MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
When we have a chance to travel together again, we can share stories of the challenges we faced. To give you a tiny glimpse into my personal saga, the pandemic hit full force as we had two simultaneous Toto Tours operating in Egypt and New Zealand, with serious consequences to the planned itineraries of both. At precisely the same moment I got diagnosed with cancer and started a difficult regimen of chemo and radiation therapy. Having gotten through that successfully, my sister caught Covid-19 and succumbed swiftly without me being able to go to her side. During these past months I had neither the mental nor physical capacity to continue planning tours or even communicate with you. Toto Tours went into hibernation.
As we approach the end of this fateful year, we are entering a season of hope with the introduction of two vaccinations which have proven effective at protecting against infection. It is now possible to envision being able to travel again in the not-too-distant future, and if you are anything like me you are eager to return to the thrill of exploring our wonderful world. While we are not yet at the point where we can announce definite future tours, Toto Tours is planning new adventures to launch when the scientific community declares the pandemic over.
While we wait for clarity on when it will be safe to travel internationally in groups again, I would like to leave you with some images from Toto Tours spanning the decades past. Each one captures a moment in time, but also represents a wealth of experiences that we shared together in each destination, forming indelible memories and lifelong bonds of friendship. We wish you health and safety as we ring in a New Year full of renewed hope and possibilities!
PANDEMIC POSTPONED Tours
April 17 – May 1, 2020
IllyriaAlbania ~ Macedonia ~ KosovoDetails
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
August 15 - 23, 2020
PRIDEStockholm / Gothenburg / Copenhagen PrideDetails
September 6 – 15, 2020
Extend to Cinque Terre Sept. 15 - 19
Cinque AquaeItaly’s Lake DistrictDetails
October 9 – 20, 2020
Orissa Extension to October 24
BENGAL BAYKolkata, Sundarbans, Andaman IslandsDetails
November 23 – December 2, 2020
Jordan Ext. Dec. 2-6, 2020 - Postponed
River of the PharaohsLuxury Egypt (plus Jordan)Details
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
WINNER OF BEST LGBT TOUR OPERATORS, 2017 BY GAY TRAVEL AWARDS (www.gaytravel.com)
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.