Feb 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Senior Group Travel is Hot for 2012

More and more seniors prefer to travel in smaller groups and not be crowded with 30 or more folks billowing in from all sides. Joining a senior travel group can be a great way to see famous landmarks, make new friends and visit places all around the world. Group travel offers seniors an easy way to explore since most of the details, including accommodations and transportation, will be taken care of and the group price is often less than if you traveled alone.

One of America’s leaders in small group travel is Odysseys Unlimited. Their catalog provides many opportunities for travel throughout the world and a free catalog can be ordered online. Each of their tours is custom-designed specifically for small groups, with a balanced mix of traveling, sightseeing, cultural encounters, and free time. Most important, they limit tour membership to just 12 to 24 guests, both for the freedom, flexibility, and camaraderie that small groups engender, and also so guests may enjoy a more personal and authentic travel experience. has all kinds of deals for seniors.

Here are three suggested travel organizations that have been around for quite some time and have great options for seniors.

If adventure’s your thing, take a look at ElderTreks. ElderTreks specializes in high-adventure travel and exotic destinations for people over 50. ElderTreks focuses on small group travel, so you won’t be trundling around the countryside in a huge motorcoach. Instead, you might be sailing off the coast of Antarctica or hiking in South America. You can bring a younger companion, but children aren’t permitted.

Grand Circle Travel
Grand Circle is known for its good value and excellent customer service. Grand Circle’s award-winning tours can take you on a river cruise or show you exotic Asia. Grand Circle prides itself on guaranteeing the price of your trip. They won’t tack on fuel surcharges at the last minute. There are several ways to save on Grand Circle trips, including referral and frequent traveler programs.

Rascals in Paradise
Rascals in Paradise customizes trips for parents and grandparents who want to travel with their children or grandchildren. They specialize in snorkeling and diving trips, but offer excursions to every continent except Antarctica. Rascals in Paradise promises a top-quality, luxury travel experience that is tailored to meet your needs. The staff works closely with you to create a travel adventure that is age-appropriate and truly memorable.

Aunt Velma Went to Alaska With a Small Travel Group
My Aunt Velma loved to travel by bus and even went all the way to Alaska with a group and she was no “spring chicken.”  Checkout Diamond Tours and Oletla Coach Lines for their options. How about a bus deal to the Grand Canyon that features luxury motorcoaches. If you would like a bus tour of Alaska try Alaska Travel. Do you have your own group? Eyre Bus, Tour and Travel would like to take you there and you can make contact on their website. Here’s a listing of bus operating companies all over the world listed by country.  Trailways has been serving travelers for nearly eight (8) decades. Their group is privately owned, independently operated motorcoach companies provide a wide range of related travel services. USA Bus Charter provides senior groups a bus charter, tour bus, limousine bus, shuttle bus, school bus and charter bus entertainer coach rentals are just the beginning of what USA Bus Charter can provide to you and your senior group. Experienced since 1983, the staff of USA Bus Charter make up the most experienced charter bus rental network in the U.S. today.

This site has many choices called TransitionsAbroad focuses on travel for seniors where you can choose a tour that caters to ones own personal interests. Senior Journal has a nice listing for you to consider including cruises and suggestions for insuring that you will have a healthy vacation. That should keep you busy for a while.  Enjoy the planning and more specifically, enjoy your tour.  jeb

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