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May 16, 2016

Women Traveling Solo Explore the "Natural Side" of India, Ireland, South Africa on 2017 AdventureWomen® Tours

BOZEMAN, MT -- Step into the pages of “The Jungle Book” on a tiger safari and exploration through India or cross off your bucket list seeing polar bears on a journey to Canada’s Arctic on one of 10 new adventure tours that AdventureWomen® will offer women in 2017. Susan Eckert, founder of AdventureWomen®, a company who specializes in group travel for women older than 30 and those traveling solo, was recently interviewed by Modern Living with kathy ireland®. In 2017, AdventureWomen will travel to South Africa, Indonesia, Ireland, the Basque region and more on new adventure vacations as well as return to their most popular destinations, with itineraries focusing on nature, wildlife, outdoor activities and culture with quality accommodations and fine regional cuisine for the best in adventure travel vacations - just for women.

"Our spectacular lineup of adventures for 2017 will be one of our most exciting years ever!" says Susan L. Eckert, "Here’s what one of our newest clients had to say: ‘Having been on my first trip recently, this way to travel [with AdventureWomen] is amazing, fun, friendly, well managed and with experienced guides - to fantastic places!’”

Here are highlights of AdventureWomen’s 2017 trips:

Nature-Themed Trips

NEW! Intoxicating South Africa: Culture, Scenery, Winelands and Wildlife

July 30 - Aug. 11, 2017

This two-week trip combines wildlife viewing with wine tasting. Watch for sightings of southern right whales, dolphins, cape fur seals and a variety of seabirds, kayak to meet a colony of penguins, and visit Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Travelers will explore the South African Wine Route, stopping at a variety of wineries and spend five days in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and Sabi Sands Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park, spotting big cats, elephant, buffalo, rhino and more.

NEW! Wild and Classic India

March 14 - 26, 2017

Step inside Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” on this exploration through the wilds of India among ancient artifacts, lush nature reserves and the largest wildlife sanctuary in Asia. The trip includes visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the temples of Khajuraho, the holy city of Varanasi, the River Ganges and Delhi.

NEW! The Islands of Indonesia : Culture, Beaches, Orangutans, & Dragons

June 3-17, 2017

Island hop in Indonesia on this adventure tour that leads visitors to Tanjung Puting Wildlife Reserve, the rainforest and Komodo National Park, home to the world's largest monitor lizard, the Komodo dragon. At the famed Camp Leaky, women will look for orangutans, proboscis monkeys and gibbon, even visiting an orangutan orphanage. Other highlights include a visit to the Island of Java to see the world’s largest Buddha site, a stay in the arts capital of Ubud on Bali, where women will be instructed in Balinese cooking and go whitewater rafting, and the trip’s conclusion at a Balinese beach resort.

NEW! The Arctic: Polar Bears & Glaciers of Baffin Island

Aug. 15 - 22, 2017

Journey to rarely-visited Baffin Island in Canada’s Arctic region during the summer season of the midnight sun, staying at a comfortable safari-style base camp near Auyuittuq National Park. Cruise on small craft boats to discover polar bears, bowhead whales and endless icebergs surrounded by mountain peaks and ancient Thule dwelling sites.

Other nature and wildlife-oriented trips for 2017 include a classic migration safari in Tanzania, snorkeling and whale-watching in Baja, a snowshoeing, dogsledding and exploration of the Yellowstone ecosystem during winter, a multi-sport adventure and nature safari to Costa Rica and the company’s famous and hugely-popular Alaska Bear Viewing and Wildlife Safari.

Adventure/Outdoors Trips

NEW! Hiking Ireland’s Killarney National Park

June 10 -18, 2017

Hike across County Kerry on the Emerald Isle in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Killarney National Park, passing the world famous lakes of Killarney, the highest mountain range in Ireland and the rocky coastal headlands. Along the way, see sheep and ponies, catch glimpses of the rare red deer and explore Franciscan abbeys and Druid stone circles.

NEW! Canadian Rockies Multisport Fun

August 6 -12, 2017

Traverse beautiful British Columbia on trails by foot, horseback and mountain bike, looking for black and brown bears, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, weasel, and wapiti (elk). Explore underground caverns, play with 90-plus huskies at a dog-sledding camp, raft the Kicking Horse River and visit the largest mass of ice in the Rocky Mountains. Don special gear for an ice-guided walk and explore Banff and Yoho, both part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.

NEW! Hiking The Basque Country of Spain and France

September 2017 (dates coming soon!)

Experience the Basque region, spanning the border between France and Spain, walking the many small paths that criss-cross the area through lush vistas, past trout-filled streams and picturesque villages unchanged over the centuries all while enjoying delicious local cuisine.

NEW! Hiking the Loire Valley in France

May 6 - 14, 2017

Hike the spectacular French countryside along the Loire River past chateaus, castles, churches and vineyards, stopping along the way to taste the region’s famous wines.

AdventureWomen® will be traveling to Iceland again in 2017 for their 10th visit to the country. The company’s Iceland Horseback Riding was selected as a 2013 National Geographic Tour of a Lifetime. The 2017 Iceland Discovery Adventure will focus on more of the country's adventurous outdoor activities. AdventureWomen® will also return to Nepal to support tourism in the region and provide women with a low-altitude hike of the Himalayas.

Cultural Trips

NEW! Inside Russia: Moscow & St. Petersburg Rediscovered

Aug. 31 - Sept. 11, 2017

This amazing look at Western Russian includes a ballet master class, visits to Moscow and St. Petersburg, dinner at a private home, vodka tasting at Cristall Vodka Museum, a cruise down the Neva River and an exciting hydrofoil ride to Peter the Great’s palace.

NEW! Classic Mainland Greece & the Island of Naxos

Sept. 12 - 23, 2017

This AdventureWomen® trip explores mainland Greece to see the ancient structures in Athens and Delphi, Mount Pelion, which was made famous in the movie “Mama Mia!”, as well as a stay on the lesser-known island of Naxos. On the island, women will take a Greek cooking class, hike, visit villages and historic sites, take a full-day boating excursion to nearby islands and enjoy bountiful Greek food.

Other AdventureWomen® trips for 2017 include a trip to Egypt and Jordan's Petra, a destination for which the company is seeing growing interest, as well as Peru to explore Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Lake Titicaca. By popular request, the women’s Downhill Ski Clinic is also back for January 2017 for women who want to learn to ski or simply improve their skills in the mountains of Montana.

For more information about these trips, visit www.AdventureWomen.com or call 800-804-8686. Travelers are invited to sign up for the Early Bird list to receive trip details and full itineraries as soon as they are available and for first priority reservations. “Sometimes our trips fill up just from those women who have signed up on the Early Bird list,” says Eckert.

About AdventureWomen®

AdventureWomen®, founded in 1982 by Susan L. Eckert, is dedicated to creating safe and comfortable group travel for women desiring adventure. A pioneer in women’s vacations and adventure travel, the company promotes healthy lifestyles and encourages women traveling solo or with companions to challenge themselves. AdventureWomen® offers tours to destinations around the globe. In 2013, National Geographic Traveler designated AdventureWomen’s Iceland Horseback Riding Tour a “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” For more information, visit www.adventurewomen.com or call 800-804-8686.