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The Mature Traveler

Brochures Tell About Tempting '87 Destinations

December 28, 1986|HANK KOVELL | Kovell is a veteran journalist in seniors' interests.

Travel brochures are out in full color for 1987 with a large choice of tempting destinations for the mature traveler. Here is a sampling of the itineraries available.

A leading tour operator catering to senior travelers offers golf enthusiasts an opportunity to play on five of Hawaii's finest courses during a 10-day visit to Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii.

The package includes round-trip air via Western Airlines from Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco, first-class hotels all the way, lei greetings, travel bag, transfers, baggage handling, Pearl Harbor cruise, Oahu tour, mai tai party, greens fees and carts at all five golf courses. The price is $1,199 per person double occupancy.

A non-golfing companion gets the same package for $899, but with some tours and other activities instead of golf.

For the Non-Golfer

The tour brochure also describes a choice of non-golfing tours, from eight days on two islands to 15 days on five islands, beginning at $799 per person. Departure dates throughout the year.

Write to Trieloff Tours, P.O. Box 2100, Laguna Hills, Calif. 92653. From Southern California call (800) 432-7125.

Great Britain is the destination for two 16-day tours in July visiting England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland offered by Giovanni Tours, whose tour programs are specifically designed for seniors. They offer a briefing and pre-departure party at a Southern California resort, which means a chance to get acquainted with other members of your tour group. A reunion party is held shortly after you've returned, at which substantial prizes are awarded for participation games held throughout the tour.

The package includes round-trip air fare from Los Angeles via British Caledonian Airways, first-class or deluxe hotels, full breakfast and gourmet dinner daily, all side trips included and no tipping throughout the tour. Giovanni offers free film, passport photos, a complimentary enlargement of your favorite color photo taken while on the trip and discounts on film developing. The itinerary includes London, York, Edinburgh, Wales, Limerick, Killarney, Blarney, Waterford, Bristol, Bath and Stonehenge. Departures are July 4 and 6.

The all-inclusive price is $2,678 per person. An itinerary and a list of everything that's included will be sent with information on other available tours. Write to Giovanni Tours, 5308 Derry Ave., Suite F, Agoura Hills, Calif. 91301.

Australia Is No. 1

According to a recent survey of American senior travelers, their first choice of destination outside of the United States for 1987 was Australia. The survey, conducted for Saga Holidays, indicated that the next four areas preferred were the Far East, United Kingdom, Scandinavia and South America. Saga says that the results are generally consistent with its top-selling tours to America's senior travelers.

Projected Best Seller

A projected best seller for 1987 is Saga's Australian Adventure, a 25-night trip that includes Sydney on the east coast, Perth on the west, Melbourne in the south, plus Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, the Barrier Reef, Adelaide and other areas of interest. Travel is by air, rail and boat and the itinerary includes side trips and tours.

The price is $3,479 per person including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles and transportation in Australia including train fare, tours and excursions, transfers, taxes and insurance.

Saga has dozens of senior-oriented tours described in its 57-page "Early Bird" brochure. For a free copy write to Saga Holidays, Dept. MT, 120 Boylston St., Boston, Mass. 02116. Or call (800) 762-3413.

Travel to Yugoslavia and the Adriatic Coast should continue to grow because it appears that published prices for tours in 1987 will hold stable, except for some possible midyear adjustments in air fares.

Fare for Seniors

Yugoslav Airlines has established a senior citizens air fare which, in combination with moderate land costs, will keep package prices at an affordable level. Tours called "Prime of Your Life Vacations" have been designed for mature travelers and are offered by Yugotours for travelers age 50 and over.

Travelers are offered a combination of coastal resorts including Dubrovnik, Hvar and Opatija, plus two new destinations, Makarska and Rovinj. Packages that include two, three or four of these resort areas are priced from $912 per person from Los Angeles and include round-trip air transportation, four-star hotels, two meals daily, transfers, baggage handling, local taxes and service charges.

Special activities are held along the way at no additional charge, and travelers usually have six or seven days at each resort to relax or take day excursions, always returning to the host hotel.

Packages may be for 13 or 20 nights, and one-week extensions are available for $112 and up, depending on time of year and location. Extended side trips from Dubrovnik to nearby countries include round-trip air fare, two meals daily, first-class hotels, sightseeing and other benefits as follows (per person, double occupancy): Istanbul four days/three nights, $348; Budapest six days/four nights (including one night in Belgrade), $338; Russia (with three meals daily) nine days/eight nights, $705.

Combinations of visits and tours are numerous and simple to arrange. Yugotours will send a copy of their "Prime of Your Life" brochure on the Adriatic Coast upon request. Write to Yugotours, 3440 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1206, Los Angeles 90010.

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