Adventure holidays for over-60s
By Anna Scriven
Retiring doesn’t have to mean slowing down and snoozing on a sun bed. For many, retirement means finally having the time and financial security to have the adventures they’ve been planning for years. We’ve picked out a selection of the best adventure holidays for over-60s.
The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are the definition of a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Home to many species that can’t be found elsewhere, the islands are famed for their exclusivity. However, there are multiple travel options available. If you are looking for a relatively low-cost trip, try On the Go Tours, whose tours involve two guided excursions each day on various islands. For a more luxurious trip, look at Abercrombie and Kent. Their 13-night tour combines the Galapagos with a boat trip through the Amazon rainforest, allowing you to tick two amazing locations off your bucket list.
Working ranch holidays
Working ranches provide an authentic experience of the cowboy lifestyle. Some of these holidays cater to those who are confident riders: you will get the chance to participate in cattle drives, learn about steer roping, and sleep out under the stars. Working ranches can be found in the USA and in Canada, and a variety of activities are available in the different locations. If you’re a new or less than confident rider, try one of these resort ranches.
Colombia used to be a country for tourists to avoid but is now known for being safe and visitor-friendly. There’s a wealth of things to see and do: where else could you see snow-capped mountains, coffee plantations and Amazonian jungles? There are many different action-packed tour options and Colombia has the added advantage of being a year-round destination. See a full range of holiday ideas in Colombia.
Overland truck journeys
The tours offered by Oasis Overland are often long (normally over two weeks). This makes them ideal for when you no longer have to worry about taking time off work. The company offers trips in Asia, Africa and South America, of varying levels of adventure, and sees a high proportion of guests aged over 60 seeking adventure. Check out this 19-day African tour, which combines gorilla trekking in Uganda with Kenyan safaris and cultural excursions in Rwanda.
Polar bear safaris
If the Arctic is on your bucket list, this trip, recommended by wildlife presenter Kate Humble, encompasses all the best bits. Taking place during the Arctic summer, the cruise allows you to get up close to polar bears and other native wildlife, including walrus and whales. You will travel through the beautiful landscape in boats with no more than 16 passengers, allowing for a personalised experience.
Adventure holidays can be intimidating if you have nobody to go with. However, more and more companies are catering for singles of all ages, including Solos Holidays. Their week-long trip to Norway is perfect for adventurous souls, with white water rafting, mountain biking and glacier hiking on the agenda. Alternatively see the spectacular Slovenian scenery on an action-packed trip that involves one of Europe’s longest (and fastest!) zip lines.
Travel the Silk Road
If you are looking for a less strenuous adventure holiday, this is the tour for you. YellowWood takes you around all three of Kyrgyzstan’s most famous lakes. And don’t think that less strenuous means adventure free: the tour includes several opportunities to hike or horse ride (all suitable for beginners). You will learn about the traditional nomadic lifestyle of the region and stay overnight in yurts, eating with local families and learning about local culture.
Tall ship sailing
If a cruise is a little too conventional, try a voyage aboard one of Star Clippers’ three tall ships. The ships combine traditional sailing with the luxury of a cruise ship and conjure up images of days gone by. The company sail to numerous locations, including the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Read our verdict here.
On the Go Tours has plenty of options available to cater for every traveller including solos: although your group may include couples, there are single rooms available with no supplements. We like the look of this Trans-Siberian Railway trip, taking you from Moscow to the Far East with plenty of excursions along the way.