From: July 8 to July 13, 2017

Destination: Dahlonega, GA

  • Girls Adventure Getaway - FULL

    Is there a young woman in your life that you have been wanting to have some quality playtime with? Your daughter, granddaughter, niece, or other young friend? Removed from the concerns and distractions of every day life, away from peer pressure and the demands of work and family, you can share a camaraderie and appreciation of each other that is lots of fun. In a new environment, where both of you are learning new things and neither of you is in charge, where one of you isn’t consumed with planning and cooking meals and the other isn't concerned with what her friends think, you can experience the playfulness that can be hard to find in daily life. This trip is for young women aged 12 to 15 and the adult women in their lives who think that sounds like a lot of fun. Maximum group size: 12
  • Saturday, July 8: We pick you up at the Atlanta (ATL) airport at 12 pm and return to the hostel where we can settle into our home for the week and start getting to know each other. We’ll start our adventure together with a beautiful 3 mile hike with gentle ups and downs around a nearby reservoir. That night we’ll return to the hostel for our first shared meal together.

    Sunday, July 9: Today we’ll continue our adventure with a morning of horseback riding. We'll start with a short lesson, making sure that everyone is comfortable on her horse and knows the basics of riding. Our two hour trail ride is just the right length- long enough that we can enjoy the scenery and cover some ground on forest trails and backwoods roads, but not so long that we are too stiff to walk afterwards. After lunch we continue our adventure with an afternoon kayak trip down the nearby Chestatee River. The section we’ll be doing is perfect for beginners as well as those with some experience. There are several fun but gentle rapids, great scenery and good fishing, with the possibility of seeing beaver, deer, otter, osprey, turtles and more turtles! After our paddle, we return to our hostel for another hearty and delicious dinner.

    Monday, July 10: After a hearty breakfast at the hostel, we're off for a day of whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River. If the name of the river sounds familiar, yes - it is where Deliverance was filmed. Regardless of what else you remember about the film, you were undoubtedly struck by the beauty of this river. The section we'll be paddling is known for its breathtaking scenery, abundant plant and wildlife, and playful Class 2 and 3 rapids, ending with one big Class 4. This raft trip is suitable for those without previous rafting experience and even if you don't think rafting is your cup of tea, it's really the only way to experience the river's solitude and wildness. After a full day of excitement we'll return to the hostel for another delicious dinner and relaxing evening with s'mores on the back deck.

    Tuesday, July 11: After another hearty breakfast, this morning we don our hiking boots for a hike on a section of the famous and historic Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail starts about an hour from the hostel and goes a distance of 2,189 miles and traversing 14 states on its way to Maine. Our hike will be considerably shorter, however, and we'll stop often for pictures and to eat lunch. We may have worked up a sweat, so we’ll cool off with some tubing on one of the nearby rivers.

    Wednesday, July 12: We’re going to head down to Lake Lanier for today’s adventures. Lake Lanier , about an hour away, is a very large reservoir. It was created by building the Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River in 1956, and is also fed by the waters of the Chestatee River where we’ve been boating and tubing. But we’re not there for kayaking. Nope, today we’re going to give Stand Up Paddleboarding a try! We’ll start with a lesson and then, using our news skills, go for a paddle. As long as we’re trying new things today, after lunch we’ll go ziplining. Ziplining is one of those activities that feels really scary and is actually quite safe, so adrenaline is high but the actual risk is low. Sounds fun, eh?! It is! And by the end of 2 hours you’ll feel like a pro. Returning to the hostel we’ll grill hotdogs and hamburgers as we share our final dinner together.

    Thursday, July 13: After packing up, our final activity is to learn a little more about what made Dahlonega famous – gold mining! In operation from 1896 – 1906, it was the largest hard rock gold mine east of the Mississippi. During the 40 minute tour you’ll hear tales of the miners’ struggles and learn what working in a mine was like. It’s a fitting end to our time together and after a final picnic lunch, we head to the airport where you can plan a flight out after 5:30 pm.
  • Price: $1790 for both  (see here for discounts, first 5 discounts are not being offered for this trip) $300 deposit. There is one private room with two beds available for an extra $150. You can read our cancellation policies here.

    Trip Includes

    • Roundtrip transportation from the Atlanta Airport
    • All meals from dinner on Saturday through lunch on Thursday
    • Five nights lodging in rooms shared by four people
    • All activities on the itinerary, including horseback riding, rafting, and hiking
    • Experienced guides
    Not included: airfare to Atlanta, guide gratuities, items of a personal nature
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  • Common Questions

    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    We can always accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivore diets. On most trips we can also accommodate lactose-free, vegan, and other restricted diets, although in some locations the availability of special food may be limited. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Ziplining and stand up paddleboarding at Lake Lanier
  • Whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River
  • Hiking on the legendary Appalachian Trail
  • Tubing and canoeing on the Chestatee River
  • Enjoying down time and camaraderie

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