7 Best Travel Tours for Women in 2024

From Sedona to Mongolia, these women-only tours take travelers on bold journeys.

Wild Women tour group in Peru (Photo: Wild Women)
Wild Women tour group in Peru (Photo: Wild Women)

Travel tours designed just for women can make the experience of travel even richer by providing a safe and supportive space to try new things and embrace adventure in ways that might be different from ordinary tours. With everything from highly challenging physical adventures to cultured explorations of local food and historical gems, the world of women’s only tours offers something for every style of traveler: incredible experiences, new destinations, and new friendships for women of all ages.

2024’s Best Travel Tours for Women

Whether you’re looking for mother-daughter trip ideas or women-led hiking or trekking excursions, the best travel tours for women in 2024 offer exceptional female-only travel opportunities all across the globe.

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1. Bryce Canyon Easy-Active Women’s Hiking and Camping

REI Adventures

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument slot canyon with hiker
REI Adventures’ women-only hiking and camping trip includes a hike through a slot canyon (Photo: Envato/Galyna_Andrushko)

For an approachable but active getaway, look to the Bryce Canyon Easy-Active Women’s Hiking and Camping trip from REI Adventures. This women-only travel tour visits two of Utah’s most revered parks, Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The adventure combines easy hikes into a geographically stunning area with luxury camping in spacious tents with perks like warm showers and flush toilets. Coffee or tea is even delivered to the tents in the mornings.

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The itinerary includes a hike on the Queen’s Garden trail in Bryce Canyon National Park and an easily accessible hike through a slot canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante. Guides will to educate your group on the high desert ecosystem and geology. One evening includes a visit by a local astronomer to take full advantage of being in an International Dark Sky Park. For cooks in the group, there’s also a backcountry cooking demonstration.

REI Adventures grew out of the outdoor equipment co-op started in 1938 with the goal of making outdoor adventures more accessible to all. It has been leading trips for decades and offers a number of travel groups for women in its tour lineup each year.

  • Starting price: $2,099 for REI members ($2,309 for non-members)
  • Length: 3 days, 2 nights
  • Activity level: Easy (on most days, the hikes are around 3 miles)

2. Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre Kayaking

Wild Women Expeditions

Vernazza village, aerial view on sunset, Seascape in Five lands, Cinque Terre National Park, Liguria Italy Europe.
Wild Women’s Italian Riviera tour offers a totally different angle on Cinque Terre (Photo: Envato/StevanZZ)

Wild Women Expeditions offers its Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre Kayak tour for women several times throughout the summer and fall of 2024. This stretch of coastline (and the UNESCO World Heritage group of five villages whose pastel-colored buildings cling to the unbelievably vertical cliffs known as Cinque Terre) define Italian gorgeousness but can be overrun with tourists, which can give it a Disneyland feel if you visit in the normal ways.

Wild Women offers the perfect solution: Kayak your way around in the warm, hurts-your-eyes blue water of the Mediterranean. It’s a great way to see this remarkable area from water level, stay cool in the summer sun, and avoid the crowds above. 

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The women’s-only travel company also arranges for some fabulous stays: one in a village only accessible by sea or hiking trail another a at farm where all the food is “zero kilometer,” sourced within meters of your meal. And after all that kayaking you’ll have earned some delicious pasta. The tour starts in Genoa, whose hauntingly tiny streets and Renaissance palaces are well worth exploring.

Wild Women Expeditions has more than 30 years of experience in more than 30 countries. The tour operator is an expert in providing experiences that let women test their comfort levels, have adventures, and grow. Its women only trips are designed for all skill levels, from the seasoned outdoor pro to those who are just figuring out how to pack their backpacks.

  • Starting price: $4,395
  • Length: 7 days, 6 nights
  • Activity level: Active

3. Jordan: Women’s Expedition

Intrepid Travel

Panorama view of Petra's Treasury Temple
Intrepid’s Women’s Expedition to Jordan has opportunities only possible with an all-women’s group (Photo: Envato/MirkoVitali)

The Women’s Expedition to Jordan guided tour with Intrepid Travel is a definite don’t-miss opportunity, as traveling with an all-women group provides chances to connect with local women in a way that’s impossible in a mixed group. Intrepid’s mission is to create positive change in the world through travel, and in its 30 years it has grown to become the world’s largest purpose-led adventure travel company. 

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The tour includes several days in Amman where you’ll take a cooking class, go on a city tour, and have tea with a traditional matchmaker. There’s also a visit to the Roman ruins of Jerash; a jeep excursion deep into the desert with an overnight in a tent and a chance to learn the art of henna with Bedouin women; two days to explore Petra, one of the marvels of the ancient world; and swimming in the Dead Sea with a visit to a women’s-only beach. This travel tour for women is a great way to not only see this stunning country but to get to know the culture and perspectives of the women who live there.

  • Starting price: $2,057
  • Length: 8 days, 7 nights (including one in the desert)
  • Activity level: Moderate (walking in Petra and Amman)

4. Sedona’s Healing Arts For Women: Yoga, Qi Gong, Ayurveda and More

Road Scholar

View of Sedona's Red Rock State Park in Arizona with pink dramatic rock formations
Road Scholar’s women’s only tour to Sedona focuses on healing arts (Photo: Envato/SeanPavone)

For a slower-paced and more indulgent tour for women, Road Scholar offers a women-only immersion in the fantastic landscapes and food scene of the high-desert town of Sedona, Arizona: Sedona’s Healing Arts For Women: Yoga, Qi Gong, Ayurveda and More. Sedona has been long known as a center of metaphysical meaning and spiritual healing, and this tour allows you to experience a range of practices that promote self-healing, health, and longevity with sessions on yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, Ayurveda, acupuncture, and art therapy.

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The tour also includes opportunities to hike into the unique environment of Sedona’s red rock formations. Road Scholar is a non-profit senior travel tour company that started in 1975 as Elderhostel with a mission to create educational adventures for those over 60. Its scope has widened since then, and now more than 100,000 people a year travel with Road Scholar.

  • Starting price: $2,099
  • Length: 6 days, 5 nights
  • Activity level: Easy 

5. Adventures in Patagonia

Adventures in Good Company

Rear view of woman hiking in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Adventures in Good Company’s women’s only Patagonia tour is heavy on the hiking (Photo: Envato/imagesourcecurated)

Adventures in Good Company has an itinerary to one of the most remote, rugged, and stunning places on Earth: Adventures in Patagonia. This region, shared by Argentina and Chile, is still a pristine wilderness with snowcapped peaks, lakes, towering rock formations, and glaciers. It’s a perfect place to go in a group (the easiest way to find the best trails) and because the trip is physically challenging, being in a supportive all-women environment is a fantastic way to push your physical limits.

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This active travel tour for women trip takes you to the granite spires of Fitz Roy, Cerro del Torre, and Torres del Paine. Overnighting in some mountain refugios means that your day hikes can really extend into the heart of the mountains and cover more terrain. There’s even a kayaking excursion on Lake Grey.

Adventures in Good Company is all about bringing women together to reconnect with their adventurous selves, physical abilities, other women, different cultures, and the natural world in a noncompetitive way. Some participants even use their annual trip as an incentive to keep physically healthy the rest of the year so as to be ready for the next adventure.

  • Starting price: $7,995
  • Length: 12 nights: 7 in hotels or inns and 5 in mountain refugios
  • Activity level: Very challenging (12-13 miles of hiking on some days with significant elevation changes)

6. Experience Tanzania

Wild Women Expeditions

two zebras in Tanzania standing close to each other and gazing toward the camera
Wild Women Expeditions’ Experience Tanzania tour offers chances to see wildlife (Photo: Envato/ bortescristian)

Another tempting women-only guided tour from Wild Women Expeditions, the Experience Tanzania trip is everything you’d hope for in a safari but strives to provide an even deeper experience than the typical safari tour. The itinerary includes a visit to a woman’s cooperative to help make cheese, roast coffee, and harvest honey; a visit to a local home; and another visit to group to Maasai women helping them milk cows, collect firewood, and fetch water. These unique experiences provide a fuller understanding of the lives and dreams of these African women.

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Accommodations are varied and spectacular, including a hotel with a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, luxury safari tents, a lodge overlooking Ngorongoro Crater, and two nights in the Serengeti’s only female-run safari camp. Ample opportunities to watch the seemingly endless parade of animals including lions, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, wildebeest, and zebras are provided by safari vehicle but also on foot, as the trip includes several four- to six-hour hikes to go even more intimately into the landscape.

  • Starting price: $9,495
  • Length: 11 days
  • Activity level: Moderate (the hikes are designed to be approachable for novice hikers)

7. Exploring New Zealand

Adventures in Good Company

Panoramic view of New Zeland's The remarkables, Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown on the South Island
Adventures in Good Company’s Exploring New Zealand tour includes overnights in Queenstown (Photo: Envato/mvaligursky)

Another gem from Adventures in Good Company, the Exploring New Zealand tour for women offers a range of adventures on the South Island, including hiking, biking, boating, and kayaking in the mountains, rugged coastlines, rainforests, and glaciers of this beautiful part of the world.

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The small group tour offers a mix of backcountry overnights reached by hiking with stays in interesting towns like Queenstown (a resort town known as the adventure capital of New Zealand packed with cool restaurants, bars, and boutiques) and Te Anau, the gateway to Milford Sound. There’s also a visit to a winery.

  • Starting price: $7,995
  • Length: 13 nights
  • Activity level: Challenging (hiking 3-7 miles a day over uneven terrain and on rocky paths)

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Nancy Raff shares her adventures as an American expat living in a small town in Italy on her site itch.world. Her work has appeared on publications including USAToday, FamilyVacationist.com, and SmarterTravel.com.