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Best tours for solo senior travellers

Solo travel is on the rise, and so are tours for seniors who want to travel independently.

Solo travelling isn’t just for the young and unattached. It really doesn’t matter what age or fitness level you are, if you have a penchant for adventure and exploration, you can be a solo traveller at any stage of life.

As a senior, there are plenty of options for you to travel independently to the far reaches of the world and see it at your own pace. There are tours specifically dedicated to seniors, tours for families that you can join, and cruises where meals and excursions can be catered for at your request. Then, there are also private tour options which allow you to completely curate your tour experience.

The world truly is your oyster.

To get you started, here are some of the best tours for that solo senior travellers can right book now.


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1. Uluru Adventure (Original) | Intrepid

A classic adventure for any Australian is a journey to the Red Centre. Intrepid and Australian Adventure Tours join forces to offer a number of Uluru packages with variations on it’s classic offering. The original tour is a three-day experience that starts in Alice Springs, takes you to Kings Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and ends in Uluru. It also includes comfortable accommodation and an under-the-stars dining experience.

  • Seniors only? No, but groups are small with a maximum of 24 people.
  • Physical rating: Medium. This is an adventure tour and you will need to be able to do a moderate level of walking.
  • Singles supplement available: Yes.

Book an Uluru Adventure package here


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2. Taste of Tasmania (Original) | Intrepid

This round-trip Tasmanian tour starts and ends in Hobart and offers a mix of relaxation and adventure. Over six days, you’ll visit Cradle Mountain, Wineglass Bay, the Bay of Fires and MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art).

  • Seniors only? No, but groups are small with a maximum of 21 people.
  • Physical rating: Medium. This tour includes walking treks which may require a certain level of fitness.
  • Singles supplement available: Yes.

Book the Taste of Tasmania tour here


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3. Icefields and Rocky Mountaineer | CruiseAway

Unique cultural experiences and pristine landscapes are what you should expect in this all-inclusive, North American land/rail/cruise tour. Flights from your capital city will take you to Calgary, Canada where you’ll journey down to Jasper and board one of the best train rides in the world: The Rocky Mountaineer. From there it’s onwards to Kamloops to board the Nieuw Amsterdam for the Alaskan leg of your journey before heading to Vancouver where your tour concludes.

  • Seniors only? No, but all ages welcome
  • Physical rating: Low-medium. You can opt out of physical tours.
  • Singles supplement available: Yes

Book the Icefields and Rocky Mountaineer tour here


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4. Arctic Express: Greenland’s Northern Lights | Peregrine Adventures

An unmissable trip for anyone at any age, the Arctic Express is a tour for the senses that takes you from Reykjavik, Iceland to Greenland, Iceland by flight and cruise ship. It’s a 10-day eye opener that will see you cruise through the iceberg potted Apelfjord – home of the gorgeous Arctic Fox –hike Ella Island, visit a an Inuit village and sail through the world’s largest fjord system.

  • Seniors only? No, this isn’t a specifically dedicated seniors tour but is open to travellers of all ages and abilities.
  • Physical rating: Low. This is more of a sightseeing tour and hikes are optional.
  • Singles supplement available: Yes

Book the Arctic Express tour here


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5. European Imperial Treasures | Princess Cruises

This all-encompassing tour packs the best of Eastern Europe and Scandinavia into a 19-days whirlwind land and cruise tour. It begins in Budapest, Hungary and travels east by land, stopping at Prague, Vienna and Berlin before you board the cruise ship at Copenhagen. From there, you’ll travel through the waters of Norway, Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Finland and Sweden, with ports at each destination for optional city excursions. Want to see it all? This tour can help you with that.

  • Seniors only? No, but this is a tour for all ages.
  • Physical rating: Low-medium. This is more of a sightseeing tour/cruise.
  • Singles supplement available: Yes

Book the European Imperial Treasures cruise here


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6. Halong Bay Signature Cruise from Hanoi | Viator

This is a nice and short two-day cruise that’s ideal when you want to be taken care of in Hanoi. A shuttle will pick you up from your accommodation in Hanoi and take you to your cruise. Included in this tour are meals, entrances and sightseeing fees, cooking classes and tai chi classes. Optional experiences, such as kayaking, are also available for the more adventurous. For those less Outdoorsy, you can opt for the beauty and spa services instead.

  • Seniors only? No, but this is a tour for all ages and abilities.
  • Physical rating: Low. This is a sightseeing tour/cruise and many activities are optional.
  • Singles supplement available: Yes

Book the Halong Bay Signature Cruise from Hanoi here


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7. Hawaii from Sydney to Honolulu Cruise | CruiseAway

Carnival Cruises offers some of the most popular cruise routes, with some of the most luxurious amenities in the world. Those seeking the sun can hop aboard this all-inclusive, 18-day cruise from Sydney to French Polynesia and Hawaii. Any additional flights, hotels, transfers and travel insurance for the trip can also be sorted for you when you book.

  • Seniors only? No, this isn’t a specifically dedicated seniors tour but is open to travellers of all ages and abilities.
  • Physical rating: Low. This is more of a sightseeing tour/cruise with minimal fitness requirements.
  • Singles supplement available: Yes

Book the Hawaii from Sydney to Honolulu Cruise here


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8. China Family Adventure | G Adventures

G Adventure tours might not be the first tour company you think of when considering solo senior packages, but the company does have a wide variety of family-friendly tours that offer single supplements if you’re happy to travel with children. The China Family tour is our pick of the mix, blending culture and culinary delights with wildlife and iconic tourist attractions across Hong Kong and China. This includes the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre.

  • Seniors only? No, this is a family-friendly tour that caters for all-ages.
  • Physical rating: Low. This is more of a sightseeing tour/cruise with only light walking.
  • Singles supplement available: Yes

Book the China Family Adventure tour here


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9. Venice to Southern Italy | Intrepid Travel

Italy is a country steeped in beauty and romance. From the historical canal network of Venice to the remarkable icons of the Colosseum and the Pantheon in Rome, it rings of culture and history. This 24-day exploration tour ticks off all the highlights, including Pompeii, the ancient grottos of Matera and the alluring Amalfi Coastline. Prepare to be enchanted.

  • Seniors only? No, but this is a tour for all ages but has a maximum group size of 15.
  • Physical rating: Low-medium. This is more of a sightseeing tour with travel by coach and train involved, although some hikes are included.
  • Singles supplement available: Yes

Book the Venice to Southern Italy tour here


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10. Classic Africa Safari | Peregrine Adventures

An African safari is an immersive trip full of culture, adventure and wildlife encounters. This one runs for 36-days and takes you across the continent from Nairobi, Kenya to Cape Town, South Africa. Along the route you’ll travel the plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Ma, camp out in the African bush and sail the Okavango Delta by houseboat.

  • Seniors only? No, this isn’t a tour specifically dedicated to seniors but it is a small group tour, with a maximum of 16 travellers only.
  • Physical rating: Low-medium. You’ll need to be able to climb in and out of vehicles constantly. This tour also includes a half-day canoe trip.
  • Singles supplement available: Yes

Book the Classic Africa Safari here


Sales and deals for senior travel

Up to 40% off select Intrepid tours and sailing trips

Valid on select Intrepid tours worldwide including destinations like France, Italy, Japan, Cuba, India and Cambodia. Sample tours on sale include 40% off Sail Italy - Amali to Procida, 40% off Cote d'Azur Sailing Adventure - Marseille to Nice and 30% off Croatia and Greece Sailing Adventures.

Up to 41% off Antarctic and Arctic trips with Intrepid

Valid on select tours departing until in Antarctica and the Arctic. Sample expeditions include the 11-day Antarctic Explorer for 41% off, 8-day Arctic Watch Lodge for 22% off and the 11-day Antarctic Express for 22% off.

Up to 41% off Antarctic expeditions with Peregrine

Valid on select tours including 41% off the 11-day Antarctic Explorer, 27% off the 7-day Antarctic Express and 27% off the 14-day Crossing the Circle.

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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