Venture Out Gay Owned Tour Operator in San Francisco, CA, USA
SMALL, ESCORTED TOURS AROUND THE WORLD
Since 1998, Venture Out has been a gay tour operator to numerous countries around the world. And our gay travel audience has become quite loyal to us, with half of our travelers having done at least three tours with us.
We specialize in upscale, small-group, fully guided vacations for gay and lesbian travelers (and occasional friends). Wherever possible, we emphasize unique accommodations and fine dining on our tours.
Current destinations include Myanmar (Burma), Australia, Italy, and Spain. Each year brings a new calendar of gay tours as we introduce new itineraries as well as bring back popular vacations from our repertoire of 20 years!
We keep our group sizes small - usually a maximum of 15 participants. Additionally, there is a Venture Out tour manager to accompany each group - and that person is often the owner of the business!
We also use professional tour guides in the destination country for our guided sightseeing.
By "gay tours" we do not mean gay nightlife necessarily (although that is sometimes possible depending on the destination) but rather the comfort factor of traveling on a guided tour with other gay travelers rather than with a mainstream tour operator.
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Islands of the Mediterranean: Sicily & Malta - Italy, Palermo
Less than two miles away across a wisp of sea from mainland Italy, Sicily remains a world apart - one of Italy's best-kept secrets. This sun-drenched island of dramatic volcanoes and fabulous coastlines boasts an awesome historical legacy (including some of the worldâ€™s finest sites of antiquity) and a vibrant traditional culture. Home to some of Italy's friendliest small villages, Sicily in many ways offers intrepid explorers an unmatched experience of "old Italy."
Add to this the alluring island of Malta - the European Capital of Culture in 2018. Long a crossroads between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, Malta is diminutive in size yet at the core of many of history's major events and home to a beguiling mix of cultures that have stewed together over centuries.
It's not just about kilts and bagpipes! From the charming UNESCO World Heritage-designated city of Edinburgh to the dramatic land and seascapes of the Isle of Skye; from castles both intact and in moody ruins to Scotch Whisky distilleries to edgy and contemporary Glasgow . . . Scotland packs a punch with its steep history, strong cultural traditions, jaw-dropping scenery, a very tasty culinary scene, and lovely first-rate accommodations along the way.
Southern Africa Trifecta: Cape Town + Wildlife Safari + Victoria Falls - South Africa, Cape Town
We're pleased once again to offer a very popular tour for the sixth time. It blends a splendid sampling of African culture, incredible wildlife, great food and wine, gorgeous scenery, and beautiful accommodations. We begin in Cape Town, one of the world's most beautiful cities, and then our wildlife safari unfolds both in South Africa and Botswana. Finishing up at stunning Victoria Falls we will cover a vast, majestic land, and this is sure to be the trip of a lifetime!
Andalucia is popularly seen as the quintessential Spain. This is the home of nearly everything that is perceived of as stereotypically Spanish: bullfighting; flamenco; fragrant orange blossom, tapas, sherry, gypsies . . . Come along with us and experience soulful Southern Spain!
This itinerary will encompass two of Spain's grandest palaces - the stunning Alhambra in Granada and the Alcazar of Seville; the magnificent cathedral of Seville; the country town of old Moorish Ronda perfect for wandering and split in two by a fantastic gorge; the passions of flamenco in the old quarter of Seville; the "Dancing Horses" at the Andalucian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera, which is also world-renowned for its sherry production; and the stunning Mezquita in beautiful Cordoba.
From the bright lights and pulsating streets of high-tech, ultra-modern Tokyo, to the beautiful landscapes and charms of the Japan Alps, and finally to an in-depth tour of historic imperial Kyoto with its must-see temples, shrines and gardens, this 10-day very special journey through Japan will provide you with a wonderful feel for the country's various highlights and reveal the intriguing nature of today's Japan - so modern and yet heavily steeped in its traditions.
We'll marvel at several UNESCO World Heritage sites in this program including the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto (which are many!) as well as those of ancient Nara.
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