Travel Desk

Girls-Only Getaways

written by | Posted on May 4th, 2011

As traditional caregivers, women are often known for regularly placing the needs of everyone else in their lives ahead of their own. Between work, family and other day-to-day activities, it is undeniably important that women take the time to nurture themselves, and travel is one of the best ways to do just that. So whether it’s hiking inNepal or tasting the culinary offerings of Greece, traveling alone or with other like-minded girlfriends, we’ve found two tour companies that offer vacations designed just for women. Active Journeys Just For Ladies AdventureWomen, Inc., an adventure travel company for women over 30, offers several Girlfriend Getaways that focus on friendship and getting fit. The company’s Trekking in the Himalayas tour, for instance, is ideal for women who want to experience the splendor of hiking in the Himalayan mountain range.

Priced from $4,595 pp dbl, this tour features hikes through verdant valleys and ancient villages, while offering a personal look into the Nepalese culture. The trip also includes accommodations in modernly constructedNepal lodges, a 2-day rafting excursion on the Seti River and a wildlife viewing safari, as well as the chance to ride elephants through RoyalChitwan National Park and explore the Buddhist Temple Complex of Boudhanath. Departure dates are available Oct. 24 and Nov. 8.

Clients looking for adventure a little closer to home? Recommend the company’s Montana Mountain Majesty tour, in which participants can experience premium backcountry hiking on Montana’s trails in the Spanish Peaks, the Madison Range, the northwest corner of Yellowstone, and into one of Yellowstone National Park’s geyser basins.

In addition to hiking, guests will have the opportunity to take a horseback ride across Montana fields, enjoy whitewater rafting on Gallatin River and take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Big Sky’s Andesite Mountain at 8,000 ft. The tour also inclues accommodations at the 320 Guest Ranch, located between Yellowstone Park and Big Sky Ski Resort along the Gallatin River; an old-fashioned hayride and bbq along the Gallatin River; and a wildlife safari and scenic hikes in Yellowstone National Park.

Rates run $2,695 pp dbl with the tour taking place July 23-29. For more information on these and other journeys offered by AdventureWomen, Inc., visit adventurewomen.com.

What Women Want Gutsy Women Travel, a travel company providing guided vacation experiences for women travelers, also has a wealth of vacation offerings for solo and group travelers.

With the company’s 6-day New Mexico—Santa Fe & Taos itinerary, guests can explore the sights of New Mexico, including visits to the Rio Grande River & Sandia Mountains and Ciobola National Forest. Other trip highlights include viewing ceremonial caves, houses and prehistoric ruins of the Anasazi cliff dwellings, as well as sampling an array of native northern New Mexico dishes.

Priced from $2,810 pp dbl, this tour includes two nights at Hotel Albuquerque, three nights at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe, most meals and drive gratuities. Tour departs on Oct. 21.

For foodies, recommend the company’s Grecian Odyssey. Priced from $3,810 pp dbl, this 9-day journey includes a home visit and dinner with a local family in Athens and a private cooking class with a prominent chef inMykonos. Guests on the tour can also enjoy a ferry ride from Santorini to Mykonos, 3-night accommodations at the Myconian Ambassador Hotelin Mykonos, 2-night accommodations at the Royal Olympic Hotel inAthens and most meals. This tour departs Sept. 16.

For more information on these and other tours offered by Gutsy Women Travel, visit gutsywomentravel.com.