 34 lucky VACAYA guests and is being sold on a first come, first served basis.


This 7-night journey begins and ends in Athens, where you’ll step back thousands of years with your visit to the Acropolis. Just below this UNESCO World Heritage site, you’re destined to fall in love with Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets, where the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Even if you’ve been to Greece before, we know you’ve never been like this – dripping in luxury on PONANT’s newest class of ships, able to get into the Aegean Sea’s most charming small ports of call. If you want to see and feel the real Greece, the super yachts of PONANT with VACAYA are the only way to go.

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2022 Greek Isles Cruise continues the already-robust tradition of redefining all that’s possible in the world of LGBT+ luxury travel. Of course savvy travelers recognize “value” rarely means “low price.” Instead, value is defined as getting something extraordinary for a great price. And that is exactly what THIS Greek Isles Cruise delivers.

The Vacayans are dedicated to providing you with the very best. That’s what drives them, journey after journey. And it’s amazing what’s included:

  • 7 Nights aboard the stunning Le Bougainville
  • All Meals, featuring subtle and audacious flavors inspired by our ports of call
  • Complimentary unlimited Open Bar throughout your cruise (premium alcohol extra)
  • Complimentary unlimited Open Mini-Bar in your Stateroom/Suite (premium alcohol extra)
  • Complimentary WiFi/Internet
  • Daily Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • 5-Star Service
  • 24×7 Stateroom Service
  • 24×7 Reception Desk
  • Fitness Classes

The following services are available for an additional charge:

The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surrounded the Acropolis. You’ll be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens, including The Vacayans’ favorite, Plaka. Le Bougainville will dock in Athen’s port city of Piraeus.

The legendary Cyclades island of Delos stands just a few miles southwest of Mykonos. The ceremonial solemnity of this ancient holy sanctuary will inspire you. The sheer size and importance of this UNESCO World Heritage site, which covers over half the island, is thrilling in and of itself. From the Stoa of Antigonos and the Terrace of the Lions, to the island’s carved marble animal statues, you’ll make discovery after discovery, against a backdrop of the Aegean stretching to the horizon. The theatre steps on the hillside are a particularly good place from which to enjoy the expansive view.

Nicknamed “Little Venice,” Mykonos is famous for its Alefkandra district where houses are built right on the water’s edge. Their multi-colored loggias are emblematic of this Cyclades island, as are the pelicans and windmills. Up on the hillside, you can see the windmill sails turning. In the cobbled streets of the pedestrian center, bougainvillea bedeck immaculate facades. As you weave in and out of the little streets, snatches of coastline will undoubtedly call you to the island’s beaches, the quietest of which can be found on the northern coast. Since it’s Friday night, all of Mykonos’ restaurants, bars, and clubs will be hopping! We’ll provide you with a list of our favorites onboard.

Sailing in the waters of Santorini caldera is breathtaking, with the island considered one of THE most beautiful places on earth. The gigantic scale of the unique setting, with the island’s majestic high cliffs surrounding this ancient crater that was flooded 2,000 years before Christ, is one of the highlights of our cruise. We’ll get to enjoy a perfect sunset and an action-filled Saturday night here. The colorful whites, greys, reds of the volcanic rocks, blue of the Aegean Sea, and the immaculate perched villages form a unique and marvelous spectacle that will stay with you for all time.

It’s no accident the island of Amorgos was chosen as a shooting location for Luc Besson’s film, The Big Blue. You too will fall under the charm of this island as our ship edges closer. Amorgos is the most easterly island in the Cyclades and stands out for its rocky inlets with crystal-clear water and its small, picturesque villages. Since it’s Sunday, it’s the PERFECT beach day! This port of call is also your chance to visit one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades, Chora, and discover its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses overlooked by a castle. Byzantine churches, windmills, and courtyards brimming with flowers complete this gorgeous tableau of timeless Greece.

A simply ravishing gem in the Dodecanese, Symi is located northwest of Rhodes. This island of cypress forests, vineyards, and olive orchards possesses a capital city of the same name that is as colorful as the surrounding countryside. The charm of the port district of Gialos is not to be missed: its quaysides are lined with picturesque houses with multi-colored facades. You can get to the upper town by car or climb the 500 steps up the Kali Strata ramp. Kali Strata offers superb viewing points of the coast and gorgeous turquoise waters.

Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John (presumed author of the last book in the Bible) resided. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint John Monastery are dedicated to him. These must-see attractions, which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer picture-perfect swimming areas.

This unusual gem belongs to the Saronic islands and is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbor town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multi-colored caïques along the quays. Further along the shore, you’ll discover the Historical Archives Museum. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant Villa Koundouriotis.

If you’re extending your holiday here in Athens, we highly recommend visits to Athens’ National Archaeological Museum and the Cycladic Art Museum, which bring Greece’s rich cultural past roaring to life. If you’re joining us for our optional post-cruise Santorini extension, our journey is really just beginning! And of course if you’re flying home today or heading on to other European destinations, we wish you only safe travels and fabulous adventures!

You can Contact Us at 713 253 0244 for more price info and real time availability.

Enhance the Experience We have been booking with Concierge Travel for many years. They provide access to all of the Gay Travel products available and are able to provide advice on which type of travel or specific trips will meet our needs. Concierge team members often join us on the trip and provide a few little extras to enhance the experience. We would never consider using anyone else.

Joe and Keith Houston, TX

Joe and Keith