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50-Plus Travel - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Baby boomers, born from 1946 to 1964 with the youngest now turning 51, love to travel. Now there are organized trips geared toward that age group recognize that their needs and preferences -- including more relaxed itineraries and greater comfort in lodging. Stride can help you sort through which travel providers and itineraries are best suited to you if you’re over 50, but still as eager as ever to enjoy active and exciting global experiences!
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top 50-Plus Travel Experiences and Attractions

Top 50-Plus Travel Experiences

Waking to the rising sun in an African game lodge to a view of giraffes, zebras and wildebeest sipping side by side at a watering hole just outside your window.

Sipping wine on deck or on your balcony as your river cruise boat drifts past an ever-changing panorama of old-world Europe.

Walking alongside strange-looking iguanas, exotic birds and giant tortoises -- all unafraid of humans -- as you tour the Galapagos Islands.

Setting eyes on the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of ChinaAngkor Wat and the temples of Kyoto on a grand tour -- or better yet, tours -- of Asia.

Gazing at the vast Amazon rainforests via riverboat while listening to howler monkeys crying in the distance.

Marveling at the sheer force of power generated by waters flowing over Victoria Falls in Africa and Iguassu Falls in South America.

Birding in the Costa Rican rainforests and coming upon a rare species to add to your life list.

Landing on the seventh continent, Antarctica, on an expedition-style cruise that only a small number of people will ever get to experience.  

Discovering the birthplaces of the Americas on journeys to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and Quebec City in Canada.

Trekking to Peru’s Machu Picchu or atop Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro to test your mettle and enjoy some of the world’s finest views.

Rafting the wild rivers of Idaho, California, or West Virginia under the expert direction of an experienced guide.

Taking a small ship cruise along the gorgeous and historic coastlines of Croatia, Turkey or Greece.

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50-Plus Travel Trip Reviews

19,857 50-Plus Travel Tour Reviews - Summary 94% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 14,594
Great 3,953
Average 871
Disappointing 236
Terrible 194
Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
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A really wonderful safari break!

5.0
Zama Tours & Safaris Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Thanks Zama Tours for arranging an incredible safari experience for us! We went on a great 5-day safari adventure. It was all well taken care of and we really enjoyed everything we saw and every minute of it. It has exceeded all our expectations!

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Operator Zama Tours & Safaris

Overall my experience with Acoss Argentina is excellent.

5.0
Across South America Company Reviews
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

I like the way they plan my 23 days trip to South America tour in Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Although we can enjoy more in Brazil but we have only 3 days left before we go back to Manila. Since our tour was made from our own IT expectation and budget, Acriss Argentina was able to fulfill our dream vacation in South America. We will use tgis agency again when we explore Patagonia and Antartica.

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Operator Across South America

We really enjoyed our cruise

5.0
CroisiEurope Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We really enjoyed our cruise with CroisiEurope, we were on MS Gerard Schmitter for 7 nights. The food was lovely and the rooms were nicely decorated and comfortable. The staff were all very friendly and helpfull. The excursions were also very nice, the only problem sometimes experienced was that the tour guide on the excursions sometimes gave their speaches mainly in french and not a lot of english.

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Operator CroisiEurope

A wonderful country to visit. The programme Tribes put together fitted our wishes exactly and worked perfectly.

5.0
Tribes Travel Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The people were lovely; ziplining for the first time, when in ones' late 60s! the wildlife; the beauty and tranquility of the North Pacific coastline.

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Operator Tribes

Used these guys for our wedding …

5.0
Authentic Ireland Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Used these guys for our wedding anniversary holiday. Had a brilliant time. Customer service is 5/5!

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Operator Authentic Ireland

EBC

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Outstanding trustworthy company who actually are given clients by Adventure nation & Thrillophillia. Shall love to go with them again.

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Operator We Ramblers

50-Plus Travel Tours and Travel Guide

50-Plus Travel Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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 Costa Rica 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.

More Time and Resources

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 which cater to our specialized interests. These are no longer your grandmother’s tour companies, which herded large groups off and on buses like sheep; in fact, even coach-based tours are striving to appeal to a more sophisticated, knowledgeable group of world travelers.

Authentic Experiences

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.

Cruises

One of the most popular methods of over 50 travel is to enjoy a cruise. Traveling by ship eliminates the difficulty of constantly changing accommodations, pinpointing new restaurants to eat at every night, and organizing how you will get from location to location. On larger boats with overnight rooms, all of this is taken care of, and remote and wild places are more accessible than they have ever been before. There is no better way to experience the breathtaking and hostile landscape of the fjords in Norway than aboard a cruise, or to see the many different islands in the Caribbean. If the high seas aren’t your cup of tea, than consider taking a river cruise -- all the convenience of a cruise also exist for those interesting in exploring Eastern Europe with a trip down the Danube, or experiencing all the treasures of Egypt with in a boat on the river Nile.


More Relaxed Itineraries

Trips catering to those over 50, while adventurous, may offer somewhat more relaxed and less physically demanding itineraries. A 50-plus focused tour guarantees special attention to the finer aspects of travel: comfortable lodgings, good local food, and stress-free means of transport between the sites. Instead of adventure activities, the trip may instead allow time for other recreation. For example, some trips pay special attention to activities such as photography, fishing, wine tasting, or may allow extra time for cultural immersion.

 

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.


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Things to Know Before You Go

What are the most popular 50+ tours?

Nowadays, almost every corner of our planet is accessible, no matter your age. Despite this, some travel destinations are more popular than others. Here is a brief list of group travel experiences most popular amongst travelers aged 50 years and above:

Are 50+ tours handicap accessible?

One common question that faces many older travelers is whether or not their trip will be accessible to them. The good news is that, despite your ability, there is a trip out there that caters to you -- even when traveling to remote and wild places.

Many travel companies actually specialize in creating an incredible travel experience for those with disabilities or handicaps. Stride Travel also ranks its 50+ trips by physical difficulty to help make your travel decision easier. For more insight into some of the best accessible tours, take a look at Stride’s list of Top Handicap Accessible Tours & Destinations.

Are 50+ tours solo traveler friendly?

One of the benefits of a 50+ travel group is that you no longer have to worry about finding a travel buddy. Not only are group tours a great way to travel safely and led by experts in the region, but traveling in a group also means you get to meet new people. In fact, group trips are an especially great way to meet like-minded travelers.

On family friendly tours, which focus on designing expeditions for all ages, many 50+ individuals report enjoying having had an opportunity to get to know and interact with people from all generations. This answers another common question -- are “50+ trips” really just for seniors? The answer is no, not necessarily!

The Benefits of 50+ Group Travel

The chance to meet similar travelers -- and choose the age group your travel with -- is only one plus of traveling in a 50+ tour group. Once again, another benefit of a group tour is having everything organized. On a group tour, complications like finding accommodation, food, and the language barrier immediately disappear.

Not only this, but having access to an informed and experienced tour guide can make or break a trip. Another, lesser-known, aspect of group travel is that it can also cut costs. One major bonus to being in a group is benefitting from group discounts, whether they be for restaurants or activities.

50+ travelers also stand to benefit from special discounts. For example, seniors can purchase a lifetime pass to any U.S. national park for only $80, making future trips even more tempting!

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