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)
|The Balkans: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia
The Balkans Tours offer an immersion into old world Europe. Explore the vast cultural and ethnic diversity and enjoy abundant natural beauty including the former Yugoslavia, quaint villages of the Adriatic, the Istria Peninsula, Albania — undiscovered gem, a former enclave of the Ottoman Empire.
Select the module based on your interests and time: Balkans Comprehensive (32 days), Balkans Explorer (22 days), Historic Villages of the Adriatic (17 days), Albania with Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia (17 days), Albania — end in Macedonia or Kosovo (12/13 days).
||Dates: Twice annually: May-June and September.
Cost: Approximate; check our website or call for exact prices. Slovenia & Croatia (11 days): $3550; Explorer-six countries: (22 days): $5485 Albania-Macedonia-Kosovo-Serbia (17 days): $4150; Comprehensive-eight countries (32 days): $8600.
Contact: Original World, 930 Irwin Street, Ste 222, San Rafael, CA 94901.
Adventures Abroad: Senior Tours is a specialized leader in small group travel and expeditions, with many options customized for mature travelers in the form of "soft-adventure tours." Based in Vancouver, they offer senior tours to many countries worldwide in their intimate, fun and environmentally-friendly approach.
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.
ElderExpeditions.com — Senior Adventure Travel offers all-inclusive multisport senior vacation tours to an ever increasing list of destinations worldwide. Examples of the sports which Elder Expeditions’ trips include are biking, hiking, horseback riding, dog sledding, canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, cave exploration, Nordic and Alpine skiing, zip wiring, high rope walking and snow showing. Elder Expeditions’ trips do not include extreme sports. Most Elder Expeditions’ trips include some cultural activities such as horse-drawn sleigh rides, hot air ballooning, concerts, local story telling, learning to play an Irish drum, and visits to historical points of interest.
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!
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.
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.
Road Scholar: Educational Travel and Learning Vacations for Adults and Seniors offers seniors tours created by Elderhostel, and has over 6,500 offerings in 50 countries as a not-for-profit
since 1975. Tours range from small to large in size,
including cultural to adventure travel.
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,
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
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.