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Senior Travel - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Traveling in your golden years can be very rewarding. Unique and active educational and cultural experiences are waiting to be discovered - at your own pace of course. A wide variety of tours are available to older travelers - from relaxing river cruises through the heart of Europe to coach tours around Australia, to more active pursuits like going on an African safari. Start the next stage of your life by embarking on a truly special trip.

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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 Travel Experiences and Attractions

Top Senior Travel Experiences

Sipping wine on the balcony of your river cruise stateroom sailing through Europe

Walking alongside exotic birds and giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands

Marveling at the sheer force and power of Victoria Falls in Africa

Birding in Costa Rica and capturing the perfect photo of bright feathers against the lush green rainforest

Checking the seventh continent off your list on an expedition-style cruise to Antarctica 

Visiting Machu Picchu with a stay at the luxury lodge just outside the Sun Gate

Watching the sunset from the veranda of your luxury suite in Tanzania 

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Senior Travel Trip Reviews

19,603 Senior Travel Tour Reviews - Summary 94% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 14,361
Great 3,936
Average 870
Disappointing 235
Terrible 192

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We really enjoyed our cruise

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

The perfect way to experience African wildlife.

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

This is a luxury small group safari. 12 people, two land rovers. We spent the arrival night in a hotel in Arusha, two of the nights during the safari in hotels, and the rest of the nights in the luxury camp. The hotels were all good. The food was good, not great. The luxury camp is a two room canvas tent containing a queen size bed or two doubles. then there is a dressing area leading to the "bathroom" which is a toilet seat on a box over a hole in the ground. There is a shower stall in which they fill a canvas bag with hot water from the fire. They will not begrudge you a refill if you want to take your time. The day starts early in the dining tent with breakfast. then it is off to the land rovers to begin the safari. The guides from all the different safari's communicate to share where the most sought after animals are to be found. You will absolutely be up close and personal with lions, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, wildebeest, ostrich, zebra, hyrax, and the bird life. You will also see Water buffallo and hippos, but is best not to get close to them. and you will see plenty of Cheetah and some Rhinos, but usually from afar.

Lunch is usually conducted picnic style in the park. Our A&K picnics were the envy of every other group. Then it is touring until sunset.

When you get back to camp there is a camp fire going and the head guide will present a lecture, while everyone enjoys some much needed libations, of which there is great variety and unlimited quantity. Then dinner in the dining tent, and after dinner back to the campfire for more libations, and usually to review everyone's pictures from that day.

The guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You will actually miss them on your last day. I had a great time and heartily recommend this safari and A&K.

The best part is being inside the game park all day and night. You really dont want to be going back to a hotel, but to stay out in nature.

Some tips: There is a generator in the camp so you may recharge your electrical items every day. They can also launder your clothes. Things to bring: plenty of strong repellent to deter the horse flies, do not skimp on memory cards for your camera, be sure to have a telescopic lens for your camera, a good pair of binoculars with good magnification, a flashlight, a device to view your photos on, a device to copy your photos onto. Dont forget a sweater, its cold at Ngorongoro Crater. For your digestive happiness, I had good results taking probiotic and charcoal capsules every day. You can see my pictures at

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Operator Abercrombie & Kent

What a holiday!

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

I was lucky enough to have 7 wonderful nights on the American Queen ... Along with 17 of my friends and family... From Memphis to New Orleans..Wow !! ... Cannot speak highly enough of the staff and anyone involved with this Majestic Queen of the River... Many thanks to Captain Brent for taking such great care of us rowdy lot !!..
It is my hope we get to take another trip on this fine Lady again .... We are from Australia ...... Such a great time...
So many positives to speak of....
What a holiday !...

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Operator American Queen Steamboat Company

Our Lifetime Experience!

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

After we made the initial enquiry Peniel got in touch with us and fulfilled all our special wishes. All questions were fully and quickly answered via e-mail, and even when we arrived several hours early in Arusha, he managed to pick us up at the airport together with our driver-guide. We just sent a short message from Daressalam and he organized everything else.

We spent 7 days of wonderful safari on our own with Ray, our perfect driver and tour guide . The roads are sometimes very rough but with Ray we felt save all the time. The national parks we visited (Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire) are really fantastic and Ray presented to us so many more animals than the big five
All the accommodation at the lodges was wonderful, good food and we particularly enjoyed the Sopa Lodges.

We have no hesitation in recommending this safari operator to other travelers.

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Operator Lights on Africa Safaris

I recommend Geographic Expeditions -- Especially in conjunction with travel in Bhutan

Geoex Company Reviews
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0

My husband and I went to Bhutan with Geographic Expeditions for approximately 1.5 weeks. Geographic Expeditions really tailored the trip to our wants and desires, given all of the available options in Bhutan.

Geo Ex assigned a trip coordinator to us. We communicated with her via email and phone several times during the planning phase of the journey. She asked us thought provoking questions and really gave us good advice. For example, we were initially interested in trekking. She probed into the length of the trek that we would be willing to take. Given that we are from the SF Bay Area and have done a significant amount of hiking in the Rockies and Sierras, she advised us only to do a trek in Bhutan if it were going to be a long trek -- the shorter treks that we were contemplating would not take us to the spectacular Himalayan terrain that we would be expecting. Great advice when planning a trip -- we would not have known this without her and would have potentially been disappointed.

The guide that Geo Ex provided stayed with us during our entire trip. He spoke excellent English and both informative and funny. I don't think we could have gotten a better, local guide than Geo Ex provided.

I believe that we could choose lodging options from a few luxury options that were available. We went with Aman Hotels. Given that the hotels were all very similar in style, it might have been interesting to mix it up a bit more. But each hotel was small and truly first class in terms of luxury, room style and food.

All in all, I think Geographic Expeditions did a fantastic job. We enjoyed this luxurious journey. I would definitely recommend a Geo Ex trip -- especially for off the beaten path journeys.

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Operator GeoEx

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province

  • 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

Senior Travel Tours and Travel Guide

Senior Travel Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Traveling in your golden years can be very rewarding. Unique and active educational and cultural experiences are waiting to be discovered - at your own pace of course. A wide variety of tours are available to older travelers - from relaxing river cruises through the heart of Europe to coach tours around Australia, to more active pursuits like going on an African safari. Start the next stage of your life by embarking on a truly special trip.

Destinations that may have once seemed too remote or exotic are now not only accessible, but accessible via multiple options.

Interested in a river cruise? They go all over the world and are a perfect option to maintain a little comfort as you visit the exotic unknown. Interested in a safari? You can travel in luxury and not worry about the logistics. Want to explore the in depth history of a country or city? You can find a tour specifically focusing on your interests. 

More Time and Resources for Senior Travelers

With more time and resources to indulge your passions and curiosity, the world is your oyster. Professional travel providers and outfitters can help you make the most of -- and truly savor -- each experience.

There has been a remarkable rise in the number of organized tour operators, including small ship and river cruise lines that have responded to the needs and interests of older travelers who have more leisure time. 

Today's tour companies and growing and expanding at a rapid pace, and are constantly including new activities and innovations on their trips. Going on a "group tour" is no longer synonymous to being packed in a bus and shuttled and around. In fact, even coach tours are working hard to appeal to a more sophisticated, informed group of world travelers.

A Desire for Authentic Experiences Among Senior Travelers

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 go to far corners of the globe and 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 travelers of all ages, but especially older travelers. Whether it’s an adventure like an African safari or a visit to Machu Picchu, a European river cruise, or a small ship expedition to the Galapagos.

And let’s not forget North America, where U.S. and Canadian national parks and Mexican and Central American archaeological and natural treasures beckon. Prepare to see the world in comfort while learning about and interacting with locals.

Classic Senior Travel Destinations

Trips catering to an older demographic can still be adventurous but may offer somewhat less physically demanding itineraries, as well as accommodations that are a step above those that cater to younger groups. They will also concentrate more heavily on including authentic cultural or culinary experiences, which many 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 your needs and interests.

Where do most seniors travel? Well that depends. Europe is probably the most popular destination of all - particularly the UK and Central Europe. The constant ancient history, food, views, and architecture here is a draw for many.

Choose to see it all go by on a river cruise for the perfect combination of luxury and activity. You can choose which ports you’d like to see, and which guided excursions you’d like to participate in.

Or perhaps you're in well enough shape to take a walking tour through the cobblestoned streets of idyllic European cities, such as Vienna - a popular destination for senior travelers interested in classical music. Or enjoy a trip that combines various modes of transportation, like classic cars in Germany, or double decker buses in London. The choice is yours. 

Regardless of your physical condition, travel options abound., a resource for seniors to find assisted living, believes travel is a great way to remain active. Check out their article on Senior Travel Tips to make the most of your experience.

The northeastern United States is another popular choice, especially for photography buffs looking to capture those spectacular fall colors. Spend a lovely time staying in local bed and breakfasts, visit museums dedicated to the long pre-United States history of the area, as well as the incredible revolutionary history.

Birding is one of the quickest growing tour types for seniors. These go all over the world as travelers seek elusive species. Guided by professional photographers and fellow birding enthusiasts who are encouraging and helpful. Get in depth advice on the best way to spot new birds, the best lenses to use, and the best camera settings for the perfect shot. Some of the best birding destinations include British Columbia, Costa Rica, the Amazon, and Britain.

Tour Physical Requirements (and what to expect from them)

Knowing the physical levels for your desired tour is very useful. This can help prepare you for what the tour will be like, and how much physical activity you can expect. This is especially helpful for those traveling with limited mobility such as walkers, canes, or wheelchairs.

On Stride we have 5 main physical levels you can filter by when searching for a trip: Very Easy, Easy, Moderate, Strenuous, and Extreme.

Knowing the physical level of your tour is not only a good way to ensure you get to experience everything on your vacation, but it can also help relieve stress. Knowing the intensity of your tour can help with knowing what to pack. For example, for walking tours that are “Easy” you may want to pack a few extra days worth of walking clothes.

If you’re going on a river cruise, (“Very Easy”) you’ll only have to unpack once, so you can indulge in packing a few extra choices for dinner. Small ship cruises sometimes have laundry facilities, so know that you could take advantage of this if need be.

Senior travelers will generally enjoy most tours in the Very Easy to Easy range. These include river cruises, small ship cruises, coach tours, and guided tours that involve very little walking. These tours might instead have a hobby-specific or cultural focus. For example, if you are touring through China, you might forgo hiking in order to enjoy an authentic tea tasting ceremony, attend a traditional classical music concert, and visit local communities.

More active senior travelers will be fine on a selection of Moderate tours. These tend to involve regular half days of walking or cycling, and may offer more adventurous activities, such as riding a camel in Morocco or  kayaking.

Those who have limited mobility will find that traveling on tours labeled “easy” will be the best fit. River cruises, small ship cruises, and train journey’s are some of the best ways to travel if you’re wheelchair bound. However always check with the tour company directly to ensure the particular itinerary you’re interested is wheelchair accessible. Some may not be but they can steer you toward an itinerary or destination that will be more welcoming.

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Senior Travel Bus Tours

One popular option for senior travel is by coach. Coach-based tours are a convenient way of getting between the sights without having to wait in line, or worry about which route is the most efficient. Traveling by bus is also a great opportunity to see a lot more of wherever you are visiting -- not just the tourist sites -- and get a good feel for the place you’re in.

If you love the outdoors, bus tours are an extremely popular option for seniors in the U.S. They provide a great way to move between the national parks, and, as mentioned, see everything in between. Even if you don’t love nature, consider taking a cultural bus tour around a specific region or state. For example, travel by coach between ranches and bustling metropolises in Texas.

Senior Travel Deals & Discounts

Another advantage of traveling when you’re older is that you qualify for plenty of discounts! Regardless of where you are traveling, you should always ask to see whether or not there is some kind of senior discount. With that being said, some countries are notorious for the bargains they offer both senior citizens and visitors.

For seniors who intend to travel the USA, and are citizens, there are plenty of opportunities to save money. The National Parks System offers a lifetime entry ticket for seniors at a very low price, and an AARP membership can guarantee even more discounted rates on hotels, flights, and cruises. Other good senior vacation destinations known for their senior deals are the United Kingdom and Italy, which both lower the cost of train tickets and airfares for seniors.  

Traveling with Medication & Other Health Issues

One common concern amongst older travelers is how they are going to travel with various medical conditions, and while on medication. It is possible to travel almost anywhere, as long as the traveler is prepared. Before leaving the country, make sure to pack enough of medicine for the entire duration of your trip, and then a few day extra, in case there are any delays. If the traveler is flying, they should also make sure to keep their medication in a carry on.

If at all possible, keep your medication in its original prescription bottles -- this allows TSA inspectors to confirm that the medication belongs to you. On a similar note, TSA also allows for liquid medications above the usual liquid limits, so make sure to tell an agent at the security checkpoint about any liquids you might have.

If you are concerned about other health issues, it is not a bad idea to visit a doctor up to 6 weeks before you travel. And regardless of their specific advice, seniors traveling internationally should plan for a recovery from any jet lag or motion sickness. If you suffer from mobility issues, make sure to double check the physical intensity of any tours you are looking at.

Also consider the types of transportation on your trip -- if you your legs cramp up, inform your tour company that you may need extra leg room, and make sure to find out how long flights and bus rides might be.

Finally, some seniors choose to invest in a travel health insurance plan. Many health care plans, including Medicare, will not cover you once you’re outside the country.

Why Travel with a Senior Travel Group?

Group travel boasts a number of benefits. First and foremost, group tours are convenient. Whether you select a budget or all-inclusive senior travel package, your tour operator will likely manage at least some portion of your travel details. This means more less energy spent stressing, and more time enjoying your vacation.

Travel groups are also a great place for seniors to meet like-minded travelers. Reading about each tour will give you a better idea about who you will be traveling with, and there are many trips that have a minimum age, or focus on a particular activity. For those with a passion for lifelong learning, consider embarking on an educational adventure with a tour provider like Road Scholar (previously known as Elderhostel), which offers over 5,000 tours in 150 countries.

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