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ElderTreks

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1987
Headquarters
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Trips
  • 10

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ElderTreks Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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Amazing March 2018

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

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Amazing itinerary and fantastic February 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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 world April 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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Amazing experiences December 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great trips that bring you close to the people and culture of the countries that you visit. Egypt and Jordan were amazing experiences, the guides are exceptional people who are very kind, accommodating, and full of information. My 10 year old daughter has had a wonderful once in a lifetime experience that she will never forget, thank you!
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Great trip to Cuba with ElderTreks! October 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
I had a great time in Cuba with ElderTreks. The food was a bit repetitive but understood because of the nature of the company. Make sure to set your expectations properly and you will have a great time.
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Positive experience April 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have travelled with elder treks many times and have had a positive experience. There trips include everything, they really value and take care of us from the booking till the end of the trip and beyond
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Stride Review

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).


senior couple holding hands walking on the street

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.

a lion cub sitting on a tree branch

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.

group of seniors hiking in a park with backpacks

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:

  1. Easy: Walk up to 1 to 2 hours; at least 1 mile (1.6 km) per day.

  2. Moderately Easy: Walk/hike up to 3 hours; at least 2 miles (3 km) per day.

  3. Moderate: Walk/hike up to 4 hours; at least 3 miles (5 km) per day.

  4. Moderately Challenging: Walk/hike up to 5 hours; at least 4 miles (6 km) per day. Recommended for those looking for a trek.

  5. 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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FAQ

What is included in the tour price?

All accommodations and meals (including dinner on day 1 and breakfast on the last day), bottled drinking water throughout the trip, all internal transportation, and airport transfers. As well as all day trips and entrance fees that are listed on the itinerary, tips for hotels, bus drivers, restaurants, and spot guides.

What is not included in the tour price?

International flights, tips to Eldertreks tour guide leaders, national guide, alcoholic drinks, visas, and travel insurance.

Are these educational tours?

Yes, on top of visiting historical sites, they might bring you to museums, meet local people, or visit some local homes.

Can younger companions under the age of 50 join the tours?

Yes, companions older than 18 years old are welcome to join.

When is payment due?

A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking and it will reserve your place in the tour. Deposit prices range from $100-500 depending on the tour.

Is medical insurance required?

No, but it is highly recommended. Although it is not covered in the cost of your trip, Eldertreks offers comprehensive travel insurance and can provide you with a quote if you call their office.

What should I bring for the trip?

There is a complete and detailed “What to Take” list that is sent to you after they receive your booking deposit for the trip.


From ElderTreks

ElderTreks is the world's first adventure travel company designed exclusively for people 50 and over. Established in 1987, ElderTreks offers active, off-the-beaten-path, small-group adventures by both land and sea in over 100 countries. ElderTreks offers wildlife and tribal African safaris, active hiking trips to the Rockies, Himalayas and Andes, expeditions by icebreakers to the Arctic and Antarctic and cultural journeys throughout Asia, South America and much of the world. We invite you to browse through our website, request a catalogue or give us a call. A real person will always answer during business hours. We hope you can join ElderTreks on one of our small group adventures for travelers 50 plus.

Here are some of great reasons to travel with ElderTreks:

Small group experience: Maximum group size on our land adventures is 16 - guaranteed.

Expedition ships, not cruise ships (Capacity of 8-200 passengers): On our ship-based adventures, we use expedition ships - not cruise ships. Smaller vessels allow for more personal interaction and reduce our impact at the sites we visit.

Experts with first-hand knowledge: When you book a trip with ElderTreks, you have access to people who have been where you are going. You may deal directly with people who are able to answer your questions.

Genuine travel experiences: ElderTreks takes you off the beaten path on carefully crafted itineraries that are unique and thoughtfully planned. We do not support conveyor-belt tourism, where groups are pushed through a rigid itinerary at the expense of spontaneity.

Sustainable, responsible travel: We support a number of development projects throughout the world, and we make sure you have close contact with local people. During some of our adventures, you have the opportunity to visit schools and orphanages.

Comfortable, charming accommodations: We select hotels based on comfort, location and charm with private washrooms. Shared facilities are only used where there is no alternative, and such exceptions are clearly noted.

Great value: Our many repeat travelers tell us that we consistently deliver high caliber journeys at an affordable price. You will find our adventures eventful, stimulating and great value for your money.

Trips & Specials

No specials at this time. Please check back at a later date!

25 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 6,995

Highlights

  • Visit 3 African countries
  • Learn about and enjoy Cheetahs up close and at full speed at DeWilt Cheetah Sanctuary
  • Safari in Kruger National Park
  • Visit the Kingdoms of Swaziland & Lesotho
  • Participate in Swazi culture at Umphakatsi
  • Mlilwane Wildlife Bush Walk
  • Game viewing in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, Zululand
  • Visit Ladysmith in the Free State and the Battlefields of the Anglo-Boer War
  • Learn about Swazi, Zulu and Basotho tribes
  • See 200 million year old dinosaur footprints
  • See the Valley of Desolation in the Karoo National Park
  • Drive the Garden Route to Cape Town
  • Enjoy South African wines in Stellenbosch
  • Drive to the Cape of Good Hope
  • Enjoy th esites of Cape Town
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21 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 6,995

Highlights

  • Explore Darjeeling Hill Stations
  • Ceremonies, Dances and Parades of Paro Festival
  • In Bumthang, Tamshing Lhakhang
  • Travel to Taktsang and Punakha Dzong
  • Visit the Kingdom of Sikkim and the Rumtek Monastery
  • See Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's 3rd highest mountain
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13 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,795

Highlights

  • Explore Tortuguero National Park and its jungle canals
  • Enjoy Arenal and Poas Volcanoes
  • Wildlife viewing, tropical forest walk & rafting at Sarapiqui
  • Enjoy the world-famous Eco-Termales Hot Water Springs
  • Visit a local community untouched by tourism
  • Visit coffee and cocoa plantations
  • Visit an indigenous village known for its pottery
  • Visit 3 National Parks, the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans
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11 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 6,495

Highlights

  • Visit Thingvellir National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore Lake Myvatn
  • Watch geysers erupt
  • Circle continental glaciers
  • Whale watching
  • Walk on ancient lava deserts
  • Soak in hot springs and geothermal pools
  • Glacier walk
  • Visit Skaftafell National Park
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