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40 women's-only trips to take in 2022 and beyond

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It's Women's History Month, and really, we can't think of a better way to spend our next life-changing adventure than with a group of kick-ass women. So we rounded up 40 of our favorite guided trips (just for the ladies, of course) to check out in 2022.

Kathryn O'Shea-Evans
By Kathryn O'Shea-EvansMar 8, 2022 11 minutes read

Have you caught the 2022 travel bug? We're feeling it, too, and with the pandemic nearing its end, our travel calendar is filling up. But let's be honest. sometimes the planning process is a little overwhelming, especially when it comes to destinations we're not so familiar with. That's why outfitter-planned journeys are a great option. They take a lot of the guesswork, meal stresses and safety worries out of globetrotting while female (and this is especially true if you're a solo traveler). So we dug deep to bring you these 40 organized trips for 2022. We think you'll find at least one (or two, or three) that spark your interest. And when you do, gather the crew or go on your own to meet other adventurous female travelers like you.

North America

Eye-candy in Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park

Pack your hiking boots. On AdventureWomen’s 7-day Zion & Bryce National Parks itinerary, you’ll ride horseback through Zion’s red rock canyons; hike a mile up the waters of the Virgin River through The Narrows, a slim slot canyon under thousand-foot-tall cliffs; and try your hand at canyoneering—descending redstone walls in a safety harness—with the help of pro guides. Indulgences await every evening at the lodge, including al fresco hut tubs and s'mores around the fire. From $3,895; departing April 23, 2022

The wonders of Wyoming

Geothermal pools? Check. Rainbow-hued canyons? Check. A safari through the “Serengeti of North America” to spy wolves, elk, bison, pronghorn and more? You know it. Wild Women Expeditions’ 7-day tour through northwest Wyoming may be one of the most transformative of your life, including camping under a canopy of stars and horseback riding through landscapes worthy of “Legends of the Fall”—and thanks to medically-trained guides, entirely worry-free. From $2,995; departing June 30, 2022

A photography workshop in Arizona

Grand Canyon at sunset
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Damesly pairs travel with classes to give women a total reset with each trip. Their 4-day photography workshop tour is based in Flagstaff, but explores the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend. You’ll receive hands-on photography training in between daily adventures, including sightseeing in Sedona. From $2,899; departing September 1, 2022

Finding life in Death Valley, California

On this AdventureWomen trip, you’ll stroll the dunes of Death Valley National Park at sunset and ogle the world’s rarest fish—the endangered, shimmering cobalt blue devil’s hole pupfish—which lives in the 93-degree water at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The high point, literally? Summiting 9,064-foot Wildrose Peak. From $5,295; departing March 5, 2022

A polar bear safari in Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba, Canada

Everything from dog mushing through northern boreal forests to riding tundra buggies over the Churchill Wildlife Management Area—where you’ll spot polar bears galore—is on the itinerary of Wild Women Expeditions’ 5-day trip. The best part? Plenty of opportunity to scan the skies for a common sight in this corner of the globe: aurora borealis. From $9,995 CAD; departing November 5, 2022

Chasing culture in Cuba

If Cuba seems out of reach as a solo traveler, AdventureWomen has the answer: an expert-led 10-day group romp across the nation, including kayaking along Cienfuegos Bay; salsa lessons from the pros; and a walking tour of Camagüey's colonial streets and Trinidad. From $6,795; departing February 9, 2023

Salsa Musician in Cuba

Living it up in the Smoky Mountains

Ever wondered why so many country music stars croon about the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina? Even Dolly Parton would be impressed by REI’s four-day tour of the region, which includes everything from tipples of moonshine at a local distillery to zip lining over the Nantahala River Gorge. From $2,099 for REI Members, or $2,279 for non-members; departing July 3, 2022.

Explore jungles in Costa Rica

The 9-day AdventureWomen jaunt through Costa Rica has you experiencing a variety of adventure and wildlife. Expect outings such as kayaking the lagoons and jungle waterways of Tortuguero National Park; whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River; hiking and swimming at La Fortuna waterfall; and a cooking class. From $4,195; departing July 2, 2022

Adventuring through Belize

Unexpected thrills are daily fodder on Adventures in Good Company’s 9-day trip through Belize: you’ll spend a night in an actual zoo with ocelots and tapirs as your neighbors; kayak the Barrier Reef in Southwater Caye Marine Reserve, where you’re likely to spot magnificent frigatebirds and brown boobys aplenty; and even putter around in Mayan ruins from 500 BC—now home to significant monkey and toucan populations. From $3,845; departing April 2, 2022

Photogenic Yosemite, California

Yosemite National Park

It’s no wonder Ansel Adams spent so much time capturing Yosemite National Park’s awe-inspiring terrain. On REI’s 4-day backpacking trip, you’ll join up to 11 other women in hiking up to nine miles a day through the High Country. Bonus: the guides do all the cooking. From $1,099 for REI members, and $1,299 for non-members; departing June 9, 2022

Hiking the Appalachian Trail in Vermont

We’ve found that hiking long distances is oh-so-much-easier when you have company along for the ride. On this 9-day, expertly guided trek with Adventure’s in Good Company, you’ll summit 4,229-foot-high Killington Peak to get a birds-eye view of four (four!) other states, including New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, and Maine, and have the option of jumping into Little Rock Pond. Thoreau would be so proud. From $1,495; departing August 28, 2022

Whale-watch in Mexico

This 9-day Wild Women Expeditions tour of Baja, Mexico is a suitable option for beginners wanting to kayak with some of the best views: Gray whales and their calves. Aside from getting to spot the 40-ton whales up close, you'll soak in natural hot springs, snorkel alongside sea lion pups, kayak to a camping spot, and have an authentic dinner in La Paz. From $2,795; departing January 14, 2023

Greenland’s best

Greenland houses

Cruising doesn’t get any more adventurous than Wild Women’s Expeditions 15-day exploits around Greenland and Labrador aboard the aptly named Ocean Endeavour—and plenty of Zodiacs. You’ll stop by an Inuit village; cruise around icebergs; and leaf peep through the eye popping pristine Torngat Mountains National Park—visited by less than 600 people a year. From $7,645; departing September 17, 2022.

Solace in Sedona

Sedona, Arizona is much more than a trove of destination spas, as REI’s 4-day women’s adventure will attest. You’ll hike through cacti forests in a 30,000-acre preserve of the Sonoran Desert; watch hummingbirds brunching on a red and green ocotillo plant after your morning yoga session; and tour ancient red rock cliff dwellings with your expert female guides. From $2,099 for REI members or $2,299 for non-members; departing September 23, 2022

South America

Cruise the Galapagos on a private yacht

The Galapagos Islands

It’s no wonder the Galapagos Islands top many bucket lists—where else can you spy blue-footed boobies and ginormous land tortoises more than a century old? AdventureWomen’s eight-day tour makes the experience even more memorable, thanks to its tricked-out yacht (complete with en-suite bathrooms and a jacuzzi on the top deck) and insider tours of Charles Darwin Station and snorkeling alongside sea lions and fur seals on Rábida Island. From $5,195; departing August 13, 2022

Hike and kayak through Patagonia

The “Wild” experience of trekking all by your lonesome isn’t for everybody. You’ll join up to 16 other women plus pro female guides for this WHOA travel nine-day jaunt through the craggy peaks of Patagonia—with hikes through a Lenga forest to Torres del Paine National Park, arguably some of the world’s most famous peaks, and zodiac boat rides and crampon-donning ice hikes through glacier-strewn Lake Grey. From $4,400; departing November 29, 2022

Culture of every kind in Guatemala

Acatanengo Volcano

On Adventures in Good Company’s 9-day whirlwind tour of Guatemala, you’ll hike through a cloud forest to 8,700-foot-high Acatenango Volcano; kayak along lakeside Mayan villages; and even have an astrological reading with a Mayan shaman. From $3,550; departing April 29, 2022

Walking to Machu Picchu, Peru

It’s no wonder Machu Picchu tops so many South American bucket lists: there may be nothing more jaw-dropping than the sight of the 15th century emerald-green city emerging from the clouds. On this 10-day Adventures in Good Company trip with bilingual local guides, you’ll do everything from hike to the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ to explore Cusco’s Coricancha Sun Temple, sheathed in gold until a 1533 raid by Spain. From $5,650; departing June 18, 2022


Switzerland’s high life

If you’ve always wanted to recreate that scene from The Sound of Music where Maria von Trapp twirls on a mountain top, hiking the Alps with AdventureWomen will be a dream come true. Included on your eight-day trip? Wandering car-free UNESCO-heritage site St. Gallen village; prepping fondue with monks at a Benedictine Monastery in Engelberg; and summiting Mount Titlis via railcar and hike, with a wine and cheese luncheon at the peak. Maria would love it. From $5,595; departing June 26, 2022

Bike across Italy's countryside

Cinque Terre's colorful buildings and rugged coastline

Experience the beauty of Italy's countryside from your bike with Wild Women Expeditions' 8-day adventure tour. You'll pedal your way through charming towns and rolling hillsides of Tuscany; take a cooking class in Montepulciano; taste wines produced at your hotel; and hike the colorful seaside area of Cinque Terre. From $4,495; departing September 4, 2022

Horseback riding in Iceland

Icelandic horses could put even clydesdales to shame, with their fairytale manes and ultra-plush winter fur. On AdventureWomen’s 8-day Icelandic horseback tour, you’ll have your own dedicated trusty steed for a week of exploits, including riding over black sand beaches and to steaming hot springs the vikings used in Deildartunguhver. (You’ll leave your mount behind when you harvest scallops on Breiðafjördur Bay, and can eat them raw—just like a viking maiden may have done.) From $6,995; departing June 23, 2022

Kayaking through Croatian Islands

Mijet Bay, Croatia

The turquoise, crystalline seas off Croatia’s coast look like a screensaver sprung to life—and with Wild Women Expeditions' 8-day tour, you and other women can dive deep into their Instagram-ready waters via kayak and stand-up-paddle board. Also on your to-do list? Swimming in a secluded bay, picnicking on a pebble beach, wine tasting, and hiking Paklenica National Park. From $3,695; departing June 3, 2022

Saunter through castles in Germany

Pack your dirndl: this 6-day WHOA Travel tour of Bavaria is timed to coincide with Oktoberfest for good reason. Also on your to-do list? Paragliding over nearly 10,000-foot-high Zugspitze mountain, sipping your way through Munich’s Chinesischer Turm beer garden, and biking to Neuschwanstein Castle—the 1886 stunner that inspired the design of the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. From $2,950; departing September 15, 2022

Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain

Centuries of pilgrims can’t be wrong. On Wild Women Expeditions’ 7-day walk from mountain plateaus to seafront villages alongside the 9th-century pilgrimage trail, you’ll have a decidedly pampered experience, with a support van tracing your steps (and carrying your luggage and plenty of snacks). On your itinerary: wandering eucalyptus and pine plantations and lunching on fresh-caught fish in dreamy coastal towns. From $2,995; departing May 1, 2022

Hike across Wales

Mount Snowdon

If you’ve ever wanted to recreate scenes from any number of Jane Austin-inspired movies, Adventures in Good Company has a 10-day trip through three Welsh National Parks that are as cinematic as they come (Mr. Darcy not included). You’ll summit 3,560-foot-high Mount Snowdon via its 1896 narrow gauge railway and wander 12th century Carreg Cennen Castle. From $3,690; departing September 3, 2022

A trademark tour of Ireland

When you dream of lush, emerald-green Ireland, you’re likely conjuring the exact sorts of exploits Wild Women Expeditions has planned on their 8-day tour of the nation. On the itinerary? Hiking the towering cliffs at Slieve League (keep an eye out for seals and whales in the Atlantic below); taking a seaweed bath in an Edwardian-era bath house in the fishing village of Enniscrone; and even climbing to a burial cairn of mythological warrior queen Meabh. From $4,695; departing June 5, 2022


A safari in Botswana

Elephant at sunset in Botswana
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An African safari tops many a bucket-list, and this 11-day AdventureWomen tour will be one to remember. Naturalist guides will take you through two game reserves in Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta to spot lions, zebras, hippos, giraffes, elephants, and more. Expect luxe tented camps, canoeing across a lagoon, and walking along the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. From $8,895; departing November 5, 2022

Hiking across Morocco

Intrepid Travel’s 8-day expedition through Morocco includes dining with Berber families in their own homes; visiting female-led rug-weaving co-ops in rural villages; henna and kohl make-up lessons with the locals; and hiking (including in the M’goun Valley, where centuries-old architecture and some of the highest peaks in the Atlas Mountains will undoubtedly drop your jaw). Did we mention that a team of mules will schlep all your heavy bags while you hike? Bliss. From $846; departing April 6, 2022

Channel your inner queen in Egypt

Pyramids of Giza at sunset

As part of Wild Women Expeditions' 12-day Egypt Goddesses Queens and Heroines Tour, you'll learn all about the lives of historic and contemporary women in Egypt. After touring the famed pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx, there will be temple tours in Luxor, cruising the Nile on a traditional Dahabiya sailboat, and henna designs painted on your hands. From $6,495; departing November 17, 2022

Trekking in Tanzania

This 10-day trekking and safari tour of Tanzania from Wild Women Expeditions takes you through the Serengeti to spot monkeys, lions, leopards and elephants galore, plus the Great Wildebeest Migration. Also on the itinerary are learning how to make cheese, roast coffee, and harvest honey; shopping at a market that supports Maasai women in Northern Tanzania; and views of the striking Mt. Kilimanjaro. From $7,595; departing June 25, 2022


Hiking Everest

Yes, Everest. If “the big one” is on your goal sheet, Wild Women Expeditions’ 18-day Himalayan trek will get you close. A female guide and male assistant guides will lead you to Everest Base Camp at 17,598 feet, which some call “the steps to heaven”—and ideal for getting soaking up all the alpine splendor without the three-month commitment a summit would take. Although strenuous, the plentiful vistas are rewarding. From $3,295; departing October 15, 2022

On the trail of Japanese traditions

Kumano Kodo, Japan

If mingling with some of Japan’s most interesting women—including Ama pearl divers and mountain ascetic priestesses—sounds fun, this 11-day trip across Japan with AdventureWomen is for you. Because you’ll do all that and much, much more, including stroll Nara Park alongside some 1,000 resident deer and steep in hot springs at ryokans (inns) on the UNESCO-heritage Kumano Kodo route. From $8,995; departing April 5, 2023

Marvels of Mongolia

For a chance to truly live like a local in the Mongolian wilderness, WHOA Travel’s 13-day tour does it right. You’ll stay in gers (yurts) with host families in Erdenedalai, where the desert meets the steppe; plant trees with conservationist Byamba Tseyen and her daughter-in-law; and even fly to the Chinese border to meet with Aigerim, a female eagle hunter. Marvels, indeed. From $5,200; departing June 7, 2022

Horse tour in India

mehrangarh fort

You’ll bed down in romantic safari tents with en-suite bathrooms on this 11-day Marwari horseback riding jaunt across India with Wild Women Expeditions, but that’s only the beginning of your cinematic experience. Also on the itinerary? A tuk tuk ride driven by female drivers with Pink City Rickshaw Co. to a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola; a twilight leopard safari in an Acacia scrub forest; and riding over a pink granite sand landscape to circa 1459 Mehrangarh Fort. From $4,395; departing November 4, 2022

Befriend the women of Jordan

Perta, Jordan
Petra, Jordan; GettyImages

Intrepid Travel geared this 8-day expedition through Jordan around meeting and mingling with the local ladies. You’ll learn about traditional marriage from a professional matchmaker; bathe in mineral mud at the women’s-only beach; and take Arabic cooking classes at Beit Sitti. And yes, you’ll check bucket-list sights like the Dead Sea and Petra, the 5th-century BC city fortress built into sandstone, off your list. From From $1,835; departing October 3, 2022

Vietnam with a local

This 11-day curated journey through Northern Vietnam by AdventureWomen is a comprehensive tour of the stunning country. You’ll take a walking tour of Hanoi, kayak around the Vung Vieng fishing village, participate in early-morning Tai Chi on a chartered boat, explore the Thien Canh Son Caves, walk around a meditative pagoda, and so much more. From $5,795; departing February 9, 2023


Discover the Australian Outback

Australian company Sisterhood Womens Travel knows Oz intimately. Your 5-day journey includes sunrise vistas of Uluru, or Ayers Rock; walk through the Field of Light installation; hike through Watarraka National Park; and camel ride to a sunset dinner amid the Outback's desert plains. From $3,499; departing October 21, 2022

Antics across New Zealand

Millford Sound Fjord

You’ll understand instantly why so many movies are filmed in New Zealand on WHOA’s 11-day tour of the nation. Among the cinematic sights on your itinerary? Bedding down on a boat in Milford Sound fjord; sea kayaking with fur seals and dolphins; and hiking to spy the smallest penguins on earth—12”-tall blue penguins—edging the ocean in Oamaru. From $5,550; departing December 3, 2022


Island hopping Adventures

Cole Banks founded Sisters Traveling Solo to inspire black women to explore the world. Their 12-day Antarctica cruise includes such postcard-worthy sights as navigating treacherous Drake Passage; eyeing humpback whales, orcas, and leopard seals; and hiking to spot thousands of penguins on the romantically-named Deception Islands. From $8,995; departing December 5, 2022

Exploring a penguin paradise

Penguins, Antarctica

On Wild Women Expeditions’ expert-led 14-day journey from Argentina to Antarctica and back again, thrills include spying myriad species of whales, dolphins, and—yes—plenty of penguins on their icy home turf; zodiac tours between sculptural icebergs; and sea kayaking and snowshoeing land adventures. Aboard your ship, the Ocean Endeavor? Pampering of every type, including a spa, saunas, pool, and, to assuage any worries, a staff doctor and paramedic. From $8,995; departing February 8, 2023

Kathryn O'Shea-Evans
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is based in Colorado's Front Range and writes about travel and design for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and more.