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Planning to visit Seattle? Click:
Seattle's "Senior Moments Package"

50plus Expeditions — offers Small-Group Adventures, Expedition and Adventure Cruises and Independent Adventures.

No mandatory single supplement charge on cruises & guided tours

Small-Group Adventures (exception: Exploratory Trips):

Reserved exclusively for travelers 50 and over.

Private groups limited to 16 travelers (usually the groups are smaller).

Escorted throughout by experienced and knowledgeable local guides.

All meals are included.

All transportation during the tours (including plane, helicopter, train, bus, car, boat, elephant, etc.) is included.

All activities, sightseeing, game viewing, tours and excursions in the itinerary (unless listed as Optional) are included.

All entrance fees to National Parks, game reserves, museums, etc. are included.

Comfortable accommodation with private facilities.

On some parts of the remote wilderness trips other types of accommodation will be offered (e.g. private Indian homes on the Lake Titicaca). All such instances are clearly stated in the itineraries and usually provide a unique travel experience.

Here's one of their Independent Adventures offerings:

THAILAND —13 DAYS of cultural and sensual contrasts, including Bangkok, a train ride across the famous bridge over the River Kwai (plus rafting on the river), a stroll around one of the 40 temple complexes of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Sukhothai, a boat trip on the Mekong River and a jungle trek on the back of an elephant.

Inclusions: 1 domestic flight, all meals, transportation, rafting on River Kwai, boat rides on the Mekong and the Kok River, jungle trek on the back of an elephant, entrance fees, escorted throughout

Start and Finish: Bangkok

Group Size: Maximum 16 travelers

Accommodation: Comfortable accommodation with private facilities throughout. 1 night on Jungle Rafts (rooms are very basic, with private bathrooms but without electricity)

Trip Grade: Easy

Nov 30 - Dec 12, 2006
Feb 1-13, 2007

Land Cost: US $2,245

Eldertreks — Bills itself as the world's first adventure travel company dedicated exclusively to people 50 and over.

They offer active, off-the-beaten-path, small-group adventures by both land and sea in over 60 countries. Their journeys focus on adventure, culture and nature. (Maximum group sizes on land adventures is 16 — guaranteed!)

No mandatory single-supplement charge on land adventures.
If you're willing to share a room, there is no additional charge.

VP Administration Gordon Ross reports, "About 50 % of our clients are solo travelers."

Is bridge is your passion? Consider:

Peter and Mary's Bridge Holidays — They take place throughout the year at a variety of venues in the United Kingdom based at either Bideford or Seaton or Torquay in Devonshire, at Weymouth in Dorset, at Sandown on the Isle of Wight, and at Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.

Peter and Mary note:

All of our Bridge sessions are non-smoking and take place within comfortable, relaxed surroundings. In the last year alone we have had over 800 players holiday with us, many of these being regulars who return year after year.

Here's one of their offerings:

The Burlington Hotel is two minutes walk from the esplanade. It has a heated indoor pool with spa bath and steam room. The Burlington is well appointed and features a six course dinner.

All bedrooms are en-suite, have tea-making facilities and colour television.

DATES FOR 2005 — 7th to 11th March
PRICE — From £188.00
Half-Board. No single supplement.

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Save up to 75% on ALL CASINO RESORT HOTELS — Air * Car * Hotel!!!

— These are great trips for single people. They attract a very active crowd with a tremendous age range. (20% are 56-65 years old; nearly 10% are over 65) Recently, participants hailing from 46 countries, represented diverse educational, professional and cultural backgrounds.

Senior Women’s Travel for the 50+ woman with a passion for travel — This is not "old lady" travel. It's for 50+ women who are active and adventurous.

"All our rooms are singles. There is no single supplement. We do not set up double rooms with two strangers. Though, if you come with a friend, you can share a room and save some money."

— A not-for-profit organization with 25 years of experience in providing high-quality, affordable, educational adventures for adults who are 55 and older.

Many single people participate in Elderhostel programs. Many Elderhostelers say they look forward to attending programs because they are excited to meet friendly people who share similar interests.


Friends sent your editor a postcard at the conclusion of their Elderhostel trip to Greece:

"We were extremely pleased with Elderhostel. The guide and the lecturer were both very well informed and good communicators.
The group of 26 bonded — no cliques, no ill will. One couple who had been on 12 hostel tours said this was the best they had done.
The ship — 185 ft. sail-assisted — was very comfortable and smartly done. The captain and crew were excellent and we had some wind two days. The food was great. We are returning home somewhat rounder."

Delighted as I was to learn about my friends' pleasure, I wondered about their single/solo travel companions on this Elderhostel trip. Here's what they shared:

"Re: the singles — One woman recently widowed and obviously well traveled and educated, probably in her 70s. One man from NYC who had done some TV production and some acting. 2 women (sharing — it's so much cheaper) who are neighbors. Both divorced and with big careers. They were about 60 and lots of fun. One organized the group to read a Greek comedy aboard, the last day. Finally, a mother (71) and her daughter (43 and the only "kid") They were real thinkers, and you would have enjoyed them.
Actually, there was another male/female couple who were technically single, but were a couple.
We got to know the mother/daughter and the 2 single gals quite well, and one of the latter said she had been on a tour (university group) where she was a total outsider. This trip was the most fun she's had in the past 10 years! I think any single would have been comfortable with all us old 'marrieds.' "

Almost 90% of Elderhostel programs in the U.S. & Canada offer single rooms and most international programs offer single accommodations as well. They can't guarantee a single room for all of their programs, but if you request one, the program coordinator will make every attempt to accommodate you. There is usually an additional charge for a single room.

Note: If you attend a program on your own and have not requested a single room, the program coordinator will assign a roommate to you. Elderhostelers who opt to share a room with a roommate do not have to pay a single supplement in the event that there aren't enough roommates to go around.

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