Specializes in Gay Luxury Travel
by Mary Martens
TravelAge West - June 2002
Being a gay man who loves luxury travel, David Rubin was a natural
for starting a tour business that focuses on those two niches.
It didn't hurt that he was leaving behind a successful law
practice but taking with him his experience in becoming an instant
In fact, picking travel agents' brains helped a lot in setting up
shop, he said.
Six years later, David Tours, based in Corona Del Mar, Calif., is
going strong, offering itineraries to 16 destinations, including a
new one to Reykjavik, Iceland, for gay pride weekend this summer.
The weeklong trip costs $2,000. (Air is not included in
"It brings a tremendous mix of people internationally," Rubin said,
adding that 40,000 show up for the celebration.
Two of the features that make a David Tours itinerary so popular are
no morning excursions - so clients can party into the wee hours and
sleep in, if they want to, or get up early and tour the museums,
before meeting the group for an afternoon trip - and contact with
Rubin started his company by focusing on destinations where he had
friends, such as South Africa. An 18-day itinerary starts at
$5,600. A highlight is dining with locals who range in economic
status. The gathering often leads to new friendships, Rubin
His new Peru itinerary, starting at $3,250 for nine days, includes a
tour of Machu Picchu at night accompanied by a shaman.