Highlighted 2019 & 2020 Tours  

DSA Pre-Conference Tour 2019

AUG 29 - SEP 2 • Victoria BC • Vancouver BC

DSA Post-Conference Tour 2019

SEP 8 - 11 • Victoria BC • Vancouver BC

SWITZERLAND 2019

SEP 18 - OCT 01  • View iconic Matterhorn in Zermatt • Dine like Italians in Lugano •  Admire Castle Chillon

JAPAN 2019

TWO SPOTS LEFT! OCT 20 - Nov 02 • Catch a 'working' Geisha in Gion • Go back in time at Nikko Shrine • Make a

ANTARCTICA 2019

DEC (TBA) • See penguin colonies • Get close to many icebergs • Follow humpback whales

ICELAND 2019 / 2020

DEC 27 - JAN 02 • See Northern Lights • Dip into the Blue Lagoon  • View waterfalls

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND 2020

JAN 06 - 26 •  Experience sunrise & sunset at Uluru •  Hold a koala •  Mingle with Deaf Kiwis

CUBA 2020

FEB 07 - 15 • Cobblestoned streets of Trinidad • White sand beaches of Varadero • Classic cars in Old Havana

ENGLAND & FRANCE 2020

JUN 04 - 18  • Go to top of the Eiffel Tower • See Stonehenge • Enter Westminster Abbey  

Travel Philosophy

Small Groups

Get closer to real life situations with more personalized interactions.

Direct Communication

Full access to information everyday with our sign language guides.

Unique Experiences

Travel, dine and sleep the local way for maximum cultural immersion.

Tailor-made To You

Customize your tour itinerary the way you dream it to be.

Meet Our Team

Terry Giansanti

Terry is a deaf American with Italian bloodlines who now lives in Rome, Italy. After graduating from Gallaudet University, he came here in search of “la dolce vita” (the sweet life). In 2002 he established Hands On Travel to share his love of Europe with deaf travelers. His passions are traveling, reading, food, and sports.

Dan Brubaker

Dan has been to 81 countries including Bolivia, Cuba, Morocco, Myanmar, North Korea and Oman. He has also presented at Deaf Youth Leadership Camps in Germany and Thailand as well as team-coordinating an exchange program between two deaf schools in Kentucky, USA and Kamensk, Russia.

Darren Frazier

Darren was raised in a nomadic family in USA and held many occupations: teacher, actor, photographer, filmmaker, carpenter, chef and more. Of his 60+ countries, his favorites are Japan, Chile; Finland (Suomi). Twice, he was an expat for 8 years in Finland and Cambodia. Darren resides in Tacoma, Washington, with his deaf family, Ronise and Franki.

Charles A. Giansanti

Charles manages our finances, taking care of all the small details that cannot be swept under the carpet. He worked at Gallaudet University for many years before retiring to move down southwest where the sun shines much more often. He keeps himself occupied with gardening and traveling.  

Testimonials

“Thank you for a life changing experience. We are truly lucky to have had you as a guide. We have been on a few guided tours before with other companies and we can honestly say this has been the best, both the tours and the culture….” “Medina Valley School District | Europe”

Medina Valley School District
Grand Europe Tour

“My tour of Italy with Hands On travel was spectacular.  I was impressed with our guide, Terry Giansanti’s vast knowledge of Italian history as we toured the Amalfi Coast, Rome including the Vatican City, Tuscany and Venice. ” “Elizabeth Kolombatovic | Italy”

Elizabeth Kolombatovic
Italy

“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
China

“We enjoyed our trip to Australia and New Zealand very much. We like the idea of having local deaf guides in Sydney and Auckland. We also felt like we were locals and self-explorers rather than being tourists. Thanks to Dan for being helpful and spending time with us.”

Barbara and David Christianson
Australia & New Zealand

“Thank you for a life changing experience. We are truly lucky to have had you as a guide. We have been on a few guided tours before with other companies and we can honestly say this has been the best, both the tours and the culture. You made it so carefree for us all and “Medina Valley Independent School District | Grand Europe Tour”

Medina Valley Independent School District
Grand Europe Tour

“The tour was very well organized and all of us had a great time seeing all the sights.  Your keen insight into the history of Italy was exceptional and made this tour a success for our students and staff.” “Rochester School for the Deaf | Italy”

Rochester School for the Deaf
Italy

“Thank you for being a wonderful guide and making this trip of a lifetime! You have helped me in my signing and being patient while helping.”

Leslie Burton, Student
France

“Thank you for everything you did for us on this trip! I admire your vast knowledge and your ability to create a positive, upbeat tour experience. Until next time!”

Timi Richardson, Hearing Signer
France

“Love every minute of this fun time and learn so much about France! Look forward to another tour!”

Glenna Cooper, Professor
France

“Thank you for the ASL Boot Camp! I mean… the most awesome France trip! Hope for another trip with you in the near future!”

Brianna "Bree" Ramirez, Deaf Student
France

“What a mind-blowing trip it was! I shall always keep the wonderful experiences close to my heart. With heartfelt thanks to Charles, the trip was very well planned and executed. Nancy Barker was beyond awesome.”

Holly Benedict
African Safari

“CSD Fremont is proud of our longstanding relationship with Hands On Travel, a Deaf travel company that provides our students with so much more. With HOT, our students are able to get on the road towards global citizenship through meeting other Deaf citizens of the world.” “California School of the Deaf, Fremont | Italy”

California School for the Deaf, Fremont
Italy

“Phoenix Day School for the Deaf had the trip of a lifetime in France thanks to Hands On Travel. From the moment we landed it was go, go, go! We learned and experienced so much in a short 8 day span. ” “Phoenix Day School of the Deaf | France”

Phoenix Day School for the Deaf
France

“The tour itself was well-planned, smooth and accommodating. We enjoyed meeting many deaf people and experiencing deaf culture and the sign language(s). The tour guides were very knowledgeable about the places and we felt completely immersed. We would highly recommend Hands On Travel to any school group, or any group for that matter!”

Rochester School for the Deaf
England and France

“The experiences I gained while with this group have changed my heart as well as the course of my future.  I was completely captivated each day while watching you share historical information in beautiful ASL.  Making this trip open to hearing students has done more than you know. I am deeply thankful.”

Laura Hawkins, ASL Student
London, Paris & Rome

“Our trip leaders took great care of us, including getting along with our students. Also, they were knowledgeable about each site we visited.” “Metro Deaf School | France”

Metro Deaf School
France

“On behalf of the Arizona School for the Deaf High School International Studies students I would like to express my deepest appreciation to you. Your support of our classroom learning and our trip to Italy in April 2011 was an invaluable experience.” “Arizona School of the Deaf | Italy”

Arizona School for the Deaf
Italy

“In March of 2008 we brought 17 students from California School for the Deaf Fremont over to Italy for 11 glorious days. Prior to the trip we had to encounter many planning and budget hazards but Terry was there every step of the way.” “California School of the Deaf | Italy”

California School for the Deaf
Italy