A women-only trip has a totally different vibe from regular group trips. Whether you’re looking to make new friends, gain access to female-only spaces, or learn from women leaders, these trips can offer a safe space for women travelers.
Intrepid Travel: India: Women’s Expedition
When Intrepid Travel launched women-only tours in 2018, the trips quickly became some of the company’s most popular journeys. After putting the Women’s Expeditions tour range on hiatus during COVID-19, the company has reintroduced the adventures, with a focus on countries that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
Each Women’s Expedition trip is guided by local female tour leaders and offers unique opportunities to engage with women at the destination. On Intrepid Travel’s India: Women’s Expedition, guests will ride in female-only carriages on the metro, visit female artisans, and watch a special Kalbeliya dance performed by local women at a desert camp
Natural Habitat Adventures: Churchill Polar Bear Tours
Although they look cute and cuddly, the massive polar bear is not an animal you want to get up close and personal with—unless you’re riding in one of Natural Habitat Adventures’ custom tundra vehicles on their Churchill Polar Bear Tours. These specialized polar rovers feature oversized windows along with see-through steel grate flooring, so you can observe the polar bears even as they are literally underneath you.
Natural Habitat Adventures runs women-only departures for this tour on select dates, which feature a female expedition leader and a women driver. These unique trips will offer an insight into women’s history in the Canadian Arctic, stories of women in Arctic exploration and science, and meetings with the women who run Arctic expeditions.
Wilderness Scotland: The Highlands Wilderness Retreat
Wilderness Scotland’s line of women-only trips were designed to encourage more women to take part in historically-male dominated activities like cycling, hiking, and kayaking. See the best of Scotland on the The Highlands Wilderness Retreat, where you’ll journey between some of the most beautiful spots in Cairngorms National Park, learning wilderness skills and participating in activities such as yoga and swimming.
With an itinerary involving walking 4 to 7 miles per day on various terrains and changes in elevation, you’re sure to make the most of all the park has to offer.
Walking Women: Journey Across the Coastal Algarve
Run by a pair of sisters, Walking Women tour company aims to create hiking adventures that give clients time to connect with nature and themselves. The company ranks their tours on a scale of one (easy) to four (challenging walks of up to 10 hours per day) goats in order to give an idea of what level of physical fitness is required.
Their Journey Across the Coastal Algarve Portugal trip is a “three goat” adventure, with some daily walks reaching up to 10 miles.
Wild Terrains: Wild Terrains x France
Wild Terrains trips not only focus on women travelers, but prioritize women-owned businesses. On their ten day journey through France, groups will take a feminist walking tour of Paris, learn to hand-dye silk in Provence, and explore Cote d’Azur via luxury catamaran.
Groups will stay at three different women-owned properties throughout the trip. Wild Terrains even offers travelers the opportunity to learn a little more about their trip leaders through profiles on their site.
Adventures in Good Company: Exploring the Galapagos Islands
Explore the Galapagos Islands from land and sea on Adventures’ in Good Company’s Galapagos tour. On this multisport trip guests will swim, kayak, snorkel, and hike across three different islands.
Founded in 1999, Adventures in Good Company has been running women-only trips for more than 20 years, with a mission to offer “fun, supportive and challenging trips where women of all shapes, sizes and expertise are celebrated.”
Wild Women Expeditions: Tanzania Trek and Safari
Wild Women Expeditions is not only female founded and owned, but also employs women in every role in the company, from tour leaders to local guides.
Experience this empowering environment on their Tanzania Trek and Safari which includes a game drives, hikes, a visit to a women’s cooperative to learn skills like cheese-making and coffee roasting, and more.
Road Scholar: Rejuvenation Retreat for Women
In need of a break? Sign up for Road Scholar’s Rejuvenation Retreat for Women at the Land of Medicine Buddha retreat center. This trip offers a total reset with a focus on wellness—including healthy, low-fat vegetarian eats at every meal. Guests will learn massage techniques, aromatherapy, and self-acupressure.
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