Adventure, culture, leisure or luxury, HE Travel is the leader in gay travel tours and gay adventure travel today and for the last 40 years. Our Founder Hanns Ebensten ran the first exclusively gay adventure tour down the Grand Canyon in 1973 and we most recently acquired OutQuest Global Adventures, bringing even more gay travel tours to gay men, lesbians & their friends. Our gay vacation group tours are ideal both for single gay men and lesbians to meet new friends, and also for couples to enjoy the camaraderie of exploring new places with other gay and lesbian travelers. Enjoy a small LGBT group tour without the confines of a typical resort vacation.
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HE Travel is known for offering the finest gay cultural tours on Earth. These tours range from “relaxing” to “soft adventure.”
Since 1973 HE Travel has set the standards of Gay Adventure Tours. Theses tours range from “soft-adventure to high-adrenaline.”
Want something a little more customized for you? Maybe you want a romantic holiday, an extension on a tour, or a holiday with friends?
Gay guys and lesbians can be pretty tough. From canyoning to bungee jumping, the adrenaline club is for the most adventurous gay travelers.
The vast open steppes, deserts, and hills of Mongolia beckon us to explore their secrets on our gay Mongolian tour. During our tour, local nomadic people will show us what they are most proud of. This will include the unique design of their flexible gers (yurts), and their annual Naadam Festival of wrestling,
We are excited to offer our first adventure tour through the remarkable, high desert region of Northern New Mexico and into the lush autumn colors of the mountains of Southwest Colorado. Our tour follows the steps of Native American traditions and an eclectic mix of settlers, authors, and artists who
From Viking culture to Arctic wilderness & beauty, our new tour of Iceland will show you the extremes of Iceland: friendly Viking descendants, unspoiled lush wilderness, fuming and hissing geysers, massive glaciers, towering volcanoes, and inviting natural hot springs. Visit rainbow-festooned waterfalls, watch adorable
Our gay Japan tour starts in modern Tokyo, then pauses at a traditional lodge that’s a short walk from the snow monkeys of the Japanese Alps. Next is Kyoto, with its abundance of temples and gardens and a visit to an art museum built into a hillside. Our unique Extension visits Himeji Castle, the world-renowned
Savor the bounty of the rich traditions of Italy’s Adriatic coastal region of Puglia. By day explore mountain towns, seaside villages, Swabian castles and cave homes that pre-date the Renaissance. Then each evening relax in our authentic 14th-century villa over a dinner featuring produce, meat and fish
Take a journey to marvelous Scotland and enjoy the many adventures that await you. The landscape is gorgeous and the wildlife is majestic. Spend a week mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, zip lining and more. The charming villages we stay in along the way will take you back to a simpler time.
From the Blog
Hello fellow HE Travelers,
I’m sitting on the balcony
of the General Palmer Hotel, a historic hotel in downtown Durango, Colorado.
I love this town, and I love this hotel! My view looks like something from a movie set. Up the street is the Strater Hotel, which has been visited by many US Presidents. We’ve stayed there before, but General Palmer has nicer rooms, better
I know, paperwork feels a bit like homework, but receiving current and accurate information from our clients leads to a stress-free tour for you. It's vital that you send this information and that you sign that dotted line.
Copy of your Passport
It’s very common to list your passport expiration date incorrectly on the paperwork. It’s easy to do, as the issue date and expiration
Rivers of Ice
Glaciers are ice fields on mountain slopes that remain ice throughout the year. They appear to be stable, but they are continually following gravity down the mountain like a river of ice. On warmer days, the front of a glacier “calves” into the ocean or other bodies of water. In colder seasons, new snow on the upper reaches replenishes the ice that has melted or
Greeting fellow HE Travelers,
Here's the latest edition of my travel notes. We just got back from delivering our new Idaho Hiking Getaway tour. It was way more fun than I had expected, and the guys totally loved it! It was hot as hell though; the cool mountain breezes were replaced by a crushing heatwave.
We timed our hikes to avoid the hottest times of the day.
Hello Fellow HE Travelers,
We’ve been up to quite a bit lately! We drove back to Salt Lake City around the first part of June…
We then frantically got a few projects further along, before hopping on a plane. Not only that, but we then flew to Switzerland and joined our Alpenglow Swiss Hiking Tour for the first time. Wow, I had never realized the beauty of the Swiss Alps and
Now in our 50th year, HE Travel designs and operates amazing, unique small-group travel experiences throughout the world. Our tours range from our original Grand Canyon rafting trip to a week on a 1917 paddlewheel steamer on the Nile, the former royal yacht (only 1 cabin is left for 2022!).
Pyramids at Sunrise during the Nile in Style, Photo Courtesy of Client Robert
Plant a Tree Program
HE Travel has become increasingly aware of the environmental impact traveling causes. Since travel is part of our name, we believe it is important to help offset the damage…
“The location was amazing. It’s hard to choose what I loved most about this destination, the food, the locals, the diving, hotel was amazing and friendly staff. Our hosts were most accommodating and every F&B place that we attended served an amazing dinner, the trip should be called Dine and Dive. If you’re looking for amazing views, diving and want to feel like a local, Saba is your place! I cant wait to return.”
“Seeing the Taj Mahal and the Mt Everest flight were on my ‘bucket’ list. It was my 16th (I think…) trip with HE travel and my 6th with Andrew as guide. Y’all must be doing something right… :=) Now if my bank account could have some time to catch up! The Kathmandu pre-trip was very good and the Everest flight was a dream come true.”
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