Providing our travelers with a better tour, one that is more personal, intimate and authentic.
The group size for most of our tours is from 8 to 14 people, which means extra attention, more quality and more cultural experiences!
60% Repeat Customers
Quality tour experience to ensure our customers are happy after every tour ends.
Deaf Travel Experts
No INTERPRETERS necessary! Experienced team with over 60+ countries. We communicate in 100% sign language.
Our Travel Style
The Idea of Mass Tourism
A group of people in a big tour bus and wheeling them around to all the major sights with obligatory stops at mediocre restaurants and tourist-trap souvenir shops, isn’t our travel style.
We are a "Hands-On" Company
A full direct access in sign language, immersion with Deaf locals, local tours and restaurants, and living like the locals live. We aim to delight our travelers through fascinating and interactive programs that give them deeper appreciation of the area.
Meet The Team
Hands on Travel is about connecting people with the world and each other. We also committed to providing our travelers with more personal, intimate and authentic than any they’ve had before. Our tours offer an emotional connection that most others cannot match.
“My investment in travels is an investment in myself. With HOT, I’ve learned so much during my trips and feel informed and empowered about the places I travel to."
We have been on several HOT tours and hands down, we've always had the best experience and time on the tours.
The reasons are the vast knowledge of the HOT tour guides and local deaf guides, meeting deaf locals, small groups, first class accommodations, and unique experiences on each tour.
Mont & Barb Richardson
I, Envie Bogan from Virginia, want to say THANK YOU for day tours during the Deaf Seniors of America Conference in Seattle! That was my first time with the Hands on Travel and it blew my mind. ASL rocks!
I took a private trip in Italy with Hands On Travel. We visited Rome, Florence & Venice. Terry was just great in showing me the best of the historic city of Rome. I felt so well-informed & enjoyed the sights. We took a day trip to Pompeii/Sorrento and that was the best! Terry took me to a very authentic hilltop restaurant that I wouldn’t have discovered. The views were just breathtaking. Thank you!
I had a phenomenal time in Chianti and Cinque Terre with Terry Giansanti. Such a great time filled with laughter and tears! Thank you so much!
Darren has been such an incredible guide. He was an answer to prayers. We are on year 4 and couldn’t do it without his guidance. Your services are priceless. HOT truly is a treasure and we are so happy that we discovered you!
Central Michigan University
My first Hands on Travel tour in China and Tibet with Dan Brubaker for three weeks was great and amazing that I had never dreamed of. Dan is the best tour guide that I ever see. I also enjoyed meeting different deaf local people and experiencing good food. I will never forget this tour.
Tom Von Bergen
The Italy tour was very well organized and all of us had a great time seeing all the sights. Terry's keen insight into the history of Italy was exceptional and made this tour a success for our students and staff. We will be back!
Rochester School for the Deaf
What a mind-blowing trip it was! I shall always keep the wonderful experiences close to my heart. The Safari trip in Africa was very well planned and executed, along with amazing local Deaf guides.
Traveling to Peru in 2018 was an unforgettable and exhilarating experience. It was my first time traveling in a tour group. I didn't have to worry about travel logistics so I was able to relax and enjoy learning about Peruvian culture. Dan Brubaker is an extremely knowledgeable and phenomenal guide. I made new life- long friends.
Solange "Sally" Skyer
Thank you for a life changing experience. We are truly lucky to have had Terry and Darren as our guides. We have been on a few guided tours before with other companies and we can honestly say this has been the best. You made it so carefree for us all and we were able to experience these amazing cities just as locals would. Forever grateful.
Medina Valley Independent School District
HOT tour was WOW factor and I felt happy, relaxed and comfortable as in one's own home! Especially with local deaf guide, deaf-owned business and deaf schools. Definitely count me in for the next trip!
Terry is a great tour leader with a pleasant personality, particularly fabulous sense of humor, and you made our tour group members happy on the road all the way!”