Popular travel destinations for retirees include the Inside Passage to Alaska, the wine regions of France and the "down under" continent of Australia. Seniors tend to have more free time and can take the longer vacations needed to fully explore these locales.
Princess Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International are two options for cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska. One-week cruises out of either Seattle, Washington, or Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, are the most popular. Typical itineraries include cruising in Glacier Bay National Park and visits to Alaskan towns like Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. Combination cruise and land tours, which often include visits to Denali National Park, are also offered. Cruising season runs from May to September.
The wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace offer a chance to sample French wines and local foods. Bordeaux is known for its 18th century architecture, while Burgundy has five different wine routes to explore. Alsace has its own wine route that winds through quaint villages near the Vosges Mountains. Guided land tours are offered, but another popular option is to take a hotel barge cruise.
It takes roughly a day to fly to Australia from the United States. Once there, it's possible to explore the continent by cruise ship and/or on a land tour. Longer cruise ship itineraries often include Tasmania or New Zealand. Popular Australian sites include the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef.