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Focus in Africa
P.O.BOX 16245, Arusha, Tanzania
Tel; +255 755 218 062
Destinations: Tanzania including the Serengeti region, Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro treks via different routes.
Founded in 2010, Focus in Africa (FIA) organizes a range of volunteer programs and safari adventures. We are local Tanzanians creating tailor-made tours for our clients, whether traveling solo or with friends and family.
Our visitors love to experience the great Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater where it is possible to see tons of birds and animals year round. However, the ideal time to go on safari is between June and October in the dry season.FIA has earned an enviable reputation as a leader in volunteer programs in Tanzania, service-learning and community development. We make sure that volunteering in local communities is appropriate and rewarding for all ages. Older travelers and multi-generational family groups make up about 40% of our volunteer clients.
Whether planning a safari, a mountain trek or a volunteer program, we support our guests every step of the way with meaningful adventures at affordable prices!
Plaza de la Quintana nº3
Santiago de Compostela – 15705, A Coruña, Spain
E-mail: email@example.com; Tel: Spain: +34 881 24 74 80
US +1 9297778436; UK:+44 2038087618
Ireland: +35 314370585; Australia: +61 261885632
Destinations: The different routes of the Camino de Santiago, walking or cycling (French Way, Portuguese Way, Finisterre & Muxía Way, Northern Way, Primitive Way, Portuguese Coastal Way, Lebaniego Way and Winter Way). We are also travel specialists in Galicia region of northwestern Spain.
Galiwonders.com is a company of local experts based in Santiago de Compostela, organizing guided and self-guided itineraries for an international clientele mainly from the U.S, Canada, Australia, the U.K. and Ireland. In addition to helping pilgrims from all over the world to experience the best “Ways” to do their own Camino, we also plan itineraries of the fascinating Galicia region of northwestern Spain, introducing our clients to the local wines, culinary and cultural treasures, and distinctive natural highlights of this less-traveled region. Let us help you to create an unforgettable experience tailored to your needs and interests!
Bestway Tours & Safaris,
Suite 206 – 8678 Greenall Avenue,
Burnaby, BC V5J 3M6 Canada
Toll Free: 1-800-663-0844 (Canada and U.S. residents only)
Destinations: Small group cultural tours to more than 90 destinations in Southeast, South and Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and South America.
Since 1978, Bestway Tours & Safaris has offered small group tours that bridge cultural divides through people-to-people contact.
Our mantra, “journeys without borders”, represents our efforts to go beyond regular travel frontiers. Our tours provide diverse cultural experiences, scenery that must be seen to be understood and genuine interaction with local people—all in a private or small-group setting. Around 80% of our clients are well travelled and well educated people age 50 and above.
Bestway also has 40 years’ experience in arranging one-of-a-kind themed journeys, including UNESCO World Heritage Tours, culinary journeys with award-winning chefs, artisan experiences, textile tours and more.
107 Power Road, Chiswick,
London W4 5PY, United Kingdom
Customer Service Team: 1300 100 410 (AUS);
Customer Service Team: 0800 223 369 (NZ)
Destinations: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France (land and barging tours), Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
Back-Roads Touring is the expert in Small Group & Tailor-Made touring. With a maximum 18-passenger group size, tours are friendly, relaxed, and flexible. 85% percent of our guests are between 40-65 years.
Stay in handpicked charming accommodation, dine with the locals in their restaurants, meet traditional producers and mingle with those characters who so enrich the heritage of local communities.
Let Back-Roads take you beyond the tourist façade of our UK, Europe and Morocco destinations and guarantee you an unparalleled balance of renowned and lesser-known sites.
Spain is More
Calle Ancha 23, 24003 León, Spain.
Tel (US): 347 480 1050; Tel (UK): 020 81 443 711
(international numbers on website)
Destinations: Northern Spain, including the Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias. The Camino de Santiago, on foot or by bicycle, is a prime specialty.
Based in León in the historic heart of Northern Spain, the Camino passes right by the Spain is More front door! We love to show our guests the most authentic, scenic and exceptional sights of Northern Spain, while staying at authentic hotels, and experiencing local restaurants, scenic routes and unique activities.
ALL itineraries are personalized for individual travelers. Visit our website for sample itineraries.
Since 2009 we have helped numerous extremely-satisfied pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, as we offer quality-conscious guests expert familiarity with all regions of this famous route and a 24/7 on-call service during each booked holiday.
With over 10 years of experience on Camino de Santiago walking and cycling routes in Spain, France and Portugal, CaminoWays.com offers exceptional service to clients of all ages and abilities. We also offer creative walking and cycling tours on the Via Francigena (France to Italy) and in Ireland.
AdventureSmith Explorations is an award-winning global leader in small ship cruises and wilderness adventure vacations for seniors (80% of our travelers are 45-80+ years). Explore up close, away from tourist crowds utilizing small ships, yachts and wilderness lodges close to nature. Off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador/Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, Europe and Australia. www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.
Africa Dream Safaris (ADS)
4825 Torrance Blvd., Suite 14
Torrance, CA 90503 U.S.A.
Destinations: East Africa including Tanzania, Kenya,
Uganda and Zanzibar.
Africa Dream Safaris provides wildlife safaris and adventure travel to East Africa. Visit our extensive online resource guide and detailed sample itineraries to plan your African safari. We specialize in private and custom tailored safaris to Tanzania’s northern safari circuit, offering the finest game viewing in all of Africa including the great wildebeest migration. Experience the beauty and amazing abundance of wildlife including lion, elephant, cheetah and rhino from the comfort of your private 4WD vehicle with your own expert ADS driver-guide.
African Horizons provides nature safaris and tours to Africa for leisure, adventure and group travel. Our website contains detailed itineraries for over 60 trips. We specialize in tailor-made safaris and tours reflecting your interests and budget. www.africanhorizons.com.
Andaman Sky Co., Ltd – for all southern Thailand travel, exotic accommodation and soft adventures. Island hop, snorkel, fish and kayak the land of smiles. Senior-friendly and customized packages – adventure as much as you want, relax as much as you like. www.andamanadventures.com.
Annette’s Adventures, www.annettesadventures.com
45 – 403 Koa Kahiko St., Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 U.S.A.
Tel: (808) 235-5431 Fax: (808) 247-4113
Destinations: Hawaiian Islands and Alaska
With her strong link to environmentally friendly organizations and in-depth knowledge of Hawaii’s indigenous culture and history, Annette Kaohelaulii is the ultimate planner for a memorable alternative Hawaiian holiday. Annette organizes independent travel plans, custom itineraries for groups, and set-itinerary tours. She has a strong following in the women’s travel community, particularly with older women.
Authentic Tanzania offers memorable wildlife safaris and cultural experiences throughout Tanzania combined with beach extensions in Zanzibar. Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti Plains, walking safaris, bird watching and much more for tour groups, family groups and seniors with a spirit of adventure. www.authentictanzania.com.
Dinknesh Ethiopia Tour offers a full range of services to explore Ethiopia, from historical and cultural tours and adventurous trekking to birdwatching, pilgrimage and botanical tours. Let us help you discover “The Gifted Land”! Please visit www.dinkneshethiopiatour.com and www.ethiopiatravel.com/.
597 Markham Street
Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7 Canada
Tel: toll free (800) 741-7956 or
Fax: (416) 588-9839
Destinations: Stimulating, active, cultural land tours and small-ship cruises to over 80 countries from Madagascar to Mongolia, Iran to Iceland, Romania to Vietnam.
ElderTreks is the world’s first small group (maximum of 16 travelers) adventure travel company for travelers 50 and over. In 2012, it celebrated 25 years of creative vacationing to many unusual destinations. Choose an adventure based on destination, activity level (from easy to challenging), duration, or activities, such as walking, trekking, rafting or sailing. Trip extensions and custom-designed trips are also available.
In 2011, ElderTreks was named one of Entrepreneur magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies in their June edition. Their annual list showcases companies deemed to be the most innovative and inspiring in their respective fields.
Family-owned and operated, Endeavour Safaris specializes in unforgettable wilderness camping safaris for physically challenged vacationers wishing to explore South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Specialized equipment and vehicles open doors to safe, full service, authentic bush adventures for disabled people, their friends and families. www.endeavour-safaris.com.
Follow the Camino
16, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, Ireland firstname.lastname@example.org
Destinations: “Camino de Santiago, Medieval Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela” – Walk, Cycle or Horse ride your choice of segments through Spain, France or Portugal.
Since 2006, leading Camino de Santiago tour operator, Follow the Camino, has specialized in organizing walking, cycling and horse riding holidays along both familiar and lesser-known routes. We invented a new approach to this ancestral pilgrimage, respecting its spirit and enhancing its values, while making it more accessible, enjoyable and achievable for all.
You focus on the sights and the local culture while we cater for your earthly needs, including private transfers, luggage transfers, and reservation of carefully-selected accommodations with authentic local food and drinks. Visit our website to discover all our guide-led and self-guided itineraries including an exciting five-day Heming-Way route from St Jean Pied de Port, France across the Pyrenees to Pamplona, Spain.
Explore the mysteries, magic and natural wonders of Kenya and Tanzania with GoAfrica Safaris & Travel. Specialized safari services offer disabled and special needs travelers unprecedented freedom to travel as well as visits and volunteer opportunities at one of our charitable organizations. www.go-africa-safaris.com.
Hellenic Adventures, Inc. www.hellenicadventures.com
1041 Front Ave, Saint Paul,
Minnesota 55103-1227, U.S.A.
Tel: Toll free (800) 851-6349 or (651) 489-8460
Fax: (651) 489-0372
Destinations: Greece, Italy, Turkey and Cyprus in the Mediterranean and Peru, Chile, and Argentina in South America.
These customized or special interest itineraries delve deeply into the history, mythology, culture and natural history of each locale. Greek-American Leftheris Papageorgiou has created a series of memorable grassroots sightseeing and active explorations that will introduce vacationers to these special destinations with affection and expertise. You’ll find his commitment to the utmost in quality and knowledgeable service extends throughout each location. For his expertise, Condé Nast Traveler has named Leftheris Top Travel Specialist-Greece each year since 2004.
Iluminado Tours specializes in Mexico’s fabulous Yucatan state – offering in-depth cultural and archeological encounters, distinctive cuisine, Spanish language-learning, and women’s-only itineraries.
INCREDIBLE INDIAN TOURS
Tel: +61 410 356 450
Destinations: India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Burma and Nepal.
A destination to challenge all your senses, travelling with Incredible Indian Tours will be a trip of a lifetime, with more variety than you can imagine and more amazing experiences than you can ever dream of. With 20 years of experience in India and countries of the subcontinent, we offer you a unique and personalised experience, a more local touch, from a western perspective. Fully escorted by an Australian woman who deeply appreciates the region, our small groups have a maximum of 10 people, or alternatively we can arrange a private tour designed specifically for you.
KUODA TOURS www.inturkuoda.com
Pasaje Hermosa 12 Cusco, Peru
27 N Wacker Drive, Ste. 115
Chicago Illinois 60606, USA
Destinations: Peru, including Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
KUODA TOURS designs custom travel and personalized itineraries for independent, discerning travelers. We delight in creating programs that combine nature, culture, archaeology and adventure. We bring you to less-visited places to meet indigenous people, participate in traditional crafts workshops using ancient techniques, take part in Andean shamanic ceremonies, hike the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu, view wildlife and birds up close in the Amazon Jungle, and more. Three-fourths of our clients are adventure-loving mature adults. Private and group bookings available.
MARLY CAMINO www.marlycamino.com
Paseo de la Castellana. Entrpnta 1ro.
Madrid, Spain. 28046 Spain
Phone: +34 917 885 763; USA: +1 786 345 2042
Destinations: Spain, Camino de Santiago, Northern Spain, Fatima, Portugal. We offer the French way, Portuguese Way, the North Way and the Catalonian Way from Barcelona.
In 2006, Marly Camino opened its doors to offer assistance to people of all ages and nationalities who wish to find their ‘way’ on their Camino. We organize walking trips for small groups or individuals along different Camino routes. You walk on your own and we take care of all the details to make it an unforgettable trip. Walk the last 100km on our Buen Camino or our Buen Camino Lite at a lighter pace. Our Portuguese and North Coast Caminos are also extraordinary routes! Over 80% of our clients are mature travelers.
Metropolitan Touring runs its own ground operations in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Chile, and owns and operates the finest ships in the Galápagos Islands, as well as the Finch Bay Eco Hotel. Come explore with us! www.metropolitan-touring.com.
Viajes Mundiplus is a Spanish travel agency specialized in Camino de Santiago tours, on foot or by bicycle. We provide Quality lodgings, Van support, Assistance en route, Luggage transfer, Travel assistance insurance, and Pilgrims’ Passport. www.mundiplus.com.
My Genie in Paris offers Paris-based, English-speaking expertise to create a tailor-made itinerary for self-guided sightseeing, recommend good value restaurants, activities and events according to your budget and time availability. Online planning fee is €49; meeting with your Paris planning expert in person is €109. www.mygenieinparis.com.
Natural Habitat Adventures is a 16-year-old U.S.-based tour operator offering in-depth wildlife explorations across northern Canada and Alaska, Norway, Africa, the Galapagos Islands, Central America and Antarctica. www.nathab.com.
With an exciting Hawaiian culture and nature focus tailored to your interests, Open Eye Tours & Photos offers privately-guided visits to places seldom seen as well as to popular sights throughout Maui. Customized activity levels allow for hiking, walking or no walking. Serving enthusiastic seniors, couples, families, and singles since 1983. Let Pono Fried show you his Maui — refreshing, unique, fun! www.openeyetours.com.
Since 1997, Peten Travels has excelled at leading unique archaeological, botanical, historical and luxury boat tours throughout Turkey. Our escorted holidays are “Journeys of Discovery” each featuring an extraordinary selection of fascinating sites, all led by expert guides and academics. By land or sea, Peten Travels delivers travel beyond the ordinary. www.petentour.com
Explore Croatia, Greece Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the UK and discover cultural ancient wonders of the world. Peter Sommer Travels offers unique small group archaeological tours and gulet cruises. Sail aboard a luxurious traditional yacht or retrace “the footsteps of Alexander the Great” with the British documentary director who worked on the acclaimed BBC/PBS video series! www.petersommer.com
Photo Quest Adventures offers deluxe global photography workshops to the world’s most photogenic corners taught by the best photographers. We distinguish ourselves by offering innovative and intimate workshops geared for small groups over 50 years old, all skill levels to ensure individual attention. www.photoquestadventures.com.
Rainforest Cruises is an Amazon River cruise and tour company. We plan Amazon custom cruises, Galapagos island tours, and land tours in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia. As experts in Amazon and Galapagos Cruises, we get our clients the best cruise deals. www.rainforestcruises.com.
Celebrating 30 years of life-enriching travel, ROW Adventures offers rafting, canoeing and raft-supported hiking adventures in the U.S., barging tours in Europe, adventure cruises in Croatia, Brazil, Egypt, the Galapagos, and Alaska. Mature travelers and intergenerational family groups make up the majority of clients. www.ROWadventures.com.
S & S Tours Copper Canyon, www.ss-tours.com
3366 Trevino Drive; Sierra Vista, AZ 85650 U.S.A.
Tel: Toll free 800 499 5685 or 520 803 1352
Fax: 520 803 1355
Destinations: Mexico (Copper Canyon, Yucatan, Colonial Cities, Baja and Oaxaca), Peru, Costa Rica.
Personal attention, small groups, and in-depth interpretation of an area’s history set this company apart. Over-50 active adults love these soft learning adventure tours to off-the-beaten-path destinations. Clients have returned for as many as 15 tours in S & S Tours’ 10 years of business. Specialties include the Copper Canyon, and train journeys wherever itineraries allow. Expert customized trip planning is also available.
SPECIAL TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL
4603 Main Street
Vancouver, BC, V5V 3R6, Canada
Tel: Toll free (800) 665 0998 or (604) 291 1332
Fax: (604) 291 1378
Destinations: In 2014 and 2015, there is a Russian Waterways cruise (Sept 2014) and a Classical Music Danube River cruise (May 2015) from Prague to Vienna, as well as a number of creative land tours to several continents and acclaimed annual World War II history tours.
We are a “special focus” tour company, emphasizing theme experiences in a relaxing educational framework. Whether you are excited by small-scale river cruising, war history, world class spectator sports, or other discovery experiences, we invite you to check our upcoming tours. Personalized service and value for money are our credo, clearly a successful formula with 50% repeat clientele! Ninety percent of our guests are older travellers. For group organizers, we customize tours that fit your ideas and budget.
Founder of Spiral Journeys, Ann Quinlan has designed and led journeys to, in and around her native Ireland for thirty years. She is steeped in the country’s history and spirit, sharing her profound love and understanding of the Irish Celtic landscape with inspiration and clarity of vision. www.spiraljourneys.com.
For over 10 years, Swala Safaris Ltd has offered tailored safaris in luxury tented camps and lodges in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Based in Arusha, the company is an accredited member of Tanzania Association of Tour Operators and is licensed to operate safaris by the Tanzania Tourist Agency Licensing Authority. www.swalasafaris.com.
Traditions Mexico offers Cultural Tours in an Undiscovered Mexico. Since 1996 pioneering small group tours into the world of indigenous traditions, textiles, folk art and festivals. Expertly guided, off-the-beaten track Southern Mexico. 80% of our clients are 50+. www.traditionsmexico.com.
Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies is a volunteer-run, nonprofit society bringing nine decades of experience to organizing its acclaimed 6-day/5-night nature rides, 6 to 8 offered between June and August. Most rides are booked out, with 60% over age 50, often bringing their children and grandchildren for a memorable lifetime holiday. trailridevacations.com.
Tru Bahamian Food Tours offers innovative local culinary experiences to connect visitors with authentic local food items, the stories and traditions behind these foods, and the Bahamian entrepreneurs that prepare and preserve them. Our Bites of Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour is a cultural and culinary journey into the heart of historic old Nassau suitable for all fitness levels and age groups. Private tours and group bookings also available. trubahamianfoodtours.com.
With 36 years experience, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours offers 140 birding and natural history tours and cruises to over 100 destinations. Expert leaders and local guides ensure fun, educational, and memorable trips, while supporting local conservation organizations. Check out our special offers. www.ventbird.com.
Ward Luthi – President and Founder
Walking The World
PO Box 1186 Ft. Collins, Colorado 80522, U.S.A.
Destinations: From April to November 2015: Utah Parks, Spain’s Camino de Santiago (May and October), Tanzania, Ireland, Corsica,
Italy (Tuscany and the Dolomites), France’s Provence, Maine, Sicily and Costa Rica.
Since 1987 we’ve been Walking The World, discovering the world’s most magical corners, to help you have the adventures you’ve always dreamed of. Small groups, maximum 16 active travelers, no upper age limit, are accompanied by a local guide and one of our own. On each trip to 30 destinations worldwide, you’ll meet the locals, savor the area’s superb cuisine, and be awed by the natural beauty. Our high rate of return travelers confirms our passion for travel and commitment to quality. Discover why we’re the world’s leading 50+ hiking tour company!
Wine Lovers Tours is a leader in wine and food tours, catering to people who celebrate wine, cuisine and culture. Cruise Portugal’s Douro River, visit rural Italy and tango through Argentina with wine glass in hand. Over 80% of clients are repeat, and the majority are over 50 … leading the good life! www.wineloverstours.com.
YANA Expeditions, Inc., www.yanatravel.com
P.O.Box # 319, Thimphu
Kingdom of Bhutan.
Tel: +975-2-332329 / Fax: +975-2-331583
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Destinations: All of Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon!
Leave the modern world behind and enter the nature-loving, culturally-rich Kingdom
of Bhutan with YANA Expeditions. Enjoy an insider’s perspective, reflecting
warm hospitality, passionate music, colorful pageantry and pristine natural
surroundings in this Himalayan Shangri-La. Our tours and treks are guaranteed
ecologically and culturally sensitive, and they can be customized to fit every
interest from textiles to cycling, nature to photography. We are the only operator
in Bhutan to donate money from every client fee to sponsor the monastic education
of economically-disadvantaged youth.
100 N. Sepulveda Blvd #1700
El Segundo, CA 90245 U.S.A.
Promo Code: TI136507
Destinations: Hawaiian Islands, Canada, United States, Europe, Caribbean, Cuba, China, National Parks, and Alaska.
Since 1967, YMT Vacations has provided affordable, full-service tour and cruise/tour vacation packages for the mature traveler. Today we are known for worldwide expertise in travel to Alaska, Europe, the domestic United States and more. YMT got its start by taking veterans of foreign wars to Hawaii and the destination is still one of our top-selling today, with tours departing weekly year round! We offer a wide variety of packages for any traveler to enjoy. Discover for yourself why most of our customers are referred or repeat guests!
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Steppes Discovery is a leading UK ethical wildlife holiday travel provider. Visit http://www.steppesdiscovery.co.uk/ today to start your adventure.
Dragoman is a leading overland adventure travel provider, specialising in activity-based holidays off-the-beaten-track across the Americas, Asia and Africa. http://www.dragoman.com/