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.

Sedona, Havasu, and the Grand Canyon - FULL
April 1, 2017 – April 9, 2017

Arizona's canyon country is justly famous. From the colorful chasm known as the Grand Canyon to the high waterfalls, sparkling pools, and blue green stream of Havasu 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.  $2350 Rating:   1   2   [3]   [4]   5.  

Portugal: Hiking and Culture - FULL
April 22, 2017 – April 30, 2017

Portugal is the oldest nation-state in Europe, rich in maritime culture, and just coming into its own as a sought after destination. 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. $2695  Rating:   1   2   [3]   4   5.  

Wildflowers & Waterfalls: Exploring the Great Smokies - FULL
April 23, 2017 – April 29, 2017

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.  $1895  Rating: 1  [2]  3  4  5   

Colors of Provence - FULL
April 30, 2017 – May 8, 2017

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 

Exploring Utah's National Parks in Spring - FULL
April 30, 2017 – May 7, 2017

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. $2350  Rating: 1  2  [3] [4]  5  

Waterfalls, Wildflowers, and Wineries - FULL
May 4, 2017 – May 7, 2017

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!  $825 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Portugal: Hiking and Culture - FULL
May 5, 2017 – May 13, 2017

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. $2695 Rating:   1   2   [3]   4   5.  

Llama Trekking in Utah - FULL
May 7, 2017 – May 13, 2017

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. $2175 Rating:  1 2 [3] 4 5

Sicily and the Amalfi Coast - FULL
May 18, 2017 – May 27, 2017

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. $3295 Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5

Hiking Lodge to Lodge on the Appalachian Trail - FULL
May 21, 2017 – May 26, 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  


On the Camino de Santiago #1 - FULL
June 1, 2017 – June 10, 2017

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

The Art of Mountain Hiking - the Appalachians - FULL
June 18, 2017 – June 22, 2017

If you long to hike in the mountains but lack the knowledge and skills that only come from years of experience, this trip is for you. During these five days we combine mountain hiking in the Appalachians with instruction in everything you need to know: basic technique, clothing and equipment, conditioning and nutrition, safety considerations, trip planning, weather, and navigation with map and compass.  $795  Rating: 1 [2]  3  4  5

Hiking Slovenia and the Julian Alps - FULL
June 24, 2017 – July 3, 2017

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. $2795 Rating:  1  2  3  [4]  5 

Machu Picchu and the Andean Highlands
June 30, 2017 – July 8, 2017

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: $3450 Rating:  1   [2]  [3]  [4]  5

Hiking Colorado - FULL
July 8, 2017 – July 15, 2017

The White River National Forest, home to Aspen and Vail, is known for lush meadows, extravagant wildflowers, high mountain lakes, craggy peaks, diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife. We will try to see as much as possible as we hike different trails, including a hike to Crested Butte and one of the famous Colorado 14ers, a peak over 14,000 feet high.
$2395 / 1 2 3 4 [5]


Machu Picchu and the Andean Highlands #2
July 10, 2017 – July 18, 2017

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: $3450 Rating:  1   [2]  [3]  [4]  5

Canadian Rockies Hiking Holiday
July 22, 2017 – July 30, 2017

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: $2,295 Rating:  1  2  3  [4]  5 

The Art of Mountain Hiking - the Rockies - FULL
July 22, 2017 – July 28, 2017

If you long to hike in the mountains but lack the knowledge and skills that only come from years of experience, this trip is for you. During these five days we combine mountain hiking in Colorado with instruction in everything you need to know: basic technique, clothing and equipment, conditioning and nutrition, safety considerations, trip planning, weather, and navigation with map and compass.  $1250  Rating: 1 [2]  3  4  5

Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail - FULL
July 23, 2017 – July 29, 2017

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 heavy backpack. $1550  Rating: 1  2  3  4  [5]

Hiking and Rafting Glacier National Park - FULL
July 29, 2017 – August 5, 2017

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: $2895  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]   5

Hiking Hut to Hut in British Columbia
August 6, 2017 – August 13, 2017

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. $2195  Rating: 1  2  3  [4]  5 


Slackpacking Maine - FULL
August 12, 2017 – August 19, 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 hostel. We've been doing the first section of the Appalachian Trail this way for years; in 2014 we added the last section. $1625 Rating: 1 2 3 4 [5]

Hiking Scotland's Highlands and Islands - FULL
August 27, 2017 – September 4, 2017

Hiking in spectacular mountains, surrounded by wild sea, white beaches, and green islands, this women's hiking trip is for those who want to get off the beaten path and explore Scotland's Highlands and Islands. Kintail and Plockton offer classic west Highland scenery and diverse hiking possibilities. The Isle of Skye is known for its fjord-like inlets and stunning coastal areas. Our trip will give you a taste of the exquisite beauty and diversity of Scotland, as well as a taste of its culture and cuisine. $2795 Rating: 1  2  [3];4  5

On the Camino de Santiago - FULL
August 31, 2017 – September 9, 2017

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 Italy's Northern Alps
September 2, 2017 – September 9, 2017

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

Hiking Wales
September 10, 2017 – September 20, 2017

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

Slackpacking Virginia - FULL
September 17, 2017 – September 23, 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. We've been doing the first and last sections of the Appalachian Trail this way for years; our Virginia section covers the AT from Dicky Gap to Damascus. $1425 Rating: 1  2  3  [4] 5

Exploring Utah's National Parks in Fall - FULL
September 24, 2017 – October 1, 2017

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. On this trip we extend a special invitation to women over 50 and to anyone who prefers an option for leisurely shorter hikes. $2350  Rating:2  3 4  5  


Lodge to Lodge On the Superior Hiking Trail - FULL
September 24, 2017 – September 28, 2017

On this hiking trip at the height of fall colors, we sample different accommodations as we explore various sections of the trail. With the option of two hikes of different lengths each day, this is a perfect getaway vacation for women who enjoy fall hiking and hospitable lodging. $1595  Rating: 1  2  3  4  5

Champs Appalachian Trail Lodge to Lodge Custom Trip
September 29, 2017 – October 6, 2017

There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip,  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 plenty of challenge as well as opportunities to enjoy both the views and the hiking.   $1800  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]    5  


Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera
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
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