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Trip Reviews

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.  

Detours Travel: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars, based on 424 ratings. 424 user reviews.
  • Ed M. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Scandinavia - (July 5, 2024)

    It was more than I even imagined… What a blast…

    I just finished my second vacation with Detours; The Scandinavian Adventure – in June 2024.

    It was more than I even imagined… What a blast… And the full day transition from Oslo Norway to Bergen Norway was a highlight for me. Literally one of the top three things I’ve ever experienced in my life; the commuter train up the mountains, then the scenic Flam Railway down the mountain through 21 tunnels, and finishing off with the most beautiful boat ride for two hours down a fjord with spectacular mountain views and over 50 waterfalls!

    Detours certainly has a great formula: visit exciting places with a small group of gay men from all over and from all walks of life - - lead by incredible tour leaders. Brandon, as our tour leader, you were the best… with so much energy and enthusiasm and always willing to help each of us out; with any questions or problems we had, offering suggestions of places to visit or eat on your own if you chose to, and never loosing that great smile on your face!

    As an older, single, gay gentleman, Detours made me feel totally welcomed and comfortable. We had all kinds of travelers in our group; solo travelers (young and old), friends traveling together and sharing a room, and couples of many years together. Within three or four days everybody knew everyone else, and I can honestly say, felt part of a special group. That’s Detours magic… So if you’re single or older and wondering whether you will fit in or be welcomed on a Detours vacation, you will be.

    Looking forward to my next Detours vacation, which I’ve already booked for 2025.
    Brandon, maybe I will see you as my tour leader in Japan!

  • JJ H. - USA

    5.0   8 Days in Italy - (July 3, 2024)

    After about half a dozen trips with Detours, we are ready to book the next, again.

    What can I say? After about half a dozen trips with Detours, we are ready to book the next, again. They have amazing tour guides, amazing help both pre and post booking and an amazing concept that just works. I have booked as a singe split traveler and then as a couple and loved every single trip I have done. I have zero hesitation highly recommending them, just do it.

  • Anton G. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Scandinavia - (July 1, 2024)

    I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the trip... Looking forward to more adventures!"

    I recently embarked on a second journey with Detours, this time exploring the stunning landscapes of Scandinavia. Brandon, our group leader, was fantastic - his boundless energy and positive attitude were infectious. It was a pleasure to be under his guidance as he took us through each destination with enthusiasm and expertise. A couple highlights for me: He coordinated a private tour of the Royal Palace in Stockholm and on short notice, coordinated a great dinner at a restaurant on an island. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the trip, thanks to his awesome leadership skills. Looking forward to more adventures!"

  • Robert M. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Greece - (June 27, 2024)

    This was my first time traveling with Detours and I will definitely take more trips with them.

    This was my first time traveling with Detours and I will definitely take more trips with them. Dan and Darren our trip leaders were so incredibly on top of things. We didn't have to worry about anything. I was one of the older guys and was worried about mobility issues as I'm having knee replacement next week. They were always taking care of me and helping when needed. I can't say enough about this company and the experience I had on the Greece trip.

  • Travis P. - USA

    5.0   10 Days in Europe - (June 26, 2024)

    Just finished a trip to Central Europe with Detours and had a wonderful time!

    Just finished a trip to Central Europe with Detours and had a wonderful time!

    There's always something to do but, at the same time, you're free to choose your own adventure. The result is a trip where you can create your own experience without any stress around logistics.

    I'm sure we'll book another trip with Detours

  • Simon N. - Australia

    5.0   12 Days in Spain - (June 17, 2024)

    I booked the Spain tour with Detours and had a blast.

    I booked the Spain tour with Detours and had a blast. The tour worked perfectly to my requirements giving me many options to explore the country. The company from fellow travellers and tour lead, Clay, made the whole experience unforgettable. It was a good paced tour, giving you enough time to explore each city as much as you wanted to. I would definitely be a repeat customer.
    Also special mention to Maurice from head office who helped me with the booking and answered all my questions thoroughly prior to the tour. He made the whole booking process so effortless.

  • Tim C. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Greece - (June 11, 2024)

    They made my first trip out of the country incredibly special, and I’m already saving up for my next big adventure with them.

    I am writing this review on behalf of my 2024 trip to Greece. I would like to begin by saying as someone who is disabled, has never left the United States, and has not traveled in ten years, this trip has been truly life changing. I was fortunate enough to have Dan and Clay as my group leaders. I can’t speak more highly of these two men. I was nervous to leave the country for the first time, especially with a group of people I had never met, but they made me feel safe, included, and a part of their Detours family. I knew from our first meeting I was in good hands. Dan has ten years of experience under his belt and knows all the sights and sounds that any newcomer to Greece needs to experience. His knowledge of the country is impressive, and he knows all the best restaurants. It is clear to see he has created special relationships with the owners of these establishments over his many trips. While Clay is newer to the company, he is no less well-traveled, experienced, friendly, and enlightening. The tour was perfectly curated to show off the best of Greece. I personally enjoyed the history and culture of Athens, and the quiet splendor (and ATV rides) of Milos. However, if history isn’t your thing, the trip has something for everyone. The people, the cuisine, the wine, the beaches, the sunsets in Santorini, and the nightlife in Mykonos. The list goes on and on. Do not miss the opportunity to explore this stunning country and do it with Detours. They made my first trip out of the country incredibly special, and I’m already saving up for my next big adventure with them.

  • Stratis C. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Greece - (June 4, 2024)

    We'll remember this trip for the rest of our lives.

    We signed up for our first tour group as we headed to Greece largely bc we didn't speak the language and didn't want to worry about transport, planning, etc. What we got in return was so much more. Our amazing and fearless leader Dan shepherded us - and 10 others - on an amazing journey that included everything from jumping off 20' cliffs into the Agean, seemingly endless shots at Jackie O's with the beautiful staff, a white themed party on a pirates ship, an archeologist led tour of Delos, and so much more. We couldn't have asked for a better group, leader, or experience. If you are waffling on whether a tour is right for you, waffle no more. Side notes: Daily excursions are not required, so if you don't feel like particularly active, no sweat. Dinner is arranged every night, which takes any guesswork out of the equation. HUGE shoutout to Dan and the entire Detours team. They couldn't have made it easier, more fun, or rewarding. We'll remember this trip for the rest of our lives.

  • Christopher J. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Greece - (June 1, 2024)

    This was our third vacation destination with Detours Travel.

    This was our third vacation destination with Detours Travel. We had an amazing time mostly due in part to or fabulous trip leader, Oliver. He is such an outgoing, fun, and professional trip leader and very patient with the 15 guys on this trip to Greece. He is a wealth of knowledge and kept us all informed throughout the trip on the WhatsApp so that we always knew what was going on, timing of events, as well as the locations if we didn’t walk with the group. I celebrated my 58th birthday on this trip and Oliver went out of his way to make it even more special for me throughout the day. We look forward to our next Detours Travel vacation.

  • Stephen A. - USA

    5.0   12 Days in Spain - (May 8, 2024)

    Stop pondering whether you should book it, just do it... you will not regret it!

    I just got home from 12 days in Spain with Brandon (and Clay in training)... this trip was nothing short of amazing. It was my first time to all of the locations on the trip. In real life, I like to be in control of everything... but on this trip, I handed it over to the most unflappable, kind, energetic, creative and outstanding team leader (Brandon) that anyone could wish for. There was not a T uncrossed or an I undotted... in the trip descriptions, it appears that you may have to figure out more than you actually do... if you want a trip where you can leave your brain at home, you can have it... if you want a lot of free time, you can do that too. You always have dinner companions, like minded excursion buddies and photographers if you want them. For purposes of anyone who might think they are too young or old, our age group ranged from 30 to early 60's (I am closer to the older side of that group lol), but it did not make a difference! I would say the trip gave me an opportunity to grow, reflect, energize and enjoy. It was truly one of those trips that make you feel even better about life when it was done. I truly cannot thank Brandon enough for his leadership... Clay for his partnership... and the many friends I made on this trip (you know who your are!)... I haven't laughed as much as I did in this trip in a long time... stop pondering whether you should book it, just do it... you will not regret it!

  • Scott S. - USA

    5.0   12 Days in Spain - (May 7, 2024)

    Detours does an incredible job. I’ve taken two trips with them and it’s my favorite way to travel!

    All the fun with none of the stress!! Detours does an incredible job. I’ve taken two trips with them and it’s my favorite way to travel! They handle the hotels and loosely plan some activities, but you have plenty of free time to do things at your own place and the trip leader is always there to make suggestions and coordinate activities for you. The group of guys that they assembled to travel with are wonderful and I have made some lasting friendships from my trips.

  • Greg Z. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Portugal & Morocco - (April 27, 2024)

    Just got back from the Portugal/Morocco trip. Phenomenal experience.

    Just got back from the Portugal/Morocco trip. Phenomenal experience. Oliver (Ollie) was our trip leader. He did an excellent job at making sure everything went as smoothly as possible. He was also extremely funny and a pleasure to be around. The hotels they chose were beautiful, and for the price and amount you get to see I would definitely say its a bargain. Although there is a structured itinerary, you still get to opt out of certain things if you wish, and customize days yourself to make the trip specific to you. For example, I was in Morocco during Passover, and Ollie helped organize a day trip for me to go to the Jewish quarter of Morocco and see the synagogues and Jewish history of that country, as he knew that would be important for me. I would highly recommend detours to anyone <3

  • Michael G. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Portugal & Morocco - (April 17, 2024)

    Great company, great destinations, great trip leaders, and great traveling companions.

    I’m just wrapping up my third trip with Detours, and it won’t be my last. Portugal and Morocco is a wonderful trip, especially Marrakech. Our trip leader, Oliver, did a fantastic job of making sure we got the most out of all three cites, and was committed to insuring that every guest had the best possible experience. Great company, great destinations, great trip leaders, and great traveling companions. Detours delivers superb value. I highly recommend them.

  • Barry L. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Portugal & Morocco - (April 16, 2024)

    This is such a great tour company and the trip leaders are great.

    I just got back from two weeks in Portugal and Morocco with Detours Travel. It was my second Detours trip (the first was Spain). This is such a great tour company and the trip leaders are great. This time around the trip leader was Ollie. He was patient, incredibly organized, super helpful and took us every night to experience the nightlife. I'm already looking forward to going with Detours next summer to Scandinavia. They make travel so much better!

  • Graham G. - UK

    5.0   10 Days in Egypt - (April 15, 2024)

    We experienced no safety concerns over there and the whole vacation experience was first class.

    Travelled with Detours to Egypt in March. We experienced no safety concerns over there and the whole vacation experience was first class. This was in no small measure due to group leader Darren and local guide Hend, who both had an incredible knowledge of the places we visited. To encounter pyramids and temples built thousands of years ago, and understand the civilizations history, is a mesmerizing experience which becomes etched into your mind. Highly recommended.

  • Adrian M. - Canada

    5.0   11 Days in New Zealand - (March 30, 2024)

    Thanks again to everyone involved at Detours for making this trip a success; I will recommend Detours to many others in the future.

    I just wanted to thank Shane and Maurice for answering all my questions ahead of the trip! Even having a phone call with me meant a lot, given that it was my first experience with doing a group travel option; thanks for making my trip to New Zealand such a tremendous success!

    I had a great time with the group I went with, plus our trip leader, Chase, was very organized and punctual for all planned outings and always provided us with various options for our leisure days in each city. Accommodations were great! There were no surprises; every room was clean, and the first hotel even had a washer/dryer for cleaning clothes, which helped as we continued our journey.

    I conquered many obstacles and fears in several activities and was glad I did them in the end; river rafting was one of them!

    The wine tours, river rafting, cruising through the mountains of Milford Sound and the day on the island for the wine tours were a highlight for me!

    Thanks again to everyone involved at Detours for making this trip a success; I will recommend Detours to many others in the future.

  • Brooks B. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in New Zealand - (March 28, 2024)

    Just finished up my 9th trip with Detours Travel and it was yet again another incredible trip!

    Just finished up my 9th trip with Detours Travel and it was yet again another incredible trip! My first trip was in Costa Rica in 2015. Since then I have traveled with Detours to Peru, Thailand, South Africa, Croatia, Israel/Jordan, Italy, Scandinavia and New Zealand. If you are looking for a memorable trip with amazing adventures, I highly recommend you book with Detours! I am less than a week from returning from New Zealand and already thinking about my next trip.

  • Joseph W. - USA

    5.0   13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (March 27, 2024)

    On every trip, there’s always something special you’ll learn or experience - that you wouldn’t get anywhere else but Detours.

    Detours is a GREAT travel group, especially if your trip is led by Oliver! Miles - give Oliver a raise! 🤪 He’s the best. I’ve taken 5 trips through detours, and I keep coming back because it’s stress-free travel with a nice balance of group activities, while also having the ability to go off and do your own thing. On every trip, there’s always something special you’ll learn or experience - that you wouldn’t get anywhere else but Detours.

  • Robert H. - USA

    5.0   13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (March 27, 2024)

    Trip to Thailand & Cambodia was beyond expectations.

    Trip to Thailand & Cambodia was beyond expectations. Our trip leader Oliver performed over and above any trip leader previously. He was so well organized & timely with agenda details and updates that there was little need for questions but he was always available for them if need be. For the unscheduled/free time he was ready with many options also & participated in many of them. Clearly he set the bar high….other trip leaders will need to reach to keep up with this one.

    Also to note the Detours owner Miles made a special trip to join us for dinner one night in Thailand & picked up the check. Thanks Miles!

  • Tuan T. - USA

    5.0   13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (March 27, 2024)

    Husband and I just finished Thailand and Cambodia trip with Detours. Had a fun, safe, memorable and fantastic time.

    Husband and I just finished Thailand and Cambodia trip with Detours. Had a fun, safe, memorable and fantastic time. Our trip leader, Oliver, was the best and exceeded all our expectations-went above and beyond!

  • Lawrence B. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in New Zealand - (March 21, 2024)

    I highly recommend Detours travel. This was my second trip with Detours. I definitely plan to travel with them again.

    I just returned from a tour to New Zealand that exceeded my expectations. The tour leader, Chase,  coordinated an excellent experience for everyone. He was thoughtful, energetic, and well organized.

    The highlight of the tour, for me, was the trip to Milford sound. We took a boat trip through a fiord. We took a flight back in a small plane. We were able to view mountains and glaciers. Another interesting excursion was a visit to geothermal pools which included a mud bath. I did some exciting zip lining in Rotorua and Queenstown. Auckland was very fascinating. I took a tour of the Parliment building and visited a museum.

    I highly recommend Detours travel. This was my second trip with Detours. I definitely plan to travel with them again.

  • Sonny C. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in New Zealand - (March 21, 2024)

    In conclusion, the journey through New Zealand was nothing short of extraordinary.

    The 12-day tour of New Zealand was an absolute adventure from start to finish! Exploring Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, and Queenstown provided a diverse and captivating experience that left us in awe of this beautiful country.

    Highlights included ascending the Sky Tower in Auckland, where the panoramic views took our breath away. The wine tour on Waiheke Island introduced us to some of the finest local wines in a picturesque setting. Hobbiton was a dream come true for any Lord of the Rings fan, with its charming hobbit holes and lush landscapes.

    The thrill of Zorbing in Rotorua was unlike anything we've ever experienced, adding an exciting twist to our journey. And who could forget the majestic beauty of Milford Sound? Flying back from Milford Sound to Queenstown on a Cessna plane was an unforgettable highlight, offering unparalleled views of the stunning fjords and rugged landscapes below.

    Throughout the trip, our tour leader, Chase, went above and beyond to ensure everything ran smoothly. From organizing activities to providing insightful suggestions, Chase's expertise and enthusiasm enhanced our experience tremendously.

    In conclusion, the journey through New Zealand was nothing short of extraordinary. From its vibrant cities to its breathtaking natural wonders, this tour showcased the best that this remarkable country has to offer. We returned home with memories that will last a lifetime and a deep appreciation for the beauty of New Zealand. Highly recommended for any adventure seeker!

  • Dan T. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in New Zealand - (March 20, 2024)

    Had the best time in New Zealand! Possibly the most fun trip I’ve ever been on!

    Had the best time in New Zealand! Possibly the most fun trip I’ve ever been on! We did so many activities that I wouldn’t have found or done if I traveled without Detours. Some of my favorite experiences were Zorbing, White Water Rafting, Luging, Ziplining, and visiting Hobbiton. We also visited an ice bar which was really cool to experience and got to learn some of New Zealand’s history by visiting a Maori Village. We had a great group of people. Everyone was friendly and fun to be around. Our trip leader Chase was the best! Great personality, funny, likable, easy to talk to and did a great job making sure everyone was having fun and felt welcomed! Would definitely consider another trip with Chase and Detours in the future!

  • Tomas S. - USA

    5.0   13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (March 18, 2024)

    Bravo, Detours Travel! I look forward to joining you again this year in Japan and Australia.

    I have just returned from one of the most exhilarating, memorable, laughter-filled, and adventure-driven holidays imaginable - and this, my second holiday with Detours Travel, did not disappoint at all. Never in a lifetime have I even thought about going on a trip to Thailand and Cambodia but thanks to Detours and their dedicated and professional team that crafted the ideal holiday for me, it finally became a reality. I couldn't think of a more fitting tour leader in Oliver Armstrong. He was the fulcrum who held all of us together, the starship that catapulted us to experience adventure, and the source for ensuring that our memorable experiences are never extinguished in our thoughts.

    I've read (and heard) so much about the rich history - ancient and modern - of these two destinations and it definitely did not disappoint when I finally arrived. I have crossed off so many items from my bucket list as a result of this holiday; visiting the historic Angkor Wat complex and just marveling at the grandeur of it all (that photos cannot do justice), savoring the different and diverse culinary delights of the region, walking through the streets of Bangkok and Phuket and taking in first hand their notorious but equally exciting reputation, and for the first time I have finally faced my fears and conquered zip lining as well as give snorkeling a try.

    But above all, the most memorable and most endearing experience I had with this recent holiday, as well as the previous holidays I have booked with Detours, is meeting the outstanding group of men that I am so fortunate to have spent two weeks with and the friendship that were forged as a result of this, all of whom share the same interests as me, have parallel life experiences as what I've been through, and come from a diverse and rich pedigree that they are eager to share and I am so welcome to bring into my life.

    Bravo, Detours Travel! I look forward to joining you again this year in Japan and Australia. And for these upcoming trips, although I'm over the moon with excitement to experience these destinations for the first time, I look forward to meeting some of my fellow Detours travelers from our previous adventures - and have the opportunity to once again give them all a well-deserved and endearing hug when we meet, something that will definitely surpass any fatigue after a long-haul flight and will make the journey very well worth it.

  • Derrick N. - USA

    5.0   10 Days in Australia - (March 16, 2024)

    I can’t say enough positive things about Detours Travel! I have now taken 5 trips around the world, most recently returning from their new Australian adventure! It was amazing!!! Every bit!

    We Are 100% Detours Fans!!!  I can’t say enough positive things about Detours Travel! I have now taken 5 trips around the world, most recently returning from their new Australian adventure! It was amazing!!! Every bit! The country and people blew me away and exceeded any expectations! They planning amazing adventures within the trip and great suggestions for adding on! From my first solo trip to South Africa where they held my hand, to now 4 more including Peru, Italy & Belize; I already look forward to the next adventure with them! My new fiancé, Bryan, has been on the last 3 with me & has added a whole new level to our relationship as fellow Wanderlusters!  Thanks to Miles, Shane, Dan, Brandon, Chase & Maurice for being so amazing!

  • Joseph F. - USA

    5.0   10 Days in Egypt - (March 16, 2024)

    We have already signed up for another Detours trip to Peru in the fall.

    We traveled to Egypt in early March 2024 with Detours. We have always been very independent travelers who had absolutely no interest in an arranged group tour. However, Egypt is a very difficult place to arrange on one’s own. And then there are concerns about safety, for all sorts of valid reasons.
    Detours did not disappoint! The group was small and likable. The arrangements for travel and site visits were all carried out very well, always with an eye to safety. We must mention Hend, our local Egyptologist and guide, and thank her. She helped even before the tour began, arranging some activities for us early arrivals. She really was indispensable and very appreciated.
    We have already signed up for another Detours trip to Peru in the fall.

  • Ian S. - Australia

    5.0   10 Days in Egypt - (March 14, 2024)

    Being a small group tour it was easy and quick to move around. Highly recommend Detours Travel.

    We did a Detours Egypt trip in March 2024 and it was fabulous. The trip leader (Darren) and local guide looked after us so well. The schedule and places we visited we just perfect. The River Nile boat cruise was amazing. All through the trip we felt safe. Being a small group tour it was easy and quick to move around. Highly recommend Detours Travel.

  • Efren E. - USA

    5.0   10 Days in Egypt - (March 11, 2024)

    Loved everything about this trip. I would go as far as to say that it was the best trip of my entire life.

    As we wrap up our trip to Egypt, I thank Detours for a second amazing trip, having gone to South Africa last year. Once again, the tour was well-organized from beginning to end. Maurice was fully available in the months leading up to the trip. Once on the ground, Darren was my tour leader for a second year in a row. He is an enthusiastic, organized, kind and true leader. He created a fun and friendly atmosphere while also providing daily guidance and updates on when and where to eat, what to bring, what to wear and great tips based on previous trips. He is always willing to help or trouble-shoot on any questions. He really looks out for his guests. Hend was our local Egyptian content expert and educator and provided tremendous insights on all our sites and Egyptian history. She is a lovely person who was also instrumental in helping the group seamlessly navigate every city we visited, providing best recommendations on where and what to eat, how much to tip, and much more. She is open to sharing what life is like in Egypt and providing insights on topics including Islam.
    We kept thinking: I would not have wanted to wing this trip on my own. We felt extremely welcome and safe on this trip. The actual experiences and sites are breath-taking. Loved everything about this trip. I would go as far as to say that it was the best trip of my entire life.

  • Jay M. and Shawn T. - USA

    5.0   10 Days in Egypt - (March 11, 2024)

    We highly recommend this trip for anyone who is interested in Egypt. We're also sold on Detours vacations and will be taking another one in the future.

    Egypt has been on our bucket list for a long time, but it's always seemed like a challenging vacation. Then we found Detours and decided to give them a try. We're so glad that we did, the trip was fantastic! They took care of everything and we never felt unsafe or out of place. We had a fantastic group of guys with no drama and lots of new friends. Darren was a great trip leader from the Detours side, very friendly, responsive and adaptable. Hend was, hands down, the best tour guide we've ever had. She's extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to do whatever's necessary to be a bridge to the local community. Her trip arrangements were spot on, and the optional tours were amazing and affordable. Detours set up a WhatsApp group with everyone so communication was really easy. They also set the group up before we left on the tour, so we got the feel for the people we would be traveling with before we arrived. For this tour, almost everyone was in town the day before the tour started, so Hend was willing to add some optional tours on the day the trip started before the 4 o'clock meet up. There were no big hiccups during the trip and we got to see everything that we had ever wanted to see. We highly recommend this trip for anyone who is interested in Egypt. We're also sold on Detours vacations and will be taking another one in the future.

  • John P. - Australia

    5.0   10 Days in Egypt - (March 11, 2024)

    Do book Detours for your next adventure to Egypt. You will not regret a single moment.

    Darren and Hend are amazing. Egypt is a mesmerising destination, and we could not have had a better experience without these two professional people! We felt safe and secure from the moment the tour started. We also ate a lot of delicious food. Do book Detours for your next adventure to Egypt. You will not regret a single moment.

  • Daylan P. - USA

    5.0   10 Days in Egypt - (March 10, 2024)

    You’ll be in safe hands, I strongly recommend going.

    Once in a lifetime experience. We stepped out of our comfort zone & we definitely had fun & a wonderful time in Egypt with DETOURS. You’ll be in safe hands, I strongly recommend going. Huge thank you to Darren & Hend for keeping us safe at all times!

  • Richard E. - USA

    5.0   10 Days in Egypt - (March 10, 2024)

    I had some reservations about visiting Egypt but I have always felt relaxed and secure. The Egyptians are friendly and welcoming... Highly recommended!

    I have loved every minute of this fabulous tour of Egypt! We’ve seen and done so much - the Pyramids, a Nile cruise, and the Valley of the Kings to name a few highlights- that it feels like I’ve been away for a month!

    I had some reservations about visiting Egypt but I have always felt relaxed and secure. The Egyptians are friendly and welcoming, and our amazing local guide Hend and Detours guide Darren made sure that everything went as planned. A big thank you to both of them for taking such good care of us.

    Hend’s local knowledge, and expert insight into the ancient Egyptian sites we visited, gave us a depth of understanding that made this trip truly memorable. Highly recommended!

  • Paul M. - UK

    5.0   10 Days in Australia - (March 7, 2024)

    If you’re looking at your first trip but worried about your fellow guests don’t be as it seems the rebooking rate is off the charts and that says it all!!

    Wow what a cool trip we all had with two amazing trip leaders Shane and Chase (Manhattan).

    When Miles (company founder) at Detours announced this first trip it filled up within minutes. The dates worked for the Sydney Mardi Gras. I see now there are now many other dates offered and I would say don’t worry about that time in Sydney for picking this trip. The parade was very long and not necessarily the big finish we thought it would have.

    So many trip highlights but the star watching at Uluru was very special - plus the flies had gone to bed by then.

    One thing Detours seem to get right all the time is the quality of the trip leaders. Shane has been with company from the early days with Miles. Chase is fairly new but wow the consideration showen by both was more than my 5 stars rating can handle and that’s why many of us choose to do a tour like this.

    If you’re looking at your first trip but worried about your fellow guests don’t be as it seems the rebooking rate is off the charts and that says it all!!

    By the end of every trip I’ve taken I’ve made new friends and we look to try and book future trips together.

  • Doug D. - USA

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (February 27, 2024)

    This was my first Detours trip and I will be back for more.

    I had always dreamed of visiting South Africa. My dream was realized and surpassed by the Detours experience. Our excellent guide, Darren loves this country and his passion shows.
    This was my first Detours trip and I will be back for more. I found the tour packed with experiences but I was never overwhelmed. Love, love, loved it!

  • Bruce L. - USA

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (February 25, 2024)

    My introduction to Africa was a smashing success.

    South Africa is truly a magical adventure. My main impetus for selecting this trip was the safaris. They exceeded whatever expectations I had.  Our trip leader Darren has an encyclopedic knowledge of South Africa matched with an enthusiastic pride and love of his native homeland. His attention to detail made for a smooth and effortless journey for his passengers.
    My introduction to Africa was a smashing success. While I am ready to go home, I know I will return sometime soon.
    I also want to give a shout out to Miles on the Detours team who was instrumental in making this such a wonderful trip for me.

  • Phil W. - USA

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (February 25, 2024)

    I can’t say enough about how much fun I had. The sights along with meeting a wonderful group of fellow travels made it extra special.

    What an amazing trip. There were so many amazing things to see and all I had to do is tell Darren (our Detours guide) what I wanted and it was that easy. Cape Town was great with the penguins, harbor cruise, African dinner and botanical gardens along with some gay night life. Wine country was so picturesque and Darren knew exactly where to take us. Kruger park was nothing short of stunning. We got to see “the big five animals” along with loads of others. The hotels were great along with their locations.

    Traveling with a group can have challenges but Darren made it easy. He was so organized and always made sure that we had time to see the sights. As a native South African he has so much knowledge about the country. I can’t say enough about how much fun I had. The sights along with meeting a wonderful group of fellow travels made it extra special. I will be going on additional Detour adventures

  • Hy C. - USA

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (February 21, 2024)

    I never write reviews but this company and the group guide Darren exceeded my expectations in every area

    Exceptional! I never write reviews but this company and the group guide Darren exceeded my expectations in every area on my recent trip to South Africa... from the price to the adventures included. There was no stone unturned. If you are looking to close your eyes and be taken care of from a to z ..Detours is the place for you..

  • Patrick N. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Costa Rica - (February 15, 2024)

    If you are on the fence, get off. A Detours experience is worth it.

    Tim and I had an amazing time on our Detours trip to Costa Rica. This was our first time on an all-male trip, so we did not know what to expect. We have already registered for our second trip with Detours, so you know where this review is going. Everything leading up to the trip was handled with professionalism and ease by Detours. That same vibe continued once the trip started. Brandon, our trip leader, was high-energy, fun, kind, inclusive, organized, connected, and on top of his game. He did not miss a beat, all details were attended to, and he made the trip enjoyable for all. Clay was equally kind and fun, and we look forward to one of his guided trips in the future. Costa Rica is a beautiful country. We loved the variety of our locations (the beach, the mountains, the hot springs / Volcano). A little bit of everything was perfect. We participated in so many unforgettable activities (ziplining, Tarzan swing, ATV, white-water rafting, canyoneering, sunset cruises, beaches, waterfalls, pool parties, park tours, . . . ) that filled our days and brought us even closer to the group of guys we traveled with. The beauty is you get to choose your own adventure. Do it all, or do nothing, no pressure. If that is not enough, you get to experience it all with a diverse group of men from across the globe. The friendships and connections we made were easy even for introverts and heightened our positive experiences. We hope to continue these friendships in our future travels. If you are on the fence, get off. A Detours experience is worth it. Enjoy your trip!

  • Anthony D. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Costa Rica - (February 13, 2024)

    ...this is a slick, savvy, seamless business run with love

    From start to end there was joy and laughter. I met friends I will remain close to forever. As an operator this is a slick, savvy, seamless business run with love. There is something for everyone. Costa Rica was beyond wow as a country but the Detours fairy sparkles transformed outstanding into something truly magical.  I can't wait for my next Detour.  Love love love   Again again again!!

  • Patrick M. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Costa Rica - (February 13, 2024)

    They gave me the best gift… community, friendship, and memories I’ll cherish forever.

    Cannot speak highly enough about Detours!! I was a little apprehensive, I’d never traveled with an LGBT oriented company before. I didn’t know what to expect, and as a quiet more introverted guy, I’ll admit I was a little worried I wouldn’t have fun or “fit in.” All I can say is this company, and my travel group, took me in, accepted me, on my terms. They gave me the best gift… community, friendship, and memories I’ll cherish forever. It was an incredible experience and I cannot wait to travel with Detours again. Shout out to Brandon, our tour leader… I’ve never seen someone so able to multitask, he had to be an organizer, accountant, leader, counselor, I’m still amazed at how effortlessly he coordinated such an incredible experience for all of us, and I’m so grateful. Clay - leader in training, was also amazing, kind, supportive, and encouraging… thank you!!!

  • Shaun G. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Costa Rica - (February 2, 2024)

    Even trying to find negatives, I can't really come up with anything - they're that good, and I'd travel on a Detours tour again in a heartbeat!

    My 11-day trip to Costa Rica with Detours couldn't have been better! As a shy, bit of a bigger guy, I was a little nervous about what a group travel dynamic would be like. Going with a friend certainly helped, but honestly, I had a better time than I could have imagined (certainly one of the best trips of my life), and by the end of the trip, I knew the names of everyone there and it felt more like finding new family than anything. We had an incredible, diverse group of people, and everyone got along great with tons of laughs, stories, and discoveries along the way. Brandon, our trip leader, is fantastic - friendly, extremely enthusiastic, and with endless energy (HOW!?). He was also great with nervous questions or figuring out if an activity was right for the person asking and immediately put me (and I think many of us) at ease for things that might have felt outside our comfort zones. The resorts we stayed at, chosen by Detours, were fantastic, any small issues (which were few) sorted easily, and the planning and time management were beyond great - I can't believe just how much we fit into those 11 days. Even bus travel to the multiple destinations ended up much more fun than frantic. The positives extend to pre-trip as well, with clear communication that was easy to work with. Maurice at Detours was extremely helpful in seamlessly adding a few extra night cushion at the beginning of the trip in case of travel difficulties. Even trying to find negatives, I can't really come up with anything - they're that good, and I'd travel on a Detours tour again in a heartbeat! Thanks to everyone at Detours for this dream vacation! <3

  • Bruce W. - United Kingdom

    5.0   11 Days in Costa Rica - (February 1, 2024)

    So, in summary - book on one of these tours.

    We were slightly unsure whether I would enjoy the Detours group tour. I’d done a couple of tours with other companies in the past and they had been a bit of a mixed bag - largely down to the failures of the tour leader.
    We needn't have had any concerns. This trip around Costa Rica was incredible. The group of 14 other guys on the tour were universally lovely people and incredibly fun to hang around with. Brandon, the tour leader was organised, incredibly welcoming, energetic, patient, fun, knowledgable (I could go on)
    What was great about this tour was the combination of options, if you felt like doing something adventurous, you had loads of options. If you felt like staying at the hotel and chilling, that was fine too. Our favourite activity was the white water rafting in Fortuna. Definitely got me out of my comfort zone in a very safe and well organised activity.
    The hotels that we stayed at were all great (well they were for us, I feel like a few of the other guests may have not loved our rowdy crowd that had disrupted their calm, but that’s life, LOL) each location was carefully chosen so that we had different experiences. Each day was carefully arranged, expertly communicated and brilliantly executed.
    So, in summary - book on one of these tours. And if you get Brandon, you’ll be in expert hands!

  • Daniel R. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Costa Rica - (February 1, 2024)

    Perhaps the best testament to their quality are the return customers.

    Detours is the best! The tour leaders are knowledgeable & helpful. They go above & beyond to carefully curate itineraries, accommodations, and experiences. Perhaps the best testament to their quality are the return customers. I have been on three tours & counting. I cannot imagine a better travel experience.

  • Mark M. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Costa Rica - (February 1, 2024)

    This trip was my fourth with Detours Travel. I recommend them very highly.

    My trip to Costa Rica with Detours Travel exceeded my expectations in every way. The details of the trip were planned thoroughly and completely. We never had a dull moment. Our trip leader, Brandon, was always excellent, making sure we were all getting what we needed. This trip was my fourth with Detours Travel. I recommend them very highly. I"ll continue to trust them with all of my international vacation travel.

  • Jim N. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Costa Rica - (January 31, 2024)

    Going with Detours Travel takes all of the stress out of traveling.

    My husband and i just returned from our second Detours Travel adeventure to Costa Rica. Again, everything went very smoothly. The accomodations were excellent and the very unique properties. One of the hotels was on the side of a mountain. Very cool. Another hotel had beautiful pools with hotsprings. What I really like about Detours Travel is that we were in four different locations, so I feel like we really got to see the many parts of Costa Rica.
    I cannot say enough wonderful things about our tour guide, Brandon. He was INCREDIBLE. From coordinating transportation, to setting up activities and meals, his attention to details was FANTASTIC!! Even during dinner there were a total of 17 people. If he was at the other end of the table he checked with the people at the other end three or four times during dinner just to make sure everyone was doing ok.
    I usually am in charge of planning our vacations. Going with Detours Travel takes all of the stress out of traveling.
    There were 17 of us who travelled together and it was a fun and cohesive group.
    Again, it was a fantastic experience!!

  • Ryan M. - USA

    5.0   13 Days in Thailand & Cambodia - (January 15, 2024)

    Detours Family, thank you for coordinating (again) such a memorable trip. Not sure how you managed to think of every detail. All I had to do was show up!

    What can I say? 

    This was my third trip with these guys and when advertised ‘Gay Adventure Travel”, this is exactly what you get. Whether we were on a speedboat bouncing around from the many islands of Thailand to riding in Tuk Tuks around Bangkok, hiking Railay, partying on a river cruise on New Year’s Eve with fireworks, getting up just in time to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat to zip lining over the trees in Phuket. So. Much. More. 

    All to finish with either a Thai Massage, foot massage or 2.5 hour Oasis Massage. I brought a few close friends with me to experience the “Detours” treatment and we laughed a ton, saw so many beautiful sunsets, had many incredible meals, maybe a few festive cocktails here and there and had a BLAST!

    Ollie, our tour leader, was phenomenal. Full of energy, super fun and knew where to go for all the best times. I am sure he will be a lifelong friend.

    Detours Family, thank you for coordinating (again) such a memorable trip. Not sure how you managed to think of every detail. All I had to do was show up!

  • Greg G. - USA

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (December 7, 2023)

    Can’t wait for my next trip with Detours!

    South Africa is a gorgeous gem with plenty to be discovered. Safari, wines, city and countryside adventures with many more! Our native born, Detours guide Darren, went above and beyond not only to educate us on the peoples and cultures but he also kept the fun going with some surprise excursions as well. I would not hesitate to put my trust in him again as a leader of another amazing Detours vacation. He made me feel right at home, comfortable and at ease traveling in a country I have never been before. Can’t wait for my next trip with Detours!

  • Randall N. - USA

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (December 7, 2023)

    I’m very happy that I took this tour and looking forward to exploring the world in the future with Detours!

    I’m just finishing my 2nd trip with Detours. I’m returning from the South Africa Tour lead by Darren. He was very professional, made sure everyone’s needs were met and kept us on schedule. He is from South Africa so had lots of extra knowledge to pass along. The tours from Detours are flexible allowing everyone to see and do the things they desire. I’m very happy that I took this tour and looking forward to exploring the world in the future with Detours!

  • Stephen D. USA

    5.0   11 Days in Portugal & Morocco - (November 20, 2023)

    This trip exceeded all my expectations. I have always been a solo traveler and it was nice to share this with fellow travelers. I look forward to many more Detours adventures.

    I took my first and certainly not the last Detours trip. It was to Portugal and Morocco, in October. My tour Guides Ollie and Shane were awesome. They helped with any questions and looked into any additional activities that you might want to do. I specifically asked about a balloon ride in Morocco that was one of my highlights. The accommodations were all great. This trip exceeded all my expectations. I have always been a solo traveler and it was nice to share this with fellow travelers. I found I did activities I most likely would have not done on my own. Taking a Tajine cooking class, gone on a camel ride, private dinner for the group at someone's home. This gave me the opportunity to explore and understand the culture and perspective of life that I would have missed otherwise. There were many planned activities but also plenty of down time, to do your own thing. I look forward to many more Detours adventures.

  • Tim S. - Australia

    5.0   11 Days in Portugal & Morocco - (November 14, 2023)

    Great trip and first time with Detours. Highly recommend. Very friendly group of guys and tour leader.

    Portugal/Morocco Oct/Nov 23. Great trip and first time with Detours. Highly recommend. Very friendly group of guys and tour leader. Nicely paced and free time if you want (or need it). We did bike ride in Lisbon, camel riding and nearly hot air ballooned. Unfortunately our early morning was windy and we couldn't take off. Next time. Hotels excellent especially Riad in Marrakech.

  • Gus F. - Canada

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (November 13, 2023)

    Thank you for making a trip to South Africa an amazing experience. Looking forward to future Detours locations!

    This was my first Detour tour and I can't say only but great things. Our guide, Darren, went above and beyond to make sure every member of our group had the best time. His love for South Africa showed with not only his knowledge, but his enthusiasm for every location we went. When we had free days, he made sure we all had options on what to do. I couldn't ask for anything more.
    I have made some great new friends from this trip. Thank you for making a trip to South Africa an amazing experience. Looking forward to future Detours locations!

  • Eric F. - USA

    5.0   10 Days in Egypt - (November 12, 2023)

    We covered a lot of ground and got to see and do things I would have missed had I not been a part of the group

    Excellent group trip to Egypt. We covered a lot of ground and got to see and do things I would have missed had I not been a part of the group - like dinners with local families, hot air ballooning and the social connection of the group itself! Highly recommend.

  • Dean M. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Greece - (November 11, 2023)

    If my expectations were an 8 out 10 my experience was 12 out of 10! This trip was so much more than I anticipated and I can’t wait to go on another Detours trip.

    I was on the 2023 Sept. 12-22 Greece trip with Oliver Armstrong as our guide.  I was a bit nervous about going on a “tour” let alone with 14 folks I had never met, but was very much looking forward to the trip.  If my expectations were an 8 out 10 my experience was 12 out of 10!  I couldn’t believe how quickly the strangers became friends.  Ollie rarely felt like a guide…more like a good friend that had been there before.  The environment created was casual, respective and most of all tons of fun.

    Your web page doesn’t do the level of service Detours provides justice.  I didn’t expect Ollie to make dinner reservations every night. To find interesting and cool places for us to fill in every spare minute if we wanted.  I didn’t expect Ollie to go with us everywhere we went.  Always in good humor, always with gentle and wise guidance.

    I’ve never traveled anywhere, let alone Europe, where I had zero, zilch, nada travel stress.  It was magic! I can’t thank Ollie enough for his time, his demeanor, his knowledge and overall fantastic personality.

    This trip was so much more than I anticipated and I can’t wait to go on another Detours trip.

  • Keith T. - USA

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (November 10, 2023)

    I trust Detours trip leaders to keep me safe and guide me though experiences I would never attempt on my own.

    I’ve taken 4 trips with Detours Travel. I’ve introduced friends to Detours and referred clients. I trust that each person I refer will experience the excellence in service and knowledge that I’ve come to expect. During our various trips we experienced transit strikes in Greece, Covid protocols in the Caribbean and mud slides in So Africa. With each occurrence the trip leader shifted and solved each issue without any disruption to our trip.
    The trips are designed to be whatever you personally are looking for. You can lay back with minimal participation or opt to join your trip leader daily for an unexpected adventure or cultural experience. I trust Detours trip leaders to keep me safe and guide me though experiences I would never attempt on my own.

  • Don F. - USA

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (November 6, 2023)

    We cannot express how grateful we are to Detours for providing an amazing trip where gay travelers can safely see the world while being themselves.

    My husband and I took our fourth trip with Detours in October 2023. It was a 15 day trip that started in Cape Town, South Africa and ended in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. This was an amazing adventure and we would highly recommend it to anyone considering a trip to South Africa.

    As always Detours planed a perfect itinerary by arranging fabulous locations, accommodations and excursions throughout the trip. But most importantly they selected our trip leader, Darren. He was a perfect choice for this trip as he is a native of South Africa and his love for his country was evident with each adventure and location. Darren took the lead at our first meeting and lead us through all of our excursions with enthusiasm and a willingness to share his wealth of knowledge. In addition to all of the planned events that Detours offers, Darren always had perfect suggestions for activities during our planned free time. We quickly learned that these were not to be missed...plus we appreciated that he always made time for a "toot" (adult beverage break) just when we needed it. Thank you Darren!

    Our trip started in Cape Town and we had a few days to explore all that was to offer in the area. Highlights included a trip to the Cape of Good Hope, Camps Bay Beach, Hiking on Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Garden, and a tour of Bo-Kaap and dinner in the private home of a local where we got to help prepare the meal.

    We then spent a couple of days in Paarl enjoying the many vineyards and wine tasting. We loved tasting the local wines and have developed a strong liking for Pinotage!

    Next was Kruger National Park for our first safari which was everything you expect from a safari. Spectacular! While there we also had a boat tour of Blyde River Canyon and special lunch prepared by a local and his family. He grilled up an amazing Braais (South African barbeque) that was one or our best meals.

    Next we headed to Johannesburg to catch our flight to Victoria Falls. In addition to touring the beautiful falls we took a Zambezi River Cruise, and had another full day safari in Chobe National Park this time by both boat and jeep. That was an experience of a lifetime.

    We cannot express how grateful we are to Detours for providing an amazing trip where gay travelers can safely see the world while being themselves.

  • Rashid S. - USA

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (November 4, 2023)

    We went on the '11 days in South Africa' in Oct 2023 and had a time of our life!

    We went on the '11 days in South Africa' in Oct 2023 and had a time of our life! The hotel locations were excellent and would allow for easy access to tourist attractions. For the safari part, we really wished we had stayed inside the Kruger park itself versus just outside the park. Our guide, 'Daddy Darren' was beyond amazing. He would come up with great ideas for the 'free days' on our itinerary. He was very knowledgeable about local 'things to do' and very helpful whenever we had any question or issue.

  • Jules A. - United Kingdom

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (November 2, 2023)

    I had a wonderful trip with Detours to South Africa in October 2023 - it exceeded my expectations, and was definitely the trip of a lifetime!

    I had a wonderful trip with Detours to South Africa in October 2023 - it exceeded my expectations, and was definitely the trip of a lifetime! Darren was a great trip leader - highly competent; and his passion for his homeland of South Africa really shone through, which in turn enhanced our excitement and enjoyment during the trip. My only suggestion for improvement would be to alter the travel day from Kruger to Johannesburg, so we don’t spend the day travelling. Instead - perhaps we could fly towards the end of the day. This might enable us to take part in additional activities either in Cape Town or Kruger Park. All in all - a very successful and enjoyable trip! Jules - London.

  • Nicholas J. - United Kingdom

    5.0   11 days in South Africa - (October 30, 2023)

    There are not enough words to describe how happy I was with this amazing adventure!

    In October 2023 I took my first trip with Detours. It was a 15 day trip that covered South Africa and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. There are not enough words to describe how happy I was with this amazing adventure!

    Our trip leader, Darren, was very kind, patient and full of excitement to share the experiences of his home country! He ensured that everyone was having the best time and that no one was left out in doing various activities. He was good at keeping track on where everyone was and when we had group dinners he took the time to split the check up appropriately so that we could settle the bill quickly and move on to our next adventure. I could not have asked for a better trip leader for my first Detours adventure!

    We started the trip in Cape Town and it was amazing. We did a hike on Lionshead mountain, a sunset cruise in the sea, a tour of the botanical gardens, lunch at a winery and ended the trip with a day at the Cape of Good Hope! I fell in love with Cape Town! Darren and Detours were definitely key to making that happen.

    The next part of the trip was the Winelands. The morning started slow as the bus driver was late, but Darren quickly adapted to the change and we had a very enjoyable day at 3 amazing wineries!

    The final part of the South Africa tour was Krueger National Park. The first day was safari. We had to be up at 4:15 am to be on the safari truck by 5am. This was the first time I took a safari and it was amazing. I cannot wait to do it again. On the second day in Krueger, we went to Blyde River Canyon. You had the option to also do a second safari. I chose the canyon so that I could experience something new. It was amazing. Such a beautiful part of the world. We had lunch at a local BBQ restaurant and it was by far the best meal of the trip!

    After Kruger we went to Johannesburg for a farewell dinner. It was great to be with the larger group one last time to celebrate our trip.

    A few of us then went on to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. While Darren would not be joining us for this portion, he made all the necessary arrangements to ensure we had a great time. The first day we toured the falls and it was amazing. Many beautiful photo opportunities. There was also the option of going to Devil’s Pool. We had lunch at a cafe that overlooked the Zambezi river. Amazing views! At the end of the day we did a sunset river cruise and saw some great wild life including elephants and hippos. Then we had dinner at a lookout over the savannah. It was the perfect end to the day.

    On the second day we went to Chobe National Park in Botswana. What a great last day. We did a morning cruise along the river, followed by lunch and then an afternoon safari where we had great sightings of elephants and lions!

    Detours more than exceeded my expectations! I highly recommended this company for your next trip. I made so many great memories, but more importantly 11 new life long friends. Also, I highly recommend the South Africa trip with Darren. I could not have asked for a better person to travel the country with. He really made my trip and helped me fall in love with Cape Town and South Africa!

  • Joe P. - USA

    5.0   12 Days in Peru - (October 25, 2023)

    I'm glad I found Detours to travel with

    Just completed the Detours Peru trip last week and cannot say enough good things about it The sites were great as I thought it would be but Detours put it all together with great side trips hotels and a great bunch of guys to share our experiences with I'm glad I found Detours to travel with

  • Victor C. - USA

    5.0   12 Days in Spain - (October 24, 2023)

    If you are looking for a well run LGBT group travel experience, we strongly recommend Detours

    My husband & I recently returned from the October 2023 Spain trip. We really loved our Detour Tours travel experience. Our trip was made up of 16 fellow travelers - 4 couples & 8 singles who were all personable and easy going. We had a wonderful Tour Leader, Scott, who was very knowledgeable, experienced, approachable and looked out for all of us.  He went out of his way to be inclusive and was a great source of information on the local sites and activities.  Detours arranged the hotel accommodations, the airport transfers, and the travel between the 4 amazing cities of Barcelona, Granada, Seville, and Madrid. The tour included walking tours and a major attraction at the start of each destination city, but the rest of the time we were free to explore, join a group activity, or just chill in our hotel room or a nearby cafe. Our favorite experiences were the walking tours because the local gay tour guides were so knowledgeable, informative and personable. We learned a lot about the rich local history and culture of the Spanish cities we visited.  Our second favorite experiences were the fun group dinners and pre-and post dinner drinks that Scott organized and which most of us joined in. Although there was no pressure to join in other optional activities, we ended up signing up for a number of them such as cooking class, watching a flamenco show, and seeing the Prado Museum. They were all memorable and fun. Thank you Scott & Detours. If you are looking for a well run LGBT group travel experience, we strongly recommend Detours Travel. Victor and Jim from Palm Springs CA.

  • Matt R. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Portugal & Morocco - (October 18, 2023)

    The excitement of exploring new places is combined with the fun of meeting new friends. Highly recommend!

    We recently completed the Portugal-Morocco tour as our first Detours Travel adventure and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The tour is a great mix of planned activity and free time that you can manage as you choose. We were fortunate to have two fantastic Detours trip leaders (Ollie and Shane) who both made the trip fun and inclusive. The excitement of exploring new places is combined with the fun of meeting new friends. Highly recommend!

  • David D. - USA

    5.0   12 Days in Spain - (October 16, 2023)

    This was my second Detours trip, which says something in and of itself, right?

    My September-October Detours trip to Spain exceeded expectations. Accommodations and the central location of accommodations were excellent. This was my second Detours trip, which says something in and of itself, right? I’m pretty much a lone wolf, and the prospect of travel with others, no matter who they are, can be a bit off putting. Under the excellent leadership of Scott and the nice mix of really good men ( and one very special woman), I felt comfortable and had lots of fun. I was able to seamlessly vacillate between time with the group and time to myself without it feeling one bit awkward. About half the guys were coupled and the other half single. I liked that mix too. Kudos to Scott on a job well done! I highly recommend Detours!

  • Leon C. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Greece - (October 14, 2023)

    Between the knowledgeable tour guides, the amazing sites, the accommodations while traveling, and the comradery of the group, Detours Travel is the full package.

    In February 2023, I took my first trip with Detours Travel to Belize.  I had such an amazing time that I booked my second trip and went to Greece seven months later. Between the knowledgeable tour guides, the amazing sites, the accommodations while traveling, and the comradery of the group, Detours Travel is the full package.  I can't wait to take my next trip.

  • Armin G. - USA

    5.0   10 Days in Europe - (October 3, 2023)

    I have 3 more trips coming up and can't wait to pack my bags! Highly recommended!

    Having been a bit hesitant about group travel initially, DETOURS has completely changed my mind and has shown me a new, exciting, and fun way to travel. I have gone on 5 trips with them so far and was hooked (as in excited and happy) after the very first trip. There is a wide selection, itineraries are flexible, accommodating, and fun, and there is always as sense of belonging and community. Trip leaders are knowledgeable and go above and beyond to make your trip the best one ever. You will meet the nicest folks on these trips - and retain friends once you are back home. I have 3 more trips coming up and can't wait to pack my bags! Highly recommended!

  • Paul B. - USA

    5.0   8 Days in Italy - (September 26, 2023)

    I was genuinely sad when it was over. This trip actually meant a lot to me and thanks to Detours, it was everything I had hoped for and more.

    I rarely write reviews but I simply had to write one for Detours after returning from their Italy trip. Honestly, the way I found Detours is that I searched for “Gay tour Italy”. And while there were a number of tour groups offering trips to Italy, Detours had a trip that was closest to the dates I wanted to travel. So I booked the trip and hoped for the best! But I didn’t need to worry, and you won’t need to worry either if you book with them. My trip leaders ended up being Miles & Ollie and they were both knowledgeable, professional, helpful, friendly, entertaining, and adorable. They thought of every detail and even included some surprises along the way. I met some great people and made memories that will last a lifetime. I was genuinely sad when it was over. This trip actually meant a lot to me and thanks to Detours, it was everything I had hoped for and more. I can’t imagine booking with anyone else in the future. Now I just need to decide where to go next!

  • Ted R. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Greece - (September 25, 2023)

    It was not only a wonderful and relaxing vacation, but the rest of the experience was exceptional too.

    I wanted to reach out just to tell you what a wonderful trip this was. I spoke to Oliver on the last day and shared this direclty with him, as well. I signed up for the Detours trip to Greece not really knowing anything about your company or if it was really the right fit for what I was seeking. I’d never done a tour before, let alone one intended for gay men. I’ve only recently come out (back in May) and I wanted to meet people to help build community, as well as spend time with peers in a relaxed setting. Travelling seemed to be the best way to do this.

    I have to tell you, the trip surpassed all of my expectations. It was not only a wonderful and relaxing vacation, but the rest of the experience was exceptional too. Our group was magical – everyone got a long, despite coming from very different backgrounds and a wide variety of ages. Somehow, we all clicked and it created a fantastic camraderie that I had not anticipated. I individually spoke and spent time with each of the 15 others in the group, as well as Oliver, over the course of the trip and developed some fantastic friendships. I learned so much and they were all very accepting, encouraging, and open to talking about their stories, as well. I’ve come away feeling soul nourished, rejuvenated and best of all, with a bunch of great friends, as well as a plethora of amazing memories of our time in the Greek islands! Really, what more could one ask for?

    The trip was expertly lead by Oliver – he’s such a charsimatic, fun, but also professional guy. He never made us feel rushed, but kept things on schedule. The activities and restaurants that he took us to were all very good and in the end, he felt like one of the group. He’s deftly handled any challenges without stressing anyone out, kept the mood light  and quickly responded to any requests. He really should be commended for being such an amazing tour leader. I’d do another trip with Oliver in a heartbeat.

  • Jim L. - USA

    5.0   10 Days in Europe - (September 23, 2023)

    I have such great memories to treasure and look forward to joining more Detours trips in the future.

    Central Europe: I Just finished my first Detours trip of Central Europe. I booked this trip to celebrate a milestone birthday. Travelling solo, I had some trepidation about joining, however as soon as I arrived and met the group, I felt so comfortable and welcome. The trip leader, Miles, along with fellow travelers helped me celebrate. I felt like they were my family during the trip.
    The tours, hotels and restaurants were excellent. I enjoyed the flexibility of the agenda to join tours and gatherings based on your interests. Miles kept everyone informed on activities others were doing. I have such great memories to treasure and look forward to joining more Detours trips in the future.

  • Justin P. - USA

    5.0   8 Days in Italy - (September 12, 2023)

    I'm already planning my next one. Thanks Detours!

    Detours Travel gave me the trip of a lifetime and one of the best weeks of my life in a castle in Italy! I booked this trip for the first time a little less than a year ago based on raving reviews from a friend of mine and Detours lived up to the reviews and then some. Every single detail gets thought through meticulously, leaving me to focus on nothing but relaxing and enjoying the sites. Optional lead tours are available at times, if you choose and each day has the perfect balance of planned activities that you can opt in or out of. I was able to pay for my trip in installments which made financial sense, and any time I had any issue or change needed, a quick email did the trick with no work needed on my end. Travel to and from the destinations are all planned ahead, and trip leaders are knowledgeable, friendly and create an inclusive environment to ensure everyone feels welcome and like friends. The masterminds behind the scenes go out of their way to make sure that this trip is unforgettable, I'm already planning my next one. Thanks Detours!

  • Chris B. - USA

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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.

  • Alan K. - USA

    5.0   11 Days in Greece - (June 21, 2023)

    I had no idea how beautiful and enjoyable Greece truly was, and am so glad we made the choice!

    This was a great trip.  We've travelled around the world, making our own plans and it was so great to have someone else plan everything!

    Our trip leader, Oliver, was fantastic!  He made everyone feel welcome, paid attention to everyone's needs, got us where we were going, and communicated clearly and constantly.  He's also a great deal of fun to hang around with (as more of an introvert I would find his job exhausting!).  I was particularly impressed with his ability to set expectations: every activity, restaurant, meal, and bar was exactly "as described", which was really helpful in making decisions about what we would do or not do. I also left my phone on the bus in Santorini, and Oliver was very helpful in getting it back (for which I'm eternally grateful!).

    Our group was great as well. We were fairly diverse in terms of geography and backgrounds, and the guys were kind, friendly, and no unnecessary drama. Most people were up for anything, and we spent a lot of time together as a group and enjoyed one another's company.

    The activities overall and the amount of time we spent in each place were well chosen.  We arrived early to see more of Athens and get unjetlagged, so we had plenty of time to see the archeological sites that we did not see as a group. Milos was wonderful, Santorini beautiful but too many cruise ships, and Mykonos was fantastic and fun to explore. I sense a great deal of intentionality about what happened at various times both in terms of activities and meals. Whether Oliver was following a script honed over many previous Greece trips, and how much he was doing on his own spontaneously, it "totally worked".

    All in all, a great trip and a wonderful first experience with Detours. I specifically chose Detours for this trip because of the small group experience, and we actually chose the Greece trip more because it fit into our schedule than for Greece itself. I had no idea how beautiful and enjoyable Greece truly was, and am so glad we made the choice!

    We're looking forward to our next adventure with Detours.

  • Daniel W. - USA

    5.0   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

    5.0   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
    Bravo Brandon!!!!!

    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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   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

    5.0   12 Days in South Afri