Still have questions about the trips that Detours runs? Wanna hear first hand feedback from past trip members from our groups? We're very proud of our growing list of feedback from past group members. Check out the following testimonials (listed chronologically) from people who have been on a trip with us, and wanted to share what their experience meant to them.
Chris B. - USA
11 Days in Scandinavia - (September 2, 2023)
I just finished my first trip with Detours and I could not recommend it more highly.
I just finished my first trip with Detours and I could not recommend it more highly. They have a great selection of small-ish group tours (16 or so) and mine was a tour of various Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden). The trip was led by a tour leader - ours Brandon was fantastic - enthusiastic, knowledgable and helpful throughout the entire trip. There was a proposed schedule every day (and night) which was very comprehensive and thought out - Brandon was also helpful in providing other tailored suggestions if you had specific interests. I loved the activities, the daily itineraries and felt like I got a great view of Scandinavia over the course of the trip. Now with this introduction to Detours, I very much recommend them and look forward to taking several more of their trips!
John D - Australia
11 Days in Greece - (August 7, 2023)
...there is a reason why the reviews are all 5 stars, I had the most amazing trip to Greece... I can’t wait for my next adventure with them
As a solo traveller I was a little worried about going on a group trip. I saw all the other positive reviews and booked.
Well there is a reason why the reviews are all 5 stars, I had the most amazing trip to Greece. I felt so relaxed right from the start after meeting all the other guys and our tour guide Oliver.
The next 12 days was like having a holiday with all your friends and as a group we got to see and do so many fabulous things together. Oliver was our guide and how lucky were we to have him.
He just did everything for us from booking taxis, restaurants, tours and putting information into our group chat so we always new exactly what was happening. He would even put a link in there to find our way back to our hotel after a couple to many drinks which was needed a few times.
Detours is 5 star from the moment you make contact with them and continue even after your tour is finished.
I just recommend them so much if you are looking to have that trip of a lifetime that you will never forget. I can’t wait for my next adventure with them.
James K. - USA
10 Days in Israel & Jordan - (July 6, 2023)
Cannot recommend this enough.
I had always wanted to visit Israel and Jordan and had researched many tours. So glad we booked this one. Covered everywhere I wanted to go, with an amazing tour guide (thank you Brandon), a fun group of people and the added benefit of lining up with Pride in Tel Aviv. Great mix of ages and fitness levels but all committed to having a fun time. Cannot recommend this enough.
Brian K. - USA
8 Days in Italy - (June 27, 2023)
We look forward to a future trip with Detours as it was not only the best service ever but felt like it was with family the whole time.
We are so grateful that we found Detours online when looking for travel options. We recently took a tour through Italy and it felt like first class all the way but for a very reasonable price. Everyone from the initial communication with Maurice in the office who handled our bookings and questions to our interactions with our tour leaders Scott and Miles was top notch. They even helped arrange a last minute cooking class for us which was above and beyond. We look forward to a future trip with Detours as it was not only the best service ever but felt like it was with family the whole time.
Daniel W. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (June 2, 2023)
It's a low stress, great fun way to discover the world with like-minded people.
Wonderfully run tours for gay men. I took their 12 day tour of Spain which included Barcelona, Granada, Sevilla and Madrid.
I enjoyed their helpful yet flexible format so much I'm planning my next tour with them.
Unlike other group tours, you're not stuck on a bus and forced into their schedule. You can go with the group to popular locations or you can spend time on your own, or both! It's really the best of both worlds, having a reliable tour leader to take you to see the sites--as well as having all the free time you want to explore on your own.
There's a walking tour of each city, and a list of the most popular sites. You choose what you want to do, and the tour leader creates a schedule so your interests don't conflict.
You go to big attractions, like Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, as a group because they've arranged for tickets in advance (without which you can't get in).
Our group leader, Dan, was always helpful, organized, kind, cheerful, always calm, and funny. He made sure we got to see what we wanted to see, either as a group or individually.
The 14 gay guys on the trip were all good-natured and easy to get along with.
As well as having a great format, Detours is also an excellent value as travel gets more expensive. You stay at lovely, centrally located hotels, with a buffet breakfast included to keep you going all day. The group meets for dinner which you can attend or not, as always, it's your choice.
Transportation between cities on the tour are also included.
It's a low stress, great fun way to discover the world with like-minded people.
Rick W. - USA
11 Days in Greece - (June 2, 2023)
Choosing Detours Travel was the best decision I have very made seriously, without a doubt the best vacation I have ever had!!!!!
Choosing Detours Travel was the best decision I have very made seriously, without a doubt the best vacation I have ever had!!!!!
I have never traveled with a group of 16 Gay Men of various backgrounds, interests; to be very honest this was an "out of the box" moment for me which caused much anxiety going in.
From the moment I arrived in Athens a day early I reached out via What's App to see who was in town, hooked up with 3 guys in a few hours and the adventure began.
Our Leader Brandon who was in contact with us as soon as we began the adventure and continued to check on all the group several times either in person or on line, everyday this man is on top of everything!
He instantly wins everyone over with his amazing energetic, positive, humorous, welcoming, kind, warm, personality he knows his business inside and out nothing stumps him he always comes thru even after hours.
What a beyond excellent representative for Detours Travel
The trip every detail looked after amazing transfers, hotels, restaurants, scheduled and extra tours offered ( no hard sell just suggestions you may want to pursue or not )
Any of my friends knows I am a tough demanding customer with high standards.
I can honestly say all were met no complaints whatsoever ever I would go on another Detours adventure for sure maybe only travel this way from now on
Two more things I will share:
1/ I had a little incident with an ATV vehicle no injury to me whatsoever Brandon managed me and was the go between with vendor keeping me informed with calming grace and figuring all out.
2/ before reaching our last destination Brandon shared there was problem with my room but assured me it would be handled as it was; when we reached hotel the management was amazing laid out the options which I agreed to - Amazing Property & Service.
That is it...... having a tough time..... without Detours & Brandon getting thru may days without their guidance
Cheers to you all,
Eric V. - USA
10 Days in Europe - (May 22, 2023)
The Central Europe trip was my first with Detours and it won't be my last.
The Central Europe trip was my first with Detours and it won't be my last. The hotels were fantastic. Every restaurant suggested by our guide, Brandon, was great. Every excursion helped me learn about the countries and the people we visited. Brandon's knowledge, humor, and energy level were amazing. I am already booked on another trip this fall and Brandon will be our guide for that trip as well. I can't wait for the adventures to come!
Jim & Larry - USA
12 Days in New Zealand - (April 2, 2023)
Every adventure exceeded our expectations and we will definitely do it again.
Miles - our New Zealand trip was amazing! Every adventure exceeded our expectations and we will definitely do it again. The trip was made extra special by the life-long friends we made and especially by getting to know Casey, who proved to be a fantastic group leader and just an all-around terrific person. Would not hesitate to signup again if Casey was in charge! (I'm sure all your leaders are great). Thanks again for a good time down under!
Ludovic C. - France
12 Days in New Zealand - (March 31, 2023)
It was my second trip with Casey, and I really appreciate his way to manage groups. Always listening and caring for others.
New-Zealand trip has just ended. It was Such an incredible trip with great guys. We got on so well and, for sure, we will stay in touch. Great harmony in this 17 ("sivitin" with the new-zealand accent lol) people group.
The landscapes were breathtaking, the tours were gorgeous. My favorite was Milford Sound with the cruise and the flight back. Stunning. I felt myself so small and humble in front of these great mountains.
The Hobbiton set tour was really fun. The hikes were great moments to discover, feel Nature. And the geysers... !
As Frenchman, I loved Wine tour ! Waiheke Island is a paradise.
I appreciated the choice of whether or not to do the optional activities. on the one hand, it was an opportunity to be in a smaller committee and discuss better. on the other hand, it allowed to spend time to walk around or make other visits alone.
We were happy to meet in the evenings to tell about our days.
A great applause to Casey, our trip leader.
It was my second trip with Casey, and I really appreciate his way to manage groups. Always listening and caring for others.
Casey encourages others to surpass themselves. Always with kindness and support. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for spending time with every people and listen to them. Listen to us. Listen to our doubts and desires.
Casey, with your support and your encouragement, I found a strength in me I did not know I had.
Jeff G. - USA
10 Days in Israel & Jordan - (March 20, 2023)
If you are looking for small group travel, do yourself a favor and book with Detours Travel.
I just returned from an amazing 10 days in Israel and Jordan. It was my first trip with Detours Travel and it surely won’t be my last. From start to finish, the level of service was exceptional. Dan our Tour Leader made the trip fun and you can tell he loves what he does and his enthusiasm is contagious. If you are looking for small group travel, do yourself a favor and book with Detours Travel.
Graham G. - United Kingdom
10 Days in Israel & Jordan - (March 17, 2023)
I had wondered if it could be as good as last year's visit to Peru and I am pleased to say it was.
I have just returned from Israel & Jordan, my second Detours vacation. I had wondered if it could be as good as last year's visit to Peru and I am pleased to say it was. The two countries had been on my list for some time but I was not sure of the best way to visit them. With excellent trip leaders, really knowledgeable local guides and a fantastic group of fellow travelers taking the trip with Detours proved the perfect choice. From the historic Jerusalem, the spectacular Petra, to the "leisure" day on the 4x4s and camels at Wadi Rum the vacation ticked all the boxes. Highly recommended.
Tim N. - USA
11 Days in Costa Rica - (March 17, 2023)
The tour gave us mountains, jungle, beaches, cities, towns, and volcanoes. And good food. Thanks for a great experience!
Wonderful experience in Costa Rica. Our guide Brandon was super knowledgeable about all of the areas we visited. He set up excursions and restaurants and any other experiences we wanted. In one of the few delays, our ride to an excursion did not arrive at the appointed time we contacted Brandon who was off with another group and he immediately fixed the issue and got our ride there…all while white water rafting with the other group. I was impressed how well the trip unfolded- things all ran on time and were well managed. The tour gave us mountains, jungle, beaches, cities, towns, and volcanoes. And good food. Thanks for a great experience!
Saul V. - USA
10 Days in Israel & Jordan - (March 13, 2023)
I’ve done four different tours and each and everyone of them were amazing
Detours is the perfect company to travel with, I’ve done four different tours and each and everyone of them were amazing, the tour guide are very knowledgeable and helpful with anything that may arise during the trip, you can be busy exploring or relaxing if that’s your wish, very accommodating and just the Best , Dan and Kyle are great tour guides, I recommend this company to everyone.
Shane W. - USA
11 days in South Africa - (March 3, 2023)
South Africa is amazing and so is Detours.
I completed my first Detours trip to South Africa and I'm still in amazement of the experience. South Africa is amazing and so is Detours. Anytime we had a question, Miles or his team was quick to answer and assist in anyway they could. Our trip leader Darren was a complete joy who took the time getting to know each of us and helping us bond. This is the first time I've connected with my tour group and want to stay in touch with them. Several of us are planning future trips together. If you want an amazing experience and do something more than just seeing the sights, do a Detours tour. I'm so excited I took the chance and now part of the Detours family. Detours builds community on their trips so it feels like a bunch of friends decided to go on holiday together.
Michael G. - USA
8 Days in Belize - (March 2, 2023)
Loved all accommodations, activities, and places we visited, and very importantly the camaraderie developed with fellow travelers.
We just completed our third Detours trip, and each trip has gotten better and better, and the first one was fantastic! Miles, Brandon and Dan are all wonderful guys who were really into making sure everyone has a great time! (Haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the other Detours trip leaders yet.) Loved all accommodations, activities, and places we visited, and very importantly the camaraderie developed with fellow travelers. Looking forward to our next Detours trip!
Todd L. - USA
11 days in South Africa - (February 25, 2023)
I couldn't recommend Detours any higher (and I'm picky!)
I just traveled to South Africa and Victoria Falls with Detours, my 4th trip with this amazing company. Trip was led by Dan (amazing) and hit all the major spots. I love their philosophy, join group whenever you like but you're free to spend the day solo or have a meal on your own. I traveled with them to Israel, Jordan, Thailand and Peru and each trip was an A+. Their owner, Miles, is very honest and responds immediately with any questions you may have. I was nervous about going to South Africa (crime, malaria) and he spoke with me on the phone addressing all of these issues. It was such a beautiful country, wonderful people, and I am so grateful that Detours provides me the opportunity to explore countries I would never visit solo, in part because the logistics are challenging. Their prices are reasonable, including the cost of a single room! I couldn't recommend Detours any higher (and I'm picky!).
T.J. M. - USA
8 Days in Belize - (January 29, 2023)
They know what they’re doing and have never let me down or fallen short of providing an unforgettable experience
It’s hard to find almost any business that “gets you” these days. Travel has changed so much in the past few years so it’s a big investment of time, money and expectation when you book a trip. I’ve just completed my 5th tour with Detours and I can’t say enough great things about them. This is a business built from the ground up with a passion for fun, adventure, comfort and value foremost in mind. All the tour leaders with Detours are reflections of the qualities the owner envisions. They’re all about YOU! They know what they’re doing and have never let me down or fallen short of providing an unforgettable experience. If you haven’t yet, book a tour with them and be ready to be amazed at what they do.
Preston P. - Canada
8 Days in Belize - (January 28, 2023)
Overall, gay travelers interested in a group tour dynamic should definitely have Detours at the top of their list.
I have been on two trips with Detours - one in Peru, and one in Belize. Both were exceptional. I was a solo traveler on the first and went with friends on the second. In each case, I met lots of great people on the trips, and now have connections in many different places. As for the organization and leadership of the trips themselves, the Detours team is very friendly, knowledgeable, and clearly put lots of work into the design of the both trips. There were always things to do, and lots of down time too. Overall, gay travelers interested in a group tour dynamic should definitely have Detours at the top of their list.
Brian M. - USA
13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (January 19, 2023)
A Detours travel experience is like no other and I simply cannot recommend them more highly.
A Detours travel experience is like no other and I simply cannot recommend them more highly. If you enjoy well-planned, yet flexible itineraries, experienced trip leaders, knowledgeable local guides, high-quality accommodations, and small groups that breed new friendships, then you'll love Detours.
We've taken 2 trips with Detours. One to Egypt and one to Thailand & Cambodia. In both cases, our trip leader, Shane, was the ultimate host. We've loved every minute of these trips and will go on another as soon as we can. Detours was started ten years ago (we got to celebrate their birthday in Cambodia!) by guys who are passionate about travel and wanted to build a brand that could extend that passion to their guests. They've cracked that code and we are thrilled to have been referred to them by friends.
Detours balances hundreds of factors to build amazing travel experiences that are affordable yet lean into higher quality. This is no budget vacation package but it's also not a luxury package. And speaking of packages, while there is a framework of itinerary and pre-booked activities, there is also a lot of flexibility built-in. With small groups up to about 15 guests, this allows time to go off on your own or in small groups with newly-minted Detourse friends to explore your location. That's perfect for seasoned travelers as well as those who are just beginning to experience international travel.
Happy 10th Birthday, Detours! We are so thrilled to have found you and highly recommend that readers of this review visit your website and find their next trip of a lifetime!
Rob L. - USA
13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (January 18, 2023)
I don’t want to spoil the trip with a lot of details but I can safely say I would have never had the same experience if I booked the trip myself.
I just wrapped up my third trip with Detours, led by Shane. One-word review: MARVELOUS! What makes Detours different from other companies is the way they craft their tours; they don’t pick random hotels, guides, or locations which is evident once you arrive. Detours takes the time and effort to select only the best hotels, guides, and leaders so the trip is better called an adventure!
I just finished the Thailand and Cambodia adventure over New Years. I don’t want to spoil the trip with a lot of details but I can safely say I would have never had the same experience if I booked the trip myself. We watched fireworks from a boat on New Year’s Eve, traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world, saw exotic animals and visited some truly special temples coupled with connecting with a group of guys I now call friends.
While my review offers limited details on the adventure, the purpose is to relay it was well constructed, offered the option for individual variation, and was led by a remarkable leader who genuinely cared about each person’s experience.
Summary, Detours and Shane helped me ring in the New Year with an exciting adventure I will never forget! I highly recommend them for your next adventure.
Brian V. - USA
13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (January 17, 2023)
My first experience with Detours (definitely not my last) and it was first-rate.
My first experience with Detours (definitely not my last) and it was first-rate. I actually had to cut my trip short for medical reasons and to say that Shane, the tour leader, was accommodating and creative with my and other guests' needs would be a huge understatement. More broadly however, Detours really wowed me from end-to-end. The thorough information on their website made researching which "first" trip to choose easy. Pre-trip communication was timely, excellent and personalized (yay). Arrival and meetup was well coordinated. Activities were excellent and well-planned - and as a bonus, there were often choices/options as well as built-in flex time to pursue your own interests when desired (this sounds easy, but any tour leader will tell you it's actually analogous to cat-herding and hurray for Detours for offering the flexibility despite the headaches it can bring). As tour leader, Shane was always available for individual questions or needs for everyone in the group (I obviously needed his help with medical issues so I know). The trip had a WhatsApp chat and photo-sharing group that kept the guys connected even if we were doing separate activities and made re-connecting a breeze. Post-trip communication was also excellent. If you're looking for a gay-oriented tour group, don't give it a second thought - book a Detours trip and thank me later!
Kevin B. - USA
11 Days in Costa Rica - (January 10, 2023)
Great job guys and I look forward to my next trip with you!
I've done 3 trips with Detours and they have all been wonderful. The tour leaders - Brandon, Shane & Dan - were excellent, and did wonderful jobs managing the tours. The accommodations were good and conveniently situated. The a la carte format of most activities allows you the freedom to do as much or as little as you please making for a stress free, enjoyable vacation. Great job guys and I look forward to my next trip with you!
Tom C. - USA
None - (January 8, 2023)
I have been traveling with them since 2016 and have more tours booked for the future.
Have you ever taken a Tuk Tuk ride through the busy streets of Bangkok ? Experienced the thrill of a hot air balloon ride at dawn in in Egypt? How about sipping cocktails in an infinity pool at a gay hotel overlooking the ocean in sunny Costa Rica ( while your friends at home are shoveling snow )? Would you like to see elephants and rhinos up close in South Africa ? Those are just some of the many wonderful memories I have from my seven trips with Detours Travel.
Sure, I guess you could spend hours and hours planning your own trip and save a few bucks but then you will miss the experience of traveling with like minded gay travelers that will become new pals. Believe me, after a few cocktails you will chat and bond with your new amigos. Discovering more about them and perhaps gaining new insights about yourself.
But wait there's more !
Your group will be accompanied by an experienced guide from Detours to handle the details and smooth out the "bumps " in the road that ALWAYS happen when traveling ! ( Suddenly not feeling well in Lisbon ? They can find a doctor. Want a massage in Morocco ? They can arrange that. How about a night out at a gay bar in Barcelona or Sitges, Spain ? Check . Zip-lining in Costa Rica ? No problem . )
Detours Travel offers a true value for gay travelers that want new adventures and a hassle free way to experience world travel. I have been traveling with them since 2016 and have more tours booked for the future. Don't hesitate to book a tour ( many sell out for good reason ) , you will not regret it !
Adam P. - USA
10 Days in Israel & Jordan - (November 4, 2022)
This was my first ever land group tour and Wow. What an incredible experience we had
This was my first ever land group tour and Wow. What an incredible experience we had with Detours Travel to Israel and Jordan. Detours secured boutique hotels, comfortable transportation and a comprehensive, exciting itinerary. What I was hoping for was a guide that knew their own history of the countries we visited and the recommended local places to eat, drink, shop and relax. Our trip leader DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I've connected with some wonderful people on this trip and my dream would be to go with those people to another Detours destination! Great job everyone!
Miriam Y. - USA
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (November 1, 2022)
I’ve enjoyed 3 amazing tours with them and can’t seem to get enough.
I Love Detours!!! I’ve enjoyed 3 amazing tours with them and can’t seem to get enough. They honestly take the time to create a perfectly balanced itinerary. All their tour guides are amazing and super fun. The Israel/Jordan trip was mind blowing. Our host and guide Brandon went above and beyond to provide an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend this company to anyone who is interested in an adventurous get away.
Arnold P. - USA
10 Days in Israel & Jordan - (October 30, 2022)
This trip was basically one unforgettable excursion after another.
Just got back from our second Detours trip, an absolutely spectacular vacation in Israel and Jordan. Brandon, our tour leader, was an upbeat bundle of energy whose enthusiasm made the trip a totally fun, crazy adventure. Our hotels were fabulous and the food was amazing. My partner's birthday occurred during the trip, and Brandon arranged for a cake to be served during one of our lunches. It's hard to describe the thrill of celebrating a birthday with newfound friends in a bedouin tent in the middle of the Wadi Rum desert. This trip was basically one unforgettable excursion after another. In addition to the desert, we visited Masada, Petra, and Bethlehem, and got to float in the Dead Sea and take an early morning ride on a camel. We've already decided that we're going to do another Detours trip next year. These trips are the highlight of our year.
David D. - USA
11 Days in Portugal & Morocco - (October 30, 2022)
Both trips I've taken have been amazing.
I just got back from my second trip with Detours Travel. Both trips I've taken have been amazing. My first trip was to Croatia and afterwards I was sold on Detours. I booked a second trip that got cancelled because of Covid. The team at Detours was very accomodating and it was easy to apply my deposit to another trip. This most recent trip was to Portugal and Morocco. Brandon, our fearless leader, was a great guide to both countries. I can't recommend Brandon and Detours enough. Here's to future travels with Detours!
Ken W. - USA
10 Days in Israel & Jordan - (October 30, 2022)
Highly recommended. Thanks Brandon for your endless energy and patience.
We just completed a terrific trip to Israel and Jordan. Many complicated arrangements and connections all managed seamlessly by our trip leader Brandon. It was such a privilege to learn more about this region first hand. Highly recommended. Thanks Brandon for your endless energy and patience.
Ryan M. - USA
11 Days in Portugal & Morocco - (October 22, 2022)
Such a fun trip to Morocco and Portugal... Thank you Brandon and Detours.
Such a fun trip to Morocco and Portugal. Brandon is not only the trip leader but a friend that I’ll have for life. He knows the best spots, is the most personable and made the trip truly memorable. See you guys in Tel Aviv in June! Thank you Brandon and Detours.
Rod F. - USA
11 days in South Africa - (October 14, 2022)
This was my first experience using a tour company, and Miles and the Detours team exceeded all my expectations.
This was my first experience using a tour company, and Miles and the Detours team exceeded all my expectations. I am a seasoned traveler, but this time I wanted to enjoy South Africa, without the stress of planning and organizing all the details. I also didn't want a super structured itinerary where every minute of every day was planned. Detours fit the bill, all I had to worry about was getting myself there. There was so much to do, and we felt like we were able to do everything we wanted to do and even experience things we didn't think about.
From the time we got to the meeting point to the departure date, everything was taken care of, from reservations for lodging, activities and transfers to and from the various activities, and locations.
Miles was our tour leader and also the owner of the company. He had everything well organized and was always available to help with anything from leading a hike, to organizing optional actives, to just hanging out and keeping the group engaged.
We had an excellent group of guys, which made the trip even more special, we were able to socialize and share our experiences with others who were either with us or experiencing something different that day.
I highly recommend Detours, and I myself definitely plan on using them again. Thank you to Miles and the Detours team for giving me and my partner a great experience for our milestone birthday experience.
Gerald M. - USA
11 Days in Greece - (October 13, 2022)
This is truly a company which executes these tours with passion, heart and above all that genuine Canadian warmth. Thank you Detours!!!
During the pandemic, I made certain life changing decisions about wanting to live my authentic self and savoring the rest of my life experiences including travel. I did research on companies which offered travel tours for people who share similar lifestyles. I decided to go on my first trip to Portugal and Morocco with Detours and the rest is history. I have since been to Greece and Italy. I will soon go to Costa Rica, Belize and South Africa with Detours. I am very happy with this company for several reasons including cost, experiences and the personal touch provided on each and every trip. I have travelled to most of the world prior to Detours but the experience with the trip leaders are indeed enriching and each leader is so endearing. This is truly a company which executes these tours with passion, heart and above all that genuine Canadian warmth. Thank you Detours !!!
Ryan H. - USA
8 Days in Italy - (October 10, 2022)
Really enjoyed my experience with Detours.
Really enjoyed my experience with Detours. They were very prompt in their communication and with details, the trip leaders were accommodating, resourceful, and engaging, and the trip itself went so smoothly and felt like the perfect pace of activity and relaxation. Will definitely consider another trip with them!
Vik N. - USA
8 Days in Peru - (October 10, 2022)
If you're thinking about a trip with Detours, DO IT!
I can't recommend Detours highly enough. After going back on forth on whether I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and do something like this, I ended up doing an 8-day trip to Peru with Detours a few weeks ago. The trip was well-organized, and the local guides Detours chose were excellent. In addition to the standard stuff every tourist to Peru does, there's copious amounts of optional activities (including some gorgeous hikes) to choose from, and you get to princess at night in great hotels across the country. I was fortunate enough to meet some really nice people on the trip, who made the entire experience that much more memorable. If you're thinking about a trip with Detours, DO IT! Trust me, you'll have no regrets (except maybe not doing the 12-day trip to Peru....!!!).
Rick H. - USA
10 Days in Europe - (October 8, 2022)
So if you're thinking about gay travel with a small group, cast away your doubts -- Detours is the way to go!
Just completed my first trip with Detours -- 10 days in Central Europe... outstanding! Nicely designed itinerary, great hotels, great restaurants. Very professional organization.
Our group was 16 plus our trip leader Brandon (more about him below), a mixture of singles and couples. We quickly developed a nice comraderie, and looked out for one another. Whether you're single or coupled, you'll feel at home.
The daily schedule has some suggested outings, but you can always do whatever appeals to you. Our trip leader was ready to make recommendations, reservations, facilitate transportation, etc. whether for an individual or a small group. There was always a suggested restaurant for the group dinner (perfect for me), but after the first night some others branched out.
Excellent intergroup communication via the WhatsApp group chat. For example, trip leader Brandon would outline the next day's suggested plans in person, and then follow up in writing, with mapping. It was easy to ask questions, and stay plugged in to the rest of the group.
About Brandon, our impressive trip leader: outgoing, genuine, always a smile, checked in with all of us individually on a regular basis & listened, Quick to respond and make adjustments, e.g. a later start time for the following morning's tour, when a couple of us mentioned it. Perfect for the job.
So if you're thinking about gay travel with a small group, cast away your doubts -- Detours is the way to go!
Carl L. - USA
10 Days in Europe - (October 7, 2022)
The trip was a great value for the price. Bravo Detours.
This was an excellent trip from beginning to end. We saw a lot and the venues chosen from hotels to restaurants to sites were perfect. I especially loved the walking tours. The people were easy to get along with and fun. Brandon, the tour guy did a great job. I highly recommend Detours, especially if you just want to show up and not do a lot of pre-planning. The trip was a great value for the price. Bravo Detours.
Bryan M. - USA
8 Days in Italy - (October 6, 2022)
Detours is the epitome of professionalism... I can’t imagine using any one else to show me the world!!!
I’m on my final day of my very first adventure with Detours Travel and I wanted to share my amazing experience. Actually this was my first time ever leaving the US, and I didn’t know what to expect as I set out on our trip to Italy. But from the very first moment of this trip of a lifetime, everything was flawless. Our trip leaders, Shane and Dan were experts at not only guiding us through our day to day activities - but assisting each individual with their own needs. They made sure to spend time with all of us and get to know us as a group and one on one, and kept us updated daily, on activities or changes. Detours is the epitome of professionalism. Everything was so perfectly planned and timed out. From this first time traveler, I highly recommend using Detours for your next journey. We already have Belize planned for next February and I can’t imagine using any one else to show me the world!!! Thank you Detours for showing me Italy and for changing my life in so many ways!
Curtis H. - USA
11 Days in Greece - (October 3, 2022)
This trip blew the top off my expectations. It was simply awesome.
Where to begin. The trip of a lifetime. This trip blew the top off my expectations. It was simply awesome. Thank you Dan! You overdelivered at every chance you had. I will be forever grateful. My group was a perfect mix. Thank you all.
John D. - USA
11 Days in Greece - (September 29, 2022)
Best Vacation Ever. Amazing Tour Guide Dan who brought his expertise and relaxed options throughout the tour.
Just returned from a great experience with Detours Travel in Greece 9/14/22 - 9/24/22. Best Vacation Ever. Amazing Tour Guide Dan who brought his expertise and relaxed options throughout the tour. Excellent recommendations that you could chose to do or not do. Well organized and bonded well with our group. Highly recommended.
John F. - USA
8 Days in Italy - (September 24, 2022)
I would definitely travel with Detours again!
My first trip with Detours was Tuscany for their 10th anniversary. Shane and Kyle were amazing trip leaders, and I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to have this experience with. I would definitely travel with Detours again!
Ryan M. - USA
8 Days in Italy - (August 31, 2022)
I could not recommend Detours Travel highly enough!
I could not recommend Detours Travel highly enough! My husband and I just returned from an amazing trip to Rome and Tuscany with Detours. Every conceivable detail was thoughtfully arranged and cared for by the owner Miles and our trip leader Shane. The accommodations at our Tuscan castle brought fantasy to reality and far surpassed our expectations. We didn’t just see Italy…we lived and experienced it! That is the experience Detours offers. This team works tirelessly for their customers. This was my first trip and my husbands second but we will be coming back for more!
Tony V. - USA
8 Days in Italy - (August 21, 2022)
Definitely recommend an adventure with Detours!
Went on a week-long tour in Italy with Detours, and everything worked very well. From pre-arrival communications to hotel arrangements, tours, and even post-trip extensions, everything was explained in detail and the tour leaders were available to address whatever questions people had. Definitely recommend an adventure with Detours!
Mike O. - UK
8 Days in Italy - (August 15, 2022)
The Tuscany castle trip was my first with Detours and it was just fabulous!
The Tuscany castle trip was my first with Detours and it was just fabulous! The castle was magical and the views across the Tuscan hills enchanting. The flexible itinerary was just right with a good mix of city visits, wineries and free time. The group was great fun to spend time with and the whole trip had a friendly relaxed feel. I'll be back for more for sure - thanks to Miles and Brandon for their leadership.
Randy F. - USA
8 Days in Italy - (August 15, 2022)
Detours exceeded my expectations! How many companies even meet your expectations anymore?
One of the best vacations I've ever had. Detours exceeded my expectations! How many companies even meet your expectations anymore? I can't recommend them highly enough.
Derrick B. - USA
13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (August 5, 2022)
I can't endorse Detours enough, and am already planning my next tour with them :)
I have done two tours with Detours -- Greece in June 2018 and Thailand & Cambodia in July 2022 -- and I was extremely pleased with both. Owner Miles is especially helpful in answering any questions and assisting with any issues you may have. The tour leaders -- Dan and Kyle, respectively -- were extremely knowledgeable, engaging, personable and resourceful. The accommodations were very comfortable, and the activities -- both included and optional -- enabled me to not only get an appreciation of what the different cultures have to offer, but also an opportunity to simply relax and enjoy the experience of "being there". I can't endorse Detours enough, and am already planning my next tour with them :)
David W. - USA
10 Days in Israel & Jordan - (July 20, 2022)
...a great trip and wonderful time!! I look forward to another Detours excursion!
In June I traveled with Detours—and a great group of guys—in Israel and Jordan. The schedule was impressively organized, with just the right mix of group activities and freedom to be on our own. We were led by Brandon, whose infectious energy and winning personality put everyone at ease and made for some very fun times.
One feature of the Detours experience I came to appreciate was having both local guides—one each in Israel and Jordan—and a trip leader to accompany and coordinate throughout. Along the way, we met another gay tour group with an itinerary similar to ours but with only local guides (and no trip leader); one of the group said that communication had been a problem at times. We were fortunate to have not only a trip leader, but in Brandon a seasoned and professional guide to navigate smoothly through the two countries and many adventures, and all the while in constant communication through our WhatsApp group.
All in all, a great trip and wonderful time!! I look forward to another Detours excursion!
Jett W. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (July 18, 2022)
Highly recommend and would book again.
Thank you Detours for the all the planning and execution that went into a fantastic trip to Peru. Highly recommend and would book again.
Rob L. - USA
11 Days in Greece - (June 27, 2022)
I just returned from my second Detours trip and my one-word review has been upgraded from “wow” to “astounding”.
I just returned from my second Detours trip and my one-word review has been upgraded from “wow” to “astounding”. Our tour guide, Brandon, and the Detours crew crafted a remarkable journey across Greece. The venues selected demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the area coupled with a grasp of their audience. Simply put—they knew the best places to go to ensure we had a blast—and we DID!
This trip started off in Athens where we jumped right in and saw the city and the major highlights including the impressive Parthenon. Then off to Milos, Santorini and Mykonos; all by ferry which is an adventure alone. Milos offered amazing sights, food, and yeah—I jumped off a cliff there!! We rocked out on a sunset boat trip which words can’t describe. Then off to Santorini was as impressive as the pictures online; the water was mesmerizing, the food yummy, and the people friendly. Our lodging in Santorini was in the middle of everything one would want to be around. Then we zipped off to Mykonos—OMG, this is a magical place! So much to do, eat, drink and explore. Am I being vague—yes! This was a special part of the trip. I’ll mention one place, JackieO’ beach resort---YES!!!
If you think I’m skimming on the trip details--I am! The destinations were awesome, the food and drinks outstanding, but it was the PEOPLE that made the memories. 14 strangers became FAM magically—we still maintain a WhatsApp thread to keep up with each other.
I mentioned in a previous review that once you go Brandon, you never go random, which remains true. He has a way of creating an inclusive environment where everyone KNOWS they belong. Words can’t do this justice—you have to live it.
I subscribe to the idea that actions speak louder than words so allow me to share one last thing. I put down a deposit for a trip on another company last year that I decided to forfeit because I’ve enjoyed my travels with Detours so much I didn’t want to venture out. It may sound short-sighted until you’ve been on a Detours trip!
Joshua L. - USA
11 Days in Greece - (June 13, 2022)
Thank you Detours for making this an incredible experience and so easy for a first timer. It was beyond what I could have hoped for.
I was a bit nervous taking my first solo trip overseas. Would I connect with others? Would I feel comfortable? Am I going to be in some roach infested hut? lol. So many concerns but I decided to be brave.
I could not have asked for a better trip. Immediately connected with the team via WhatsApp, so I got to chat a little before arrival. Each of the places we stayed were very nice and right near the thick of things. Our tour leader Brandon, did an amazing job. He made the whole trip feel like we were a group of long lost friends, joking and laughing with us, going out on the nightlife with us and constantly keeping us up to date on what the plan was. There was never a time I felt confused or lost...well, we did lose each other sometimes (hard not to with these queens), but he was always quick to drop his location to us and find us quickly. How he herded us along, I will never know, but he was always right there and available. I even wandered off to shop on occasion and never felt micromanaged. "Go be free, don't get lost" lol. I have been on other tours with other companies, and the leader always checked out once they put us to task. Brandon didn't, and we had so many good memories and laughs because of what he brought to the table. We even got to meet two others from the company who flew in! One just came to meet us and say hi on his way somewhere else, the other came in early for his next group and joined us out at the clubs. Unforgettable times!
I will say Brandon led us down some sketchy alleys sometimes...only for us to come out at some of the best damn food and views I have ever had; places I never would have found on my own. There not only was a ton of options presented for those who wanted additional excursion such as traveling to the historic island of Delos, but even the ones preselected were completely worth it. I do not regret a single penny or minute spent, and I am already planning the next one in just a couple months.
Thank you Detours for making this an incredible experience and so easy for a first timer. It was beyond what I could have hoped for. I appreciate that you are all so fun and not like a big box company! You keep it personal and life changing.
Fred A. - USA
10 Days in Europe - (May 25, 2022)
It is hard to overstate how a Detours trip recharges me
I just cannot say enough good things about Detours Travel - This was the third Trip- Central Europe this time May '22 and I just enjoyed it so much. From the wicked funny tour guide in Budapest, to the amazing vistas of Prague - and the camaradery and Fun-loving natures of the group participants, it is hard to overstate how a Detours trip recharges me, removing workaday world and dropping the group into fun, education and even magical places. Detours Leader Dan is the best and masterfully handles all problems, with resilient energy and boundless good humor.
Joel A. - USA
10 Days in Europe - (May 23, 2022)
Looking forward to our next adventure with this organization. I think they do a five star job.
A terrific vacation! This is the second time my partner and I have been on a Detours adventure. They are professional in the handling of logistics of our trip, and sensitive to the varying needs and requests of our group. Our trip leader was there every step of the way, willing to assist if we needed that extra help, and/or give us the space we need to do our thing.
Looking forward to our next adventure with this organization. I think they do a five star job.
Larry S. - USA
10 Days in Europe - (May 18, 2022)
I couldn't be more happy with my first "solo" trip, as well as my first "tour".
Can't say enough great things about this tour group. I'm a new solo traveler and was apprehensive about going across the globe alone, but Detours made for an unbelievable experience in Eastern Europe. I was also wary of doing a "tour" as I generally like to explore the sites I like with leisure but again, Detours hit it out the park. Our tour leader, Brandon was simply amazing. He was very kind, patient, and knowledgeable... not to mention, fun! He always set up plans for the day, but all travelers were free to join or explore on their own. This was the nice part about this tour, you are never out of options and can always be with the group, but are never expected to be. For instance, I had already been to Berlin, so most of the days there I explored the city by myself as the rest of the group visited the sites I had already been to. But, the nice part was I was able to meet up with the group at any time, including the great dinners planned, so I never had to eat a meal by myself (which was the most unappealing part of vacationing solo for me).
Detours has a great protocol of setting up a walking tour on the first day of visiting a city, which was nice because you got a local guide to provide info and it also allowed you to determine which sites you wanted to visit during the rest of your stay. Plus, the guides we had were fantastic - personable, knowledgeable, and local. The tour leader then make plans to visit the top attractions and you are free to tag along or go somewhere else that's more to your preference. Regardless of what you choose, your leader was always in communication so it was easy to find the group throughout the day.
The accommodations we had were fantastic as well. They were more boutique hotels, but very nicely appointed and central to each city. I would say the included breakfast at each one was also great!
Finally, I couldn't complete this review without raving about our tour leader, Brandon. He was so nice and patient, always ensuring that each person was happy and taken care of, including when there were unforeseen mishaps. He chose great restaurants and destinations, but was also open to suggestions by others. He's very personable and fun to hang out with... he was right there with me at 3am dancing at the clubs, which was unexpected but awesome!
I couldn't be more happy with my first "solo" trip, as well as my first "tour". I'm glad I stumbled upon Detours and am already planning on my next adventure. HIGHLY recommend.
Lord S. - USA
10 Days in Europe - (May 18, 2022)
Already planning for my next tour! Thanks, Brandon!
Great tour company with personalized service. Tours are not super regimented but the guides always have activities that you are able to join upon your interest, which is perfect for those that like a tour but also the flexibility to do your own thing. Communication throughout the process was excellent and the guides were personable, fun, kind, patient, and knowledgeable. Plus there are the special touches, such as photos that are taken by the guide and shared in an album at the end of the tour.
Already planning for my next tour! Thanks, Brandon!
Frank B. - USA
10 Days in Egypt - (May 2, 2022)
Five stars is not enough: 10’s across the board!
The Egypt tour greatly exceeded our expectations! All transportation was arranged and on time. Accomodations were top notch. The tour guides were a dream team, making sure we had no worries, while providing a complete cultural experience. Five stars is not enough: 10’s across the board!
Giao T. - USA
10 Days in Egypt - (May 2, 2022)
I don’t usually write reviews but I like to give a shout-out to Detours as it is a well run travel group tour company and always have nicest travelers in the group.
I had an incredible tour of Egypt with Detours Travel in March 2022. Everything was taken care of from the time I landed in Cairo until I departed 10 days later. The trip leader, Dan, and our local guide, Hend, provided outstanding customer services that enhanced our trip experience. They are so knowledgeable about history and local customs that I don’t think I could have experienced if I took a trip by myself.
I don’t usually write reviews but I like to give a shout-out to Detours as it is a well run travel group tour company and always have nicest travelers in the group. This was my second tour with Detours after the Peru trip and planning to get a third one next year.
Ludovic C. - France
10 Days in Egypt - (May 2, 2022)
A big thank to Dan, our trip leader. Always smiling, accurate leader. Always all ears for anything.
A wonderful trip through time. The pyramids are breathtaking. The temples (Edfu, Louqsor and Karnak are my favorite) are stunning. So grateful for having the chance to do a Hot air balloon tour. Thank you Detours, it’s always a pleasure to meet people from all over America and be able to share moments and talks like I shared in the Egypt trip.
Thank you to Hend, our local trip leader. A diamond !
A big thank to Dan, our trip leader. Always smiling, accurate leader. Always all ears for anything. And… thanks Dan for the “flakiness talk” ahah !! See you soon !
Enrique S. - USA
10 Days in Europe - (April 30, 2022)
I loved this tour so much, I might just do it again in the future!
BEST GAY TOUR EVER!
The first thing I have to mention is the awesome leadership of our Tour Leader who inaugurated the Eastern Europe tour with us:
BRANDON FOLKES! He learned the tour on the fly from Dan who was unable to lead this tour. What BRANDON put together with Dan's help was a truly awesome experience in THREE amazing cities and three of the finest hotels I have ever been in! The walking tours were fascinating and entertaining, the restaurants he chose for us were nothing short of fabulous! There are so many activities to choose from - but Brandon was always there to help you decide which one to take advantage of.
I learned one thing, you do not have to go on every activity. You can chose your own pace and spend time wandering through each city and then return to the group for those amazing dinner spots! And after that, Brandon would allow everyone to chose which bars, night clubs to go, with the group or to explore by oneself. He would send us links to each place and let us decide. No pressure ever - ever! Except your own push to squeeze every second of fun out of each day.
Brandon's leadership and concern for every single traveler made this experience one that I will remember for a very long time.
I loved this tour so much, I might just do it again in the future! After all, these cities have so much more to offer than I ever dreamed of!~
Oh yeah, and I think I made some friends along the way!
So just DO IT and GO with DETOURS!
Duane P. - USA
10 Days in Europe - (April 29, 2022)
Could not have asked for a better trip.
Had a wonderful ten days in Budapest, Prague, and Berlin with Detours Travel. It was amazing from beginning to end. Great group of new friends and Brandon was an incredible group leader. He made sure everyone was able to do what they wanted and arranged everything we wanted to do. He arranged great tours and restaurants throughout. Could not have asked for a better trip. Will definitely travel with Detours again!!
Gary L. - USA
10 Days in Europe - (April 28, 2022)
Three trips down and more to go. I had a wonderful time on all of my tours.
Three trips down and more to go. I had a wonderful time on all of my tours. Every guide has been excellent. I love the fact that the groups are small so you get to know your fellow travelers. I have ended up making lifelong friends. If this is you are considering taking a group tour, I highly recommend Detours.
Joe F. - USA
10 Days in Egypt - (April 19, 2022)
The incredible trips, the always positive attitude of the staff and the attention to detail make Detours the only group I will travel with.
My husband and I just returned from our second Detours trip. Our first trip to Israel/Jordan was so amazing that I immediately booked a second trip to Greece. Enter Covid and our June 2020 Greece trip became October 2020. Covid still had other plans so that became a trip to Egypt in 2021; still Covid had plans pushing the trip to April 2022 and it finally happened! With every reschedule Miles was compassionate and accommodating, even as his own business was suffering devastating blows. It was worth the wait for sure. In true Detours style everything was taken care of for us, Kyle was our Detours trip leader and he was always responsive and a joy to be with. In Egypt we also had a single Egyptian guide that accompanied us throughout the trip and we were blessed to share our trip with Hend. Not only is Hend a wealth of Egyptian knowledge but she is just a great soul, I couldn't imagine the trip without her, she became one of the group. It is hard to put into words what it is like the first time you set your eyes on the great pyramid or the first mummy that you see and the temples will give you goosebumps. The optional hot air ballon excursion is truly a must do, in fact, it may be exhausting but when in Egypt do it all. As for sailing down the Nile, well, it is like a dream. Detours structured the trip to include the best that Egypt has to offer. Once again, my husband and I concluded our Detours vacation with memories to last a lifetime and several new friends that I can't wait to see again. Now we have a decision to make, which Detours trip will be next? They have so many great destinations and I want to do them all and I will only do them with Detours. The incredible trips, the always positive attitude of the staff and the attention to detail make Detours the only group I will travel with.
Mike S. - USA
13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (April 13, 2022)
ur Thailand and Cambodia experience was a ton of little things that made an immensely fun adventure! Can’t wait for our next Detours trip!
This was our first trip with Detours Travel — and a 30th anniversary trip to boot — so we had the hopes and expectations of a memorable travel experience. The Detours Team did not disappoint us! Thailand and Cambodia were laid before us in all their splendor with amazing sites to see, lots of laughs with our new travel companions and plenty of flexibility and downtime in the schedule. The flexibility was key as it allowed my husband and I to dive into extra activities and sights as others relaxed by the pool; it was the perfect balance. And all the while our amazing tour leader, Miles, was working in the background — solving cancelled flights, border closures and the ever-evolving COVID travel situation with unfathomable calm. When problems arose, he simply said, “Relax . . . I’ll work it all out” and he did, every time, with a smile on his face. Miles and his team are made for this — the perfect combination of consummate hosts, problem solvers and travel experts. And Miles managed to snag some beers and a bottle of local whiskey for a 30th anniversary toast for us as the sun set off Phra Nang Beach. It’s the little things that make a memorable trip — and our Thailand and Cambodia experience was a ton of little things that made an immensely fun adventure! Can’t wait for our next Detours trip!
Frank M. - USA
13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (April 10, 2022)
This was our first Detours Travel experience but we are already sizing up which one we'll do next.
The nine intrepid travelers who ventured to Thailand and Cambodia in March 2022 were in for a truly unforgettable experience: All the iconic sites were practically devoid of tourists, and the local guides were thrilled to see foreigners returning and eager to give us top-notch service. Yes, the price to be paid was some potentially stressful headaches like cancelled flights, closed borders, shifting requirements for COVID testing/quarantine/visas/etc. But our guide Miles made navigating all these obstacles look easy and stress-free. And the guys this trip attracted were all willing and eager to adapt to the changing itinerary. In the end we saw everything we came for and a lot more. This was our first Detours Travel experience but we are already sizing up which one we'll do next.
Billy H. - USA
13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (April 7, 2022)
I have traveled with the Detours to Greece, Spain, and Thailand/Cambodia. All three tours were well organized and a great value.
I have traveled with the Detours to Greece, Spain, and Thailand/Cambodia. All three tours were well organized and a great value. The tour guides were knowledgeable, accommodating, and all around good guys! Traveling during Covid is stressful to say the least. Miles helped all us navigate through paperwork, flight cancelations, trip revisions with a positive attitude and provided one on one consultations throughout the trip. His knowledge and dedication created the trip of a lifetime.
Robert R. - USA
10 Days in Egypt - (April 2, 2022)
We are looking forward to another trip with Detours in the future!
We just returned from our wonderful tour of Egypt and our first experience with Detours. Egypt needs no help being an amazing place but one does need help to experience it. We could not have been in better hands with Dan and Hend as our guides. All the details which can derail travel were smoothly taken care of and we were able to experience the most amazing places and learn so much incredible history and get a taste of modern Egypt as well. We are looking forward to another trip with Detours in the future!
Robert L. - USA
11 Days in Costa Rica - (March 7, 2022)
These nine perfect strangers became a family and bidding each other farewell wasn’t easy.
My one-word review-- WOW! This was my first group trip; Detours nor Costa Rica disappointed! Costa Rica was stunning, our trip leader, Brandon, was awesome, and the experiences offered memorable.
The trip started in San Jose where we had drinks, a yummy dinner, and a night on the town. This is when we all met, nine perfect strangers that became besties. The first stop was the Villa where I promptly felt like I was on an episode of The Bachelor (minus the roses). Stunning is the only word that describes this part of the tour with justice. The Villa was beautiful, the views breath taking, and the company awesome. The chefs made food that can only be described as an experience! The hosts and team at the Villa made us feel like family. Did we salsa dance with one of the chefs—maybe!
Then off to Manuel Antonio! The resort we stayed at sported striking views of just about everything, there were adorable monkeys, and a great social scene. We went to trendy restaurants, checked out the national park (more monkeys!), and got quality beach time in. Some activities: rented a catamaran, ziplining, and spa time!
We then headed to La Fortuna where we enjoyed remarkable views of a volcano, hung out in a natural hot springs pool, and enjoyed the town. Some of us explored the volcano on ATVs, others went tubing and some checked out the sloths. There was so much to do.
While all these places were a blast, the time on the transports was equally fun. You’ll have to ask Brandon about the werewolf game!
The only somber part of the trip was the farewell dinner; there wasn’t a dry eye. These nine perfect strangers became a family and bidding each other farewell wasn’t easy. We still chat on messenger so perhaps it was more of a “see you soon’ then a farewell.
In closing, this tour offered something for everyone. What made this trip so unique was our trip leader, Brandon. He went to great lengths to ensure each person had the experience they wanted. If you wanted to check out something, he made it happen. We came up with this phrase that says it all: Once you go Brandon, you never go random. I’ll certainly be booking another tour with Brandon!
Carlos S. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (March 3, 2022)
There is just so much I could say about Detours. I will leave it at this: go on a trip with them! You will be in great hands!
I have just returned from my fourth trip with Detours and have a fifth planned. My journey with them started 8 years ago and will continue for many years to come if the company stays true to its mission, and continues to provide the excellent costumer service, amazing destinations, and value for your money that they are known for. Detours has an owner and a group of tour leaders that really care about their clients. I have formed friendships and a fondness for many of them. Friendships that has arisen because they do not see their clients as bags of cash, but as people with whom they can share amazing experiences and their love for travel and adventure. They do this while maintaining professionalism and personally tailored customer service from every step of a trip.
That was the formal part of my review! Here’s the skinny on some of the great moments I have lived through with Detours:
Thailand: Release of floating lanterns into the night sky. Private yacht charter for a day (I jumped off the boat with a live vest and face planted onto the water… not gonna do that part again 😅). Days meeting tigers, elephants, and monkeys! And not to be forgotten: Thai massages! This is a trip that I would do again in a heartbeat! Especially because the itinerary has changed and there are wonderful new experiences packed into it.
South Africa: Day in animal sanctuary where I got to pet a cheetah, have a vulture (that was half my size!) stand in my outstretched arm, and come the closest I’ve ever been to a lion and leopard. Day at the amazing botanical garden in Cape Town. Tipsy wine tasting tour through some of South Africa’s vineyards.
Peru: The greatest trip of my life because it brought me together with my fiancé! This trip was also a culinary experience! Peru has amazing food for amazing prices. Every dish was presented as if I was sitting in a upscale restaurant back at home. I tried ceviche for the first time and I liked it! I discovered Pisco and Pisco sours. I joined a Peruvian cooking class and hope to recreate those recipes at a future dinner party. It was also amazing to learn about the ancient civilizations of South America and have the privilege to touch the walls and walk over the streets of Cusco which were built by the Incas so many centuries ago.
Costa Rica: Horseback riding (and galloping!) and taking in the amazing vistas of Arenal volcano. Whitewater rafting on the Balsa river. Jumping under the waves of Espadilla beach with my hat, long sleeve top and long bottom rash guards leaving my fellow groups members amused at the extremes I go to in order to stay safe from the sun!
In all of these trips I have met great people that will have a special place in my heart even if I do not cross paths with them again. I will take this opportunity to give my personal “BEST TRIP LEADER AWARD 4EVAH” to Brandon! If you are lucky to have him as a trip leader and like to play games then you are in luck!
There is just so much I could say about Detours. I will leave it at this: go on a trip with them! You will be in great hands!
Ryan P. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (February 15, 2022)
We made some great friends and even better memories.
My husband and I just finished the Costa Rica trip for our honeymoon. We had never been to Costa Rica and wanted to be able to see as much as possible. I had previously taken their Thailand trip, so I thought this would be a great way to accomplish this. The idea of sharing your honeymoon with 10 other gay men may not seem so romantic. However, I was aware that we were able to spend as much time with the group, or alone, as we wanted. Not surprisingly, we thoroughly enjoyed the other travelers and spent the majority of the time as a group. The activities were all amazing. I highly recommend the white water rafting/tubing, zip-lining and sloth tour.
The major draw to detours is how effortless it is for travelers. As soon as we got off the plane, the only decision we had to make was what activities to do the following day. Brandon, group leader, had everything perfectly planned and organized. He even treated us to a bottle of champagne upon arrival! He set us up with a spa day, recommended great restaurants, and organized for our laundry to be done. My husband wanted to plan a surprise Birthday date night for me, and Brandon helped him purchase flowers, pick a perfect restaurant, and found a chocolate cafe for dessert. We then went to the natural hot springs for drinks and to relax.
It definitely was not a typical honeymoon, but we had just done a vacation by ourselves and wanted to do something new, without having to do any of the leg work! We made some great friends and even better memories. Brandon was a gem and would love to go on another tour with him! Many good laughs, activities and lots of drinks!!
Andy F. - USA
11 Days in Costa Rica - (February 6, 2022)
This was my first Detours experience, and I still can’t believe how life-changing it was.
This was my first Detours experience, and I still can’t believe how life-changing it was. I gifted myself the trip for a milestone birthday, and I thought it would be interesting to say the least. I did not expect to come home with such a dramatic shift in perspective on so many aspects of my life, as well as some amazing new friends!
I was thoroughly impressed by the amount of preparation the Detours team puts into their trips. Brandon, our trip leader, was phenomenal. He tirelessly kept our group engaged and made sure we each got the most of our time in Costa Rica. He handled every detail, from the mundane to minor medical emergencies, with complete professionalism. He also knows how to have fun!
I cannot overstate how much I appreciate work the Detours team takes in curating the details of their trips. The accommodations were wonderful, with breathtaking views along the way. There are more activities offered than you will be able to complete in one trip. I took advantage of every activity and opportunity presented, and I don’t regret a thing! A couple minor scrapes and bruises are sweet reminders of having been on an adventure. If you have mobility concerns you can always opt out, but I hope you can enjoy as much as possible.
I absolutely hope to join Detours for another trip someday. If you are thinking of going on a trip with Detours, bring an open heart and mind, and a sense of wonder – Detours will take care of the rest!
Jake G. - USA
8 Days in Peru - (December 6, 2021)
Spectacular all around!
I could not have asked for a better adventure to Peru. Miles and Kyle were great trip leaders. They are organized, knowledgeable and relaxed. It was easy to get to know them and they made everyone feel welcome. I am not an experienced international traveler and they made the whole process really easy.The price for the trip was also very competitive compared to other tour operators who offer similar trips. The accommodations were top-notch - especially in Machu Pichu Pueblo. Going up to the top of Machu Pichu was definitely the highlight of the trip. Peru still has pandemic restrictions in place when we went so the number of people there was limited. We had the place to ourselves at times. Spectacular all around! I would encourage anyone who is looking for a gay tour operator to consider Detours.
Omar R. - USA
10 Days in Egypt - (November 10, 2021)
I recommend Detours Egypt’s trip to anyone who was ever curious but apprehensive about their safety in Egypt but wanted to experience the wonders of the world.
Detours makes it feel like you’re traveling with friends. Always attentive, professional and open to suggestions about travel ideas during the tour. It is truly the perfect mix between spontaneity and planned travel which is rare to find with a gay travel company. Dan was amazing as our tour leader and Hend their local Egyptian guide is simply the best tour guide I’ve ever traveled with hands down. Hend (Egypt guide) was profesional, organized and assertive when needed in a very male, corrupt government and travel ministry. I recommend Detours Egypt’s trip to anyone who was ever curious but apprehensive about their safety in Egypt but wanted to experience the wonders of the world.
Arnie P. - USD
12 Days in Peru - (October 26, 2021)
This was our first Detours trip, but it definitely won't be our last. We had an amazing time.
My partner and I recently got back from the 12 Days in Peru trip. This was our first Detours trip, but it definitely won't be our last. We had an amazing time. I expected an interesting trip based on the itinerary, but I had no idea that the food would be this good. The restaurants were amazing! I also didn't expect the accommodations to be this fabulous. All of our hotels were really spectacular. The group activities (riding all-terrain vehicles, dune buggy ride and sand boarding, boat ride in Paracas) were a blast, and the trip provides plenty of free time to pursue individual interests. Everyone on the trip was super nice. No drama at all. I made some nice friends, some of whom I'll definitely keep in touch with. I can't wait for the next trip.
John E. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (October 21, 2021)
This was my second trip with Detours. Both were fantastic and I definitely plan to travel with them again!!
Recently traveled with Detours to Peru. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Detours and our trip leader Miles! The trip was well organized and executed. It was clear that Miles greatly cared about our experiences and travel needs. I also enjoyed the group we traveled with, and am sure that there will be lasting friendships made on the trip. This was my second trip with Detours. Both were fantastic and I definitely plan to travel with them again!!
Paul H. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (October 21, 2021)
I was so pleased with my Detours Peru trip that I booked my next trip with them before the first one ended.
I was so pleased with my Detours Peru trip that I booked my next trip with them before the first one ended. They do an outstanding job of curating interesting adventures that take you outside of the standard tourist destinations and activities.
First-rate accommodations, and they offer a great variety of organized group time plus flex time to meet individual needs and interests. The small group size also makes it easy to get to know others. I have 14 new friends as a result of this trip.
They also find great local guides and restaurants. A tremendous value for the price.
Tom D. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (October 21, 2021)
Overall, an incredible and moving experience with fellow gay travelers that I'll happily do again
This was my first trip with Detours, and it went off without a hitch. We traveled quite a bit in country, and each destination was reached with a minimum of effort and no problems. The logistics of this trip were demanding, and Miles and Kyle (the group leaders) handled it perfectly. The destinations along the way were varied and allowed for visits to an exciting city of almost 10 million (Lima), to a city built into the mountains of more than 500,000 people (Cusco), to the awe-inspiring Macchu Picchu and the great desert terrain of Paracas. All along the way, Miles navigated the needs of 14 people, while keeping us entertained, informed, and very well-fed. Overall, an incredible and moving experience with fellow gay travelers that I'll happily do again next summer in Tuscany! Thanks Miles and Detours for giving me an experience I won't soon forget
Derrick N. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (October 20, 2021)
I've now experienced trips with Dan, Kyle and Miles and all of them have been fun, adventurous, kind and make everyone feel welcome!
I just returned from my 2nd trip with Detours and had an amazing adventure all throughout Peru in Oct. 2021. My first trip was South Africa in Jan. 2020. Both trips have been amazing - I love the open format of many things being included in the trip and a lot of optional "add-ons" to experience or just take the day and chill! I have done as many add-ons as possible and have never been let down! I've now experienced trips with Dan, Kyle and Miles and all of them have been fun, adventurous, kind and make everyone feel welcome! Now I have about 30 friends around the world and memories for a lifetime; thanks to traveling with Detours!
Jim S. - USA
11 Days in Portugal & Morocco - (October 18, 2021)
My second trip with Detours and like the last one, an truly memorable experience
Just returned from Portugal and Morocco and had an amazing time . Hotels were great especially in Morocco and several “ special “ finds for local restaurants so food fantastic too. Tour leaders Shane and Brandon made the whole trip fun and exciting and activities well planned and varied. My second trip with Detours and like the last one, an truly memorable experience and also chance to meet a fun group to travel with. Thanks to Detours and looking forward to my next trip !
Bob S. - USA
11 Days in Croatia - (October 16, 2021)
I can't wait for my next trip with Detours!!
I just completed my second vacation with Detours and it was amazing. Trip leaders Miles and Shane were awesome. I love the small group concept, as well as the freedom they provide to join in the activities that you want to, and not pay for activities you dont want to participate in. The trip leaders are so friendly and organized and coordinate everything. The small group size allows you to get to know people better, and easier to get reservations, travel, and change plans quickly to adapt to situations like weather. I can't wait for my next trip with Detours!!
David W. - USA
11 Days in Croatia - (October 8, 2021)
There is never an end to the adventure outings that happen daily.
Just completed the September/October 2021 tour to Croatia. It was a great time as always with a great group of guys. You get to experience so much more with a tour group than you would on your own. There is never an end to the adventure outings that happen daily. Miles and Shane are excellent tour guides and I cannot wait till my next tour, which may be Italy??? :)
Bill T. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (September 27, 2021)
The trip was amazing and Detours made it very easy. Shane was our trip leader and he left no stone unturned.
We just completed a trip to Greece in September 2021. The trip was amazing and Detours made it very easy. Shane was our trip leader and he left no stone unturned. He was always five steps ahead of the gang. Some people in our group like more of the history stuff and others like the beach. He had multiple itinerary options throughout the day to please all involved. We felt very comfortable traveling to Greece during Covid. Everyone in our group was vaccinated and the authorities checked VAX cards on all the different islands and Athens. Thanks for such a great trip. We are looking forward to the next adventure with Detours.
Charles G. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (September 21, 2021)
This was truly one of the best travel experiences I’ve had. I’m looking forward to my next adventure
What an amazing adventure in Spain! This was my first group travel experience, and I’m so glad that I chose to do it with Detours. I appreciated the great communication before the trip and the thoughtful approach to each place we visited. I was a bit apprehensive about their flexible travel concept, but after experiencing it I’m hooked!
Our trip leader turned an interesting looking itinerary into something that was beyond expectations. He was full of suggestions on activities that we could do as a group or individually, and the meals that we shared together were fantastic. I was able to experience Spain with the company of new friends, and with a great group leader that made it feel like we were traveling with a local.
This was truly one of the best travel experiences I’ve had. I’m looking forward to my next adventure with the Detours team!
Tony G. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (August 31, 2021)
It will forever be etched in my mind as one the funnest, most memorable experiences I’ve ever had.
My husband and I signed up for a Detours trip a couple years back but because of COVID the trip was understandably postponed and pushed back. We appreciated how easy the communication was regarding our payment and how we could easily apply it towards a future trip, as we did.
This was our first Detours trip and first group travel experience. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I can say now without a doubt I HIGHLY recommend Detours group travel. It will forever be etched in my mind as one the funnest, most memorable experiences I’ve ever had. I also want to give credit to our amazing, knowledgeable, witty, and SUPER fun guide Casey Miller! He made the trip for me, for us! Traveling can be stressful and nerve wrenching, but with Casey it was like traveling with a friend. He was always helpful, and so easy to get a long with. I enjoyed his company tremendously and I felt like we quickly became friends. I enjoyed his easy, laid back style yet he was organized and had everything arranged to make the trip easy for traveling from city to city. All the side excursions were also organized and he gave the group wonderful recommendations for daily activities and places to see and visit. As a group, he brought us together! We laughed, ate well, and saw amazing sights that I will cherish for years to come!
Thank you Detours for going above and beyond my travel expectations! I hope to join in on another adventure again some day!
Kelly D. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (July 20, 2021)
A great testament to how much I've enjoyed traveling with them is that I have 3 more trips scheduled.
I researched gay travel groups and Detours just grabbed my attention. I went to Greece with Miles in 2019 and had a wonderful experience and as I have told everyone it gave me a passion for traveling. I just completed my second trip with Detours with Shane leading the group and again had a wonderful time. The hotels are exceptional and the places we ate at were wonderful! Detours was on top of every detail including the vans picking us up on time to every detail thought of. Everything went smoothly. I enjoyed immensely meeting people from all over the country to the world and have enduring friendships! Miles and Shane couldn't have been nicer. Their friendly and always happy attitudes were contagious! A great testament to how much I've enjoyed traveling with them is that I have 3 more trips scheduled. I highly recommend Detours!! Sincerely, Kelly Duvall, Woodward Oklahoma
Brady B. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (November 8, 2020)
Thank you for being the best thing that happened to us in 2020
On March 20, 2020 we embarked on a vacation to Costa Rica with Detours Gay Adventure Travel! This trip became a life changing event for all of us. At the very start of the pandemic, we arrived and met 7 wonderful people. This was literally right before knew how crazy Covid-19 would get. From there we all faced daily anxiety related to the Covid-19 virus. And we all made decision to make the best of it as safely as possible. As many of you will recall things were changing in the World minute by minute. Thankfully we booked with Detours and they helped us find solace in the vast Costa Rican jungles, in the breathtaking nature, in the gorgeous beaches, in the waterfalls, the raging rivers, at the coffee plantation, throughout the city, with the people, in the delicious food, peering out at the massive Volcano in La Fortuna , sitting in the hot springs, listening to music, hiking the waterfalls at the Villa, sharing each other’s stories and basically creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Owner Miles and tour guide Brandon took care of us beyond expectation. Try to imagine owner Miles watching one tour after another shut down across the World. He kept calm and continued to be a delightful host the entire trip... Miles and Brandon never missed a beat for our 13 day adventure!!! With each change, Miles and Brandon kept us informed and ensured that our trip carried on, so long as it was still safe to do so. Thank you for being the best thing that happened to us in 2020, aside from Trump losing the Presidency. ❤️🏳️🌈
Andy H. - USA
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (May 21, 2020)
I have taken 8 trips with Detours and will take more. They provide excellent service before, during and after any booking.
I have taken 8 trips with Detours and will take more. They provide excellent service before, during and after any booking. The individual trip leaders are all very professional as well as personable. They treat you like royalty in all situations. The accommodations are always first rate and the destinations are epic. Being a small group tour gives each traveler a sense of personal attention not found in the other types of tours. Well done Detours!
Joe F. - USA
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (May 21, 2020)
They can't control the pandemic or the consequences of it but they can control how they react to it and they have reacted in the best way possible.
I took my first trip with Detours in November 2018 to Israel and Jordan. It was one of the best trips of my life, aside from a great destination, the guys I met were great and in a few instances I have maintained ongoing friendships. So it was a no brainer when I learned one of my friends from that trip booked Greece for this June. Unfortunately the universe had other plans and the worldwide Covid pandemic forced Detours to cancel our trip. During this time of total uncertainty on every level, general communication to the public has not been great. Miles and Detours are the exception, even as I know they are dealing with business related issues far beyond the impact to their customers, Miles somehow manages to find time to put out weekly detailed updates. His updates are factual and sympathetic to his clients when we are only losing a vacation (for now). This is amazing considering he is fighting to maintain his livelihood. He also finds time to answer individual emails in very detailed responses when I’m sure at times he wants to toss his laptop against the wall and walk away! It’s a true measure of who Miles and the entire Detours group are and why anyone should feel confident working with them. While the current pandemic has forced that trip to be cancelled, I did not hesitate to rebook a new trip next April to Egypt with Detours. They can't control the pandemic or the consequences of it but they can control how they react to it and they have reacted in the best way possible. I can't wait to join them in April for Egypt and eventually I will get to Greece, with Detours of course!
Billy H. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (May 20, 2020)
The tour guides were knowledgeable, accommodating, and all around good guys!
I have traveled with the Detours to Greece and Spain. Both tours were well organized and a great value. The tour guides were knowledgeable, accommodating, and all around good guys! My trip to Croatia this year has been canceled but I will definitely travel with Detours again. Great job Guys..
Jefferson R. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (May 20, 2020)
Each excursion was planned with fantastic attention to detail and the group I was with was very mixed and a wonderful group of guys.
I planned my vacation to Greece at the last minute while in an impossible work situation. Miles took care of me getting my plans booked and our travel guide, Dan, was unbelievably knowledgeable and kind. Each excursion was planned with fantastic attention to detail and the group I was with was very mixed and a wonderful group of guys. You visit both the popular tourist attractions and a lot of off the beaten path venues and adventures. Detours had it all.
John M. - USA
13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (May 20, 2020)
If you’re laid back, adventurous, open minded and personable, then Detours are for you. Looking forward to planning trip #3!
I have traveled twice with Detours, Costa Rica and Thailand. The tour leaders were exceptional on both trips with personalities so perfect for their occupation! Detours strike a good balance between an organized itinerary with flexibility and freedom to explore on your own. If you’re laid back, adventurous, open minded and personable, then Detours are for you. Looking forward to planning trip #3!
Joseph G. - USA
12 Days in New Zealand - (May 20, 2020)
I'm looking forward to traveling with them again in the near future.
I've been on several Detours Trips - Greece, Spain, Central Europe and New Zealand. We've been on cruises and several group trips over the years. The Detours concept is really my favorite - I think it offers a great value and experience. Tour leaders are excellent, and I enjoy that the itineraries aren't super-structured. I think the vacations are equally comfortable for couples and singles. Size of the groups is kept relatively small, which is more manageable than a huge tour that would require a bus. I'm looking forward to traveling with them again in the near future.
Larry J. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (May 20, 2020)
I recommend Detours Travel without reservation.
We recently traveled with Detours to Greece. From the moment we began our initial inquiry to the time we returned home from our trip, Detours guided us each step of the way. We especially love that Detours planned everything, but developed the itinerary so that we didn’t feel pressured for time and allowed us to break away and do our own thing if we wanted to. And the trip is an incredible value! We also love the small groups size. Our trip guide, Miles, truly went out of his way to make sure that any needs were met, and was always available to answer questions and provide advice. When storms in the U.S. prevented us from returning from Greece for two days, Miles was right there to make sure we had accommodations during our delay. We loved our trip so much that we booked another trip to Egypt this summer. The recent pandemic derailed our trip, but they allowed us to rebook another trip, so we’ll be traveling with Detours to Portugal and Morocco soon! I recommend Detours Travel without reservation.
Tom R. - USA
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (May 20, 2020)
I've been on two trips with Detours, and both have been outstanding
I've been on two trips with Detours, and both have been outstanding (Israel/Jordan in particular)! I often travel solo, planning my own way, so was initially hesitant about group travel. But Detours was perfect -- small groups, with plenty of free time built in to do your own thing. I've met great guys on both trips, who I keep in touch with. Group leaders have also been wonderful -- friendly, knowledgable, helpful with problem solving, and enthusiastic. I'm looking forward to my next adventure with Detours, this time to Egypt.
Thomas H. - UK
12 Days in Costa Rica - (May 19, 2020)
Lots of fun in a group of guys who you meet at the start, with whom you become close knit by the end.
I have been on two trips with Detours to Greece and Costa Rica. Both trips have been superb. Lots of fun in a group of guys who you meet at the start, with whom you become close knit by the end. Plenty of absolutely great activities and exploring to do. Thoroughly recommended for Gay and Bi travellers!
Spencer S. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (March 31, 2020)
I am VERY impressed and would DEFINATELY use Detours again and again and again!
I am VERY impressed and would DEFINATELY use Detours again and again and again! Can't wait for another adventure. Thanks Miles and Brandon... Coo-coo!
David J. - USA
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (March 16, 2020)
What separates a great tour operator from a good one is how they react during a problem. Detours handled it all.
This was my first tour with Detours and first group tour in more than 20 years. The experience was excellent. Everything was incredibly well organized. Brandon in the office responded quickly to all of my questions and concerns. Dan, our group leader, was the best. He was friendly and outgoing, but more importantly, well organized. We were traveling during the Covid 19 outbreak. The borders to Israel closed while we were in Jordan. Dan got this information from his local sources before it was announced. Because of this, we were able to rebook our return flights out of Jordan without too much problem. Detours booked a hotel for us in Amman for the last night. Detours - Dan handled it all calmly and without any drama. The guests did not have to do a thing. We completed our tour as planned. What separates a great tour operator from a good one is how they react during a problem. Detours handled it all.
The hotels, other than one, were all good to excellent. The hotel at the Dead Sea was fine, but a throwback to 1980. Hotels in Petra & Wadi Rum were particularly good. The local guides were all excellent. The private vans were comfortable.
The suggested additional budget of $750 - $1200 is too low. I don't think I splurged, but spent $2,200. I did not buy any expensive gifts-souvenirs, I maybe spent $200, max. I did go to more expensive dinners a few times - $200. The 3 extra day tours cost $400. Tipping for guides, drivers & leader was $300 for the 10 days. Transfer from airport to hotel $100. Other lunches, dinners & drinks all add up.
If I travel solo again, I would look into what trips Detours is offering.
Bruce M. - USA
12 Days in South Africa - (March 2, 2020)
If Yelp allowed for 10 stars, I would give it to them.
I just came back from South Africa, my second trip with Detours and it was beyond my expectations. Working with Detours is a pleasure. So easy and responsive.....all the details come together flawlessly. Miles Mitchinson and his remarkable team of travel professionals are to be congratulated on their superb customer service and creative tour planning. Our Travel Escort in South Africa was Dan Clarke who was beyond extraordinary! If Yelp allowed for 10 stars, I would give it to them. I look forward to my next Detours experience!
Kevin B. - USA
12 Days in South Africa - (February 12, 2020)
Great job guys and I look forward to my next trip with you!
I've done 2 trips with Detours and they have both been wonderful. The tour leaders - Shane & Dan - were excellent, the accommodations were good and conveniently situated. The a la carte format of most activities allows you the freedom to do as much or as little as you please making for a stress free, enjoyable vacation. Great job guys and I look forward to my next trip with you!
Neale C. - Australia
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (January 22, 2020)
All in all the trip was great value for money and I am already planning my next trip.
I am just back from the Thailand and Cambodia trip and had a great time. There were 15 guys on the trip which for me is just the right number. We all got along very well. The trip is well structured with 3 or 4 nights at each location. There were some included and some optional activities at each location. Internal flights and transfers were smooth and effortless. The local guides were a good mix of fun and information. All in all the trip was great value for money and I am already planning my next trip.
Fadi E. - Canada
12 Days in Costa Rica - (January 8, 2020)
This trip exceeded my very high expectations.
I just completed my first ever trip with Detours in Costa Rica during Xmas & New Year 2020. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect, I was kind of uneasy at the beginning . It was my first ever group travel and I’m a world traveller . The group were amazing full of respect, easy to be with and full of laughter. This trip exceeded my very high expectations. It was a wonderfully organized trip with beautiful scenery, great hikes, activities , and amazing company. Miles runs a highly professional organization. His attention to detail, his consideration for his team is superb and always prepared for a back up plan in case if something happen. aka weather or what ever the circumstances . Thanks Miles for a memorable trip , I definitely will travel again with you.
Peter F. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (January 7, 2020)
Without question, the Costa Rica tour was one of the most fun trips I’ve had with any gay tour group….and I've been on a lot!
Without question, the Costa Rica tour was one of the most fun trips I’ve had with any gay tour group….and I've been on a lot! The entire Detours team was awesome, but our trip leader Dan, was particularly outstanding. He was knowledgeable and helpful with all details in every possible way. And he made the trip super-fun! I can’t wait to go on another Detours trip. If you go on the Costa Rica tour, be sure to do the rafting adventure. It was the highlight of the trip. There was a diverse group of guys from all over the Americas on my trip and I think I can safely say we all had a blast!
Trish G. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (January 7, 2020)
I had the BEST time of my life! No kidding. It was incredible
I had the BEST time of my life! No kidding. I was the only female and traveled the country of Costa Rica with 11 guys for 12 days. It was incredible. I travel a lot and I can say with certainty that this was one of my most favorite vacations ever! We were traveling over Christmas and New Years. It was absolutely like traveling with family. I refer to them as my vacation husbands :) And my birthday fell into the travel mix as well. The birthday celebration was also over the top! I was lucky enough to have Miles Mitchinson, the owner, actually be our tour guide. I love love love him. He has created such an amazing business concept of providing outstanding service and trips for elite gay clientele. I would absolutely travel with Detours again. I'm already looking to see what is on their calendar for Christmas 2020!
Don S. - USA
12 Days in New Zealand - (January 6, 2020)
Excellent value! Easy to book the trip online. Great communication. You will never be disappointed with their service and quality of the tours.
First, my short version: I just completed my fourth trip with Detours and once again, it exceeded my very high expectations. It was a wonderfully organized trip with beautiful scenery, great hikes, and fascinating experiences. Miles runs a highly professional organization. From his nearly instantaneous responses to emails, preemptive information, and attention to detail; his consideration for his clients is superb.
PROS: Excellent value! Easy to book the trip online. Great communication. You will never be disappointed with their service and quality of the tours.
CONS: Time flew by too quickly.
Now for my long and detailed version: (be forewarned, I am a writer so I do my best to paint the most accurate picture I can.)
I feel it is only fitting that I begin my review of Detours Gay Adventure Travel with the Cambridge Dictionary definition of a detour. “An occasion when someone does something that is different from what is usual or expected.”
Booking my first tour with Detours and Miles in 2013 was EXACTLY that! While still a young company then, I happened across their website and what I saw struck a chord within my soul. Detours’ (and the owner, Miles Mitchinson’s) goal is to help travelers get to know a destination, appreciate the culture, and do things they may have never imagined. My previous travel preference leaned towards highly structured tours where I knew in advance each day’s timetable, etc.… To say I was making a complete 180 from my usual and comfortable travel planning is an understatement.
After a multitude of emails back and forth with Miles, I decided to not just swerve but rather jump onto the road less traveled and that single decision made all the difference. That initial trip ended up being the holiday of a lifetime – my Thailand adventure was without a doubt my favorite trip. Well, at least up until my next trip with Detours.
Before I get into my most recent adventure in New Zealand, here is something I want to point out. When you sign up for a Detours Trip, you must understand that just by the very nature of the company, you will not be traveling on a “highly structured” or 'luxurious' and “pampering” trip by the usual behemoth tour and travel company standards. I can best describe Detours as a Boutique travel agency. On second thought, “agency” is a must to cold a word; rather, a Boutique Travel Family that provides a personalized, professional, and fun approach to travel for discerning gay travelers.
In my humble opinion, the Detour’s approach offers many advantages, including the ability to travel with like-minded companions for an intimate experience with the local territory. The opportunity to enjoy meals at a communal table or at a family winery. The chance to fully immerse yourself in the local culture and landscape. The discovering of small, locally-owned hotels and operators which ensures that your travel dollars benefit the community you’re visiting. A wide range of daily options from doing nothing but relaxing by the pool to adrenaline-pumping activities to a local cooking class or wine tasting. No matter which itinerary you choose, each one is centered around fun and unique experiences.
As for my latest trip, 12 days in New Zealand, it was a dream come true. Not only did I see sights about which I had dreamed my whole life, but I also got to experience everything close-up and personal.
In planning the trip, both the owner (Miles) and Shane, emailed me clear explanations of the itinerary, answered all of my questions and made revisions, especially to accommodate my ever-changing schedule.
This was an amazing trip! Throughout our travels through New Zealand, we passed llamas, sheep, deer, villagers, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, gorgeous forests, rolling hills, old farmhouses, Maori (indigenous Polynesian people), and so much more. We even visited Hobbiton Village made famous in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.
There were so many highlights... our outstanding, kind, patient, amazing leader Shane!! What an absolute saint. He was so organized, insightful, and always attentive to the group. He had us laughing always. The other travelers from all over the world (who I must say did a great job of putting up with my send of humor throughout the trip). The amazing people (Kiwi’s) of New Zealand who are so generous with their history and culture. While there were a couple times the hiking was challenging but the views made it totally worth the effort. The Milford Sound area was rugged and open with varied terrain and breathtaking views for as far as the eye could see.
Honestly, the only way this trip could have been better was if I was being trained by Shane to become a new Trip Leader! All in all, this trip was a MUST DO. I’m already thinking of my next Detours journey.
Without hesitation, I can say the Road Less Traveled is life-changing.
Darren O. - USA
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (December 16, 2019)
Traveling with Detours will be one of your best decisions. Highly recommend!
Very simply, the trip with Detours was extraordinary! The itinerary that Miles and Brandon designed exceeded any ability to conduct all these activities on one’s own. Their extensive knowledge of Israel and Jordan surpassed my expectations. Their many personal connections provided opportunities for the group to learn more intimately about the sites visited. The small group size afforded easier ability to navigate between sites allowing us to optimize our time sightseeing. Traveling with Detours will be one of your best decisions. Highly recommend!
Rob D. - Canada
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (November 8, 2019)
It was the trip of a lifetime and was amazing every step of the way. Highly recommend!
Just completed my first tour with Detours to Israel and Jordan. It was the trip of a lifetime and was amazing every step of the way. Miles and Brandon took amazing care of all of us and ensured we all had the time of our lives. A huge selling point is you are not obligated to do anything you don’t feel like doing. If you make friends on your own in destination and want bow out of dinner for an evening, all good! The tour was incredibly well planned and the local tour guides they hire are 5 star all the way. Highly recommend! I’m already thinking about where I’d like to go next!
Joe J. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (November 5, 2019)
I don't mind saying there were a few tears shed at the end of the trip. Such a wonderful experience.
Just got back from an amazing trip to Spain with Detours. I would recommend them wholeheartedly. They're highly responsive - including answering a slightly panicked email from me within 15 minutes at 9:00 on a Monday night. The trip itself was amazing. Dan was our tour leader and I couldn't have asked for a more knowledgeable, fun, and helpful person to lead us. I had some reservations about the open tour format - it felt like there would be a lot of open time for us to figure out on our own, but the reality is, they'll keep you going on as big or small itinerary as you want. And if you want to do everything, there's always good folks on the tour to join you. The group bonded straight away and we had a blast together. I don't mind saying there were a few tears shed at the end of the trip. Such a wonderful experience. I hope to take another Detours trip again in the near future.
Larry C. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (November 3, 2019)
I was on the Spain tour in 2019 and had a terrific time.
I was on the Spain tour in 2019 and had a terrific time. Our trip leader, Dan, was really fabulous. He had amazing energy!
My husband and I have been on 16 tours, to-date. Most of them were with gay travel companies. How does Detours compare? VERY WELL.
The trip price is very reasonable. The hotels were very nice. Some of the other tour companies put us up in seedy hotels, but not Detours. He took us to amazing restaurants. Dan was extremely knowledgable about our Spain trip. He knew everything.
The excursions were really great. The company is very, very organized.
Preston P. - Canada
12 Days in Peru - (November 3, 2019)
Returned with many wonderful memories and photos of Peru, and the group of people I met on the trip were fantastic.
I had a great time with Detours in Peru in October 2019. Returned with many wonderful memories and photos of Peru, and the group of people I met on the trip were fantastic. Our trip leader was well organized, knowledgeable, and the trip allowed for a good mix of tour time and down time, where I never felt rushed from one place to another. I certainly recommend travelling with Detours and look forward to taking in more Detours trips in the future. 😃
Russ B. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (November 2, 2019)
Our group bonded from the start, and before the end, we felt like family.
If you like to travel to amazing places, make new friends, and have the time of your life, I highly recommend Detours travel. We recently completed a nearly two week tour of Greece and had a blast traveling to several islands and Athens. Our tour guide, Miles, who is also the company owner, was a joy to be with and made the vacation carefree and fun. Our group bonded from the start, and before the end, we felt like family. It was sad to see it come to an end. We really feel we got our money’s worth and look forward to another Detours vacation in the future.
Bruce C. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (November 1, 2019)
Thank you Miles, Shane, and especially you Dan for a wonderful trip
Just returned from the Spain 2019 tour. The tour, the arrangements, the excursions seemed to be tailor made for our group of 12
We stayed at charming hotels full of character and comfort. It was a four city tour. We had great choices of activities or the ability to choose our own path and our own time.
The greatest part of this experience was our guide Dan. He was able to handle 12 distinct personalities and make us feel safe and comfortable with each other and our different environments. He was knowledgeable and attentive to each and everyone of us.
This company was always available to answer any of my questions. They kept us updated through the entire process
Thank you Miles, Shane, and especially you Dan for a wonderful trip
Chris W. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (October 10, 2019)
Wow! Can't say enough good about Detours.
Wow! Can't say enough good about Detours. Just back from a fabulous trip to Greece. Miles (tour leader/owner) did a great job shepherding 16 of us to some of the best places around. The tour is designed so that the disparate group members get to know each other and that only added to the wonderful adventure! What a great group!! Every detail was taken care of; once I landed in Athens, didn't have to worry about a thing. Miles took great care of all of us and went out of his way multiple times to help folks. Accommodations and transportation were top notch; dining even better. If you're like me and Greece is on your bucket list, you can't get better value for you money. I can't wait to take my next Detours' excursion.
Tarn H. - Australia
12 Days in Greece - (October 10, 2019)
For those considering this tour... stop! Grab your wallet and book this trip ASAP, you won’t regret it!
Just returned from a detours trip to Greece with tour leader Brandon. I had a few reservations at first coming to tour (having being a younger participant) I wanted to make sure the tour is the right fit for me but Miles and Shane reassured me at first after a few quick online queries (thanks Miles & Shane). After meeting the group and our tour leader Brandon on day 1 in the hotel lobby, I instantly felt relieved and very excited as I felt an instant connection to the group. Brandon went over and beyond to ensure everyone was engaged and having a great time. From the restraurants bookings to the transport, everything felt seamless and very well organised (hats off to you Brandon!). The beauty about this tour is that you’re not confined to a prescheduled arrangement so it’s ok to detour from the tour! The highlight of the trip was driving around Milos in the ATV and getting lost in the island, so much so that I hired the ATV again in Mykonos to venture out on other parts of the island. For those considering this tour... stop! Grab your wallet and book this trip ASAP, you won’t regret it! 10/10!!!!
Scott S. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (October 3, 2019)
I had been dreaming of going to Greece for quite some time, and this trip exceeded my expectations.
This trip was really quite incredible and I loved every minute. The structure was absolutely perfect for me, getting to participate in wonderful group activities, but also have plenty of personal time. Brandon was also an absolutely terrific tour guide - great energy and always made sure everyone’s needs were looked after. I had been dreaming of going to Greece for quite some time, and this trip exceeded my expectations.
Don F. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (October 2, 2019)
We will travel with Detours again and look forward to another adventure.
Highly Recommend Detours Travel. My husband and I traveled with Detours to Greece from Sept 14 to Sept 25 for our honeymoon. Our tour guide, Miles, who is the owner of Detours was outstanding and made sure that every detail was attended to. The hotels and transportation were exceptional and well thought out. The hotel staff were very accommodating and welcoming of our group of 17 guys (including Miles). The transportation ferries between islands were seamless. Miles had suggestions for the group each day, some structured and some not. He arranged a private tour guide in Athens to see and learn about the important ruins. On each island they had planned activities or suggestions that were available. It was our choice whether we wanted to participate or not. We quickly learned that we would get the most out of our trip if we participated in at least part of the day. This was a pleasure as the group of guys on our tour made the trip even more enjoyable.
A few highlights of the trip were the rented ATV’s on Milos. This was something we would not have thought to do on our own but what an amazing way to explore the island. Plus with Miles as our guide we saw parts of the island that we would not have seen any other way. Another highlight was a full day sailboat charter that allowed us to see the island from the sea. The boat and crew were amazing and even put up with all of our friendly banter with each other and them. Each of the three islands had its own charm and I feel that Detours helped us experience that. Staying on each island for a few days allowed us to explore local food and dining options. Miles always had a dinner reservation for a local restaurant that were accommodating to a group our size. We had some amazing food and dining experiences. Again there was no pressure to go with the group but we enjoyed catching up with the guys to hear what they did or saw during their unstructured exploration time.
On the second to the last day of the trip we asked Miles for a recommendation for a private honeymoon meal. Not only did he secure reservations but also arranged luxury transportation for an amazing farm fresh meal. It turned out that it was not exactly what he had planned for us but turned out even better than expected. I few guys on our trip had been on other tours with Detours and commented that the experience we had with Miles was similar to what they had with their other guides. We will travel with Detours again and look forward to another adventure.
Craig S. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (October 1, 2019)
I can give Detours my highest recommendation.
I was on the late September 2019 trip to Athens, Milos, Santorini and Mykonos. I can give Detours my highest recommendation. Our trip leader (not a guide) was Shane. He worked double time to make sure all our arrangements were made and we had plenty to keep us busy. But, if we wanted to go off on our own or hang at the hotel pool...we did. The group of 16 ranged in age from 30s to 60s. I participated or struck out on my own or with a friend as I felt. I’ve never traveled with a group before. It has its advantages and disadvantages. I enjoyed the easy social interactions. Having arrangements already made was a luxury. I would travel with Detours again. — Greece: I spent a couple of months learning basic Greek before I left and I’m glad I did. Greeks are blown away even if you can speak just a few words of their language. However, you can travel all through the Greek Islands and Athens’ tourist areas and never speak one word of Greek. Greek food is so phenomenally better in country then what you can get in the United States. It’s way more than gyros, moussaka, and baklava. I never felt unsafe in Greece although a friend got pickpocketed on the Athens metro so be aware. If you like big cities you’ll like Athens. There’s a lot of energy there. Milos is a calm, laid-back island. Go sailing! Santorini is stunning with its views but way overrated. It’s jampacked full of tourists even in the off-season. I had the lowest hopes for Mykonos. But, it turned out to be a fantastic island. And by all means check out the archaeological sites in Greece. Lastly, get to know Greek people. They are wonderful and a lot of fun.
David P. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (September 30, 2019)
We rate Detours Travel an A+! We absolutely will recommend your company to friends.
Our 12 day trip to Greece was outstanding. Detours far exceeded my expectations. Rather than simply traveling to a new place, we experienced an amazing adventure filled with gorgeous locations, incredible photos, unforgettable activities, fun travel companions, while providing inspiration for personal reflection and rejuvenation. It is by far one of the most favorite and memorable vacations – to put in in a Greek context – it was an epic odyssey!
First, I loved the Greece itinerary – it offered a multi-layered and comprehensive travel experience. Culture and history were the highlight of Athens. Authentic Greece with great outdoor activities in Milos. Breathtaking views and photo ops in Santorini. Beaches, Bars and Shopping in Mykonos. At all destinations there was great food, friendly people and fond memories.
Second, I have traveled on groups tours, with family and friends and set up my own travel plans. Detours does it the best! Some of the aspects that receive top marks include:
- Laid back approach – there is an itinerary of destinations – but what you do each day is up to you and the group. This is an ideal approach for me in travel. I want to have lots of options for things to do, but decide in a more spontaneous way how I wish to spend each day. BRAVO for this philosophy and execution.
- Affordability – the value vs cost was exceptional. If I had planned this trip on my own, it would have been double the price. Great accommodations and food at reasonable prices.
- Attention to detail – the transportation coordination of drivers and ferries was impeccable. Really knowing the interests of gay travelers was a big plus.
- Customized service – Any needs we had were met with a warm smile and a great solution.
Finally, our trip leader Shane was brilliant and made this trip a once in a lifetime adventure. His smile, outgoing personality, sense of adventure coordination and personal support was excellent. He was so inclusive and build a strong rapport with each traveler and created an environment for people to experience things together or supported them if they chose activities outside of the group. His presence added so much value to me (encouraging to try things I usually wouldn’t do) and taking extra steps to ensure my husband (who has some physical limitations) was safe and felt supported.
We rate Detours Travel an A+! We absolutely will recommend your company to friends. And we will book another Detours adventure (especially any led by Shane – Spain in October)!?!
José L. - Brazil
12 Days in Spain - (September 4, 2019)
The August 2019 Spain Tour with Detours was just amazing.
The August 2019 Spain Tour with Detours was just amazing. The tour leader James Langill was so kind and interested in helping us. He spent a lot of time making sure everyone was happy. We had plenty of time in each town to enjoy ourselves. Excellent lunches and dinners in restaurants with beautiful views. I'm sure I'll travel with Detours in the near future.
Justin S. - USA
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (August 2, 2019)
I have completed two Detours adventures and I give them my highest recommendation.
I have completed two Detours adventures and I give them my highest recommendation. The hotels, activities, and trip leaders are all top notch. The trips provide both structure and flexibility. With Detours, I boated to exotic islands in Thailand, zip-lined in the jungle, saw an authentic flamenco show up close in Spain, and completed many other unique and stimulating experiences. The trip leaders act as traveling concierges - answering all questions and arranging for private or small-group activities upon request.
Luke J. - Australia
12 Days in Greece - (July 1, 2019)
Within days I felt so comfortable, so relaxed and had so many new friends.
Amazing trip, great group of guys I was initially a little worried about going on a group trip, not knowing anybody and being used to doing my own thing on holiday, but I signed up because every review was so positive. Well there’s a reason those reviews are so damn good! I had an amazing time on their Greece trip in June. Within days I felt so comfortable, so relaxed and had so many new friends. Detours offers such a flexible trip, which you can make your own and do the activities you want. You simply must do the mud bath on Santorini - your skin feels so good afterwards - and the ATVs on Milos are a highlight – exploring the hidden beauty of the island is awesome. As a vego, there were always options at the restaurants (occasionally a bit repetitive), and on Milos lots of amazing locally made cheeses. Shane is the greatest trip leader! He’s such a fun, easy going and experienced leader who really goes the extra mile to make your trip memorable. I’ll definitely be a repeat customer.
Jason S. - Canada
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (June 23, 2019)
Can’t wait to book our next trip!!
Just got back from the Israel & Jordan trip and what a blast! Detours takes care of its travellers- small groups so everyone gets to meet each other and bond over amazing journeys around the world. Prices are bang on compared to other gay travel groups, single travellers are welcome and easy to add and the formula they use on trip planning is stellar. Can’t wait to book our next trip!!
David C. - Canada
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (June 22, 2019)
We just returned from the June Pride trip to Israel/Jordan with Miles and it blew my mind.
A lot of people have that "Bucket List" spot or "Dream Vacation" they've always wanted to do but sometimes the planning and logistics can get overwhelming and it remains just that...a dream. When we booked with Detours they took care of all the hard stuff and we were able to just relax and take in the beauty and energy of where we were. (and maybe take an epic selfie or two. haha) We just returned from the June Pride trip to Israel/Jordan with Miles and it blew my mind. It really is a special place on this Earth and Miles made sure we were all well taken care of and able to do all the activities we wanted. It didn't take long to bond with the fellow guys in the group and by the end it felt like you were travelling with friends you have known for years. I can't wait to go again.
Jake A. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (June 21, 2019)
Once again I am amazed by the organization and professionalism displayed by the Detours team.
Just returned from Peru, my second Detours trip. Once again I am amazed by the organization and professionalism displayed by the Detours team. My BF and I feel that the cost was very fair as it included the cost of domestic Peru flights, trains and ground travel. Additionally, the lodging was AWESOME... very nice properties with friendly staff and amenities. The trip leader, James was also superb. If you are reluctant about "Gay Group Travel".... don't be, you will have an awesome time!
Gary F. - USA
12 Days in Croatia - (June 19, 2019)
I was pleasantly surprised at every turn. With the usual aplomb, Detours took us to amazing locations with spectacular views and incredible food.
Croatia? What's in Croatia? This was the question I constantly got when friends heard of my vacation plans. I must confess I didn't know what to expect myself. I was pleasantly surprised at every turn. With the usual aplomb, Detours took us to amazing locations with spectacular views and incredible food. This country is definitely a must see!
Ken H. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (May 30, 2019)
Not only would I recommend Detours, I have already booked South Africa for 2020. Bravo!
My first group tour. My first trip to Peru. As a solo traveller I wondered about the possible restrictions and drama. Wrong! The arrangements were superb. The company (both Detours and travelling companions) was amazing. The tour guide, James Langill, could not have been more facilitative, engaged, engaging, supportive, and positive at all times. Not only would I recommend Detours, I have already booked South Africa for 2020. Bravo!
Ted B. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (May 30, 2019)
We saw and did more than we ever could have done had we planned it ourselves.
This was our first trip with a tour group. We love to travel but have always travelled as a couple or with friends. The planning and details were amazing on this trip. We saw and did more than we ever could have done had we planned it ourselves. The group of friends we met were fantastic. Most importantly, our Trip Leader James, was a wonderful guy. He managed to organize 14 gay men every day and keep us enthused and informed. This trip was a great pleasure.
Randy F. - USA
12 Days in South Africa - (April 28, 2019)
You NAILED IT! For that, I thank the Detours' team for a most amazing adventure, one we will remember and talk about for many years to come.
Going into it we knew it was going to be a great trip and certainly different than any of our previous travels, but it far exceeded all of my expectations. All of the accommodations, restaurants, and various activities were perfect. Dan was an amazing tour leader. He made it all so easy (for us). He was on top of everything and anticipated everything that was needed. He was so engaging and knowledgable. The entire trip was well structured, yet very flexible, which is how we like to travel.
I also would like to thank you and the rest of the Detours' staff for all the support and planning you provided. Going into initial planning of this trip we communicated a laundry list of expectations and desires, and had a LOT of questions throughout. You always provide very timely and thorough responses, even when I knew you were leading other trips. You NAILED IT! For that, I thank the Detours' team for a most amazing adventure, one we will remember and talk about for many years to come.
Stanley N. - USA
12 Days in South Africa - (April 25, 2019)
The South Africa trip with Detours was a dream trip beyond words.
A belated but HUGE thank you for a memorable trip. You guys are all amazing, in how you skillfully plan and orchestrate every aspect of the trip. Africa had been near top of my list for 5-6 years. The South Africa trip with Detours was a dream trip beyond words.
I will remember Dan's and Kyle's zest for life in foreign lands, and Shane's and Miles' patience for my pre-trip questions. The icing on the cake was how Dan imbued our experience with a big part of himself. In Greece it was the local relationships he'd cultivated; and in South Africa, his knowledge and respect for wildlife and the nuances of our relationship with wild animals.
Dan S. - USA
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (April 2, 2019)
THANK YOU for a great trip! You’ve easily gained another fan! :)
My buddy has been a fan of Detours for a while and he kept bragging about how much he had enjoyed the previous trips he had taken with you! I have to admit that I thought he was exaggerating a bit! Hahaha
But this totally exceeding my expectations! Everything was so well organized and even though we had so much planned, I never felt pressured to do anything I didn’t want to. I loved everything! I only missed a couple of trips because of my silly foot injury! And speaking of that, you should know how thankful I was to have Kyle there. Not only was he an excellent tour leader, but he was so helpful, genuine and compassionate! He accompanied me to the clinic and made sure I was well taken care of and stayed with me the entire time. And even after my entire ordeal he didn’t fail to get everything right. He managed to plan dinner for the group that night, as if everything was going according to plan. I don’t have enough words to thank him again for his help.
So THANK YOU for having Kyle as a tour leader, and THANK YOU for a great trip! You’ve easily gained another fan! :)
Bruce M. - USA
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (April 1, 2019)
This was the first time I toured with Detours. It will not be the last.
Thank you everyone at Detours for the wonderful experience touring Israel and Jordan. From booking the trip to the clear instructions prior to departure to the extraordinary professionalism of Miles Mitchinson - the entire experience was flawless. As a member of New York’s hospitality community, I’m aware of the elements that go into creating a successful experience. From the start, I was impressed with Mile’s ease, good humor, attention to detail, and his million dollar smile that shined through our entire journey. This was the first time I toured with Detours. It will not be the last.
Robin D. - USA
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (April 1, 2019)
...as usual Detours did not disappoint!
I just finished up the Thailand/Cambodia trip with new leader Kyle Renaud, as usual Detours did not disappoint! Every facet of the planning and execution was seamless, and Kyle took good care of us every day! We zip-lined, visited palaces, played with elephants, snorkeled/swam/kayaked, had massages and saw amazing temples! Thanks Detours for another great trip, ready to add more!!
Stan K. - USA
8 Days in Israel - (March 31, 2019)
It was a great experience and I recommend them highly.
My husband and I just got back from Israel with Detours. It was a great experience and I recommend them highly. At first I was hesitant with the amount of "free time" we were given - despite that being a point of differentiation for Detours - because I am used to other tour companies having most of the time filled with set activities and I am generally too lazy to do much research ahead of time. Detours/Miles handled this by emailing me what we would see as part of the trip and what we wouldn't see so I could book additional arrangements as I wanted. Even better, Miles made himself available for long periods to assist us with making it to our preferred travel sites outside of the tour. Then each free day Miles would lead anyone who was interested on a group walking tour to see/eat/drink/enjoy the local ambiance. I enjoyed the way the group of fellow travelers mixed and blended so everyone got to see what they wanted and we got to know each other well. Good on you Miles, and good on Detours!
Benjamin G. - USA
12 Days in South Africa - (March 27, 2019)
It definitely was one of the most special trips we have been on. I cannot thank everyone at Detours enough.
My partner and I returned from the S. Africa trip one week ago. It definitely was one of the most special trips we have been on. I cannot thank everyone at Detours enough. Miles and Shane for answering every and all inane questions we had before the trip. And Dan(and Kyle who was his apprentice) who made the trip special in every way. Dan had a vast knowledge of S. Africa and we totally benefited from his guidance to make the tour packed with places that were of interest to us. We can't wait to do another tour with Detours. And S. Africa is not to be missed!
Jonathan C. - USA
12 Days in South Africa - (March 19, 2019)
Detours did not disappoint!
My husband and I have never done an "organized" group vacation before, ie a cruise or a tour. We've always planned our own trips. And we didn't want to be stuck on a bus with someone with a clipboard and/or umbrella leading the way. But when we decided to go to South Africa, we wanted someone who knew the country to lead the way. Detours did not disappoint! The planning process, all done online, was seamless. Miles and Shane were responsive and answered every question and need. Our 12 days in South Africa and 4 days in Victoria Falls were amazing. And Dan Clarke, our tour leader, was fantastic. We joined the group activities we wanted to, and did our own thing when we wanted to. No pressure, no stress. And at the same time, we met 15 great guys who were easy to travel with, even with all of us having our own idiosyncrasies. I would recommend Detours, and look forward to another trip!
Jim J. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (March 4, 2019)
Our Detours trip not only met but exceeded our expectations.
Today is my first day back to the office and I want to take a moment and express our appreciation for a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Our Detours trip not only met but exceeded our expectations. Dan was an amazing guide (host) and ensured that everyone in our group was well taken care of. I am sure you have been told this many times before but in case not, I will share that I feel you are very fortunate to have Dan on the Detours team. Dan is patient, thorough, and caring for each and every guest. Although diverse, our group got along extremely well and I know a large part of this was because of Dan’s leadership.
The Costa Rica itinerary was well thought out and we enjoyed every stop along the way. All three stops were unique and enjoyable.
Matthew G. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (February 14, 2019)
You decide how adventurous or relaxing you want your vacation to be.
I have been on two Detours Trips (Peru and Costa Rica) and would highly recommend this tour company to anyone looking for a LGBT+ friendly tour operator. The best part of being on a Detours trip is that you can just sit back and relax since you do not have to stress about planning the traveling logistics. Detours handles the hotel bookings, transportation between cities (and airport if requested), provides suggestions on optional excursions and work hard to create a fun and friendly atmosphere. With other tour companies you can spend half your trip on the bus; with Detours they really try and schedule the trip so guest spend the minimum amount of time on the bus. There were no 6 am morning wake up calls! Detours offers a lot of flexibility. At each destination Detours suggest the best activities each location has to offer. You decide how adventurous or relaxing you want your vacation to be. I really felt the tour leaders are striving to create a safe and fun trip for each guest.
Robert W. - USA
12 Days in South Africa - (February 3, 2019)
the guides are great fun and extremely friendly and helpful and the group of guys on the trips where great too
Just finished my second trip with Detours Travel the first was to Peru with guide James this one was to South Africa with guide Dan. Both trips were an adventure to remember I am sold on this company’s professionalism and welcoming atmosphere the guides are great fun and extremely friendly and helpful and the group of guys on the trips where great too. If you travel solo, with a friend or your partner it’s a great experience.
Fred W. - USA
12 Days in Thailand - (January 24, 2019)
My partner and I had a great 12day trip to Thailand with Shane and 14 other great guys
My partner and I had a great 12 day trip to Thailand with Shane and 14 other great guys. The hotels all had great rooms. The different locations we explored with everyone and all the fun dinners, the cooking class Shane got us into was wonderful !! Thank you Detours
Andrew H. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (January 4, 2019)
I could not have been more satisfied and pleased.
I traveled to Peru with Detours in May 2018. It was my first group travel experience, and I could not have been more satisfied and pleased. The tour guide, James, was experienced, knowledgable, fun, funny, engaging and committed to our good time. The tour package was well organized, and all the hotels, transportation and restaurants were well chosen and met every need. I had an amazing time and highly recommend this group. I'm looking forward to my next experience with Detours!
Jonathan C. - USA
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (December 1, 2018)
I would go on another in a heartbeat and plan on doing so!
Amazing tour operated by passionate pro's who love what they do. Aside from a great group, there was also great planning in maximizing the stops in the region to get the most out of the time there. I would go on another in a heartbeat and plan on doing so!
Joseph F. - USA
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (December 1, 2018)
Every step of the way, Detours makes each individual feel important without sacrificing the overall groups needs.
My husband and I just returned from 11 days in Israel and Jordan. We were hesitant at first about going with a small intimate group of strangers but after talking to Miles decided to book it. What a great decision! The group was amazing and we have lots of new friends. The itinerary was the perfect mix of active and down time. I wanted to go to Bethlehem which was not on the itinerary but Miles made it happen for me. Then, when the wait to see the birthplace of Christ was longer then people were willing to wait, Miles got me to the front of the line! Every step of the way, Detours makes each individual feel important without sacrificing the overall groups needs. After a few days in Jerusalem the perfect relaxation was provided. We spent an afternoon floating in the Dead Sea. Next it was off to the amazing beaches and nightlife of Tel Aviv, so much fun. The experience in the Wadi Rum desert is like nothing I can describe, best I can do is; "out of this world". Petra is a must see for all and who can turn down a camel ride experience! Although we were privileged to have Miles as our tour leader, Dan also joined us. What a great guy Dan is, I wouldn't hesitate to book a trip lead by him. In fact, I'd have no hesitation to book any trip with Detours. Now that we are home, we are already considering our next trip with Detours.
Andy H. - USA
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (November 18, 2018)
As my 7th trip with Detours, it rounds out a varied set of tours on 5 continents. Thank you Detours for such wonderful tours!
This was a very inspirational trip. The sights of Jerusalem were amazing. The walled Old City is full of historic and religious venues we've all heard about all our lives. The tour guide Lior made this very real for us all. Then next came the trek to the Dead Sea via Masada. Everything you've heard about the Dead Sea is true. You can't help but float as you soak in such salty waters! Tel Aviv was next on the journey and did not disappoint. Beautiful beaches and great food at every turn. Now on to my favorite part of the trip, Petra! This site is so amazing and so awe inspiring, it has to be experienced to be believed. The ending of this trip was a night spent under the stars in the desert surroundings of Wadi Rum. The tent accommodations were pleasant and had all modern conveniences. A trip through the desert in open vehicles was fun and the camel ride was... interesting to say the least. All in all, this is a very special trip, one I am so glad I was able to take. As my 7th trip with Detours, it rounds out a varied set of tours on 5 continents. Thank you Detours for such wonderful tours!
David L. - USA
11 Days in Israel & Jordan - (November 16, 2018)
This was our third trip with Detours, and we look forward to the next one.
Recently returned from the inaugural Israel & Jordan trip, and highly recommend it! Two incredible places to see, and all excellently coordinated by Detours! Everything was amazing, especially Petra! This was our third trip with Detours, and we look forward to the next one. Thanks Miles! David & Thom
Chris G. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (November 11, 2018)
I'm still stoked about my recent trip to Peru. I already ordered airline tickets for South Africa/Zimbabwe for next year.
First time with Detours, and it was a blast. I was hesitant to go by myself--show up solo--but the tour was full of fun group activities. There were a few unexpected changes to the itinerary (cancelled flight, delays), and Detours quickly attended to it. It was a time to relax and meet new people.
I'm still stoked about my recent trip to Peru. I already ordered airline tickets for South Africa/Zimbabwe for next year. I hope some of Peru buddies will join me...
Ron V. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (October 30, 2018)
the moment I came back from Peru, I was planning my next adventure with Detours.
It’s an adventure of a lifetime that you can’t get enough of... the moment I came back from Peru, I was planning my next adventure with Detours. Left with fond memories with newly found friends under the very able guidance of an amazing and engaging trip leader.
David C. - Canada
12 Days in Greece - (October 2, 2018)
I’m still on a high when I look through the photos.
We were on the September 18 Greece trip with Shane and I’m still on a high when I look through the photos. It was some of the small touches that just brought the trip to a new level. EG- having him show us the best spot to catch the sunset then having dinner reservations ready for us afterwards or chartering our own boat so we could bring our own drinks, play our own music, and really just bond with our fellow detours family. I’m still not even over the jet lag from this one but already looking forward to our next trip with detours in June.
Greg E. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (October 1, 2018)
It turns out Detours Travel really did a great job.
We just got back from the Greece tour (September 2018) with Detours travel.
Detours did an amazing job in organizing the tour as well as allowing free time and great options. Shane Bingham is amazing. He made sure everyone felt included.
The accommodations were outstanding. It was our first group tour so we were a bit nervous. It turns out Detours Travel really did a great job.
Again, thanks to Shane... you were outstanding. You certainly made the trip a real joy!!
Jack C. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (October 1, 2018)
I have traveled with them twice and both trips were fantastic.
This a great tour company! I have traveled with them twice and both trips were fantastic. The tours are well organized, but there is a lot of flexibility and don't need do all the group activities and explore on your own. The leader are great and very helpful. I highly recommend Detours.
Emilio G. - USA
12 Days in Croatia - (September 25, 2018)
I will certainly go on future trips with Detours.
It was my first trip traveling with Detours. I went on the Croatia trip. The trip was well-organized and I enjoyed meeting all members of the group. As group leader, Miles was amazing. He was extremely pleasant to know, made every effort to include all members of the group and was extremely helpful in all aspects of the trip. I will certainly go on future trips with Detours.. Thank you
Brooks B. - USA
12 Days in Croatia - (September 21, 2018)
I just finished my FIFTH trip with Detours and, once again, I had an amazing time!
I just finished my FIFTH trip with Detours and, once again, I had an amazing time! Every trip I have taken with Detours has been an incredible experience and the guides work very hard to make sure everyone in the group enjoys their vacation. I have traveled to Costa Rica, Peru, South Africa, Thailand and most recently Croatia with Detours and I am looking forward to my next trip in 2019 (not sure where that will be yet.) If you are considering Detours for your next vacation, I highly recommend booking your trip today! I guarantee you they won't disappoint. Thanks Miles for another incredible trip!
Darin S. - USA
12 Days in Croatia - (September 14, 2018)
This was by far the best travel experience!
Detours is amazing! I would describe my recent trip with them to Croatia as “structured flexibility.” Miles, our trip leader, was excellent at handling the details of the trip while allowing us a group to make choices along the way. He was great at ensuring everyone had the information they needed—from dinner plans to one-off requests. This was by far the best travel experience!
Eliott W. - Canada
12 Days in Spain - (September 4, 2018)
This was our first tour with Detours and we would do it again!
What a great tour! This was our first tour with Detours and we would do it again! James was amazing - he looked out to ensure that the group was getting what they wanted out of the tour and he was very helpful! Helped us ensure we got to see what we wanted to see. Detours selected great hotels, great options for activities and ensured we had a blast! I highly recommend Detours for your next vacation.
Justin S. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (August 31, 2018)
I write this review with so much gratitude...
I completed the August 2018 Spain tour and I wanted to take this opportunity to compliment James and the entire Detours team for a trip of the lifetime!
When I Googled “Gay group travel,” Detours came up, and I appreciated all the detail on the website. I liked how Miles answered my questions honestly and succinctly, so I booked in early June. To be completely honest, I was not 100% sure what to expect. I went on a non-LGBT group trip in Summer 2016 that was poorly organized and did not provide participants with the quality James and Detours provided.
I arrived in Barcelona alone on a Sunday morning and went to the RoomMate Carla where I was allowed to check in at 9 am. The quality of the RoomMate is excellent and it was a great first impression of what Detours provides its customers.
Rather than run through the entire itinerary, I will mention some highlights. When I came down to our 4 PM meeting, I was anxious. Would I like the other guys? Would I simply tolerate them or would I dislike them? James’s warm personality made all 11 of us feel at ease immediately. From the beginning, I was impressed with how James gave the group an excellent overview of what to expect, Detours policys, and more information. The “freestyle” trip culture allowed for people to do what they wanted when they wanted without anyone feeling excluded.
James’s knowledge of the various restaurants, bars, excursion providers and other vendors, and relationships with their staff afforded our group excellent treatment for 12 days. James explained to us what to expect next during our brief bus rides to the airports and other destinations, so everyone could plan their time appropriately.
As I told James during the trip, this was not just a trip of a lifetime but an experience of a lifetime because I had 12 days with a bunch of other men completely comfortable in their skin 24 hours a day. I am writing this message on a Google Doc during my flight home, and I am dreading a return to reality. As James explained from the beginning, he is a traveling concierge, facilitating all the group members’ desires. I’m confident I speak for the whole group in that we all have nothing but praise for Detours and James.
I write this note with so much gratitude that I went on a Detours trip and a strong sense of gratitude for James and his colleagues that worked behind the scenes to ensure a successful vacation for all of us. Even though we all have busy professional lives at home, we all quickly escaped to the Detours experience. When I return home, I’m pretty sure I’m going to embrace my inner authentic self like James modeled - “doing me” and taking lots of fun, cute selfies along the way.
Steven B. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (August 4, 2018)
...the trip itself was superb - wonderfully executed.
My partner, Richard, and I just returned from a wonderful trip to Peru with Detours, my first Detours experience, his second. We had great weather for Machu Picchu, Cusco, Paracas and the Nasca Lines, enjoyed the hotels, from Lima to the Valle Sagrado, and experienced some excellent Peruvian food - even had a surprisingly wonderful cooking class (thanks Chris!) We managed the high altitudes well and enjoyed the challenges of all of our activities. It was an extremely active and fascinating tour, very well planned, and very diverse.
The people we met on the tour were an interesting group, with varied backgrounds and turned out to be great travel partners. We met several who we will continue to see, proud to call them friends.
Then there was our tour leader, James. What a excellent man. His energy, commitment to Detours and our successful travel experience, and kindness helped make it one of the best vacations I've ever had. He has a great sense of humor and an insightful awareness of the needs of his charges and he loves to travel, a love which boosted our appreciation of what we were undertaking.
I only corresponded with Miles but I felt taken care of in preparation for our trip thanks to him and the trip itself was superb - wonderfully executed.
Andy H. - USA
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (July 16, 2018)
My 6th foray into the World of Detours... If you haven't experienced Detours yet, just do it. Do it now!
Detours has been my go to choice for unique travel experiences for the last 5 years. My 6th foray into the World of Detours was a trip I had waited 5 years to take, because of time restrictions at work. And it was definitely worth the wait! The diverse chaos and sensory overload of Bangkok to the quiet nights under the stars in Khao Yai,
the contrasts and diversity of this stunning country offers something for everyone. This trip gave a sense of discovery to not only a new country, but to one's self. Learning one's own limits, and then pushing them was possible here with no judgement. The people are so helpful and polite in every situation. They have an eagerness to please in any capacity. Each hotel selected by Detours was first rate! Luxurious pools and spas, exquisite restaurants and night life were always just a few steps away. The beaches of Railay and Phuket are in a league unto themselves. All the impossible stories of this country are true, and then some. My travel companions were as diverse as this trip. Close and lasting friendships were forged with ease. That, I have found, is a pleasant byproduct of the Detours experience. Our trip Leader Shane has a wealth of knowledge of this country that he eagerly shared. His guidance and openness to try new activities made for a very enjoyable time together. If you haven't experienced Detours yet, just do it. Do it now!
Randy H. - USA
12 Days in Thailand - (July 16, 2018)
This trip surpassed by expectations! Thank you!!
What an amazing adventure! I was very apprehensive about traveling with a group of people that I knew nothing about, in a country that I had never traveled to. But wow, it was an incredible experience, and I am already looking at future trips! Shane is absolutely fantastic and I could not have asked for a better trip! This trip was a perfect mix of fun and relaxation, and I love the flexibility in the schedule for those of us that like a little 'alone time' here and there. This trip surpassed by expectations! Thank you!!
Gerald L. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (July 6, 2018)
...a great trip at a great value! Looking forward to my next trip with Detours!!
Traveling with Detours is a great experience! Even if you don't know anyone else in your tour group beforehand, you instantly have a sense of community with your LGBT brethren from the minute you first meet up. What I also love about the tours is that they take the guess work out of where you need to go. The tour guides are super knowledgeable about where you are visiting and provide a sense of security in unfamiliar territory. I have been on two tours now with Detours, one to Spain and on to Greece and for good reason. Both have been truly great experiences that I would recommend to anyone in the LGBT community (or allies) for a great trip at a great value! Looking forward to my next trip with Detours!!
Neal H. - Canada
12 Days in South Africa - (July 3, 2018)
I absolutely would recommend Detours to anyone. It is great value for money and a super way to travel to parts new and unfamiliar.
I just completed an amazing tour of South Africa (june-july 2018) with Detours and Super Adventure Leader, Miles (Daddy). The tour was well organized with lots of flexibility to Pick your Own Adventure. Miles clearly loves SA and had many great suggestions for us to choose from on the days where nothing was planned. The hotels were all top quality and clean, if not always conveniently located! The logistical portions of the trip (moving between sites etc) was well organized, comfortable and on time. The group clicked right away and I think will stay in touch long after the trip. I absolutely would recommend Detours to anyone. It is great value for money and a super way to travel to parts new and unfamiliar.
Derrick B. - Canada
12 Days in Greece - (June 26, 2018)
This was my first tour with Detours and it was all I could have hoped for.
I participated in the tour of Greece June 2 to 13 this year. This was my first tour with Detours and it was all I could have hoped for. The Detours staff went out of their way to help me secure the travel dates I wanted. Once there, the accommodations were beautiful, and the transportation between islands were almost seamless. I was also very fortunate to have been travelling with a terrific group of guys, lead by the amazing Dan, our GAL (Global Adventure Leader -- he said he's the one who came up with the acronym!) who never failed us at any turn. I was impressed at his ability to multi-task, yet make everyone feel like he he was giving them his individual attention. Anything you needed, he was there to help you in whatever way necessary. Add that to his knowledge of Greece, being adored by all of his contacts, and being an all-around great guy, it was a pleasure to have been part of his last tour group in Greece (for now!). I look forward to my next tour with Detours!
Kevin L. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (June 15, 2018)
...already looking to take another trip with Detours and encouraging our friends to as well.
Mark and I just returned from an amazing trip to Greece with Detours. Dan, our Global Adventure Guide, was amazing! He definitely made sure we (the full group) were enjoying ourselves and seeing all of the amazing country that we could. We are already looking to take another trip with Detours and encouraging our friends to as well. The trip was seamless which is saying a lot given the multiple transportation methods at each location and between the islands.
Barry and Tim - USA
12 Days in Greece - (June 5, 2018)
Tim and I just returned from the most fantastic vacation we have ever experienced.
Tim and I just returned from the most fantastic vacation we have ever experienced. This was our first trip with Detours and it will not be our last. We are now planning on when we can do Thailand or another destination. The service and professionalism from the office staff and from our Trip Leaders, Dan Clarke and Shane Bingham was most excellent. I am sure that Miles was finally glad that our plane landed as the delays were numerous flying into Athens. The transportation arranged from the airport was there and we were whisked off to the hotel as if we had landed on time. Dan Clarke had to adlib as the trip was happening due to the rule changes on Milos and not being able to rent the ATV's for our group. You wouldn't have known that there were any changes to the plans as everything was flawless. The new friends we made on this trip will be with us for ever. The group of men we met and traveled with were all a delight to be with. Detours had the most comfortable hotels booked for us and the excursions were excellent. Thank you to Miles, Dan and Shane.
Philip S. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (June 3, 2018)
I have traveled with other tour groups and this trip ranks right up there as one of the best.
The trip to Machu Picchu was perfect. It is a magical place that is all that you read about. Our trip was very well organized and everything ran like clockwork. Miles is a terrific host and guide and really cares about people getting the most out of their trip. I have traveled with other tour groups and this trip ranks right up there as one of the best. You will not be disappointed!
Steven C. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (June 2, 2018)
We will definitely travel with Detours again.
We just got back from an Amazing trip to Greece (May 2018) with Detours. Everything about our trip was amazing and the guides went above and beyond to make sure that all our needs were met. The accommodations were very nice ,all the activities and tours were very tailored to our needs and the restaurants were all great choices. We were with a great group of people and it was very flexible too. They really make sure that all your needs are taken care of and made it a very smooth, relaxing, and fun trip. We will definitely travel with Detours again.
Jeffrey P. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (June 1, 2018)
This was my first experience with gay travel and I am looking forward to my next trip with Detours.
This was my first experience with Detours, Greece May 2018. The trip was amazing! The hotel accommodations were all charming, clean and in a good location to the sights. There was a good balance of activities and options at each location, Our trip leader Dan, was very knowledgeable about each location, he had great options to eat and connected with excellent local travel guides. Dan also ensured that everything ran smoothly and quickly addressed any potential issues. This was my first experience with gay travel and I am looking forward to my next trip with Detours.
Robin D. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (May 30, 2018)
Yep, gonna book another Detours trip soon, had soooo much fun!
Peru May 2018...from start to finish, every detail was seamless, excellent group leader (James) took good care of us each step of the way and he is funny also, lends to the overall enjoyment of our trip. Yep, gonna book another Detours trip soon, had soooo much fun!
Zino M. - USA
8 Days in Peru - (May 29, 2018)
...it will become an amazing experience wherever they take you.
This was my first Detours Travel tour--8 days in Peru. If you are looking for a "clipboard tour" where the guide is ticking off things to do on a list, then this "event" is not for you. Our guide, the wonderful and patient Miles, made a point of getting to know us individually. He was relaxed and accommodating throughout. He listened to feedback and appeared to never be phased by anything. He has a genuine love for what he does and it translates to all who are lucky to be in his orbit, as well as those he has trained for other tours. By the end of our time together, I felt I was hanging out with friends. That is not a clipboard tour; it is a familial, and jovial and bonding experience--one which I never expected when I signed up. I would not hesitate to try another tour with Miloš (as I started calling Miles by the end of the trip). I was so impressed with him as a person and as a fun coordinator--unflappable, funny, decent, kind, responsive and very open. Book your tour with Detours today--it will become an amazing experience wherever they take you.
Gary R. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (May 20, 2018)
...I must say this adventure was utterly fantastic!
I just returned from the Spain trip (hosted by Dan Clarke) and I must say this adventure was utterly fantastic! I quickly became friends with some fun travel companions—the sights were amazing—the accommodations relaxing—and the weather perfect. Dan was an exceptional tour guide. He often took us on daily excursions away from the busy tourist areas which was greatly appreciated. The photo ops were many—I just downloaded 1,400+ images which I will be posting as soon as I am finished curating! Stay tuned...
Brett S. - USA
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (April 5, 2018)
Our trip leader could not have cared more for each one of us, as individuals... Thanks, Detours!
When I signed up with Detours, I knew that I would have quite the experience in Thailand: hotels, transportation, and a knowledgeable guide to ensure that I got a "taste" of Thailand. I had no idea that I would also meet an incredible group of 15 other male travelers! Together we laughed, toured, experienced, discussed, and drank our way through temples, beaches, boats, and cities. Our trip leader could not have cared more for each one of us, as individuals. Shane, you truly brought the heart to this adventure. Thanks, Detours!
Greg M. - USA
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (April 4, 2018)
I went to places and did things that definitely were not on my radar but that I absolutely loved.
I had a great time traveling to Thailand with Detours. I went to places and did things that definitely were not on my radar but that I absolutely loved. Shane, our group leader, was a joy. He really made the trip very special thanks to both his expertise in the country and his positive attitude!
Andy H. - USA
12 Days in South Africa - (April 2, 2018)
There are just too many "WOW" moments to list. Once again thanks Detours!
My trek through South Africa was an amazing adventure! This was my 5th trip with Detours, and although it's hard not to have expectations, this trip went far and above any I could have had. The fellow travelers and the trip leader Dan made for a close group of friends to share it all with. I am so glad Detours offered this excursion into a world of wildlife and relevant history worth experiencing. The adrenaline just surged at the sight of the "big five" as well as the up close and personal encounter with great white sharks. There are just too many "WOW" moments to list. Once again thanks Detours! See you in Thailand in July!
Morty C. - Israel
12 Days in South Africa - (March 22, 2018)
I am now planning all the other places I want to visit with Detours and I expect those experiences to be just as memorable as my first Detours tour!
Last year when a friend suggested I try Detours for a trip to South Africa, I checked out their website, was suitably impressed, and after Miles quickly answered several questions I had, I booked a tour (Africa, March 2018). I have just returned from this tour and I must say I was more than happy I went with Detours. The organization of the tour, the quality of the trip, the nice friendly group of 15 guys, the personable, knowledgeable and efficient tour leader - all these added to a most memorable experience. At first I wasn’t sure how a tour with many daily optional activities would actually play out. Turns out, it was a perfect fit for what I was seeking! Each day Dan, the leader, would list upcoming suggested options for the next day or two, and he would do any necessary bookings, as well as suggest places to eat or bars to visit. If one were not interested in these activities, Dan would come up with other suggestions; there was no pressure to stay with the majority decision. It actually turned out that the entire group did most activities together! So Detours allows one to choose which activities one is interested in doing (or not), while having companionship if desired, for meals or for these activities. For me, this was just what I wanted - a way for me to travel without detailed planning of transportation, places to stay or the actual itinerary, while having new friends to share experiences with and not feel alone, especially in a strange city! I am now planning all the other places I want to visit with Detours and I expect those experiences to be just as memorable as my first Detours tour!
Gavin & John - Australia
12 Days in South Africa - (March 19, 2018)
Would we do another Detours adventure? Absolutely! We’re already planning our next destination.
Africa had eluded us for sometime, until we learnt about the Detours itinerary to South Africa which included Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger National Park. The fact that Detours is a gay company was all the better and this would be their fifth time in South Africa since starting their tours there in early 2017. There were fifteen men in the group, the max for a Detours’ adventure and this included a majority from the USA, a few from Canada and ourselves from Australia. We soon learnt from fellow traveller Stanley, a veteran Detour devotee who had completed all the available itineraries, this travel package came ‘with options’ which we discovered was one of its best features. If we wanted to participate in planned activities like day excursions, dinner each evening and visits to bars, all well and good. However, if we wanted to do something different, Dan offered his help by suggesting, researching and planning an alternative activity so we all achieved maximum enjoyment. Or we could opt to do nothing at all and relax in the comfort of the hotel. Would we do another Detours adventure? Absolutely! We’re already planning our next destination.
Eric S. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (January 28, 2018)
I highly recommend Detours Travel for anyone who likes to travel and be a part of a really nice group of guys.
Just finished a tour with Detours Travel to Costa Rica for 12 days over xmas and new year's. Had a wonderful time. I traveled by myself and paid the extra money to have my own room. It was well worth it. The group of guys (14 of us including James our outstanding tour guide) was an eclectic mix of gay men. I highly recommend Detours Travel for anyone who likes to travel and be a part of a really nice group of guys.
Chris L. - USA
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (January 17, 2018)
I'm a true believer that no one would regret booking a trip with Detours.
Just wrapped up my 3rd trip with Detours - Thailand January 2018 - and I'm ready to sign up for my 4th trip later this year. The trips continue to surprise me because of the life experiences as well as some of the lifelong bonds you create with some of your fellow travelers. I'm a true believer that no one would regret booking a trip with Detours.
Steve C. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (January 5, 2018)
Regardless of your destination, you can't go wrong with Detours.
A great way to travel with 12-15 strangers who truly become close friends after 12 days of sharing amazing experiences together. You immediately connect with gay travelers (mostly men) who come from all parts of the world, both singles and couples in all age ranges. Provided are ground transportation, hotels, some tours, and a guide who is outgoing & locally knowledgeable. There is an outline itinerary, usually spending 2-3 days in each city, but activities are flexible and can be customized to your taste. Not super structured, allowing you to go with the flow. The group often breaks off to do separate activities that appeal one another. I've done Thailand and Costa Rica. Thailand a unique experience in culture, surroundings, night life. Costa Rica cool if you prefer outdoor adventure, waterfalls, beaches, etc. Regardless of your destination, you can't go wrong with Detours. Miles, James, Dan, & Shane all equally do a great job to make sure everyone is taken care of at all times during your the trip.
Anthony F. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (November 28, 2017)
We went on one of the 2017 Peru trips and had a fantastic time. The tour leader, James, did a great job getting everyone to where they needed to be and scheduled some really amazing dinners. Definitely recommend.
Chris J. - USA
8 Days in Peru - (November 28, 2017)
The guides, hotels, excursions, restaurants and planning are phenomenal.
My partner and I have been on two Detours trips - Thailand (15 days) and Peru (8 days). We highly recommend Detours. The guides, hotels, excursions, restaurants and planning are phenomenal. Plus, it's affordable and a good deal. You cannot go wrong.
Walter C. - USA
12 Days in Thailand - (November 28, 2017)
I had the best time making memories with new people... I truly recommend anyone to book with Detours
Was in Thailand for 12 days, and I can truly say I had the best time making memories with new people. The trip was wonderful and a relaxing vacation. But more importantly, the planning, sensitivity and execution that Detours travels makes made this trip exciting. I truly recommend anyone to book with Detours travel!
Bruce B. - USA
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (November 22, 2017)
We had such a great time, that we have already booked the Detours trip to South Africa in January.
My husband and I were on the November 2017 Thailand 15-day trip. This was our first trip with Detours, and it exceeded our expectations in every way. We really enjoyed sharing the experience with the other guys—everyone got along very well, and we always looked forward to sharing the day’s experiences with the group over dinner. The accommodations were first-rate, including staying in a luxury treehouse. The activities were interesting and varied, and you always had the option of doing something else if you didn’t like a particular activity. The trip leaders, Shane and Miles, were very sensitive to each person’s interests and needs, and the trip was very well organized. It was comforting to turn over the logistical details to them. We had such a great time, that we have already booked the Detours trip to South Africa in January. We would most highly recommend Detours to anyone who wants a first-class experience at a very reasonable price. Thanks Shane and Miles!
Renan C. - Brazil
12 Days in Thailand - (November 21, 2017)
The trip to Thailand in November'17 was incredible.
The trip to Thailand in November'17 was incredible. Miles and Shane are amazing trip leaders and care about the group not to mention the flexible to make sure everyone gets the best experience.
The true meaning of "taken care". I can't wait to join the next trip!
Travis R. - USA
12 Days in Thailand - (November 18, 2017)
I’m traveling Detours again!
Best ever. Miles and Shane are simply the best. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and they exceeded every expectation. I’m traveling Detours again!
Leon W. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (October 31, 2017)
Wow!! What an AMAZING time we had.
My husband and I just returned from Spain with Detours Travel. Wow!! What an AMAZING time we had. This was our first experience with Detours Travel, so we really did not know what to expect. The hotel accommodations were very nice and centrally located. Our tour leader Dan was UNBELIEVABLE. He was very knowledgeable about each location we were in. He would suggest sights and activities in each location and make sure that each person on the tour got to do what they wanted to do. The difference between Detours Travel and other tours that I have been on is that on other tours you have to stick to the itinerary. With Detours Travel you can pick and choose what you want to do. You can do as much or as little as you want to do. There is nothing that Dan would not have done to make sure that we were enjoying ourselves. The amount of coordination and professionalism that Dan provided was very impressive. He picked moderately priced restaurants that were very good. He took us on great hikes, bike rides, walking tours of the cities, sunsets on roof top decks for panoramic views. Almost forgot to mention, that there were 14 people on the tour. 14 people who started out as strangers and that are now friends. The tour of Spain was an experience of a lifetime. We are looking forward to travelling with Detours Travel to all of their other destinations.
Robert P. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (October 11, 2017)
We are already looking forward to our next Detours vacation to Costa Rica
We recently returned from Greece which was our third Detours vacation (also Spain and Peru). The Greek Isles are spectacularly beautiful and Detours made sure we saw all the amazing places Greece has to offer. Even more amazing was how easy Detours made it all possible. Just wake up in the morning and choose from a wide range of exciting adventures. Even more amazing was Miles our tour leader. He made it a point to get acquainted with all in our group and made sure we were all enjoying ourselves (he’s cute too). The other guys on the tour were awesome. We made many new friends. Most of us are now friends on Facebook and making plans to see each other in the future. We are already looking forward to our next Detours vacation to Costa Rica for Christmas and New Years.
Roland T. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (October 9, 2017)
Detours created a five star experience for me and so I am giving them five stars in return.
The Detours travel experience was absolutely amazing. Wonderful travel mates, fun adventures/activities, the most breathtaking views EVER, and great dining options made for some terrific memories of my first trip to Greece. Hotel accommodations were excellent as were the restaurants selected for lunch/dinner. Every activity, including lunches/dinners, was optional and so participants could do as much/little as they wanted. Of course, spending time with my travel mates seeing the beautiful sights, learning about the culture, sharing meals together, and learning about each other is what made the Detours experience unique and life enhancing. Venturing out of my comfort zone for just a little bit allowed me to be part of something really special. Detours Travel created a five star experience for me and so I am giving them five stars in return.
Ian R. - USA
12 Days in Croatia - (September 30, 2017)
So much fun!!! Seriously, the trip exceeded all my expectations!
Just returned from my first Detours trip—Croatia—So much fun!!! Seriously, the trip exceeded all my expectations! I’m so glad that I decided to take the risk of going even though I didn’t know anyone else in the group beforehand. Our group leaders Miles and James were fantastic! They really went the extra mile helping everyone feel included, and they always had fun / interesting activities planned for us. Also, if you’re a fellow Game of Thrones fan, this trip is a must—seeing all the King’s Landing filming locations in Dubrovnik was great. Thanks Detours!!
Stephen C. - USA
12 Days in Croatia - (September 16, 2017)
I'll go wherever they go, happily.
It really doesn't get any better. Well planned, reasonably priced and beautifully crafted. I've gone on Detours trips to Spain and Croatia. Both were life-changing. Can't recommend them highly enough. You will experience a new country at the hands of an expert, and make many new friends in the bargain. I'll go wherever they go, happily.
Tom S. - USA
12 Days in Croatia - (September 14, 2017)
Kudos to the Detours team for planning and executing one of the most enjoyable trips of my lifetime!!
How do you turn 16 strangers in best friends? Detours!! By the end of the trip everyone felt like a happy family that just shared an amazing experience together. Miles & James are the most wonderful hosts! They try so hard to ensure that everyone is having a great time - and they succeed! I must admit that I was skeptical about the rave reviews from prior travelers before I experienced their outstanding hospitality, but I now know that this is the best gay tour company on the planet! Kudos to the Detours team for planning and executing one of the most enjoyable trips of my lifetime!! I am honored to now be part of the Detours family!!
Lawrence T. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (August 28, 2017)
How do you guys do it? It was flawless in every single way.
I don't know where to begin but I want to thank you for accommodating me to the Costa Rica trip. It was a trip of my life I will never forget. How do you guys do it? It was flawless in every single way, I had 12 days of pure bliss with the new friends I have made in a country I've never been before. It was PERFECTION! The birthday cake surprise with a full crew singing happy birthday in spanish was an unexpected addition to the trip. I almost cried. Drama! Thank you!
James has been super amazing. I have never met such a beautiful soul. Actually, me and a few guys from the costa rica trip are planning on a mini reunion by joining one of his tours in Peru next year. Watch out!
Michael R. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (August 11, 2017)
...we all bonded and I made new friends for life
The Peru trip with Detours was everything I could have wished for. Trip leader James is exceptional and always went above and beyond. Fellow travelers were super fun and I can say we all bonded and I made new friends for life.
Robert and Eugene - USA
12 Days in Peru - (August 1, 2017)
We travel often but have never experienced a tour that comes close to our vacations planned by Detours.
We just finished our 2nd Detours vacation (Peru) and although our expectations were it couldn't be any better than the first (Spain), we were so happy it turned out to be every bit as enjoyable if not more so. Our tour guide (James) was awesome. Not only was he very knowledgeable but his attention and concern for each of us on the tour was so unexpected. We travel often but have never experienced a tour that comes close to our vacations planned by Detours. Just bring your clothes and toothbrush and ALL arrangements are personally and professionally handled by the Owner (Miles) and his AWESOME Tour Leaders (Dan, Shane and James). The groups are small enough so that the owner and tour leaders make it a point to get to know everyone and ensure all are welcome and well taken care of. Also, we have made several new friends from around the world that were on the tour. If you are use to a tour leader carrying a flag and leading tourists like cattle from site to site, you will be pleasantly surprised by the comradery and personal attention that DETOURS graciously provides. In about 3 weeks we will be taking our 3rd DETOURS vacation and we couldn't be more excited!
Aaron L. - USA
12 Days in Peru - (July 30, 2017)
Had the most amazing time travelling with Detours that I booked another trip before I finished my first one.
Definitely real, buckets of fun. Totally brilliant. Had the most amazing time travelling with Detours that I booked another trip before I finished my first one. Everything was organised perfectly. My trip to Peru has been the best group travel experience of my life to date! Our tour leader James is second to none and the guys I travelled with are amazing humans. Big thanks to Detours and big bear hugs to the Peru Crew of July 17.
Michael R. - USA
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (July 23, 2017)
From beginning to end the trip was just fantastic
I know all the reviews leave you wondering just how honest are they . Well I can tell you they are 110% accurate . Miles was our trip leader fro Thailand July 2017 and he by far exceeded my expectations . From beginning to end the trip was just fantastic and the group of guys I traveled with I can honestly say I now have 7 new friends ! Don't hesitate !! Book it !! You will not regret it
Peter M. - USA
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (July 17, 2017)
BEST.VACATION.EVER. Miles was amazingly helpful, flexible, and informative. The 15 day Thailand experience was like no other we have ever experienced. Byron and I are already talking about what trip to do next time. Highly recommended for both singles and couples.
Murray C. - Australia
12 Days in Thailand - (July 16, 2017)
Thank you again Detours and Miles for an amazing experience.
A big thankyou to Miles for such an awesome trip to Thailand. We had a great crowd and Miles has happy to run around to make sure we had a stress-free time. He was happen to accomodate our needs and provide an awesome experience. Even when someone had to go to hospital (they had slipped on a step at the pool) Miles was there to make sure that everything went smoothly.
The locations were great and the new itinerary worked like a treat. This was my first gay trip (as I've done mixed trips before) and the atmosphere was fun and relaxed. Thank you again Detours and Miles for an amazing experience.
Dean S. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (July 10, 2017)
I went with an open mind and open heart and I truly had a wonderful time and met some great new friends
I had a wonderful trip with Detours. I truly did. Now I have a couple of moments to reflect on it all. I wasn't sure what to expect but I went with an open mind and open heart and I truly had a wonderful time and met some great new friends. I would absolutely recommend, and have, Detours to anyone. I hope to take another trip soon.
Dan was an amazing trip leader. So patient. Friendly. Accommodating. Fun. He really did an excellent job with managing 15 different personalities and truly handled everything with ease, or as it seemed, though I am sure it's a lot of work 24/7 trying to keep everyone happy as well as organizing everything from food to laundry. He deserves a lot of credit for how well the trip flowed from tickets, excursions, events, etc etc etc.
I think the greatest aspect I loved was that I didn't have to think about anything. I just had to show up. Dan organized everything and I didn't have to worry about tickets, getting there, where to meet, what time, finding my way, dinner, etc etc etc. Not having to think about anything but drinking, food, talking, laughing, etc was so nice! My stress each day was when to have a beer and what time to wake up. Just what I wanted, yet I saw and did so many things over the 12 days without lifting a finger, except to have a drink, lol.
I thought the itinerary was very good. The cities, the churches, historic things to see, walks, bike tours, beach. planes, trains and buses. It was great and very well organized with each city visit.
Overall, I had an amazing trip and hope to book again soon.
Marcelo A. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (July 3, 2017)
Can't begin to say enough nice things about Detours.
Can't begin to say enough nice things about Detours. A must do, life changing experience. Absolutely wonderful.
David P. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (July 1, 2017)
We would highly recommend traveling with Detours to anyone!
My partner & I just returned from a 12 day trip to Greece with Dan as our leader. We have been to Europe on group ski trips a few times over the past decade so we are used to traveling this way and have also traveled Europe just the two us a number times as well. I have nothing but high praise for Dan our tour leader, and we are considering taking another Detour's trip in 2018. The tours on the islands were fun and worthwhile, we did most of the activities but never felt pressure to join and occasionally carved out time for ourselves. The group was composed of very interesting men from differing backgrounds and we shared many laughs and great meals with them. There was also a group of us that sampled the nightlife together on a regular basis which was great fun. We would highly recommend traveling with Detours to anyone!
Jim L. - USA
12 Days in Greece - (June 15, 2017)
Have I used 'amazing', 'incredible', 'great', too much? Well it is.
Just completed my third, and certainly not last, Detours trip. I've done three trips in less than 10 months and have been guided by all four of the 'GALS'; Miles, James, Shane, and Dan. In Greece we had both Miles and Dan and I joked besides doing a trip review I can now rate them. There is no way to, like any person, they all have a personality, but when it comes to taking care of you they are all fully professional and whoever you are with you are in over 100% guidance and information. Greece was a bit more intricate than my previous trips, (Costa Rica and Thailand) as you take ferries from Athens through the islands and eventually back to Athens. They had the times, tickets, and everything you need taken care of without ever having to worry. And any problem you may have they take care of you one-on-one, while also looking after the group which is basically up to 15 other guys. This is more of a testament about Detours so I just focused on them. But as far as the trip went it was amazing, somewhere I have always wanted to visit since I was 10 years old and finally did it at 53. All of the history of Athens and the monuments/museums, the 'small town' family ambience of Milos, the absolute beauty of Santorini, and the fun of Mykonos; I'm not a late night party guy anymore but I guess it was a wild time for some. We did have some rain, even hail, but it never started before we had completed our designated visit. The most friendly people ever. An incredible trip, and if you go, absolutely arrive a week early or stay a week later and visit a few other islands or even other places on the mainland. The pre-paid airport transfers were flawless and the hotels they pick have the nicest friendliest staff. You'll definitely be seeing me in Peru or South Africa next year. And the restaurants we ate in were beyond amazing. Two boat cruises around Milos and Santorini were incredible. Have I used 'amazing', 'incredible', 'great', too much? Well it is. We originally had a group of 15, but it was so popular they doubled the trip. We were all together in Athens at the beginning and end but split into two 14 or so person groups for the majority. Very personal. If you have never done a Detours trip, do it, I've done it 3 times and loved it!
John G. - South Africa
12 Days in Greece - (June 5, 2017)
This was by far one of the best group trips I have done and hope to be able to do another one in the not too distant future
I was on your May 2017 Greece trip with Dan. I can only provide you with positive feedback of the whole experience. Dan is an excellent guide and makes time for everyone on the trip and has patience with all of us. He was extremely helpful in arranging a late check out for me at the Athens hotel as my flight was close to midnight, and I think he forfeited a late checkout for himself in favour of me!
The entire trip had that relaxed feeling about it and even when things went wrong such as the delay in ferry departure no one seemed concerned as Dan was there to sort it all out. The accommodation was perfect in my opinion and I felt that the choice of islands that we visited was well thought out as all are different in their own way. All the activities from the pirate boat cruise, the ATV vehicles on Milos (my favourite island) and the hiking that Dan encouraged were well chosen and much enjoyed.
This was by far one of the best group trips I have done and hope to be able to do another one in the not too distant future. Hopefully I have been able to sell my county to the guys on the trip and I think a few of them are seriously considering doing the South Africa trip in the future. I must also thank you once again for your patience and assistance with my visa requirements etc when I booked my trip earlier this year. I heard other guys on the trip also comment on how impressed they were (and in some cases the reason why they booked with Detours) with the prompt responses to their emails and I do believe that is one of Detours most valuable attributes.
Robert P. - USA
12 Days in Spain - (May 29, 2017)
It far exceeded our expectations and it will definitely will not be our last.
Thank you Detours for the awesome time we had on the May 2017 Spain tour. It far exceeded our expectations and it will definitely will not be our last. In fact, we've already registered for the September 2017 Greece tour. We especially enjoyed the group activities and dinners. Those that wanted to do their own thing (very few) were welcome to do so. Our tour leader was Dan and he was super. He made each of us feel important and comfortable. Miles (the owner) was helpful from the beginning to the end regarding our accounts and travel details.
Brooks B. - USA
12 Days in South Africa - (February 26, 2017)
...DO IT NOW! I have traveled with them to Costa Rica, Peru and South Africa and I am already plotting my next adventure.
Another amazing adventure with Detours! I just got home from an incredible trip to South Africa and cannot say enough about the trip. I am so happy that I have had the pleasure of traveling with Dan Clarke and Miles Mitchinson on two different trips and they have become great friends! If you are thinking of booking a trip with Detours, the only advice I can give is DO IT NOW! I have traveled with them to Costa Rica, Peru and South Africa and I am already plotting my next adventure. I am a big fan of Detours and cannot say enough about them. Thanks so much Miles and Dan for the amazing experience!
Kenny K. - USA
12 Days in South Africa - (February 7, 2017)
...my hopes were more than met by the inaugural Detours Travel trip to South Africa.
"Winelands, Wild Animals, Winds of The Cape"--South Africa
As a veteran traveler, I seek the challenges of diversity, culture, adventure in a foreign land and my hopes were more than met by the inaugural Detours Travel trip to South Africa. My title captures all the W's for Wins in this wondrous adventure that explored the winelands of Parrl (reminiscent of California Central Valley) where you will learn a lot traveling to vineyards, Then there were the safaris, most notably to famed Kruger National Park (the size of New Jersey) where we were fortunate in seeing all the major WILD animals, highlighted by the elusive leopard who dramatically posed on top of an anthill for us. I was thrilled to see Cape Hope, the cliffs, pounding waves, black penguin colony, rugged landscape in a national park. Capetown is one of the "coolest" seaport towns I have ever experienced with endless activities and friendly people. Then the unanticipated surprises--visiting an elephant sanctuary and touching all parts of the elephant, visiting one of the world's largest canyons, Blyde River Canyon Nature Preserve, and getting to feed the vultures at the Mohotoholo Wildlife Sanctuary and the opportunity to see diverse parts of the South African landscape--savannahs, mountain rages, desert, rivers, shoreline, beaches, farmland, vineyards, and, of course, Tabletop Mt. National Park.
Balmy sunny weather, fine hotels, delicious food (inexpensive...and best burgers anywhere).
The key element of all of this were our two dedicated, caring, skillful, charming, energetic, helpful trip leaders, Miles and Dan, who admirably strived that each individual had the best possible trip.
Scott B. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (February 3, 2017)
...my advice is to go for it. I couldn't ask for anything more.
Great Trip! Great travel service to do business with. If you are like me, a bit hesitant to book a tour from a company I found on the web - my advice is to go for it. Detours is easy to do business with, very responsive to any questions or concerns and I had a great trip! I couldn't ask for anything more. Our adventure leader, James, did a great job of making sure everyone in the group had a great trip and took care of any request that came up along the way. I look forward to booking another adventure with Detours in the near future.
John M. - USA
12 Days in Costa Rica - (January 29, 2017)
I'd recommend Detours whether your going solo or as a couple.
I just returned from a 12 day tour of Costa Rica with Detours. There were 10 of us on the tour plus our enthusiastic and affable tour leader, James. James is a very considerate and thoughtful tour leader, surprising one of the group members with a birthday cake during a sunset cruise. The itinerary offered a lot of flexible excursions for all skill levels including jet-skiing, horseback riding, jet-boarding, ATV tour, snorkeling, etc. Although the wifi was a bit slow in a couple of the accommodations, they were clean and modern. We even had our own private villa for a few days complete with pool, hot tub, etc., which was nice. We checked out a couple of the gay bars while in San Jose and always had plenty of time to venture off on our own if we wanted to. I'd recommend Detours whether your going solo or as a couple.
Jim L. - USA
15 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (January 13, 2017)
I would never hesitate to go with Detours again... I'm going to Greece in June '17 and hopefully onto Peru and elsewhere later on
What an amazing and adventurous time. I have done gay cruises through (company names removed) before, but Detours was my first ever gay adventure trip. I first did Costa Rica in August 2016 with Miles and James and said then if I loved this I will immediately be signing up for more, including this Thailand trip over the New Year's period with Shane, and coming to Greece in June '17 with Dan, which is now so popular the group is now split into two with Miles also coming along. But this review is about Thailand New Years '16-'17. First off, signing up, the airport transfers (both ways), extra hotel nights, and all other arrival/departure logistics were handled flawlessly. On the first official evening we all met together with Shane and we all got our initial introductions as Shane announced we would all go out for drinks, a surprise complimentary Thai massage, dinner, a local tour around the immediate area, then dinner, and one of many shows you probably won't tell your parents about. The base hotel we were in for the start, and end, the Amara, was first class. Shane got all of us set-up on a private Dropbox account to chat together about anything and he was always available at the drop of a hat to answer any concerns, questions, etc... anyone would have. We travelled around either through tour vans, tuk-tuks, or taxis, and sometimes to some locales we took ferries for which all the tickets were taken care of. Ferries were how we traveled eventually from Bangkok to Koh Samui, as well as onto Koh Phanangan. While visiting historic and cultural sights we enlisted an absolutely loving and beautiful young lady Yeli who guided us through the many sights we saw and you could tell she was just not reading a script, she knows and loves what saw was showing us a nd gave so many insights into the history and lives of her country, at least for me, I found fascinating. Thanks to Yeli, Shane, and the many overly friendy locals and hotel employees, getting around, or figuring out a different/distinct culture was quite simple. Unlike some trips I have taken in the past where everything is planned ahead of time, Detours lets you do what you want, and feel like doing. Shane introduced us to the BTS Skytrain. We took it on New Year's eve to get to our rooftop party. I will have to be critical that I felt it was not all it was hyped up to be. Somewhat underwhelming, but still fun, not Shane's fault at all. Thailand is a country which actually relishes their King, who had recently passed away and the entire country observe s a year of mourning, so there were no fireworks or overwhelming celebrations. It was still a fun evening, don't let me sound like a downer. Just the organization of the facility itself. Moving on.
While in Phangan most of went on a 3+ hour hike. Afterwards we got down to the beach and had a great lunch.
We later flew to Phuket for our final destination before returning back to Bangkok. Wonderful time at the hotel. So much to do. I think it was there my self and another guy went to a Thai Cultural show which was amazing, also a lot of us attending a Thai cooking class where we got to make three dishes and eat them and share them with each other. That same guy who I did the Thai Cultural show with also went to a Muay Thai boxing match where we were joined by two other guys from our group. Later that night most of us went to clubs and 'ladyboy' shows. That's not really what I get into so I opted to head back to the hotel. We flew back to Bangkok for our final couple days. Shane had arranged a champagne party at the nearby W hotel which also was a lot of fun. Afterwards it was off to another cabaret/ladyboy show which due to my ankle I decided not to partake in, but Shane made sure I could and did know how to get back to our hotel. The next day was our final full day including the floating market with Yeli, and our farewell dinner.
Finally, all in all. Besides all the rain, my injury, and illness. I had a great time. Nothing that happened to me had anything to do with Detours. In fact Shane went out of his way, and spent some of his own money, to get me some ankle wraps, lineament, dropped-off and picked-up some laundry, and offered any assistance needed in regards to any medication I needed. Finally on the final day at the time of my departure he was there to see me off.
I would never hesitate to go with Detours again, as I already said, I'm going to Greece in June '17 and hopefully onto Peru and elsewhere later on.