Senior Tours With Substance
|Pilot Lars (right) and
ElderTrekkers, Robbie and Liz, relax in the balloon
basket while flying high over Cappadocia from Hot
Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Photo by Senior Travel Editor Alison Gardner
Senior Travel Editor Alison
be a tourist, be our guest
Join our fully escorted tours for small
groups of 8 women only. You stay the full week
at the same accommodation, so no need to pack and
unpack every day. Experience the real culture of
the region in a comfortable mini-van, accompanied
at all times by your female tour leader. Enjoy
the history, nature, and local gourmet food of
either France, Italy, Spain or Belgium. We offer
sightseeing, painting and cooking tours.
|| Dates: April
Cost: Early birds discounts.
Contact: Jackie Grandchamps, French
Escapade, 2389 Blackpool Place, San Leandro,
Tel.: 1 510 483 5713
Institute of America Tours, P.O. Box
938, 47 Main St., Ste. 1, Walpole, NH 03608-0938;
800-748-6262 or 603-756-2884. AIA offers a wide
range of small-group land tours and small-ship
voyages led by practicing archaeologists who offer
behind-the-scenes commentary and insight that only
an expert scholar can provide. First-class luxury
is the norm on these tours with about 90 percent
of clientele over 50.
597 Markham St., Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7, Canada; 800-741-7956
or 416-588-5000; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catering to 50-plus curious, adventurous travelers for
nearly two decades, ElderTreks currently offers small
groups of participants opportunities to learn in-depth
about environments, countries, and cultures in 80 countries.
Covering both land-based and ship-based tours, each itinerary
is described in “no surprises” detail and
its activity level rated from easy to challenging. Very
high on repeat clientele—always a healthy sign!
Steves’ Europe Tours, P.O. Box
2009, 130 4th Ave. N, Edmonds, WA 98020; 425-771-8303.
Currently offers over 40 small-group tours and
hundreds of departures reflecting the "Europe
Through the Back Door" grassroots philosophy
of his acclaimed European guidebooks and public
television travel series. With a good mix of ages
from 30 to 80 (about 60 percent women), more than
half of participants are over 50 on the 2- to 3-week
country and region tours, while they make up 30-40
percent on the 1-week city tours.
Scholar, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston,
MA 02111. Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768.. Educational
travel tours are created by Elderhostel, has thousands
of offerings all over the global as a not-for-profit
since 1975. Tours are small and large in size,
from cultural to adventure travel.
Women’s Travel Tours, 435 E.
79th St., #4L, New York, NY 10021; 212-988-1359.
Senior Women's Travel is for 50-plus women who
are active and adventurous with a passion for travel
and embracing new experiences. Spotlight on great
European cities, European regional exploration,
grandmother/grandchild travel, and arts, theater,
Live: Transylvanian Fall Foliage — Special
Tour for Seniors. See the most famous
Castles in Romania - Peles Castle - the most beautiful
royal residences in Europe and Bran Castle—Dracula’s
castle in Transylvania, Sibiu—chosen as the
European Cultural Capital of 2007, offering a visit
to Bruckental Museum hosting important work of
arts Rubens, Tizian, Van Dyke, Sighisoara—the
best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel
in Europe, Merry Cemetery—discover how a
cemetery can be merry in the picturesque and traditional
area of Maramures.