A gay group tour is a great option for an amazing travel experience that’s already pre-planned and purchased as a package. It’s particularly useful if you’re too busy to plan your own trip or if you’re a solo traveler because you’ll quickly make new friends in your group as you travel together. Of course you can also travel with a friend, significant other or even a family member on one of these awesome adventures. We recommend a few different tour operators that do gay group trips and they all offer great itineraries and experiences that you’ll surely love and won’t forget. You can even save up to $200 with some of the companies by using our special offer for Two Bad Tourists’ readers only.
Rainbow Gay Tours – Barcelona
Barcelona needs little introduction and it’s one of the most popular destinations in all of Europe. With year round mild temperatures, a seaside location and a welcoming atmosphere for LGBT people, it’s no wonder that gay travelers from around the world come here to indulge in the culture, nightlife and vibrant atmosphere. Don’t forget the lively gay neighborhood called Eixample, which is centrally located in the city. One of the most famous gay hotels is the Axel Hotel and even better is the rooftop terrace with a pool and bar. And if you’re looking to explore the nightlife, you can do a 2-hour bar hopping tour with Rainbow Gay Tours to introduce you to the best bars and clubs in Barcelona.
Barcelona is also an architectural marvel. Paris has its Eiffel Tower, New York the Statue of Liberty and for Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia is without a doubt the most famous landmark of the city. Park Güell is another one of Gaudi’s creations and is definitely worth a visit. Rainbow Gay Tours has lots of walking tour options to show you these incredible sights.
Special Offer – You can save 10% on all tours by Rainbow Gay Tours when booking online. Click here to request your exclusive discount.
Detours Travel is a company that offers adventure trips catered to gay travelers. The trips are of course open to anyone, but the group atmosphere is especially desirable to singles who want to travel but may not have someone to travel with. Detours Travel proudly serves as one of the leading gay adventure tour operators in the market today. They pride themselves on offering incredible experiences with a unique trip style. They take a laid-back, less structured approach to group travel that feels more like exploring the world with friends than anything else. The Detours itinerary has room for spontaneous opportunities that capture the best of any destination. They offer trips all around the world with the goal helping travelers get to know a country, appreciate the culture, and do things they would have never imagined.
Spain 7 Degrees
Spain has incredible annual events that draw many visitors to places all over the peninsular country and its islands. Of course being one of the most gay-friendly nations in Europe and the world, it’s no surprise that the country has plenty of year round events to offer the LGBT community. With plenty of warm and sunny days you could spend months exploring the big cities and Spanish countryside, but given you probably have just a short time to visit you’ve got to pick the best and most exciting. If you’re looking to join a gay group trip or event, our friends at Spain 7 Degrees will take you effortlessly to these destinations showing the best they have to offer.
Special Offer! You can save 50€ on the Spain 7 Degrees when booking online. Click here to request your exclusive discount.
We had the opportunity to visit Israel in with OUTstanding Travel and we jumped at the chance to see this tiny country situated in the Middle East. As it turned out, it was one of the best trips and travel experiences we’ve ever had. Israel is such a small, yet diverse country with a complicated history that it provides a travel experience not found anywhere else in the world. They offer everything from short tours during gay pride to custom trips and tours in Israel and Jordan. During summer they offer gay bus trips every weekend to the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and several other destinations. They also offer customized travel services and packages if you’re looking for a full-service tour operator. During Tel Aviv pride, they run the bus tours on a daily basis.
Special Offer – Save up to $50 or more on all tours with OUTstanding travel when booking online. Click here to request your discount.
TropOut draws together like-minded travelers from all over the world in a bid to promote friendly, unguarded and refined travel experiences for all gay people. Multiple destinations like Thailand, Malta or New Caledonia are carefully selected where awesome properties play host to the chic travel experience. TropOut creates an atmosphere that’s open, friendly and incredibly non-pretentious. Sure, just about every attendee at TropOut knows how to party and have a good time, but many also fly halfway around the world to actually experience the local culture and go on an excursion or two – all in the company of people who feel comfortable in their own skin. The week-long events include accommodation, headline entertainment, transfers and an array of other optional add-ons.
Special Offer! – we’ve teamed up with TropOut to offer you special savings. You can save $30 on all TropOut events when booking online. Click here to request your exclusive discount code.
OUT Adventures has been a provider of exclusive cruises, gay tours and gay travel in general for nearly a decade. Whether you’re looking to tackle the climb of a lifetime, or want to wallow in luxury aboard a private yacht, they offer plenty of packages that deliver great value and great times. If you’ve got something specific in mind they can even curate a custom itinerary just for you. We really like the products they offer and we’ve even been on a couple tours with them in Iceland. The founders have done it all before: resorts, cruises, independent travel, gay vacations and plus traveled with straight tour groups. While traveling with a straight group may not always present an issue, they realized there was room for a better, more comfortable travel experience. They wanted a safe, non-judgmental holiday that would allow you to be yourself while exposing you to parts of the world that not everyone has seen.
Special Offer! Save up to $200 on any OUT Adventures trip. You’ll save $50 on each trip, plus an additional $150 if you’re one of the first 4 people to book. Click here to request your discount.
Oscar Wilde Tours
Oscar Wilde Tours is the world’s only gay history tour company and it was started by Professor Andrew Lear, who we met in May of 2015 in New York City. Professor Lear is easily the best tour guide you could have on gay history because he’s a leading scholar on sex in Ancient Greece and sexuality throughout the ages. He co-authored the publication called Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty: Boys Were Their Gods, which investigates the male on male love depicted on ancient Greek vase paintings. He’s even been a professor at several universities on the subject including New York University, Columbia and Pomona College.
Oscar Wilde Tours also recently won the silver Travvy award for the best LGBT tour operator in 2016 and they’ve expanded their operations in New York. They offer several walking tours in New York City where you can discover the gay history of the city. In addition, they also operate several different tours throughout the summer and fall in Europe including trips to Italy, Greece, Paris, Amsterdam and London.
Special Offer! Save up to $50 or more on European tours with Oscar Wilde Tours when booking online. Click here to request your discount.
We visited Iceland during the annual gay pride in August 2014 and were blown away. The country is tiny with around 300,000 residents but what’s amazing is that about one third of the national population attends the pride parade. If you decide to visit during pride (or any time for that matter) a great way to take advantage of your time in Reykjavik is to hook yourself up with one of Pink Iceland’s tour packages. Pink Iceland, a tour company catering to the LGBTQ community, works well with all the pride festivities allowing you to get the most out of pride in the city center while also making time to visit must-see destinations outside the city like the Blue Lagoon or the Golden Circle. It’s a great way to add more gay and more Iceland to your gay Icelandic pride week!
But to be fair, Reykjavik gay pride is just one week out of the entire year and Iceland is a destination worth visiting year around. Yes, Iceland may be just 25km south of the Arctic Circle, but that’s the appeal! Visit during late fall or early spring and you can get a chance to see the Northern Lights. Or catch a flight in the dead of winter and attend the annual Rainbow Reykjavik event – a must-attend winter pride festival hosted by Pink Iceland. Either way, you’ll have the trip of a lifetime and there’s no better group of guides to show you around than our buddies at Pink Iceland.
Special Offer! You can receive a 5% discount on tours with Pink Iceland when booking online. Click here to request your discount.
Out in Colombia Travel
Colombia is an emerging destination for LGBT travelers and Out in Colombia Travel is at the forefront of showing you everything this country has to offer plus offering valuable insights into its large and growing gay scene, which has become more visible in the past decade. From capital of Bogotá, the thriving nightlife of Medellin and the beach side city of Cartagena, Out in Colombia Travel knows all the ins and outs of visiting this amazing Latin American country, which has changed significantly for the better in the past two decades. Colombia has become a top tourist destination in South America and the country has become quite safe for international tourists to visit. In fact, the crime rate in Colombia is lower than many major cities of the US like Los Angeles or Chicago. Additionally, Colombia has been described as a megadiverse country in biodiversity with 314 distinct ecosystems. Plus, each region of the country comes with its own unique flavor of food, music and dance.
This post was originally featured on Two Bad Tourists.