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Elderhostel (Road Scholar) is a large, well-respected organization providing highly structured travel experiences focused on people 55 years and older. Untours is a small company that specializes in helping people travel independently in Europe while staying in fully furnished vacation rental accommodations. If you are someone who enjoys the adventure of getting away from the crowd and exploring on your own, Untours should be the natural choice. We offer travelers an opportunity to live in a country rather than just pass through it.
Elderhostel Untours
www.elderhostel.org www.untours.com
AccommodationsElderhostel tours provide you with hotels and sometimes college dormitories.Untours features fully-furnished private apartments, cottages, and farm houses ideally situated to explore both local and world renowned sites.
Regional specializationElderhostel travels throughout the World (8,000 programs in 90 countries)Untours specializes in Europe (21 programs in 10 countries), with additional programs in Buenos Aires and Quebec.
Type of packages offeredElderhostel packages are all-inclusive with most meals, tours, lectures included. Airfare optional.Untours packages include apartment, car rental, and on-site support including transfer from airport and orientation session with local English-speaking staff. Meals and tours are not included to allow maximum freedom for independent exploration. Airfare optional.
Sample PriceSample Elderhostel trip: 13 days in Switzerland, includes meals, guides and lectures, hotels and transportation by coach between cities, without airfare ("Program Only Pricing"): $4,895 per person, double occupancy.Sample Untours trip: 14 days in Switzerland, including fully furnished vacation rental with an equipped kitchen, on-site support, 14 day Swiss Rail passes valid on trains, buses, lake ships plus free entry to over 400 museums in Switzerland, on-site support, and many other extras: $1,799 per person, double occupancy.
Program operationsElderhostel is operated by over 500 independent subcontractors.Operated by Untours.
Company sizeLargeSmall (Regional specialists travel each year to inspect properties and oversee on-site operations. These are the same experts who are available to discuss your individual vacation plans.)
Company ageElderhostel was founded in 1975Untours was founded in 1975
ProfitsElderhostel is a not-for-profit organizationUntours profits go to charity, The Untours Foundation

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