Profile of ElderTreks

Zodiac boat in Orne Harbor, Antarctica
••• Orne Harbor, Antarctica. The best part of a photo is the journey bringing you to it. / Getty Images

Company Information:

ElderTreks caters to mature travelers who want a high-adventure experience or who prefer exotic destinations, offering small group tours and excursion ship journeys.

Mission:

According to its brochure, ElderTreks offers “active, off-the-beaten-path, small-group adventures by both land and sea in over 100 countries.” The company claims to be “the world's first adventure travel company designed exclusively for people 50 and over." 

Destinations:

North, Central, and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Antarctica and the Arctic.

Tour Participant Demographics:

Ages 50 and older. Travel companions must be over 18. All travelers must be "in good health and good shape." Tour participants must complete a medical information form that corresponds to the activity level on their in proposed trip. ElderTreks staff will screen each traveler and suggest alternatives to people who, in their opinion, should not attempt a particular itinerary. 

Single Traveler Information:

If you are willing to share a room with another tour participant, you will not have to pay a single supplement on a land-based adventure. Single supplement policies for ship-based adventures vary by itinerary and stateroom classification; contact ElderTreks for more information.

Cost:

$2,750 and up. Tour prices include domestic travel, entrance fees, meals, hotels, hotel and restaurant tips (land tours only) and domestic departure taxes.

Visas, internal flights, international departure taxes, travel insurance, tips for your tour director and national guides, tips on ship-based itineraries, alcoholic beverages and airfare to and from your departure point is not included in the trip price.

Trip Length:

Varies from six to 23 days. Most trips are 11 to 17 days long.

Trip lengths do not include travel days to and from your departure point.

Quick Facts About ElderTreks:

ElderTreks focuses solely on adventure travel. Trip difficulty ranges from “easy” – walking one or two miles, perhaps with some stair climbing – to “challenging” – eight to 10 hours of hiking per day. If you have mobility issues, contact the ElderTreks office to find out whether an ElderTreks trip is right for you.

ElderTreks is committed to sustainable travel and to giving back to the communities its tour guests visit. ElderTreks built an orphanage in Uganda and supports orphanages and women's shelters in several countries. Its latest charitable endeavor includes several efforts to help save the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros.

Nearly all expenses except airfare to and from your tour's departure point are included in your tour price, but you’ll need to check each trip’s itinerary for details.

All land tours are small group tours with a maximum of 16 participants.

Small expedition ships are used for sea and river tours.

ElderTreks offers trips created especially for hikers in addition to land-based and ship-based adventures. Destinations include Canada, Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, Africa, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Many ElderTreks destinations do not have luxury hotels or chain restaurants. ElderTreks works hard to find accommodations that are inviting and comfortable. On rare occasions, you may have to share bathroom facilities at a particular location, but ElderTreks asks tour participants to do this only if private bathroom facilities are unavailable. Detailed tour itineraries on ElderTreks' website include information on bathroom facilities if sharing will be required.

ElderTreks can arrange your flights if you wish, but you are also free to make your own travel arrangements.

ElderTreks' ClubTrek Rewards program offers discounts to repeat customers.

ElderTreks offers travel insurance for US and Canadian tour participants only. All travelers are strongly encouraged to consider purchasing travel insurance.

You must purchase medical evacuation insurance on some itineraries.

Special policies apply for US, UK and Canadian citizens traveling to Iran with ElderTreks.

If you want to go to the South Pole with ElderTreks, you can. Start saving your money, though; the trip costs $48,150.

Contact Information:

Telephone Numbers:

(800) 741-7956 - North America

0808 234 1714 - United Kingdom

(416) 588-5000 - Anywhere else in the world

Mailing Address:

23 Clinton Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 2N9 Canada

ElderTreks website

E-mail: info@eldertreks.com