Ad­ven­tures for the ages

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SOUTH Amer­ica, the Silk Road and the Hi­malayas are the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions with over-55s, ac­cord­ing to World Ex­pe­di­tions, which ex­per­i­mented by pro­duc­ing a spe­cial brochure for this age group. But it found that this approach de­terred other trav­ellers, and the com­pany now in­cor­po­rates trips for older trav­ellers in its main cat­a­logue. World Ex­pe­di­tions says the em­pha­sis for over-55s trips is on cul­tural jour­neys rather than ac­tive travel. Its 21-day Patag­o­nia Parks & Wildlife for over-55s in Novem­ber is $5990 a per­son all-in­clu­sive ex Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina. More: www.world­ex­pe­di­tions.com.au.

Princess Cruises’ 28-night Round Aus­tralia voy­ages are prov­ing pop­u­lar with over-55s, ac­cord­ing to Ann Sherry, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Car­ni­val Aus­tralia, who says in­ter­est from this age group was an im­por­tant fac­tor in de­cid­ing to run the voy­ages. ‘‘ In­stead of hook­ing up the car­a­van and tak­ing months to drive around the coun­try, th­ese cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion voy­ages take you to some great coastal cities and some even greater nat­u­ral won­ders in just a month,’’ Sherry ad­vises. Two-thirds of pas­sen­gers aged over 55 book­ing the trips are new to cruis­ing. The voy­ages, which depart Syd­ney and Melbourne on the Dawn Princess and Sun Princess, visit 13 Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tions. From $5436 a per­son. More: www.dawn­sun­princess.com.au.

‘‘ Stylish and en­rich­ing travel ex­pe­ri­ences to in­spir­ing des­ti­na­tions’’ is the prom­ise of Bill Peach Jour­neys, which cel­e­brates its 25th birth­day this month and is well-known for its up-mar­ket air-cruis­ing tours. Typ­i­cal is the 12-day Clas­sic New Zealand Air­cruise, de­part­ing on Novem­ber 19. Save $750 with an early-bird book­ing: $9401 a per­son ex Syd­ney, Melbourne or Bris­bane. More: www.air­cruis­ing.com.au.

China spe­cial­ist He­len Wong’s Tours reg­u­larly runs trips aimed at the 45 to 55 age group. For in­stance, join chef El­iz­a­beth Chong on a 15-day gas­tro­nomic jour­ney through China: de­parts Septem­ber 19, from $7985 a per­son ex Aus­tralia, plus $310 taxes. More: www.he­len­wongs­tours.com.

Se­nior trav­ellers can take heart from the catchcry of Bunnik Tours: ‘‘ Not too young and not too old.’’ The Ade­laide-based com­pany is of­fer­ing $200 off its pop­u­lar 17-day Viet­nam and Cam­bo­dia tour. From $3195 a per­son ex Melbourne, Bris­bane or Perth; max­i­mum group size is 20. More: www.bun­nik­tours.com.au. Barry Oliver

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For in­for­ma­tion on se­nior card pro­grams: ACT: www.cota-act.org.au NSW: www.se­niorscard.nsw.gov. au NT: www.nt.gov.au/dcm/se­niors/card QLD: www.com­mu­ni­ties.qld.gov.au/ se­niorscard SA: Ap­ply at post of­fices; (08) 8226 6852 TAS­MA­NIA: www.dpac.tas.gov.au/ di­vi­sions/se­niors VIC­TO­RIA: www.se­niorscard.vic.gov.au WA: www.se­niorscard.wa.gov.au

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