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Senior Tours and Travel Programs Abroad

Adventures are Ageless

Senior tours with Eldertrekkers
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. —Alison Gardner
Don't 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.
Senior small group tours Dates: April to Oct.
Cost: Early birds discounts.
Contact: Jackie Grandchamps, French Escapade, 2389 Blackpool Place, San Leandro, CA 94577.
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 cost.
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.
Seniors welcome!
Volunteer in France with Aliore Dates: 1 to 3 months placements, available all year round. Only 1 month placement in July and August.
From 390 Euros.
Contact: ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops, 23 rue Jean Giono 34080 Montpellier, France
00 33 951 79 79 72.
Website: (Language & Lifestyle programme)

Volunteer 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!
Senior Volunteering Abroad Dates: 1 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.
Senior volunteering in Ecuador Dates: Year round
Contact: Lead Adventures, Juan Leon Mera 1574 y La Pinta (2nd floor office 2A) Quito - Ecuador
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.

Rick 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.

Senior 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, and cuisine.

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.

Transylvania 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, Van Dyke.

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.

Archaeological 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.

Senior Tours with French Escapade
Senior Volunteering with GO ECO
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