SNEAK PEEKS AT NEW TOURS Toto Tours News ~ August 2022

 
Message from the President

The summer is flying! I look around, see Labor Day approaching and realize I’ve fallen far behind in communicating with you about what’s coming up on our tour calendar. My focus this summer has been on doing physical therapy to get myself back into traveling condition, seemingly endless medical check-ups, and restoring pandemic- and cancer-frayed connections with friends and family. Updating the website is a big job that demands time and focus – especially writing scintillating text for the detailed itineraries and selecting accompanying photos. The job can seem overwhelming at times. This newsletter is my way of breaking the logjam to at least provide you with thumbnail itineraries of yet unpublished tours so you can make long-range plans. Rest assured; the final details are coming! Please let me know if you are considering one of these tours, and I’ll rush you an advance copy of the detailed itinerary.


Dan


PERUVIAN PARADISE
Lima ~ Sacred Valley ~ Machu Picchu ~ Cusco ~ Lake Titicaca April 20 – 30, 2023

April 20 – Arrive Lima / Rest Day
April 21 – Lima City Tour / Welcome Dinner
April 22 – Fly from Lima to Cusco / Transfer to the Sacred Valley
April 23 – Tour in the Sacred Valley
April 24 – Transfer to Machu Picchu / Tour Machu Picchu
April 25 – Tour Machu Picchu / Transfer to Cusco
April 26 – Cusco City Tour
April 27 – Board the Belmond Andean Explorer Luxury Train / Travel to Puno at Lake Titicaca
April 28 – Tour Lake Titicaca / Continue on the Belmond Andean Explorer to Saracocha
April 29 – Tour Sumbay Caves / Arrive Arequipa Mid-Afternoon / Farewell Dinner
April 30 – Tour Arequipa / Lunch / Late check-out / Transfer to Arequipa Airport for evening flight to Lima and onward.
Click here to read a detailed itinerary.


Peru Montage


BRAZILIAN BRIO
São Paulo Gay Pride ~ São Luis ~ Barreirinhas ~ Recife ~ Salvador ~ Rio
Gay Pride Pre-Tour Extension: June 9 – 12, 2023
Main Tour: June 12 – 21, 2023
Rio de Janeiro Extension: June 21 – 23, 2023
Optional Gay Pride in São Paulo

June 9 – Arrive São Paulo / Welcome Dinner
June 10 – São Paulo City Tour / Nightlife
June 11 – São Paulo Gay Pride Parade / Nightlife
June 12 – Recovery Day / Main Tour Group Arrives

Main Tour

June 12 – Arrive São Paulo / Welcome Dinner
June 13 – Fly to São Luis / City Tour
June 14 – Transfer to Barreirinhas / Desert Adventure at Grandes Lençois in 4 x 4 Vehicle
June 15 – Speedboat Adventure on Rio Preguiças / 4 x 4 Adventure to Lençóis Maranhenses
June 16 – Return to São Luis / Fly to Recife / Dinner at the Seaside Cais Rooftop Lounge
June 17 – Morning Tour in Olinda (UNESCO) / Afternoon Catamaran Tour on Recife Canals
June 18 – Morning Tour of Historic Recife / Brennand Castle / Fly to Salvador
June 19 – Salvador City Tour Including Pelourinho (UNESCO) / African Heritage Evening
June 20 – Visit São Joaquim Market (buy ingredients for cooking class creating Bahian signature dish for lunch) / Sunset Boat Cruise on Todos los Santos Bay / Farewell Dinner / Nightlife at Rio Vermelho (the Bohemian Quarter)
June 21 – Depart from Salvador Airport for Home

Rio de Janeiro Extension

June 21 – Fly to Rio / Tour to Sugar Loaf Mountain
June 22 – Tour Rio Historic Center / Visit Carnival Backstage / Afternoon Cog-Wheel Train to Top of Corcovado Mountain / Samba Nightlife
June 23 – Depart from Rio de Janeiro for Home


Brazil Montage


ITALIAN LAKES AND LANDS
Cinque Acque & Cinque Terre
Northern Lake District: September 1 – 10, 2023
Villages of the Ligurian Coast: September 10 – 14, 2023
Main Cinque Acque Tour

September 1 – Stresa on Lake Maggiore / Welcome Dinner
September 2 – Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore
September 3 – Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta (last of 3 nights in Stresa)
September 4 – Verona / Sirmione on Lake Garda
September 5 – Salo / Garda Town / Lazise
September 6 – Sirmione Peninsula / Castello Scaligero (last of 3 nights in Sirmione)
September 7 – Como on Lake Como
September 8 – Cruise on Lake Como including Villa Carlotta and Bellagio
September 9 – Day Tour to Lugano on Lake Lugano in Switzerland / Farewell Dinner
September 10 – Departure from Como or Continue on Cinque Terre Extension

Optional Cinque Terre Extension

September 10 – Transfer from Como to Santa Margherita Liguere on the Portofino Peninsula
September 11 – Hike the “Lover’s Way” (trail connecting hillside coastal villages)
September 12 – Tour Portofino / Farewell Dinner
September 13 – Return to Milan
September 14 – Depart from Milan for home


Italy Montage


WILD THINGS
Tanzania & Kenya Photo Safari: November 4 – 17, 2023

November 4 – Arrive Arusha in Tanzania / Welcome Dinner
November 5 – Mto Wa Mbu Village / Ngorongoro Conservation Area
November 6 – Ngorongoro Crater
November 7 & 8 – Tarangire National Park
November 9 & 10 – Amboseli National Park in Kenya
November 11, 12 & 13 – Lake Nakuru / Lake Elmenteita / Lake Naivasha / Crescent Island
November 14, 15 & 16 – Maasai Mara / Northern Serengeti
November 17 – Depart Nairobi for Home


East Africa Montage


JANUARY 2024
Southern India

This tour is still in the planning stages


South India


MARCH 2024
Vietnam ~ Laos ~ Cambodia

This tour is still in the planning stages


Vietnam Laos Cambodia


MAY 2024
Nepal

Regarding this destination, I am considering organizing a trek to the Tibetan Plateau (altitude 12,600 feet) to attend the annual Mustang Tiji Festival. This three-day festival is the most important Tibetan Buddhist ceremony surviving since the exile of Buddhist monks from their homeland. The Upper Mustang region is very scenic, hidden behind spectacular Himalayan ranges. The sandy terrain, amazing yak caravans, exquisite mountains views, ancient monasteries, Tibetan culture, and the spiritual values of the region make trekking here a pure delight. Once we leave Kathmandu and begin the trek, accommodations will be very basic in lodges and tea houses. The entire tour will take 18 days, not counting travel to and from Nepal. Participants will need to be in great physical condition, as a few days will require 7 to 8 hours of trekking between villages, with significant altitude gains. Please click here to view a short video of the route and scenes of the festival. I need at least six people showing strong interest in this unusual experience if I am to proceed with the plans. The trip can be reduced to 12 days if done by jeep, but my preference is to go all-out for one of the greatest trekking adventures Toto Tours has ever offered! Are you up for it? You’ve got plenty of time to get into shape if you start now! Please let me know so I can gauge whether or not we have enough people to lock in the tour!


Nepal


UPDATES ON PUBLISHED UPCOMING TOURS

Our Morocco tour in November is completely full. We are nearly at capacity for the India tour in January, so be sure to let us know right away if you want to join. The Egypt tour in March is selling well, and there is still plenty of space. We hope to see you on one of our exciting adventures in the months ahead!


Egypt

CURRENT Tours

 
UNDISCOVERED MOROCCO
Price $4,700
DURATION 12 Days

Oct 31 – Nov 11, 2022
Closed - Waitlist Open

UNDISCOVERED MOROCCOSEA~MOUNTAINS~DESERT~SOUKS

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UNDISCOVERED MOROCCO
Price $5,100
DURATION 15 Days

Jan 27 – Feb 10, 2023
Open - Guaranteed

INCREDIBLE INDIARAJASTHAN & DESERT FESTIVAL

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Gay Egypt Tour
Price $7,000
DURATION 9 Days

March 14-22 (or 26), 2023
Open - Guaranteed

River of the PharaohsLuxury Egypt (plus Jordan)

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Gay Egypt Tour
Price $7,200
DURATION 11 Days

April 20 - 30, 2023
Open

PERUVIAN PARADISEANDEAN HIGHLIGHTS

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PANDEMIC POSTPONED Tours

 
Gay Illyria Tour
Price $3,500
DURATION 15 Days

April 17 – May 1, 2020
Postponed

IllyriaAlbania ~ Macedonia ~ Kosovo

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Gay Animal Kingdom Tour
Price $9,000
DURATION 9 Days

May 7 – 15, 2020
Postponed

ANIMAL KINGDOMBOTSWANA FLY-IN SAFARI

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Gay ATLANTIC ARCHIPELAGO Tour
Price $3,400
DURATION 8 Days

June 6 – 13, 2020
Lisbon Ext. June 3 - 6
Postponed

Atlantic ArchipelagoTHE AZORES (plus Lisbon)

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Gay Indonesia Tour
Price $5,800
DURATION 11 Days

June 25 – July 5, 2020
Postponed

Incredible IndonesiaSingapore ~ Bali ~ Flores

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Gay Sri Lanka Tour
Price $5,000
DURATION 12 Days

July 29 – August 9, 2020
Postponed

Spice IslandFlavors of Sri Lanka

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Gay Italy Tour
Price $4,700
DURATION 10 Days

September 6 – 15, 2020
Extend to Cinque Terre Sept. 15 - 19
Postponed

Cinque AquaeItaly’s Lake District

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Gay India Kolkata tour
Price $4,400
DURATION 12 Days

October 9 – 20, 2020
Orissa Extension to October 24
Postponed

BENGAL BAYKolkata, Sundarbans, Andaman Islands

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Gay Antarctica Cruise Tour
PRICED FROM $12,995
DURATION 13 Days

December 7 - 19, 2020
Postponed

Last ContinentAntarctica Cruise

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About

Toto Tours has been serving the LGBT community since 1990. We have the distinction of being the only gay tour company in existence which has been operating with the same ownership and management for such a long span of time. We are dedicated to creating exciting travel opportunities that enable our community to explore the wonders of the world in comfort and safety while having the time of our lives. Our clients come back year after year to travel with friends they met on previous trips, meet new people, and explore different parts of the world. We constantly develop new adventures to appeal to everyone, from those venturing on their first international trip, to even the most experienced and frequent world travelers. Our name is derived from the Latin word meaning "all-inclusive." The rainbow colors of the gay flag weave through the word TOTO to symbolize our connections to each other, our communities, and the world. Welcome to Toto Tours, where gay men, lesbians, their close friends and adult family members are invited to travel together to discover all the delights this world has to offer -- "in Toto."

KEEP HOPE ALIVE

In this difficult time we have created a short video message (at the right) to offer encouragement, and to remind everyone that this pandemic will someday be a memory. We might feel helpless right now, and unable to do all the things that we love (like exploring the world), but we can use this time to take an exciting inner journey to explore more about who we are and what we believe. We could very well emerge from such an adventure as more centered humans who are better able to cope with unexpected situations, and grateful for all the good things we have. This is the Toto Spirit. We support you on this inner journey and look forward to the day when we can once again travel together! -- Dan Ware, Founder




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Gay Antarctica Cruise Tour
January 13 - 26, 2020

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Gay Antarctica Cruise Tour
September 4 - 26, 2019

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Gay Antarctica Cruise Tour
August 2 - 10, 2019

PANTANALWildlife Safari in Brazil

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Gay Antarctica Cruise Tour
May 20 - 30, 2019

EASTERN BALKANSBulgaria & Romania

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Gay Antarctica Cruise Tour
April 22 - May 2, 2019

ISLAND IN THE SUNSplendors of Sicily

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Happy Memories

Testimonials

Ty Dote
Southern California

Words cannot describe the beauty of Africa -- seeing wildlife in their natural habitat along with the beauty and landscape of the Namibian desert. I had such a great time that I returned for my second Toto Tour (to the Balkans) one year later!

Grover Hartt & Charles Foster
Dallas, TX

The meticulous arrangements, including knowledgeable and accessible lecturers with comfortable and luxurious accommodations, impressed us a lot during our incredible trip to Antarctica.

Nick Barrett and Piero Bonino
Brighton and Hove, UK

Our Normandy tour with Toto in 2016 was fascinating, with a brilliant local guide who had an encyclopedic knowledge of French History, Customs and Culture.

Gary Ku
San Jose, California

I had an excellent time with the Toto Tours family for our Antarctica cruise. Dan is always making sure everyone is taken care of and included. I would encourage people to give Toto Tours a try because it is awesome!

Hima Pamoedjo
Chicago, Illinois

I am a retired illustrator, and I enjoy traveling all around the world with Toto Tours. I've gone with them to Costa Rica, Newfoundland, Germany, Turkey, and most recently to Tanzania where we saw incredible wildlife! I love meeting new friends on Toto Tours, and hope I will meet you on a future tour -- somewhere in this beautiful world!

Russell Andrews
Lawrenceville, Georgia, near Kotor, Montenegro

It was such a great tour with an expertly thought-out itinerary visiting a mix of "can't miss" sites and small out of the way gems that a larger group might not have been able to do. I truly look forward to my next journey with Toto.

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