The Best Group Tours for LGBTQ Travellers

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Whether you want to lounge on a beach or hike through the hills, the best LGBTQ+ vacations should mean you have the freedom to do whatever you want to do in a tolerant and welcoming destination. From wintry trips for outdoorsy types to adventurous bucket-list excursions, these unforgettable trips offer gay-friendly travel all over the world.

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Fine wine, good food and incredible nightlife in Northern Portugal

Lisbon is one of the best LGBTQ cities in Europe, thanks to its countless gay bars, beaches and progressive legislation. This tour will whizz you around the country’s highlights in just eight days via train, including the Douro Valley wine region, the foodie paradise of Porto and the bohemian lagoon city of Aveiro. We’ll finish up in Lisbon, where you’ll have plenty of time to scoff on pastel de natas and sample the city’s unrivalled nightlife, as well as a day trip to the gorgeous fairytale town of Sintra.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Porto, Portugal

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ENDS AT

Lisbon, Portugal

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Surfers in Guanacaste province on the Nicoya Peninsula, near Tamarindo, Playa Avellana

Nighttime hiking and whitewater rafting in Costa Rica

As the first Central American country to legalise same-sex marriage and with numerous laws in place to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination, Costa Rica has been a gay-friendly holiday destination for decades. You can do as much or as little as you like on this trip. Active types will love the chance to spot sloths on a moonlit hike, whitewater raft down the Tenorio River and try surfing in Tamarindo. But there’s still time for soaking in natural hot springs, beach lounging by the Pacific and refreshing waterfall swims, if that’s more your pace.

From US$1911.65

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STARTS AT

San Jose, Costa Rica

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ENDS AT

Tamarindo, Provincia De Guanacaste

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Raohe Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan

Tasty night markets and scenic train rides in Taiwan

Taiwan is arguably Asia’s most progressive country when it comes to LGBTQ rights, having been the continent’s first country to legalise same-sex marriage. Its capital, Taipei, is one of the best cities on the planet for queer travellers, and it’s also home to the largest Pride march in Asia. You’ll explore the city’s incredible night markets and gorgeous architectural gems on this nine-day Rail Trip, which also takes in the serene Sun Moon Lake, the foodie city of Tainan and the unique cave systems of Taroko Gorge. Our loop around the island features a spectacular coastal train ride up the east coast, which gets us back on route to Taipei, but not before a dreamy (and ethical) sky-lantern experience in Shifen.

From US$1777.3

Next available from 12th Oct 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Taipei, Taiwan

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ENDS AT

Taipei, Taiwan

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Jacobite steam train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as seen in Harry Potter

Harry Potter moments and island adventures in rural Scotland

The UK is up there with the best of them when it comes to being an LGBTQ-friendly society, and the welcome in Scotland is as warm as any. Our week-long exploration of the country’s beautiful Highlands is all done via a series of stunning train rides, starting with the thrilling overnight sleeper train from London. From there you’ll get to follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter as we ride the real life Hogwarts Express (Jacobite steam train) across Glenfinnan Viaduct and towards the west coast. Then it’s all about island adventures on the Isle of Skye, arty discoveries in Inverness and epic vistas in the Cairngorms. Finally, our trip concludes with a guided tour of the capital, Edinburgh, home to magical gothic streets and more than your fair share of brilliant gay bars.

From US$2406.75

Next available from 2nd Sep 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

London, England

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ENDS AT

Edinburgh, Scotland

DURATION

7

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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This is an updated version of an article originally written by Siobhan Grogan.

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