Adventures for the ages
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
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