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Search 149 Senior Travel tour operators and travel companies, with 12,906 reviews. Today, there are many tour companies that cater specifically to senior travelers. These companies often feature large comfortable coaches for transportation, an emphasis on in depth cultural activities, and a wide range of outdoor offerings, such as nature hikes or birding excursions. It’s important not to mistake all senior travel tour companies for companies that can accommodate travelers with limited mobility. While some do offer this capability, because transportation is commonly in coaches, and tour... Read more

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Road Scholar Preferred

Road Scholar

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4.6 • Excellent
Total Trips 1,081 Trips
Average Price $ 363 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 4 – 52 days
Trip Prices $ 399 – $ 15,589
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Senior Travel 1048 Tours in Senior Travel

The amazing places we saw

I liked everything about my RS tour of the Oregon Coast - the amazing places we saw; our well-informed and caring tour director Kathleen Fitzgerald; the capable and quietly efficient bus driver Tim; the vastly knowledgeable Earth Science specialist John Ford; the excellent local guides Audrey and Mike; the variety of group meals and eating locations; the convenient accommodations; and the wonderful tour co-participants. Also, before the tour, helpful Road Scholar staff and volunteers checked on all my health and nutrition needs. In all - an exquisite experience, which made me rush and book another Road Scholar tour for September. :-) Georgiana
5.0 • Georgiana

Road Scholar Owes My Mom A Huge Apology and Refund. Highly advise AGAINST using them.

Let me preface this story with some background about myself: I backpacked through most of Europe by myself when I was studying abroad in Ireland. I suffered through horrendous bus rides, getting kicked out of seats on trains, sleeping in questionable hostels, and going weeks without being able to really do laundry. I know how crappy it can be to actually get from one place to another, and how worth it is to suffer through all of that just to lay eyes on something magnificent. And yet, Road Scholar has, without a doubt, managed to give me the single worst travel experience I've ever had in my entire life, and we didn't even make it off the ground. I would never, ever, EVER recommend them to anyone looking to go anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, Road Scholar needs to seriously reconsider their travel-making procedures and give my mother a huge apology and refund. (Also, I'm only in my twenties, so I have a lot of years ahead of me to make referrals.) It all started with Road Scholar not getting us flights. We claimed our spot on a trip to the Lake region in Northern Italy, but no one ever called us back about any travel arrangements. It appeared we were on the trip IN Italy, but no one had bothered to make any arrangements to get us there. My mother called and left messages, emailed people, and the only response we got was that our flight should be booked at some point in early May (when our trip was set to start on May 22). Road Scholar urges people to book their flights through their preferred travel agency, which is who didn't call us back. Road Scholar, to market themselves as educational tourism rather than shallow "I just want to see things" tourism, partners up with different educational institutions, and ours was through Trinity College. The director of the Italian programs called us asking for our travel information, since she didn't have it yet. Interesting news to us. We were then told that we could make travel arrangements of our own (even though we were paying Road Scholar to do it for us) and then inform the program of our travel plans and how we were getting to our hotel. So we started to investigate making our own plans, when someone finally called us back saying that they were taking care of our travel arrangements, and they "didn't know why we hadn't had them made for us already." The director of the program was happy to hear this, because the Lake region of Italy is not as easily accessible as other areas. We asked for upgraded seats because my mom has had both of her knees replaced, and while that doesn't inhibit her in the slightest from being active, it limits where she can sit on planes. In a cramped regular economy seat with no leg room on an international flight that was going to last 8-10 hours, she wouldn't have been able to walk off the plane because of how her knees would cramp up. But they said they could make the arrangements (which is also advertised on their website) so that was that. We got our itinerary, accommodations, and were all set. We were booked through United and Lufthansa (neither of which either of us will EVER book through again), so I downloaded the United app onto my iPhone so I could check us in and make sure we had mobile copies of our boarding passes in addition to the paper ones my mom printed out. We were all set to fly from Cincinnati to Washington D.C., from D.C. to Frankfurt, and from Frankfurt down to Verona where we would be meeting up with the group -- which, by the way, we never received any information regarding where the group was meeting, the transportation to the lake resort, etc. Nothing. Just "after you get there" stuff. Then this morning, I woke up to a notification from United Airlines (and a text message alert that I had set up) saying that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled due to weather. Obviously I'm not blaming Road Scholar for that. What I am holding Road Scholar accountable for is what happened next: my mom called the Emergency Hotline (which is a recording -- and I HIGHLY recommend that they change this, because when I studied abroad, we had two emergency hotlines, both of which were always answered by real human beings, one for anything happening in the United States, and the other for the program, which was a different number for each location and a direct line to one of the program directors on the ground in the country you were actually in). We left a voicemail, someone named Mike called us back, and he was an absolute asshole. When you book your flight through a travel agency/group travel organization, if anything happens to your flight, it is the THEIR responsibility to take care of it. We were told by Road Scholar, and it's available on their website: "When you book your airfare through Road Scholar, we're there to help you in case of any emergencies." When Mike called us back and we told him that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled, he told us that he couldn't look up any other flights (on both United and any other airlines) for us to potentially get on to get to D.C for our transatlantic flight. Instead, he told us to call United ourselves and to go to the airport and talk to the desk agent. I then ended up on the phone (and on hold) the entire drive to the airport, which resulted in nothing because tons of flights had been cancelled due to airline politics and weather. We finally got to the desk agent at the airport, had a hell of a time getting rebooked on another flight, and weren't able to get the upgraded seats that we paid extra money for. When we called Road Scholar and Mike back to ask if during the course of our day when we would be traveling (and unable to make phone calls) he would call Lufthansa to at least make the airline aware of our need for better seating due to my mother's knee replacements, he was unhelpful and rude, at first attempting to refuse calling on our behalf and finally agreeing to, but only after repeatedly telling us "there's no guarantee of those seats" (something we definitely understood because we're not stupid). Our rebooked flight wasn't set to leave until 7:45 PM tonight, putting us in Verona at 4:05 PM the next day (4 hours after the group transfer to the hotel), so we returned home instead of waiting around the airport for 12 hours. We got on both United and Lufthansa's websites and discovered that not only had our original itineraries not been removed, we had been double booked, one for a flight out of North Carolina to Munich through Delta, and another out of D.C. (the 7:45 PM flight) which had a 23 hour layover in Munich. A call to Road Scholar resulted in us being told that we had to contact the airlines. My mother was on the phone, talking to either United representatives or Lufthansa representatives, from about 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. We were told we had reservations but no tickets, told we had tickets but couldn't see the numbers, told there were seats available for us to get upgraded to but we would have to try to get the desk agent in D.C. to arrange that for us, told that there was no guarantee we could get those seats, and more. It was incredible the amount of bureaucratic bullshit we had to put up with, especially since each airline wouldn't take any responsibility for us getting the seats we paid for and on a new flight, telling us "we'd have to talk to the other company about that." We finally called Road Scholar to see if there was anything more they could do, who encountered the same mess we already had, and all they did was eventually advise us to go back to the airport (a 45 minute drive) and talk to the desk agent to see IF they could put us in the upgraded seats -- ones we had already paid for and my mom couldn't make the trip without! Then when asked how they would be getting us to our destination in the Lake region (which is not an easy place to get to, as I looked up the train and bus schedules myself, because - remember - I have tons of experience at this point traveling on the ground across Europe), they wouldn't outright say what our plans would be, which could've been anything from picking us up in the airport in a car, giving us a damn rental to drive ourselves, or simply paying for tickets and expecting us to haul all our luggage from the airport to the shuttle to the train station in Verona, take the 2+ hour train to a town an hour away from our destination, have to catch a bus to the actual town we were supposed to be in, and then walk the rest of the way there. Seeing what all happened, I would bet it would've been the latter, which isn't a problem for someone like me, but is an issue for someone like my mom. The moral of the story here is that my mom and I shouldn't have had to be on the phone with anyone other than Road Scholar, PERIOD. Seeing as we paid well over $10,000 for this trip, the minute the flight was cancelled, Road Scholar should've called us to let us know that they would be making other arrangements for us to get to our trip in the Lake region of Italy. THEY should've been the ones on the phone, dealing with the airline bureaucrats, working their hardest to get us any combination of flights to get us to Italy in the seats that we paid for. Or, if it really came down to it, they should've made arrangements for us to be on this trip at another point in time, offered us another excursion in its place, or simply given us a refund. Instead, they didn't want to do the jobs that we paid them to do, and we were the ones that had to take time out of our day, which was already scheduled to be a hectic and stressful time because traveling is simply just that, to do Road Scholar's job. They didn't look out for us one single bit and completely and utterly RUINED what was supposed to have been a wonderful trip for me and my mom. My mother has an adventurous and curious soul and hasn't gotten to go to Europe the way she always wanted to. Since I graduated college, my mother suggested taking a mother-daughter trip. This was supposed to be incredibly special for the both of us, getting to go somewhere new together (I hadn't explored Northern Italy much and that's where we decided to go), learning about the food and the culture, and bonding over all the amazing things we were going to be able to do. I think my mom was even more excited about this trip than I was, voraciously reading all the required/recommended reading, practicing Italian in her room so she could order correctly at restaurants, not giving up when we hit little bumps in the road along the way. Instead, we have been nothing but doubtful at best in the entire planning of this trip, and deeply disappointed and angered at worst. I will never again recommend Road Scholars to anyone looking to go on group trips. Instead, I will steer people away and recommend that they either find a better travel agency, book the trip themselves, or go through Rick Steve's program. Road Scholar should issue my mother a refund and an apology or risk being sued.
1.0 • Katie
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It was fun to be able to spend time alone with our grandson

We did a grandparent/grandchild trip with Road Scholar and it was a wonderful experience! It was fun to be able to spend time alone with our grandson, and it was fun for him and us to meet new people. We plan to do another trip next year with our other grandson!
5.0 • Sherry
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Founded in 1975 as Elderhostel, Road Scholar took its new name in 2010. The name change was meant to better reflect the non-profit educational travel organization’s mission, which is to offer lifelong learning opportunities to adults. Besides it’s a clever play on words (the takeoff on Rhodes Scholar), “Road” stands for the journeys the group offers, while “Scholar” indicates the deep devotion to learning that participants possess. What Makes Road Scholar Stand Out? Tours specifically designed for older travelers and with a heavy focus on gaining deeper knowledge through educational activities, led by guides who are experts in a variety of fields. Instructors accompanying Road Scholar trips are experts in their fields, delivering lectures and leading field trips. Trip themes may range from history and culture, language study, and music appreciation to birding, bicycling, and baseball (proving that learning can be light-hearted, too). Traveling with Road Scholar is like a study abroad experience, with classes and instructors, with a group of people the same age who have a similarly extensive hindsight on life - and love to learn. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Road Scholar? The first thing to note is that Road Scholar trips are specifically intended for travelers 50 and above (often 65+). Open minded, active, and worldly life-long learners who have a sense of adventure and willingness to try new things, will love the cadence of a Road Scholar trip. Road Scholar is often the first guided trip experience for older travelers. Perhaps in your younger days you loved going it alone, planning out your itinerary, and loved the spontaneity of traveling off the beaten path. Now you’re ready to have that same spirit, but with a few more ducks in a row and maybe hit some of the classic sites you missed or didn’t truly appreciate before. Road Scholar has recently added special grandparent-grandchild trips and programs for three generations traveling together. Keep in mind that the focus remains on education, distinguishing Road Scholar trips from most commercial tours. Group sizes with Road Scholar vary, but many small group study tours are limited to 10-24 participants. They are also very friendly to solo travelers - offering many tours for solos and singles where you can meet new friends, and romantic interests! Road Scholar allows for particular good compatibility between you and your tour mates as each journey is designed around specific themes from an educational perspective. Top Destinations With a special Road Scholar operates tours in 150 countries, as well as every state in the U.S. Aside from the educational days, many trips include activities in nature, with hiking, kayaking, and other outdoors experiences. Road Scholar Travel Style Road Scholar creates their itineraries to encourage learning - both in a scholarly way, from knowledgeable guides, and experts in various fields, and also in a holistic way - from the accommodations, meals, and transportation. Your entire journey with Road Scholar is designed as an educational experience. Tours are referred to as “programs”, guides, tour directors, and leaders are “faculty” and they even have an online “campus store”. Programs are designed to be immersive and very different from a canned experience. Walking trips, train treks, small ship cruises, and riverboat voyages are among the options for trip style. Prices typically stay in the budget/value range consistent with the company’s roots. Road Scholar offers may ways to save on their trips. These include scholarships, friend referrals, and various specials and deals throughout the year. Why Choose a Tour With Road Scholar? On a Road Scholar tour you can expect a lot of unique cultural, artistic, historic, and local insights. Meet artisans, learn local crafts, and feel the camaraderie of being around other travelers who enjoy the educational aspect of travel. The original Elderhostel grew out of the vision of the late Marty Knowlton, who spent four years backpacking around Europe while staying in youth hostels -- and wanted American adults to have access to similar cultural experiences. If you consider yourself a lifelong learner and want to spend your vacation amongst others who share your passion for travel and education, Road Scholar is the place for you.
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Butterfield & Robinson Premier

Butterfield & Robinson

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4.9 • Excellent
Total Trips 373 Trips
Average Price $ 984 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 4 – 9 days
Trip Prices $ 4,995 – $ 9,495
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Trips in Senior Travel 338 Tours in Senior Travel

The trip was a perfect

We just returned from our first family trip with B&R though Normandy. Our guides, Thilo & Sigrid, were incredible. The trip was a perfect balance of cycling, history, food (and wine, of course). The kids loved hiking across the bay to Mont Saint-Michel and the go-karting was a huge hit (as was pizza night)! Really can't say enough great things about this trip. We enjoyed every minute and are looking forward to planning our next adventure!
5.0 • Alexis

Grand adventure

I just completed my 9th biking trip with Butterfield & Robinson! We loved every minute of biking in Tuscany with our guides, Alex, Stephano and Edo. Stunning scenery, challenging biking, a great group of fellow travelers, and, of course, delicious food and wine! Private access to illuminated Medieval manuscripts was a highlight for us because we are college professors and book lovers. Thank you so much for a grand adventure.
5.0 • Susan
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Incredible this trip

Just got back from an amazing trip with B&R from Vienna to Prague. This was my first trip with B&R and I was so impressed by every detail!!! Our guide was so thoughtful and made sure every moment was perfect!! We really enjoyed getting to know him and felt completely spoiled by all the great treatment. The accommodations were fabulous, food and wine was delicious and plentiful, and the bike rides were all so much fun with new adventures and beautiful scenery around every turn! Even the walking tours in each place were top notch with very interesting and knowledgeable tour guides that we enjoyed getting to know. I cannot even believe how incredible this trip was, I highly recommend B&R and am already planning my next trip!!!
5.0 • Renee
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Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Biking
Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Biking Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Oman Walking
Oman Walking Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Vietnam to Cambodia Family Biking
Vietnam to Cambodia Family Biking Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Born in 1966, Butterfield and Robinson specializes in higher end guided and self-guided biking and walking tours to many of the world’s top destinations. What Makes Butterfield & Robinson Stand Out? The seamless combination of luxury minded travel and the active travel style of cycling are what have consistently made Butterfield a household name among affluent 50+ travelers. You can choose your own activity level, whether it’s a ramble through the Burgundy countryside in France or a more strenuous hike along the Inca Trail in Peru. On cycling trips, bikes are customized to fit the riders, and they have a high staff and support vehicle ratio per guest -- making them a top choice for travelers seeking a high-service biking adventure. They offer several tours around the world, small group is their primary offering, though private guided and customizable itineraries are also available. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Butterfield & Robinson? They offer trips for all ages, but are definitely most popular among older active travelers with a taste for the finer things. If a leisurely 25 mile bike ride through European vineyards, stopping for picnics, going at your own pace, and meeting up with your small group for a nice rustic dinner with a well deserved beer or glass of wine at the end of the day sounds like your perfect vacation, then Butterfield & Robinson is for you. Activity levels vary with the terrain and there are several different activity categories that B&R offers for you to choose from. They’re open to people of all ages -- kids under 18 are eligible to go on special family trips -- and athletic abilities. Ebikes make it easier for even the most basic physical fitness level to travel farther and in more comfort. Of course it’s not a complete ride with no effort - you must pedal, but it is possible to travel on a cycling trip with Butterfield & Robinson without feeling like you’ve entered the Tour de France. Trips with Butterfield & Robinson are not budget by any means, though a range of price options are available in the mid to upper budget category. Top Destinations Over the years, they’ve expanded to more than 100 biking and walking trips around the world, including Bhutan, the Baltics, Jordan and Colombia as well as favorites like Spain, France, and Italy. Wherever you are, you can expect to be showered with refreshments, route maps, and suggestions for interesting places to stop and explore. Butterfield & Robinson Travel Style Most tours with Butterfield & Robinson are easy to moderately paced. Cycling is the primary means of transportation from point a to point b on most trips, with a generous helping of stops to enjoy unique cultural experiences or explore a historical site. Guided bike trips average about 25-30 miles a day (longer for expert level), while walkers average six to ten miles a day. Group sizes are kept small, to allow for travel along all kind of roads, and create the opportunity for a lot of space between riders, allowing you to find your own pace. On most trips you’ll be joined by more than one guide, allowing for very personalized and dedicated attention throughout your cycling experience. Small group sizes also help Butterfield be able to arrange unique accommodations. On a B&R trip, it’s not unusual to find yourself in a renovated castle, chateau or other signature lodging. They are known for cycling, however Butterfield also offers Walking Tours, Family Trips, Boat Trips & Cruises, Safaris, Food & Wine centric tours, and Corporate Holidays. Why Choose a Tour With Butterfield & Robinson? Even for avid hikers and cyclists who choose the more expert options, B&R sees to it that all you’ll have to cope with is that next hill. You never have to carry your own luggage or purchases that you might make along the way -- the support van, which you’re likely to encounter several times a day on your route -- takes care of that. You also have plenty of flexibility in pacing your walk or ride; group members don’t have to stay together -- you can stop at cafes or museums along the way as you see fit. You can even take the afternoon off if you wish. In short, Butterfield is the pinnacle when it comes to well planned, fun, expertly guided, cycling tours with a luxury travel touch.
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Senior Discovery Tours

Senior Discovery Tours

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4.8 • Excellent
Total Trips 10 Trips
Average Price $ 490 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 6 – 21 days
Trip Prices $ 4,397 – $ 11,997
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Senior Travel 10 Tours in Senior Travel

Senior Discovery Tours - Greece

First time with SDT on stay put tour to Kinetta Beach Resort and Spa in Kinetta, Greece. SDT make every effort to make the trip as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. Having a Tour Manager makes everything so much easier, especially in a foreign country. Personally, I found that the price of the tour was money well spent....I paid my monies and they did all the work....awesome
4.0 • Kari

Our first organized bus trip it was fantastic

Just back from Newfoundland and Labrador this was our first organized bus trip it was fantastic. We will definitely look into more guided trips that Senior Discovery Tours provided. Our tour manger Michael Morton made the extended bus trip adventures, enjoyable and memorable. Barry was the bus driver we felt very safe during our trip with him in the driver seat. We will never forget our trip to Newfoundland and Labrador.
5.0 • Cindy
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Adriatic Cruise
Adriatic Cruise Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Costa Rica
Costa Rica Trip Type: Group Tour
Cuba
Cuba Trip Type: Group Tour
Since 1975, Canadian company, Senior Discovery Tours has operated tours for seniors around the world. What Makes Senior Discovery Tours Stand Out? Their tours dive into the local life around the world, traveling in comfort and allowing your experience as a senior traveler to be truly exceptional. Most of their tours include some level of physical activity (mostly walking), but the pace is designed to be manageable for older travelers. A tour manager will accompany you throughout the tour - there to take care of every detail (such as checking in and out of the hotel and managing transportation) so you have nothing to do but enjoy. You’ll be visiting classic sites throughout the world, as well as getting an intimate local view through classes and knowledgeable guides. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Senior Discovery Tours? Travelers with Senior Discovery Tours are usually 55+, and almost exclusively Canadian. Tours are designed with seniors in mind, and their typical traveler is physically fit, with the ability to walk short to medium distances. They do offer cruises as well, which are a good option for travelers with limited mobility. If you are and older traveler interested in meeting like minded travelers, and participating in a fully escorted tour, whether more “on the go” or more relaxed staying in one place, you can probably find something with Senior Discovery Tours. Top Destinations They have tours all over the world including Antarctica and the Middle East. Senior Discovery Tours Travel Style Senior Discovery Tours travel style is “slow” - multi destination tours typically include at least two days in each spot - rather than rushing through. They also provide “stay put holidays” for those travelers who prefer an even longer amount of time to explore deeper, with a centrally located home base - this is helpful for unpacking only once and relaxing into the destination. Most meals are included as well on Senior Discovery Tours, so you won’t have to be worried about where to go for the best food options. If you’re the kind of traveler who prefers a lot of free time, Senior Discovery Tours is probably not for you. Free time is included on most itineraries, however in less frequency than you might see on itineraries from other companies. Why Choose a Tour with Senior Discovery Tours? For an adventurous travel experience in comfort and operated by knowledgeable guides. If you’re a senior traveler looking to explore farther reaching destinations, but intimidated by logistics, this is the perfect choice. You’ll work with a tour planner to make sure you select the perfect trip for your travel style and interests.
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Viking River Cruises Preferred

Viking River Cruises

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4.5 • Great
Total Trips 26 Trips
Average Price $ 302 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 23 days
Trip Prices $ 1,699 – $ 9,802
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type River Cruise Line
Trips in Senior Travel 19 Tours in Senior Travel

Great time

Took our first trip on a Viking River Cruise on the Danube and had a great time. Viking's included and optional tours were wonderful and having their own tour buses was a real plus as all were well maintained and clean. Some of the best tour guides we have ever encountered. Service was superb and the food was very good. One member of our party became quite ill and the staff did an excellent job ensuring their safety and providing assistance even after the cruise ended as they had to stay on at our last stop before being able to travel home. Cabins were very nice and clean. Would highly recommend them to anyone and we plan on another trip in the near future.
5.0 • Dennis

Misleading and often just plain dishonest.

We paid for a 3 week luxury river cruise but received a large group bus trip across Europe with many days of packing and unpacking. I called our Viking representative when we received an email message just 2 days prior to departure that mentioned a possibility of problems with low river levels. I was assured that everything was "normal" In reality, as we learned later from ship personnel, nothing has been normal for at least 3 months. About 2 weeks prior to departure, we received by mail, lovely personalized booklets describing all the details of our voyage on the Viking Lif, which we were to board in Russe, Romania. Instead, we boarded the Viking Aegir but not at Russe, because the Danube was too low. Instead we rode buses upstream to a port on the Romanian side directly opposite our first scheduled stop at Nikopol, Bulgaria. We had a beautiful cruise through the Iron gate gorge, but after three more scheduled stops in Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia, our voyage was terminated in Mohacs, Hungary, an unscheduled place two days short of reaching Budapest. So we were herded into buses for a 1.8 hour ride each way to our scheduled stop at Kalocsa. The next day we retraced the journey to Kalocsa and continued an extra 1.5 hours to reach Budapest. We lost the entire morning in Budapest and spent the night at the Marriott hotel. The next day we lost the entire afternoon in that city because we had to take a 4 hour bus ride to Vienna. Where we were put aboard the Viking Embla. Our voyage on that ship ended two steps later at Passau Germany. After a day in Passau we went upriver for a short distance and it seemed that we had entered the canal to take us to the Main river. But much to our surprise, it was a dead end channel for an industrial port. We spent two days there with our balcony room moored tightly against another Viking ship so there was nothing to look at but the scenery at that site was even worse than looking at someone else's window and the balcony was unusable anyway due to the unpleasant odors at that site. The pattern continued with a long round trip bus ride the next day to our scheduled stop at Regensburg and a 3 plus hour trip the following day to Nuremberg where we finally boarded the Viking Lif. A crew member told us that the Lif had not traveled east of Nuremberg for 3 months. We sailed from Nuremberg to scheduled stops in Bamberg, Wurzburg, and Werthiem and then our voyage terminated for good at an unscheduled port in Mainz. Once again we endured a long round trip journey to our next scheduled stop at Koblenz, followed by a 10 plus hour bus trip (with lunch and a walking tour in Cologne) to Amsterdam and a night in a hotel. Despite a promise that our bags would be in our rooms (they did take great care to provide us with tags so they could easily keep our bags organized) all the baggage was dumped in the hotel garage and it took a good 15 minutes of searching to find it and then take it to our rooms ourselves. There is much more, but it would only be more descriptive of the misery of this trip. We know Viking didn't cause the low river levels, but they did not need to lie to us and make us suffer because of it.
1.0 • Larry
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wonderful memories on this trip

We just got home traveling down the Danube from Passau to Budapest. We did the pre stay in Prague. I must start by saying that we were extremely worried about this trip due to the low water situation. Everything about this trip was organized. All the Viking reps and guides were extremely knowledgeable and helpful to answer any questions we had. Once on the boat we had a large group 18 people of all different ages and the staff took very good care of us. The waiters in the dining room took care of our family as if it was their own and paid close attention to our needs. If we suggested or asked for something it was there for us the next day. Of all the tour guides we had there were only 2 that weren’t that good. All the others were extremely knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. The only thing I would suggest to do different is cut out the 3 hrs we have in Slovakia and either add time to Vienna or Budapest. Those 2 cities are beautiful and it was hard to squeeze everything in. All in all my family had a great time and made wonderful memories on this trip.
5.0 • Sarah
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Elegant Elbe
Elegant Elbe Trip Type: River Cruise
Tulips & windmills
Tulips & windmills Trip Type: River Cruise
Imperial Jewels of China
Imperial Jewels of China Trip Type: River Cruise
Founded in 1997 as a line offering Russian river cruises to Europeans, Viking expanded to the North American market in 2000.  What Makes Them Stand Out? Since 2007, Viking River Cruises has zoomed from carrying one-fifth to one-half of all passengers in the fast-growing European river cruise market. Not only is Viking the world’s largest river cruise line with some 66 ships now in service around the globe, but the line is operating at near full capacity in Europe, with many itineraries sold out months in advance. Who Travels With Them? They cater primarily to “culturally curious” English-speaking Americans, Canadians, British, Australians, and New Zealanders aged 55-plus. (Think sophisticated viewers of PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” which its helps to sponsor.) Where Do They Operate? Besides European rivers such as the Rhine, Danube, Moselle, Seine, Duoro, and the waterways of Russia between Moscow and St. Petersburg, Viking now cruises three rivers in Southeast Asia -- the Yangtze, Mekong, and Irrawaddy -- and along the Nile in Egypt. Why Travel With Them? While they may not rank as the most luxurious river ships, many of Viking’s vessels are sleek, innovative, and freshly minted: the line has added 18 new ships in 2014 alone. Overall, Viking has established a reputation for offering an incredible value - high-quality service, food, and guided shore excursions at competitive prices, all adding up to strong repeat customer loyalty rates.
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Trafalgar Premier

Trafalgar

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4.5 • Great
Total Trips 2,963 Trips
Average Price $ 265 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 2 – 32 days
Trip Prices $ 555 – $ 11,946
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Senior Travel 2480 Tours in Senior Travel

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This was the first time we had taken a group road tour and I would have to say that it exceeded my expectations. Our guide Danilo was great, it is a difficult job managing people on this type of trip. Everything from the excursion to the dinners where completely organized and well done. We look forward to another trip with Trafalgar in the future. I would without a doubt definitely recommend this trip, it is a little fast pace but Danilo, made sure that we had options if there were needed.
5.0 • Shelly

Best of China 2019

The tour guide Hubert was wonderful, very detailed oriented and organized. And had such an extensive knowledge of all the cities and locations we went to. Truly excellent! Personalized care and helpfulness was definitely offered throughout, very nice touch to the trip. Overall a great trip, but some considerations below: The hotel in Beijing – Novotel Peace and the hotel in Chengdu – Crowne Plaza were way below standard – maybe a rating of 2 stars. They were dirty, dark, stained and hot without air circulating in the rooms. After extensive days with waking up early and returning late, you just want to rest in a clean environment with cool air. I would never stay hotels like these. This trip is not for people who cannot handle extensive walking and climbing. Trafalgar lists this as from 5 to 99 years old. Not possible. There were days we did 10 miles of walking, just a caution for anyone considering. We had someone in our tour that was 82 years old and we all took turns taking care of him. Some aspects of the itinerary could be different, but think that is all based on personal preference; however my fellow travelers did feel the same way. The cruise down the Yangtze River was just ‘ok’, time could have been spent better elsewhere. Like Xian, truly amazing city but too short a time. NOTE: Some were charged single supplement, others were not ... I paid for the single supplement and was none too happy about that! Also note that you need to budget for the optional tours that are not included.
5.0 • Travel 2019
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Perfect choice when seeking local expertise

Trafalgar is the perfect chose for when seeking local expertise and knowledge. They offer wonderful itineraries and incredible value.
5.0 • LB
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Trafalgar is a name many seasoned travelers will recognize. A branch of the Travel Corporation, whose brands all enjoy stellar reputations, Trafalgar has been offering classic and affordable journeys for over 70 years. What Makes Trafalgar Stand Out? Budget friendly without cutting activities Comfortable, not physically demanding tours Largely focused on cultural immersion  Strong reputation    Trafalgar is a budget friendly group tour operator with premium tastes. Their motto is “See the world from the inside,” - this is the place to come for culturally rich and immersive travel experiences that don’t break the bank or the back. Tours are comfortable, not too physically demanding, and offer the opportunity to meet, talk, eat and drink with locals. You’ll get to know chefs, artisans, craftsmen, historians, and farmers as you explore what makes each destination truly special. Trafalgar has a strong reputation, having been around since 1947 - putting them right at the pinnacle of when many premier guided tour companies were established. You’ll meet groups of like minded travelers, enjoy cultural experiences, expertly crafted itineraries with local touches and experiences guides, while traveling in comfort and ease. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Trafalgar? Older travelers (but all ages are welcome) Low to mid range budget travelers Those who enjoy slow-paced itineraries and little physical activity Those who favor historic sightseeing & cultural immersion over active adventure    If you are an active traveler, perhaps recently retired, eager to explore the world in comfort, visiting a nice combination of unique local spots and classic sites, then Trafalgar could be a great choice. Possibly you are new to group tours and packages, having been used to creating your own travel experiences at a younger age - Trafalgar provides the perfect introduction to group tours. Or maybe you’re traveling with a family and interested in introducing a new generation of travelers to your favorite country - but don’t really have the time or patience to worry about planning out all the logistics. While they offer many trip styles, suitable for travelers of all ages, their classic touch is popular among older travelers. Classic doesn’t mean old fashioned or tired - simply a bit less on the active adventure and more on the historic sights and cultural experiences. They have a number of family focused tours, as well as tailored trips for special interests. Trafalgar trips are budget friendly, with most trips in middle to low range, including a “Cost Saver” feature that allows you to see more inexpensive trips broken down by ratings and cost clearly. They offer several deals throughout the year. Trafalgar is a British brand, so many of the attendees on your tour will be from the UK.   Top Destinations With Trafalgar, you can find trips to Europe, USA & Canada, South America, Asia, Australia & New Zealand. While the destinations are widespread, Trafalgar trips explore the culture and guides take you to hidden local spots without venturing too far outside the comfort zone. Tours in Europe and the UK are among the most popular itineraries. In South America, Trafalgar travels to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. In Africa, they go to Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa. In Asia, it’s Cambodia, China, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. And in the Pacific, Trafalgar visits Australia and New Zealand. Wherever you go, you can expect high quality guides and accommodations, and smooth travels. They also have a number of religious themed tours, including trips that include excursions to Oberammergau, Bavaria. Once a decade this small town presents a Passion Play, and Trafalgar has had special access since 1970. The next time to experience this unique event is 2020. Trafalgar Travel Style The Trafalgar travel style is all about getting to know the culture through activities and connecting with locals. Their main tagline is “Discover the Good Life” meaning getting to experience the real thing, in a safe, escorted environment with knowledgeable guides there to help with the language and provide historical and cultural context. Discovering the Good Life encompasses perks like skipping lines and private access to classic sites; and unique experiences that bring you to places and among people you’d never have the chance to meet traveling on your own. This kind of travel is local immersion, but not in the same way a 25 year old might interpret that idea. Rather than bunking at hostels, going out late at night, and enjoying potentially questionable street food, you’ll stay in premium, centrally located and culturally significant accommodations - everything from bed and breakfasts in Ireland to hotels right on the banks of Norwegian fjords.  Learn cooking techniques in Italy, enjoy private winery tours at French chateaus, and touring a small olive farm in Spain are just a few examples of the kind of unique travel experiences you can expect with Trafalgar. Groups are large, typically between 40-45 travelers, a max of 52 on trips in the USA and Canada. Primary transportation during the tour is in large coaches, equipped with WiFi (with the exception of Alaska) and featuring large viewing windows - ideal for taking in the scenery as you head to your next destinations.   Most meals during Trafalgar tours are included. Trips often include free time during which you can explore on your own, with suggestions from your expert guides. Why Choose a Tour with Trafalgar? Trafalgar has a solid reputation, and they stick to what they’ve done well for over 50 years. They focus on the classics, providing a culturally rich perspective as you meet locals along the way. Their experience has allowed them to cultivate relationships around the world with local businesses - quality control you can trust for every stop along the trip. Niche tours based on specialized interests are also something they are proud to offer. Trafalgar is where you go to have the essentials and logistics take care of seamlessly while you sit back and enjoy. Do note that these tours can be quite large - 40 people traveling together in a tour group can be stifling for some. While they appeal to an older crowd due to their history and recognizable name, Trafalgar has an impressively well integrated social media presence. Trips on their site are accompanied by instagram posts from real travelers who have been on the same tour, using the hashtag #SimplyTrafalgar. Old or young(ish), couple or single, traveling Simply Trafalgar inspires confidence, comfort, and enjoyment.
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ElderTreks Preferred

ElderTreks

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 10 Trips
Average Price $ 528 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 25 days
Trip Prices $ 2,795 – $ 26,995
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Senior Travel 10 Tours in Senior Travel

Excellent trips!

My husband and I took our first trip with Eldertreks in 1999. We just completed our 15th Eldertreks trip in April 2017. All 15 trips have been 5-star trips. Each trip's itinerary has been fantastic in scope as well as the Eldertreks Tour Guide who made sure everything went smoothly. We also love that each trip is all inclusive, so no hidden expenses. The only things you pay for are your alcohol, laundry, souvenirs, and the tip to the tour director. Everything else inluding entrance fees and other tips are taken care of by Eldertreks. We also love the in depth and unique itineraries Eldertreks develops for each trip. For example, in our trip to Costa Rica which lasted 14 days: we visited a local school and meet a teacher and her students who practiced their English with us, we visited a local family who made and ate a typical lunch with us, and we rose on horseback and hiked to a private waterfall where we swam and had a catered lunch. We have three more trips already booked for 2017: Albania/Macedonia/Bulgaria, The Stans, and Sri Lanka. We know they will also be excellent trips!
5.0 • Lia

Amazing

It was our first time using Eldertreks and we were not disappointed. Our guide Olie was amazing, passionate and engaging. We experienced Costa Rica fully because of his professionalism, his good humour and his dedication. Our driver Esteban was the best. This trip is activity filled: we went hiking, horseback riding, skylining and skywalking, met children in school, shared a meal with a family, visited an animal rescue centre, saw many animals in their environment, to mention only a few things. I highly recommend this trip
5.0 • O Andree
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Ancient Greece - Islands, Myths and Legends
Ancient Greece - Islands, Myths and Legends Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Kingdoms of Southern Africa Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Bhutan - Land of the peaceful dragon
Bhutan - Land of the peaceful dragon Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Don’t let the name “Elder” fool you -- elder in this case means travelers who have reached age 50 and above, and adventurous 50-and-overs at that. Founded in 1987, Toronto-based ElderTreks was the world’s first adventure travel company that limits its guests to ages 50 and over (exceptions are made for younger companions over 18). ElderTreks trips span the globe across more than 100 countries on seven continents, and also include expedition-style sea journeys. What Makes ElderTreks Stand Out Tours for active seniors Exotic, off the beaten path destinations Small group sizes All-inclusive packages Great value   Travelers on an ElderTreks trip will find themselves among others of a similar age, providing an immediate connection. They offer a large array of trips, all with an effort to remain sustainable and responsible. They are also known for having extremely knowledgeable tour guides, well versed in each destination and catering to the needs of the over 50 age group. Some trips also allow for visits to local schools or orphanages. Close contact with local residents is encouraged.   Who Travels With ElderTreks? Guests ages 50 and over Active and adventurous travelers The largest number of participants in an ElderTreks land-based group is 16, allowing for plenty of personal attention from your tour guide. Their tours are especially welcoming to single travelers over 50 as well - no single supplements or penalties here (other than sharing a room). Eldertreks tours are designed for active seniors that like to be on the move. If you’re the kind of traveler for whom a pair of hiking boots are an important suitcase item and you’re eager to stretch your limits, Eldertreks may be just what you’re looking for. You are energetic, adventurous, and excited about meeting other active 50+ travelers. Tours are decently priced for the somewhat budget conscious, but willing to spend more for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The prices come across as higher than most other tours, but keep in mind that it’s because they are all-inclusive. Top Destinations Africa Americas Asia & Pacific Europe/Mid East Polar Trips are offered all over the world in a wide variety of locations, including the polar regions. ElderTreks trip options also include expedition-style sea journeys and active hiking trips to places like Europe, Africa, and the Galapagos Islands. They also offer tours to Cuba, and have been for over 20 years - if you're older and wanting to visit Cuba, consider Eldertreks for the vast experience they have running people-to-people tours in Cuba. Eldertreks Travel Style They aren’t your average adventure nor senior travel company. They take you to places off the beaten path that are diverse and exotic. Travel to Uganda and spend time with the rare mountain gorillas. Or visit Rwanda, home of the golden monkeys and Volcanoes National Park. Eldertreks goal is to help older travelers get outdoors to experience the wildlife, new environments, and explore new cultures. Hotels are chosen for comfort and location and most come with private washrooms. They try to use accommodations which reflect the local culture rather than big hotels. The goal is to aim for a “5 star” experience, not necessarily “5 star” accommodation. Note that this means you will often be dealing with narrow staircases, no elevator, and very basic amenities. Transportation on all land itineraries are described as “private, comfortable, and a little wild”. While you’ll be using a minivan or bus most of the time, you might also find yourself riding elephants, camels, on a riverboat safari, sailboat, or even a helicopter. And just about everything except international airfare is included in the rates, which -- while not the least expensive tours out there -- offer good value for the money. Eldertreks Physical Level Eldertreks tours are rated on an activity level from 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging). It’s best to choose an activity level suited to your tastes for any given trip. It’s a simple guideline of what physical condition you should be in to enjoy your adventure. At the minimum, be prepared to walk through varying levels of rugged terrain and various slope grades - be prepared for weather conditions that may make the surfaces slippery or muddy. You’ll be going through archeological sites, towns/cities and/or rainforest that call for 1 to 5+ hours of walking, depending on the activity level of the trip. Trips with Eldertreks are categorized into 5 different activity levels: Easy: Walk up to 1 to 2 hours; at least 1 mile (1.6 km) per day. Moderately Easy: Walk/hike up to 3 hours; at least 2 miles (3 km) per day. Moderate: Walk/hike up to 4 hours; at least 3 miles (5 km) per day. Moderately Challenging: Walk/hike up to 5 hours; at least 4 miles (6 km) per day. Recommended for those looking for a trek. Challenging: Walk/hike 5 OR MORE hours; at least 5 miles (8 km) per day. Recommended for those looking for a trek. The majority of their tours are at an activity level of 2 or 3. If you prefer a trip at an activity level 1, then Polar tours and Sea Journey Tours would be right for you. On the other hand, if you want something even more adventurous than the regular trips, look for trips labelled “Exploratory Trips”. These are designed with active travelers in mind who enjoy exploration and less itinerary structure. Why Choose a Tour With Eldertreks? For older travelers seeking a fun group of adventurous like-minded peers, a trip with ElderTreks is ideal. They focus on small group sizes and have a variety of trip types to choose, from easy to challenging. ElderTreks prides itself on offering high caliber journeys at affordable prices. Eldertreks tours are mostly meant for seniors that are physically active and relatively fit. It should be noted that if participants can’t complete the trip on their own without assistance, the tour leader has the sole right to dismiss you from the trip - to avoid compromising the safety and enjoyment of others in the group. Also, ElderTreks trips might not be suitable for those who prefer to have ample free time during the tour, -choosing their own meals or accommodations. Since everything is included in the tour price, there isn’t much room for the itinerary to be modified.
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CIE Tours

CIE Tours

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4.7 • Excellent
Total Trips 27 Trips
Average Price $ 192 per day
Size Regional Expert
Tour Length 6 – 24 days
Trip Prices $ 642 – $ 4,881
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Senior Travel 27 Tours in Senior Travel

Truly a trip of a lifetime.

Amazing vacation ... our guide Mark was absolutely wonderful. Everything from the scenic drives, beautiful hotels, delicious food, historic sites, lively pubs, spectacular entertainment and stories from Mark. Truly a trip of a lifetime.
5.0 • Christine

Was a horrible trip. Misguided information. Exhausting

Tour guide awful. Walking tours so you couldn't go to hotel. Worst trip ever
1.0 • Iris
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Awesome experience!

Tom was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and personable. We loved all the events CIE had planned for us! Would definitely reccomend taking one of their tours, especially if it's your first trip to Ireland/the UK.
5.0 • Megan
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Irish & British Focus with Paris
Irish & British Focus with Paris Trip Type: Group Tour
British & Irish Grandeur
British & Irish Grandeur Trip Type: Group Tour
Taste of Wales & Ireland
Taste of Wales & Ireland Trip Type: Group Tour
New Jersey-based CIE Tours, in business since 1932, is one of the largest operators of escorted coach tours through the British Isles, Eastern Europe, Italy, and Ireland. Quick facts Founded in 1932 Travel Style: Large Coaches, not handicap accessible Single supplement required for those traveling solo Group Size: Average 35, maximum 48 Typical Age Range: Older travelers 50+. Children are welcome, minimum of 8 years old, so families are common as well. Average Tour Price: $2,233 Accommodation Style: 3, 4, and 5 star hotels, depending on the itinerary. 4 stars are the most popular, combining a decent price with comfortability.   What Makes CIE Tours Stand Out? Specialize in Ireland tours All-inclusive and great value Discount Offers CIE is a long-established company with extensive regional knowledge in Ireland. They offers especially good value, with all-inclusive pricing. Also look for early-booking discounts as well as seasonal discounts for solo travelers. As part of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), CIE ensures that their company goes above and beyond when it comes to their client’s safety. They also offer a wide-range of itineraries depending on the client’s budget, interest, and schedule. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with CIE Tours? Ages 50+ History buffs Mid to high budget travelers Those who want all parts of the itinerary planned out Travelers seeking all-inclusive group tours of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as a few destinations in Continental Europe. Customers tend to be aged 50-plus and have an interest in history and wish to stay in nice hotels (ranging from three to five stars) with a choice of budgets. The kind of traveler who enjoys a completely hassle free experience, with all activities, meals, and sightseeing planned out. Coach tours are generally enjoyed by travelers who like driving - daydream and gaze out large windows at the world passing by in comfort on your way to the next wonderful stop. If you love learning about history, culture, with your days full of ancient cities, churches, and historical information their guide style would be a good fit. And with the occasional spa day at your hotel thrown in these all-encompassing journeys take care of the mind and the body. Top Destinations Ireland Europe CIE Tours are especially known for tours in and around Ireland, and this is their primarily focus. They also travel to Scotland and Britain, with a small number of coach tours offered in Italy, Eastern Europe, and the Balkan Peninsula. Occasionally, river cruises on the Rhine and Danube are also available. CIE Tours Travel Style Most of their tours are on large, roomy, comfortable coaches, in the premium - luxury range. Amenities on board are basic, and coaches make frequent stops to avoid the need for using the restroom on the bus. Group size is a max of 48, though 35 people is the average on the CIE Tours. Virtually all aspects of the trip – with no optional extras -- are included in the initial rate, which will not go up after booking, and departures are guaranteed. Itineraries range from 5 to 24 days, though the majority sit in the 8-10 day range. CIE will also set up self-drive trips and homestay and B&B vacations for you if you want to travel on your own, or arrange customized tours for groups of 10 or more people. Why Choose a Tour With CIE? With more than eight decades of experience, CIE Tours offers dependable service and regional know-how. The company estimates that the average traveler will save $550 per week by not having to pay for optional extras during the trip. Their all-inclusive tours alleviate the stress of planning a vacation by providing daily guided tours, hotels, meals, and airport transfers. CIE Tour guides are experts in Ireland and the other regions they travel through, so if you’re looking for comfort, inclusivity of price, plus a high caliber of knowledge and experience, this is a good place to start. Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is the CIE Travel Protection Plan? Travel insurance is required on all CIE Tours. The Travel Protection Plan is an easy, convenient way to purchase insurance at the time of your booking, covering cancellation. See other travel insurance options   2. Are there restrooms on the coaches? Yes, most CIE coaches have restrooms for emergencies. Safety protocol means they are not to be used while the coach is in motion. CIE Tours make regular stops for travelers to stretch their legs and use the facilities. 3. Are CIE Tours handicap accessible? No. Unfortunately the coaches are not equip to handle large wheelchairs or scooters. Walkers or foldable wheelchairs can be accommodated. Sightseeing tours require some walking over short distances, and some difficult stairs, such as when exploring castles. Uneven surfaces are common especially when exploring old sites and ruins. 4. What should I pack? One large piece of luggage is permitted, which will fit under the coach. Layers are advisable for the weather in Ireland, which can be chilly. You may also bring a small backpack or purse. On “Supreme” tours, men will require a dinner jacket, but on all other tours this is not necessary. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. 5. Are tips included? No, tips for your driver, porter, guides, and tour director are not included in the price. They are not required, but are a customary show of gratitude, especially if you enjoyed the trip! 6. What about airport transfer? If you choose to purchase airfare through CIE, complimentary airport transfer is provided for flights arriving before noon. You can choose to purchase airport transfer if you elect to buy your airfare separately.
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Seniortours

Seniortours

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 11 Trips
Average Price $ 185 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 4 – 24 days
Trip Prices $ 649 – $ 3,999
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Senior Travel 9 Tours in Senior Travel

An overnight trip, and everything worked out great.

Would just like to thank Starr, Penny and our driver Chick for a great trip to Cape Cod this past weekend. Was the first time for my mom and I on an overnight trip, and everything worked out great. Thank you!
5.0 • Kate

It was great to be able to enjoy

We took Starr Tours to the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade. It was well organized and they hit us in and out of Philly with ease. It was great to be able to enjoy the parade and not have to worry about driving, or getting on a train. They made a memorable day even better! Great job Starr Tours and GO EAGLES!
5.0 • Mike
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Since 1978, Senior Tours has focused on providing top notch fully escorted coach tours and cruises. What Makes Them Stand Out? They design tours and cruises specifically with seniors in mind. Tours are slow paced, easy, and provide all the things that seniors value on vacation: comfortable accommodation, good food, and classic sites. Who Travels With Them? Their tours are attended by and designed for older travelers, typically 55+. Most tours don’t involve strenuous activity or long walking times. Where Do They Operate? A majority of their tours and cruises are focused in the United States and Canada, but they also operate in Europe. Why Travel With Them? If you’re a senior traveler looking to plan a trip but concerned with the hassle and logistics of traveling, they are the perfect choice. You’ll meet fellow senior travelers, who have an interest in exploring local towns as well as seeing famous sights and attractions.
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GeoEx Preferred
5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 12 Trips
Average Price $ 897 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 11 – 21 days
Trip Prices $ 8,000 – $ 24,959
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Senior Travel 3 Tours in Senior Travel

great travel experiences

I have had a couple great travel experiences through GeoEx. My first trip, she helped book my travels to Ireland for my brothers wedding. She did a great job coordinating hotels with other family members and planning my entire trip including events, dinners, transportation, etc.
5.0 • Dexter

Perfectly planned and execute

GeoEx scored again -- our 5th trip was to the Galapagos. Perfectly planned and executed. They are the best!
5.0 • Martin
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Essential Iran
Essential Iran Trip Type: Group Tour
Tribal Crossroads of India & Myanmar
Tribal Crossroads of India & Myanmar Trip Type: Small Group Tour
What Makes Them Stand Out? Group sizes rarely number more than 16 and include walking trips, overland tours, and expeditionary sea voyages as well as treks. Not all trips are physically rigorous; you can follow the ancient Silk Road via luxury train from Moscow to Beijing, or choose a culturally oriented tour. They also offer special family trips. No trips are cancelled due to low enrollment, a nice feature. Who Travels With Them? GeoEx trips tend to be at the high end of the scale, with more of a luxury component, though that’s not always the case. What you are paying for is personalized service, and the ability to create a fully customized tour. Due to this, their customer tends to be older, more affluent, though still with a lust for adventure. Where Do They Operate? Initially focused on Tibet and western China -- it was the first American company to win rights from the Chinese government to visit previously off-limits areas there -- GeoEx trips now go to all seven continents. They have maintained a strong presence in central Asia, however, where you can travel in small groups to exotic locations like Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Bhutan, Ladakh, and Mongolia, along with taking various treks to Mt. Everest. Around the world, you can now visit far-flung locations like Ethiopia, Togo, Patagonia, Papua New Guinea and both polar regions with GeoEx. Why Travel With Them? Just over half of GeoEx business is now devoted to developing customized individual tours, allowing you to go exactly where and when you want to. When visiting remote locations that aren’t easy to get to or make arrangements for on your own, you’ll welcome the experience, expertise and service that GeoEx provides.
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Silversea

Silversea

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 6 Trips
Average Price $ 758 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 13 days
Trip Prices $ 4,250 – $ 15,550
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Senior Travel 5 Tours in Senior Travel

A fantastic family vacation

Traveling with Silversea on our Alaska cruise was just perfect. The sites, service, and overall feel were great. I will say, the food was somewhat lacking in my opinion, but the overall experience was spectacular.
5.0 • Smith

A wonderful way to travel

Silversea is a wonderful way to see the world in comfort and luxury. I went with a large family group and they really took care of us. Would highly recommend, especially for multi-gen travel!
5.0 • Sam
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Vancouver, Canada to Seward (Anchorage)
Vancouver, Canada to Seward (Anchorage) Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Baltra, Galapagos
Baltra, Galapagos Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Founded in 1994, Silversea has been a major player in the world of luxury small ship cruising.  What Makes Them Stand Out? For many years, Silversea has been the pinnacle of luxury cruising for the 50 + audience. They excel at providing an all-encompassing experience, from multiple restaurants and bars on board, extensive shore excursions, and attentive customer service. Who Travels With Them? Typically Silversea attracts older travelers seeking a high standard of luxury from their cruise experience. Activities and ambiance are all designed to appeal to an older crowd. Where Do They Operate? Silversea cruises sail to over 800 destinations on all seven continents. All cruises provide multiple and varied opportunities to go ashore. Why Travel With Them? For a relaxing and luxurious experience, where you have control over how adventurous or laid back you want to be, Silversea is a great option. Amenities include personalized service, large staterooms, and world class cuisine. 
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Globus
4.8 • Excellent
Total Trips 544 Trips
Average Price $ 270 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 5 – 32 days
Trip Prices $ 599 – $ 10,109
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Senior Travel 534 Tours in Senior Travel

The best vacation I ever had!

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!
5.0 • Scott

Best trip I have taken?

Best trip I have taken. Our guide was excellent! All the side trips were excellent. Even the weather was great. Have recommended trip to my friends.
0.0 • JOSEPH KURONYI

italian Escape is fantastic!

My husband and I and a good friend just returned from the Italian Escape in March. We travelled to Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa and Venice. What a great trip! Our excursions were wonderful- the Uffizi gallery, Tuscan dinner, Roman walking tour and Venice gondola ride. The tour guide Luca and Lucianna our bus driver did a very nice job. Our hotels, the Cicerone in Rome, the Grand Mediterraneo in Florence and Carlton on the Grand were very nice. (My favorite was the Grand Mediterraneo.) Our travel connection was Steve in Littleton, Colorado and he was outstanding making our flight AND trip plans. I was especially impressed with the expert planning on the part of a Globus. We saw so much in a weeks time, yet had plenty of time to experience Rome, Venice and Florence on our own. We arrived in Rome early the 1st day so we scheduled a Skip the Line tour to visit the inside of the Coloseum, as that wasn’t scheduled on the Globus tour. We are really glad we were proactive in that way. We HIGHLY recommend this Escape with Globus; we enjoyed it so much the week we got back we scheduled an Ireland Escape for later this year!
5.0 • Carol Land
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Iberian Discovery & Morocco
Iberian Discovery & Morocco Trip Type: Group Tour
The Best of Spain
The Best of Spain Trip Type: Group Tour
Globus’ roots date back to Switzerland in 1928, when the company’s founder, Antonio Mantegazza, bought a rowboat to carry passengers across Lake Lugano, entertaining them with stories about the local sights along the way. From that modest beginning, one of the world’s leading travel companies was born. Globus is part of the Globus Group of brands, which also includes Avalon Waterways, Cosmos, and Monograms - together they carry more than a half million passengers annually. What Makes Globus Stand Out? All inclusive packages Balanced itineraries between planned activities and free time Centrally located accommodation VIP access (skip the lines and get behind-the-scenes experiences!) Founded in 1928, one of the oldest in the business, they are well respected as a mass market all-inclusive tour company that provides great value. Want free wifi on your tour bus so you can google the interesting sites you pass by? Like convenient hotels centrally located and/or with special local charm? Globus' long experience has helped them learn what makes travelers happy, and they deliver at accessible prices. Offering inclusive, budget friendly coach tours, most notably in Europe, Globus is a classic escorted tour operator ideal for those travelers seeking a comfortable and fun travel experience.   Globus tours include mostly everything in their base rates, they choose hotels that are in the heart of a city (where the action is), allow a good amount of free time to explore a destination on your own, and use knowledgeable local guides -- in short, they offer the complete package. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Globus? Ages 50+ Low and high budget travelers Those who enjoy slower paced itineraries Globus tours are heavily aimed at active older travelers, particularly recent retirees and baby boomers in the 50+ range, as well as seniors. You have a desire to relax and feel at home, able to linger and appreciate classic sights as well as perhaps enjoy a cappuccino at a local cafe suggested by your tour leader. You don’t want to be rushed or hurried from place to place, yet are attracted to the benefits of guided travel - logistics taken care of and a guide to help keep the itinerary moving. As a long-established, award-winning tour company Globus caters to both budget group travelers and those seeking a more personalized (and costly) travel package. And since you can choose among group, individual, family, or religious travel experiences lasting anywhere from four to 29 days, Globus tours appeal to a broad range of travelers. But their sweet spot remains middle-of-the-road ‘value’ travelers. Top Destinations Today, still family owned, Globus operates in 60 plus countries across the globe, offering nearly 160 different escorted tours to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the South Pacific, and North and South America. They are especially known for Europe and Canada Whether you're looking for vacation packages to Switzerland or the best Thailand tours, consider Globus. On European motor coach tours, Globus limits group size to 44, allowing for extra legroom on the bus. Globus Travel Style The Globus travel style is relaxed yet comprehensive. Group tours are designed to allow for personal time to explore, but with many pre-planned activities, excursions, and meals to enjoy throughout your vacation. Groups are medium size - and can accommodate large groups of friends or families. You’ll have the opportunity to meet new friends and like minded travelers. In Europe private tours are also available with Globus. for those looking to make this independent exploration possible to an even greater extent. An attentive Tour Director is never far away on a Globus trip. Globus tour directors are locals, who have input over the itinerary, lend their unique perspective, and take you to the best spots for meals, drinks, shopping, etc. They are also knowledgeable guides, introducing the culture and country’s history through visits to major sites and attractions. Globus travel style is about combining the best of “travel like a local” with the best of “classic tour sites”. Globus is not a luxury brand, but accommodations and transportation will be comfortable. Transportation is in large motorcoaches, equipped with wifi and large viewing windows. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Why Choose a Tour with Globus? Older active travelers not interested in slowing down just yet will appreciate the Globas approach. Globus makes amazing travel experiences reachable - for multiple budgets and styles. Super adventurous and independent minded travelers may be curious to explore other options before deciding on Globus. These kinds of fully escorted tours aren’t for everyone. You will have some free time, but most meals, excursions, and activities are inclusions in the price - leaving you somewhat out of luck if you don’t want to participate in a certain itinerary item. If you’re curious about group travel, other group tours provide more flexibility that could provide a more positive introduction to this style of travel. Globus offers many great perks for larger groups planning to travel. If you’re a group of eight people traveling together, you are eligible for special deals and discounts; and if you’re a group of 20 people, Globus will arrange a tailor-made itinerary for you. If you are a traveler looking for value tours and prefer a specific travel theme, then globus has trips and tours that are designed accordingly.
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Senior Coach Tours

Senior Coach Tours

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 10 Trips
Average Price $ 343 per day
Size Regional Expert
Tour Length 6 – 17 days
Trip Prices $ 2,180 – $ 5,770
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Senior Travel 9 Tours in Senior Travel

Wonderful tour of all the Kimberley icons

Wonderful tour of all the Kimberley icons with a few relaxed days on Mount Hart Station. Lots of special moments such as sunset dinners! And lots of cool and refreshing waterholes to swim in! Loved the personal touches from Colin and Philip and the fabulous lookouts. The food was delicious the Chef at Mount Hart was world-class!
5.0 • Sue Gee

Fabulous 13 day tour

Thank you Adam and Colin for a fabulous 13 day tour, Broome to Broome including Gibb River Road and Mitchell Falls. What a beautiful country we are lucky to live in. The Kimberley massages were worth it once we arrived at our destinations, especially Mitchell Falls. Some of the highlights for me was the helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles plus our day on Lake Kunanurra and the sunset cruise on the Kimberley Cat. Of course all this could not have been possible without the expertise of our leader and Tour Guide Adam! Thank you Adam for your sense of humour that kept us all laughing, your expert driving which brought us back to Broome safely and knowledge of the different locations we visited. Colin, you have wonderful staff working for you. Always smiling and happy and helpful making our holiday one we will never forget! Thank you!
5.0 • Marilyn
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New Zealand Spectacular
New Zealand Spectacular Trip Type: Group Tour
Kangaroo Island Treasures
Kangaroo Island Treasures Trip Type: Group Tour
Tasmanian Highlights
Tasmanian Highlights Trip Type: Group Tour
Located in Australia, Senior Coach Tours operates throughout the country, also offering limited tours to New Zealand and Norfolk Island. What Makes Them Stand Out? They provide comfortable, inclusive tours for older travelers, including those with limited mobility or who are handicapped. Who Travels With Them? Senior travelers (generally 55+) looking to explore the country of Australia in comfort and at a leisurely pace. Tours typically are groups of 40 or more. Where Do They Operate? Tours are mainly located in Australia, including Tasmania. They do offer tours to New Zealand and Norfolk Island as well. Why Travel With Them? For a comfortable, all inclusive tour of Australia. You’ll be taken care of from start to finish, with exemplary customer service. Everything is designed to appeal to senior travelers including accommodations, which are almost always on ground floors. You’ll be on the road quite a bit, as the coach traverses long distances. But their vehicles are fully equipped and comfortable. You’ll be able to sleep or gaze out at the stunning Australian landscape - or perhaps read or chat with your fellow passengers. You’re sure to make a lot of new friends!
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Tauck Premier
4.9 • Excellent
Total Trips 710 Trips
Average Price $ 535 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Senior Travel 10 Tours in Senior Travel

Pay for a 4 star trip and get 2 star food

My husband and I took the Treasures of the Mediterranean tour two weeks ago. The food off the ship was very good. The food on the ship was subpar (2 stars out of 4 stars). We ended up ordering French Fries at the beginning of each meal so we would at least have something to eat. I called Tauck and voiced my concerns. They offered us a $250 voucher each for another trip. I hardly think the food portion on the yacht was $250. Why would I go on another Tauck trip when my first one, which was our retirement celebration due to the poor food. The majority of the people on the trip were dissatisfied with the food and their reviews reflected it.
2.0 • KBone

Still Spellbound by the Grandeur of Alaska

Focused on the amazing wildness of Alaska without worrying about the mundane details. Expert, low-key tour director made everything look easy. Excursions enhanced appreciation for the history, terrain, wildlife, peoples, boom and bust cycles that make Alaska so unique. Clear view of Denali, great weather, days 'at sea' with binoculars in hand! Most Memorable Moment: Flightseeing, Tundra Wilderness tour (clear Denali, rare wolf sighting and grizzlies in distance), crossing Prince William Sound (sea-otters, orcas, stellar sea-lions, and more), Hubbard Glacier calving, Glacier Bay entire day, Whale Watching out of Juneau, and bald eagles everywhere!
5.0 • Ischeibl
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Founded in 1925 by Arthur Tauck, the company has blossomed from a New England motor coach tour agency to offering trips throughout the world -- by land (including rail), sea, and sometimes by air (private air charters, helicopters). But it remains a Tauck family-run business, now in its fourth generation. Quick Facts Founded in 1925 Luxury travel with a friendly touch Small groups, large groups, river cruises Solo friendly Average tour price is around $6,000 p/p Unique partnerships: BBC Earth, offering science themed nature tours, Ken Burns journeys in the US What Makes Tauck Stand Out “No grouches or pessimists” was the plea in a 1920s newspaper ad for a small tour group. From that small automobile taking curious, adventurous New Yorkers along dusty roads through beautiful New England, Tauck has come a long way, now offering guided tours throughout the world. They look upon their legacy with immense pride, as well they should. Arthur Tauck was an immigrant who pulled himself up by bootstraps and engenuity, and his name represents a supreme, classic and classy tour experience.   Tauck is a long-established high-quality tour operator with a strong reputation as one of the top companies offering upper-mid-range to luxury group travel and river cruises for the 50+ crowd. While its staple has been European and North American land tours, Tauck has been increasingly expanding into special family trips, exotic locations, and recent award-winning European river cruising. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Tauck? Pricing is virtually all-inclusive -- no additional options that can run up costs are offered during the trips, yet this is not a place for the true budget traveler. Though they offer several different types of tours, from family vacations to river cruising, attracting and serving a diverse customer group, the legacy of tradition and comfortability appeals largely to older and middle aged travelers. Solo travelers are very welcome on Tauck trips, and pay a low single supplement. Numerous specifically solo friendly tours are offered. You’ll meet romantic singles, or simply independent minded travelers, of all ages. Large family or friend groups could find a great fit at Tauck. Particularly because if your group is 11 people, the 11th travels for free! Because of Tauck’s impressively wide reaching themes and styles for families, having several different ages will be easier to entertain than they might be with other companies. They even have dedicated “family river cruises”. So if you’re considering a multi-gen family reunion or have a large group of friends with various ages, Tauck could be a good choice. Top Destinations Tauck destinations include all seven continents -- so whether you're trying to plan an Iceland vacation or looking to take a trip to Canada, consider Tauck! Special themes may include food and wine, North American national parks, fall foliage, solo travel, African safaris, “Culturious” travel (for culturally curious baby boomers), “Bridges” (for families), and “Events,” which are considered once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. These may feature a trip to the Kentucky Derby or journeys based around themes of Ken Burns films, with a chance to meet Burns himself. Tauck Travel Style Tauck’s travel style is all about seeing destinations in comfort, yet with a strong sense of adventure and desire to see different sides of the destination - from local life to culturally immersive activities. Land tours are where they began, and they offer hundreds of different tours of various lengths around the world. Typically accommodations are in comfortable 3, 4, and occasionally 5 star hotels. Tauck has an award winning river cruise line, covering a variety of European rivers. They strive to create an intimate setting, where customer service is not compromised. Small ship cruises use 40- to 264-passenger-size yachts and expeditionary vessels that can visit small islands and other locations that big ships cannot. The staff is known for its attentiveness and individualized service. Among Tauck’s unique partnerships is a special connection with the BBC Earth, through which they offer what they call “Earth Journeys”. These explore the natural world with emphasis on being outdoors learning the fascinating earth science behind stunning nature and wildlife. Tauck is a luxury minded brand, and their prices do tend to sit in the upper budget range. Think an average price between $5,000 and $7,000 per person. That said, they strive to reflect a friendliness and openness, and steer away from any kind of “stuffy” feeling. Their trips are comprehensive and full of enriching cultural activities, while also appreciating the value behind enjoying a cocktail hour before heading into dinner. Why Choose a Tour or River Cruise With Tauck? Tauck has an impressive array of travel styles and tours, suitable to numerous types of travelers. They are especially popular with large family groups and corporate groups, as well as very friendly to solo / single travelers. A renowned, award winning, and well established company, they seamlessly marry innovation with legacy - sticking to their roots while continuing to create unique offerings. Some of its biggest growth has come on water, where Tauck operates a fleet of seven European river boats and a number of small ship cruises. Their customer service, attentive and knowledgeable guides are definitely a key component to their popularity. Tauck offers something for just about everyone.
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Abercrombie & Kent Premier

Abercrombie & Kent

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4.5 • Excellent
Total Trips 40 Trips
Average Price $ 732 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 8 – 11 days
Trip Prices $ 5,495 – $ 6,495
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Senior Travel 5 Tours in Senior Travel

Fortunate enough to make this trip of a lifetime

If you are considering taking this company's Thailand in Style trip, do it! My 30-year old daughter and I were fortunate enough to make this trip of a lifetime in February 2018 and it was perfect from start to finish. We were shepherded every step of the way by one or more guides who handled everything: baggage, transportation to every destination (via private vans, boats, planes), sightseeing tickets/tours, tips, most meals. The 5-star accommodations were amazing and memorable - we hated to leave all of them! The trip also includes many unique dining experiences. I highly recommend a trip just focusing on Thailand. A diversity of landscapes - including a megalopolis, mountains and beaches - are included and the 12 days flew by, packed with temple visits, markets and a snorkeling trip. Service everywhere was friendly and exceptionally caring. Believe A&K's statement that they will provide a tour even if there are 2 people - there were 4 in our group. Our primary guide Sarah was extremely knowledgeable and very accommodating.
5.0 • Lynn

Perfectly organized from start to finish

Victoria falls and Botswana safari. BEST trip of my life. Perfectly organized from start to finish. Game drives, relaxing boat rides on the Zambezi and Chobe rivers. Our tour guide, Ali Tiego , who stayed with us the whole trip, was amazing!! Food was fantastic, the accommodations were very nice, especially chiefs camp. I cannot say enough good things about the staff at each place we stayed. And, the animals, wow. I want to go back already and would travel with A and K without hesitation
5.0 • Victoria
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Don't waste your money on this Company!

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!
1.0 • TT
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Family Tanzania Safari
Family Tanzania Safari Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Myanmar & the Irrawaddy
Myanmar & the Irrawaddy Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Co-founded by current CEO Geoffrey Kent in 1962, Abercrombie & Kent started out in modest fashion as an African safari operator, but quickly grew into one of the world's premiere luxury travel brands. Today they cover the globe, with 50 offices worldwide. What Makes Abercrombie & Kent Stand Out? Award-winning luxury tour operator Insider-access opportunities Focus on culture, wildlife, and history  Abercrombie & Kent is one of the world’s leading luxury travel companies. The emphasis is very much on luxury here -- whether it’s small-group travel (limit of 18 per group), tailor-made journeys, expedition cruises, train travel, African safaris, European barge cruises, or any of its many other offerings, just about everything A&K arranges is top of the line. They are specific in their travel style, promising superior and attentive service, comfort, and cultural exploration. While this may seem exclusionary - and the prices are quite a barrier to entry. Luxury travel might have a reputation for being swanky and even perhaps a bit dull, particularly for those who travel for adventure, the image being a glass of champagne all day long, moving from meal to meal, sitting on the private deck of a cruise ship. This perspective is a misnomer however, as there is quite a bit of action available on tours with Abercrombie & Kent. Enjoy invigorating walks, hikes, get outdoors to remote locations, meeting local people and learning about their cultures; experience the thrill of getting up close to waterfalls, and poise your camera for the perfect shot on a safari. Then retire to your room for a cocktail before dinner. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Abercrombie & Kent? Ages 65-75 Luxury travelers Abercrombie & Kent travelers embody an adventurous spirit, but enjoy the finer things as well. “Elegant exploration” is one way to put it. These travelers appreciate a slow pace and personalized attentive service. The age range tends to be older - baby boomers and seniors looking for a relaxing experience, with many cultural touch-points, but not overly “immersive” as their children and grandchildren might prefer. This is upper crest travel at its finest - though Abercrombie & Kent makes a concerted effort to be worldly and inviting, your experience is definitely a luxury version of any given destination. This is a travel company that offers Private Jet trips, some of which offering the chance to meet an Abercrombie & Kent family member. Think private after hours tours, exclusive outings with artisans, chefs, and winemakers; spectacular meals and accommodations that go a touch beyond comfortable. Imagine the civilized world of cocktail hour and dressing for dinner, but in the context of exploration. Perhaps you’re sipping your negroni on the deck of your private suite in Kenya, gazing out across the savannah with elephants silhouetted in the distance, against the dusty yellow sunlight of dusk. This is the wonderful travel world waiting for you with Abercrombie & Kent. The majority of A&K’s guests come from North America or Britain. A&K trips are definitely not for the budget traveler, but they offer deluxe lodgings and transport and exceptionally attentive service, which their customers value highly. Top Destinations Abercrombie & Kent made its name offering luxury small group and private safaris in Africa. Today they go around the world, but with the same luxurious approach. Luxury doesn’t mean same-old, same-old or unadventurous though. Groups head off on Antarctic expeditions or Uganda gorilla safaris, visit Tibet or Machu Picchu, join a European or Nile river cruise, or travel to India’s Pushkar Fair. You can ride deluxe trains or fly across Africa by private jet with Abercrombie & Kent. Or you can outline your own tailor-made journey under the guidance of an A&K consultant, then be accompanied by their guides throughout. Abercrombie & Kent Travel Style There could be a tendency to view Abercrombie & Kent as old fashioned when it comes to travel style. However there is a difference between old fashioned and appreciating a traditional travel style. Those who travel with Abercrombie & Kent do expect a certain kind of experience. From luggage handling to having the salad fork in the correct order, from short or non-existent lines to special assistance when needed. These expectations have become the blueprint for an Abercrombie & Kent travel experience. Transportation on an Abercrombie & Kent tour is almost always private and chartered. Exceptions would of course be rail journeys, but here you would have a private car and access to first class dining and viewing. Your journey may involve anything from helicopters, private jets, luxury coaches, and yachts. Walking is a common part of most guided tours, but you can expect simple and easy distances during your A&K itinerary. (Unless of course you are on a Gorilla Trek!). Accommodation follows a similar pattern. Luxury hotels, safari lodges, villas, you name it and it’s probably available. Why Choose a Tour With Abercrombie & Kent? Abercrombie & Kent promises to deliver an authentic, “insider” travel experience, such as seeing Machu Picchu under the guidance of its former resident archaeologist. You can even ride an elegant train to get there. In Tanzania, A&K runs its own luxury safari camps. From the time they first meet you at the airport until trip end, Abercrombie & Kent promises that your trip will go as smoothly as possible -- and that their entire global organization will be dedicated toward that goal. It may strike some as contradictory to see certain parts of the world in luxury. Some countries have luxury homes, but they are only available to tourists and travelers because the locals simply occupy a different social sphere. There is a unique dependency on tourism in much of the world. Abercrombie & Kent takes this seriously, doing their philanthropic part wherever possible, giving back to the local communities.
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Collette Preferred

Collette

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4.8 • Excellent
Total Trips 835 Trips
Average Price $ 256 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 5 – 24 days
Trip Prices $ 1,269 – $ 14,999
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Senior Travel 202 Tours in Senior Travel

Great trip to Sicily

Very knowledgeable and customer service reps were great. Our tour leader and bus driver were the best. Great trip to Sicily to see where our grandparents came from.
5.0 • Patty

I would definitely recommend Collette!

We just came back from Sicily. Our tour manager Jovanka Mrdja was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. Our driver Franco was also wonderful. He made us feel very safe while navigating the narrow, windy roads. I would definitely recommend Collette and look forward to touring with them again and would love to have Yovanka as our guide
5.0 • Maria
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Incredible value

Just got back from tour in Ireland with Collette. Incredible value, no stress, just relax and enjoy the view!
5.0 • Calvin
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Spotlight on Montréal
Spotlight on Montréal Trip Type: Group Tour
Experience Colombia
Experience Colombia Trip Type: Group Tour
With a history that goes back to 1918, their experience speaks for itself. They provide comprehensive, well-managed guided tours for travelers seeking an exploratory, comfortable travel experience. What Makes Collette Stand Out? Expert tour managers Easy booking process Customizable tours  Balances iconic must-sees with immersive cultural experiences A long history in guided tourism means they know every inch of guided travel, and take care of all the details like it’s second nature. Their goal is to ease the hardship of planning and organizing for the traveler so you can fully enjoy the experience without worry or stress. At Collette, they know guided travel and have been successfully leading tours around the world to a growing, devoted customer base for nearly 100 years. Collette tours are about letting you, the traveler, experience unbelievable, classic, and unique moments around the world.   Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Collette? Adventurous travelers ages 50+ Moderately active travelers Mid to higher budget travelers Do you love the ease of mind that comes with having every detail taken care of when you travel? Details that allow you to relax and enjoy the special little moments of discovering the world; learning about new cultures, awe inspiring wildlife encounters, and leisurely meals highlighting local cuisine? Then you are ideally suited to Collette tours. The Collette traveler is typically older, in the 50+ range. Travelers who enjoy the finer things, value a premium to luxury style of accommodation and transportation, yet have an adventurous spirit. Recent retirees and active seniors who are game for anything are the kind of traveler who relish a tour with Collette - check out this group in Costa Rica - taking part in Costa Rica's famous ziplines! If you don't want to be encouraged to jump in and push your comfort zone a bit, you may find yourself out of step on a majority of Collette tours. Though they have several offerings, so don't let that discourage you.  Collette is ideal for active travelers who enjoy a comprehensive guided tour, with a lot of activity, and local experiences. These tours usually involve extensive walking, sometimes over uneven surfaces, so a certain basic level of physical fitness is required. Tours are classified by 5 basic physical levels, to help you find one best suited to you. Free days are included in most tours, giving travelers time to relax, take walks on the beach, or maybe do some shopping. If you’re the kind of traveler for whom the a glass of champagne out in the blazing sun of the Australian outback, gazing at Uluru, sounds idyllic - then Collette tours would be perfect for you. Top Destinations Collette tours travel all around the world, to all 7 continents including Antarctica. They are well known for Central and South America, Australia, and Africa. They also offer an impressive variety of North America tours including several in the United States and Canada. Travel styles include everything from river cruises to family tours to faith based tours. Collette Travel Style Collette promises the “trip of a lifetime” through exclusive outings, luxury touches, and appreciating the moments of anticipation before the world reveals itself. Their travel style is about discovering new cultures, embracing the explorer within -- in time for a cocktail at the end of the day. They have 6 broad classifications for travel style: Classic, Explorations, Spotlights, River Cruise, Faith, and Impact Travel: 1. Classic Collette Tours - This is what they call their Flagship collection, group tours that make the postcard come to life. Visit all the must see sites, enjoy cultural experiences, all with a professional and knowledgeable guide, there to help make your travel as seamless as possible. Groups are on the larger side 2. Explorations - These tours are about going deeper, meeting locals, and getting off the beaten path. “Authenticity” is a big word for Collette Explorations. You’ll experience the destination in a smaller group, an average of 18 people, allowing for access to more local experiences not available to larger groups. Classic sites will also be included in your itinerary, but the focus is mostly on unique experiences. 3. Spotlights - Have a shorter amount of time and don’t want to miss anything? Collette Spotlight tours are designed to maximize your city stay or short getaway experience. These are primarily walking tours, packed with sightseeing, historical and cultural information, but with some downtime as well. Typically these tours are between 5-9 days. 4. River Cruise - A very popular mode of travel, particularly for 50+ travelers, river cruising is ideal for those seeking a leisurely vacation, unpacking only once, enjoying gliding by beautiful sites and participating in various guided shore excursions. Collette river cruises go around the world, including China, Egypt, and Europe. 5. Faith - For those travelers interested in visiting religious sites, Collette has a group of tours dedicated to faith based travel. Visit world famous icons and learn their ancient histories. Collette Faith tours visit everything from grand churches to the humble beginnings of the three major world religions in the Holy Land. Tours are history based with an emphasis on finding deeper spiritual significance and meaning. 6. Impact Travel - Being a responsible traveler is an important component on all Collette tours, however if you’re seeking to do more to give back, their Impact Tours are a great way to do so. Sightsee with a purpose as you assist with local initiatives, volunteering among the community, helping in classrooms, and protecting local wildlife. Why Choose a Tour with Collette? If you are looking for an entertaining, fully escorted, active tour to explore new cultures, and enjoy unique experiences, Collette could be for you. They provide a dedicated guide, and handle all the details throughout the tour. Free time is available on some days, but for the most part expect fairly full itineraries and a good amount of walking. Some optional excursions are offered during the tour, so you can tailor your experience to a certain extent. This is a great opportunity for meeting fellow travelers in a similar age range. Collette tours are open to everyone, but the majority of people on your tour will be older - in the 50+ range. Collette tours are ideal for travelers who want to have fun, enjoy the outdoors, and are open to new experiences.
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Uniworld

Uniworld

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 105 Trips
Average Price $ 410 per day
Size Regional Expert
Tour Length 8 – 16 days
Trip Prices $ 2,799 – $ 8,499
Service Level Standard
Operator Type River Cruise Line
Trips in Senior Travel 94 Tours in Senior Travel

Pros, cons and tips

This is a review of the Uniworld China + Tibet + Yangtze tour in June, 2019, taken by my wife (80) and me (77). Since knowledge of a reviewer helps readers to judge the applicability to themselves: we are both former academics, normally spry and immersed in cultural, political, and healthful life activities, but we sometimes found the trip daunting, as discussed below. We resist aging, but not always with full success. The tour had pluses and minuses. The biggest minuses: • My wife’s breathing difficulty in our 3-night stay in Lhasa, Tibet (she spent the whole time breathing oxygen and couldn't go on any outings) • The (inevitable) problem of touring a totalitarian country where citizens are intimidated from talking honestly about the full scope of their lives The biggest pluses: • Our guide, Kevin, who was outstandingly attentive, helpful, supportive and patient. He went out of his way to help in difficult situations (like my wife’s breathing problems in Lhasa). • We were also quite appreciative of Tiger’s brief stint with us. • With a few exceptions, our baggage was always handled by others. And the exceptions weren’t overwhelming. Apparently for a group, the weight of any individual bag just gets averaged in with all the other group bags being checked. (Some travelers handled their own carry-ons.) Most of the other people on the tour were quite amiable and unassuming—not always the case when you travel with people whose financial position has to be pretty good to afford this kind of trip (that financial position too often drives unwarranted expectations of privilege and reverence [if that’s not redundant…]). The accommodations and included breakfasts (and many other meals) were luxurious, though we ourselves didn’t need them to be THAT nice (in this we’re probably exceptions from other travelers—and in this case, a number of our co-tourists had taken multiple Uniworld tours, so they knew and liked what they'd be getting); indeed, we had to learn to stop tanking up at breakfast just because so many goodies were offered, buffet-style. Had we realized those luxuries were part of what we were paying for (and in retrospect we SHOULD have realized), we might have taken a different, cheaper tour. Ironically, what most drew us to the Uniworld trip were the chance to visit Tibet and the expectation that at such a high cost we’d always be getting outstanding, highly informed guides (which wasn’t always the case; as retired academics, we’re unusually demanding in the critical analysis of what we want to hear). GENERAL NOTES: We spent several days on our own before the tour (in Beijing) and at its end (in Shanghai). These were quite valuable to us. Perhaps because of time, the Uniworld tour took us to few museums. We are museum junkies, and visited several during our non-tour times. Among other things, Beijing has a terrific national museum, an interesting (partly because of its political subtext) museum about women and children, and an extensive arts district. Shanghai has its own major museum and a tour of the city’s past relationship with Judaism that gives you a more general sense of the troubling antithesis of glitzy life highlighted elsewhere. I’ve traveled to many parts of the world, and I’ve always been able to learn at least local alphabets and some minimal language skills. China is the first place I’ve gone where I could do none of the first and only a few words (probably wrongly intoned) of the latter. This was extremely frustrating, especially when we toured on our own. Few people outside the major international emporia (I never quite got used to how many upscale stores were in all places we visited) speak English (why should they?). The one ameliorating factor was that many people (especially store employees) had phone apps that did good to excellent translations between spoken English and spoken Chinese. You should have one for your own use. In major cities, signs quite often include English, so that you can at least know where to shop and what you're looking at. Prices (which you can often negotiate) are typically typed into a calculator. Perhaps even more than in the West, people are glued to smart phones. Pretty much everyone, it seems, uses an app that includes texts, phone use, and a payment facility, so that people seem to may carry little or no cash or credit cards. No one seems to care—or maybe everyone is just resigned to—that the government can monitor this app and know a ton of stuff about you. As a foreigner, however, you are unlikely to be able to use this app because you need to have a compatible bank account (probably meaning from a Chinese bank). No matter how you travel in China, you'll see the amazing efforts to accommodate the expansion cities, so that a “town” of which you've never heard might have a million or more people. On the tour, you'll see almost only architectural and shop glitz that the government and cities bask in. You might get very brief glimpses of poverty. While on the one hand the Chinese government talks a good game and takes some important steps vis-à-vis the climate crisis, on the other hand they still use an enormous amount of fossil fuel for electricity generation. I was also struck—dismayed—by the fact that from all appearances, people only drink bottled water (Westerners are warned against tap water, but I don’t know if local people build up an immuinity to its problems). Especially in warm weather, I can only guess at the billions of single-use plastic bottles that are used every day by the population of 1.4 billion (plus large numbers of visitors). On rare occasions, like at an airport, you might see a place to refill a water bottle (I assume that water is safe). Please note that in criticisms like the previous paragraph, I do not intend a holier-than-thou American attitude. I am even more critical of what our government does—or more importantly, doesn’t—do vis-à-vis the climate crisis. THE PEOPLE Almost everyone was pleasant and upbeat. We mostly moved among middle- (and presumably upper-)class people; we encountered many others, but they were kind of in the background (just as in capitalist countries), and while we made it a point to notice their existence, we had no meaningful interactions with them. The westernization of outward behavior was almost palpable. My wife had visited 10 years ago and regularly commented on the difference. My impression is that the young (teen-agers, young adults) are especially into western fashion and culture—and to what to me was a surprising extent, seemed to be able to afford indulging that taste. For what it’s worth, my observation was that people are quite materialistic, focus their lives on that, and increasingly able to afford to indulge themselves. Outwardly, at least, they have little concern with the strictures of their government. Tiananmen Square seems to be in the distant past. Treatment of Moslems and Uighurs (not unlike our current treatment of immigrants and Moslems or our like history of racial and ethnic conflicts) was far away. So far as I could tell, people like Americans (though we’re also bizarre outsiders—there are occasional instances of Chinese people, especially ones who live far from the cities we visited, walking up to a foreigner and asking to take a photo together (this happened to me on the Great Wall, with some pretty young guys). SECURITY This abounds. You need to carry your passport everywhere. You'll encounter frequent security checks where you have to put whatever you're carrying through a scanner and show official IDs. In Lhasa, these checks were even present as you wove your way through street markets. At every airport check-in, you not only go through a security scanner, but you then step up on s short stool so that someone with a hand scanner can go over every inch of your body. (I have sometimes wondered whether proliferation of security folk, including regular police, in nations like this is a clever device for combining meaningful security with full employment.) The government must have an incredible volume of disk space and incredibly fast computer programs to be able quickly to access information about any given citizen or visitor. Check-in at airports always includes a live photo of you. I’m sure if anyone in the security services had wanted to track me down at any time, it wouldn't have taken more than a few seconds. (For each accommodation where you stay, you have to register with the police. Hotels typically do that for you.) IN-COUNTRY TRAVEL We had 4 in-country flights (part of the reason for what Uniworld charges), and much as we wanted to visit the places to which we flew, the time and effort involved in getting from to shuttle bus (then sometimes a long walk) to hotel to airport to check-in to security to boarding to flying to disembarking to shuttle bus to the next hotel became overwhelming. The tour included 3 nights in a luxury boat on the Yangtze River. This was quite pleasant and included a night’s visit to a show (I don’t remember exactly which one, but when on our own my wife and I went to a couple of shows in Beijing—well worth it even if they're not something to your normal taste). Here, we had some down time. At our ages, we needed more of that. I got sick while on the boat and got what seemed like pretty good medical care. (By American standards, medicals for my wife in Lhasa and for me on the Yangtze boat were low but not miniscule.) By American standards, taxis are cheap. They were pretty easy to find in Beijing. (The “universal” app includes signups with services like Uber.) But in Shanghai, they were extremely rare, and we had to get help from strangers to order one. As you would expect, this is especially hard when it’s raining and you're a very long walk from your hotel. Among maybe a dozen or two cab rides during our entire stay, we had two bad experiences with cabbies; I advise photographing the driver’s information and the meter area. I found that this significantly mitigated the problems. We took the metro in Beijing. After brief adjustment, it was very easy to use. The main difficulty is that stations are far apart, so on (say) a rainy night, you will still need an umbrella and endurance. Shanghai seems to have an equivalent subway system, but we never used it there. LHASA Part of the altitude problem my wife (and a few of our fellow travellers) had appears to be the flight’s forcing a lack of transition from sea level to an altitude over 2 miles. (On the other hand, a slower, staged transfer probably would have added cost to an already expensive trip—and maybe loss of a day’s touring.) Especially for older folk, however, I think this is a relevant concern. I don’t know why, but although I could feel very mild pressure in my breathing, I was fine for the entire Lhasa visit. I had a different disappointment (perhaps idiosyncratic to myself, an academic and non-religious person): if I remember correctly, our entire stay involved visiting Tibetan religious locations. I quite support SOME such visits—religious history is central to human existence—but I would have liked to see aspects of other Tibetan cultural history. Because of Beijing political issues with Tibet, filing out your Chinese visa involves the charade of not mentioning you're going there (if you do mention it, your visa apparently will be denied). And a warning re Lhasa (and at least the Great Wall): there can invite lots of climbing, and a number of us, especially some of the older people (even when altitude wasn’t an issue), chose to climb minimally (just enough to get a sense of where steps were going and what the resulting view would be). Kevin and other guides were totally understanding—indeed, we were offered climbing options.
4.0 • Richard

Professioal, friendly and unforgetable experience for the cruise

The facility on ship was good. Staff servicing us were very professionally good. For the meals it was indeed very nice especially the kitchen was able to provide some Asian dishes that is fantastically great.
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Highly recommend

Me and Nena are in cruise business more than 38 years and booked so many river cruises in Europe and charter ships in Russia, India, Egypt and Ukraine. Uniworld offer excellent cruise and we highly recommend this great company.
5.0 • Misha
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Parisian Royal Holiday
Parisian Royal Holiday Trip Type: River Cruise
Paris & Normandy
Paris & Normandy Trip Type: River Cruise
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, part of the giant Travel Corporation umbrella of tour companies and cruise lines, is a luxury, all-inclusive line offering itineraries on a total of 22 rivers in 29 countries worldwide. What Makes Uniworld Stand Out? Uniworld provides the pinnacle of luxury river cruising. They are known for their attention to detail, and extremely warm and attentive customer service. Traveling with Uniworld is to enter another world and experience the joy and comfort that comes with unpacking once, and really catering the journey to your pace. Many excursions are available during the cruise, as well as top line on-board activities and dining. Like other Travel Corporation brands, Uniworld contributes to the not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, which works to promote sustainable tourism projects worldwide. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Uniworld? Uniworld is perfect for those travelers who are looking to relax, only upack once, and can somewhat cater their experience once aboard the river cruise - enjoying as many or as few port excursions (extra fee) or simply exploring on your own before it’s time to leave port. River cruising with Uniworld is a luxurious experience. Staff are attentive, everything is crisp and clean, and much attention to detail is paid to make sure your experience on board is enjoyable and every possible need is met. It’s a “dress for dinner” kind of experience aboard Uniworld. Where you can enjoy fine wine, food, and appreciate a bit of a throwback feel. During the days many active travel opportunities can be found such as cycling and walking tours, or if you prefer you can dial it down to enjoy at your own pace. Travelers are often older, in the 50 plus range, many couples, and some friend groups. Top Destinations? Destinations include a number of European rivers as well as those in Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt, and India (India cruises begin in 2016, aboard the new Ganges II Explorer). Uniworld Travel Style Uniworld ships average a maximum of 130 passengers, and the staff-to-guest ratio is very high. The line is noted for its service and cuisine and has won numerous industry awards. All-inclusive pricing includes unlimited beverages aboard, shore excursions and gratuities, with just a few exceptions. Why Choose a Cruise with Uniworld? If you’re looking for a top of the line luxury travel experience on some of the world’s most picturesque rivers, then Uniworld is a fantastic option. These trips are best suited for active older travelers. There are many excursions available and the amenities on board, service, and culture all create an unforgettable luxury river cruise experience. Tweets by UniworldCruises
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AMA Waterways Preferred

AMA Waterways

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4.5 • Excellent
Total Trips 31 Trips
Average Price $ 433 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 8 – 20 days
Trip Prices $ 2,799 – $ 14,495
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type River Cruise Line
Trips in Senior Travel 27 Tours in Senior Travel

Very professional river cruise

AMAWaterways is a very professional river cruise company. We have sailed twice on two of their ships, the AMASerena and the AMADante. From the moment you book, you can see the professionalism of this company. From the quality of the documents you receive to the website which holds a wealth of information when you check in online, everything is five star. When you board the staff are waiting for you, and they cannot do enough to make your stay on their ships amazing. Our room was always so clean and made up thanks to our housekeeper, Vladimir. The meals on the AMA ships are fantastic. Always great choices and the Chef's recommendations were always top notch. We loved our sailing days on the Rhine and Main rivers. We were on the AMADante doing the first trip called Medieval Treasures. We loved the choices of excursions in the ports of call. The addition of the new Sip and Sail feature had everyone mingling with each other before dinner each night. Highly recommend AMA and we will be sailing with you again before we know it.
5.0 • SharonandAngus

This is incredibly frustrating. Be very very careful when using this company

I booked a cruise with AMAwaterways - first mistake - through their designated travel agent Avoya Travel - second mistake. I paid $800 deposit. Six months later I was asked to pay the balance. Avoya Travel asked if they could use my credit card. My wife was in hospital and I delayed answering until we discovered what was wrong and when I got the diagnosis and we couldn't travel. I told Avoya Travel and asked them not to charge my credit card. Avoya Travel still charged my credit card account without my permission!!! When I phoned up I discovered the agent was on holidays and I couldn't speak to her. Through major detective work I managed to reach and talk to her and she told me it would be dealt with. It was not and still has not been to this day, six months later. I asked my credit card company to dispute the amount paid and they are in the process of doing that now but the company is fighting this all the way. Be aware that I cannot get through to anybody in the company and the travel agent isn't responding. This is incredibly frustrating. Be very very careful when using this company, they do not allow direct access on complaints. This is no way to gain customers. I would like to talk to somebody in the company about this but I cannot.
1.0 • Patrick
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It was a magical trip

I did the Christmas markets with two pre nights in Prague. This was 2016. It was a magical trip. I am a solo traveller. I met so many great people and shared many great experiences. Sitting alone on deck silently drifting down emerald waters with mysterious shadows from the hills...old ruins standing tall...hot coffee in hand...frosted hills...Just so much wonder. And knowing it just got more exciting each day. History is deep and the food is great. There are so many wonderful reviews from other AMA trips..but the magic of Christmas on the Danube is deep...and I'll do much more. Top of the line company.
5.0 • John
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Ultimate River Cruise
Ultimate River Cruise Trip Type: River Cruise
The Enchanting Rhine
The Enchanting Rhine Trip Type: River Cruise
Paris & Normandy (Wine Themed)
Paris & Normandy (Wine Themed) Trip Type: River Cruise
Known especially for its top-notch onboard regional cuisine, Ama is the only river cruise line to join La Chaine des Rotisseurs, a prestigious gastronomic society. Passengers tend to be affluent, over age 50, and interested in a mostly casual, all-inclusive experience with minimal hassle; cruise directors make sure everything runs smoothly. Good service is prized. Ama has won awards for its spacious, stylish cabin designs, and passengers can expect lots of complimentary perks: shore excursions, wine and beer at lunch and dinner, Internet access in every cabin (in Europe), and bicycles for use in port are all included in the price. Many cabins in its newer ships have both French and outdoor balconies. Originally called Amadeus Waterways when it was founded in 2002, California-based AmaWaterways later changed its name but hasn’t changed its prime customers: mostly North Americans, British, Australians, and English-speaking Europeans (English is the official language onboard). Ama has undergone rapid expansion and now cruises on three continents. Europe tops the roster, with fifteen ships sailing the Danube, Rhine, Main, Moselle, Douro, Seine, and Rhone rivers. Three ships ply the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers in Southeast Asia, while Russia (on the Volga-Baltic Waterway between Moscow and St. Petersburg) and Africa (on the Chobe River in Botswana) each sport one ship.   
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Classic Journeys

Classic Journeys

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4.9 • Excellent
Total Trips 10 Trips
Average Price $ 635 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 7 days
Trip Prices $ 4,495 – $ 4,495
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Senior Travel 1 Tours in Senior Travel

Wonderful trip to Vietnam

Wonderful trip to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Classic Journeys excelled in all aspects... Lodging, tour guide, transportation, food and cultural education.
5.0 • Timothy

Highly Recommend for Peru Family Vacation

All around an excellent experience!
5.0 • Karen
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I loved the China and NewZealand trips

I loved the China and NewZealand trips. The trip leaders were outstanding and very knowledgeable about their respective countries. Both trips were so much fun!
1.0 • Jennifer
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Basque Pyrenées
Basque Pyrenées Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Classic Journeys began in 1995 and has since carved out a unique niche in the luxury travel market, providing high end travel with an adventurous twist, all over the world. What Makes Them Stand Out They describe themselves as having “sophisticated gusto” an apt way to get an idea of their travel style. It’s luxury travel but not the stuffy sort. In France, you might find yourself in the chateaux-lined Loire Valley or the lavender fields of Provence. In Italy, you might walk the Amalfi Coast or through Sardinia. In Southeast Asia, you can meet the locals while walking through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. In North America, you might explore Nova Scotia's coast or the streets of Savannah and Charleston. In Latin America, Cuba, Costa Rica, Belize and Chile are all possibilities. As Classic Journeys puts it: "We meet and mingle…in markets, vineyards, piazzas and homes." And always at a relaxed pace. Who Travels With Them Many of their customers are independent minded travelers who are fed up with planning the logistics. As such they focus on keeping an element of spontaneity in their trips. You’ll enjoy their itineraries if you enjoy unique local experiences combined with the luxury that comes with having everything expertly taken care of. Group size ranges between 10 and 18 on their walking, culinary, and family tours, and they can also arrange private custom itineraries. Where Do They Operate They arrange trips all over the globe, from South America to New Zealand. A majority of trips are in France, Italy, Canada, and the United States. Why Travel With Them They emphasise keeping the feeling of spontaneous, authentic local travel in their approach to guided travel. You can choose from between specialized itineraries in four main “buckets”: Cultural Walking Adventures, Culinary Tours, Family Multi-Sport, and Private Journeys. Local guides will provide a deeper perspective as you experience each destination from all sides, through unique and immersive cultural activities, never losing the element of luxury travel.
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Smithsonian Journeys

Smithsonian Journeys

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3.0 • Average
Total Trips 18 Trips
Average Price $ 614 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 11 days
Trip Prices $ 4,300 – $ 5,495
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Senior Travel 3 Tours in Senior Travel

The trip was awful due to flight cancellations and failure of the contractor to adequately compensate for missed activities and days.

My wife and I were on the Smithsonian Journeys Splendors of Australia and New Zealand between April 13 and May 2, 2018. Smithsonian is rated by this site as Luxury travel. However, Smithsonian "farms out" the logistics for their trip to Odysseys Unlimited. Odysseys booked within country air travel with the lowest cost air carriers. Flights were cancelled from Ayers Rock to Sydney and from Queenstown New Zealand to Rotorua. Another flight was significantly delayed so that we did not arrive at our Christchurch destination until 2:00 am, making for a really tired next day. Odysseys Unlimited compensated us $400 per person for missing a day in Sydney and paid for an excursion in Auckland for missing Rotorua. This was wholly inadequate, given that these were highlights of the trip. In addition, our tour guide was rude to several people on the trip. If Smithsonian Journeys is truly a luxury travel outfit, as we had believed, then they would not be farming out travel logistics to such a chinch company as Odysseys Unlimited. We will think twice about traveling with Smithsonian again, and so should others.
1.0 • Splendors of Australia and New Zealand

Get to Cuba before it changes because it has to.

Cuba has been open to limited group travel for four years and is being opened to individual travel (still with restrictions) now. With thousands of Americans descending on our nearest island neighbor, Cuba has to increase its tourist infrastructure - and lose some of its charm. Smithsonian Journeys is a great way to see Cuba before it changes. Yes, Smithsonian tours are more expensive than some other tour companies but the phrase, "you get what you pay for", certainly holds true. Everything about the tour was top notch - the American tour coordinator, the local Cuban guide, the itinerary - the best. And everything is included - everything - tipping, all activities, tours. Cuba is a fascinating destination and deserves a quality tour company.
5.0 • Cuba - Smithsonian does it right
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Railroading the Rockies
Railroading the Rockies Trip Type: Group Tour
Great European Journey
Great European Journey Trip Type: Group Tour
In the Wake of Lewis & Clark
In the Wake of Lewis & Clark Trip Type: River Cruise
Similar Companies  Abercrombie Kent, Butterfield & Robinson, Myths & Mountains, Road Scholar Known For 50-Plus Travel Tours, North Amercian Tours, Central America & Caribbean Tours Established in 1970, Smithsonian Journeys offers small group tours to 150 destinations around the globe. Smithsonian Journeys’ variability in style and destinations allows individuals to choose the perfect trip for them personally. Trips focus on “bringing a destination to life” through stories, facts, and tours led by experts in a variety of fields.  What Makes Them Stand Out? Unique to Smithsonian Journeys are the Smithsonian Journey Experts who accompany the programs. These scholars and experts range from art historians, anthropologists, geologists and more. Charismatic and knowledgable, they are a defining element of all Smithsonian trips. Their commitment and backgrounds bring insight meaningfulness to all travelers who join them on trips.   Who Travels With Them? The typical age range on Smithsonian trips is between 55-65, with younger travelers on outdoor, active adventures and older individuals often on special interest tours. Family tours, however, cater to a wide variety of ages including children. Trips are ideally suited to those looking to meet fellow travelers and lifelong learners.  Where Do They Operate? Smithsonian Journeys has trips to all 7 continents. Travelers can pick from a wide variety of travel styles including: exploring by land, ship, train, private jet, immersion programs, family trips, tailer-made journeys, and special-interest travel!  Why Travel With Them? The common denominator in all of it is the “diffusion of knowledge,” as Smithsonian Journeys puts it. Trips are sure to be educational, exciting and memorable for all who participate. Commonly Searched Together: Compare Smithsonian Journeys with these other tour companies Smithsonian Journeys vs Butterfield & Robinson
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Artisans of Leisure

Artisans of Leisure

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Total Trips 7 Trips
Average Price $ 1,221 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 10 days
Trip Prices $ 8,940 – $ 12,615
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Trips in Senior Travel 6 Tours in Senior Travel
Best of Vietnam & Cambodia
Best of Vietnam & Cambodia Trip Type: Private Guided
Family Tour of Tanzania
Family Tour of Tanzania Trip Type: Private Guided
Classical Greece
Classical Greece Trip Type: Private Guided
Based in New York, Artisans of Leisure was founded by industry experts and crafts highly personalized private luxury trips. What Makes Them Stand Out? They arrange private tours, based on your interests and what you’d like to get out of your travel experience. Every facet of your trip is expertly taken care of, from accommodation to transportation. You can choose by destination or speciality interest, such as culinary tours, and they will help customize it to suit you.  Who Travels With Them? Their trips are perfect for those seeking a fully arranged, yet customized, private travel experience. This can be a great option for families, couples, and honeymooners. Where Do They Operate? They can arrange trips all over the world, with emphasis in Europe and Asia.  Why Travel With Them? For a truly luxury experience, based on your own interests. A group of knowledgeable travel experts are available to help you create the perfect itinerary. Luxury and leisure doesn’t mean stuffy or unadventurous for them. Whether you’re looking to explore off the beaten track or visit local establishments, or stick to the classics, their team can help you have a fulfilling travel experience.
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This was a trip of a lifetime! Everything went so smoothly. Everything and everyone were awesome!!

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Anna
November 2019
This was a trip of a lifetime! Everything went so smoothly. Everything and everyone were awesome!!
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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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Scott
October 2019
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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Enjoyed entire trip. Beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful adventures and friendly Italians

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Frederick
September 2019
Enjoyed entire trip. Beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful adventures and friendly Italians
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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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Sandra
September 2019
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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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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Doris
September 2019
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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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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Thomas
September 2019
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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Choosing a Senior Travel Tour Company

Today, there are many tour companies that cater specifically to senior travelers. These companies often feature large comfortable coaches for transportation, an emphasis on in depth cultural activities, and a wide range of outdoor offerings, such as nature hikes or birding excursions.

It’s important not to mistake all senior travel tour companies for companies that can accommodate travelers with limited mobility. While some do offer this capability, because transportation is commonly in coaches, and tours often require the ability to walk up to 3 hours a day, wheelchair or walker access is not always possible.

In Europe, a very common destination for senior tours, walks will feature uneven cobblestoned streets, and hard stone steps as you explore castles and ancient villages. In farther reaching destinations like Costa Rica or Africa, trails may be muddy and difficult to navigate.

Top Senior Travel Companies

The senior traveler is discerning, open to learning, and has high standards when it comes to lodging, food, and experience. Much like younger travelers today, authenticity is highly valued, but it must be coupled with a certain degree of comfort. Many seniors are also experienced travelers, and as a result, the best tour companies cater to these high expectations. Small groups are preferred, with other members of the 50+ age group.

There are several tour companies that cater specifically to senior travelers - with these traits and desires in mind. Senior travelers have a variety of interests, and they tend to focus on cultural learning and history, and hobbies such as photography, birding, and gardening.

Here are some of the top tour companies to consider if you’re a senior traveler:

1. Road Scholar - Founded in 1975, Road Scholar (previously Elderhostel) provides learning, cultural, and history tours all over the world. One of the draws to Road Scholar is their emphasis on tours led by experts in their field. You could learn about Egypt from an archaeologist or visit Shakespeare’s house with an Oxford professor. They focus exclusively on tours for 50+, and a small number of multi generational trips are offered, making this a perfect bonding travel experience for grandparents and grandchildren.

2. Trafalgar - A well known brand to older travelers, Trafalgar offers large group tours around the world, in a comfortable price range. These tours are great for those travelers interested in seeing the major sites, but also have a desire to dive a little deeper.  

3. ElderTreks - For active older travelers, who are relatively physically fit, Eldertreks provides walking tours around the world. Venture to traditionally adventure travel destinations with a 50+ age group, with a company that understands your needs as a senior traveler. Get to know your tour companions through the accomplishment of completing long, vigorous, walks through varying terrain and weather. If you’re up for an adventure, Eldertreks is for you!

4. Globus - Those seeking a more relaxed journey, winding your way through a country in a comfortable, roomy, and fully equipped coach, this is for you. Enjoy gazing out of large viewing windows as guides detail the history of the area, and unique geological information.

5. Butterfield & Robinson - Cycling tours galore! If you love the idea of cycling through local villages, among vineyards, and enjoying an ice cold beer and picnic at the end of the day, then Butterfield & Robinson tours are a great choice. While it helps to be relatively physcially fit, Butterfield uses e-Bikes which help you go farther at a comfortable pace.

6. Rick Steves - Europe expert Rick Steves has grown in popularity through his detailed and clear guidebooks, as well as many travel video features. His name is recognizable to most senior travelers, and his tours are full of the same quirky humor, unique finds, and unforgettable experiences. He taught us to appreciate good food, historical sites, and cultural backgrounds - and guides on his tours will not disappoint in providing all this and more.

7. Abercrombie & Kent - Luxury safaris at their best. If a trip to Africa is calling you, yet you’re unsure about how to make it happen without roughing it, consider a safari with Abercrombie & Kent. Their approach is a throwback to the luxury safari experience of royals and socialites in the jazz age. Enjoy a private veranda looking over the savannah, exciting game drives that take you up close to stunning natural wildlife.

Top Tour Companies for Single Seniors

More and more senior travelers these days are traveling as singles. This is a unique age for meeting other singles, and traveling is the perfect icebreaker. Here are some of the top companies to consider if you are a senior traveler looking to meet other singles!  

1. Best Single Travel - If you are wanting a guarantee that you’ll meet other romantic singles, this company specializes in bringing people together through the medium of travel. Most singles travel companies tend to focus on younger travelers, but Best Single Travel stands out for offering several tours specifically geared toward 40s, 50s, and 60s aged travelers.

2. Butterfield & Robinson - Listed above as well,  Butterfield is known for luxury cycling trips, but actually offers many kinds of active outings. Their price range is definitely higher, and a large majority of their travelers are retired adults in the 50+ range. Though they don’t have specific tours for the senior age group, so you can expect anything from middle aged and higher.  

3. Trafalgar - Also listed above, for a fun, relaxed, culturally rich, and easy group travel experience with a variety of traveler types, Trafalgar is a great choice. Groups are larger too, often around 40 people, so you'll have an opportunity to meet a lot of different people. Trafalgar is a middle budget kind of company, attracting primarily the 50+ crowd.

4. Overseas Adventure Travel - These trips are experiential in nature, and great for the adventurous senior traveler who wants to meet other seniors who love exploring. Trips with OAT visit fairly exotic destinations, and focus on culturally immersive and local activities, so an open mind is key. Definitely a good one for experienced travelers ready to try a guided tour experience.

5. Silversea - Cruises are an excellent way to travel, however can be challenging as a solo. Smaller ships actually provide an easier environment for making friends. Because of the more intimate setting and fewer dining and entertainment options, you’ll find yourself running into the same people frequently. Shore excursions also have smaller groups, allowing for  more opportunities to connect on similar interests.

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