Being an independent traveller doesn't mean that you can't take a tour for part of your trip. Sometimes taking a tour is just so much easier, especially if you are travelling to countries which are more challenging to navigate your way around or you can’t speak the language. They also give you the opportunity to venture of the beaten track within the security of a group. If you don’t like planning trips then taking a tour is a great option (and it doesn’t have to be a conventional ‘tour’ following a guide with a flag either). Whether you are in your twenties and prefer sailing around the Mediterranean or in your forties and looking for humanitarian work as you travel, here are our recommended solo female friendly tours. Just click on the link to go straight to the company’s website.
* All tour companies listed have not only been recommended by solo females but they also operate responsibly.
I travelled with Gadventures through Peru, Bolivia and Chile. At the time I knew no Spanish and was unsure how to travel through these countries as a solo. In a group of 10, ranging from 20 to 60 years old, we spent 3 weeks exploring all three countries with our South American guide. I shared a room with another girl and even though we had a jam-packed itinerary, there was still free time and the freedom to have some down time whether that meant hiring a bike and exploring alone or just finding a cafe to relax in. It was made so easy and I definitely recommend this company who now offer all types of tours from active to cultural.
Find tours: Worldwide. Read G Adventures Review
Just as G Adventures, this company has been around for eons and know how to do tours whether you are searching for an urban adventure, wildlife or food tour. You can also book polar trips and expeditions. Intrepid tours are sustainable meaning that they use public transport whenever possible, and staying in locally owned accommodation instead of chain properties. All the tour leaders are local and you are sure to meet like-minded adventure travellers on any of these tours. There doesn’t seem to be much difference between these and G Adventures so look into what is included with each tour.
Solo Traveller Testimonial
“I was overwhelmed by how wonderful this trip was! The trip itself and all of the activities and sights were amazing! The wonderful experience was especially due to the excellent tour guide we had. With amazing communication skills, excellent sense of humour and seemingly limitless energy, he really made this trip an adventure I will remember and cherish forever.” – Zoe Birnstihl.
Find tours: Worldwide. Visit Intrepid Travel's website
I absolutely love this company. When I thought about seeing Africa, I must admit that I was a bit apprehensive about travelling through South Africa alone. African Travel Company is not only incredibly cheap (you stay in campsites mostly) but I was able to travel through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Zanzibar not only in safety but with an amazing group of people. Camping in the Namibian desert and in African safari parks with the sounds of animals all around was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had. My trip was for 5 weeks but they have different lengths where you can jump onto the tour from different countries.
Find tours: Africa. Visit Africa Travel Co website
If you’ve ever wanted to sail around the Mediterranean but have no experience as a sailor, then hop aboard a Medsailors tour instead. Medsailors arrange sailing trips to Croatia, Greece and Turkey and you also get to chance to try out your sailing skills (if you feel inclined too).
In a flotilla of yachts, the trips are really sociable with group dinners and group activities such as wine tasting. I sailed with Medsailors through Croatia. Board and food was included although we also ate meals on the islands that we sailed too. It was a great experience although I had never sailed before. As a solo you get paired up in a cabin.
Find tours: Croatia, Turkey, Greece. Visit Med Sailors website
If you want to combine your holiday with humanitarian work, Relief Riders gives you the opportunity to experience both adventure and also giving back whilst you travel. Ride horseback through remote areas whilst providing humanitarian aid to local people.
Solo Traveller Testimonial
“I signed up for the Rajasthan Relief Ride! and showed up in Delhi to find every sense bombarded with exotic new sights, sounds and smells. In those first moments, I was slightly apprehensive! It was shortly after check-in that I realized the power of this trip is stepping into the unknown, relinquishing all fears and allowing the journey to unfold as it will!
For two weeks we rode incredible Marwari horses across the desert, volunteered at remote hospitals and schools, and met the most appreciative, gracious people. We enjoyed daily siestas, delicious food and fireside chats with our fellow riders ! I signed up for an adventurous vacation but somewhere in the Rajasthan desert found myself on a magical journey. I returned stateside to find myself forever altered precisely because I did step into the uncertainty. And I came home feeling more alive because of it.” – Heather Ferrel
Find tours: Join relief rides in the Andes/Amazon, Pushkar, and Rajasthan. Visit Relief Riders website.
Busabout is more of a hop on hop off bus service which offers an easy and sociable way to get across Europe. They offer sector passes so you can travel with them for as long or as short as you like, whether you want to include all of Western Europe or just a few countries instead.
I went from Amsterdam to Austria with Busabout and found them so easy to use. Buses leave every two days from each destination and they drop you off and pick you up from a chosen hotel in each place. I booked Busabout for my Europe tour and it just made my trip so much easier and instead of having to take time to plan my trip, I had more time to actually enjoy my trip instead.
Find tours: Europe, Asia, Morocco, UK & Ireland. Visit the Busabout website
If you love motorbikes and either want to hire your own or be a passenger on the back of a motorbike then Canary Ride is ideal. Operating in Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, Canary Ride is the best way to see these Spanish islands which lay off the coast of Africa. You will get taken on the best routes around the islands and be able to witness the spectacular landscapes with the freedom of a bike.
Find tours: In all of the Canary Islands and especially Gran Canaria. Visit Canary Ride website.
Have you had an amazing experience with a tour company and would like to recommend them for women travelling solo? Leave a comment below.