GirlFriendCircles.com proudly sponsors travel trips for women, by women, and about women to places all over the world.

Whether it's the rare and stimulating opportunity to travel legally into Cuba to learn about their politics and culture and how it impacts women, the safety and meaning that traveling with a group can bring to a trip in the Middle East, or a fun and adventurous trip filled with activity in Peru or Costa Rica -- we will keep scheduling trips where women will not only benefit from the connections we make in our destination country, but will also come home with new friendships created among the group that travels together. We're taking new female friendships to new countries!

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UPCOMING TRAVEL CIRCLES


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Nature & Culture in New Zealand

JANUARY 6- 18, 2019

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Tours of two of the most popular cities in New Zealand: Auckland (North Island) and Christchurch (South Island)

  • Day trip by ferry to Weiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches where we'll explore and wine taste

  • 2 days in Kerikeri which is full of the history and culture of New Zealand including the Stone Store and Kerikeri Mission Station

  • Day trip to Waitangi, celebrated as one of the most culturally significant places in the whole country

  • A "Shire" inspired buffet at the The Hobbit Movie Set, the beautiful and iconic backdrop to The Lord of the Rings movies

  • Field trips to some of the most beautiful geothermal sites in nature, including the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland which is considered "One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World"

  • Playtime at the Bay of Plenty which could include swimming with dolphins, relaxing on the beach, or kayaking

  • Thoughtful visits with organizations such as Global Women and the New Zealand Federation of Women's Institutes to learn about why, and how, New Zealand is considered one of the top countries for women

  • Visit to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony whee we'll see the world's smallest penguins in their natural environment


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FOLLOWING THE SAGAS:

GIRLFRIENDS EXPLORE NATURE AND CULTURE IN ICELAND

OCTOBER 10-20, 2019

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

We’ll spend three nights in the capital city of Reykjavik touring the city, sampling their local warming brews, eating and cooking some of their amazing food, being inspired by their history and politics, meeting some amazing women, and touring some of their best museums. Then we’re off to all things nature! We’ll fly to the north side of the island to Akureyri where we’ll head out to Myvatn to start soaking up some of the beauty of this country: waterfalls, hiking, and a natural geothermal steam bath! Over the next several days we’ll slowly start making our way by van around the western edge of the island so we can take in as much of their top sights as possible: the famous Northern Lights, breathtaking vistas, whale watching, quaint towns, thermal baths, short hikes, and lots of ancient history and legends. We’ll eventually make our way back to our hotel in Reykjavik where we'll base ourselves for several epic day trips including the famous Golden Circle (highlights such as the iconic Gullfoss waterfall and The Great Geyser) and the ever famous Blue Lagoon spa!  For all the details be sure to read the itinerary!

  • Gazing up in the skies to hopefully view the famous aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.

  • Searching for whales on a whale watching trip! (Did you know Iceland has over 20 different species of whales?)

  • Overnighting in Lake Myvatn— one of the most popular destinations in Northern Ireland because of it’s beauty— rocks, waterfalls, volcanoes, and wildlife.

  • Soaking not only in Blue Lagoon, which is Iceland’s most popular site (and a Wonder of the World!), but we’re also going to be visiting 2-3 other lesser known geothermal springs— so bring your suit!

  • Journeying around the “Golden Circle” which includes 3 of the most spectacular sites in Iceland: the Þingvellir National Park (an UNESCO world heritage site), the Geysir Geothermal Area, and the Gullfoss Waterfall.

  • Eating and drinking in a country that is now considered one of the newest “foodie destination,” plus visits to a craft brewery and distillery, and a cooking class to learn how to make some local dishes.

  • Exploring all the sites of the famous capital city Reykjavik including a tour in The National Museum and views from the top of the stunning Hallgrimskirkja church.

  • Immersing ourselves in the beautiful scenery as much as we can— including several short hikes and walks to the top of vistas, to waterfalls, and to get off the beaten road a bit!


* All trips planned and organized by Altruvistas travel agency