Frequently Asked 

Questions

Why should we book with Beard & Compass?

Mykonos is an upscale island that can be very pricey, especially during the peak travel month of August. And for good reason. That is the best time to be there.

 

By traveling as a group, we are able to work with our travel partners to secure group rates that are not possible while traveling solo or with a smaller group.

If you choose the Super Paradise Package, you will have 24 hour access to travel support through Delta vacations. 

Traveling with a group provides not only safety but more opportunities to make new friends and connections. Many travel agents plan your trip and send you on your way. That's now how this trip will work. We'll be there with you exploring and partying right alongside you, so in the event you run into any issues, we'll be there to help.

I'm worried about COVID. Is it a good idea travel right now?

We understand there's a lot of uncertainty and you may be apprehensive about traveling right now. Like many of you, most of our 2020 travel was canceled or postponed. While no one can tell you exactly how COVID will affect travel in 2021, we can guide you on precautions to take to prepare for the worst - or for the best.

 

 NOW MORE THAN EVER, WE REALIZE THAT WE ALL NEED

SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO.

Now is also the perfect time to take advantage great prices. It's inevitable that once demand returns, rates will increase. 

As healthcare providers, we are taking extra precautions to ensure we  all travel as safely and responsibly as possible.If we do not feel that it's safe or a good idea to travel, we will keep you informed and updated as we continue to gather information. In the meantime, we highly recommend you consider buying an add-on travel insurance, which we can help you set up. We also recommend you choose a hotel with a flexible or semi-flexible cancelation policy. See our hotels' cancelations policies here.

What is included?

Paradise Package includes 6 night/7 day accommodations

Super Paradise Package includes 9 night/10 day accommodations plus roundtrip airfare, transfers to/from airports/seaport, roundtrip transportation Athens-Mykonos by plane or ferry

Both packages include:

Private catamaran day and sunset sail excursion with a chef-prepared lunch, unlimited wine and champagne

Transfers to/from Main Xlsior event & catamaran excursion

Transportation to/from airport or seaport to hotel

Curated itinerary with tips, suggestions, and recommendations

Gratuity for sailing crew, chef, and  driver

beard & compass custom tank top

What is not included?

Airfare with Paradise Package

Transportation to/from events not specifically listed 

Meals and alcohol (some hotel packages include breakfast)

Xlsior Party Admission

How much does it cost?

Rates are based on double or single occupancy and the type of room you book. Inquire by sending us an email to let us know if you will be sharing a room or if you prefer your own room. Accommodations are subject to availability.

 

Prices start at 1219 USD for Paradise Package and 3099 USD for Super Paradise Package. 

*based on double occupancy

Do I have to go to the events on the itinerary?

No. All events and activities come as suggestions and are completely optional.  While we are traveling as a group and welcome everyone to be involved, this is your vacation and you are encouraged to make the best of it however you may choose.

Who typically goes on your trips?

We strive to put together a group who is fun, friendly, professional, respectful, and those who share a love of travel and exploration. As a small company, many of our guests are our friends or friends of friends.

How do I reserve my spot?

Email us to check availability and reserve your spot. We will correspond with you and answer any questions you may have and help you set up deposit/payment arrangements. 

How can I pay?

It's 2021. We accept Venmo and Cash App and if paying by credit card, we accept PayPal (with a 2.9% fee).

500 USD non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking. Super Paradise Package requires 500 USD deposit plus full payment of airfare and 3 night accommodations at time of booking.  Additional 500 USD payment required on or by April 1, 2021. Final balance due July 1, 2020. 

How do I protect my trip in the event of cancelation?

Great question! COVID has changed everything when it comes to traveling. . Most travel insurances, unless you opt for the "cancel for any reason" option, do not cover cancelations due to a pandemic. We can offer you travel insurance thru TravelEx that covers most other things like sickness or a job loss.

 

However, our partners at Travelex offer plans that offer Trip Cancelation/Trip Interruption coverage for those insured if they or their traveling companion contracts the coronavirus or is physically quarantined while coverage is in effect. An insured may also be eligible for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption coverage if a non-traveling Family Member is diagnosed with the coronavirus and is considered life-threatening or they require the insured’s immediate care.

 

Many of our travel partners have adjusted their cancelation policies because of COVID. See our terms & conditions and each hotel's policy here.

What is Mykonos like during XLSIOR?

Our small-group experience will take place during the 2021 XLSIOR Festival.

 

Xlsior 2021 runs from August 18-25 with parties and events each day. Individual tickets will be sold at the door and All-access passes are expected to go on sale soon. 

The 2021 program has not been released yet but you can stay posted here.

While Mykonos is one of the most beautiful gay-friendly destinations in Europe and perhaps the world, it is especially open and welcoming during the week of Xlsior. Xlsior has grown into one of Europe's biggest gay festivals attracting over 30,000 men from around the world. 

Xlsior party and events are completely optional. Feel free to go to every event or none at all. Regardless, you are sure to have one of the most memorable weeks of your life.

What if I want to go different dates or stay in a different hotel or villa? 

Just let us know. We would be happy to help you plan your trip for anytime of year. If you have a specific hotel you're interested in, we can check directly with the hotel to ensure we get you the best deal and package. We also have several partners who offer holiday villas in Mykonos and around the world. Let us know what you want and we will do our best to meet and exceed your expectations.

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