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Venture Out
Gay Owned Tour Operator in San Francisco, CA, USA
Gay Owned Tour Operator
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.

Take your next trip with us!


Our Upcoming Tours

Italy: the Places in Between -- Gay-Group Tour Italy: the Places in Between -- Gay-Group Tour - Italy, Bologna, Ravenna, Parma, Modena, Verona
When: Sep 03 2018-Sep 09 2018 Website: Click Here
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 Alternative Oz: Lesser-known Australia -- Gay-Group Tour - Australia, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Ba
When: Oct 22 2018-Nov 02 2018 Website: Click Here
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.


Islands of the Mediterranean: Sicily & Malta Islands of the Mediterranean: Sicily & Malta - Italy, Palermo
When: Apr 28 2019-May 10 2019 Website: Click Here
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 world’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.


Scottish Highlands & Islands Scottish Highlands & Islands - Scotland, Glasgow
When: Jun 21 2019-Jun 29 2019, 6pm Website: Click Here
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 Southern Africa Trifecta: Cape Town + Wildlife Safari + Victoria Falls - South Africa, Cape Town
When: Aug 30 2019-Sep 10 2019 Website: Click Here
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!


Spanish Gems: Across Andalusia Spanish Gems: Across Andalusia - Spain, Seville
When: Oct 07 2019-Oct 14 2019 Website: Click Here
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.


Japan - Then and Now Japan - Then and Now - Japan, Tokyo
When: Oct 13 2019-Oct 22 2019 Website: Click Here
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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