Senior tours in Europe usually involve less walking and focus on in depth cultural and historical points of interest. When younger travelers talk about “immersive” or “authentic” travel, this can often mean situations that older travelers would find uncomfortable.
For senior travelers, immersive and authentic is still highly valued though maybe with a few more amenities available. This will mean more premium level hotels, personal service, and local restaurants with a fine wine list - rather than the most cutting edge street food vendor.
Europe tours can be challenging for some senior travelers. Many city streets are paved with cobblestones which, while lovely and picturesque, are uneven and difficult to walk on for extensive distances. Be sure to bring sturdy footwear!
Top Tour Activities in Europe for Seniors
1. Guided History Walk - Europe is full of rich and storied histories. Tour companies with seniors in mind often incorporate lively and engaging history walks into their itineraries. These are often highly focused on a particular theme or era and led by scholars and experts in a particular field.
2. Cooking Class - Cuisines in Europe are extremely variable - often changing dramatically region by region within a single country. Cooking classes are a fabulous way to get to know the culture and meet locals who are eager to share their traditional dishes and cooking methods with visitors.
3. Coastal Walks - One of the most popular outdoor activities in Europe for seniors is a brisk coastal walk, taking in spectacular views. This activity is particularly common in the United Kingdom, where the coastal trails are rugged yet mostly flat - manageable for a wide variety of physical levels.
4. Northern Lights - A classic bucket list item that takes some specific planning to check off, the Northern Lights can be seen from a few key places in Europe. Most notably, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and parts of Scotland. This activity by definition is not for the un-adventurous - it will be cold, and to get the best views many tours involve off-roading. But if this is unappealing, finding a luxury lodge in these northern reaches is a great way to glimpse the Aurora.