Best Solo Trips for Adventurous Women Over 50 (February 2023)

by | Feb 16, 2023

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13 solo trips to help women explore the world

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This month, we’re pleased to feature 13 exciting solo trips for adventurous women to explore their dream destinations, including Europe, the Middle East, South America, Asia and Africa.  These solo trips are offered by women-owned and women-friendly tour operators who understand your needs — many have been offering women-friendly tours for decades. Several of them offer discounts to help you manage your travel budget, as well as roommate matching services.

For those new to solo travel, joining a trip with other women is a great way to take that first step into solo travel. Many women also add a few days before or after a tour to lengthen their time in one place.  Flight disruptions and cancellations are always a consideration, so we recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance and browse our Safety Tips for solo women to make sure you’re prepared for your trip.  With flights being fairly expensive, consider using alternative airports or using public transit to reach your final destination by train or bus.  Check flight prices here on Skyscanner, and check train schedules and pricing here on Trainline.

When you see “JourneyWoman Verified,” this means we have reviewed and validated the company’s experience, safety and ownership.  If you are considering a trip with this company, visit their profile on our Directory and read the reviews. Each tour company has been invited to have its guests provide an honest assessment of their services.

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Featured Solo Trips and Deals for Women

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Women in Wine in Napa & Sonoma

Girls Guide to the World (*JourneyWoman Verified) 

March 9 – 13, 2023

This year, Girls’ Guide to the World invites you to meet some of the most important women wine makers and winery owners in Napa and Sonoma Valley and do VIP tastings with them. Hosted by Stacia Whitney, luxuriate in one of the oldest and most beautiful geothermal spas in all of California (pictured). Trip Closing Soon.

Email us for more info: [email protected]

Take $250 USD off using code JW250N before 2/28/2023

All prices in USD on the website but can be switched to the currency of your choice.

Champagne & Burgundy with Girls Guide to the World

Champagne & Burgundy Wine Sparkling Adventure

Girls Guide to the World (*JourneyWoman Verified)

April 30 – May 5, 2023

Follow Claudine Hemingway on a Girls’ Guide trip through France, where you will be treated to luxury as you taste our way through the Champagne & Burgundy regions with our very own experts, and stay in two uniquely gorgeous Chateaux (one pictured).

Email us for more info: [email protected]

Take $250 USD off using code JW250N before 2/28/2023

All prices in USD on the website but can be switched to the currency of your choice.

South Luangwa National Park & Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

Mama Tembo Tours

Shoulder Season rate: May 01 – May 31/01 Oct – 15 November, 2023
Peak Season rate: June 01 – 30 September, 2023

Experience the first class wildlife of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park and the spectacular Victoria Falls in an itinerary crafted by a Zambian-based company with Leslie Nevison, a passionate, experienced solo traveller at its helm for the last eighteen years. This 11-night/12-day adventure is a special offer to JourneyWomen in both 2023 and 2024.

If this tour isn’t the perfect one for you, then allow Mama Tembo to craft one that does match your dreams, in either Zambia or in any of its neighbours or in a combination of both. You are spoiled for wonderful choices on the African continent.

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The Best of Northern Italy Unlocked for You

Trafalgar Travel (*JourneyWoman Verified)

May 13 – 20, 2023

The best at bringing Northern Italy to life. Whether it’s the picturesque Italian Riviera, the seaside splendor of the Cinque Terre, the beauty of Italy’s Lake District, Milan’s Fashion District, or the traditional gourmet cuisine that does it, you and your all-women tour group will experience the best Northern Italy has to offer on this 8-day tour with Trafalgar. Travel with complete ease and all details taken care of for you, and discover why Trafalgar has been trusted by more than 5 million happy guests (and counting). Tour Differently.

Dalmatia Experience (Croatia)

Geotraveller Media Photography

May 20 – 27, 2023

Expand your creative abilities at the hands of the best – join author, photographer and travel writer Lola Akimade for an exclusive 8-day, 7-night in-country photography workshop and luxury experience will take us to Split, Hvar, and Dubrovnik from May 20-27, 2023. Learn how to improve your travel photography as we experience the cultures and traditions of visually-stunning Croatia by land and sea.

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Mindfulness Through Photography & Cooking Retreat in Provence, France

Provence Lifestyle & Photography Tours

May 29 – June 4, 2023

Relax, let go and immerse yourself in the magic of Provence during the spring of 2023 while staying at an 18th-century farmhouse situated in a quaint Provençal village. Led by Raina Stinson, discover the hidden treasures of Provence through a slow travel experience with mindfulness photography, yoga, and french Provençal cooking classes. You will learn the process of mindfulness photography to increase your awareness and reveal the magic and beauty that is normally hidden from view, and to slow down to open all of your senses to your daily experiences. During your daily excursions, led by two Americans living in Provence, you will experience the most beautiful hidden treasures of Provence.

Inspiring Iceland - Insight Vacations

Inspiring Iceland, a Women Only Tour

Insight Vacations (*JourneyWoman Verified)

July 7 – 16, 2023

Feed your curious soul in the land of glaciers, volcanoes, and hot springs. Don’t miss this exclusive premium tour created by women, for women. Meet passionate and creative females who share their stories of the trails they have blazed and traditions they have kept as you discover the heartbeat of Iceland.

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5 Day Gorilla Safari in Uganda

Women Tour Uganda

July 25 – 29, 2023

Spice up 2023 with a safari experience hosted by Irene Nalwoga, the enigmatic founder of Women Tour Uganda. On this small group tour you’ll visit both the Bwindi Impenetrable and Lake Mburo National Parks for gorilla trekking, the Batwa cultural trail, a game drive, souvenir shopping, and a complimentary Gomesi wear lesson.

Get $100 off your trip if you book by the end of March!

Journey Into Jordan - Wild Women Expeditions

Journey to Jordan

Wild Women Expeditions (*JourneyWoman Verified)

September 20 – 29, 2023

This WIld Women Expedition to Jordan delivers everything from the warm embrace of the Red Sea to the saline Dead Sea to the iconic Wadi Rum. You’ll jump from Jeeps to camels to boats in this itinerary that spoils at every turn with unmatched opportunities to completely submerge yourself in the Jordanian culture. Additional dates available.

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Golden Eagle Experience in Mongolia

Geotraveller Media Photography

September 26 – October 3, 2023

Find yourself in Western Mongolia alongside author, photographer and travel writer Lola Akinmade for an exclusive 8-day, 7-night in-country photography workshop to experience one of the world’s revered cultural traditions. With this seasoned traveller at the helm of your trip, you will immerse yourself in eagle hunting culture, experience Kazakh culture, games, traditions, and nomadic lifestyle.

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Egypt Goddessess, Queens and Heroines Tour

Wild Women Expeditions (*JourneyWoman Verified)

October 14 – 25, 2023

Wild Women Expeditions wants you to take a break from the normal.  From rocking sleeper rail cars to the lull of the Nile’s belly in a traditional Dahabiya boat, this itinerary romantically cruises through the best of Egypt at a carefully measured speed designed for absorption. Additional dates available.

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Babes in Bali Journey

Babes in Bali (*JourneyWoman Verified)

October 22 – November 5, 2023

Bali is back and better than ever. Our 2022 tours were amazing so come see for yourself what makes Bali a number #1 travel destination for women. This is no ordinary tour as you’ll have many opportunities for hands on experiences and interactions with the local people, with the careful guidance and knowledge of renowned Bali expert Cathy Gotfried, 36 times to Bali and just completed her 25th Babes in Bali tour (since 2002). Imagine ancient temples, unique culture and spirituality, glorious beaches, emerald green rice terraces, yummy meals, breathtaking snorkelling, tranquil hotels and the laughter and camaraderie of other like minded women.

Mention JW2023 and receive $200 off the October 2023 departure – valid till March 15.

Enchanted Archipelago: Adventure & Yoga in the Galapagos

Jeni’s Global Yoga Trips (*JourneyWoman Verified)

January 15 – 24, 2024

Join Jeni for a unique, transformative and eco-friendly adventure in the Galapagos Islands. Jeni partners with Jose Valdivieso, a Naturalist Guide from the Galapagos whose mission is to help people travel responsibly to the Galapagos Islands. Choose this retreat, and you will also support the local reforestation initiative to offset the carbon footprint, as well as the plastic coastal cleaning initiative to help preserve the ocean surrounding the islands. Adventure sustainably!

More Women’s Solo Trips in our Women’s Travel Directory

JourneyWoman has been advocating for safe women’s travel for almost 30 years. We do not sell or operate tours or women’s solo trips, but we do want to support women in the travel industry.  Our Women’s Travel Directory is the world’s largest travel resource for women over 50, and includes tours, guides and accommodations.

When you are booking a solo trip we encourage you to support a women-owned business, stay at a locally-owned hotel, and seek ways to support women in local communities.  For more ideas, read “12 Ways to Empower Women Through Travel”.

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