Hi, for those of you who have been on RS Tours, what is the average age of tourists? Specifically, on a Germany, Switzerland, Austria tour in early October?
Most tours have people in their 50's and 60's, also families with teenagers and young 20's. There are, on many tours, couples in their late 20's and early 30's. As you are traveling during the school year, you will miss non-retired teachers that tend to begin traveling in late June.
I traveled on the Germany, Switzerland, Austria tour (GAS) during the summer of 2014 in late June. We had many teachers and teachers with spouses.
As a veteran of six tours, I would say that the GAS tour called for the most "up and down" walking. You can take a shuttle to get to Burg Eltz on the Mosel, a bus part way to Ludwig's castle and the walk from the cable car to your hotel in Murren is a bit uphill.
The tour is GREAT!
Pam from Bath
Hi, Agarrettpt: This has been a topic on another thread recently, and crops up from time to time. We have been on 9 RS tours, and are booked on #10. The age range for the tours we have been on has been 12 to low 80s. Pam is probably right that the average is 50s to 60s, but the variation is vast. We have only been on one tour where everyone "looked like us" - low to mid 60s at the time.
We've taken tours in February and October that had kids - teens and tweens. A varied age range truly does make for a more interesting group. Vive la difference! Have a great trip.
On the GAS tour we took last May we had teeenagers through to 70 somethings but most were in their 50s.
The most strenuous part of the tour was hauling a wheelie up to the Murren hotel in the rain! But then I was one of the '70s'. lol.
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agarrettpt, on our three tours, we've also seen 20s-80s on our tour, with several mother/daughter combos. But take a look at the photos that they have for the tours, scrapbooks etc., and you'll find some group photos that will give you some idea. I think they skew more to the 50s-60s, but not cranky old fogey types. Younger people would not feel out of place. The descriptions of the activity levels are pretty accurate, and you can always opt out of an activity and do your own thing if it doesn't sound appealing.
I have taken 13 RS tours in 14 years beginning in 2001. On our early tours we had more younger tour members than we have had lately. The last 5 years or so we have groups that are mostly in their 50s, 60,s & 70s. All energetic and no grumps. We have had single tour members on most all of our tours. A high percentage of tour members lately are retired folks. A good suggestion was made to go to tour scrapbooks and look for tour group photos to get a rough idea of what the groups look like. On the tours where we have had members in their 20s or 30s, the tour members all got along just fine. I certainly enjoyed the GAS tour with its spectacular scenery. Happy travels.