Travel with a company who truly believes you're as young as you feel and that age is but a number. With a fresh and youthful approach, our trips around the world suit a wide age range and are a great choice for the over-50s and young at heart. Join us on an authentic journey where you get a real feel for the country you are visiting, whilst staying at comfortable accommodation with a local flavour.
Our selection of group tours and tailor-made holidays, led by expert local guides, attract travellers from their 20s and 30s through to their 50s, 60s and beyond - making for a really interesting and eclectic group mix. With over 60 destinations to choose from and clearly defined styles of travel, head off on a fun and hassle-free holiday with On The Go tours - whether you dream of camping under the stars in the Sahara desert or riding a hot air balloon over the plains of Africa, we're bound to have a trip that's just right for you.
|Trip Name||Starts||Departing||From GBP||Deal||Map|
|Sri Lanka Northeast Explorer - 12 Days||Colombo, Sri Lanka||05 Dec 2017||£1,271||was £1,495 15% off|||
|Jewel of the Nile - 10 days||Cairo, Egypt||08 Dec 2017||£871||was £1,025 15% off|||
|Best of Myanmar - 12 Days||Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)||16 Dec 2017||£1,662||was £1,955 15% off|||
|Highway to China - 15 days||Moscow, Trans-Siberian||01 Dec 2017||£2,066||was £2,295 10% off|||
|Kublai Khan - 10 days||Beijing, Trans-Siberian||03 Dec 2017||£1,436||was £1,595 10% off|||
Looking for a holiday to exotic destinations without any hassle? Hitting the right balance, our tours combine fun local experiences with all the support and assurance you'd expect when travelling as part of a guided group. You'll also meet an interesting mix of people with friendly tour guides on hand to really bring the history and culture of each country to life. Taking you to the very heart of each destination, there will be some physical activity like walking around local sites, exploring local markets and boarding trains, so you will need a moderate degree of fitness to get the most out of your holiday with us.
Our tours attract a wide range of travellers from all corners of the globe and from all age brackets. You might find yourself sharing stories with those in their 20s or learning a thing or two from a plucky 70 year old. Over a third of our travellers are aged over 50 so you'll be in like-minded company with the chance to meet those of other generations for a truly varied travel experience.
We're proud of our tour guides who, for many of our travellers, are one of their holiday highlights. We employ local guides who are passionate about their country, knowledgeable about the history and enjoy teaching travellers about their culture. They're on hand to ensure your travel experience runs as smoothly as possible and provide top recommendations.
Adventurous holidays don't have to mean roughing it and on our group tours we typically use 3-5* hotels with en suite rooms and a good selection of amenities. Standard of accommodation does vary across destinations and our tour ranges but we always seek out the best value for your money and properties that are well-located and offer a little character, like havelis and floating jungle hotels.
We include arrival transfers on our tours so that you arrive to a friendly face who will get you to your hotel for a comfortable first night in destination. Many of our tours also include departure airport transfers and while on tour we use comfortable vehicles to get you from A to B. We also include local transportation such as rickshaws, tuk tuks and boats to spice it up.
Our carefully planned tours follow set itineraries but there's the option to add additional nights at the beginning or end if you want to spend more time away. We also include enough free time on our tours so you can shop, relax or explore to your heart's content with fun bolt-ons, optional activities and half-day excursions available to add so you can make the most of your holiday.
Aside from seeing the popular sights, what really makes a holiday special is the unique experiences you have while travelling and so we ensure all our tours include lots of authentic experiences. Whether it's taking a rickshaw ride through the hutongs of Beijing or visiting local schools which we support with our charity efforts, you'll finish your tour with wonderful memories.
The size of our group tours is usually around 16-18 passengers, which means a good sociable mix without it feeling at all impersonal. It really depends on the destination with some countries attracting smaller, more intimate groups, such as the Himalayas and our trekking tours, while popular events, such as Diwali and New Year's, draw in a much larger number of travellers.
Travelling on your own doesn't have to mean paying more as many of our group tours do not carry compulsory single supplements. If you're flying solo but would be happy to be paired up with another solo traveller of the same sex, we'll match you up where possible. It's a great way to get to know people! Alternatively, if you prefer to have a room to yourself there's always this option too.
Here's a selection of countries that have proven popular with our travellers aged 50-plus. Of course everyone has their own unique wish-list, so please do browse our full range of destinations for more inspiration and holiday ideas.
With the chance to sail among the karst islands of Halong Bay in the north and confront the horrors of war in Saigon in the south, Vietnam offers natural beauty and fascinating history in equal measure. Add to this delicious cuisine, wonderful beaches and excellent shopping, and you have a dream travel destination. From Vietnam it's only a hop, skip and a jump to the incredible temples of Angkor in neighbouring Cambodia - the perfect holiday combo.
Home to the Great Wall and one of the world's most exciting archaeological discoveries, China has plenty of man-made marvels to entice travellers, along with a captivating history that spans the age of emperors to the Communist era. And let's not forget the food or the modern cities or the wealth of natural wonders including the stunning karst landscapes of Yangshuo. If that wasn't enough, there's always pandas, China's cute emblem.
Great Wall and Warriors
Nowhere quite captures the imagination like India does with its colourful culture, famed cuisine and remarkable diversity from the Himalayas in the north to the backwaters in the south. It's also home to one of the greatest and best-known monuments ever built in the name of love - the iconic Taj Mahal. Whether you're a first time visitor or continuing your love affair with the country, India has plenty of unique experiences to seek out and enjoy.
Golden Triangle and Kerala
Awe-inspiring mountain scenery and centuries-old traditions characterise the Himalayan region where you'll find the enigmatic countries of Nepal and Bhutan. Whether you fancy visiting one or both of these beautiful kingdoms, you'll be bowled over by the majestic temples, ancient public squares and outdoor adventures with the chance to get in touch with your inner calm under the influence of the peaceful Buddhist way of life that prevails.
With mesmerising architecture in its ancient cities and miles and miles of stunning coastline fronting azure waters, Croatia's popularity is unlikely to wane. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate it's a superb summer destination with the chance to spend a week sailing around some of over a thousand picture-perfect islands. Alternatively, you can explore its equally as impressive mainland and combine with a visit to neighbouring countries in Europe including Bosnia.
Creme de la Croatia
A firm favourite among film producers due to its alluring cities and otherworldly landscapes, Morocco attracts travellers for exactly the same reasons. Here you can immerse yourself in all manner of exotic experiences from spending the night in a traditional riad to haggling over the price of spices in local souks. You can even visit Casablanca and enjoy a drink at Rick's Cafe, channelling your inner Humphrey Bogart or Ingrid Bergmann.
Casablanca to Essaouira
Few people can resist the allure of one of the world's oldest tourist attractions and the last surviving member of the original seven wonders - the Great Pyramids of Giza. But that's not all that Egypt has going for it with remarkably well-preserved ancient cities, awe-inspiring temples and royal tombs filled with riches. Cruise along the Nile River or enjoy the Red Sea beaches, and for the ultimate shopping trip, combine with a stopover in Dubai.
Jewel of the Nile
Home to the world's three great monotheistic religions, Israel is a land of immense history and religious diversity. For many travellers a trip to Israel is more of a pilgrimage with the chance to visit sites made famous by the holy texts. But that's not the end of Israel's attractions with the extraordinary Dead Sea to enjoy and the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv to experience. Then there's the chance to visit neighbouring Jordan and the breathtaking city of Petra.
Heritage & Holy Land
Here you'll find answers to the most commonly asked questions travellers over the age of 50 have about our tours and holidays.
As our name suggests, our tours include a number of days when you’ll be ‘on the go’, exploring the local sites on foot and hopping on and off transportation that will get you from A to B, whether that be a tuk tuk or a modern van. We do temper this with just enough free time for you to take it easy and as such only a moderate level of fitness is required. If you are thinking of joining one of our more active tours, such as a trekking holiday, then a higher standard of fitness is needed to cope with the long days of walking and the higher altitudes, and we recommend you consult your doctor before booking. If you’re at all worried about the pace of our group tours, consider a bespoke tailor-made itinerary instead where you can set the pace.
On the majority of our group tours we offer a non-compulsory single supplement policy – if you’re happy to share with another traveller of the same sex then we’ll pair you up. In most cases even if we are unable to pair you up, you still won’t have to pay the single supplement. Of course, if you prefer to have a room to yourself then this option is available. On certain tours and departure dates we also offer your own room at no extra cost. Check out our solo travellers page for more information.
On most of our tours the average group size is between 16-18 passengers with a mix of nationalities and ages. Group size does vary between destinations and across departure dates so you may find yourself travelling in a group as small as 4-6 passengers or in a group of up to 28 on our popular festival departures.
Our average passenger age is in the 40s bracket though our tours attract a wide age range from those in their 20s to those in their 70s! It’s likely you’ll be travelling with those of a similar age to you with others of different generations to add a little spice to the group demographic.
We mostly use well-located 3-4* hotels on our group tours but in countries where accommodation offers great value for money we may use the occasional 5* property too. A hotel is more than just somewhere to rest your head and to make your holiday as unique as possible we combine modern hotels with heritage properties that can include havelis in India and riads in Morocco. In other destinations you may be spending the night on a floating hotel in the jungle or a courtyard mansion in a colonial city – wherever you are we make sure our hotels are comfortable and provide the necessary amenities. In places where the great outdoors is the star attraction accommodation may be a little more basic with permanent desert camps in the Sahara and Wadi Rum a good example of this.
We most certainly do! If you are happy with our group tour itineraries but would prefer to travel without the group then you can opt for our Private Tour Supplement, which means you’ll be travelling in private transport and have the services of local English-speaking guides all to yourself.
It most certainly is! We offer bespoke tailor-made holidays to the majority of our destinations and can put together a tour that suits you and your travelling party perfectly. Whether you’re planning a special birthday celebration or getting the family together for an adventurous holiday, our team of tailor-made specialists can create the ideal itinerary for your needs, based on your exact requirements. Best of all, there’s no minimum or maximum numbers when it comes to private groups.
To get you started here's some of our tours popular with the over 50s covering an assortment of destinations and offering a host of experiences.
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On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our Adventure range.
Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.
Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.
On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.
The Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.
On our Handpicked range we bring you the most iconic experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.
Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.