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Amazing5.0 March 2018
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.Read more
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
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Amazing itinerary and fantastic5.0 February 2018
Just finished the Grand South East Asia trip 2018. It is a 5 star trip in five different countries with an amazing itinerary and fantastic leadership from Roger.
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Exploring the world5.0 April 2017
Eldertreks has some amazing destinations that really give travellers an experience of a life time. I have been a leader with Eldertreks since 2007 and love exploring the world with them
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|Tours||10 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 528||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
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.
- Asia & Pacific
- Europe/Mid East
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.
A unique collection of luxury trips designed by Gate 1 travel.
What Makes Gate 1 Signature Collection Stand Out?
These are luxury minded trips with a local focus. Guides are all local experts, from and living in the destination you’re visiting. Each itinerary features exclusive experiences. Groups are small and each day is full of activity but well balanced.
They focus on offering only a select group of trips in this special collection - allowing them the freedom to create truly spectacular itineraries - which include more inclusions in the price than their other collections.
The tagline is “More Luxury for Less”. These tours may not be in same luxury travel class if you’re used to Abercrombie & Kent, however where comfort and extravagance meets fun and busy travel days of sightseeing and tours, you’ll find Gate 1 Signature Collection.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Gate 1 Signature Collection?
Those travelers who are willing to spend a little bit more for a 4-5 star experience, will probably find a sweet spot with Gate 1 Signature tours. These trips tend to be attended by older travelers, in the 50+ range.
Don’t expect too much strenuous activity. You can expect easy paced walks, guided tours and lectures, and stops to explore interesting cultural sites and historical attractions.
While some of these cultural experiences, included in their “Signature Experiences”, are truly unique, be wary that many of these inclusions are fairly standard offerings - such as a hot air balloon ride over the African savannah. So the luxury experience of exclusivity you may be expecting is to be taken with a grain of salt. These tours offer wonderful experiences - but the destinations or activities are not always particularly uncommon or rare.
They currently don’t offer an overly extensive list of countries, but tours do go all over the world. This includes Central Europe, Spain, and the UK, Israel, Jordan and Morocco, Peru, Southeast Asia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
Gate 1 Signature Collection Travel Style
Signature Collection tours with Gate 1 aim for comfort, ease, and unique cultural experiences. Like their other brands, Gate 1’s Signature Collection is about making sure your sightseeing is maximized, and the price is right for the experience.
Most sightseeing, meals, wifi, tips, and their “Signature Experiences” are included in the itinerary price - unlike Gate 1’s main brand which offers less inclusions. This type of itinerary more helpful to budget travelers wishing to pick and choose which activities they would like to pay for. Gate 1 Signature Tours, however, are best suited to those who want more inclusions and less hassle to have to decide on how to spend their travel time.
Why Choose a Tour with Gate 1 Signature Collection?
If you’re an older traveler looking for a boutique, comfortable, and well paced tour, the Signature tours may suit you very well. Travelers love the customer service, attention to detail, and depth of knowledge the guides bring to each day on the tour. There is also a good balance of free time and optional additional sightseeing opportunities.
All tours feature included “Signature Experiences” which are the main highlights that make the Signature Collection tours stand out from the other Gate 1 brands. These are unique excursions, usually with a strong cultural focus - such as an evening of Irish music in Galway, or a traditional dinner in the deserts of Morocco. They also often include lectures that explore a destinations history or a specific facet of the culture.