Alaska is home to some of the most exciting adventure in North America & our gay Alaska tour is no exception. Come with us and trek Root Glacier, raft a wild river, kayak around icebergs, take a scenic bush flight, visit the wildlife and grandeur of Denali National Park, and cruise Prince William sound. The Alaskan Frontiers trip will not run in 2015, but may be offered again in the future.
Alpenglow: Gay Hiking in Switzerland
Everyone in Switzerland seems to hike, and once you've experienced a week in the Alps, you'll understand why. You'll have new panoramas every day: hike through fields of wildflowers and tiny alpine hamlets, past waterfalls and alongside cold, clear mountain streams. September 6 to 13, 2014: A hiking trip for gay travelers.
Andalucian Sun: Gay Bicycling in Spain
Bicycle through the heartland of Andalucia: among beautiful cities and charming villages, along quiet rivers and past white-washed villages of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Via Verde rail trails take you off-road, through some of southern Spain's most dramatic scenery. Andalucian Sun will not run in 2014, but may be offered again in the future.
Antarctica Adventure & Gay Antarctica Cruise
A 10-day cruise along the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula: rugged, savage, and teeming with extensive wildlife. Sail the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage, seeing icebergs, massive mountains and ice shelves. Step onto the continent, itself, and live an explorer's dream. A gay adventure cruise to Antarctica.
January 7 to 16, 2015$8,850.00
February 3 to 13, 2015$9,950.00
Atlantique: Gay France Bike Tour
Ride from Nantes through cities, towns, inland valleys and winding coastal French landscapes on this gay France bike tour. Meander along rivers, enjoy ocean vistas, visit beaches, and ride to the islands of d'Yeu and Noirmoutier. Our tour ends in the port city of La Rochelle. June 14 to 20, 2015: A French bicycling tour for gay travelers.
Big Loire Little Loir: Gay France Bike Tour
The perfect introduction to gay French bike tours. We begin on le Loir, a quiet river that weaves amongst French villages untouched by time. Bike along pastoral roads to tiny Troo, where townsfolk live in hobbit-style caves, explore Chateaudun and Chambord, and walk through quaint medieval towns. A gay France bike tour: August 23 to 28, 2015.
Colors of Burgundy: Gay French Bike Tour
Cycle through hills and villages rich in history, redolent with the scents of forest and vineyard. Visit Chateauneuf, Roman ruins, medieval towns, and important sites in Catholicism. Burgundy is famed for its food and wine, so dining and wine-tasting will be as much fun as the biking! A gay France biking trip: August 16 to 23, 2014.
Cycling Arizona's Mission Trail: Gay Arizona Bike Tour
Cycle miles of pristine bike trails on this gay Arizona bike tour. Enjoy city life in Tucson then ride south to see historic landmarks, rugged canyons, and blazing sunsets. Cross the border for a Mexican feast, and soak up the colorful character of the American Southwest. April 11 to 18, 2015: A gay Arizona bike vacation.
Danube Dreams: Gay Bike Tour
Follow the romantic Danube through Central Europe along bike paths and quiet country roads between Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest on this gay European bike tour. Savor regional cuisines while taking in the rolling countryside, castles, cathedrals, gracious hospitality, and gay friendly cities. An optional tour extension (new for summer 2014) takes visitors on a walking tour of beautiful Prague. August 22 to 29, 2015: A gay Central Europe bike tour.
Deep Blue: Gay Curacao Scuba Dive Tour
Our gay scuba dive tour in Curacao is the best opportunity to scuba dive or snorkel from the comfort of an upscale beach-side resort, with a friendly gay group. The Deep Blue Scuba Tour will not run in 2014, but may be offered again in the future. Scuba diving is also offered on These Tours.
Flavors of Tuscany: Gay Italy Bike Tour
Italy was made for biking! Join this gay Italy bike tour and enjoy the friendly Italian people, varied landscapes, world-famous cuisine, castles and splendid palaces, Etruscan tombs, museums, and medieval villages that make each day of cycling a new adventure! A gay Italy bike tour: September 5 to 12, 2015.
Gay Bike Hawaii Tour
Cycle along rainforest paths and coastlines; take in the stunning scenery of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai; and breathe in the fragrance of flowers and the salt sea on this gay Hawaii bike tour. Downhill rides abound, or take the challenge of cycling up Hawaii's volcanic mountains. A gay Hawaii bike tour Bike Hawaii will not run in 2014.
Gay Colombia Adventure Tour
Our gay Colombia tour is an opportunity to escape the stresses of modern life. This tour's activities reflect the rich & diverse natural habitat of this corner of the Andes. Enjoy mountain biking, paragliding, rappeling, caving, and ziplining, and meet the friendly people of Medellin. February 8 to 15, 2015: A gay Colombia adventure tour.
Gay Easter Island Adventure Tour
The remote location and stark but stunning landscape offer an interesting mix of activities and wondrous natural attractions on this Gay Easter Island adventure tour. Hike and bike around the island from volcanic heights to ocean shores and visit its many Moai statues. A gay adventure tour of Easter Island: July 17 to 22, 2015.
Gay Galapagos Wildlife Adventure Tour
Existing in virtual isolation for millions of years, the Galapagos Islands are home to many species found nowhere else on Earth. Join this gay Galapagos tour and experience this abundance and variety of equatorial wildlife closely, as we walk, hike, snorkel, swim and imagine Darwin's dream. A gay wildlife tour of the Galapagos Islands: July 1 to 8, 2015.
Gay Grand Teton Adventure Tour
It's like a gay summer camp! Stay in comfortable condos in the Rockies, nestled in gorgeous Grand Teton National Park on this gay multi-sport tour. Enjoy kayaking, horseback riding, rock climbing, rafting, hiking, swimming, and stargazing. The Grand Teton Adventure will not run in 2014, but may be offered again in the future.
Gay India Adventure: A Road Less Traveled
Immerse yourself in India's adventurous wild side on our gay India adventure vacation, including rock climbing, whitewater rafting, hiking, and yoga. Visit exquisite temples, palaces, and landmarks (including the Taj Mahal), experience rich local culture, enjoy exotic cuisine, and ride camels and elephants on a friendly gay group tour! We are working on finalizing the 2015 India Adventure Tour.
Gay Key West & Florida Keys Adventure Tour
From the bustling gay nightlife of Miami Beach, across the gorgeous islands of the Florida Keys, our multi-sport adventure will put you on the water, on your bike, and in the sky. Enjoy excellent food & hospitality on the way to fabulous, sunny, friendly Gay Key West. A multi-sport adventure tour for gay travelers.
November 29 to December 7, 2014$3,598.00
May 9 to 17, 2015$3,698.00
Gay Patagonia: Bottom of the World
Our small gay tour group will revel in the vastness and natural grandeur of this remote region of gay Chile, with plenty of adventure and outdoor activities. Enjoy hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding through the varied terrain of Patagonia, all with a friendly group of gay travelers! We are working on finalizing the 2015 Patagonia Tour.
Gay Puerto Rico Bike Tour
Join our gay Puerto Rico bike tour, and bike the verdant hills of Vieques and kayak its shimmering bio-luminescent bay. Explore arid Culebra and sun on what was voted the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean, then hike the lush El Yunque rainforest and zip through downtown Old San Juan via Segway. This tour will not run in 2014, but may be offered again in the future.
Gay Salt Lake City Bike Tour
Our gay biking & adventure tour of Salt Lake City provides days of adventure. Ride along the Jordan River Parkway Trail, & up several canyons. Learn local Mormon folklore. Soak in hot springs, ride the Alpine Slide & tour historic Park City. End the days among SLC's vibrant gay night life. A biking tour for gay travelers: June 18 to 23, 2015.
Grindelwald: Gay Switzerland Hiking Tour
Three impressive Alpine peaks -- the Eiger, Jungfrau, and Monch -- rise abruptly from the river valley in the central Alps on this gay Swiss hiking tour. These "Oberland Giants" form a constant backdrop to the shining green meadows and breathtaking cliff side paths during our week of hiking. July 4 to 11, 2015: A hiking tour for gay travelers.
Kauai: Action Packed Gay Adventure in Hawaii
From the lush valleys of the Na Pali Coast, to the top of Waimea Canyon, our gay Kauai multi-sport adventure will put you on the water, onto ATV's, and in the sky above prehistoric jungles. Enjoy ocean-view rooms, exquisite food & hospitality as we explore the "Garden Island" of Hawaii. A multi-sport adventure tour for gay travelers: August 24 to 30, 2014: Booking Closed, August 22 to 28, 2015: Open.
Middle Fork of the Salmon River: Gay Rafting
The remote Middle Fork River runs cold, clear, and quick, past soaring cliffs and soothing hot springs. Join us for 100 miles exhilarating gay whitewater rafting adventure. With 300 colorfully named rapids, including Dagger Falls, Sulphur Slide, Rubber, and Velvet Falls. The Middle Fork tour has not been confirmed for 2014, but new dates may be posted soon!
Mistral: Gay France Bike Tour
Bike through Provence and visit Roman theaters, river gorges, a natural rock arch, famous wine country, and walled medieval towns on this gay France bike tour. Primarily a bike vacation, but with many other activities available, all while enjoying the cuisine for which France is famous. September 21 to 28, 2014: A gay France bike tour.
Octopus's Garden: Gay Saba Dive Tour
Join this gay scuba dive tour and dive into the tropical Caribbean waters of a gay-friendly island paradise! Discover a colorful world beneath the waves. Far from the usual vacation spots, the Dutch island of Saba is known to scuba divers worldwide for its spectacular underwater landscapes. January 31 to February 7, 2015: A gay scuba diving adventure.
Pristine Palau: Gay Diving Vacation
Palau is home to some of the most beautiful scuba diving in the world! Crystal clear water, colorful sea creatures, historic shipwrecks, and unique cave systems add up to make the perfect destination. Our fun, adventurous gay diving group will make 13 unforgettable dives during our stay in this gorgeous tropical paradise. October 18 to 26, 2014: A scuba diving trip for gay travelers.
Provencal: Gay France Bike Tour
Visit castles, chapels, cafes, museums, meadows, vineyards, and a wildlife preserve on this gay France bike tour. Stroll among the remains of a feudal fortress and a crumbled theater. Picnic at a Roman aqueduct. Bicycle through the magical forests and golden stone villages of Luberon. September 13 to 20, 2015: A gay France bike tour.
Puglia Villa: Gay Italy Bike Tour
Spend a week cycling along ancient Roman lanes, coastal drives and mountain paths. Each night, relax at an authentic gay owned and operated agriturismo, enjoying a glass of wine from the villa's vineyards, gourmet meals, and a dip in the pool, with cute locals always stopping by to enjoy the festivities. A gay Italy bike tour.
2014: October 4 to 11.$3,198.00
2015: May 23 to 30$3,398.00
2015: October 3 to 10$3,398.00
Road to Rioja: Gay Spain Bike Tour
Cycle through beautiful countryside and villages, along quiet back roads and Via Verde rail trails on this gay Spain bike tour. Discover the rich history and culture of northern Spain. Spend relaxed evenings in lovely paradors and inns enjoying traditional cuisine and fine wines. The Road to Rioja tour will not run in 2014, but may be offered again in the future.
Splash! Gay Grand Canyon Rafting
Marvel at the breathtaking grandeur and vistas of the Grand Canyon on this gay rafting tour. Ride thrilling whitewater roller coasters, hike remote canyons to cascading waterfalls, and take time for self-reflection in profound quiet, while the Colorado River whispers you to sleep each night. A rafting tour for gay travelers August 13 to 22, 2014 (a few men's and women's spaces still available) August 27 to September 5, 2014 (this date is for gay men only - 3 spaces left!). We already have our 2015 Grand Canyon tours lined up: May 13-22, July 1-10, August 12-21, and August 26-September 4 (Price: $3398).
Splash! Gay Grand Canyon Rafting - Lesbian Tour
Marvel at the breathtaking grandeur and vistas of the Grand Canyon on this lesbian rafting tour. Ride thrilling whitewater roller coasters, hike remote canyons to cascading waterfalls, and take time for self-reflection in profound quiet, while the Colorado River whispers you to sleep each night. Women should consider our launch onAugust 13, 2014! We already have our 2015 Grand Canyon gay and lesbian trips lined up: May 13-22, July 1-10, August 12-21, and August 26-September 4 (The price for the 2015 trips is $3398).
The Great Gay Israel Adventure Tour
Join this gay Israel adventure tour for a high-adrenaline exploration of the antiquity, geography, and culture of Israel! Soak up thousands of years of history by exploring the famous cultural sights of the region, and also hiking, canyoning, caving, kayaking, and more. Not your grandma's church tour! An adventure tour of Israel for gay travelers October 1-11 2014 BOOKING CLOSED, October 7-17 2015 OPEN.
Tortuguero Expedition: Gay Costa Rica Tour
Our Gay Costa Rica tour is an in-depth exploration of the rainforests and volcanoes of Costa Rica. This trip will focus on the mountains, rivers and natural beauty of the Costa Rica. We will have more time for wildlife viewing, hiking, whitewater rafting and other eco-activities. We are working on finalizing the 2015 Tortuguero Costa Rica Tour.
Tuscan Trails: Gay Italy Hiking Tour
Enjoy a week of hiking on this gay Italy hiking tour. See Florence and the fairy-tale village of San Gimignano. Trek through orchards, vineyards, and woodland on our way to Radda to visit ancient stone villages, churches, farms, and Etruscan bridges, arches and burial mounds. September 13 to 21, 2015: A gay Italy hiking tour.
Valley of the Chateaux: Gay France Bike Tour
For 200 years, the kings of France outdid one another as they built palaces along the Loire Valley. Bicycle to Amboise, Chenonceau (where gay Henri III held drag parties), and Azay-le-Rideau. Our gay French bike tours are the perfect way to travel between the castles of France. A gay France bike tour: August 29 to September 3, 2015.
Vikings and Volcanoes: Gay Iceland Adventure Tour
Join this gay Iceland tour and witness the extremes of Iceland: friendly descendants of Viking explorers; unspoiled lush wilderness, fuming volcanic craters, and rainbow-shrouded waterfalls; and a rich history including the world's oldest parliament and some of folklore's strangest sagas. A hiking multi-sport tour for gay travelers: August 10 to 17, 2014 SOLD OUT, August 9 to 16, 2015 OPEN.
Wild Kiwi: Gay New Zealand Adventure Tour
Join our Gay adventure tour through New Zealand - the adventure capital of the world! The variety and depth of natural beauty of this isolated South Pacific island group will impress and inspire you while hiking trails and glaciers, kayaking, biking, canyoning, rafting, and bungy jumping! March 9 to 22, 2015: A gay adventure vacation tour.
Wild South African Adventure Tour
Spend a few days with an outgoing, adventurous gay group exploring beautiful Cape Town and nearby Winelands. Travelers can look forward to rappelling, touring through wine country, beach walks and an exciting safari on foot. Optional high-adrenaline activities include cage diving with Great White Sharks, tandem paragliding and bungee jumping. October 30 to November 10, 2014: A multi-sport adventure tour for gay travelers.
Gay Safari: Tanzania and Zanzibar Extension
Dates: November 3 to 12, 2018. We invite you to join our gay Tanzania safari & explore of one of the most well-preserved wilderness areas on earth. Tanzania has more land devoted to wildlife than anywhere else in the world. See what draws celebrities from around the world to spend days or even weeks in Tanzania.
Japan Gay Cultural Tour
Dates: November 3 to 14, 2018. Our tour includes three nights in Tokyo, two nights at a traditional Japanese ryokan, and an exciting two-night stay at the world-renowned Benesse Art Site on Naoshima Island. We conclude our tour in Kyoto, the historic city famous for its abundance of temples, flowers, and gardens. We'll stay there four nights, including a visit to a unique art museum built into a hillside. An optional overnight stay at a Zen monastery is available for those who are interested and are able to add two days to their exploration of Japan.
Cuba Gay Cycling Trip
Dates: November 10 to 17, 2018. Cuba, a country on the cusp of change, has become folkloric. Travel with us to penetrate its almost-mythical façade. Cycling through the countryside we can truly experience Cuba's heartfelt music, redolent landscapes, and friendly people.
Nile in Style: Gay Egypt Cultural Tour
Dates: November 17 to 28, 2018. Egypt has enchanted visitors throughout history and our gay Egypt tour is no exception. Join our small gay group us as we sail down the Nile on the ss Karim, a traditional paddle steamer built for kings. The riches of antiquity are our destination and our backdrop as we cruise through the land of the pharaohs.
Key West and the Florida Keys Adventure Tour
Dates: November 24 to December 3, 2018. From the bustling gay nightlife of Miami Beach, across the gorgeous islands of the Florida Keys, our multi-sport adventure will put you on the water, on your bike, and in the sky. Enjoy excellent food & hospitality on the way to fabulous, sunny, friendly Gay Key West.
Cuba Art and Cultural Tour
Dates: December 5 to 13, 2018. Join us for a gay tour that blends together the sophistication, heritage, and promise of Cuba's capital with three days of exploring smaller towns that are rarely visited by foreigners. On this trip, we will have a special emphasis on the arts of Cuba, and the role of the LGBT community.
New Orleans Holiday Getaway
Dates: December 13 to 17, 2018 – Christmas. Our gay New Orleans holiday weekends are full of campy fun! We'll stay in the French Quarter and explore the sultry gay history of the "Big Easy" while enjoying a touch of southern decadence. Attend a jazz brunch and get ready for Mardi Gras in an atmosphere of unique New Orleans kitsch. Other activities vary by the Holiday, so you'll come back again!
Mayan Wonders of Yucatan Mexico
Dates: December 27, 2018 to January 5, 2019. This New Year's Eve, travel to the Yucatan Peninsula to be immersed in the history of Mayan civilization while exploring ancient temples. Join a fun gay group to climb the ruins, walk along an endless white sandy beach in Holbox, swim in a deep blue cenote, and learn about the Spanish conquest of this ancient land.
Splendors of Southeast Asia
Dates: December 23, 2018 to January 6, 2019. This New Year's Eve, join our friendly gay group will visit several regions of lush and historic Vietnam, as well as Cambodia's mystical Angkor Wat. Explore the Paris-inspired architecture of Hanoi, sail in a junk on Halong Bay, relax on a tour of the Mekong River delta, and wander among ancient temples and ruins reclaimed by the jungle.
Octopus's Garden: Scuba Diving in Saba
Dates: January 26 to February 2, 2019. Join this gay scuba diving tour and plunge into the tropical Caribbean waters of a gay-friendly island paradise! Discover a colorful world beneath the waves. Far from the usual vacation spots, the Dutch island of Saba is known to scuba divers worldwide for its spectacular underwater landscapes.
Easter Island Tapati Festival
Date: January 30 to February 6, 2019. The remote location and stark but stunning landscape offer an interesting mix of activities and wondrous natural attractions on this gay adventure tour on Easter Island. Hike and bike around the island from volcanic heights to ocean shores and visit its many Moai statues. Our winter trip is timed to enjoy Tapati, the huge cultural festival taking place on the island, with contests, costumes, and feats of strength and agility by the young men of the community.
HE Travel: A Lifetime of Experience
HE Travel is celebrating its 40th year of leading unique adventure tours
for gay men lesbians and open-minded friends and family who enjoy tours with a gay flair. Under the direction of Philip Sheldon, president and owner, HE Travel continues to offer exciting vacations to destinations as varied as France, Italy, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Antarctica. What began with a passion for biking, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors with small groups of like-minded people grew into a successful business with a faithful following of clients who have helped shape the future of the company.
Hanns Ebensten (where we get the "HE" of HE Travel) pioneered gay travel in 1972
When he took groups of gay men rafting through the Grand Canyon, and to Carnival in Rio DE Janeiro. We are still going strong and enjoying the pleasure of inspired adventures. Whether it's happy hour in our private Tahitian bungalows, sunbathing on the beaches of Mykonos, or taking in a drag show in Phuket, fun is always high on our list.
We also take a very personal approach to our in-depth discovery of the culture and history of our destinations.
Every trip has an experienced tour leader familiar with the area as well as a knowledgeable local tour guide in each locale. We visit the main attractions but do not shy from the offbeat, the unusual, and the downright amusing.
Our Adventure division (previously known as Alyson Adventures) was founded by Sasha Alyson in 1995
after he sold his pioneering publishing company, Alyson Publications. Alyson sought to break stereotypes while enhancing travel experiences for his friends and their loved ones. Sheldon had worked with Hanns Ebensten, the "inventor" of gay travel, and eventually purchased Ebensten's famed tour company. Hanns Ebensten began his company in 1973 escorting groups of gay men to the Grand Canyon for whitewater rafting, the very first organized gay travel of any kind. The philosophy of both brands was the same: to enhance travel for gay men, lesbians and friends with an emphasis on activities, small groups and expanding the experience by getting closer to the environment.
Today, the two brands are merged under the name of HE Travel
and we still offer the popular trips down the Grand Canyon as well as others to destinations as far flung as Laos and Cambodia, as remote as Easter Island, and as popular as Tuscany. We are pleased to welcome you on our adventures!
A note on our adventure tours
and we still offer the popular trips down the Grand Canyon as well as others to destinations as far flung as Laos and Cambodia, as remote as Easter Island, and as popular as Tuscany. We are pleased to welcome you on our adventures!
If you want a tightly organized group tour, choose an HE Travel classic
but if you find it exciting to bike along a country road, stopping to soak your feet in a stream, or to hike along a mountain trail with a friend, not knowing what's just around the corner, then give our adventure tours a try. Find out why Out & About, the widely-respected online gay travel newsletter, gave us their Editor's Choice award for Adventure Travel, and why OutTraveler Magazine named us Gay Tour Operator of the Year.
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