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Best holidays for over 55s

If you feel this year’s summer was over before it began, perhaps you’re in need of a break to a sunnier climate. From a relaxing cruise or dream trip to somewhere you’ve always hoped to see, there’s bargains galore to be had at this time of year.

And if you’re thinking of doing somewhere new and exciting to tick off your list then you’re definitely not alone, with a recent survey by Inghams, the skiing and snowboarding company, proving the over 65s are the most adventurous age group*, beating the 18 – 24 category by a mile.

So why not glean some inspiration from our choice of the best holidays for over 55s. From adventurous mountain climbs to idyllic beach locations and cruises, there’s something for everyone here!

Northern Lights Cruise
There are few sights as spectacular and inspiring as the Northern Lights. Seen most popularly inside the Arctic Circle between the months of October to March, numerous cruises are dedicated to viewing the stunning beauty of the Aurora Borealis. During the day an exciting range of winter activities and experiences can be enjoyed including trips to a snow hotel, a Husky dog sledge safari, or you could speed across the frozen landscape on a snowmobile – perfect for thrill-seekers!

The Wildlife of Canada
Canada is host to some of the world’s greatest untamed lands, and the most majestic of wildlife. Take in the stunning landscapes offering plentiful sights of black, brown and polar bears, or cruise the dazzlingly clear waters, home to an array of whales and dolphin species including humpback, minke, beluga and blue whales. Or why not canoe down the Yukon, rich with wildlife including moose, wolves and bald eagles.

Safari in Africa
On the bucket list of most holidaymakers, iconic destinations include the Kruger National Park, Cape Town, the Masai Mara and the Serengeti. Enjoy game drives, guided walks and spot-lit night drives to spot the Big 5, and be sure not to miss the famous hot-air balloon flight over the Masai Mara savannah. Get your timing right and you’ll witness the epic journey that is the wildebeest migration. A popular holiday for celebrating big birthdays and anniversaries, a safari can be as adventurous or relaxing as you make it.

Mauritius
The island’s sandy beaches, picturesque coastline, swaying palm trees and calm turquoise waters offer an idyllic destination for any sun-lover. During the day take a catamaran ride to watch schools of dolphins that inhabit the surrounding waters; at night watch Mauritian dancers in traditional dress spin in the firelight to a drum beat in the evenings. Paradise.

New Zealand
With its thousand-year old forests, unique flora and fauna and magnificent scenery, there’s a whole new world to discover and explore. Fly in a helicopter over the natural beauties of the geysers and glaciers, or hike the fjords and mountains, you can even tour the beautiful backdrops to the Lord of the Rings movies, set in New Zealand. Other activities include incredible scuba diving spots, geothermic mud bath spas with erupting waters, and swimming with wild dolphins.

Kilimanjaro climb
If you’ve ever wanted to do something truly awe-inspiring and adventurous, here’s our top pick. Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain and the only place on land where you can clearly see the curvature of the Earth. Increasingly popular with retired and older travelers, the trek is a challenge, no doubt about that, but the rewards are immense. Hike through lush rainforests, alpine deserts and glaciers with endless encouragement from the Chagga guides and porters, bask in the warmth of the sun rising over Africa, and of course, that final sense of achievement is unbeatable.

*Telegraph 06/08/15