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Senior Tours in Europe - Best Tours & Trips 2019

By far one of the most popular travel destinations in the world is Europe. Home to many diverse countries, landscapes, cultures and languages, Europe borders the North Atlantic Ocean to the west and the bright blue Mediterranean sea to the south. It remains a fascinating place to visit time and time again.

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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 Senior Tours in Europe Experiences and Attractions

Top Senior Tours in Europe Experiences

Drinking in the spectacular panoramic views of the Swiss Alps

Biking along the canals in Amsterdam en route to the Anne Frank House or the Rijksmuseum

Touring the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture

Taking a private tour of the Vatican and marveling at the majestic Sistine Chapel

Visiting the home of famous eccentric and surrealist painter Salvador Dali

Enjoying true Italian pizza in Naples

Watching the amazing Northern Lights in Iceland

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Senior Tours in Europe Trip Reviews

1,471 Senior Tours in Europe Tour Reviews - Summary 91% Recommend

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Excellent 911
Great 428
Average 83
Disappointing 27
Terrible 22
Value
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Surprisingly charming and delightful!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

I recently returned from the 11 day Classic Poland trip which I took with my cousin. We were pleasantly surprised with just how whimsical and charming much of Poland is. Our guide, Jolanta Postrzygacz, was fabulous. She consistently went the extra mile to make everyone happy including offering "treats" representative of Poland during longer coach rides. While the hotels weren't super deluxe, they were pretty comfortable and most of the included meals were wonderful. The tours were very informative and enjoyable. It was an excellent trip and I highly recommend it!

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Operator Gate 1

Great Time with Grandfather

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I technically took the abbreviated version of this exact cruise a few years back, essentially a one-way trip through the Fjords starting in Bergen and going up to Kirkenes on the Russian border. It was a graduation present from my grandfather, and we took the trip together. He is not the most mobile of travelers, and a cruise was a great compromise for us. I loved being able to talk and read with him on the many rocking chairs looking out the ship's walls, and it was helpful to get the occasional reminder from the Captain about the feature we were passing. We got a solid feel for Norway's coastline and culture from watching attentively from the boat, and also getting off at the majority of the daytime stops. We took part in a bunch of the optional activities (which we booked right beforehand, there was no trouble with that) and there were plenty of options we both liked. One my favorites was seeing a Sami settlement, learning about their culture and how they farm reindeer. The bus ride that took us from the boat to the Sami was also incredible -- the landscape had totally changed, we saw the rows and rows of fish racks, and we even saw wild reindeer run past! The optional activities also meant that when I wanted to take a hike one day, I could go and my grandfather could do whatever he wanted, and we'd see each other in a couple of hours.

A couple of other things that made this trip for us: the food and the ship itself. The ship's room was definitely close quarters, but my grandfather is a big man and we still had no trouble with anything. The entire ship is handicap accessible, and there is a gym and a hot tub I utilized multiple times! Most importantly: the food. My grandpa is a HUGE foodie and an adventurous eater, and that was definitely his primary concern, and we were both satisfied with the quality of the food. We both felt there was a good balance between having good food, and having enough classical Norwegian food. Plus, if you feel like getting fancy, there is a separate restaurant on the ship that is an extra fee.

The only reason I give "guide" a lower rating is because we weren't really guided for much of the ship, only during the optional excursions and the occasional information from the captain.

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Operator Hurtigruten

A knowledgeable, interesting and friendly local guide

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

Travelsphere never let us down. Over the past 15 or so years we have travelled with them 8 or 9 times, on short breaks to Paris and Germany, and longer ones to Canada, Italy and America. Our latest was last weekend on the "Experience Riga" trip....it was wonderful, we had a terrific Tour Manager in Gerry, a knowledgeable, interesting and friendly local guide in Gita and they ensured that our trip to this fantastic city was a triumph. I want to go back there as soon as possible!

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Operator Travelsphere

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province

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

Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.

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Operator Road Scholar

Good tour vastly enhanced by high quality leader

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

Beppe Salerno was my guide on a cycling trip through Puglia in Southeastern Italy.

Although I had cycled for many years and ridden in Italy before this was the first commercial trip I had ever taken. Riding with Beppe was central to the unique experience provided by this trip.

Beppe provided unique insights into Italian life and culture as well as useful commentary on cycling routes and styles. His knowledge of Italian wines and cuisine transformed the trip from simply a “ride on a bicycle” to a gastronomic adventure. He introduced me to new wines, new dishes and to the people who grew, bottled and prepared them. We discussed history, dialects, regionalisms, music and architecture.

Beppe's skills are many. Paramount among them, in my opinion, is his ability to motivate people of diverse backgrounds and with widely divergent interests into a cohesive, collaborative group enjoying the company of others while reveling in the delights of a shared ride.


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Operator Tourissimo

Our Rick Steve's "Best of Italy Tour," starting in Varenna, October 18, through Rome, November 3, 2015.

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

We flew into Milan and toured the town on our own a few days. Then we took the train to Varenna on Lake Como to formally start our Rick Steves tour with our guide, Lisa Anderson. She was excellent; very organized, helpful to a fault, and took us to a lot of out-of-way places not on the itinerary. What I liked most was the mixture of planned activities and time our own own; a nice balance which I believe gave us a good feel for the people, culture, and historical places we toured throughout Italy. You can read any itinerary for this trip and learn about what you're going to see, but getting to know your traveling companions (there were 28 of us) well, share food (and a cold- achoo!) made it all the better. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who would really like to get a taste of Italy from Rome north. I had no interest in visiting Italy before, but would go back in a heartbeat. I especially enjoyed our time high up in a ski village in the Dolomite Mountains. Seeing the "big three" of Venice, Florence, and Rome was great, but I also enjoyed seeing Pisa and Assisi, and spending time in places I had never heard of before - Cinque Terre , Siena, and Orvieto. While I know you can't pick your tour hosts, I would give the highest marks to our guide Lisa, her assistant, Alex, and our bus driver extraordinaire, Adrian. They helped put an excellent adventure over the top. Kudos to you Rick Steve's! We'll book another one of your tours in the next few years.

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Operator Rick Steves

Senior Tours in Europe Tours and Travel Guide

Senior Tours in Europe Attractions & Landmarks Guide

By far one of the most popular travel destinations in the world is Europe. Home to many diverse countries, landscapes, cultures and languages, Europe borders the North Atlantic Ocean to the west and the bright blue Mediterranean Sea to the south. It remains a fascinating place to visit time and time again.

Stepping Back to the Ancient World

Europe today showcases many throwbacks to its long storied past. Sprawling empires have reigned throughout the ages from Roman to Austro Hungarian. Fundamental philosophies we still adhere to today were formulated in Ancient Greece. Tales of intrigue surround it's many still standing castles.  

Of course ancient history preserved also has the side effect of some difficult navigation. Cobblestoned streets may sound idyllic but walking for an extended period over the uneven surface can be a major strain on hips, back, and feet.

Do be prepared for some walking though - many old sections of European cities are compact, with many attractions right on top of each other. Such that you may not realize how long you’ve actually been on your feet going from museum to cathedral to outdoor café.  

Europe Farther Afield

Turkey may not have been a common travel destination 20 years ago, but today this is a thriving and popular tourist destination. Turkey’s unique positioning in the world geographically makes it the perfect introduction to the Middle East. You'll notice many European influences as you wander the streets of Istanbul admiring the architecture and smelling the delicious food from various markets.   

Older travelers may have an ingrained mental block about visiting the balkan states or Central European countries such as Hungary or Slovakia. Iron Curtain remnants are still visible, and life under communist rule remains a not so distant memory for some. But it’s precisely this fact that can make a tour through these countries so impactful. Apart from being uncommonly beautiful, their recent and ancient histories are fascinating to learn about, particularly from local guides.

The mysterious and stunningly beautiful Scandinavian countries to the North deserve a mention as well. These hidden gems are extremely fun for history enthusiasts - prepare to discover the story of the vikings and their tremendous influence over the look, feel, and culture of such places as Finland, Norway, and Sweden. From castles to fjords, Scandinavia might be a little out of the way, but well worth the extra effort to get there.

Visiting Russia

Russia is an extremely proud, complex nation. Constantly at odds it seems, with its neighbors, it nonetheless has a fascinating history to learn about and landmarks to visit. Entering Russia can involve some hoops so make sure you’re really on board to dive into the culture and cover long distances. Consider choosing a guided tour company that has a lot of experience in Russia specifically. This can help unlock all the wonderful things about the country even further, and make the visa process less of a headache.

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Things to Know Before You Go

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.


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