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
The New Year started with a sandwich.
A good sandwich. Gluten-free bread, obviously. An egg from our chickens in Utah and imported Irish cheddar. We hauled this cheese and eggs a thousand miles, because Trisha didn’t know when we could get good cheese and eggs again. I’m glad we brought them.
We’ve been in Illinois visiting family for the holidays, but our time is up, and
Tours for "Discerning Gentlemen"
2022 marks 50 years since HE Travel’s founder Hanns Ebensten put a small ad in New York’s After Dark arts magazine. Hanns’ future tour director Cal Culver (aka gay adult film star Casey Donovan) appeared on their cover. Hanns invited “discerning gentlemen” to join him for a week in the Grand Canyon the following year, thus initiating a half-century
Big Changes in Travel Demand
Hello Fellow HE Travelers,
It’s the last month of the year, and I personally have much to be thankful for. Travel has returned…admittedly with a few new bumps, scrapes and bruises along the way.
However, we’ve become extremely efficient at navigating this new world of random lockdowns, last minute cancelations, and general COVID chaos. The
I would like to share my gratitude for what the past year has offered us. Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we at HE Travel have run tours to 16 countries on 5 continents (6 if you count Jordan as part of Asia). And if all goes well, we will add India and Antarctica early in 2022 to return gay travel to all seven continents!
HE Travel Team
We especially offer
Casey and I were just in Italy as hosted buyers for TTG. The organization shows off Italian travel companies and tour opportunities. Castles, vineyards, beaches, food, etc. I had a great time, seriously, so great! Life is so much better when on tour. It was fantastic to get back out into the world. I have so many new ideas!
Except for the anxiety beforehand
WOW… I mean,
Japan prides itself on an incredibly rich cultural heritage. We design our HE Travel Japan tours to weave together the diverse cultural threads that make Japan unique. Our gay Japan cultural tour includes in-depth experiences to feel Japan's long history as well as contemporary arts. We even include a stop to see the snow monkeys of the Japanese Alps! We also create specialized
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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