We women know we don't have to stay home just because we don't have a travel companion! After all, it's become acceptable to take a trip with other women, away from the family. We can head to the wilderness to hike, bike, camp or kayak, stay in chateaux in France or walk in the Cotswolds with a group of fun-loving women. Here are a few travel companies that arrange women-only adventure tours.
Going Places! specializes in excursions that get off the beaten path to visit the world's unspoiled places and secret corners. Daily walks, led by professional staff and knowledgeable guides, are interwoven with visits to historical and archeological sites, museums, galleries, festivals, restaurants, wineries, marketplaces and views that will be forever etched in your memory. Meals and accommodations are among each area's finest...most inns are locally owned and operated.
Going Places! seeks opportunities to get up close and personal with the people, history and culture of every region, making sure you have time to enjoy each new acquaintance and vista on your own terms.
The 2004 schedule includes: England, Ireland, Switzerland and in the U.S., the Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, Vermont, and Southwestern Utah.
Adventure Women specializing in adventure trips designed especially for women over 30. Excursions range from a diverse assortment of hiking, riding and barge trips in France, Italy, Ireland or Spain to summer hiking in Montana or Wyoming. Twenty-seven tours are offered this year in the Western U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa and South and Central America. The tour length is 6 to 18 days, and each group averages 14 women.
Gutsy Women Travel offers mini retreats and week-long tips in three major categories: Culture, Gourmet and Soft Adventures to destinations in the USA, Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. If you are celebrating that special milestone event – a promotion, birthday or personal victory. Participants travel alone, or come with a friend, or a group of friends, a sister, mother, or daughter. Gutsy Women Travel guarantees that our group size will never exceed 15-20. Guests stay at quaint inns, resorts and spas in the heart of the destination and have free time to explore and shop. Included in these unique vacation packages are: Arrival/departure transfers from designated points, local guides/naturalists/historians who know the area intimately, breakfast daily and most other meals, comprehensive sightseeing, special events, entertainment, cooking classes, all entrance fees and most of the tipping.
Gutsy Women Travel
10650 W. Charleston Blvd.
Summerlin, NV 89135-1014
Wild Mountain Time, an Adventure Travel Company located in Eagle Point, Oregon, is dedicated to giving WOMEN OVER 40 the adventures of their youth!! Offering Alaska Sea Kayaking, Baja Sea Kayaking, Llama Trekking in the Tetons of Wyoming and more, these trips are for women over 40 who are active, healthy, have an adventurous spirit and love camping in the wilderness. On these trips, you'll find like minded women to enjoy these activities and you'll get into the backcountry without carrying all the heavy gear.
Canadian Woman Traveller offers the camaraderie and security of small group travel for women of all ages who share common interests. Our carefully selected programs to Europe, Asia, North America and Cuba explore many themes including food & wine, painting, walking, shopping, yoga, and spa retreats. Personal attention; fully escorted. Rediscover yourself in the company of other women!
Adventure Associates, an ecologically sensitive adventure-based travel company established in 1987, specializes in small-group, women-only and international and domestic programs. They offer trips to kayak the rich marine waters of the San Juan Islands, sail the turquoise coast of the Mediterranean, cruise Alaska's Inside Passage, trek the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu, or hike to spectacular peaks in the rugged North West.
The Women's Travel Network is a Canadian company arranging trips for women only. Destinations are varied and offer a mixture of activities. Tours include a weeklong Fitness Challenge in the Caribbean, exciting and informative Weekend Retreats, 8 day European wine and culinary tours, Rejuvenation at a world-renowned Spa and Wellness Centre, Golf weekend, Horseback riding at a working cattle ranch in the Canadian Rockies. Group sizes range from 10 to 20 participants. Prices are in Canadian dollars and include airfare.
Canyon Calling offers affordable, well-planned multi-activity adventure trips for women over 30 to some of the most beautiful places in the world. No experience is necessary to hike, bike, raft and kayak. Trips are designed to suit moderately-fit women who want to enjoy the outdoors without the hardship. Canyon Calling finds the special places to see and the quiet ways of enjoying them. They are specialists in the Southwest and New Zealand and also lead adventures in Switzerland, Greece, Hawaii, Maine and Wyoming.
Adventures in Good Company offers high quality, affordable outdoor and wilderness trips for women. Twenty-four trips (each from three to nine days) in 2000 range from a Grand Canyon Backpack trip to hut-hopping in the Austrian Alps. Accommodations may include hotels, campgrounds or wildness camping.
Mariah Wilderness Expeditions, which was the first women-owned and operated whitewater rafting and wilderness adventure company in the U.S., offers multi-activity outdoor trips in the U.S., Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador. Activities include rafting, river kayaking, hiking, sea kayaking, biking and horseback riding. Now in its 18th yeah, Mariah Expeditions provides adventure to women of all ages and degrees of experience.
Women Tours specializes in personalized, inn-to-inn road tours that offer unique opportunities for adventure and camaraderie to women of varied backgrounds, lifestyles, ages and cycling experience. The company offers approximately 28 trips a year, ranging from a cross-country, three-month bike tour to a seven-day flat, gently rolling terrain trip. Bike tours are offered in Vermont, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Missouri, the Rocky Mountains, Utah, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Canada, France and New Zealand. Tour leaders are between 46 and 61 years old.
P.O. Box 68
Coleman Falls, VA 24536
Sheri Griffith Expeditions offers Southeast Utah river journeys on the Colorado River, Green River, Yampa and Dolores River. They provide top quality tents, sleeping bags, pads and superb outdoor meals.
Sheri Griffith Expeditions
P.O. Box 1324
Moab, Utah 84532
Call of the Wild features backpacking and light hiking wilderness trips for women in California, Hawaii, Alaska, Arizona and Utah.
Postcards offers approximately 12 tours a year in which participants work and participate with local women in their own environment. Tours go to Africa, New Zealand, Peru, Alaska and the Caribbean.
Women Travel New Zealand offers information on ccommodation, adventures, retreats and other essential information for the woman traveller to New Zealand.
Women Travel New Zealand
R D 2 Waipu
Phone: +64 9 432-1234
Women Traveling Together offers a wide variety of travel and retreat options.
The Women's Travel Club specializes in group travel in the USA and Europe.
21401 N.E. 38th Avenue
Aventura, Fl. 33180
Recommended Travel Companies for Family Travel
Thomson Family Adventures
Worldwide Adventures Designed by Families for Families
If you're contemplating a safari in Africa, a rainforest adventure to Costa Rica or a cruise in Alaska, check out Thomson Family Adventures. Specializing in trips to exotic and faraway lands, they take families to off-the-beaten path destinations like Tanzania, Costa Rica, Nepal, Egypt and the Galapagos Islands. The founders have been leaders in adventure travel for 20 years, and have a family of their own. They field test each new offering with their children, so they truly understand the special needs of families, including affordable prices and meals varied enough for even the fussiest eaters!
On trips during winter and spring breaks, summer vacations and school holidays, kids can swim with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands or explore the great tombs of the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. They will also organize completely customized private trips for you and your family. For more information, call 1-800-262-6255 or visit www.familyadventures.com.
Active Hiking and Biking Vacations
Backroads family bicycling trips have no minimum age requirement. Children ages four and younger generally enjoy riding in attachable Burley child trailers. On camping trips, and on inn trips when sharing a room with two adults, youths receive a discount. In addition to great hikes, bike rides and other activities, Backroads' trip leaders will engage your kids in everything from swimming and soccer to painting and berry picking.
Active family adventures range from Arizona mountain biking to a multi-sport trip in Maine; from biking, walking and sea kayaking along Penobscot Bay and in Acadia National Park to a bike, hike and river rafting trip in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. For more information, call 1-800-GO-ACTIVE (462-28480) or visit www.backroads.com.
Rascals in Paradise
Family Resorts and Beyond
Rascals in Paradise offers three kinds of trips. The first type, family weeks (small groups of three to six families who share vacation time), can be arranged at any of their worldwide destinations and include a teacher/escort or babysitter for small children. Second, the 'Kid-Klub' resorts offer organized children's activities. And third, Rascals offers trips to 'Family Friendly' resorts that do not provide supervised children's programs.
They cover the gamut of family vacations, with trips for grandparents, single parents and divers with kids. They also plan trips around family reunions or special occasions, like a Bar Mitzvah in Israel or a 50th wedding anniversary at a Ranch in Wyoming. Special 'single' parent pricing is available at selected destinations.
Rascals in Paradise takes families to the Caribbean, Mexico, Asia, the Pacific, Europe ... almost everywhere! For more information, call 1-800-U-RASCAL or visit www.rascalsinparadise.com.
Explore the Best of the West!
For 15 years, Backcountry Tours has been offering expert-guided vacations in the Rocky Mountains of the Western U.S. and Canada. Your family can bike, hike, paddle on white water and ride horseback in Glacier National Park. You can also mountain bike in the Canadian Rockies, cast your fly into the world famous Yellowstone River, hike through the canyons of Bryce & Zion or paddle the whitewater of the Snake River ... all with Backcountry Tours! Check them out at 1-800-575-1540 or www.backcountrytours.com.
Butterfield & Robinson
Butterfield & Robinson offers top-end biking and walking trips for families, including visits to medieval European castles and prehistoric caves, and activities such as kayaking, canoeing or horseback riding. You can even go to a chocolate tasting! Destinations range from Nova Scotia to Normandy to the Czech Republic. Kids as young as three can join Mom and Dad to bike in Ireland or along the Briton coast, while children twelve or older may bike in the Loire Valley or Dordogne. For more information, call 1-800-678-1147 or visit www.butterfieldandrobinson.com.
Recommended For Travel to Egypt
I highly recommend South Sinai Travel, with whom I traveled last summer throughout Egypt. They planned our family trip and we had expert guides from Cairo to Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, and more! They earned 5 STARS in my exacting rating system. Their expertise, efficiency and reliability can't be beat!!!! The key to a successful trip often lies in the personality and expertise of the guides. South Sinai Travel's well educated, professional and warm guides made the trip for us! It's the human touch that one remembers years later and that's why I recommend SouthSinai with such enthusiasm.
They have been leading trips for top notch tour operators and travel agencies for over 20 years. South Sinai Travel has 5 offices strategically located in the major tourist areas and staffed with in–house licensed Egyptologists, as well as experts in fields ranging from Anthropology to Zoology. They offer everything from camel treks to a gourmet cooking school, from camping in the desert to cultural tours, from Nile cruises to mountain biking, from Bible study tours to golf.
South Sinai Travel won numerous awards, including the prestigious “Green Globe” award for their stance on environmental issues. and can plan tours for individual clients and groups up to 1000. They are IATA and ASTA Members.
For full details on their programs contact their U.S. sales office at:
SOUTH SINAI TRAVEL
P.O. Box 5429, St. Marys, GA 31558.
Tel: (912) 673-9455
Toll–Free: 1–877–SST–EGYP(T) (877–778–3497);
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