BEST TRAVEL TOURS FOR SENIORSAug 29th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel
Suggestions for Senior Tourists
Senior citizens who love to travel will find these tours are designed just for you. There is a wide variety that cater only to seniors and those who prefer to travel in a small group and most often with a guide escort. Guides are pretty important as I remember on one occasion where I fired a guide on our bus who was a total washout, which is rare. He was not a happy camper but the group was much happier. With my Michelin Guide Books, I became the guide as we toured France.
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Traveling abroad calls for some special attention to the needs of senior citizens. This organization has been around for a while and you may find they will fit your specific needs. Since 1987, industry-leader Adventures Abroad has been exceeding the expectations of senior travelers across the globe with its unrivaled small group tour experiences. Their professional and enthusiastic Tour Leaders tread extraordinary paths through different countries and cultures, they invite seniors to join in on the journey of discovery and exploration. Whether you are looking for a once in a lifetime holiday, an active adventure or a cultural journey, Adventures Abroad could be your first destination.
Senior Travel Websites
Transitions Abroad has a nice listing of several tours that cater to seniors. There are so many that you may have some difficulty in choosing just one.
DestinationThere and Advice From eHow
DestinationThere caters to senior travelers and those who prefer an escorted tour. eHow provides specific instructions on “How to Book an Escorted Senior Tour” and offers excellent tips, suggestions and even warnings.
Smarter Travel and 50plus Expeditions
I have nothing but total respect for this year’s picks for the Top 5 Senior-Friendly tour operators. Each is highly regarded and some of you may have already been on one of their terrific tours. Elderhostel, Grand Circle, Grand European Tours and Colette Vacations are great choices. YMT is new to me and has made the top five listing for the first time.
YMT Vacations is a good choice for frugal seniors who want to fully experience destinations such as Alaska and Hawaii for $100 per day or less. Founded in 1967, this tour company offers escorted motor coach and cruise tours to just a few North American destinations. 50plus Expeditions offers their best trips for the elderly. They offer tours all over the world however they specialize in North American tour packages for seniors.
So Your choice is to “Stay Home” in the States
That’s just fine too. Yahoo has found The Best Domestic Trips for Senior Citizens or Single Citizens. Many seniors spend their lives planning vacations in the United States and dream of getting onboard a large motor coach or fifth wheel to travel in and see their country like my 90 year old Aunt Velma. She loved bus trips all over the country, including Alaska. But sometimes this can just all be too overwhelming as one ages and it becomes easier to let someone else plan those domestic trips. That’s where tour companies come in mighty handy.
Lastly for today I bring on Eldertreks, 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.
Send for an online brochure or download the brochure right here today. And senior hikers, this one may be of interest to you as ElderTreks offers adventure trips that are specifically designed for true hiking enthusiasts. If you are an adventure traveler who wants to see the world while lacing up your hiking boots these trekking trips may be just what you are looking for.
So take your pick and enjoy your planning and surfing today. jeb