Tours for the over 50

Holidays for the young at heart ...

Inspiring holidays for all ages

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.

Top travel deals and upcoming trips for the over-50s

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Sri Lanka Northeast Explorer - 12 Days Colombo, Sri Lanka 05 Dec 2017 £1,271 was £1,495 15% off Sri Lanka Northeast Explorer - 12 Days Map
Jewel of the Nile - 10 days Cairo, Egypt 08 Dec 2017 £871 was £1,025 15% off Jewel of the Nile  - 10 days Map
Best of Myanmar - 12 Days Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) 16 Dec 2017 £1,662 was £1,955 15% off Best of Myanmar - 12 Days Map
Highway to China - 15 days Moscow, Trans-Siberian 01 Dec 2017 £2,066 was £2,295 10% off Highway to China - 15 days Map
Kublai Khan - 10 days Beijing, Trans-Siberian 03 Dec 2017 £1,436 was £1,595 10% off Kublai Khan - 10 days Map

Why we're a top choice for over 50s

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.

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Mix of People

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.

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Expert Guides

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.

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Accommodation

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.

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Transportation Included

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.

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Flexibility

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.

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Authentic Experiences

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.

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Great Group Sizes

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.

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No Single Supplements

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.

Styles of tours to suit all ages

To help you decide which tour is best for them, we categorise our portfolio of trips into five ranges, each offering something a little different - whether it's days of sightseeing followed by a comfortable night's sleep, or outdoor adventure with more rustic accommodation that complements the activity. Have a read of our ranges and look out for the icons on our tours so you can choose the trip that's just right for you.

Signature Range
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Signature

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, we maximize your days with touring and then bring you back to a comfortable 3, 4 or even 5* hotel with western amenities. We include the odd heritage hotel or something a little different like a traditional junk boat or permanent desert camp. Our Signature range is quite 'on the go' with busy days of sightseeing to maximise your time but we counter this with enough free time for you to catch your breath and enjoy your chosen destination at leisure.

Adventure Range
Over Land, Under Stars

Adventure

Our Adventure range takes you overland to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of our Signature range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday. Adventure tours takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

Handpicked Range
Iconic Experiences, Local Partners

Handpicked

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. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value. There’ll be plenty of exciting experiences shared with other like-minded travellers whether it's hunting for the Northern Lights in Iceland, exploring the Holy Land in Israel, island hopping in Croatia or spotting the Big 5 in Africa on a lodge-accommodated safari. Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination - typically group size is 28 travellers and the hotels, sail boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.

Active Range
Trek, Cycle and Sightsee

Active

Our Active range brings you exciting trekking, walking and cycling holidays to some of our most popular destinations. Whether it’s trekking to the Lost City of Petra in Jordan or cycling through the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia in Turkey, you’ll get to explore more of your chosen destination than just the standard highlights, either by bike or on foot. There will still be lots of cultural experiences and even the occasional wildlife encounter along the way. You'll need a good level of fitness and an intrepid spirit. The accommodation you’ll be staying in reflects the off-the-beaten track nature of these trips with simple hotels, wild & fixed camping, homestays and local guest houses for value and convenience.
Independent Range
Tailored To Suit You

Independent

On our Independent range of tours you'll be travelling on your own private itinerary with the accommodation and pace of travel 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 of the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world. It's a great option if you're planning a trip for your social club or organising a landmark birthday.

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.

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Vietnam

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.

Recommended Tour:
Very Vietnam

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China

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.

Recommended Tour:
Great Wall and Warriors

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India

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.

Recommended Tour:
Golden Triangle and Kerala

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Himalayas

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.

Recommended Tour:
Nepal Encompassed

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Croatia

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.

Recommended Tour:
Creme de la Croatia

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Morocco

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.

Recommended Tour:
Casablanca to Essaouira

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Egypt

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.

Recommended Tour:
Jewel of the Nile

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Israel

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.

Recommended Tour:
Heritage & Holy Land

Special events and bucket list destinations

Continue ticking off entries on your bucket list and if you have a bit more spare time, consider some longer journeys and once-in-a-lifetime adventures that your friends and family are sure to envy. And if world wonders are your thing, then our Ultimate Bucket List tour might just be your best holiday yet!

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World's most famous train ride

Trans-Siberian

Traverse one of the world's largest countries on one of the most iconic of journeys - the Trans-Siberian Railway. Starting in Moscow, travel through Mongolia to end in the imperial capital of Beijing or vice versa. Take anything from a week to the best part of a month, making however many stops you want along the way with the opportunity to trek around Lake Baikal in the summer or enjoy snowmobiling in the winter.

Recommended Tour: Big Ticket

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Lest we forget

ANZAC DAY

Each year thousands of travellers descend on Gallipoli to pay their respects to the brave soldiers that died during the ill-fated ANZAC campaign of 1915. Especially popular with Australians, New Zealanders and Brits, ANZAC Day has become an important tradition and also offers visitors the chance to explore the historic sights and natural wonders of Turkey for a holiday with a difference.

Recommended Tour: ANZAC Smoko

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A unique open-air classroom

Galapagos Islands

Made famous by Darwin's revolutionary theory on evolution, the Galapagos Islands are truly a once-in-a-lifetime destination. Home to an incredible diversity of endemic species, it's unlike anywhere else on earth and best enjoyed on a week-long cruise visiting the different islands with knowledgeable naturalists. Keen photographers will have plenty to keep focused on!

Recommended Tour: Ultimate Galapagos

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The ultimate wildlife experience

African Safari

There's many ways you can tackle a safari in Africa from overland camping expeditions to self-drives, but there comes a point in life when you want to do it in style and a lodge-accommodated safari is the way to go. Spend the day on the hunt for the Big 5, take to the skies in a hot air balloon riding high above the African plains and end the day with a sundowner on the veranda.

Recommended Tour: Delta and Desert Discovery

Holidays for over 50s - Frequently Asked Questions

Here you'll find answers to the most commonly asked questions travellers over the age of 50 have about our tours and holidays.

How fit do I have to be to join your tours?

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.

Will I have to pay more as a solo traveller?

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.

What’s the average group size?

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.

What’s the average age of your travellers?

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.

What sort of accommodation is included on your trips?

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.

I don't want to travel with a group. Do you offer private options?

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.

I'd like to organise a trip with my own group of friends and family. Is this possible?

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.

Further reading for the over 50 traveller

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Life Part 2 - addictive stories of adventures after retirement
My Itchy Feet - The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel
The Roaming Boomers - five years on the road and counting
Travel Past 50 - an online travel magazine for those in their golden years