Mardi Gras Tour
Mardi Gras Tour

Mardi Gras Tour

Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney

From €3690 or USD $4149

Deposit €500 or USD $569

19 February – 1 March 2020

  • Join the best Gay Pride Celebration, the Mardi Gras of Sydney
  • Take in all the main sights of the East Coast of Australia: Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney
  • Welcome Dinner in Melbourne
  • Discover the beautiful Yarra Valley wine region
  • Enjoy a beautiful day on Phillip Island and see penguins at the world-famous Penguin Parade
  • Tour Sydney and its majestic architecture
  • Taste Authentic Aussie Food on the Blue Mountain
  • Visit Canberra, Australia’s Capital City
  • Farewell Dinner in Sydney’s Gay District
  • Travel with Sergio, your Italy Gay Travels host

Mardi Gras Tour: Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney

€3690 or USD $4149 sharing in a double room

At the moment of Booking a Deposit (€500) is required. Final Payment is due no later than 60 days before Departure.

Solo Traveler? You will share a double room with a fellow Traveler.

If you prefer your own room, please add a Single supplement of €1290 or USD $1459.

2 – 10 people

Fly into Melbourne

Fly out of Sydney

Dates: 19 February – 1 March 2020

Price per person (based on shared double room)

  • €3690 or USD $4149 sharing in a double room

At the moment of Booking a Deposit (€500) is required. Final Payment is due no later than 60 days before Departure.

Single supplement of €1190 or USD $1349. Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.

 Services included
  • 11 Nights in 3 / 4 star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners, 2 Lunches
  • Internal Flight Melbourne to Sydney
  • All tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Tickets to Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

Services not included

  • 3.5% Credit Card Commission Fee
  • Drinks and Tips at meals
  • Return flights
  • City Taxes
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Meals throughout the entire tour other than mentioned
  • Any other item not mentioned above
  • Tips for the tour guides and the Tour Director
  • Insurance and everything not listed as Included

Single supplement per person

  • €1190 or USD $1349 in single room

Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date

Duration

  • 12 days / 11 nights (11 days of activities)
This tour is accessible to anyone in relatively good shape. There will be a fair amount of walking.
En suite rooms in 3/4 star Hotels. All breakfasts included.
You will be provided with an assistance number you can call us at any time during your stay.

Join the Mardi Gras Tour: a sensational All Gay Tour Down Under

Embark down under with Italy Gay Travels on a 12 days / 11 nights adventure. Explore the best sights that the East Coast of Australia has to offer.

This is the definitive Mardi Gras Tour! From Melbourne to Sydney, with a visit to Canberra: our very own adventure will let you discover the lively cultural life down under!

We will start our Mardi Gras Tour from Melbourne. Known as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is a vibrant city, packed with Victorian-era architecture, museums, galleries, theatres, and large parks and gardens (where its sports-mad inhabitants love to spend their free time).

After 6 days exploring Melbourne and its wonderful surroundings, we will make our way to Sydney, home to one of the best Gay Pride Parades in the world: the Mardi Gras. Sydney is the perfect base to explore some interesting places, like Canberra, while waiting for the perfect end of our spectacular trip: the Mardi Gras Parade.

Australia is a dream destination for many like-minded gay men from all over the world: don’t miss out this opportunity. Book now as spaces for this once-in-a-lifetime trip are limited!

 

 

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Day 1

Welcome to Melbourne

Welcome to Melbourne: one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Melbourne is the cultural capital city of Australia.

Make your way to your accommodation, smack bang in the centre of the city and settle in. Here you will meet your hosts and get your Mardi Gras Tour welcome pack. Join your fellow Gay Travellers and your tour host, Sergio, in the evening for a Complimentary Welcome Dinner. Here we will all get to meet each other and have a full briefing on the adventure that lies ahead.

  • Meals included: Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight in Melbourne
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Day 2

Melbourne – Bike Ride

After breakfast our Mardi Gras Tour group will embark on a bike tour of  Melbourne. Get on the saddle to enjoy  a relaxing bicycle ride around Melbourne as you take in the incredible sights of the city. This bike ride is suitable for all levels of fitness: it’s a gentle ride. Gain a great orientation of Melbourne city as you see the key landmarks and learn the interesting facts of the city: Melbourne’s “founding”, the Aboriginals, the Eureka Stockade, the importance of sport to this great city, and much more. We will also make a stop in Fitzroy at one of our favorite bars for lunch.

Free time in the afternoon to enjoy a stroll around Melbourne as you wish or take a siesta.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight in Melbourne
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Day 3

Yarra Wine Valley and Winery Tour

After breakfast we engage on day trip discovering the Yara Valley wine region, approximately 1-hour drive away from Melbourne. With an expert guide we will visit some of the area’s best-known wineries. During our series of wine tastings and an included vineyard lunch, you’ll find out why the Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s favorite wine regions, loved for its picturesque scenery.

Throughout the day, our guide will educate us about the grape varieties that grow in this renowned wine region, while we enjoy the relaxed and serene atmosphere of the Yarra Valley.

At the end of the winery tour (probably a bit tipsy), in the late afternoon we will make our way back to Melbourne

  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Overnight in Melbourne
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Day 4

Around Melbourne and Yarra River Cruise

After breakfast, it’s time to see more of Melbourne from a different perspective: we will embark on a cruise along the calm waters of the Yarra River.

Back on land we will enjoy a bus ride for a comprehensive tour of Melbourne and its thriving inner suburbs such as Brighton and St Kilda.

In the evening we will be ready to explore the vibrant gay nightlife of Melbourne: it’s Saturday after all!

  • Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Overnight in Melbourne
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Day 5

Phillip Island – Brighton Beach and the Moonlit Sanctuary Park

After breakfast, we will depart from Melbourne to travel to Victoria’s most colorful and well known attraction, Phillip Island. The day will start by heading to the beach: it’s time to pay a visit to Brighton Beach and its iconic bathing boxes, iconic landmarks of the area.  Soon after we will make our way to the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park:  you’ll learn about a broad range of Australian wildlife. You’ll have a chance to get up close to cuddly koalas and other animals for feeding time. We will then head to the southwestern tip of the island to enjoy panoramic views of the Nobbies, a group of rugged rocks rising from the sea, and Seal Rocks, the home of Australia’s largest fur seals population.
The highlight of our Phillip Island experience will begin at dusk as we watch the fairy penguins waddling up the beach into their burrows in the sand dunes: the perfect end of the day, before making our way back to Melbourne.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight in Melbourne
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Day 6

From Melbourne to Sydney

After breakfast it’s time to pack! From Melbourne we will take a flight, ready to get to the home of the Mardi Gras, Sydney.

After checking in to the hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the gay neighborhood at your own pace. But make sure to join the rest of the Mardi Gras Group for a dinner on us.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Overnight in Sydney
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Day 7

Sydney Tour

After breakfast, we will embark on a tour of Sydney. This tour will give us an overview of the main unmissable sights of the city: while traveling past iconic structures, lush gardens and historical landmarks, you will learn insights about the city’s culture and history.
After admiring the historical architecture of the Rocks district, the location of Australia’s first European settlement in the 1780s, we will pass by the famous Sydney Opera House and the Conservatory of Music. We will catch a glimpse of Hyde Park and the St Mary’s Cathedral; Parliament House, the park-lands of the Domain, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Tower, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Campbell’s Cove and Mrs Macquarie’s chair, where views of Sydney Harbour are unmissable.
We will explore the bohemian Kings Cross, Sydney’s former red-light district, before heading to the world famous Bondi Beach to walk along its wide stretch of white sand.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 8

Canberra

Just 1 hour away from Sydney lies the beautiful city of Canberra, Australia’s capital city. On a day-trip we will visit famous sights including the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, National Museum and the Lodge, home to the Prime Minister. We will enjoy a guided tour of key sights along with plenty of stops for photo opportunities in one of the few planned cities in the world, designed by visionary architects. After checking out the charming town of Sutton Forest, we will get spectacular views from Mountain Ainslie as we approach the city.

 In the late afternoon, we will then make our way back to Sydney.
  • Overnight in Sydney
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 9

Blue Mountains

After an early breakfast, we will join a group trip to explore the outskirts of Sydney.
After one hour bus ride, we reach the start of the Blue Mountain. We will head all the way up to the amazing Three Sisters rock formations. After taking photos of the Three sisters and jaw dropping Jamison Valley we then take you on a bush walk right up to the Three Sisters and even onto one of the rock formations.
We then progress further into the mountains to Wentworth Falls where we will start a guided hike to see local fauna, bird life and see several waterfalls until reaching to the base of the immense Wentworth falls. A quick refreshing dip anyone?
All that sightseeing you will be hungry! We will move to a nearby area where our guides will cook an authentic Aussie BBQ with veggies and kangaroo on the side (vegetarian/vegan options are available).
After lunch we continue the day of fun and head to a local and secluded waterhole where you can go swimming or lay around on the sand in the sun deep within the bush of the Blue Mountains. Then, we head off into the nearby National Park down a long dirt road to say hello to skippy the Kangaroo. The perfect end of an amazing day before heading back to Sydney!

  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Overnight in Sydney
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Day 10

Free Day in Sydney

Today is a free day: spend the time as you wish and explore the area at your own pace. Hitting the beach or shopping? You choose! Your host Sergio will be around to offer advice and guidance as needed. Whatever you decide to do, make sure to be back in time for the last dinner together of this amazing Mardi Gras Tour in the vibrant gay district. Dinner is on us of course!

  • Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Overnight in Sydney
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Day 11

Mardi Gras Parade

Today is the day not to be missed! Yes the biggest gay celebration down under, the worldwide well-known Mardi Gras Parade, is on us! We will spend the day absorbing the party atmosphere, ready for the parade! Our group will enjoy the Mardi Gras parade  from premium grandstand seats: we will be part of a festival with spectacular floats and thousands of participants from all over the world, an event drawing up to half a million of visitors each year!

We will finish the night off at one of the many official and unofficial Mardi Gras parties around the city. Party tickets are not included, but we will make sure to spend the night altogether in the best way!

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight in Sydney
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Day 12

See you soon!

After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye! This amazing Gay Mardi Gras is over. No tears please!

You can make your way to the airport or extend your stay in Sydney. We can help you plan your stay. Please email info@italygaytravels.com for more info.