Summer has arrived and with the nice weather comes the chance to getaway from the everyday and explore the world around you. Taking a trip can be stressful and trying to coordinate plans to fit everyone’s schedule can be tough. Therefore, let Myths and Mountains plan a much-deserved adventure for you and your girlfriends – these journeys offer a lot more than your average weekend retreat so get ready to explore villages, meet people and discover cultures in parts of the world you have always dreamed of visiting.
Bhutan: Trekking Remote Merak and Sakteng
Trekking is an opportunity for friends to bond in a deep and meaningful way, discover a strength in themselves as women and have conversations that are meaningful and uninterrupted by the frenetic activities of day-to-day life. This is not a highly difficult trek, but it explores a section of eastern Bhutan rarely visited by tourists. The delightful locals have customs quite different from those you see in western Bhutan and will welcome you into their homes and lives. Once you return to “civilization”, you will have time to visit the more famous parts of western Bhutan before heading home. 18 Days, starts at $5,999 per person. Next departure: Oct. 16-Nov. 2, 2015
China: Guizhou and Guanxi - Festivals, People and Their Land
Guizhou is the home of the Miao and Dong, famous for their embroidery, jewelry and dyed fabrics. This is an opportunity not only to learn some of the stitchery of the people but also to attend their colorful festivals, watch the dancing and matchmaking of the young, and travel through China’s least visited province. 13 Days, starts at $5,195 per person. Next departure: Nov. 4-16, 2015
Guatemala: Espiritu - Healing, Cooking, Crafts and Kayaking
This wonderful itinerary embraces you with the best of this country’s lifestyle, from cooking classes full of laughter and flavor, to seeing how artisans transform gemstones and threads to keepsake crafts, hiking and hot springs, markets and morning kayaks, zip lining and even birding! Get an insider’s look at Guatemala, its people and culture, plus learn about how Mayan shamans used natural healing practices thousands of years before modern medicine. 12 Days, starts at $4,175 per person. Next departures: Dec. 2-13, 2015; Feb. 10-21, 2016; Dec. 1-12 2016
Spaaah! Ecuador – Sacred Waterfalls, Hot Springs and Spa Relaxation
Champagne and chocolate, plush lodging and daily spa treatments? Yes, please! This is the ultimate soft adventure for active people who are also interested in natural and spiritual healing. Relish amazing accommodations ranging from a boutique hotel to a private cabin, from a rainforest resort to a Swiss-run mountain retreat. This is luxury without equal, perfect for best friends, mother/daughter combinations and even honeymooners – what a great way to spend Valentine’s Day! Featured in Healing Lifestyles & Spas Magazine. 9 Days, starts at $4,550 per person. Next departure: Feb. 7-15, 2016
Weavings and Wanderings in Laos
This is a wonderful, short getaway from the husbands! Start your journey in Thailand with a boat ride down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang in Laos. You and your friends will enjoy exquisite Laotian weavings, watch artisans at work, receive a hands-on workshop at OkPopTok, delight in a picnic by idyllic waterfalls and partake in great shopping at local village markets. In Vientiane, there is time to see different textile galleries and even enjoy a peaceful meditation before heading home to family. 9 Days, starts at $2,995 per person. Next departure: Custom Dates
Tours can be customized to fit your travel schedule, budget and individual or group interests. For more information about Myths and Mountains diverse itineraries, please visit www.mythsandmountains.com or call 1-800-670-MYTH. You can also follow Myths and Mountains on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram and other networks.