Traveling with like-minded women is a stellar way of celebrating womanhood, our strength, creativity, adventurous spirit and our desire to learn and make this world a better place. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by sharing this fun list of women-only trips put together by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) from a selection of their member operators. Take a dive in—no matter your gender, with a little research and a good chat with your client, you can easily create amazing experiences for your clients in almost every part of the world.
SmarTours prides itself on creating trips worldwide that keep your clients safe and does so at an affordable price while ensuring first-class accommodations, a flexible booking policy and local guides to enhance the experience. Their 6-day, women-only adventure to Iceland includes visits to the home of a local storyteller, a chance to get elbow-deep in baking bread while learning about geothermal energy, dips in hot springs and a hunt for the Northern Lights, among other things.
For more information, visit smartours.com.
Touting small group travel on “over 1,000 trips in over 100 countries,” Intrepid knows a thing or two about bringing best girlfriends together—or just having your intrepid (pun intended) client join a group of interesting strangers that will become friends in far-away places. Their 12-day women-only expedition to Northern India includes a female tour leader that will take her group on an up close and personal look at this country through the lives of local women. Your client(s) will have the chance to pick out their very own saree and accessories for a visit to the Taj Mahal, hang out with a local woman in her home, take a jeep safari into the Thar desert and more.
For more information, visit intrepidtravel.com.
Trafalgar offers visits to 72 countries across seven continents with all kinds of specialty group tours. Book your clients on this all-women’s European adventure that will take them to two countries and cities in 9 days. Think a scenic train ride from Avignon to Paris—with the requisite visits to the iconic Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral and, we’re certain, ample time for a little of that famous shopping the city is known for—a scenic cruise to the French Riviera with a stop in St. Tropez and a slew of other très chic adventures.
For more information, visit trafalgar.com.
SITA World Tours
Clients looking to take a deep dive into the culture of the southernmost country in the world will love SITA World Tours’ Chile: Patagonia, Easter Island and Buenos Aires, an 11-day jaunt through the culture, history, gastronomy and just sheer beauty of this fascinating country. This tour operator specializes in exotic destinations, and this one is no exception. The trip begins in Santiago—a city founded in 1541—followed by wine tasting in the Veramonte Vineyard, a visit to Valparaiso—a UNESCO World Heritage site on the coast with steep funiculars and colorful homes set on the clifftop overlooking the Pacific—and much, much more.
For more information, visit sitatours.com.