November 11 - 24, 2024
There are few destinations in this world where a sojourn is guaranteed to be a truly life-changing experience. Bhutan is one of those places. Completely inaccessible to outsiders until the 1970’s, the Kingdom’s cultural and environmental heritage are even to this day safeguarded by the government’s policy of limiting tourism to relatively few high-quality visitors. This is your invitation to be among the lucky ones to connect to, participate in, interact with, and be forever transformed by an incredibly beautiful people, culture, and enchanting land. (Photo: Tiger’s Nest Monastery) Click here for full details.
Quite a Dzong You’ve Got There!
One of the features that makes Bhutan so unique are the massive, fortified structures called Dzongs, which were originally created to protect against invasions from Tibet in the north and encroachments by British colonialists from India in the south. These ancient walled compounds follow strict formats in their construction, including building without the use of iron nails. Another unique feature of Bhutan is the close cooperation between leaders of State and those of the Buddhist religion. Each Dzong is the seat of religious and administrative affairs in each province. The constitution sets forth a policy of Gross National Happiness, and the High Lama and the King work together to bring that policy to fruition. We visit several of these incredibly beautiful Dzongs during our tour, including the Punakha Dzong shown here.
Immerse Yourself In Nature's Splendor
Everywhere we turn we are met with jaw-dropping views like this one of the Phobjikha Valley carved out by glaciers millennia ago. We explore this valley in quest of spotting the Long-Necked Cranes, who winter here after braving the treacherous migration over the high Himalayas from their summer nests in Tibet. We offer day hikes to amazing vantage points without the rigors of overnight camping, and a half-day of river rafting at the Punakha Dzong adds to our diverse set of unforgettable adventures in this heavenly paradise on earth.
Colorful Masked Dances
A highlight of our tour is attending the opening day of an annual festival in the Bumthang region. Here we are mesmerized by the swirl of colorfully clad and masked male dancers who spin in slow, trance-like circles to the sound of drums and classic Bhutanese instruments. These are incredibly joyful gatherings, attracting locals from all parts of the country, and provide us with wonderful opportunities to chat and make friends.
NOTES FROM TOTO HEADQUARTERS
The Samba Vibe Calls
Enjoy a “highlights reel” of the pleasures that await you as we sample the earthy delights of Rio de Janeiro, splash in the rapids at the base of the thunderous Iguassu Falls, and plunge into the fabulousness of ultra-decadent São Paulo Gay Pride. You’ve never experienced “Pride” like this before. Sign up soon as our available spaces are limited! Click here to view the tour highlights video. Click here to view the detailed itinerary.
Albania ~ Macedonia ~ Kosovo
We have rarely offered a three-country combination as alluring and diverse as these three Balkan states. Unique cities, ancient Roman ruins, beautiful seaside resorts, lush mountains, placid lakes, cultural music and dancing, remote monasteries, college towns bursting with the excitement of youth – all of this is waiting for you to discover on our fascinating tour of a region once known as Illyria. Click here for full details.
Yummy French Toast!
Since we announced our luxury hotel barge adventure sailing from Paris in September, we have filled 9 of the 10 available cabins. After the last cabin is filled, we will take names for a waiting list in case of any cancellations. Stay tuned for more details about a new barge expedition in the Burgundy region in October 2025! We can’t get enough of French Toast! Click here to book the last cabin available for September 2024.
(Photo: Chateau de Chantilly)
LOOKING FAR AHEAD…
South Africa - April 2025
Because a tour this unique takes a great deal of advance planning on our part and saving the dates and the necessary dollars on your part, we are happy to provide you with a sneak peek at our “Best Of South Africa” tour in April 2025, with its optional extension to Victoria Falls in Zambia. Everything is in place; the dates are fixed, so you can put this on your calendar and look forward to the final itinerary being published on our website about 11 months in advance (when the international flights go on sale). Click here to view the detailed itinerary.
(Photo: Table Mountain and Cape Town)
We look forward to traveling with you soon!
March 3 – 15, 2024
INDOCHINEVietnam / Cambodia / LaosDetails
May 25 – June 3, 2024
Open - Guaranteed
BRAZIL PRIDERio ~ Iguassu ~ São PauloDetails
June 26 – July 10, 2024
ILLYRIAAlbania ~ Macedonia ~ KosovoDetails
Sept 17-24, 2024 Paris Ext. to 27th
Sold Out - Waitlist Open
FRENCH TOASTBarging The Oise ValleyDetails
November 11 – 24, 2024
THUNDER DRAGONBhutan AdventureDetails
PANDEMIC POSTPONED Tours
May 7 – 15, 2020
ANIMAL KINGDOMBotswana fly-in safariDetails
June 6 – 13, 2020
Lisbon Ext. June 3 - 6
Atlantic ArchipelagoThe azores (plus Lisbon)Details
June 25 – July 5, 2020
Incredible IndonesiaSingapore ~ Bali ~ FloresDetails
July 29 – August 9, 2020
Spice IslandFlavors of Sri LankaDetails
October 9 – 20, 2020
Orissa Extension to October 24
BENGAL BAYKolkata, Sundarbans, Andaman IslandsDetails
December 7 - 19, 2020
Last ContinentAntarctica CruiseDetails
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
Blog posts from Recent Tours
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
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
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.
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!
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!
While creating lifelong memories, tour members also snap incredible photos which we share at the end of every tour. Here are a few wonderful moments out of thousands.