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Top five value tour operators for seniors - Page 2

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on March 21, 2006. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: Grand Circle Travel, Molly Feltner, senior travel, tour operator, vacation package.

Collette offer tours to 50 countries on all seven continents, with inclusiveness varying depending on the type of trip purchased. Escorted vacations are highly structured with numerous inclusions and are led by a tour director. Independent vacations, on the other hand, allow you to select your own accommodations and dining options and choose from a variety of optional tours and activities. AARP members have the opportunity to save up to $100 per person on rates. Plus, Collette also promotes limited-time specials on select vacations. Read more about tours, discounts, and the cancellation waiver on the Collette Vacations website.

YMT Vacations

Making our top five list for the first time, YMT Vacations is good choice for frugal seniors who want to fully experience destinations such as Alaska and Hawaii for $100 per day or less. Founded in 1967, this tour company offers escorted motorcoach and cruise tours to just a few North American destinations. However, YMT's experience in the regions it does tour and its low prices help attract a loyal following—more than half its customers are repeat visitors. One of the company's most popular tours is "Alaska and the Great Northwest" vacation, which combines a seven-day Alaska cruise aboard a Holland America ship with an eight-day coach tour of national parks and other attractions in the West. Rates start $1,399 per person, not including taxes or airfare.

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Tour pricing includes accommodations, ground transportation, meals on the cruise portions of cruise tours, guide services, sightseeing excursions and attraction admissions, and baggage handling and gratuities. Like Grand European, YMT also has a price guarantee on its trips, protecting you from increases in airfare, hotel rates, and other costs for up to year from the date of your trip reservation. Visit the YMT Vacations website to learn more.

While the senior tour operators mentioned above are standouts, there many other companies that offer mature travelers appealing vacation options. To find other operators that offer seniors good-value tours, go to the vacation page of SmarterTravel.com's senior section.

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