Hiking trips for women | Hiking vacations

Hiking trips are rejuvenating and relaxing. Surrounded by beauty and breathing fresh air, the rhythms of hiking gradually banish the myriad concerns that occupy our everyday life. Anyone of any age can hike and outdoor hiking is a great way to improve your level of physical conditioning. We have two guides on every trip and everyone is encouraged to hike at her own pace; you won't feel pushed to hike faster than you feel comfortable or held back if you enjoy pushing it. And an added bonus? The calories burned hiking make it really hard to gain weight on hiking vacations. We offer hiking trips in the US, including Appalachian Trail hiking, as well as hiking in Europe.

Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - FULL
October 7, 2017 – October 16, 2017

On this trip that combines hiking and culture, we visit the Cinque Terre, a collection of five colorful towns perched on steep cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea, and the longer strip of coast known as the Italian Riviera.  We'll hike timeless landscape along paths that wind through vineyards and ancient stone paths and stairways that climb up and down cliffs, sample local wines and other locally produced specialties, relax in romantic outdoor cafes, take a dip in the Ligurian sea, and explore the area surrounding the villages, known as the Italian Riviera. Our trip to Italy is truly a feast for all the senses. $3395 Rating: 1  2  [3] [4]  5

Slackpacking Harpers Ferry - FULL
October 15, 2017 – October 21, 2017

Join us on our newest Slackpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail, this one through northern Virginia and West Virginia, from Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry. Like all slackpacking trips, you hike a new section of the Appalachian Trail every day and get picked up at the end for a hot meal, shower, and a comfortable bed.

Hiking and Highlights of Bhutan
October 15, 2017 – October 28, 2017

Ancient fortresses, diverse temples, and jagged snow capped peaks provide the backdrop for a visit to Bhutan, one of the most interesting countries in the world.  Its transition to democracy says much about broader changes in the country as it seeks to embrace the best of tourism and the modern world without losing what has made it special: a spiritual tradition based in Buddhism that permeates every dimension of the culture. Our 14 days here will introduce you to the countryside and culture of this special place. $4295  Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5

Slackpacking Georgia - FULL
October 21, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Have you been dying to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, but you just cannot see carrying a heavy pack and sleeping in shelters without a hot shower? We have the perfect solution- slackpacking! Hike a new section every day and get picked up at the end for a hot meal, shower, and a comfortable bed in a gorgeous hostel.  $1425  Rating: 1  2  3   [4, 5] 

Hiking Lodge to Lodge on the AT in Fall - FULL
October 22, 2017 – October 27, 2017

There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip, however, we do it in style! We'll go lodge to lodge, staying in the lovely and very different lodges that are conveniently spaced along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, while our luggage is transported by van. This part of the AT is well-graded and well-maintained, with climbs rarely exceeding 500 or 1,000 feet, so it is excellent for novice hikers and anyone who enjoys vistas and abundant wildlife. $1795  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]    5  


Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks - FULL
October 27, 2017 – October 31, 2017

Sometimes you just want to fit in as much hiking in a short period as you possibly can, and that is what we have planned for this four-day getaway. We spend three nights in Zion with a day trip over to Bryce for one of its premiere hikes. The cool weather and quiet of late fall are delightful for hiking.  $1425  1  2  3  4  5    

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Park - FULL
November 1, 2017 – November 5, 2017

Sometimes you just want to fit in as much hiking in a short period as you possibly can, and that is what we have planned for this four-day getaway. We spend three nights in Zion with a day trip over to Bryce for one of its premiere hikes. The cool weather and quiet of late fall are delightful for hiking.  $1425  1  2  3  4  5    

Death Valley Delights - February
February 15, 2018 – February 19, 2018

Death Valley is the perfect antidote to the winter blahs! In February the skies are clear and sunny (but not too hot!) and the hiking is excellent. Then there is the fascinating geology, unique ecology, and equally engaging human history. If you long to put away your down jacket and put on your shorts, feel warm sun on your deprived skin, and be totally immersed in a place that has a mythic status for many of us, join us as we explore one of our newest National Parks with a professional geologist. $1725 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Adventures in Patagonia
February 25, 2018 – March 9, 2018

Patagonia is one of the most stunning, diverse, and sparsely populated places on earth. Shared by Argentina and Chile, it is known for its pristine wilderness, magnificent snow-capped peaks, dramatic granite spires, sparkling lakes, and immense glaciers. On this 13 day trip, we have picked out the places that will stay in your memory forever: the breathtaking mountain environs of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and Argentina's stunning Los Glaciares National Park. $5250  Rating: 1  2 3  4  [5]

Death Valley Delights - March
March 7, 2018 – March 11, 2018

Death Valley is the perfect antidote to the winter blahs! In March the skies are clear and sunny (but still not too hot!) and the hiking is excellent. Then there is the fascinating geology, unique ecology, and equally engaging human history. If you long to put away your down jacket and put on your shorts, feel warm sun on your deprived skin, and be totally immersed in a place that has a mythic status for many of us, join us as we explore one of our newest National Parks with a professional geologist. $1725 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Portugal Coastal Hiking - FULL
April 14, 2018 – April 22, 2018

Portugal is the oldest nation-state in Europe, ancient in history and rich in maritime culture. On this trip we combine hiking in the area just north of Lisbon, along white sand beaches and through thick forests, with hiking along the very different coast south of Lisbon on the most scenic parts of the Rota Vicentina, another of Portugals' jewels. Wild beaches, towering cliffs, speculator wildflowers, and nesting storks what more could you ask? Along the way we'll experience Portugal's cuisine and have the opportunity to indulge in some Portuguese wine. $2895 Rating: 1 2 3 [4] 5.

Wildflowers & Waterfalls: Exploring the Great Smokies - FULL
April 15, 2018 – April 21, 2018

Spring weather is notoriously fickle in the Great Smokies, but spring wildflowers are not! The diversity of flora and fauna is truly exceptional and your guides know where to find the best wildflowers and the most spectacular views. And by mixing our hiking with a day of whitewater rafting, we experience the full spectrum of the extraordinary variety of ecosystems that exist here. Everyone gets her own private room in our huge luxury cabin on this trip. On this trip we extend a special invitation to women over 50 and to anyone wanting leisurely hikes.  $1975  Rating: 1  [2]  3  4  5   

Llama Trekking in Utah
April 15, 2018 – April 21, 2018

Immerse yourself in the wilderness of the incomparable Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Known for its sculpted slickrock, narrow canyons, and hidden oases, we have been awestruck by its beauty while driving through it on our Utah trips for the past 10 years. This year we're going to explore it! We'll go off-trail into remote wilderness, over slickrock, across streams, and through canyons, accompanied by our team of llamas who do all the heavy lifting. $2350 Rating: 1 2 [3] 4 5

Exploring Utah's National Parks in Spring - FULL
April 22, 2018 – April 29, 2018

Southern Utah is home to some of the most well known national parks and monuments, and each has its own special magic and unique attractions: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Capitol Reef National Parks and Goblin Valley State Park. Day hikes are a great way to explore this magical area and on our "tour du parks" you will gain a new appreciation of the diversity and beauty of southern Utah's geology. $2450  Rating: 1   [2] [3]  4 5  

Sedona and the Grand Canyon
April 22, 2018 – April 29, 2018

Arizona's canyon country is justly famous. From the cliff side dwellings of an ancient pueblo people, to the colorful chasm known as the Grand Canyon, to the red rocks of Sedona, it is a never ending feast for the eyes. The best way to see it is on foot, and we'll combine lots of hiking with time to relax and absorb the beauty of the area as we explore these three very different areas. If you have been wanting a more intimate view of the area than most people ever get, please join us for seven days of hiking, eating, relaxing, and laughing.  $2695 Rating:   1   2   [3]   4   5.  

Colors of Provence - FULL
April 29, 2018 – May 7, 2018

Provence is surely one of France's most fabled regions, known for the incredible diversity that exists within its borders, its rich human and natural history, and its sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and utter charm. We will combine scenic hikes with visits to village markets, stays at French inns, a little culture, and a chance to sample all the fantastic tastes of the south of France. $2975 Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5 

Sicily and the Amalfi Coast
May 3, 2018 – May 12, 2018

Our trip to southern Italy encompasses two regions that, while close together, are different in history, culture, cuisine, and landscape. We'll start with exploring Capri and the Amalfi Coast, an area whose small towns and natural beauty have made it a centuries-old destination for travelers. We then move on to Sicily, only recently emerging from the shadow of the Cosa Nostra to receiving well-deserved recognition as a fascinating place to visit with fabulous cuisine. From volcanoes to panoramic views, our trip to southern Italy will delight all your senses. $3450 Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5

Waterfalls, Wildflowers, and Wineries
May 3, 2018 – May 6, 2018

Northern Georgia, the jumping off point for the Appalachian Trail, is known for its gorgeous and rugged mountains, its towering waterfalls, and its ... wineries? Who knew?! Turns out the soil, climate, and elevation are not only great for hiking, they're also perfect for wine growing. So on this four day getaway, we combine hiking to waterfalls with opportunities to visit wineries, learn about wine, and sample some of the wonderful cuisine that can be found here. This is the perfect Mother's Day gift!  $925 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Tramping the Lake District - FULL
May 10, 2018 – May 18, 2018

The Lake District of England, with its myriad of hiking trails, charming small villages, and outstanding beauty, has been a favorite of British hikers for a century. Discover its charms during spring, when lambs are everywhere and the forests full of bluebells, on our trip that combines vigorous hiking with enjoying some of the area's other delights. $2295 Rating: 1 2 3 [4] 5

Island Hopping in the Greek Islands - FULL
May 13, 2018 – May 21, 2018

Fishing villages with whitewashed flat roofed houses and narrow streets, hundreds of chapels, rocky landscape contrasting with the deep blue sea and bays with powdery white sandy beaches: if this is your image of Greece, it is exactly what you find on our island hopping hiking trip in the Cyclades Islands.  $3395  Rating: [2/3]  4  5

Hiking Lodge to Lodge on the Appalachian Trail - FULL
May 20, 2018 – May 25, 2018

There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip, however, we do it in style! We'll go lodge to lodge, staying in the lovely and very different lodges that are conveniently spaced along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, while our luggage is transported by van. This part of the AT is well-graded and well-maintained, with climbs rarely exceeding 500 or 1,000 feet, so it is excellent for novice hikers and anyone who enjoys vistas and abundant wildlife. $1795  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]    5  


On the Camino de Santiago - Spring
May 31, 2018 – June 9, 2018

We will be hiking the last 103 kms (62 miles) from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, the last section of the traditional pilgrimage route known as El Camino de Santiago. Not a typical hiking trip, we are following an historic pilgrimage route and will be observing some of the pilgrimage traditions that have grown up along the road over the years. $2895 Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5

Highlights of the Via Dinarica
June 24, 2018 – July 6, 2018

Named Outside magazine's Best New Trail, The Via Dinarica travels through the heart of the Western Balkans, along the Dinaric Alps. Crossing 8 different countries, it is still very much in development. Rather than waiting until it is completed, we're going to hike the highlights in three different countries, designed not only to show you the best of the trail of but also to give you an understanding of its significance and the cultures of the countries it passes through.  $2895  Rating  1  2  3 4  [5] 

Trekking to Machu Picchu
June 25, 2018 – July 5, 2018

While visiting Machu Picchu, situated on the spine of a jungle-cloaked granite peak towering some 2,000 ft. above the roaring river below, is definitely one of the highlights of this trip, there is so much more of Incan culture and history to explore. Staying in remote mountain lodges, we trek along an ancient Incan Trail (not "The" Incan Trail), over high passes and below towering peaks, beyond the crowded guidebook trails, and into the authentic heart of the Incan empire. At the end we visit Machu Picchu, the crowning glory of the Incas. Price: $4675 Rating: 1  2  3  4/5

Hiking Italy's Northern Alps
July 7, 2018 – July 14, 2018

Italy's northern Alps, also known as the Dolomites, are known for its many sheer rock walls, fantastic spires, and rugged massifs; it's also known for its varied culture and cuisine, reflecting its Italian and Austrian roots. On this hiking trip we will hike from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Alta Badia with day hikes in both areas.  $2895  Rating: 1  2  3  4 [5]

Machu Picchu and the Andean Highlands
July 20, 2018 – July 28, 2018

While a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the most magical and mysterious places on Earth, is always a high point of the journey to this area, there is much more to see. This trip combines cultural exploration of the Urubamba Valley, the celebrated "Sacred Valley of the Incas" and hikes in the less visited and uncrowded Lares region, noted for its rural atmosphere. Comfortable mountain lodges provide the base for day hikes to remote passes with panorama views of waterfalls, snowy peaks, and turquoise glacial lakes; and to tiny Andean highland communities that retain much of their traditional culture where we can meet farmers and weavers.  At the end we visit Machu Picchu, the crowning glory of the Incas. Price: $3650 Rating:  1   [2]  [3]  [4]  5

Canadian Rockies Hiking Holiday - FULL
July 21, 2018 – July 29, 2018

Join us for some of the most spectacular alpine hiking in the world. Glacially sculpted peaks, wildflower-filled alpine meadows, aquamarine lakes, deep green forests, and brilliantly white glaciers present a never-ending visual feast. Hiking opportunities are practically unlimited so we have chosen the best of the best for our active exploration of this enchanting land.  Price: $2375 Rating:  1  2  3  [4]  5 

Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail
July 22, 2018 – July 28, 2018

This section of the Appalachian Trail offers the highest peaks in the White Mountains, windswept ridges, and dramatic views. It also has something more commonly found in the Alps: comfortable huts with a warm bed and a hot meal at the end of the day! This represents a great solution for women who want to hike on the Appalachian Trail but prefer not to carry a backpack. $1595 Rating: 1 2 3 4 [5].

Hiking and Rafting Glacier National Park - FULL
July 28, 2018 – August 4, 2018

Glacier National Park is truly one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. Famous for having more glaciers than anywhere in the lower 48, it is also known for an astounding array of jagged peaks, wildflowers, and abundant wildlife. We'll hike some of Glacier's classic trails, take a day trip to Waterton Park, and finish with an exciting whitewater raft trip on the Flathead River. Please join us for a week of fun, challenge, and beauty during our week in Glacier National Park. Price: $3095  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]   5

Hiking Hut to Hut in British Columbia
August 5, 2018 – August 12, 2018

Do you want to combine hiking in remote wilderness with a cozy hut at the end of the day? Wells Gray Park, one of the best kept secrets in Canada, has 1.4 million acres of beautiful peaks, unspoiled lakes, and lush meadows with an infinite variety of mountain wildflowers. Tucked away in this magnificent park are 2 cozy huts that we have to ourselves, so well-stocked that we need only carry light packs on our hikes into them. $2295  Rating: 1  2  3  [4]  5 


Slackpacking Maine
August 11, 2018 – August 18, 2018

Have you been dying to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, but you just cannot see carrying a heavy pack and sleeping in shelters without a hot shower? We have the perfect solution- slackpacking! Hike a new section every day and get picked up at the end for a hot meal, shower, and a comfortable bed in a hostel. We've been doing the first section of the Appalachian Trail this way for years; in 2014 we added the last section. $1725 Rating: 1 2 3 4 [5].

Day Hiking the Swiss Alps - FULL
August 18, 2018 – August 27, 2018

The Swiss Alps offer both excellent and diverse hiking opportunities, and hiking in both the Berner Oberland and the Valais is the perfect introduction to what the Swiss Alps have to offer. On this trip we take advantage of the extensive transport system, consisting of trains, cog railways, funiculars, gondolas, and chair lifts, to offer both a longer and shorter hike each day. $3450 Rating: 1 2 [3] [4] 5.

Hiking Slovenia and the Julian Alps
August 26, 2018 – September 4, 2018

Slovenia, the first former Yugoslavian state to join the European Union, is culturally rich and stunningly beautiful. The Julian Alps are the easternmost part of the alpine chain that arcs across southern Europe and alpine history and culture are apparent everywhere. Limestone peaks, glacial lakes, and a vibrant capital city mixed with more traditional small towns make this an ideal destination for any woman who loves to combine alpine hiking with learning about local history and culture and sampling traditional Slovenian cuisine. $2895 Rating: 1  2  3  [4]  5

On the Camino de Santiago - Fall
September 6, 2018 – September 16, 2018

We will be hiking the last 103 kms (62 miles) from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, the last section of the traditional pilgrimage route known as El Camino de Santiago. Not a typical hiking trip, we are following an historic pilgrimage route and will be observing some of the pilgrimage traditions that have grown up along the road over the years. $2895 Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5

Hiking Wales
September 9, 2018 – September 19, 2018

Wales is a small country with fascinating history, varied and stunning topography, and a warm and welcoming tradition of hospitality. Our hiking trip to Wales is a perfect mixture of hiking in stunning landscapes, interwoven with cultural encounters and experiences. We'll visit all three of Wales' National Parks: the wild windswept escarpments of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the coast of Pembrokeshire which is known as the spiritual heartland of Wales, and the rugged mountains of Snowdonia, a stronghold of Welsh culture. $3295 Rating: 1 2 [3] 4 5

Bulgaria's Mountains And Monasteries
September 27, 2018 – October 7, 2018

Bulgaria doesn't have a great reputation in the West, which is both good and a shame. It's a shame because it is a diverse and stunningly beautiful country outside of the cities, with charming small villages, colorful history and culture, and delicious fresh food, much of it organically grown. But it's reputation is a good thing because it means we won't see other American tourists and prices are quite low compared to other countries.  We will visit longstanding monasteries; hike in the Rila, Pirin, and Rhodope mountains; meet the local residents of traditional Muslim villages; and learn about the transition this country is going through. $2195 Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5

Portugal: Hiking and Culture - FULL
September 29, 2018 – October 7, 2018

Portugal is the oldest nation-state in Europe, rich in maritime culture. We will explore ancient castles and other historic sites while hiking a diverse landscape of coastal cliffs, white sand beaches and thick forests. We will also kayak along the coast. $2850 Rating:Rating:   1   2   [3]   4   5.  

Trekking to Everest Basecamp
October 5, 2018 – October 23, 2018

On this 15 day trek through the Khumbu to Everest Basecamp, we combine strenuous and invigorating hiking in one of the most beautiful places in the world with a chance to learn about Sherpa culture. Our challenging trek through the Himalaya to the Everest region is guaranteed to be the trip of a lifetime! $3895 Rating: 1  2  3  4  [5]

Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera
October 6, 2018 – October 15, 2018

We visit two of Italy's most intriguing destinations on this combination of hiking and culture: Tuscany, widely regarded as one of the loveliest regions in Italy, the true heart of the country; and Cinque Terre, a collection of five colorful towns perched on steep cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea, known as the Italian Riviera.  We'll hike timeless landscape along paths that wind through vineyards and charming villages and ancient stone paths that climb up and down cliffs, sample local wines and other locally produced specialties, relax in romantic outdoor cafes, take a dip in the Ligurian sea, and visit the fascinating towns of Lucca, San Gimignano, and the CinqueTerre. Our trip to Italy is truly a feast for all the senses. $3495
Rating: 1 2 [3] [4] 5.

Hiking Lodge to Lodge on the AT in Fall - FULL
October 21, 2018 – October 26, 2018

There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip, however, we do it in style! We'll go lodge to lodge, staying in the lovely and very different lodges that are conveniently spaced along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, while our luggage is transported by van. This part of the AT is well-graded and well-maintained, with climbs rarely exceeding 500 or 1,000 feet, so it is excellent for novice hikers and anyone who enjoys vistas and abundant wildlife. $1795  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]    5