Active summer vacations for active women

Thinking that it is too early to start thinking about your summer vacation next year? Or feeling sad that your summer vacation is already over and this is the perfect time to plan something to look forward to. The only thing we know is that next summer will come quickly and when you're ready, we hope you'll find just what you're looking for.
Exploring Scotland in Midsummer
June 7, 2018 – June 16, 2018

Midsummer is an amazing time in Scotland: days are very long and wildlife is abundant. After a day of touring Edinburgh, Scotland's most charming city, we head west to the highlands, visiting both Cairngorms and Loch Lomond National Parks. We then spend three days on the western coast, staying in Plockton and visiting the Knoydart Peninsula and the Isle of Skye. Taken all together our trip will give you a taste of the human and natural history, the exquisite beauty, and the diversity of Scotland. $2995 Rating:[2] [3] 4  5 

Intro to Lightweight Backpacking on the AT - FULL
June 10, 2018 – June 17, 2018

On this wilderness backpacking trip we travel along one of the Appalachian Trail's most interesting sections, from Dicky Gap to Elk Garden, at the height of the rhododendron and azaleas in bloom. This is an ideal backpacking trip for novices: our moderate mileage leaves time for you to learn everything you need to know to pursue backpacking on your own. Or if you haven't been backpacking for awhile, join us to learn about the lightweight revolution. Our lightweight approach should keep your pack under 30 pounds.  $1450  Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5 

Hiking and Kayaking in Greenland - FULL
June 15, 2018 – June 24, 2018

Greenland is the least populated, wildest country in the world. Most of it is covered by a huge ice cap and the population of 56,000 clings to the green fringe along the coast. It is spectacularly beautiful: soaring mountains tower over fjords choked with blue-tinged icebergs, sheep graze in deep green meadows, Viking ruins remind us of the population that survived here for 400 years. We'll explore a small area by foot, kayak, and boat, and spend our evenings absorbing the profound silence of this amazing area. $3795 Rating: 1  2  [3] 4  5

The Art of Mountain Hiking - the Appalachians
June 20, 2018 – June 24, 2018

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.  $995  Rating: 1 [2]  3  4  5

The Art of Mountain Hiking - the Rockies
June 23, 2018 – June 29, 2018

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.  $1450  Rating: 1 [2] [3] 4 5.

Colorado Rockies Ramble
June 23, 2018 – June 30, 2018

The White River National Forest offers an incredible diversity of activities for anyone who loves the outdoors: hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, lush meadows full of extravagant wildflowers, and soaring mountain peaks. We will experience it all during our week here, while staying in comfortable condos. $2550 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

Magic of Mongolia
July 1, 2018 – July 14, 2018

Mongolia has fascinated travelers for centuries! Known for its vast and rugged landscape, its nomadic peoples, and a history that has literally shaped much of eastern and western civilization, it is now proudly emerging as a modern nation while trying to hold on to its rich heritage. During our two week journey we will explore the many different aspects of Mongolia, both past and present, as we experience the warm hospitality and wide-open landscape of the least densely populated country in the world. $2995 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]

Highlights of Nova Scotia
July 7, 2018 – July 15, 2018

Nova Scotia offers an enticing combination of outdoor adventure, fascinating history, diverse culture, and great wildlife viewing. Completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, it is particularly known for the high tides of the Bay of Fundy, the Cape Breton Highlands, its many picturesque fishing villages, and the migratory wildlife that includes puffins and whales, as well as many other seabirds. We'll go hiking, sea kayaking, and whale and wildlife watching, and we'll hope to find some of the music that epitomizes its rich Gaelic heritage.  $2850 Rating  [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 - FULL
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 Colorado
August 18, 2018 – August 25, 2018

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is known for lush meadows, high mountain lakes, craggy peaks, diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife. On this trip we start on the west side of the Park and then move over to the eastern side with hikes that vary from moderate to strenuous every day.  $2295 / 1 2 3 4 [5]

Kayaking the Adirondacks
August 19, 2018 – August 25, 2018

The Adirondack State Park in northern New York is one of the premiere spots for kayak tripping on the East Coast, with countless lakes and streams of all sizes. We'll be kayaking one of the most beautiful routes as we travel through Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes before arriving back in the town of Saranac Lake. $1595 Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5