Sightseeing in style in India

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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Provider: The Women's Travel Club
Price: $4,199

While the majority of women-only tours center around adventure activities, some companies do run women-only vacations focused on sightseeing or relaxation. Phyllis Stoller was one of the first to pioneer such trips with her company, The Women's Travel Club, which she started in 1992 when women-only travel was still a new concept. Now the Club boasts a roster of about 40 itineraries, including spa escapes, Europe sightseeing trips, and four- and five-star luxury touring vacations to places like India, Morocco, and Turkey.

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As a division of the large international private travel organization Club ABC Tours (the company was acquired last year), The Women's Travel Club is able to arrange four- and five-star trips to exotic locales at reasonable prices. "[Being part of Club ABC Tours] gives us access to low prices, high-quality vacations, offices in four countries, and experts who have visited all the hotels and restaurants and know the guides. Most other women-only tour companies are too local or too small to have the buying power and expertise we have."

Stoller gives the company's two-week India trip as an example of one of its best-value tours and most interesting itineraries. On this journey, which departs this year on November 4, you'll explore Northern India, staying in elegant hotels and eating fine Indian cuisine. You'll visit many of the country's must-see attractions such as the Taj Mahal and the temples and palaces of Rajasthan, plus have free time to tour the markets and witness the colorful daily drama of life in Indian cities and towns. For an extra $1,450, you can extend your trip with three days in southern India.

The details

The trip price covers accommodations, most meals, daily sightseeing and attraction admissions, transportation during the tour, and guides. Airfare and The Women's Travel Club membership fee of $35 are extra. November flights from New York to Delhi, the trip's start point, begin at $1,150 round-trip, including all taxes and fees, on Air India.

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