Accessible Travel - Best Tours & Trips 2019
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.
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.
Price Per Day
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.
Get Member Savings Sign up to become a member to get access to Stride Select trips. These trips are discounted beyond the tour operator’s best price. Membership is free and only requires your email.
Rivers & Seas
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
Continents & Regions
In order to see Stride Select deals you must sign in. We’ve negotiated with many of the world’s best travel companies to save you money! Get the best experiences, save up to $700 per person, and be a hero to your travel companions!
With FREE membership you:
- Save up to $700 per person!*
- Access private deals and offers
- See personalized trip recommendations
- Save favorite trips
Top Accessible Travel Experiences
Enjoying the incredible wildlife on a safari in Africa
Seeing the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand from the window of a coach tour
Eating delicious local cuisine in Bologna, Italy
Floating down the Nile on a river cruise and seeing the ancient sites of Egypt
Watching Europe drift lazily by on a Danube River Cruise, and learning about the history of each country from a local expert
Photographing the many unique species to be found on a Galapagos cruise
Feeling dwarfed by Denali on the Alaska railroad
Accessible Travel Trip Reviews
4 Accessible Travel Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend
Accessible Travel Tours and Travel Guide
Accessible Travel Attractions & Landmarks Guide
Accessible Travel can be defined as any tour company or travel experience (such as an attraction) that is open and navigable by those traveling with a disability. If you are handicapped, walk with a cane or walker, or use a wheelchair, arranging travel can be difficult, but it's definitely not impossible! We're here to help!
There are many vacation options for people with disabilities, and it’s probably not as difficult as you might think to travel almost anywhere in the world.
The Most Accessible Cities in Europe
Europe is still one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, particularly for older travelers. The romantic cobblestone streets however, can present a problem for some. And Europe is absolutely covered with them.
Many cities in Europe have been making vast improvements to how they can be more friendly to disabled travelers. But unlike the United States, not everywhere is held to the same legal standards for making all transportation, attractions, and restaurants accessible.
Of the major cities, a few that stand out are Berlin, Vienna, London, and Barcelona. These cities are fairly flat, and easily navigable for wheelchairs or walkers.
Traveling in a Wheelchair
There are many things to be aware of when traveling with a wheelchair. Many tour companies are beginning to offer tours that are welcoming to wheelchair travelers, but always contact them regarding your desired itinerary.
It is recommended to have a collapsible wheelchair, as most tours and cruises will require this. Also, some cruises, while accessible for wheelchairs, may not be able to accommodate wheelchair travelers on every excursion. For more information visit our guide on wheelchair travel.
All Accessible tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventures. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 5.0 for all Accessible Travel trips.