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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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Senior Travel Trip Reviews


18,772
Senior Travel Tour Reviews - Summary
94% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 13,678 Great 3,819 Average 856 Disappointing 231 Terrible 179
Value
4.6 Guide
4.6 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.6 Transportation
4.6 Meals
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Don't waste your money on this Company! January 2019

1.0

Abercrombie & Kent Company Reviews

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0
We have used Tauck and other high end family travel organizations. We decided to give Abercrombie & Kent a try for our Australia holiday. It was a disappointment beginning to end. First, you never get the day to day times and "full" itinerary until you land. We stood in the airport calling for the A&K driver in the line. Finally, a man stepped forward and said: "Sorry, Miss I was just talking to my mates and the tour director is running late."The four season is nice anywhere in the world but we could have booked that on our own. The things that families want to do in Sydney are NOT included in your tour and must be booked by you and paid for in addition to the A&K costs. For example: Climbing the harbor bridge and Sydney opera house. We did get to go to Bondi Beach for a surf lesson. What they don't tell you is they are locking the door to the shop so no going back for a camera, to change out of wetsuit etc for the next three hours- just sit on the beach and burn?The Rolex Hobart Yacht Race was leaving the harbor as we were leaving the beach. We were sitting in traffic anyway so I asked to for a quick stop so we could get photos. There were several side streets along the road. The director said NO we will be late for the jet boat ride. Well, the jet boat is easy to take and runs every 30 minutes-a no brainer to do later or on your own at minimal cost. However, seeing all the yachts from above the harbor is a once in a lifetime view...opportunities missed- but this is a daily occurrence with A&K. Next was the zoo- I told the director before we caught the ferry that the one thing we wanted to do was the photos with the koalas. We came to the koalas and the booth was open. I said can I go and get our tickets? The response was no- stay with the group. The Koala pics were only US $25~ A&K should have had tickets for the 5 families on the tour. This was a low cost opportunity to make the trip special for everyone. By the time our tour finished, we were #32 in line with the ferry leaving in 1 hour. Geez! We then fly to the outback. Miserable experience- Fly economy squeezed in like sardines. I asked for a coke- they said: are you with the Disney tour? no.. then you have to pay for your own drink... ? The outback tours were long, super hot and boring. To see Ayers Rock and the Olgas once from an air-conditioned bus is ok but to do it for two days in 45 C is crazy! The afternoon activity for kids was aboriginal dot painting. But, it was scheduled at 1:00 pm (blazing sun) and they wanted them to walk to the city center and do it outdoors. No one attended. I went to the tour director and told her- the guy playing the didgeridoo had better come to the hotel and play indoors. It was planned for all of us to be outside with no kid interaction. She did adjust and have us in the gathering room so we had air conditioning but only at my request. Then we were suppose to be there for a "food" experience which was a girl walking around with some berries etc on a plate you could taste if you wanted. Then all fed fish for lunch. Finally we arrived at the airport to fly to Cairns and everything was shutting down because we were the last flight out. Disney had left the day before because nothing to do there but take a pic and be scorching hot. A&K just held us over wasting time/a day.
The snorkel dive in Cairns was a problem because we had all paid for what we thought was a small group tour only to find A&K was combining several groups to lower their overhead costs; hence, the schedule was for 87 people to be on one boat! It didn't matter because it was raining and the trip was cancelled. We arrived in Cairns ONLY TO BE BUSSED to Port Douglas for 1.5 hours. No one had eaten since 11:00 am when we arrived at the Pullman hotel at 7:30 pm. They unloaded our luggage outdoors so it was soaking wet. We had to wait turns in the lobby for a golf cart to take each family to their rooms. We had no internet the first night, the shower head was broken and the knob fell off the whirly tub. To improvise, A&K set a tour at the wildlife habitat for koala pictures (better late than never) Only 2 families attended- by this time everyone was done. We booked our own incredible experience for behind the scenes. We got to go in the nursery and hold the babies etc- Brilliant! The itinerary was to hold us for NY Eve, but we jumped ship and flew to Sydney (all costly last minute) but we were trying to salvage our holiday and glad we did- the fireworks were amazing and a relaxing time flying home the next morning instead of a 2 am wakeup and transport! Basically, A&K did not want to pay for the NY eve rooms so held everyone in Port Douglas until the next morning- then flew everyone back to Sydney. Overall, Horrible experience with A&K- so sad to have wasted so much money and my husbands coveted family time off work. All the good experiences were booked and paid for out of pocket + in addition to our high priced A&K family tour package. Don't Do It!
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wonderful trip to Peru December 2018

5.0

Gate 1 Travel Company Reviews

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just got back From a wonderful trip to Peru. Gate 1 is a very reputable, conscientious, and experienced company. I highly recommend traveling with them. Our tour guide, Able, was the best. We had no issues and he was always ahead of anything that might go wrong. I will definitely use them in again in the future. Read more

Operator Gate 1

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Travelers get a great deal December 2018

5.0

Gate 1 Travel Company Reviews

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Travelers get a great deal for the amount of money they pay. We have traveled with Gate 1 several times.We have always enjoyed our trips.

Operator Gate 1

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Flight December 2018

5.0

Globus Company Reviews

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Flight, bus rides, hotels, food, tour guides all were exceptional. Can't wait to travel again with Globus. This was my second trip with them.

Operator Globus

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Italian Escape tour December 2018

5.0

Globus Company Reviews

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We took the Italian Escape tour. The tour itself was excellent, but the air reservations through Globus were very problematic. The airline cancelled a flight and the rebooking was made by Globus without consulting us. This resulted in an illegal connection, which they then refused to rebook. Finally, it was fixed after many calls over many weeks before the trip and escalation to a sales director. In the end we missed even that connection due to flight delays, but happily the tour went off very well and made up for all the tension before the trip. Read more

Operator Globus

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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