For an adventure like no other, head to the Galápagos Islands. This archipelago sits around 1,000km (621mi) off the coast of Ecuador and is famed for its incredible biodiversity that inspired Charles Darwin. Culture Trip’s overland adventure to the Galápagos Islands is perfect for seniors, with an average group size of around 10 – giving you the security of traveling with a group without feeling crowded. During the five-day trip, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the region’s most famous wildlife, including giant tortoises, sea lions and sharks, and experience an idyllic glamping retreat in the Santa Cruz highlands.
If beaches aren’t your thing, then a more adventurous island escape with the chance to spot the Northern Lights might whet your appetite. This five-day Iceland small-group trip will see you soaking in the Giljaböð hot springs, cruising across the frozen tongue of the Sólheimajökull glacier on a snowmobile, and hiking down to Reynisfjara – an eerie, jet-black volcanic beach. On your final stop, warm up in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon.
Prefer to wander the world alone? You’ll appreciate the lifestyle choices of the Bengal tiger – and perhaps spot one too when you’re in the wilds of Nepal. Though you’re more likely to see a one-horned rhino in Chitwan National Park, you’ve got to keep your eyes peeled for sloth bears, bison and crocodiles that may also interrupt your search for the elusive cats. Get a few more eyes on the case with this 11-day small-group tour through Nepal – worthy of any milestone occasion.
Immerse yourself in rural village life and get to know the true heart of Vietnam with this 12-day engaging adventure. Junk ship rides and train travel will have you rubbing elbows with locals at every turn. Without a doubt, one of the coolest locals you’ll meet are the buffalo in the White Thai village who wait for you to feed them treats. You’ll get a snack of your own when stopping for tea with the indigenous people of the area during a memorable homestay.