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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Our Upcoming Tours
Myanmar Revealed -- Legendary Burma Gay-Group Tour - Myanmar, Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake
From the glittering pagodas and downtown bustle of Yangon to the idyllic waters of Inle Lake; from the temple-strewn plains of Bagan to storied Mandalay . . . we show you the best of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) on this 11-day tour including a tranquil four-night luxury cruise on the famed Irrawaddy River tossed in for good measure. It's a tantalizingly exotic culture with a quirky old-world atmosphere where traditions of the past linger.
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. The super charming "whitewashed" hilltown of Vejer de la Frontera is another stop along our route. A scenic train ride through the Sierra de Grazalema is another fun attraction of this trip as we retrace a historic train route there.
Italy: the Places in Between -- Gay-Group Tour - Italy, Bologna, Ravenna, Parma, Modena, Verona
Inspired by the travel guidebook of the same title, our tour Italy: The Places in Between focuses on cities in the Emilia-Romagna and Veneto regions - cities that are almost always passed over as tourists zip from Florence to Venice. There's a plethora of worthy urban centers here: Bologna, Ravenna, Parma, Modena, Verona. This in-depth exploration of North-Central Italy's marvelous small cities will take us to the "must-see' highlights as well as off the beaten track for some less common and very interesting sights and activities. This is an area with an exceedingly rich art history, lavish natural beauty, stunning ancient towns, and of course, a cuisine that is "molto deliziosa!"
Alternative Oz: Lesser-known Australia -- Gay-Group Tour - Australia, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Ba
This tour focuses on the delights of the state of South Australia and the city of Melbourne - areas that are not often on tourists' itineraries yet have so much to recommend them! Melbourne - Australia's second-largest city and its most European feeling — has an excellent arts culture, the country's most diverse gastronomic scene, and is regularly ranked among the world's most livable cities. We get a taste of the real Australian Outback in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park with its wild, raw scenery and exotic plant and animal life. In the world-renowned viticultural zone of the Barossa Valley we taste excellent wines and enjoy superb meals. Wildlife-intensive Kangaroo Island is a remote, beautiful, paradise for animal lovers, with folksy, friendly locals. And we finish with charming Adelaide with its heritage buildings, superb central market, and the nearby Adelaide Hills peppered with 19th-century villages - and more good wines.
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