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USA Tours and Trips for Senior Citizens 2024/2025

The best tours and trips for seniors in USA. Are you a senior traveller looking for a great trip? Choose from 277 senior tours to USA with tour durations varying from 1 to 26 days. Our tours for senior citizens have received 75 customer reviews.

278 senior tours in USA

LA To Vegas Adventure Tour

  • Starts Los Angeles, USA
  • Ends Las Vegas, USA

LA to Vegas Adventure

  • Best price guaranteed
  • No booking fees
  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities City sightseeing
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping & Hostel
  • Transport Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 15-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,470
  • Special Deal (10%): - US$ 147
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,323
  • Jul 09 Only 2 seats left
  • Jul 16 Only 6 seats left
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Wonders Of The American West Tour

  • Starts Las Vegas, USA

Wonders of the American West

  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Explorer & Adventure
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge & Resort
  • Transport Coach, 4WD Jeep & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 5-99 yrs
  • Sep 08 Only 5 seats left
  • Sep 10 Only 8 seats left

Hiking Utah's Mighty 5 Tour

Hiking Utah's Mighty 5

  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & National parks
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping, Tent & Resort
  • Age Range 12-95 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,199
  • Special Deal (30%): - US$ 660
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,539
  • Jun 16 Only 3 seats left
  • Jul 03 Only 10 seats left

Spotlight On New York City Tour

  • Starts New York, USA
  • Ends New York, USA

Spotlight on New York City

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Transport Ferry
  • Age Range 1-95 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,169
  • Special Deal (7%): - US$ 150
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,019
  • Jul 11 Only 6 seats left
  • Aug 29 Only 10 seats left

Denali Alaska Highlights Tour

  • Starts Anchorage, USA
  • Ends Anchorage, USA

Denali Alaska Highlights

  • Free cancellation
  • Trip customizable
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Adventure Trekking and Hiking , Adventure , Camping , Wildlife & Rafting 'data-more-tripid='43847'>+3 more
  • Accommodation Camping, Guest House, Hotel & Tent
  • Transport Boat, Bus & Flight
  • Age Range 10-79 yrs

Eastern USA & Canada Escape Tour

Eastern USA & Canada Escape

  • Activities Natural landmarks sightseeing & City sightseeing
  • Transport Coach, Boat, Bus, Private Vehicle & Flight
  • Age Range 10-99 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 3,835
  • Special Deal (32%): - US$ 1,238
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,597
  • Jul 15 10+ seats left
  • Sep 02 Only 9 seats left

Honolulu Hawaii Experience 7D/6N Tour

  • Starts Honolulu, USA
  • Ends Honolulu, USA

Honolulu Hawaii Experience 7D/6N

  • Activities Adventure
  • Accommodation Hotel & Hostel
  • Age Range 18-99 yrs
  • Jun 09 10+ seats left
  • Jun 10 10+ seats left

Rhythms Of The South Tour

  • Starts Nashville, USA
  • Ends New Orleans, USA

Rhythms of the South

  • Activities Adventure & Explorer
  • Transport Coach, Boat & Bus
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,525
  • Special Deal (19%): - US$ 485
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,040
  • Sep 16 Only 8 seats left
  • Sep 23 Only 10 seats left

Wild Western USA Tour

  • Ends San Francisco, USA

Wild Western USA

  • Activities Natural landmarks sightseeing & National parks
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,740
  • Special Deal (15%): - US$ 411
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,329
  • Jul 16 Only 5 seats left

New York To Miami Tour

  • Ends Miami, USA

New York to Miami

  • Activities City sightseeing & Chill out
  • Transport Coach & Boat
  • Age Range 13-99 yrs
  • Aug 16 Only 10 seats left
  • Apr 18 Only 10 seats left

Western Trails

  • Ends Los Angeles, USA

Western Trails

  • Accommodation Hotel & Lodge
  • Transport Coach
  • Jun 21 Only 10 seats left
  • Jul 05 Only 10 seats left

Best Of The West Tour

Best of the West

  • Accommodation Hotel & Resort
  • Transport Coach, Helicopter & Private Vehicle
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,625
  • Special Deal (19%): - US$ 496
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,129
  • Jul 11 Only 8 seats left
  • Sep 19 10+ seats left

Utah Parks Circuit Tour

Utah Parks Circuit

  • Activities National parks
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping & Hut
  • Transport Private Vehicle & Jeep
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,420
  • Special Deal (35%): - US$ 847
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,573
  • Jun 15 Only 2 seats left
  • Jul 20 Only 10 seats left

Best Of California Tour

  • Starts San Diego, USA
  • Ends California, USA

Best of California

  • Accommodation Hotel, Resort & Guest House
  • Transport Coach, Ferry & Train
  • Brochure Price: US$ 5,195
  • Special Deal (10%): - US$ 538
  • Total Price from: US$ 4,657
  • Sep 20 Only 5 seats left
  • Oct 04 10+ seats left

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East Coast USA Tours for Seniors

Explore East Coast USA with other Seniors. These 57 tours include popular destinations like Asheville and Boston.

57 trips for 'over 50s' in East Coast USA with 1,129 reviews

Niagara Falls, Washington DC, Philadelphia & Amish Country 4D/3N (from New York) Tour

  • Christmas & New Year

Niagara Falls, Washington DC, Philadelphia & Amish Country 4D/3N (from New York)

Beautiful experience visited the Lincoln memorial, washington memorial, Amish county, Philadelphia and the amazing Niagara Falls.
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

USA - American Getaway Tour

  • In-depth Cultural

USA - American Getaway

Cape Cod & the Islands Tour

Cape Cod & the Islands

Whale watching was awesome. Most hotels extremely nice. Room at Sheraton had very tiny bathroom

Georgia History Trail to Nashville  Tour

  • Coach / Bus
  • Sightseeing

Georgia History Trail to Nashville

Such a tour is useful to learn which cities you might like to re-visit because our time in each is very short.

New York City, Niagara Falls & Washington DC with Extended Stay in New York City Tour

New York City, Niagara Falls & Washington DC with Extended Stay in New York City

Historic Highlights (8 Days) Tour

Historic Highlights (8 Days)

Sites were fabulous!

New York City, Niagara Falls & Washington DC Tour

New York City, Niagara Falls & Washington DC

Boston Cape Cod and The Islands (Classic, 8 Days) Tour

Boston Cape Cod and The Islands (Classic, 8 Days)

Canolis, Cape Code Chips and Cape Codders on the bus was a nice touch! Thoroughly enjoyed the snacks on the bus.

Southern Charms Tour

Southern Charms

It was wonderful, perfect weather in the 70's everyday. Love it all the way!

Classic Walks in Vermont Tour

  • Hiking & Trekking

Classic Walks in Vermont

Cycling Maine\'s Coast & National Park Tour

Cycling Maine's Coast & National Park

East Coast Camping Adventure Tour

East Coast Camping Adventure

New England\'s Fall Foliage (Classic, 8 Days) Tour

New England's Fall Foliage (Classic, 8 Days)

I enjoyed all that we did. Brigette is a great person, with a fantastic personality.

Coiba Island, From Cébaco Island Tour

Coiba Island, From Cébaco Island

Spotlight on Boston Tour

Spotlight on Boston

I had such a blast. My tour guide was amazing and the group I was with were incredible.

What people love about East Coast USA Tours for Seniors

A hectic and fast paced trip, starting with early mornings. Loved Niagara Falls and being able to go to the Canadian side for one night (remember to apply for a Canadian Esta and bring your passport). Pennsylvania and Amish country side was a treat. Wish we had more time there. Love hearing about American history. Then Washington DC- amazing city. We disembarked after touring DC monuments and aeronautical museum and spent two more days in DC. Wharf, eateries, sights and monuments within reach.
Exceptional itinerary, tour director, and coach driver.
We were fortunate to have Claire Kredens as our driver guide. She is a gifted leader and could cope with ant situation. Such a tour is useful to learn which cities you might like to re-visit because our time in each is very short. Four and five hour drives every other day is exhausting and maybe the number of places visited could be edited downward. On the whole, I enjoyed the trip altho the age range 15-99 is unwise. 15-80 would be much more realistic.

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While we welcome people of all ages on tour, our trips are a good fit for those interested in senior travel. When you travel with us, you'll experience:

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The comfiest hotels.

We think that where you stay is as big a part of your tour experience as the historical sites, cultural attractions, and stunning natural scenery you’ll encounter along the way. (Plus, we want to make sure you’re plenty rested for each day’s new adventure.) Throughout your tour, you’ll rest your head in some seriously stylish, impeccably clean hotels—many with stories of their own to tell.

Full-service flights to and from your tour

When you travel with us, you can book your own flights to and from tour or enjoy the perks that come with letting our pros take the reins. We partner with top airlines to secure your flights at competitive rates, and we arrange airport transfers for your on-tour arrival and departure. If your Go Ahead-booked flight is canceled, we’ll help get you on a new one.


8 Best Senior Travel Tour Companies in 2024

These top tour companies are a particularly good fit for older travelers..

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The Scoop: What to Know About Trafalgar Tours

With tours around the world and experiences that are hard to replicate as an independent traveler, senior-friendly tour companies are a great vacation option for anyone over the age of 50. The best senior travel tour companies offer a wide range of formats to fit the varied needs, preferences, and interests of older travelers, too. And if you’re a senior who’s traveling solo, some of these tour companies also offer discounts so you don’t have to pay full price for a double room.

2024’s Best Senior Travel Tour Companies

The best tour companies for seniors stand out for a variety of reasons. They all have robust plans and protocols in place for such things as cancellations, changes, and other unforeseen circumstances; are very clear about the psychical requirements for each tour; and offer seniors tours to meet the interests all kinds of older travelers. Most also offer flight reservations and optional travel insurance. Here are the highest-rated and most trusted senior travel tour companies in the world.

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1. Trafalgar Tours

An older couple take a break from hiking to enjoy coffee on a Utah outlook overlooking a canyon.They are sitting on camp stools close to the edge. They are both holding coffee mugs and she is smiling at the camera.

One of the oldest and most respected names in group travel, Trafalgar Tours has logged more than 75 years in the travel business and offers a wide variety of destinations and travel styles: guided tours, river cruising, next-gen and family tours , luxury and customized private tours, and safari and adventure travel.

Trafalgar’s “Be My Guest” experiences allow you to visit and dine with local families in homes, farms, and restaurants. “Mini-stays” of three to five days appeal to the busy traveler or to those who want an “add-on” to a longer tour or stay. “At Leisure” trips have a relaxed pace, longer stays at each accommodation, and later starts in the mornings.

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Because Trafalgar’s customer base is international, tour participants are likely to be English-speaking citizens of a variety of countries—a plus for North Americans who would enjoy traveling with people from all over the globe. A travel director accompanies each tour group and coordinates with local tour guides at each destination. Many of the travel directors have five years’ experience or more.

Trafalgar has a “Very Important Traveler” program that offers 5% savings on selected trips. For solo travelers, the cost of a single supplement depends on the trip. Optional experiences on each tour cost extra but also offer the flexibility to create your own custom tour: You may opt out of the activity and choose to do something else—or just relax.

THE SCOOP: What to Know About Trafalgar Tours Before You Book

Trafalgar is the anchor brand of The Travel Corporation (TTC), which comprises 42 travel brands, including tour operations that specialize in different destinations, age groups, price range, and travel styles. For example, the CostSaver brand is very inexpensive, while  Insight Vacations  is a premium tour company, and  Luxury Gold  is TTC’s high-end tour company.

Quick Facts about Senior Tours with Trafalgar

  • Average group size: 22 to 29 people on small group tours; 40 to 50 on classic tours.
  • Price range: Moderately inexpensive but “optional experiences” are not included and can be expensive.
  • What’s included: All accommodations, meals as stated in itinerary, and most tips.
  • What’s not included: Optional excursions, some meals and tips.
  • Primary audience: Travelers from around the world; 60% of clients are ages 50 to 71.
  • Destinations: 303 trips in 72 countries across six continents.
  • How to book: Directly through Trafalgar ; via Travelstride , Tourhub , or TourRadar , all which are tour specialist online travel agents (OTAs) that offer hundreds of Trafalgar trips; or through a travel agent such as AAA .

2. Tauck Tours

Tauck Tours, a popular tour company for seniors, private, after-hours visit inside the Sistine Chape

Tauck Tours offers deluxe and highly inclusive tours to more than 100 destinations on all seven continents. With nearly 100 years in the tour business, Tauck prides itself on quality and on the experience of its Tour Directors, who come from 40 countries and average 10 years of experience. The hotels it selects are always excellent and well-located.

Tauck aims to appeal to people of all ages by offering land journeys, European river cruises, small ship ocean cruises, and multi-generational “Tauck Bridges” family travel. Each tour has ratings for activity level and pace (rated one through four), but, like many tour companies, Tauck warns that travelers with mobility issues must bring their own assistance.

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Seniors who prefer to have the majority of their experience planned for them will appreciate the full itineraries and the many included meals in fine hotels and restaurants. With individual excursions included rather than optional, Tauck travelers are encouraged to try experiences (e.g., a raft trip or a helicopter ride) they might not otherwise have considered.

Tauck promises to “manage the unexpected—big and small,” with its Global Response Team, a comprehensive support system that takes care of all details, including such exigencies as accidents and quarantines.  The company has a frequent traveler savings program and offers some savings for solo travelers on selected journeys.

Quick Facts about Senior Travel Tours with Tauck Tours

  • Average group size: 35 to 44 people for land trips; 24 for small group journeys; river boat and small ship group sizes depend on size of ship but shore excursions are in smaller groups.
  • Price range: Upscale/Premium with many inclusions.
  • What’s included: All accommodations (generally upscale), tips, most meals, luggage handling, airport transfers as specified in the itinerary, entertainment, local excursions and visits, any taxes or surcharges.
  • What’s not included: Tips for Tour Director (and bus driver, where applicable), some meals (usually lunch).
  • Primary audience: “People of all ages,” but the company caters to seniors.
  • Destinations: More than 70 countries on seven continents (with land journeys on six); river cruises in Europe.
  • How to book: Directly through Tauck ; via Travelstride , a tour specialist OTA that offers hundreds of Tauck trips; or through a travel agent such as AAA .

3. Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT)

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Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT), part of the Grand Circle Corporation since 1978, focuses on active travelers over 50 who are looking for hands-on experiences in destinations around the world. The seniors-only company prides itself in taking travelers off the beaten track with immersive “Day in the Life” experiences such as shopping at local markets, visiting children at school, and taking part in home-hosted meals. OAT opts for accommodations that offer authentic local experiences—think smaller family-run hotels, paradores , and hotels close to city centers.

Both land and small-ship tours for seniors are available. Most trips last two weeks or more, with optional pre- and post-trip extensions, appealing to retirees and working people who have saved vacation time as well as travel funds. The physical requirements of each tour are described in detail, with an activity level rating system of one (easy) to five (strenuous). Each itinerary outlines the included meals and local tours; optional tours require an additional fee, but the itineraries also recommend many free or inexpensive options for your free time.

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OAT has made itself a leader in solo travel: More than a quarter of its senior citizen clients are solo travelers, and of those, 85% are women. Roughly 92% of its single spaces are free of any singles surcharge, others are heavily discounted, and the company also offers a roommate matching program. In 2019, OAT began offering some women-only departures.

While not a cut-rate tour company, OAT works hard to provide senior tours at low per diems—giving you more for your travel dollar. The Travel Channel recognized it as a top provider for budget-conscious travelers, and the Grand Circle Foundation received a Global Vision award for leadership in tourism and philanthropy.

Quick Facts about Over-50 Tours with Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT)

  • Average group size: Small-group land tours have no more than 16 travelers; small-ship adventures have no more than 25 participants.
  • Price range: Moderate.
  • What’s included: All accommodations (comfortable hotels), most meals, daily cultural activities, some tips, and airport transfers.
  • What’s not included: Some optional tours, meals, and tips.
  • Primary audience: “Curious lifelong learners” age 50+.
  • Destinations: 76 countries on six continents; no tours in North America
  • How to book: Directly through OAT

4. Road Scholar

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Road Scholar is a senior travel tour company that emphasizes lifelong learning and educational travel for older travelers. Founded in 1975 as the nonprofit Elderhostel, the organization changed its name in 2010 and now provides study tours throughout the U.S., Canada, and in more than 100 other countries. All of its senior-focused tours include guidance and lectures by Road Scholar faculty who are experts on topics relevant to the destination. Lodgings are always comfortable and “sometimes even iconic.”

Road Scholar programs include theme-based travel (such as arts, philosophy and religion, and nature studies), outdoor adventures, service learning trips, adventures afloat, intergenerational tours, and independent city discoveries. The “Choose Your Pace” feature allows you to choose among multiple options of tour length, challenge, and pace. Extended-stay programs range from eight days in Florence to 45 days in southern Spain.

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Activity levels for tours range from “easy-going” to “outdoor: challenging,” with the physical demands of each tour described in its itinerary. An “easy” tour might cover a week of Chautauqua lectures in New York, while a “challenging” tour might include hiking and kayaking in Alaska.

Nearly 25% of Road Scholars are traveling solo; the senior tour company offers some discounts on single rooms, provides supportive advice to women traveling solo, and emphasizes “learning in the company of a small group of individual friends, rather than traveling with a collection of couples.”  Road Scholar travelers tend to be curious and open to new ideas and cultures. The travel company recently added a virtual Adventures Online series of in-depth lectures for those who wish to supplement an in-person journey or simply learn from home.

Quick Facts about Senior Travel Tours with Road Scholar

  • Average group size: 13 to 24 people on “small group” tours; 12 or fewer on “micro group” tours; other group sizes vary by tour type and destination.
  • Price range: Moderate to expensive, but with lots of included perks that other tour companies charge extra for.
  • What’s included: All accommodations, most meals, tips, excursions, expert lectures (in addition to your tour director), and airport transfers if you book flights through Road Scholar.
  • What’s not included: Porterage and airport transfers if you arrange your own flights.
  • Primary audience: Lifelong learners over the age of 50.
  • Destinations: Road Scholar’s senior tours cover all 50 U.S. states as well as 100 countries on all continents; the emphasis is on North America.
  • How to Book: Directly through Road Scholar ; via Travelstride , a tour specialist OTA that offers more than 1,500 Road Scholar trips; or through a travel agent such as AAA .

5. Smithsonian Journeys

Matsue Castle in Japan with tree leaves framing the picture, as seen on a Smithsonian Journeys tour

Like Road Scholar, Smithsonian Journeys is a group travel company for seniors that focuses on educational travel. It offers specialized land journeys, active outdoor journeys, small ship cruises, and cultural stays. At least one expert accompanies each tour or stay, providing lectures and local tours appropriate to the destination. Tours include culturally immersive experiences like visits to homes, meals with locals, and demonstrations of local crafts and cuisines. High-quality accommodations are included in the price and reflect the character of the local culture.

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Smithsonian also provides special interest tours for older travelers, including study at Oxford, cave art exploration, and observation of the total solar eclipse in 2024. Its Cultural Stays allow travelers to “unpack once” and spend from one to three weeks exploring and learning in and around a single destination.

A branch of the 175-year-old Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Journeys has operated tours for more than 50 years. Its wide range of travel options appeals to many age groups, but the average age of travelers with this company is 55+. (The typical age range on active tours is 45 to 70; on special interest tours, it’s 55 to 80.) Smithsonian’s five activity level ratings are somewhat more demanding than Road Scholar’s, ranging from “Easy” (easy walking and shorter travel days) to “Challenging” (e.g., climbing Kilimanjaro).

Quick Facts about Senior Tours with Smithsonian Journeys

  • Average group size: 12 to 24 people for most land journeys; cruises from 36 people (river boat) to 264 (small ship cruise).
  • Price range: Moderate to expensive, but with lots of included perks.
  • What’s included: Excellent accommodations, most meals, most tips, excursions, experts and lectures, and airport transfers. Some itineraries also offer airfare-inclusive pricing
  • What’s not included: Some meals and some tips.
  • Primary audience: Travelers 45 to 80 years old who want to better understand the world.
  • Destinations: 130 itineraries on seven continents (with an emphasis on Europe).
  • How to Book: Directly through Smithsonian Journeys or through a travel agent such as AAA .

swimmers in spa pool in Budapest on a Globus tour in Europe

Established more than 90 years ago, Globus heads a family of travel brands that also includes Avalon Waterways (river tours) and Cosmos (budget tours). The company offers travel styles for a variety of fitness levels and interests, with an emphasis on freedom and flexibility that works especially well for seniors. It ranks among the best escorted tour companies for the 55+ age group because it recognizes that the one-size-fits-all mentality does not work for everyone, especially older travelers.

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Free time on every tour allows for “adventure a la carte.” A wide array of optional excursions and activities is offered on each itinerary: some are extra-cost activities provided by the company, while others are simply helpful suggestions for independent exploration. Globus provides tour directors and local guides from the region for every tour, as well as “skip the lines” access to sites, centrally located first-class hotels, opportunities to meet local families, and some “experiential dining” meals.

Globus tours come in many different formats. Globus Undiscovered tours take you off the beaten path where there are fewer crowds; this option is attractive to seasoned travelers who have already seen famous sights like the Tower of Pisa and the Mona Lisa. Escapes by Globus offers up to a 40% discount on tours taken between November and March. Choice Touring and Independence by Globus provide itineraries that allow you to choose excursions and have more “I-time” while the company provides lodging and the help of a tour director.

Quick Facts about Guided Tours for Older Travelers with Globus

  • Average group size: 24 people (small-group discovery) to 36 people (average size of a coach tour).
  • Price range: Inexpensive, but optional excursions cost extra.
  • What’s included: All accommodations, some meals, airport transfers on published tour departure and return dates, and admission to sites included in tour.
  • What’s not included: Optional experiences (may be $50 to $100 each), tips, and some meals.
  • Primary audience: Adults who want a wide variety of travel options.
  • Destinations: More than 50 countries on six continents.
  • How to Book: Directly through Globus ; via Travelstride , Tourhub , or TourRadar , all which are tour specialist OTAs; or through a travel agent such as AAA .

7. Intrepid Travel

two people kayaking with icebergs in the background on an Intrepid tour

Founded in 1988 in Australia and now employee-owned, Intrepid Travel offers 1,100 escorted tours worldwide, with an average of 10 travelers per tour. The company focuses on small group active trips off the beaten track. Its tours often use public transportation and stay at locally owned accommodations.

Intrepid has an age-inclusive philosophy (“18 to 70”) and aims to provide tours for all interests and comfort levels. Tour styles include “ Basix ” for the budget travel crowd and “ Comfort ,” which tends to attract older travelers. The travel tour company also offers retreats and tours for women, solo travelers, and the 18-29 age group. Note that while Intrepid tours are active, its tours are “not a constant endurance test.” A general level of health and fitness is adequate for its trips.

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Examples of Intrepid tours include a winter journey to Iceland to view the Aurora Borealis, a hiking-cycling trip in Sri Lanka, snorkeling in Bali, kayaking in Alaska, and enjoying the Naadam Festival in Mongolia or Day of the Dead in Mexico. A “Comfort” trip to Jordan might include some moderate hiking to sites, floating in the Dead Sea, a stay in a desert camp, and snorkeling in the Red Sea. Intrepid also offers small ship adventure cruising to such places as the Galapagos Island, the Greek and Turkish Islands, Antarctica, and French Polynesia.  

Intrepid conducts safety assessments of all included and optional activities; experienced local leaders provide instruction and advice to travelers who are new to an activity or area. It also has an excellent record of corporate responsibility. Intrepid focuses on sustainable travel and has been carbon neutral since 2010.

Quick Facts about Guided Tours with Intrepid Travel

  • Average group size: 10 people.
  • Price range: Moderately inexpensive but extra cost for premium upgrades.
  • What’s included: On general tours, you get accommodations, breakfasts, and local experiences. On premium tours, you can expect additions like breakfast and some other meals, tips, and airport and luggage transfer.
  • What’s not included: See above.
  • Primary audience: Active adult travelers of all ages.
  • Destinations: More than 100 countries on seven continents, including polar regions and more South Pacific destinations than most other senior tour companies.
  • How to Book: Directly through Intrepid ; via Travelstride , Tourhub , or TourRadar all which are tour specialist OTAs (online travel agents) that offer hundreds of Intrepid trips; or through a travel agent such as AAA .

8. Viking River Cruises

People dining onboard a Viking River Cruise ship with beautiful water and forest in the background

Viking River Cruises specializes in European river touring, but it also offers small ship ocean cruises and expedition voyages. The company is more than 25 years old and is among the most awarded river cruise lines worldwide. Viking owns and operates its own ships; it also owns some dock locations.

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Viking does not try to be all things to all people. There are no casinos on its river boats, for example, nor are children under 18 allowed. Viking also has a “no nickel and diming and no umbrella drinks” policy. However, you can expect outside rooms, onboard enrichment lectures, destination performances, onshore excursions in every port, introductions to local life and people, and an experienced staff. (In fact, 90% of the company’s river cruise staff returns each year.) Optional pre- and post-tour land extensions are offered.

With a philosophy that travel “should be a doorway to cultural insight and personal enrichment,” Viking could be regarded as a waterborne version of Road Scholar or Smithsonian Journeys. The company owns a learning channel (Viking TV) and provides recommended readings and other materials before you depart.

Quick Facts about Cruises for Seniors with Viking

  • Passenger limit on river boats: 190 people  (up to 930 on ocean ships)
  • Price range: Moderately expensive but inclusive.
  • What’s included: Onboard accommodations, meals, shore excursions, entertainment, tips; and transfers with air purchase through Viking. Some tours also include free international airfare.
  • What’s not included: Transfers and porterage for those not using Viking for air reservations, some tips.
  • Primary audience: Adults, but primarily older adults.
  • Destinations: Mostly Europe for river tours, also cruises on the Nile, Mississippi, and Mekong Rivers; expedition cruises to Antarctica and the Great Lakes; ocean cruises to various destinations.
  • How to Book: Directly through Viking ; via CruiseCritic ; or through a travel agent such as AAA .

More Senior Travel Tour Company Options for Older Travelers

If you can’t see yourself in any of the senior tour styles I’ve mentioned above—or maybe you just want even more options—I have a few more recommendations.

1) Those who loved travel experiences in their student days and prefer an inexpensive tour may want to look at EF Go Ahead Tours .

2) Those who are physically fit and want active travel like cycling tours and walking tours with a mixed age group have many good options, including Backroads and Country Walkers , which can be a good fit for senior cycling and walking enthusiasts.

College graduates should check to see if their alumni association sponsors any tours: AHI , Odysseys Unlimited , and other companies work with these associations to provide excellent tours at good prices.

Finally, seniors planning a multigenerational family vacation or skip-gen trip with the grandkids should consider a company like Adventures by Disney , which is a hit with all ages.

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20 Best Spring Vacations In USA For Older Americans (2024)

Last Updated on May 6, 2024 by Nicole

There are amazing spring vacation destinations in the United States for older Americans. Whether you crave a tropical sunny beach escape, thrilling outdoor adventures, an exciting city getaway with incredible museums and restaurants, or a stay in a charming town uncovering its hidden gems, there is something waiting for every older adult in America. Even if you have “seen it and done it all”, you will find in this article fantastic spring getaways all over the USA highlighting unique activities for every kind of traveler. Here are 20 of the best US vacations in spring for retirees and seniors.

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Best US Vacations For Seniors In Springtime

Here are 20 of the best places in America to visit in spring for older adults. They include beautiful beaches, big and small cities, and destinations that remind you of the beauty and thrill of the outdoors, like state and national parks, and beyond.

They are located all over the United States. For each destination, I feature some of the best things to do, keeping in mind that sometimes you are ready to take on the world while other times, you prefer to put up your feet and let the world come to you.

Beyond setting out thrilling attractions and unique tours and activities, I also provide the expected weather for March, April, and May, so you can decide whether it meets your expectations.

Finally, how best to reach the destination is highlighted as well as fantastic places to stay.

So, gather your friends,  family  or even go one your own and meet new friends. Spend your next spring time making new incredible memories in the the beautiful United States.

Best Big City Destinations In Spring For Retirees

There are plenty of incredible activities and attractions, exciting sporting events, and fantastic shows and restaurants in springtime in major American cities for even the most well traveled person.

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Chicago, Illnois

As the Windy City comes to life after winter, it transforms into a fantastic spring destination for seniors looking for an exciting big city experience. 

1. Experience the Lakefront: Walk, Bike, or Segway Tour

One of the best ways to experience Chicago is exploring its beautiful lakefront. You can trace the 18 mile Lakefront Trail on foot, rent a bike from Bobby’s Bike Hike , or embark on a segway tour .  

2. Visit the Art Institute of Chicago

After being ranked as one of the best art museums in the world, The Art Institute of Chicago is the perfect place to soak up over 300,000 pieces of world-class art, with works ranging from Van Gogh to American Gothic. 

3. Go To A Sporting Event

Spring in Chicago means “game on”! You can either catch the end of the Chicago Bulls playing basketball at the United Center or Chicago Blackhawks playing hockey at the United Center, or the beginning of the Cubs and White Sox baseball season. 

Best Time To Go Or Avoid

  • March: Average highs of 46°F and average lows of 34°F with 1.8 inches of rain over 6.2 days.
  • April: Average highs of 57°F and average lows of 44°F with 3.0 inches of rain over 8.7 days.
  • May: Average highs of 67°F and average lows of 54°F with 3.5 inches of rain over 10.7 days.

How Best To Reach The Destination

You can fly into Chicago O’hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport. O’hare is 25 miles from downtown whereas Midway is only 10 miles. Traffic can be terrible so be prepared.

Avoid renting a car as parking is expensive downtown. Chicago has a fantastic public transit system and lots of shared riding services.

Best Place To Stay

You are spoilt for choice in Chicago. The  Fairfield Inn And Suites in Downtown River North is more budget friendly with large comfortable rooms in a fantastic location.

For something a little more expensive and with a separate living room on the Magnificent Mile, try the  Omni Chicago Hotel .

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Nashville, Tennessee

“The Music City” is the perfect springtime vacation destination in America for older adults who love music, dancing, and want to deep dive into America’s country heritage. 

1. Line Dancing Lessons at a Honky-Tonk

What’s a trip to Nashville without line dancing and country music? Take a line dancing lesson and then head over to the Wildhorse Saloon , a world-famous live music venue to try out your new moves.

2. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Discover the roots of country music by exploring over 2.5 million artifacts at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum . You can explore the museum at your own pace for a few hours, or go even more in-depth by adding a guided audio tour. 

3. Live Performance at the Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry House is the premier place for live performances in Nashville, and attending a show really reveals the heart and soul of country music. Plus, each show features 8 artists or more.

For an even more in depth experience, book a backstage tour and get to experience what it really feels like behind the scenes.

  • March: Average highs of 62°F and average lows of 42°F with 4.1 inches of rain over 9 days.
  • April: Average highs of 71°F and average lows of 52°F with 4.3 inches of rain over 10 days.
  • May: Average highs of 79°F and average lows of 60°F with 4.4 inches of rain over 12 days.

It is only an 18 minute drive from Nashville International Airport to downtown.

The Hilton Nashville Downtown is a great option centrally located and close to all the main attractions.

Graduate Nashville is a fantastic luxury option. It features a rooftop bar with skyline views, a restaurant, and a karaoke bar.

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Washington, D.C.

Our nation’s capital not only has some of the most amazing national monuments and museums in the country, but it’s also one of the best cities in the US to visit in spring for older adults. 

1. Monuments by Moonlight Tour

One of the best ways to see Washington and its spectacular monuments is under the night sky, illuminated only by the moonlight. You’ll see important national monuments like Capitol Hill, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and dozens others on this Monuments by Moonlight Tour.  

2. See the Cherry Blossoms

If you want to see the famous cherry blossoms, it doesn’t get much better than Washington DC. The best place to see the cherry blossoms is hands down the Tidal Basin, where over 4,000 cherry trees are planted. 

Book a regular tour or a bike tour and be amazed at the beauty of this famous city when covered by cherry blossoms.

3. Dinner at Minibar

After amazing monuments and delicate cherry blossoms blooming, there’s no better way to cap off your trip to DC than dinner at Minibar , a Michellin Star winning restaurant run by José Andrés.

The evening starts off in a waiting lounge where you’ll watch a surreal melting clock countdown the minutes until your experience begins. The meal itself is a curated, Japanese-inspired pre-fixe menu, that you can actually watch the chef prepare from the circular bar wrapping around the kitchen.

  • March: Average highs of 56°F and average lows of 39°F with 3 inches of rain over 7.5 days.
  • April: Average highs of 67°F and average lows of 48°F with 3.3 inches of rain over 9 days.
  • May: Average highs of 75°F and average lows of 58°F with 3.5 inches of rain over 10 days.

You can reach Washington, DC either through the Ronald Reagan Airport (DCA), which is the closest to the city, or through Washington Dulles (IAD). You can decide to stay in the city or in Arlington, Virginia which is connected to the rest of the city through its Metro.

If you have the budget, try and stay in the city itself. That way you will have plenty of activities from which to choose and explore it first hand.

The  Generator Hotel  combines affordable luxury and unique social events to bring travelers together.

A sophisticated and highly rated choice only a mile from the White House is the Westin Georgetown .

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Los Angeles, California

If you’re looking for spring sunshine and all the entertainment you could ask for, Los Angeles is one of the best cities in the United States for spring holidays for mature adults. 

1. Hike to the Hollywood Sign

Just because LA is a driving city doesn’t mean you can’t stretch your legs and check out one of its most iconic landmarks! The shortest hike to the Hollywood Sign is the Cahuenga Peak Trail , and it offers amazing views and takes about 90 minutes.

Alternatively, take a guided tour and find the fastest and easiest way to the top.

2. Warner Brothers Studio Tour

If you want to see where all the magic happens, embark on a Warner Brothers Studio Tour . You can check out a working studio for a behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking, explore classic film sets, or a deluxe tour with lunch, historical focuses, and an inside look at an exclusive screening room.

3. See a Live Performance

Los Angeles is one of the best places in the world for live performances. See your favorite musicians perform at the Hollywood Bowl , soak in the nostalgia with a smaller show at the El Rey Theatre , take in the amazing acoustics of the Walt Disney Concert Hall , or see a comedy show at one of LA’s most famous comedy clubs, The Laugh Factory .

  • March: Average highs of 70°F and average lows of 52°F with 2.1 inches of rain over 4 days.
  • April: Average highs of 72°F and average lows of 55°F with one inch of rain over 2 days.
  • May: Average highs of 74°F and average lows of 59°F with practically no rain.

Fly into Los Angeles International Airport and pick up a rental car. Los Angeles is very spread out and public transportation is not very good. You could rely on ride sharing depending on the distances you wish to travel.

Steps from Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive shopping, the London West Hollywood Beverly Hills is a gorgeous boutique hotel featuring a rooftop with cabanas and a restaurant that serves a daily complimentary à la carte breakfast menu.

best spring time getaways in united states for seniors

Boston, Massachusetts

As the city stirs back to life, Boston is one of the best spring getaways in America for the elderly who want to explore rich history and have an amazing big city experience.

1. Go To Fenway Park

No trip to Boston is complete without a visit to Fenway. The baseball season officially kicks off this season, making spring the perfect time to head on over to Fenway to watch the Red Sox. If you want an extra special experience, book seats in the VIP lounge, or take a guided tour of Fenway Park .

2. Museum of Fine Arts After Hours

The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the best museums in the country. One of the best ways to experience the museum is after regular hours , where you can explore the art exhibits with fewer crowds, and listen to music from all over the world.

You can even add dinner to the experience by dining at the New American Cafe in the Shapiro Family Courtyard, that’s open for special evening hours. 

3. Dinner Cruise on the Boston Harbor

Enjoy the sparkling lights of the city, delicious dinner, a full bar, and scenic views of the Boston Harbor on this premium dinner cruise on Boston Harbor .

  • March: Average highs of 46°F and average lows of 32°F with 3.5 inches of rain over 6.5 days.
  • April: Average highs of 56°F and average lows of 42°F with 3.7 inches of rain over 8 days.
  • May: Average highs of 66°F and average lows of 51°F with 3.3 inches of rain over 9.5 days.

Boston Logan International Airport is in central Boston. You can take a taxi or ride share, but there is also excellent public transit, including from the airport.

There are lots of downtown hotels that are close to shopping and historical sights. The  Omni Parker Hotel is a beautiful older hotel located at the start of the Freedom Trail.

The  Hyatt Regency  has the opposite vibe to the Omni. It is a modern hotel near Boston Commons and just steps from great shopping.

Other Resources

If after reviewing this article you are still looking for travel inspiration, consider these other suggestions.

Here are other fantastic destinations in the United States in spring.

  • 24 Beautiful Hidden Gems To Visit In USA In Spring ;
  • 27 Best Spring Weekend Getaways in the USA ; and
  • 10 Best Flower Shows & Festivals In USA In Spring .
  • 50 Best US Beach Destinations For A Warm Getaway ;
  • 20 Best Cheap Warm Vacations In USA ; and
  • 21 Best Cheap Warm Vacations Near USA .

Best Beach Destinations In USA For Seniors In March, April and May

There is never a bad time to seek out the heat of the sun or the warm gentle breezes from the ocean. If winter in your hometown brought snow, cold and barely 8 hours of daylight, then a trip to a tropical beach in the United States in springtime is one of the best times to go.

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Maui, Hawaii

Maui is a breathtaking Hawaiian Island, renowned for its volcanic landscapes, stunning beaches, and beautiful lush jungles. It is one of the best beach vacations destinations in the USA for retirees.

1. Snorkeling at Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater has some of the best water clarity in the world, making it one of the world’s best destinations for snorkeling. You’ll see schools of colorful fish, sea turtles, rays, and more on a Molokini Crater snorkeling tour . 

2. Sunrise at Haleakala

The best way to fight jet lag is to wake up early on your first day on Maui, drive up or book a tour to the top of Haleakala National Park and watch the sun emerge from behind the clouds. It’s one of the best sunrises in the world.

3. Private Tour of Hana Highway

Much of Maui is rocky and volcanic. The key exception is the northeast coast of Maui, which you can experience by booking a full day tour of the Hana Highway . You’ll get to explore waterfalls, watch sea turtles, and see jaw-dropping views of lush jungles and rugged, beautiful beaches.

  • March: Average highs of 81°F and average lows of 66°F with 1.8 inches of rain over 6 days.
  • April: Average highs of 82°F and average lows of 67°F with 1.4 inches of rain over 4 days.
  • May: Average highs of 84°F and average lows of 69°F with one inch of rain over 3 days.

Maui’s main airport is Kahului Airport. Depending on where you choose to stay, it’ll take you about 25 to 40 minutes to reach your hotel. You can take a shuttle from the airport or pick up a rental car upon arrival.

There are two main tourist areas in Maui – Wailea (in South Maui) and Kaanapali (in West Maui).

In Wailea, the  Grand Wailea  (Waldorf Astoria) with its awesome pool complex is a great luxury place to stay. If you’re traveling on a budget, check out VRBO for an affordable condo in Kihei, just a few minutes north of Wailea.

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Emerald Isle is a quaint little coastal town on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. It’s known for its lovely beaches, which boast excellent weather in spring, making Emerald Isle one of the best spring beach getaways for older Americans. 

1. Explore the Beaches and Parks

The Emerald Isle has miles of beautiful beaches perfect for beach walks, swimming, sunning, and looking for dolphins. You can also explore Emerald Isle Woods Park and walk their birding trails and along the park’s pier. 

2. Disc Golf

Emerald Isle has a fun 9-hole disc golf course that winds through the forest and ends right on the beach. 

3. Sunset at The Point

The Point is situated at the far western section of the Emerald Isle, and because it faces west, it’s the best place in Emerald Isle to watch the sunset.

  • March: Average highs of 66°F and average lows of 46°F with 3.5 inches of rain over 8 days.
  • April: Average highs of 73°F and average lows of 54°F with 3 inches of rain over 8 days.
  • May: Average highs of 80°F and average lows of 62°F with 3.2 inches of rain over 10 days.

Fly into Albert J. Ellis Airport, located in Jacksonville, and drive 45 minutes to Emerald Isle. If you are looking for a larger airport, try Wilmington which is 1.5 hours away.

A moderately priced hotel located beachside, the Islander Hotel & Resort is a great option for those looking for comfort with fantastic ocean views from hotel rooms, bar and poolside.

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Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

When it comes to the best spring beach holidays for seniors in the US, it’s hard to beat Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, thanks to its shimmering turquoise beaches and amazing tropical weather. 

1. Explore El Yunque Rainforest

El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the US, and you can learn all about the rainforest system, take a hike through the forest, and explore waterfalls on this guided nature hike.  

Get your boost of adrenaline by zooming all over the emerald waters of Isla Verde. You can rent jet skis, and take a jet ski tour . 

3. Soak up the Sun

It’s a beach vacation after all, and what better way to enjoy the tropical weather than on a white sand beach at a private beach club? Vivo Beach Club is Isla Verde’s premier private beach club, and offers guests a pool, shaded areas, drinks, food, and more. 

  • March: Average highs of 84°F and average lows of 73°F with 1.3 inches of rain over 7 days.
  • April: Average highs of 85°F and average lows of 74°F with 2 inches of rain over 10 days.
  • May: Average highs of 87°F and average lows of 76°F with 4 inches of rain over 14 days.

Fly into San Juan airport and then, take a taxi or shuttle, or pick up a rental car. Isla Verde is only a 15 minute drive away.

Courtyard by Marriot Isla Verde Beach Resort is located on San Juan’s Isla Verde Beach. It offers luxurious rooms on the beach with a private balcony featuring full or partial ocean views. Extras include onsite casino, weekly salsa dancing, and an ice cream palour!

best places to visit in America for older adults in spring

Destin, Florida

Tucked away in the Gulf of Mexico, Destin Florida sees warm, sunny, and dry spring seasons. Nicknamed “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, it’s an ideal beach destination in America for those seniors looking to cast a line to find that evening’s dinner. 

Destin is one of the best oceanside golfing destinations in Florida, and it’s home to a whopping 27 different golf courses. The Emerald Bay Golf Club , Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club , and the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club are three of the best. 

2. Deep Sea Fishing 

This deep sea fishing charter is all about catering to your desired experience, so simply tell them what type of fish you want to catch, and they’ll take you to the perfect place to make it happen. 

3. Oceanfront Dinner at The Edge

The Edge is a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Destin Harbor, and they serve some of the best seafood in Florida, including ceviche, snapper, coconut breaded shrimp, and more. 

  • March: Average highs of 68°F and average lows of 55°F with 5 inches of rain over 9 days.
  • April: Average highs of 74°F and average lows of 61°F with 4 inches of rain over 8 days.
  • May: Average highs of 81°F and average lows of 69°F with 3 inches of rain over 9 days.

The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is only 16 miles away in Valparaiso. Pensacola International Airport is just over an hour.

Pet friendly with Gulf views from the hot tub, the Beachside Inn is a fantastic choice for those looking for a home away from home.

best spring escape for mature adults in the United States.

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jekyll Island is one of Georgia’s barrier islands, and it not only has lovely beaches, but also enchanting live oak trees and tons of marine life. It’s the perfect springtime beach trip in the United States for retirees who want to explore a vibrant ecosystem while they enjoy the beach. 

1. Bike around the Island

Whether you want to bike around the beaches, marshes, or historical areas, Jekyll Island is paradise for bikers. You can rent a bike from Jekyll Wheels Bike Rentals and hit the trails from there. 

2. Visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Located right in the heart of Jekyll Island, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center offers visitors the chance to see sea turtle rehabilitation efforts first-hand, and learn all about these amazing animals. 

3. Dolphin Tour

The waters around Jekyll Island are home to one of the largest populations of bottlenose dolphins in the world, and you can watch pods of dolphins feed, swim, and play on this dolphin watching tour . 

  • March: Average highs of 70°F and average lows of 51°F with 3 inches of rain over 8 days.
  • April: Average highs of 76°F and average lows of 57°F with 2.7 inches of rain over 7 days.
  • May: Average highs of 83°F and average lows of 63°F with 2.6 inches of rain over 8 days.

The closest airport is Jacksonville International Airport (about 63 miles), and you will need a car to get here. 

Beachview Club Hotel is a gorgeous hotel featuring an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a garden and a shared lounge with spectacular views of the ocean.

Best Small Town Experiences In USA In Spring For Mature Adults

Some cities offer small town appeal and experiences. If you are looking for the perfect balance between a relaxed getaway but with superb restaurants, attractions and hotels, then these choices are for you.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico is famous for its art, culture, and incredible high mountain forest. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the US, and one of the best small town experiences for older adults to visit in spring. 

1. Explore the Architecture of Santa Fe

Santa Fe is full of unique, Pueblo Revival-style architecture that’s distinct to only the southwest. If you want to see some of the most unique architecture in town, check out the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, the Santa Fe Opera House, and the Inn of the Five Graces. 

Alternatively, learn from an expert on this Santa Fe architecture walking tour . 

2. Visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

The Georgia O’Keefe Museum has 9 amazing galleries with artwork from one of the most influential female artists of the 20th century. Whether you stop by to admire the art or sign up for a weekend art class, the museum offers a deep dive into O’Keefe’s legacy. 

3. Take a Sunset Serenade by Train

The Sky Railway is a 2 hour train ride that takes you past some of the most beautiful landscapes in New Mexico. On the train, you can enjoy food, live music, and drinks. 

  • March: Average highs of 55°F and average lows of 28°F with hardly any rain.
  • April: Average highs of 63°F and average lows of 34°F with hardly any rain.
  • May: Average highs of 72°F and average lows of 42°F with one inch of rain over 4 days.

Santa Fe Regional Airport is 10 miles southwest of the city. For an international airport, you will have to fly into Albuquerque International Sunport and drive for one hour.

Inn on the Alameda offers a luxurious stay with rooms blending traditional Santa Fe decor. It is extremely central yet very quiet, and offers an outdoor fireplace to cozy up to at night. Complimentary shuttle service and mouth watering complimentary breakfasts are also provided.

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Williamsburg, Virginia

The gardens and flowers bloom like crazy during spring in the quaint, colonial town of Williamsburg, Virginia. Top that with perfectly mild yet sunny weather, and Williamsburg is the perfect spring small-town getaway in America for retirees. 

1. Take a Ghost Tour

It’s no secret that Williamsburg has a bit of a dark past, and many even say this colonial city is haunted. You can see for yourself on this nighttime colonial ghost tour which takes you through the most haunted places in Williamsburg. 

2. Go on a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride Through the Colonial Area

One of the best and most festive ways to get a feel for Williamsburg is to take a horse- drawn carriage tour through the historic part of the city. After the tour, check out Colonial Williamsburg , which not only details the history of the revolution, but is also the world’s largest living history museum. 

3. Enjoy Williamsburg’s Historic Colonial Taverns

If you want to dive into the 18th century, have dinner at one of Williamsburg’s historic colonial taverns. King’s Arms offers tasty food inspired by 18th century recipes, or dine at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern , where George Washington himself was a regular. 

  • March: Average highs of 62°F and average lows of 42°F with 3.2 inches of rain over 8 days.
  • April: Average highs of 72°F and average lows of 52°F with 3.2 inches of rain over 9 days.
  • May: Average highs of 80°F and average lows of 59°F with 3.2 inches of rain over 10 days.

The closest international airport is in Richmond, Virginia. From there, rent a car and drive for about one hour. Another airport option is in Norfolk. It is also approximately an hour’s drive by car.

If you are looking for a great place to rest your head, check out the Embassy Suites Hotel in Williamsburg. This hotel is only a short drive from all of the attractions and offers an indoor pool and free breakfast.

Situated in lovely grounds with a forest view and only steps from the historic district, The Griffin Hotel is a fantastic option if looking to stay in an old world hotel with amazing luxury amenities including two swimming pools and tennis courts.

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La Jolla, California

La Jolla is a charming seaside town just north of San Diego, and it’s the perfect springtime getaway in the United States for mature adults. 

1. Paddleboarding

Want to try out a new sport? Paddleboarding is huge in La Jolla, and Underwater Park is the perfect place to try it out. You can rent a paddleboard and go off on your own, or take a lesson from Everyday California . 

2. Watch the Sunset in La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is one of the most magical sunset spots in San Diego, and you can not only watch the sunset, but also watch sea lions play in the cove. 

3. Dinner in Downtown La Jolla

For an amazing evening surrounded by twinkling lights and the charm of century-old olive trees, have dinner at Herring b one , one of La Jolla’s best seafood restaurants.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is excellent if you’re looking for either delicious surf or turf. They also have a remarkable ocean view.

  • March: Average highs of 66°F and average lows of 54°F with 1.7 inches of rain over 5 days.
  • April: Average highs of 68°F and average lows of 56°F with one inch of rain over 2 days.
  • May: Average highs of 68°F and average lows of 60°F with practically no rain.

How Best To Reach The Destinatio n

San Diego International Airport is just a half hour drive away.

You can walk to most of La Jolla’s attractions from the Grande Colonial hotel, but if you want to explore San Diego or beyond, a car would be helpful.

The  Grande Colonial is an excellent boutique hotel in La Jolla village. It’s conveniently located in the center of town and just a block from the shore. It also offers excellent cuisine.

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Branson, Missouri

Branson Missouri is known for its scenic beauty, welcoming locals, and excellent live entertainment scene. With its temperate spring weather and unique activities, spring is one of the best times to visit Branson for seniors.

1. Zipline & Canopy Tour over the Ozarks

Branson is the gateway to the Ozark Mountains, and you can soar high above the dense forests on this zipline and canopy tour . 

2. Dinner Cruise on Table Rock Lake

The Showboat Branson Belle experience includes a three course meal and a live performance onboard the Branson Belle, as you cruise along the scenic Table Rock Lake. If you’re looking for a more exclusive experience, you can book the Captain’s Table, which includes early boarding and access to a premium menu. 

3. Branson Scenic Railway

The best way to see the Ozarks is on the Branson Scenic Railway . You will step back in time by traveling in vintage cable cars through the foothills of the gorgeous Ozark mountains. 

  • March: Average highs of 62°F and average lows of 41°F with 3 inches of rain over 10 days.
  • April: Average highs of 70°F and average lows of 50°F with 4 inches of rain over 13 days.
  • May: Average highs of 78°F and average lows of 58°F with 4 inches of rain over 11 days.

There are several small airports around Branson. The closest is the Branson Airport (BKG), just 20 minutes south of downtown.

As for international airports, Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and St Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) are both about 4 hours away.

Chateau on the Lake offers excellent amenities, such as a pool and gym, with beautiful lake views and sunsets.

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Solvang, California

If you crave some European flair or some excellent American wines, then Solvang is one of the best places in the USA for seniors in spring.

1. Explore the Old Mission Santa Ines

You can learn all about California’s history with Spanish Missionaries while exploring the beautiful Old Mission Santa Ynez, located right in the heart of Solvang. 

2. Wine Tasting

Solvang is conveniently nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley, which is home to some of California’s best vineyards and wine country. With Artisan Excursion Wine Tours , you can curate an itinerary to explore the top wineries around Solvang. 

3. Sample Delish Danish Food

The highlight of a trip to Solvang is getting to savor all the delicious Danish food. Be sure to try a pastry from Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery , or an authentic Danish meal from Bit O’ Denmark .

  • March: Average highs of 63°F and average lows of 45°F with 2.5 inches of rain over 5 days.
  • April: Average highs of 66°F and average lows of 47°F with one inch of rain over 2 days.
  • May: Average highs of 67°F and average lows of 50°F with practically no rain.

To reach Solvang, the closest domestic airport is Santa Barbara (SBA), which is 21 miles away.

As for international airports, Burbank (BUR) is 103 miles away and Los Angeles (LAX) is 109 miles away.

Wine Valley Inn is pretty hotel in a fantastic location with easy access to downtown Solvang. It offers a free hot breakfast and big comfortable rooms.

If you are interested in traveling during other seasons, please check out these other amazing suggestions:

  • 20 Best Summer Vacations In USA For Seniors & Retirees ; and
  • 20 Best Winter Vacations In USA For Retirees & Seniors .

Best Spring Outdoor Adventure Destinations In USA For Older Adults

Spending time in nature is nurturing and revitalizing. In these spots, you can challenge yourself with heart pumping outdoor activities or relax and admire the spectacular landscapes, viewpoints, and wildlife. These national parks and other hidden gems offer it all.

best national parks for outdoor adventures for seniors in spring in America

Arches National Park, Utah

Seeing the landscapes of Utah is an otherworldly experience, and it’s tough to beat Arches National Park for these views- especially in the springtime. 

1. Delicate Arch Hike

The Delicate Arch trail is an easy, 3.2 mile hike that takes you to one of the most iconic arches in the park – the Delicate Arch. 

2. Arches 4×4 Tour

There’s no better way to get off the tourist trail than taking a 4×4 Arches Tour , where you’ll explore unpopulated landscapes, see dinosaur tracks, pass by the famous Tower and Eye of the Whale Arches, and more. 

3. Sunset from the Windows Section

Sunset completely lights up the red and orange hues of the Park, and the best place to watch the sunset is from the Windows Section . 

  • March: Average highs of 60°F and average lows of 36°F with very little rain.
  • April: Average highs of 69°F and average lows of 43°F with very little rain.
  • May: Average highs of 79°F and average lows of 52°F with very little rain.

Fly into Salt Lake City International Airport and rent a car so that you can drive the 238 miles (4 hours) to Moab (the closest town).

Spend the night in nearby Moab at  Sunflower Hill , a luxury inn. It’s a lovely bed and breakfast that is home to well-appointed, country-chic rooms.

Red Cliffs Lodge is a superb luxury choice. Situated along the Colorado River and 15 miles from Arches National Park, it offers a horse corral, Western film museum and Castle Creek Winery. Private patios with creek or river views are included in every suite. A separate living area provides a dining table, fridge and microwave.

best nature escapes for older americans in spring

Skagit Valley, Washington

With its famous blooming tulip fields, epic mountains, and majestic rivers, Skagit Valley, Washington is one of the most fantastic spring getaway destinations for mature adults in the USA. 

1. Tulips & Trails

Tulip season in Skagit Valley kicks off between late March and the second week of April, and it’s one of the best destinations in the world to see the fields of tulips. You can explore on foot or embark on a bike tour to see the tulips in an active way. 

Visiting outside of tulip season but still want to get active? You can also take a stroll or bike along the Skagit Riverwalk Trail. 

2. Explore Downtown Mt. Vernon

The historic Mt. Vernon downtown is home to a variety of craft coffee shops, breweries, and shops, and also has lovely views of the Skagit River.

3. Scenic Drives

If you’re visiting for tulip season, driving the Skagit Valley Tulip Route is perfect. Outside that time, the Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway offers incredible views of evergreen forests, beautiful bays and the Pacific Ocean, and quaint seaside towns. 

  • March: Average highs of 52°F and average lows of 39°F with 4 inches of rain over 13 days.
  • April: Average highs of 58°F and average lows of 43°F with 3 inches of rain over 11 days.
  • May: Average highs of 63°F and average lows of 48°F with 2 inches of rain over 8 days.

Located in La Conner, Washington, the main international airport is Seattle-Tacoma, although there are smaller airports in Everett and Bellingham that can also be used.

The Skagit Valley is about an hour’s drive north of Seattle. It is also possible to do a day trip from  Vancouver , a 1.5 hours drive.

One of the most popular bed and breakfasts in the area is  The Heron Inn and Spa in La Conner. Make reservations early though since it books up for April.

best places to visit for seniors in spring in USA

Texas Hill Country, Texas

With mild, sunny weather and fields of flowers, springtime is the perfect time for seniors to visit Texas Hill Country. 

1. Explore the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

If you’re looking for something fun to do in Texas Hill Country, don’t hesitate to walk up the ancient dome within the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. From the top of the dome, you’ll be treated to incredible, unblocked, 360 views of the surrounding area. 

2. Visit a Local Lavender Farm

Lavender blooms like crazy during spring in Texas Hill Country. You can see the splendid lavender fields, and enjoy unique lavender products from Hill Country Lavender Farm . 

3. Take a Historic Trolley Tour through Fredericksburg

The perfect way to see the sites in Fredericksburg (a town in Texas Hill Country), and learn all about the town’s German Heritage, is on this historic trolley tour . Sit back, relax, and take in the sights, all while learning about the town from the driver, who also happens to be an incredible historian. 

  • March: Average highs of 74°F and average lows of 53°F with 2 inches of rain over 6.5 days.
  • April: Average highs of 80°F and average lows of 60°F with 2 inches of rain over 6 days.
  • May: Average highs of 86°F and average lows of 68°F with 4 inches of rain over 10 days.

Fly into San Antonio International Airport and drive one hour to Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg Inn and Suites is within a 5-minute walk of historic downtown Fredericksburg. It offers 2 outdoor pools, free private parking and free breakfast. There are lovely grounds with swimming pools, fire pits and lots of outdoor seating.

best US national park in spring for retirees

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

With miles of lush green mountains stretching as far as the eye can see, Shenandoah National Park is by far one of the best places to visit in spring for older adults. 

1. Hike Part of the Appalachian Trail

The famous Appalachian Trail meanders through Shenandoah National Park for over 100 miles. However, you don’t have to be a passionate hiker to experience the trail. You can hop on section over at the Stony Man Trailhead where you can do a shorter hike, see the Stony Man Cliffs, and still hike a bit of the Appalachian Trail. 

2. Birdwatching

Shenandoah National Park is one of the best places to witness the annual spring migration, as the forests are full of warblers, hawks, chickadees, owls, and hundreds of other species! Bring your binoculars, and stop by the Park Visitors Center to inquire about a ranger-led birdwatching tour. 

3. Skyline Scenic Drive

In spring, the park explodes with beautiful wildflowers. The scenic Skyline Drive is one of the best laid-back ways to spot fields of Pink Azaleas, Quaker Ladies, and other flowers. 

  • March: Average highs of 58°F and average lows of 35°F with 2.7 inches of rain over 7 days.
  • April: Average highs of 68°F and average lows of 44°F with 3.2 inches of rain over 9 days.
  • May: Average highs of 76°F and average lows of 54°F with 3.5 inches of rain over 12 days.

Washington Dulles and Regan National Airport are just one-and-a-half hours east of Shenandoah National Park.

Stay at Skyland or Big Meadows, two lodges in the Park, to give you extra time to enjoy your day.

The town of Luray is another good base for your visit to Shenandoah. The town offers several great hotels with good access to Skyline Drive.

Massanutten Resort is an elegant all year round resort offering both ski and bike rentals. In addition, there are wellness facilities and an outdoor pool. Located up in the mountains, the views are incredible.

best holidays in usa in springtime for retirees

Zion National Park, Utah

Famous for its red rock canyons and amazing hikes, Zion is the perfect spring trip for seniors in the United States looking to explore the great outdoors. 

1. Hike to the Emerald Pools

This scenic yet easy hike in Zion National Park offers views of shimmering waterfalls and emerald pools juxtaposed against dramatic red rocks. 

2. Stargazing Tour 

Zion is one of the best stargazing destinations in the world, and on this stargazing tour , you will spot galaxies, planets, nebulae, star clusters, and more. 

3. Zion Panoramic Helicopter Tour

Zion is amazing on foot, but it’s absolutely spectacular from above. On this Zion Helicopter Tour , you’ll soar over Kolob Canyon, Smith Mesa, and the Canaan Mountain Wilderness Area and see the Park in an entirely new light. 

  • March: Average highs of 64°F and average lows of 39°F with one inch of rain over 4 days.
  • April: Average highs of 72°F and average lows of 45°F with practically no rain.
  • May: Average highs of 82°F and average lows of 53°F with practically no rain.

The best international airport near Zion is in  Las Vegas , which is 160 miles southwest of the Park, or 2.5 hours drive.

The best places to stay in Zion are inside the Park – either at the Zion Lodge, or one of the two campgrounds near the park entrance.

Another option is in the town of Springdale , which is just outside the Park entrance. The  Cable Mountain Lodge is a stylish hotel and a great option. You can walk to the Park and the main shuttle stop, thus avoiding long lines to enter the Park and trying to find parking at the Visitor’s Center.

Looking for winter destinations in the USA that also offer amazing experiences for seniors and retirees? Please see 20 Best Winter Vacations In USA For Retirees And Seniors .

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6 Slow-Paced Tours for Seniors

As the world continues to evolve at a breakneck pace, there’s an emerging trend that beckons people (not only seniors) to savor the journey rather than race through it – slow-paced tours.

In a society that often glorifies fast-paced adventures and adrenaline-fueled escapades, these tailored tours offer a refreshing alternative.

  • New Orleans at a Slower Pace: A City of History, Culture and Celebration – Road Scholar’s New Orleans at a Slower Pace tour offers seniors an enriching and leisurely exploration of the city’s history, culture, and celebration, promising an unforgettable voyage through the heart and soul of the Big Easy.
  • Paris at a Slower Pace: Art & Culture in the City of Light – This Road Scholar tour offers an immersive and leisurely exploration of Parisian cultural treasures, from masterpieces at the Louvre to strolls through the Latin Quarter and experiences at street-side cafes and open-air markets.
  • Easy Pace Italy – Experience Italy’s top highlights from the Vatican to Venice on Insight Vacations’ 10-day Easy Pace Italy tour, indulging in VIP experiences, Renaissance masterpieces, Tuscan flavors, and the enchanting beauty of Venice’s canals.
  • Easy Pace Budapest, Vienna & Prague – Embark on a 10-day guided tour with Insight Vacations, exploring the fascinating cities of Budapest, Vienna, and Prague at your own pace, discovering historical treasures, indulging in local cuisine, and immersing yourself in the cultural beauty of Central Europe.
  • Living in France: A Three-Week Stay in Provence – Experience the enchanting beauty and artistic legacy of Provence during a three-week immersive stay in Aix-en-Provence with Smithsonian Journeys’ Living in France: A Three-Week Stay in Provence tour.
  • A Stay in Holland: An Art History Journey from Vermeer to Van Gogh – Discover the rich legacy of Dutch art and immerse yourself in the world of iconic masterpieces from Vermeer to Van Gogh on Smithsonian Journeys’ A Stay in Holland: An Art History Journey tour, exploring museums, historic towns, and photogenic landscapes.

From captivating cultural encounters to picturesque landscapes that soothe the soul, these trips are thoughtfully designed to cater to the needs and desires of a variety of travelers.

Let’s delve into the transformative power of unhurried travel, where the emphasis lies not on ticking off landmarks on a checklist but on relishing each intricate moment of life. Slow-paced tours can rekindle the sense of wonder, create lasting memories, and open doors to unforeseen adventures for seniors seeking a new chapter in their travel story.

Why Choose a Slow-Paced Tour

While fast-paced travel might suit some, unhurried trips offer a host of unique advantages that make them an increasingly popular choice among those that enjoy stopping and smelling the roses.

Appreciate the Journey

Slow-paced tours encourage you to savor the experience fully. Rather than rushing from one attraction to another, you have the time to absorb the culture, history, and beauty of each destination. This unhurried approach allows you to develop a deeper connection with the places you visit, fostering a profound sense of appreciation for the voyage itself.

Enjoy Relaxed Itineraries

Slow-paced tours are thoughtfully designed with leisurely itineraries that prioritize comfort and enjoyment over rushed sightseeing. Ample free time allows you to explore destinations at your own pace, take breaks when needed, and even indulge in spontaneous moments of discovery.

Embrace Accessibility and Inclusivity

These tours often consider the accessibility needs of seniors, ensuring that the destinations and activities are senior-friendly. They take into account mobility concerns and offer accommodations that cater to varying physical abilities, making the trip more enjoyable for all participants.

Forge Meaningful Connections

With a more relaxed pace, you have the chance to interact with locals and fellow travelers in a more meaningful way. The unhurried environment fosters camaraderie and allows for deeper conversations, creating opportunities for friendships and lasting memories.

Experience Authentic Culture

Slow-paced tours often veer away from the crowded tourist traps, providing a chance to experience the authentic culture of a place. You can indulge in local cuisines, witness traditional customs, and partake in unique activities that might not be possible on fast-paced tours.

Reduce Stress and Fatigue

Traveling at a slower pace can significantly reduce the stress and fatigue commonly associated with rushed trips. This approach is especially beneficial as it allows you to maintain your energy levels and enjoy the experience to the fullest.

Immerse in Nature’s Beauty

These tours often include visits to serene natural landscapes, where you can bask in the tranquility of breathtaking scenery. Whether it’s a scenic countryside, a peaceful coastal town, or a majestic mountain range, slow-paced tours provide ample time to appreciate the beauty of nature.

Accommodate Special Interests

Slow-paced tours can be tailored to cater to specific interests, such as art, history, wildlife, or wellness. You can choose tours that align with your passions.

Finding the Right Balance

Margaret Manning, the founder of Sixty & Me and an avid traveler, reflects on the differences between slow-paced and fast-paced traveling. 

Years ago, I had the opportunity to join Road Scholar on a trip to Prague. On this adventure, I learned just how fun group travel can be. Every day had a theme, which I loved. At the same time, the formal activities weren’t overwhelming. I had time to walk alone. I discovered secret parks. I wandered through tiny shops and expansive gardens. And, of course, I made plenty of new friends.

Shortly after my Road Scholar trip, I completed a one-month train journey around Northern Europe. This second trip was much more fast-paced. In 10 days, I traveled 6,000 kilometers and visited 12 cities. I traveled by train, car, boat, and bike. I stayed in a new hotel every 2 days. It was an amazing experience… if a little tiring.

My goal on both of these trips was to inspire the women in our community to step out of their comfort zones and consider alternative travel options. 

One of the questions that I asked myself over and over again, as I worked my way around Europe, was whether I was pushing too hard. Was I trying to see too much? Would it have been better if I had taken it easy and “stopped to smell the roses” more often?

Obviously, there is no “right” or “wrong” answer to this question. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages.

On the one hand, like many women over 60, I feel a great deal of pressure to see as much as I can in the time that I have left. On the other hand, if I am honest, sprinting from place to place is harder on my body and mind than it used to be.


Does Road Scholar Offer the Best Blend of Fast and Slow-Paced Travel?

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Road Scholar is actually an amazing blend of fast and slow-paced travel. On the one hand, all of their programs offer intellectually stimulating activities. They keep your mind buzzing (sometimes spinning) with new ideas.

On the other hand, they don’t force you to go beyond a comfortable pace. If you want to take part in the optional activities, you can. If you want to use your free time to sit at a local café and watch the people passing by, this is also completely fine.

Perhaps this was the main lesson that I learned on my most recent trips.

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to travel. There is no “too fast” or “too slow. There is only the pace that we need at a certain time in our lives.

Sometimes we need intensity. Other times, we need intimacy. The trick is to take the time to evaluate where we are in our lives and to choose our travel adventures consciously.

Slow-Paced Tours for Seniors

Slow-paced tours provide a refreshing opportunity to truly explore the beauty of destinations, forge meaningful connections, and embrace the joy of traveling at your own pace.

New Orleans at a Slower Pace: A City of History, Culture and Celebration

This tour is designed for people seeking an enriching and leisurely exploration of the Big Easy, promising an unforgettable trip through the heart and soul of New Orleans.

Delve into the intriguing history of the city with historical walking tours led by experienced local guides, who will take you through the iconic French Quarter and beyond, sharing stories of its colonial past and diverse architecture. Engage in the vibrant tapestry of New Orleans’ culture with authentic experiences, engaging with local artists, musicians, and culinary experts to gain insights into the essence of Creole traditions.

Enrich your understanding of New Orleans’ heritage with exclusive lectures and hands-on workshops, where you’ll learn about jazz music’s roots, the significance of Mardi Gras, and the city’s unique folklore. Savor the delectable flavors of New Orleans during guided culinary excursions, enjoy a gumbo cooking demonstration, and indulge in sumptuous meals that showcase the city’s signature dishes. Relax on a delightful riverboat cruise along the Mississippi River, taking in the city’s storied waterfront and majestic skyline.

This tour respects the need for personal exploration, offering ample free time to wander the streets at your own pace, visit art galleries, browse local boutiques, or simply sit back and soak in the city’s vibrant ambiance.

Your knowledgeable Road Scholar Program leader will be your trusted companion throughout the journey, offering insights, assistance, and facilitating engaging group dynamics.

Tour Operator: Road Scholar

Days: 6 days, 5 nights

Paris at a Slower Pace: Art & Culture in the City of Light

This meticulously crafted tour invites you to experience the grandeur and allure of Paris at a leisurely pace, providing ample time to savor the city’s cultural treasures. From the awe-inspiring spires of Notre Dame to the world-renowned masterpieces of the Louvre, this trip promises a truly immersive and enriching exploration of the “City of Light.”

Enthrall yourself in the art and culture of Paris as you view the works of the masters at some of the world’s most prestigious museums. Wander through the Louvre’s hallowed halls, gazing upon iconic paintings and sculptures that have shaped the course of artistic history.

Your travel through Paris’ cultural heritage extends beyond the museum walls as you stroll the historic streets of the Latin Quarter, where you’ll find yourself in the company of students from the nearby Sorbonne, breathing in the intellectual ambiance that has inspired countless luminaries throughout the ages.

Embrace the quintessential Parisian experience as you savor life at a relaxed pace, indulging in the city’s authentic charm. Pause at street-side cafes, just like the locals, and savor delectable French pastries while immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of everyday Parisian life. Discover the enchanting world of Parisian markets, where vibrant colors and enticing aromas beckon you to explore the array of fresh produce, cheeses, and artisanal goods.

Throughout your trip, you will be accompanied by local experts who will unveil the hidden gems and cultural nuances that make Paris truly special. Engage in in-depth lectures that provide a deeper understanding of the city’s history, art, and culture, enhancing your appreciation for the city.

Go on extraordinary full-day explorations via motorcoach, where you will witness Paris’ iconic landmarks, graceful boulevards, and famous monuments. Marvel at the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the magnificent Champs-Élysées, each a testament to the city’s timeless allure.

Unhurried and with ample opportunities for personal exploration, this voyage through the “City of Light” promises an unforgettable and soul-enriching experience, creating cherished memories that will stay with you forever.

Days: 9 days, 8 nights

Easy Pace Italy

Travel on an extraordinary 10-day guided journey through Italy’s most captivating destinations with Insight Vacations’ Easy Pace Italy tour. As you traverse the country from the Vatican to Venice, a tapestry of Italy’s top highlights unfolds, promising a truly immersive and indelible experience.

Your adventure commences in Rome, where the ancient and modern intertwine seamlessly. Begin with a visit to the iconic Colosseum, an awe-inspiring marvel of antiquity that echoes the gladiatorial battles of a bygone era. Next, prepare for an exclusive experience as you head to the Vatican Museums for a VIP dinner, surrounded by the world’s most renowned art collections.

In Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, the artistic wonders of Piazza della Signoria await. This open-air art gallery showcases masterpieces that have shaped the course of art history, offering a glimpse into the brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and other artistic luminaries.

Journey to Pisa, where you’ll meet a local expert for an informative tour of the city’s most iconic landmark – the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Learn about its intriguing history and architectural marvel, a true testament to human ingenuity.

The adventure continues to the idyllic Tuscan hills, where an organic farm welcomes you with open arms. Amidst fields of vibrant vegetables and lines of olive trees, indulge in an authentic Italian meal, savoring the essence of traditional Tuscan cuisine and hospitality.

Finally, arrive in the charming city of Venice, where life unfolds in a mesmerizing aquatic dance. Board a private boat, and allow yourself to be whisked away on a magical journey through the city’s winding canals. Admire the ornate palaces that stand tall along the water’s edge and pass beneath elegant bridges, ultimately arriving at the renowned Piazza San Marco with its marble arcades and stunning basilica.

Throughout the tour, experienced guides and local experts will share their wealth of knowledge, ensuring you gain a deep appreciation for Italy’s art, culture, and history. Insight Vacations’ Easy Pace Italy tour promises an authentic and leisurely exploration of Italy’s best, leaving you with great memories of this compelling country and a newfound love for its beauty and charm.

Tour Operator: Insight Vacations

Days:10 days, 9 nights

Special feature: Choose between a classic size group (max 40) or a small group (max 24)

Easy Pace Budapest, Vienna & Prague

Join the 10-day guided tour with Insight Vacations, the Easy Pace Budapest, Vienna & Prague, where you’ll explore the enchanting capitals of Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic at your own pace.

Your adventure starts in Budapest, Hungary’s iconic capital city, where your local travel director will lead you on a sightseeing trip through its historical and cultural treasures. Wander the cobblestone streets of the Castle district, taking in the captivating views from the Fisherman’s Bastion. To indulge in the flavors of Hungary, savor a delightful strudel tasting paired with rich, aromatic coffee, capturing the essence of Hungarian hospitality.

Continuing along the majestic Danube, you’ll arrive in Vienna, the imperial home of the Habsburg royals. Marvel at the regal grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, a breathtaking architectural masterpiece that transports you back in time. In Vienna, indulge in an abundance of local dining, where you’ll have the chance to taste Austria’s most delectable dishes, discovering the culinary offerings that have delighted palates for generations.

Next, venture into the Czech Republic, where the fairytale town of Český Krumlov awaits with its ageless charm and picturesque beauty. Stroll through its quaint streets, adorned with historic buildings, and immerse yourself in the magic of this charming town.

Finally, arrive in Prague, the “city of a hundred spires,” where a knowledgeable local expert will guide you through its rich history and cultural heritage. Explore the intricate architecture, discover hidden gems, and bask in the timeless allure of this remarkable city.

Throughout the tour, you’ll have the freedom to explore each city at your own pace, embracing the enchanting atmosphere and cultural wonders that each destination has to offer.

Days: 10 days, 9 nights

Living in France: A Three-Week Stay in Provence

Indulge in the allure of Provence, a region that conjures visions of picturesque olive groves, rolling vineyards, and radiant sunlight, which once captivated artists like Cézanne, Chagall, and van Gogh. Embark on a remarkable cultural voyage with Smithsonian Journeys’ Living in France: A Three-Week Stay in Provence tour, immersing yourself in the charming city of Aix-en-Provence for an unforgettable three-week stay.

Aix-en-Provence, a city of timeless charm, will become your home during this immersive cultural experience. Nestled amidst elegant cobblestone streets, this small city boasts a 600-year-old university and numerous art and cooking schools, creating an atmosphere brimming with creativity and inspiration. As you stroll through the quaint alleys on your way to class or the bustling outdoor markets, you’ll be enveloped in the artistic spirit that has enchanted generations of artists.

Immerse yourself in the richness of the region’s history and natural beauty as you explore medieval hilltop villages, uncover fascinating Roman ruins, and venture into the captivating countryside. Each day brings new discoveries, revealing the layers of Provence’s storied past and its enduring beauty.

Escape the tourist crowds and savor authentic local experiences as you linger over a glass of wine at a neighborhood café, soaking in the ambiance of a place that feels like home. Delight your taste buds as you dine in restaurants tucked away from the tourist path, where you can savor exquisite culinary delights that reveal the essence of Provence’s gastronomic heritage.

Throughout your stay, enjoy the comfort and convenience of your apartment at the Adagio Aix-en-Provence Centre, ideally located on a peaceful street near the charming shops along the Cours Mirabeau. Embrace the rhythm of Provence’s daily life, relishing the opportunity to live like a local and forge connections with the warm and welcoming community.

This slow-paced tour from Smithsonian Journeys promises an extraordinary adventure, allowing you to fully absorb the essence of this beautiful region.

Tour Operator: Smithsonian Journeys

Days: 23 days

A Stay in Holland: An Art History Journey from Vermeer to Van Gogh

Go on a captivating art history trip with Smithsonian Journeys’ A Stay in Holland: An Art History Journey from Vermeer to Van Gogh tour. Throughout the Netherlands, the rich legacy of famous Dutch artists resonates deeply within contemporary culture.

World-class museums, including the Mauritshuis and the Rijksmuseum, proudly showcase spectacular collections of the Old Masters of the Dutch Golden Age, while the works of renowned painters like Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer remain integral to the identity of their hometowns.

Settle into the picturesque city center of Hals’s native Haarlem, where you’ll immerse yourself in the unique world of Dutch fine arts, beholding iconic masterpieces such as Rembrandt’s Night Watch, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, and van Gogh’s Sunflowers, alongside an array of lesser-known artistic gems.

On full-day excursions and guided tours led by local experts, explore the arts and culture of the Hague and Delft, marvel at the architectural wonders of Rotterdam, indulge in the tradition of cheesemaking in Gouda, and venture deep inside a national park to discover an extensive collection of van Gogh’s magnificent works.

This art-filled voyage promises an enriching and immersive exploration of Holland’s artistic heritage, unveiling the enduring beauty and significance of Dutch fine arts in the heart of the Netherlands.

Days: 9 days


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I just returned from a two week group travel tour of Ireland and Scotland. Although it was wonderful, I found the fast pace and constantly being on the go stressful and tiring. I am a 70 yo female in good health and fit! Plus, I caught Covid for the first time ever and although fairly mild, it still took its toll and I spent the majority of the trip wearing a mask. As a result of my experience, I had decided over the course of the trip that any future trips I take will be slower paced and immersive. This article is spot on!

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Hi Gmarie, I’m so sorry Covid put a damper on your trip to Ireland and Scotland. Slow paced tours are definitely an excellent way to discover new places without feeling rushed and pressured. They are great for getting an authentic feel of a destination and especially for getting an immersive experience. Keep us posted on your future travels!

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Explore our popular senior citizen trips, meticulously crafted for unparalleled comfort and convenience. Most trips promise accessible accommodations and transportation, allowing you to savor the beauty of each destination with ease and peace. Our thoughtfully curated senior tours are designed by experts to ensure an unforgettable and secure journey for seniors.

Rome to Venice Italy Tour for Seniors

Rome to Venice Italy Tour for Seniors

  • Discover the splendors of Rome
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Best of Alaska

Best of Alaska

  • Head out on an Alaskan safari for a unique chance to see moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and wolves in their natural habitat in Denali National Park.
  • Take a boat cruise on Resurrection Bay to Kenai Fjords and look out for orca whales, porpoises and puffins before enjoying some free time to hike or relax.
  • Discover Seward, one of Alaska's oldest and most scenic communities, then take a short hike to the tongue of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.
  • Sit back and take in stunning views along the dramatic coastlines of the Turnagain Arm from Anchorage to Homer, then from Seward to Denali National Park, while someone else does the driving.
  • On the way to charming Talkeetna, take a breath in Girdwood, where you’ll hop on the Alyeska Aerial Tram to the top of Mt Alyeska and see some incredible views of seven glaciers and the valley below.

Greek Island Cruise

Greek Island Cruise

  • Cruise aboard our exclusively chartered traditional Greek caique
  • Sample traditional Greek food and dine at authentic waterside taverns
  • Swim and snorkel in the warm, azure waters of the Aegean

Classic Antarctica - M/V Sylvia Earle

Classic Antarctica - M/V Sylvia Earle

  • A classic expedition voyage - exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Penguin rookeries - see Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins
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  • Travel on a small, friendly expedition ship - capped at just over 100 passengers
  • Enjoy on-board lectures and presentations - from expert naturalists and guides

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Tour of Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

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  • Tour Vietnam's top destinations from south to north

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Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

  • Spend three nights in Drake Bay, the remote gateway to some of the premier wildlife destinations in Costa Rica
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  • Discover the wildlife and waterways of Tortuguero, an important nesting site for green turtles
  • Enjoy unrivalled wildlife viewing, including monkeys, sloths, dolphins and whales (in season)
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Paris to Bordeaux, a private wine tour in France

Paris to Bordeaux, a private wine tour in France

  • A culinary and gourmet trip to Paris, the Loire-Valley and Bordeaux
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Great Migration Safari - Mid - Dec - Feb - Luxury - 9 Days

Great Migration Safari - Mid - Dec - Feb - Luxury - 9 Days

  • If you are looking to travel from Mid-December to February this is a perfect Safari for you as we anticipate migration to be in Northern Serengeti crossing Mara River.

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Senior group tours are designed for intimate exploration and personalized attention. Have fun in the company of like-minded travelers as you discover the wonders of each destination with knowledgeable guides. Our carefully curated selection of small group tours ensures a perfect blend of comfort, accessibility, and suitable activity levels for seniors.

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  • Enjoy the best Egypt excursions. Tombs looming from a sandy expanse, monumental statues carved from desert rock, and sites open for you alone - experience these fascinating wonders and more during our comprehensive Egypt luxury tours.
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  • Walking alongside exotic birds and giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands
  • Marveling at the sheer force and power of Victoria Falls in Africa
  • Birding in Costa Rica and capturing the perfect photo of bright feathers against the lush green rainforest
  • Sipping wine on the balcony of your river cruise stateroom sailing through Europe
  • Checking the seventh continent off your list on an expedition-style cruise to Antarctica  
  • Visiting Machu Picchu with a stay at the luxury lodge just outside the Sun Gate
  • Watching the sunset from the veranda of your luxury suite in Tanzania  
  • Embarking on a scenic drive along California's Pacific Coast Highway
  • Exploring the serene gardens and historic tea houses of Japan
  • Taking a leisurely stroll through the picturesque vineyards of Napa Valley
  • Enjoying a captivating performance at the Sydney Opera House in Australia
  • Participating in a guided walking tour of the charming neighborhoods of Barcelona, Spain
  • Cruising along the stunning Amalfi Coastline aboard a luxury yacht
  • Discovering the ancient wonders of Petra on a guided tour
  • Exploring the colorful markets and bustling streets of Marrakech
  • Indulging in a relaxing hot springs bath in the Icelandic countryside
  • Taking a scenic train journey through the Swiss Alps, admiring breathtaking mountain views

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Traveling in your golden years can be very rewarding. Unique and active educational and cultural experiences are waiting to be discovered at your own pace. Destinations that may have once seemed too remote or exotic are now accessible via multiple options.

A wide variety of tours are available to older travelers — from relaxing river cruises through the heart of Europe to coach tours around Australia and more active pursuits like going on an African safari .

Senior Vacation Packages are Tailored for Older Travelers 

With more time and resources, senior travelers can fully indulge their passions and curiosities by enjoying memorable travel experiences. Responding to the growing demand from older adventurers , tour operators, including small ship and river cruise lines, are tailoring their offerings to cater to senior needs and interests. 

Today, tour companies are evolving rapidly to provide sophisticated and enriching experiences, offering amenities such as accessible accommodations, leisurely-paced itineraries, knowledgeable guides, and on-board medical assistance. 

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Tours for senior citizens offer authentic experiences that create lasting memories, sparing travelers the hassle of planning every detail themselves. With a focus on providing expert guidance, these travel providers offer a diverse range of adventures. 

Whether it’s an adventure like an African safari or a visit to Machu Picchu or a small ship expedition to the Galapagos , trips catering to seniors usually feature less physically demanding itineraries and accessible accommodations, with a greater emphasis on authentic cultural and culinary experiences. 

Europe , mainly the UK and Central Europe, is a popular destination for seniors, offering a mix of ancient history, food, views, and architecture. River cruises provide a luxurious yet active way to explore Europe's iconic cities. At the same time, walking tours in places like Vienna appeal to those interested in classical music. 

In North America , US and Canadian national parks and Mexican and Central American archaeological and natural treasures beckon. In the northeastern US, seniors can enjoy the spectacular fall colors and explore museums dedicated to the revolutionary history of the region. 

Birding tours are also gaining popularity among seniors, offering opportunities to spot elusive species in destinations like British Columbia, Costa Rica, the Amazon, and Britain, guided by professional photographers and fellow enthusiasts.

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US National Parks present an excellent opportunity for multi-generational travel. They are easy to visit on a budget while still being comfortable.

Alaska is ideal for small-ship cruising. This is a great way to visit an adventurous, rugged land while enjoying a certain level of comfort. The wildlife viewing in Alaska is unmatched. Photographers and whale-watching enthusiasts will love this destination.

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The Caribbean is another popular cruise destination for senior travelers. The warm weather is a great appeal, and many different cruise lines offer trips in the Caribbean, so there's a lot of choice.

European River Cruises are great for seniors who want an easy way to see many countries in one trip. River cruises can dock at smaller ports, giving travelers a glimpse of more hidden gems of Europe.

The United Kingdom attracts many senior travelers for its history and charm. Senior travelers enjoy everything from English country gardens to the rugged landscapes of Ireland on guided tours through the UK .

Southeast Asia beckons budget travelers interested in a trip where relaxing beaches and ancient temples can be enjoyed on the same day. 

Kenya is perfect for senior travelers after a luxury safari. It is often called the "oldest" safari destination, and this region's safari operators take that to heart. 

South Africa is another fantastic place for safari goers after something more budget-friendly. South Africa is also great for history buffs.

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Whether you're looking for a relaxing retreat or an active getaway, these resorts offer something for everyone.

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After retirement, it's time to treat yourself to a well-deserved vacation. Without time constraints, you can enjoy longer stays or slower travel as you visit multiple regions, a variety of landscapes, or national parks you've been meaning to visit. You might also appreciate the convenience of a destination resort where you can enjoy dining and most activities on site.

There are plenty of resorts designed with mature adults in mind, but if you're planning to meet up with family, choose one with facilities geared toward multigenerational groups. For many retirees, a good vacation provides a balance of outdoor pursuits, health and wellness, and pampering, so we've selected places based on these criteria. Here are nine of the best vacations for seniors in the U.S., whether you prefer a verdant mountain retreat, a nostalgic coastal escape, or a glamorous desert oasis.

Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington

Suncadia Resort

Nestled among the Cascade Mountains on the edge of Washington's Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest , this picturesque resort offers tranquil scenery, crisp mountain air, and a variety of outdoor activities. Choose The Lodge for panoramic river and mountain views or The Inn, a plush hotel with golf course views.

At Suncadia Resort , guests can choose from a plethora of activities. Play golf, go for a hike, or try archery or axe throwing. Bikes, canoes, and kayaks are available to rent as well. If you'd prefer something less strenuous, find your inner artist with an acrylic pouring class. Begin the day with guided meditation or a fitness class followed by a spa treatment. Should the grandkids arrive for a visit, there's a pool with two slides to keep them entertained. Even the family dog can tag along to this pet-friendly property.

Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, Missouri

Big Cedar Lodge

This wilderness resort in Missouri's Ozark Mountains is set in 4,600 acres of natural beauty. Big Cedar Lodge consists of three styles of accommodation: rooms within the private log cabins, luxurious cottages, or glamping and cabins at Camp Long Creek.

Five golf courses and practice facilities include 19-hole Payne's Valley, nine-hole Top of the Rock, 13-hole Mountain Top, and two 18-hole courses, Buffalo Ridge and Ozarks National. Go bowling, visit the arcade, or try a high-ropes course at Fun Mountain. Fitness classes, exercise equipment, four pools, and a personal trainer are available. With a lazy river and discovery center on-site, the grandkids will love visiting too.

Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, Montana

Lone Mountain Ranch

Located near Yellowstone National Park and about an hour from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Lone Mountain Ranch is set in the Montana Rockies. Stay in one of 25 historic log cabins, ranging from one to six bedrooms. The named cottages have stunning forest views and are outfitted with wood stoves, rustic furnishings, and full baths.

In true ranch style, there's horseback riding, with backcountry trails and experienced wranglers to ensure a memorable experience for riders of all ages. Hike with naturalist guides, go mountain biking, or enjoy fly fishing, no matter your skill level. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards are provided if you want to explore nearby lakes. You can have an experienced guide curate an excursion to Yellowstone National Park or save on admission with a national park pass for seniors . Outdoor yoga, archery, and axe throwing are also options.

Mission Point, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mission Point

At waterfront Mission Point , guests can stay in the Main Lodge or the Straits Lodge, which has dog-friendly options. Accommodations range from cozy rooms suitable for singles to the 1,500-square-foot Bois Blanc Suite, with ample living space, a full kitchen, and laundry facilities — ideal for longer stays.

A National Historic Landmark, Mackinac Island has a slow pace and an old-fashioned feel, partly thanks to its ban on motor vehicles. The small island can be covered on foot or in an electric wheelchair within a few hours. Relax on the resort's expansive lawn in an Adirondack chair, go on a bike ride, play tennis, or just soak in a hot tub. Guests can also book experiences like craft and culinary workshops or spa treatments at the Lakeside Spa and Salon. When you're ready to explore, stroll downtown to sample the famous local fudge, or book a horse-drawn carriage tour to be transported to another era.

Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina

Montage Palmetto Bluff

Montage Palmetto Bluff is a two-village, 20,000-acre community by the May River that encompasses a marina, a nature preserve, and much more. Accommodation options include rooms, suites, cottages, and residences with views of moss-draped oaks and picturesque marshlands. Some guests might even choose to buy a home here.

Explore the surrounding waterways by kayak or canoe, or take a boat tour and spot dolphins cruising along with you. Visit the 120-acre shooting range for practice both indoors and outdoors. Tennis, bocce, and pickleball courts are open for play, and you can book lessons to improve your skills. Take a leisurely stroll or bike ride along tree-lined paths. Planning a trip with family? There's special programming for young guests with games, crafts, movies, scavenger hunts, and nature walks.

Cavallo Point, Sausalito, California

Cavallo Point

A converted military post, Cavallo Point is across the Golden Gate from San Francisco in Marin County. The resort is set in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area , and offers stunning scenery, world-class dining, and a variety of activities. Guests can choose from rooms and suites in the early-20th-century officers' quarters or contemporary buildings overlooking the former fort — some with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can even rent an entire historic home with a private glassed-in porch.

During the day, take a guided hike, yoga class, or sunset cruise, and spend the evening around an outdoor fire pit. Splurge on a seaplane or helicopter tour to view the bay and San Francisco skyline from the sky. The resort's Healing Arts Center & Spa provides a variety of wellness treatments, while offerings at the on-site cooking school range from globe-spanning culinary classes to oyster and wine pairings.

Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

If classic luxury is the vacation style you're after, the Arizona Biltmore should be high on your list. Opened in 1929, the 39-acre estate at the base of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve evokes old Hollywood glamour with 705 rooms (including 100 suites, 41 cottages, 56 villas) and Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced design.

The resort features restaurants, a day spa, and seven pools including one with a 65-foot waterslide. Play golf, tennis, or pickleball, or take advantage of concierge arrangements for hot-air balloon rides, stargazing, biking, hiking, and more. At Tierra Luna Spa, select from a range of curated therapies or join a yoga or aqua aerobics class. Be sure to order a Tequila Sunrise at the Wright Bar, where the cocktail was invented.

Bungalows Key Largo, Key Largo, Florida

Bungalows Key Largo

While Florida is one of the best states to retire in , that doesn't mean you can't take a vacation close to home. The Bungalows Key Largo is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort where you can take part in a variety of activities or just relax in a poolside cabana. Stay in a waterfront room or one set among the lush gardens with a soaking tub and outdoor shower. Regardless of which view you choose, enjoy this tropical oasis.

Kayak, paddleboard, and swim in the protected bay, where you might see manatees and dolphins glide by. Don your snorkel gear to float among colorful native fish. Join a beachfront yoga class or work out at the full-service Fitness Tiki Hut. If you simply want to unwind, head to the Zen Garden Spa's steam room, sauna, or outdoor treatment cabana for a soothing massage. For the perfect end to an active or relaxing day, watch the sun go down on a catamaran cruise with a frozen cocktail in hand.

Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, California

Rancho Bernardo Inn

At Rancho Bernardo Inn , guest rooms, suites, and specially designed accessible rooms are set among lush gardens for a secluded feel. Private patios and balconies offer garden, spa, or golf course views. The resort's 265 acres and San Diego's perfect weather provide opportunities for alfresco dining and outdoor activities.

Play golf at the pristine 18-hole course, relax by the pool, or have fun with lawn games like cornhole, croquet, or oversized chess. Tour the Chef's Garden to see the source of the restaurants' fresh ingredients or get some ideas for your home garden. Spend some time at the spa, take a sunset yoga class, or arrange a private session. You can interact with a trained bird of prey with a private falconry encounter. If young ones visit, they'll love the “dive-in movies” at the family pool, the well-equipped game room, and San Diego's nearby attractions.

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This Premium trip takes you into the ancient heart of Turkey. Begin and end in Istanbul...

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Discover Java's heritage and Bali’s traditions on an exclusive Premium small group trip...

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Take a Premium adventure that encompasses much of what makes Nepal so beloved by...

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10 days from 5890.

Explore New Zealand’s South Island on a 10-day small group tour which includes Franz...

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13 days from 4120.

Be immersed in the rich historic and cultural heritage of Vietnam and Cambodia on this...

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19 days from 5116.

Take a Premium trip exploring Thailand and Vietnam’s highlights, including Bangkok,...

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Premium Egypt & Jordan in Depth

22 days from 9965.

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9 days from 6941.

Discover Iceland’s geological wonders and welcoming people on an all-encompassing...

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Premium Argentina & Brazil

7 days from 3951.

Soak up Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, two of South America's liveliest cities, and...

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Premium India in Depth

14 days from 4190.

Take in north India’s fabled cities and encounter the exotic wildlife of Ranthambhore...

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17 days from 8850.

Embark on a 17-day Premium adventure through the mysterious mountain kingdoms of Bhutan...

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10 days from 3635.

Take a Premium adventure in India through the country’s north, visiting Delhi, Jaipur,...

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15 days from 5189.

Experience varied landscapes, customs and people as you journey from Baku to Yerevan...

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6 days from 1569.

Uncover the mysteries of incredible Angkor Wat on a Premium tour of Cambodia. Travel...

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9 days from 5630.

Take a Premium trip through the highlights of Japan, including Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura,...

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12 days from 2937.

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Embark on an eight-day Premium adventure from Johannesburg to Chobe National Park, via...

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Discover Patagonia on a 9-day Premium journey that takes in Santiago, Torres del Paine...

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8 days from 2359.

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9 days from 2780.

Escape to Cuba on a Premium adventure and explore the old-world charm of Havana,...

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Premium Highlights of South America

24 days from 15320.

Embark on a 24-day Premium journey from the Amazon to the Andes and discover South...

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Discover Maya ruins, colourful cultures, indigenous communities and colonial towns on...

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17 days from 10680.

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Explore Morocco on this all-encompassing Intrepid Premium small group adventure from...

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18 days from 6720.

Take a 18-day Premium adventure with Intrepid through India's Golden Triangle, Varanasi...

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Morocco uncovered, 13 days from 1444.

Uncover the heart of Morocco on a journey from Casablanca to Marrakech, through Roman...

Egypt Experience

12 days from 2597.

From Cairo, Alexandria and Aswan to the Valley of the Kings at Luxor, see the pharaohs,...

9 Days From 1880

We are thrilled to offer a legal trip for US citizens that supports the Cuban people....

Classic Galapagos: Central Eastern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)

10 days from 5063.

Travel to the Galapagos Islands and sail around the central eastern islands, witnessing...

Classic Borneo

10 days from 2560.

Journey through Borneo on a wild 10-day adventure from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan,...

Classic Morocco

8 days from 1122.

See the wonders of Morocco, including Ait Benhaddou, Casablanca, the Atlas Mountains,...

Jordan Discovery

8 days from 1632.

Experience the best of Jordan on this 8-day adventure. From Amman, 4WD through Wadi Rum...

Journey to the Antarctic Circle (Ocean Endeavour)

14 days from 9990.

Set sail for the trip of a lifetime – a 14-day journey on board the Ocean Endeavour,...

Explore Egypt & Jordan

19 days from 4697.

This 19-day tour explores the best of Egypt and Jordan in Comfort, from Cairo to...

Classic Vietnam

15 days from 1980.

Uncover the proud, spirited heart of Vietnam on this classic 15-day adventure. Tour...

Italy Experience

10 days from 3667.

Travel to Italy on a journey from the canals of Venice to the cobblestone streets of...

Treasures of Vietnam

8 days from 1467.

Discover the spirit of Vietnam on a small group tour from south to north, visiting Ho...

Turkey Encompassed

15 days from 2805.

Travel through Turkey and see Istanbul's Blue Mosque, Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys, the...

Cambodia & Vietnam Discovery

13 days from 3235.

Uncover the dramatic histories of these two beautiful countries on a trip through the...

Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Adventure

6 days from 2759.

Take a discovery tour of Wyoming’s highlights, with plenty of wildlife-spotting and...

Rajasthan Experience

15 days from 2590.

See the best of Rajasthan on this 15-day tour. Behold the delights of Agra, Jaipur,...

Classic Cambodia

6 days from 949.

Unearth the essence of Cambodia on a leisurely journey that spends time seeing the...

Best of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer (Ocean Endeavour)

11 days from 8200.

Experience the magic of the Antarctic Peninsula and its islands aboard the Ocean...

Classic Japan

11 days from 5535.

Journey from Kyoto to Tokyo with Intrepid and explore temples, post towns and lush...

Western Balkans Uncovered

12 days from 2321.

Combine the must-sees of the Balkan region and the lesser-known glories of North...

Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans

7 days from 2988.

Walk in famous footsteps on a 7-day musical journey from Nashville to Memphis and New...

Classic Egypt

8 days from 2273.

Travel Egypt on this adventure that visits Cairo, Aswan and Luxor. See pyramids, visit...

Iceland's Golden Circle in Depth

5 days from 2385.

Set off on a five-day circuit from Reykjavik, visit thundering waterfalls, steamy...

Classic Nepal

11 days from 2320.

Journey around Nepal from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Bandipur, meet the creatures of...

Morocco Family Holiday Comfort

10 days from 1245.

Take your family on a Moroccan adventure through Casablanca, Fes, Midelt, Merzouga, Ait...

Majestic Peru

15 days from 3996.

Tour through Lima, Puno, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes and...

Best of Antarctica In Depth (Ocean Endeavour)

14 days from 9480.

Experience the rare opportunity to explore both the eastern and western sides of the...

Botswana Adventure

10 days from 4620.

Visit Africa and travel through Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe on a tour from Windhoek...

Hiking in Sedona and the Grand Canyon

4 days from 2620.

Discover the very best of Northern Arizona on this 4-day hiking adventure through...

South Dakota to Yellowstone Parks Explorer

6 days from 2404.

Explore South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park, Little...

Best of Mexico

15 days from 3864.

Experience the best of Mexico on a 15-day adventure from Mexico City to Playa del...

Best of the Top End & Kakadu

4 days from 1644.

Visit the natural wonders of Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park,...

Classic Egypt & Jordan

15 days from 4559.

Tick the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Nile, the Dead Sea and The Treasury in Petra...

Best of Perth, Margaret River & Rottnest Island

5 days from 1268.

See the best of Perth, including the Margaret River region and its wineries, Fremantle...

Namibia Discovery

13 days from 3765.

Travel from Cape Town in South Africa to Namibia’s Windhoek through coastlines, sand...

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Highlights of Thailand

10 days from 1887.

Experience Thailand’s greatest hits on a 10-day comfort adventure through Bangkok,...

Best of Costa Rica

10 days from 2213.

Take a Costa Rican adventure starting in San Jose, visiting Copey, Manuel Antonio...

Best of South Australia & Red Centre

9 days from 4045.

See the best of South Australia and Red Centre on this comfortable journey through...

Classic Sri Lanka

8 days from 1675.

Explore wonders of nature and humanity – often both at once – on this 8-day adventure...

Best of Alaska

10 days from 4667.

Explore the rugged landscape of icy Alaska. From Anchorage, circle the Kenai Peninsula...

Classic Barcelona to Madrid

7 days from 2903.

Travel south along the coast of Spain, leaving Barcelona, travelling through Valencia...

Best of Argentina & Brazil

7 days from 3002.

Experience the best of everything Argentina and Brazil have to offer on this fantastic,...

Classic Galapagos: Central Southern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)

10 days from 5879.

Sail the aquamarine waters of the Galapagos’s central southern islands taking in...

Classic Madrid to Lisbon

9 days from 3176.

Take a trip through Portugal, starting in Spain’s capital, Madrid and heading through...

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Croatian Coastal Cruising: Dubrovnik to Split (Aurora)

8 days from 2292.

Join a small ship cruising adventure to Croatia. Voyage along the Dalmatian coast,...

Best of Cairns, Great Barrier Reef & Daintree

5 days from 2003.

From Cairns, take a trip to explore Port Douglas, Daintree Rainforest, the Great...

Classic Cambodia & Vietnam

20 days from 4019.

Get to know Vietnam and Cambodia, each with their own uniquely enchanting culture and...

Ultimate Galapagos: Central Islands (Grand Daphne)

10 days from 4813.

Spend 10 unforgettable days on board the Grand Daphne, discovering the central islands...

Best of Northern Territory

8 days from 4205.

Tour through the Australia’s Red Centre and Top End, visiting Uluru, Kings Canyon,...

Explore China

12 days from 2861.

Spend 12 days exploring northern China from Shanghai to Beijing, including Luoyang, the...

Best of Uluru & Kings Canyon

4 days from 1930.

Discover Australia’s Red Centre on an adventure to the spectacular sights of Tjoritja ...

Amazing Southern Africa

22 days from 7695.

Jump onboard an exhilarating journey from Cape Town to Victoria Falls through the...

Best of the South: Atlanta to New Orleans

14 days from 5882.

Explore the deep South on your way to New Orleans on a twelve-day small group tour...

Classic Canadian Rockies

7 days from 3248.

See all the highlights from the Canadian Rockies, including Lake Louise, Spirit Island,...

Best of Australia

12 days from 6020.

Experience the full range of Australia’s natural wonder, with visits to the Blue...

Best of South Australia

5 days from 1418.

Explore the famous wine region of South Australia including Barossa Valley and Clare...

Best of Tasmania's Tarkine & Cradle Mountain

6 days from 1673.

Discover the best of Australia’s Tasmania with a visit to the Tarkine rainforest and...

Croatian Coastal Cruising - Split to Dubrovnik (Aurora)

Take a small-ship cruising adventure in Croatia from Split to Dubrovnik. Voyage along...

Best of Hobart & Southern Tasmania

4 days from 1140.

Visit Hobart and southeastern Tasmania with a short trip to the Tasman Peninsula, Hartz...

Our Original tours 

Vietnam express southbound, 10 days from 1132.

Take a tour of Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, with stops to cruise the Mekong...

Sydney to Cairns Adventure

14 days from 4284.

See the natural wonders of Queensland and New South Wales on an adventure through the...

Classic Costa Rica

15 days from 1988.

Travel to Costa Rica and discover a tropical playground of immense natural beauty....

Beautiful Bali

9 days from 999.

Travel to Bali and experience this oasis off the coast of Indonesia. Bali's Ubud, Mt...

Best of Sri Lanka

Discover the must-sees, must-eats, and must-meets of gorgeous Sri Lanka on this 15-day...

Inca Trail Express

7 days from 1193.

Travel to Peru to discover Peru's ancient civilisation. Trek or train to Machu Picchu,...

Vietnam Express Northbound

10 days from 952.

Travel through Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Visit the Mekong Delta, cruise...

Rome to Amalfi

8 days from 2063.

Travel to Italy on a tour from Rome to Amalfi and explore the best of the region....

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

18 days from 2121.

Travel into the heart and soul of South East Asia on this tour of Vietnam and Cambodia....

Iceland Discovery

8 days from 3296.

See Iceland on this eight-day tour that travels to Reykjavik, the Golden Circle,...

Best of Morocco

15 days from 1096.

Discover the best of Morocco on an action-packed trip exploring Marrakech, Fes, the...

Athens to Santorini

8 days from 2440.

Travel from ancient Athens to the spectacular island of Santorini on this wonderful...

Sacred Land of the Incas

15 days from 2633.

Visit the Sacred Land of the Inca and delight in Peru's culture with two weeks through...

Everest Base Camp Trek

15 days from 1670.

Embark on the trek of a lifetime to Everest Base Camp on this tour. Fly into Lukla and...

Egypt Adventure

8 days from 987.

Visit Egypt and adventure along the River Nile through the land of the pharaohs, from...

Explore Jordan

8 days from 1223.

Travel to Jordan and tour Amman, Madaba and the inspiring desert landscape of Wadi Rum....

Classic Rajasthan

15 days from 1249.

Travel to India and visit the Rajasthan region. Tour from Delhi to Pushkar through...

Guatemala to Belize

10 days from 1275.

Wander the cobblestone streets of Antigua, float along the waters of the Rio Dulce, and...

India's Golden Triangle

8 days from 792.

Take an action-packed eight-day tour through the essential sights and bites of India’s...

South Korea Highlights

9 days from 2684.

Take a dive into all that South Korea has to offer, from Seoul to Sokcho, Andong and...

Best of Italy

14 days from 3438.

Immerse yourself in classic culture, history and incredible sights on this Best of...

Cambodian Traveller

9 days from 874.

Travel from Vietnam to Thailand on a South East Asian adventure that explores Cambodia...

North Morocco Adventure

8 days from 732.

This tour of North Morocco from Casablanca to Marrakech will capture your heart....

Inca Trail Express from Lima

8 days from 1328.

Travel to Peru and retrace the steps of the Inca. Follow traditions from Lima to Cusco,...

Classic Hikes of Patagonia

15 days from 8455.

Embark on all the classic hikes of Patagonia – including the Torres del Paine base hike...

Thailand & Laos Adventure

13 days from 1680.

Travel from Bangkok to Vientiane on a tour through Thailand and Laos. Visit Thailand's...

Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

13 days from 4637.

Discover Japanese culture on this 13-day tour. Travel with a local from Tokyo to Kyoto...

Croatia Sailing Adventure: Dubrovnik to Split

8 days from 1713.

Explore Croatia's beautiful Adriatic coast on this aquatic adventure from Dubrovnik to...

Cycle Vietnam

15 days from 2003.

Jump in the saddle for a two-wheeled adventure tour of Vietnam. Take in cultural...

Morocco Encompassed

17 days from 1632.

Explore Morocco on this in-depth tour with Intrepid. Spend 17 days exploring Marrakech,...

Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure

12 days from 2232.

Travel from the heights of the Andes to the exotic Amazon rainforest on this best of...

South Korea Real Food Adventure

8 days from 3092.

Slurp, crunch and spoon your way into the heart of South Korean cuisine, snacking at...

Turkey Highlights

8 days from 1480.

See the highlights of Turkey on this eight-day adventure. Start in Istanbul and visit...

Costa Rica Experience

9 days from 1476.

Encounter the natural beauty of Costa Rica, from La Fortuna’s volcano and Monteverde’s...

South Morocco Discovery

10 days from 743.

Discover Morocco's southern highlights on this well paced adventure including Marrakech...

Best of Galapagos

10 days from 3446.

Discover amazing wildlife and natural beauty in the Galapagos Islands. Snorkel on Isla...

China Highlights

8 days from 1571.

Take a trip through epic China and see the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall,...

Central Asia: Five Stans Express

24 days from 6675.

Join a 24-day adventure through Central Asia from Ashgabat, to Tashkent, to Bishkek and...

East Africa Highlights

10 days from 3542.

Explore East Africa, like Kenya, Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park...

Discover Egypt & Jordan

15 days from 2696.

Take an adventure holiday through Egypt and Jordan. Visit Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza,...

Explore Colombia

10 days from 2145.

Travel to Colombia on a ten-day Intrepid. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Cartagena...

The Maritimes: Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick

6 days from 2336.

Experience the seaside charm of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick on this 6-day...

Sabah Adventure

11 days from 2402.

Journey to Borneo’s Sabah through the rich wilderness of Maylasia. Climb Mt Kinabalu,...

Balkan Adventure

15 days from 2567.

Travel across historic Eastern Europe from Hungary to Croatia. Visit cultural sights...

Western USA National Parks Loop

5 days from 1967.

Set off on a five-day adventure through some of the USA’s most epic scenery, including...

Botswana Highlights

9 days from 2518.

Discover the culture, wildlife and waterways of Botswana on an adventure that visits...

Scenic Vietnam

15 days from 1496.

Journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on this Vietnam adventure. Trek in the quiet...

Best of Turkey

15 days from 1984.

From Istanbul to Ephesus, Pamukkale to the coast, and Cappadocia to the Anatolian...

Best of Spain

15 days from 3626.

Kick off a colourful Best of Spain tour in Madrid and visit some of Spain's highlights....

Madagascar Adventure

14 days from 3573.

Embark on a wildlife-filled adventure through Madagascar’s jungles and reserves,...

Central Asia Explorer

17 days from 3770.

Soak up Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan on this 17-day tour that begins in Bishkek and visits...

Walk the Camino de Santiago

7 days from 1120.

Over seven days, join a local leader and small group of likeminded travellers to walk...

Greece Sailing Adventure: Cyclades Islands

10 days from 1942.

See the best of the Cyclades on this 10-day Greece sailing adventure. From Athens to...

Land of Belize

8 days from 1636.

Dive into Belize’s natural and cultural wonders on this slow-paced adventure through...

Classic Peru

9 days from 2399.

Visit South America and travel to Peru. Visit Lima, Cusco and Lake Titicaca, tour the...

Annapurna Circuit Trek

15 days from 1600.

Go trekking in Nepal on an adventure that takes you around the Annapurna Circuit. From...

Portuguese Camino

10 days from 2271.

Be challenged and be fulfilled on this coastal Camino, starting in Porto and walking...

Montenegro Sailing Adventure from Dubrovnik

8 days from 1476.

Sail into the sublime waters of Montenegro, departing from Dubrovnik and exploring...

Europe Christmas Markets: Munich to Budapest

8 days from 2460.

Experience the festive markets of Central Europe. Go Christmas crazy in the market...

Our Basix tours 

Hiking in the canadian rockies, 8 days from 2376.

Hike the Canadian Rockies, exploring Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Emerald Glacier...

Maya Encounter

17 days from 1701.

Find authentic adventure on this experience through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala....

Uluru & Kings Canyon Adventure

4 days from 885.

Discover the history, culture and incredible landscapes of Australia’s Red Centre on a...

Okavango Experience

10 days from 1778.

Tour through Johannesburg, Maun, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and Victoria...

Explore Southern Africa

18 days from 3315.

Spend some time exploring Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe with included safari...

Canadian Rockies

15 days from 2532.

Discover the Canadian Rockies on this 15-day adventure tour with Intrepid that hits...

Uluru & Kings Canyon Express

4 days from 732, mexico unplugged, 15 days from 1448.

The incredible cultures and colours of Mexico await on this 15-day adventure through...

Gorillas & Game Parks

16 days from 4208.

Encounter the wildlife of Kenya and Uganda on this overland adventure including a...

Explore Egypt

15 days from 1317.

Explore Egypt with a trip to Cairo, the Nile, Aswan, Luxor and Alexandria. Pyramids,...

Highlights of Italy

8 days from 1376.

See the best of Italy – Venice, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome – in eight...

Cape Town to Vic Falls

22 days from 2903.

Spend three weeks exploring South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, from Cape...

Kenya Wildlife Safari

8 days from 1492.

Experience Kenyan wildlife on an eight day trip travelling from Nairobi to Lake...

Central American Journey

17 days from 1543.

Travel from Guatemala to Costa Rica, through gorgeous Monteverde, La Fortuna, Leon,...

Jordan & Egypt Uncovered

22 days from 3300.

Explore Jordan and Egypt with a trip to Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Cairo, the Nile, Aswan,...

Indian Getaway

11 days from 700.

Get the most out of 11 days in India on this trip exploring the best of Delhi, Varanasi...

Iceland Express

5 days from 1155.

Tour green Iceland on a five-day trip visiting Reykjavik, the Golden Circle, Vik,...

Japan Express

9 days from 1714.

See Japan in nine days on a trip visiting Tokyo, Nikko and Kyoto. Say konnichiwa to...

Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Explorer

4 days from 816.

Tour the best bits of Australia’s Top End, exploring Kakadu National Park, Litchfield...

Road to Zanzibar

12 days from 1983.

Experience the beauty of the Ngorongoro and Serengeti, Usambara Mountains and Zanzibar...

Patagonia: Torres del Paine Classic W Trek

6 days from 3050.

Hike the W Trek in Chilean Patagonia and discover the wild beauty of Torres del Paine...

Costa Rica & Panama Discovery

12 days from 1283.

Hit San Jose, Sarapiqui, Puerto Viejo, Bocas del Toro, Boquete and Panama City on this...

The Masai Heartlands

15 days from 3900.

Uncover Kenya and Tanzania on a 2 week trip with Serengeti safaris, Ngorongoro, Nakuru,...

Serengeti Trail

8 days from 2176.

Roam the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park to spot Africa's Big...

Vic Falls to Kruger

9 days from 1422.

Take on a safari adventure through Hwange National Park, Matobo National Park, Kruger...

North China Getaway

12 days from 1101.

Discover China’s northern hotspots with Intrepid on a 12-day trip to Beijing, the Great...

Gorillas, Game Parks & Beaches

27 days from 6980.

Go deep in East Africa on this epic trip, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Essential South Korea

9 days from 1440.

Take a journey through South Korea, starting in Seoul and heading to Jeonju, Wanju,...

Best of Argentina, Uruguay & Brazil

10 days from 2510.

Travel from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro on a ten-day trip, including Iguazu Falls...

North India Revealed

22 days from 1013.

See the essentials of India’s north on a 22-day trip through Delhi, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur,...

One Week In Costa Rica

8 days from 646.

Head to the Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica with a fun-filled adventure to San Jose,...

Turkey Explored

18 days from 1784.

Go deeper than Derinkuyu on an 18-day Turkey trip beginning and ending in Istanbul,...

Jordan & Egypt Express

9 days from 1645.

Follow in the footsteps of prophets on an adventure tour through Jordan and Egypt....

Simply Sri Lanka

8 days from 657.

Discover idyllic Sri Lanka from Negombo to Colombo on this eight-day Lonely Planet...

Best of Brazil

Experience Brazil’s coast on an eight-day adventure. From Rio to Ilha Grande, see jaw...

Galapagos Discovery

9 days from 2310.

See the Galapagos Islands on an eight-day adventure including Isla Isabela, Isla Santa...

Kruger, Coast & Cape

22 days from 2993.

Embark on a 22 day Southern African odyssey through wildlife-rich game parks, idyllic...

Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

8 days from 2918.

Conquer Mt Kilimanjaro on the picturesque Marangu Route, hiking with porters on an...

Mount Toubkal Trek

7 days from 533.

Trek through Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains exploring Aroumd and Imlil and then climb...

Tanzania Family Safari

8 days from 2160.

Experience the people, culture and wildlife of Kenya and Tanzania on a small group...

Mount Toubkal Winter Trek

7 days from 915.

Set off on a seven-day adventure through the Atlas Mountains, joining an expert guide...

Central American Adventure

33 days from 3540.

Tour jungle ruins and Caribbean coastline on a 33-day adventure to Mexico, Belize,...

Galapagos Experience

7 days from 1330.

As far as face-to-face wildlife encounters go, the Galapagos wildlife experience rivals...

Essential Italy

10 days from 1774.

Visit Venice, Verona, Parma, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence and Rome with like-minded 18...

Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

9 days from 3319.

Travel to Tanzania on a nine-day trip taking in Kilimanjaro along the Machame Route....

Vic Falls to Cape Town

22 days from 2992.

Discover the unique and contrasting lands of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South...

Turkey Uncovered

14 days from 1320.

Discover the best of Turkey on a 14-day trip exploring Istanbul, Gallipoli, Fethiye,...

Amazing Central America

28 days from 2831.

Spend 28 days visiting Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and...

Peru Essentials

21 days from 2943.

See Peru in-depth on a trip from Lima to La Paz. Trek the Inca Trail and marvel at...

Cambodia Adventure

12 days from 722.

Hit Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City then take a trip through Cambodia, visiting Angkor Wat...

Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Family Adventure

4 days from 960.

Set out on a camping safari through captivating Kakadu National Park. Experience the...

Garden Route Adventure

14 days from 1819.

See Africa from Durban to Cape Town on a 14-day adventure. Tour Tsitsikamma, Addo...

Best of East Africa

20 days from 4505.

Step out onto the Serengeti and keep your eyes out for rhinos, lions, leopards and a...

Vietnam Discovery

15 days from 915.

Discover Vietnam’s east coast on this 15-day tour, uncovering the hidden delights of...

Vanuatu Expedition

8 days from 2955.

Embark on an expedition to the beautiful islands of Vanuatu where you can trek to the...

Delhi to Goa

15 days from 1105.

Discover India in all its glory on this 15-day spice-filled adventure from Delhi...

Mount Toubkal Long Weekend Trek

5 days from 560.

Challenge yourself to this ambitious hiking trip and climb to the summit of Mount...

Central America Encompassed

31 days from 3371.

Take an epic adventure to Central America through Mexico’s hotspots like Chichen Itza,...

Wild Western USA

11 days from 2466.

Travel from LA via Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite, Sierra Nevada to...

South India Revealed

16 days from 944.

See the landscapes of South India on a 16-day adventure from Varkala to Goa via Kerala...

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 policy

Who are Intrepid travelers?

Intrepid adventures are for travelers with a yearning to get off the beaten track. Whether you're traveling solo, with a group of friends, or are aged 18 or 70, there is an Intrepid adventure to suit your interests and comfort level. Each Intrepid adventure has a physical and cultural grading to help you decide if the trip is right for you. No special skills are required for most adventures, just a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the world. Even on our camping adventures no previous experience is required; our tents are easy to set up, even for first-time campers. 

Are there age restrictions on your trips?

For the majority of our trips the minimum age is 15. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. Our Overland Adventures have a minimum age of 18. Younger children can join us on our Family trips and Short Break Adventures, but check each trip for its minimum age, which is located on the trip’s overview page on the website. Most of our trips don’t have a maximum age limit, but a Self-Assessment Form is required for all passengers 70 years and over. 

How many people will be on my trip?

Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travelers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website. 

I’m traveling alone – is that OK?

This is the beauty of the Intrepid style of travel: many of our travelers join because they are traveling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people.

Learn more about solo travel

I have a disability – can I join an Intrepid trip?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. We ask that you carefully consider whether you are physically and mentally able to complete the itinerary you have chosen, recognizing that on many trips you will be required to carry your own bags and use public transport. 

Where we can we will make reasonable adjustments to the operation of our trips to facilitate the requirements of disabled travelers – such as booking ground floor accommodation, or having our leaders communicate important directions in writing as well as verbally. Many travelers with disabilities have been able to enjoy our trips by traveling with a friend or companion who can assist with specific needs. If joining a group trip is not practical we may be able to provide you with a private departure. Please contact our sales team for further information on any of our itineraries. 

Learn more about accessible travel with Intrepid

Do I need to buy travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips if you’re traveling internationally. Minimum coverage may differ from trip to trip, so make sure you check the Travel Insurance section in your Essential Trip Information. You will not be permitted to join the group until your leader has sighted your insurance policy number and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number – it’s really important there are no barriers to getting emergency assistance for you. 

Will I have my own room?

It's your call. Rooming on our trips is organized on a twin-share basis, but most of our trips also have the option to pay an extra fee for your own room. Just let us know at the time of booking and we'll arrange it for you. 

For twin-share rooms, we pair up solo travelers with another traveler of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what's indicated on your passport, please contact us so that we can discuss rooming options with you. 

On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open-gender, multi-share basis. In those instances it will clearly be stated in your Essential Trip Information. 

How does group time work?

Whether you’re traveling alone or with a partner, our trips have a set itinerary. But within that there’s time set aside for your own exploration (if you want to – no pressure). Depending on how you're feeling, you may want to have some downtime, ask your guide for a few tips then head out alone, or hang out with the group and see where the day takes you. 

What makes a small group tour better than a coach tour?

The main difference between a small group tour and a coach tour is the size of the group; our tours have 10 travelers each (on average) while coaches can hold up to 60 people. This means that you'll never have to vie for your leader's attention on a small group tour because you'll automatically have it.

Learn more about the differences between a small group tour and a coach tour

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