Traveling as a senior doesn’t need to be stressful or expensive, there are plenty of options out there for the budget-friendly 65+ crowd. From dude ranches to culinary adventures and around-the-world cruises there is something for every retirees’ interest.
Seniors Learn to Cook in Positano, Italy
Seniors are learning to cook all over the world these days and the best cooking school vacations combine great locations with loads of opportunities to experience the local culture and food industry. Culinary vacations are especially popular in France’s Provence and Italy’s Tuscany regions. Although classes are the main focus, itineraries often include excursions to local wineries, markets and farms.
The 7-night, “Lemon Lifestyle” cooking school vacation in Positano, on the Amalfi Coast, includes luxury accommodation at the Villa Azzurra, 3 hands-on classes with famous local cooks, visits to artisan food producers, plus excursions to Ravello, Capri and Sorrento. Senior travelers pick their own lemons in an Amalfi grove before learning to cook an all-lemon menu. Prices start at $2,495 per person for this all-inclusive experience.
A Health and Wellness Retreat in Waynesboro, Tennessee
Fitness and wellness resorts embrace exercise, sensible dining and holistic health. Seniors can round out their wellness vacations with plethora of activities that range from yoga to kayaking to hiking and then enjoy relaxing, rejuvenating spa treatments.
The Tennessee Fitness Spa in Waynesboro has offered opportunity for those seeking to drop pounds, tone up or shed unhealthy habits such as smoking. Visitors will be assessed when they arrive — and throughout their stay will be allowed to participate in six hours of classes every day, except Sundays. Programs and lectures are available, too. Special weeks focus on cardio, guided meditation, strength training, cooking and more. Rates, including all meals and most activities, are low for a destination spa. They start at about $700 per person for a week. Hook up the RV, and pay less.
Enjoy a Golfing Excursion at Vincci Tenerife Golf Resort – Tenerife, Spain
Another great option for active seniors looking for all-inclusive vacation packages is a European golf retreat.
With all-inclusive breaks starting from $450 per person at this 4-star golf resort, Vincci Tenerife Golf certainly offers great value for money. Located on the beach next to Golf del Sur, the resort offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area. Just a short drive from the resort are The Amarilla Golf & Country Club, Golf del Sur and Golf Las Americas – all offering unique tests of golf. After an exhilarating round of golf, seniors can enjoy sitting out on the hotel’s terrace dining on a fusion of Canary Islands specialities and traditional favorites, with a glass of fine wine.
Grand National Parks Train Journey with Amtrak
Seniors can discover North America’s cities, national parks, grand landscapes and stunning coastlines by train when booking an all-inclusive rail journey with Amtrak. Select from such enticing trips as Coast to Canyon, Music Cities of America and Canadian Rockies Explorer. Cross-country train trips are perfect for those less mobile senior travelers.
One great option is the 14-day ‘Grand National Parks’ tour which includes roundtrip service in coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway, the Motorcoach Freedom Tour of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, a sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park, ah op-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco, Space Needle Observation Deck admission, a Big Sky Circle tour of Glacier National Park and a Two Medicine Valley boat cruise of Glacier National Park. Eight nights’ hotel accommodations with 5 nights onboard Amtrak are included for $3,549 per person.
Bike Through the Outer Banks, North Carolina
Seniors can pedal around the world – from Argentina to Australia. Retirees can spend their days on the open road and their evenings dining and resting in restaurants and hotels — all chosen ahead of time. Travelers can pick tours based on skill level: from short daily distances on level terrain to more physically challenging routes.
One great 7-day, seven night option for recreational bikers is the Outer Banks and Beyond tour which includes all lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hour on the 1st evening of the tour, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides, and all ferry fees for just $2,295 per rider.
Okavango & Chobe Safari Adventure
Budget-friendly seniors can embark on an African adventure. Older travelers can choose from a multitude of safaris that suit every style. Examine websites to choose companies that are committed to social and environmental concerns. Senior travel in Africa is growing in popularity, there are some excellent budget-friendly safari excursions to check out.
One great option for frugal seniors is the 7-day Okavango & Chobe Safari Tour which visits Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia, all lodging and meals are included for $1,298 per person.
7 Night Tropical Retreats Cruise
Cruises come in so many types — different destinations, durations, and activities aboard the ship as well as on land. Seniors want to pick a cruise that best fits them, especially if they have certain medical or physical limitations.
Oceania’s 7-night Tropical Retreats Cruise is ideal for seniors who enjoy sunbathing, snorkeling and exploring ancient ruins. With ports of call including: Miami, Cruising the Straits of Florida, Cozumel, Roatan, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, Cruising the Straits of Florida, Miami, this cruise starts at just $1,599 per person.