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Senior Travel - Best Tours & Trips 2019

4,306 trips to Senior Travel tours from 150 tour companies. 12,906 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.

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 n ... Read More

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group 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 Tour 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 Ship 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 Guided 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.
Self Guided / Independent Tour 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 Ship 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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9-Day Botswana and Vic Falls Across Africa Safari

Ker & Downey Africa
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9 days
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Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit Makgadikgadi Pans National Park covers an impressive 4900 square kilometer area and is brimming with natural wonders including the largest tree in Africa
  • Visit Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife
  • See the natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction
  • Explore Chobe National Park
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Botswana, Zimbabwe
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Walking the English Countryside: the Cotswolds an ...

Road Scholar
Premier
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15 days
$ 313 / day
$ 4,699
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • On expert-led walks, discover quaint Cotswold villages and wildlife-rich sandy bays and the dramatic coastline of Cornwall.
  • Learn about the Cotswolds’ designation as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” from a Countryside Ranger.
  • Meet a local Cornwall expert to hear about the spectacular coastline and its wildlife.
Visits:
London
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European Spotlight Summer 2019
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European Spotlight Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 280 / day
$ 3,925
From : $ 4,828
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in London, Paris, Florence and Rome
  • ORIENTATION of Beaune, Geneva, Monaco, Nice, Pisa and Venice
  • VISIT St. Severin Church in Paris, Fragonard Perfumery in Grasse and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • VIEW the White Cliffs of Dover, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Royal Palace in Monaco, the ancient sites of Rome and the Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles in Pisa
  • SEE the Somme Battlefields and the Vineyards of Burgundy in France
Visits:
Geneva, London, Paris, Rome, Venice, England, France, Italy, Switzerland
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Vancouver, Canada to Seward (Anchorage)

7 days
$ 771 / day
$ 5,400
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Vancouver and its natural beauty
  • Discover Ketchikan
  • Explore the historical sites of Sitka
  • Visit to the beautiful Seward
Visits:
Alaska, Anchorage, Juneau, Kenai Fjords National Park, Ketchikan, Seward, Sitka, Vancouver, Yukon, Canada, United States
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Chateaux, Rivers & Wine

Viking River Cruises
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 237 / day
$ 1,899
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Bordeaux
  • See fascinating Bordeaux’s highlights, including the Place des Quinconces
  • Visit Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover Blaye
  • Enjoy a wine country tour featuring several wine-tasting opportunities
Visits:
Bordeaux, France
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Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain & France featur ...

Collette
Premier
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12 days
$ 197 / day
$ 2,369
From : $ 2,914
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Gather for a memorable farewell dinner in Barcelona.
  • Enjoy regional wine with every included dinner.
  • Worship in the most revered basilicas of Fatima and Lourdes.
  • Spend time at the magnificent Cathedral of Burgos.
  • Explore the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela with a local guide.
  • Visit Gaudi's masterpiece "La Sagrada Familia" and celebrate mass.
  • Travel back in time in the amazing medieval city of Carcassone.
  • Learn about the “Way of St. James.”
  • View the site of the fifth apparition in Valinhos.
Visits:
Barcelona, Porto, Santiago de Compostela
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Australia and New Zealand tour
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Australia and New Zealand

20 days
$ 600 / day
$ 11,997
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit charming Dunedin to see historic Larnach Castle.
  • Opportunity to cruise the Great Barrier Reef in tropical Cairns, enjoy a scenic train
  • Explore Auckland
  • Visit the magical Ruakuri Cave for a subterranean tour.
  • Discover Queenstown
  • Tour towards Christchurch
Visits:
Alice Springs, Auckland, Cairns, Christchurch, Dunedin, Great Barrier Reef, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia, New Zealand
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Wonders of South America

Collette
Premier
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17 days
$ 218 / day
$ 3,699
From : $ 4,550
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Savor a Brazilian churrascaria featuring an assortment of grilled meats.
  • Take part in a lamb roast at a typical Patagonian estancia.
  • Discover the majestic nature of Iguazu Falls.
  • Embrace the art of tango at a live performance.
  • Behold the majestic Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Venture to Argentina's famous Perito Moreno Glacier.
Visits:
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago
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Passage to Eastern Europe

Viking River Cruises
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 245 / day
$ 2,699
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Take guided walk through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Experience two nights in bustling Budapest, cosmopolitan capital of Hungary
  • Sail past dramatic natural wonders like the soaring white cliffs of the Iron Gate region
  • Enjoy Serbian & Hungarian folkloric performances
  • Enjoy the authentic flavors of Eastern Europe, on shore and aboard
Visits:
Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Serbia
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Voyages to Antiquity: Exploring History’s Grand ...

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
18 days
$ 305 / day
$ 5,495
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Delve into France’s medieval history at Avignon’s Papal Palace and on the narrow streets of fortified Carcassonne.
  • Examine the exquisite interiors and lush gardens of the Alhambra, a magnificent Moorish palace.
  • Contrast the proud cultures of several Spanish cities including Barcelona, Madrid and Seville.
Visits:
Barcelona, Cádiz, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, France, Morocco, Spain
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Europe's Rivers & Castles

AMA Waterways
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 617 / day
$ 4,939
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy Cochem Walking Tour and Reichsburg Castle
  • Explore amazing Paris
  • Experience Bamberg bike tour
  • Discover Prague
  • Get an opportunity on cruising  across Rhine Gorge
Visits:
Eiffel Tower, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Paris, Prague, Trier, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Luxembourg
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Luxury Peru Explorer

11 days
$ 762 / day
$ 8,379
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy the Capital of Peru, cuisine and good museums, the historic downtown areas.
  • Visit  the Iquitos and the northern Peruvian Amazon
  • The Peruvian Amazon and exploring the rainforest
  • Enjoy the Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy this beautiful city and UNESCO World
Visits:
Cusco, Lima, Peru
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Ancient Greece - Islands, Myths and Legends

ElderTreks
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 406 / day
$ 6,895
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The Parthenon
  • Journey to Cape Sounion
  • The rugged beauty of the Peloponnese
  • Visit Olympia - the birthplace of the Olympic Games
  • Explore the Byzantine monasteries of the Eastern Pindus Mountains
  • Explore Tinos, Mykonos and Delos
  • Athens Archaeological Museum
Visits:
Athens, Mykonos, Greece
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Essence of Tanzania Safari

Rothschild Safaris
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 716 / day
$ 6,446
From : $ 7,348
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • See tree climbing lions
  • Enjoy going for game drives twice a day
  • Visit the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Know more about the tribes and local culture 
  • See herds of Elephants
  • Witness the great migration
Visits:
Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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Heart of Wales & England

8 days
$ 212 / day
$ 1,692
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet, spend an unforgettable evening of Welsh hospitality in the historic surroundings of Cardiff Castle, which dates back centuries.
  • Enjoy the very best of Welsh food, with complimentary wine, entertainment and the warmest of welcomes from your hosts.
  • Visit St.Pauls Cathedral, London With its world-famous dome, this building by Sir Christopher Wren is an iconic feature of the London skyline.
  • Visit Stonehenge is probably the most important prehistoric monument in the whole of Britain.
  • See the Roman Baths & Pump Room Around Britain’s only hot springs, the Romans built the finest religious spa in northern Europe.
  • Opportunity to see Shakespeare’s Birthplace this carefully restored 16th century half-timbered house in Stratford-upon-Avon is where William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and spent his childhood years.
  • Visit Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world.
  • Explore Snowdonia is the mountainous region in North Wales with Mount Snowdon being the highest peak.
Visits:
Caernarfon Castle, Cardiff, London, Snowdonia National Park, Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom, Wales
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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

12,906 Senior Travel Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 10,519
Great 1,735
Average 384
Disappointing 115
Terrible 144
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

Tour Reviews Write a Review

This was a trip of a lifetime!

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

This was a trip of a lifetime! Everything went so smoothly. Everything and everyone were awesome!!

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Operator Go Ahead Tours

The best vacation I ever had!

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

The Globus vacation, "Kenya: A Classic Safari", was the best vacation I ever had! Globus has a knack for putting the special touches on each trip and, coupled with the EXCELLENT travel guide assigned to our trip, succeeded in making this a trip to be remembered. The breakfast in the bush on the last day was magnificent. The Sundowner, mimosas to watch the sunset as well as the Maasai dance performance, was so memorable! Top notch! I wouldn't hesitate to do this trip again. Thank you, Globus!

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Operator Globus

Enjoyed entire trip

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

Enjoyed entire trip. Beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful adventures and friendly Italians

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Operator Grand Circle Cruise Line

Ultimate Africa was Awesome

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

The accommodations were the best. It’s hard to believe we were in camps. I was amazed how good the food was, and how frequently we ate. It was one of the best experiences I have had. The game drives were exciting, and we saw so many animals, including the big five. It was the trip of a lifetime, and I may be going back in the future.

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Operator Grand Circle Cruise Line

This trip exceeded our expectations!

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

This trip exceeded our expectations! We would recommend to everyone! Trip leaders were exceptional. They took care of us every step of the way and had an unbelievable amount of knowledge, history, facts, insights, humor and thought-provoking ideas to share.

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Operator Grand Circle Cruise Line

The most amazing RV drivers

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

We were totally satisfied with our first OAT trip. Both guides were very good. Stephen Delaney, who had an academic background, was able to answer every question. Gus Keating, retired Secret Service officer, was able to describe his 29 years as a government peace officer. Dennis and Kirstie were the most amazing RV drivers. They negotiated one lane roads and city traffic I would not even tried in a small car. No self drive in Ireland for me. The coach seats were very comfortable and immaculate. The hotel accomodations were very clean and maintained. The staff very friendly.

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Operator Grand Circle Cruise Line

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. Caring.com, 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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