Vacation ideas and tour companies for gay men and lesbians 

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Would you like your next vacation to be different? These travel and tour companies, aimed at the gay and lesbian community, will get you started.

Above and Beyond
Group tours to Carnival in Rio, Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and other popular gay events and circuit parties. Primarily gay men, with a mix of single travelers and couples.

Alyson Adventures
Active travel for gay men and lesbians: Bicycling vacations in California and France, hiking in the Alps, diving, climbing, canyoning (photo), and skiing, as well as multi-activity trips to Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand. Gets many single travelers.

Atlantis Events
One of the largest gay vacation operators, with cruises and beach destinations to Mexico, the Caribbean, and other warm-weather spots. Generally draws a younger gay male crowd, many singles.

David's Trips & Tours
Primarily travel packages for gay men, to such destinations as Morocco, New Orleans, and South Africa, often celebrity-escorted.

Hanns Ebensten Travel
The world's first gay travel company, Hanns Ebensten offers upscale trips that include many out-of-the-way destinations: Easter Island, the Nile, the Amazon, and the Galapagos Island.

Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
Lesbians travel from around the world to the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. This is the site to watch as the next Festival approaches.

Olivia Women's Cruises
All-women cruises and resort holidays by the leading name in lesbian vacations. Trips are virtually all lesbian, primarily couples.

RSVP Travel
The first company to offer large-scale, all-gay cruises, RSVP also offers resort vacations and air-plus-hotel travel packages for independent types.

Compare gay and lesbian vacation packages before you travel. Here's what to look for.