Senior Tours and Travel Programs Abroad
Adventures are Ageless
|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
Most travelers today .... want memorable short-term experiences and adventures of one week to a month. Certainly, it is possible to plan and carry out independent alternative travel holidays with great success. But the two audiences who make up the vast majority of travelers today—older travelers and women—are far more inclined to research and select a carefully-planned small-group tour, a volunteer program, or an expeditionary cruise where the destinations, total expenses, and range of experiences are clearly defined.
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.
Cost: Early birds discounts.
Contact: Jackie Grandchamps, French
Escapade, 2389 Blackpool Place, San Leandro,
Tel.: 1 510 483 5713
|Live With and Teach English to a Family in France
This volunteer program is a great opportunity to experience
French lifestyle and improve your linguistic skills at a low
You live with a host family and in exchange for your own room and meals, you
share your English language skills for around 15 hours a week. This program has
a focus on cultural exchange, it is designed for those of you wishing to experience
French culture in depth. Placements are usually in Southern France, however,
positions are available in Paris and other areas in France.
||Dates: 1 to 3 months placements, available all year round. Only 1 month placement in July and August.
Cost: From 390 Euros.
Contact: ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops, 23 rue Jean Giono 34080 Montpellier, France
Tel.: 00 33 951 79 79 72.
Website: www.aliore.org (Language & Lifestyle programme)
Vacations for the Young at Heart!
It’s time to cross volunteering abroad off your bucket list! GoEco has a wide selection of senior-friendly volunteer
programs that give you the opportunity to devote your time
and skills to a cause you care about! Whether you’re interested
in helping orphaned children or joining in wildlife conservation
efforts, you‘ll return home knowing you made a difference!
week – 24 weeks
Costs: $400 USD – $2,900 USD
Contact: GoEco Volunteering
Tel.: US: +1 646 240 4545 UK: +44 203 318
4004 AU: +61 2 8014 9393
|Volunteer in Ecuador and Galapagos
Lead Adventures offers volunteer and adventure programs in Ecuador and the Galapagos suitable for "grown-ups" and seniors, providing full immersion in traditional Ecuadorian culture. You will learn about and share your knowledge of biodiversity, conservation, social causes, organic agriculture, animal welfare, and community building. Tailored group and individual customized options are available. You may choose to stay in a hostel or a hotel for more independence, and have your travel arrangements customized for your specific needs.
Contact: Lead Adventures, Juan Leon
Mera 1574 y La Pinta (2nd floor office 2A) Quito -
Tel.: US/Canada 1 800 579 3905 or
Ecuador 5 932 254 1633
Road Scholar: Educational Travel and Learning Vacations for Adults and Seniors offers tours, 5,500 learning adventures in 150 countries and all 50 states in the U.S., serving more than 100,000 participants per year. Road Scholar was founded by Elderhostel, a not-for-profit, in the summer of 1975 and began as a learning program conceived to combine not-for-credit classes with inexpensive lodging for older adults. The adult and senior tours range from small to large in size,
and combine educational, cultural, and adventure travel.
Adventures Abroad Senior Tours offers small-group tours for "mature" travelers (those 50+) around the world. The focus is on cultural immersion travel, adventure travel, and traveling off-the-beaten-path. Meet, eat, dine, and converse with locals rather than staying in more conventional tourist locations while being guided by experts in destinations.
Steves’ Europe Tours 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.
ElderTreks — Over 50 Travel — Adventure Tours for Seniors has catered 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.
With tours 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!
Walking the World offers adventure travel tours for people 50 and better. Adventure travel is a way of experiencing the world, not as a passive observer, but as an active participant. And walking, more than any other type of activity, allows you to experience firsthand not only a country’s majestic natural areas, but its rich and varied human cultures as well. With Walking The World, you’ll be walking through small villages, meeting the local people, and sampling some of the world’s finest food and drink.
Oceanic Society Expeditions.
The Oceanic Society is a nonprofit organization working
to protect marine wildlife and the marine environment
through conservation-based research and environmental
education. Half its itineraries are volunteer holidays,
the rest are educational. Participants become research
assistants, working side by side with academics and field
researchers, logging, recording, and collecting data,
including coral reef health monitoring and measuring
nesting sea turtles. These expeditions occur in Central
and South America and the Pacific Ocean region. Sixty
percent of clients are older adults.
Overseas Adventure Travels specializes in small group tours and expeditions for those over 50 to destinations around the world. The organization, based in Boston, Mass., offers to "take you off the beaten path so you can participate in everyday life in your destination," allowing opportunities for as much cultural interaction as possible with the local culture as you explore.
Women’s Travel Tours 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,
Discover Corps. A travel program that offers volunteer vacations packages to countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Discover Corps specializes in volunteer trips for seniors and their families. The 1-2 week trips combine citizen diplomacy, responsible volunteering, hands-on volunteering, cultural connections, and developing an authentic and meaningful travel experience. Discover Corps has an exclusive relationship with the National Peace Corps Association.
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 offers a visit to Bruckental Museum
hosting important work of arts Rubens, Tizian,
AmeriSpan offers immersion programs worldwide to learn 20 different languages including Spanish, Italian, German, French, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. Specialized programs combine activities including cooking, wine-tasting, sailing, golf and dance with language classes. With over 28,000 clients to date, the company offers instruction from beginner to advanced together with memorable cultural experiences. Some seniors prefer to avoid June, July, and August, which attract droves of college-age students; excellent months, particularly in Latin America, are February to April and September to December when older participants receive more personalized service.
Institute of America Tours, 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 senior tours with about 90 percent
of clientele over 50.