smarTours Celebrates International Women’s Day With First Women-only Tour Departures and Launch of New Women-Only Tour Options

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Company’s Women-only Tours Connect and Inspire Women Worldwide Through Immersive Local Experiences in Bucket List Destinations Including Newly Launched Jordan and Turkey Tours

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Today, smarTours, the leading provider of affordable trips to bucket list destinations, celebrates International Women’s Day with the first departures of its women-only tours and launch of new women-only tours: Journey Through Jordan and Treasures of Turkey. The first women-only tour departures include tours to Egypt and Morocco. Every women-only tour features female tour leaders and includes immersive local experiences with female business owners, community leaders, professors, artists, and families in destinations, including some places where engagement with local women would otherwise be much harder to access.

smarTours new women-only tours:

Journey Through Jordan is a small group 10-day tour through the country that visits Amman, Wadi Rum, Petra, and the Dead Sea. Unique immersive experiences with local women on this tour include visiting the Iraq Al-Amir Women Cooperative Society (a program that trains local women in artisanal craft making), female artists at an Amman art gallery, and a lecture on women in today’s Jordanian society. Additional bucket list experiences on this tour include Al-Khazneh sandstone temple, Jeep safari ride, Turkish baths, Roman ruins, and Bethany Beyond the Jordan (Jesus’s baptism site), among many other notable experiences.

Treasures of Turkey is a small group 14-day tour that visits a diverse group of locations throughout the country including Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Antalya, Izmir, and Canakkale. Unique immersive experiences with local women on this tour include visiting Small Projects of Istanbul, a local NGO helping displaced Syrian families, particularly women and children (a special lunch will be prepared by the refugee women and they will discuss their personal experiences), a cooking class in Cappadocia at a restaurant that supports local women to empower them to be more independent, a visit to a carpet weaving center that preserves the national heritage craft through the support of local women, which also includes a coffee ground fortune-telling with the women who work at the center. Additional bucket list experiences on this tour include the Blue Mosque, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Turquoise Coast, and Ephesus, among many other notable experiences.

These new tours will join the company’s existing portfolio of upcoming women-only tours visiting Morocco, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, and Iceland scheduled for departures in August, September, and October. The company will also soon release dates for new women-only tours to Cuba and Dubai & Abu Dhabi.

smarTours women-only tours are designed for women who like to travel solo as well as groups of women who feel more comfortable traveling with just women. Travelers will get to take part in experiences such as visit the Nakhom Panthom Temple with female monks in Thailand, make a Kaftan in Morocco, learn about the role of the Goddesses in ancient Greece, bake bread underground with women in Iceland, among many other unique female-focused local experiences. All tours also include visits to bucket list destinations in each country and are airfare included.

A recent smarTours survey* indicated that nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of women are willing to travel alone for pleasure including more than half of married women. Of the 38 percent of women not interested in traveling alone for pleasure, 62 percent of those surveyed said they would be willing to travel alone as part of a group tour.

“We believe that an increasing number of women are open to and interested in traveling alone to destinations across the globe, and for reasons of safety, ease, access, and connectedness, they are choosing escorted tours,” said Kendra Guild, Director of Product & Operations for smarTours. “We launched our women-only tours to meet this growing interest among women of all ages open to traveling alone or with other women as part of a larger group tour. Women are eager to experience their bucket list destinations, and we are happy to coordinate all the logistics of getting them to these locations, and getting even more immersed with the local culture once they get there. We hope to encourage and empower women to travel the world and connect with women across the globe.”

smarTours upcoming Women-only tours:

Spectacular Greece- an 11-day tour that visits Athens, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini, Delphi, and Olympia departing in August.
Journey Through Jordan- a 10-day tour that visits Amman, Wadi Rum, Petra, and the Dead Sea departing in September.
Treasures of Turkey- a 14-day tour that visits Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Antalya, Izmir, and Canakkale departing in October.
Majestic Morocco- a 13-day tour that visits Casablanca, Marrakesh, Boumalne Dades, Erfoud Fex, and Rabat departing in October.
Amazing Thailand- a 14-day tour that visits Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Lampang, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai departing in October.
Incredible Iceland with Northern Lights- a 7-day tour that visits Reykjavik, Vik, Thingvellir, and Gullfoss departing in October.

For more information please visit: https://smartours.com/women-only/

*Findings are based on an email survey fielded by smarTours on December 6th-9th to 1,494 travelers.

About smarTours:
smarTours is the leading provider of affordable trips to bucket list destinations worldwide. The company currently offers more than 50 guided tours to 62 countries across all continents. All smarTours include international airfare, hotels in convenient locations, knowledgeable English-speaking local guides, in-depth excursions and sightseeing, and many meals. Based in New York City, more than 225,000 travelers have taken a smarTours trip since the founding of the company in 1996.

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