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Day 1, Paris: take a walking tour of this famous city. Visit the Wine Museum of Paris
Day 2, Chablis: head to Chablis, a small and strict ava known for it’s amazing wines.
Day 3-4, Bordeaux: A long driving day through spectacular countryside to the famous Bordeaux region. Here’s you can take a day to cycle the country roads, taste beautiful wines, and enjoy classic French country cuisine.
Day 5-6, Loire Valley: More wine tasting and beautiful countryside await you in this region.
Day 7, Paris: Return to Paris for a farewell dinner
Tours that follow this itinerary:
Gourmet Explorer, Provence with Peregrine Adventures - 8 Days, value trip
Vineyards and Villages with ROW Adventures - 7 Days, premium trip
Loire Biking Private with Butterfield & Robinson - 6 Days, premium trip
As a generation, baby boomers -- turning a minimum age of 50 in 2014 -- have led the way for decades in forging international travel, beginning with the 1960s-era European backpackers and continuing to the present, as more and more parts of the globe become ripe for discovery. Destinations that once seemed too remote and exotic for most folks to imagine visiting -- from the jungles of Brazil to the mountains of Bhutan, from the plains of East Africa to the icy waters of Antarctica -- are now just a plane or boat ride away. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that baby boomers are the most well-traveled generation in history!
But while many previously unavailable travel opportunities have opened up, travel has also become more complicated as a result. Where once travelers might have decided between the beach or the mountains within driving distance of home -- or, if they really wanted to get exotic, choose between vacationing in London or Paris -- they now have the whole world at their feet.
Airline routes and fares are dizzyingly complex; travel costs everywhere have escalated; the profusion of advice available on the Internet often only confuses matters; and independent travel in general can sometimes end up more trouble than it’s worth -- especially when you have limited time to plan for a trip that may take you far afield and lasts a week or longer.
But here’s the good news: with many of us nearing retirement or already retired -- and others still at the peak of our earning power -- we have more time and resources to indulge our passions and our curiosity to see the world, and have the maturity and wisdom to recognize the value of traveling with experts in the field. Professional travel providers and outfitters can help us make the most of -- and truly savor -- each experience.
And so we’ve witnessed a remarkable rise in the number of organized tour operators and small ship and river cruise lines that have responded to the needs of the baby boom generation as those needs have changed. These are no longer your grandmother’s tour companies, which herded large groups off an on buses like sheep; in fact, even coach-based tours are striving to appeal to a more sophisticated, knowledgeable group of world travelers.
In response to a number of boomer travel trends, the new generation of travel providers seek to offer authentic experiences that create lasting memories, without the hassle of having to plan and execute every detail yourself. These travel providers can take you to the far corners of the globe and, in the process, offer expert guidance that ensures you’ll be able to spend your time doing what you want to do -- and not what you have to do just to get from one place to the next.
Many of them have special expertise in organizing trips for people aged 50 and above, whether it’s an adventure like an African safari or a trek to Machu Picchu, a river cruise through Europe or Southeast Asia, a small ship expedition to the Galapagos, or a culture-minded trip to Greece, Turkey, Italy, or Egypt. And we’re not forgetting North America, where U.S. and Canadian national parks and Mexican and Central American archaeological and natural treasures beckon 50-plus travelers.
Trips catering to those over 50, while adventurous, may offer somewhat more relaxed and less physically demanding itineraries, as well as accommodations that are a step above those that cater to more youthful groups. Or they may make special allowances for bringing the grandchildren along. Or they may simply concentrate more heavily on including authentic cultural or culinary experiences that 50-plus travelers consider a necessity rather than an indulgence.
Stride is here to help you make your way through the clutter and clamor and to find the travel providers that understand the needs of 50-plus travelers -- and keep you in the thick of the travel revolution you helped pioneer.