Toto Tours is the life work and passion of its founder, Dan Ware. He was born in Walla Walla, Washington, and attended Washington State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a strong background in the arts and education. His first job after graduating from college was with a non-profit organization in the Chicago area, and it was during this period that he cultivated his love for travel and his appreciation for the world’s diverse cultures.Recognizing that he was not alone in the gay community in his love for travel, Dan decided to launch a business that would give gay people the opportunity to enjoy going together on small-group adventures to the world’s most beautiful destinations. Toto Tours was incorporated in 1990 and has been Dan’s focus for over two decades.
Dan met his husband, Jonathan Lewis, in 1995, and they have enjoyed working together with Toto Tours ever since. It is truly a “pop and pop” business. Dan and Jonathan were united in a Civil Union in 2011, and officially married in the state of Illinois in 2014.