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Best tour company for solo senior travel

I don't know if its "legal" or not to ask about other travel companies on a Rick Steves site but here goes....I'm a 65 year old man interested in taking a "guided" tour of Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, etc) I really don't want to share a room with anyone so know I'll have to pay the single supplement. What tour companies would fit my needs the best?

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31303 posts

Bob, I'm 60+ and have taken a number of RS tours, so those are the ones that I would absolutely recommend. I've just returned from my sixth tour (Sicily this year). I also like to have my own "space" so I've been paying the single supplement for the last few years and that's worked out well. It sounds like the Eastern Europe in 16 Days tour is exactly what you're looking for. I haven't taken that one yet, but it's on my list. If you have some free time on January 12th, make a trip to Edmonds and attend the free presentation on that tour, given by some of the Guides that lead it. It starts at 10:30 in the Edmonds Center for the Arts, and pre-registration is required. You can see the details on all the tour presentations at this website: http://www.ricksteves.com/news/classes/13-test-drive-classes.htm Happy travels!

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12550 posts

I've never done a RS tour but those that I know who have rave about them. My father use to go on tours sponsored by the Smithsonian and National Geographic and while he raved about the, for the added expense i don't know if he wouldn't have done just as well with RS. Another option is to build your own trip using private guides. Again RS might be a source of guides in various countries and if you strike out there i know a few.

Posted by
12550 posts

I've never done a RS tour but those that I know who have rave about them. My father use to go on tours sponsored by the Smithsonian and National Geographic and while he raved about the, for the added expense i don't know if he wouldn't have done just as well with RS. Another option is to build your own trip using private guides. Again RS might be a source of guides in various countries and if you strike out there i know a few.

Posted by
1829 posts

Bob, There is also Road Scholar which used to be Elderhostel. We have looked at their offerings a number of times, but are still traveling on our own.

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78 posts

I checked out Road Scholar and it looks like a great fit for me. Thanks!

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1010 posts

My husband and I have taken three Tauck tours. There were single persons on our tours. We like the Tauck tours, as they have only 24 guests. We took one this past summer to Ireland. In 2011 we used Tauck for Greece and Turkey.

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964 posts

Bob, I've taken 2 RS tours and they're perfect for the solo senior traveller. Going on those experiences, you're part of a lovely group and many on the tour will be in your age group. I'm 60+ myself. The RS tour guides we had were very experienced and really considerate. And you can get a single room.

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1540 posts

I have recently started traveling with Gate 1 Tours and doing a single supplement. I like their tours, their staff, the guides, I would recommend them. Very reasonable prices..... Gate 1 Travel

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106 posts

Hi Bob! If you're into photography, these guys do a fantastic job. http://adriatic2alps.com/ Ljubljana is a great place to base yourself as it is not as crowded as other capitals and has a nice relaxed feel. Cheers
Greg