International 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
Reviewed by Senior Travel Editor 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.
|| 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
Archaeological Institute of America Tours, P.O. Box 938, 47 Main St., Ste. 1, Walpole, NH 03608-0938; 800-748-6262 or 603-756-2884, fax 603-756-2922; email@example.com, www.aiatours.org. 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.
ElderTreks, 597 Markham St., Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7, Canada; 800-741-7956 or 416-588-5000; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.eldertreks.com. 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!
Rick Steves’ Europe Tours, P.O. Box 2009, 130 4th Ave. N, Edmonds, WA 98020; 425-771-8303, fax 425-771-0833; email@example.com, www.ricksteves.com/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.
Senior Women’s Travel Tours, 435 E. 79th St., #4L, New York, NY 10021; 212-988-1359, fax 212-826-8710; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.poshnosh.com. 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, and cuisine.
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—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. Contact: email@example.com, www.visit-transylvania.us (reviewed by web editor).