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Old 02-08-2018, 07:00 PM
 
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I second the Rick Steves tours. He gets right in the real middle to any place he visits.
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Old 02-08-2018, 08:03 PM
 
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Lisbon. It has hills and stairs so somewhat aerobic. The Brits have been there forever. English works fine. It’s the least expensive country in Western Europe. Scan through AirBnB. We’re doing 8 nights in a 1 bedroom Alfama apartment for less than $800 including the AirBnB fee and cleaning fee. A totally drinkable bottle of wine is 2 euros. Food prices are US level for much better quality. Solo, you’d have to work at it to spend $100/day on food and tourist stuff. In much of Europe, food and lodging are double or triple that.

In general, European cities are much more walkable than US cities. English works fine in cities. Less so in the countryside. You could make a good case for easily a dozen cities. I’ve done a ton of business trips where I’ve been by myself in Europe walking around.
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Old 02-09-2018, 12:09 AM
 
Location: NYC
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If you have never traveled outside of the US & want to spend $5K on a nice trip while you are still healthy I can suggest 2 places everyone should see: Paris & Rome. Paris would be the more demanding because of the language issue & the fast urban pace.

On second thought here's exactly what I would do in your situ: buy a train pass for 1 month (are they still called Eurail passes?) & start somewhere like Amsterdam & then Brussels - Paris - Berlin - Munich - Austria - italy - Croatia. You can edit destinations as you travel, book hotels by smartphone en route.
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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There are plenty of active/adventure tours that require different levels of physical fitness. VBT is reasonably priced for that kind of thing, has both walking and biking tours, and says their single supplement prices are 'low'

https://www.vbt.com/

And VBT has plenty of peers in the active vacation tours area- it's not all tour buses out there.
This kind of vacation is EXACTLY what I was thinking of. G Adventures is the one I hear and read very positive things about. (Previously Gap Adventures)

You're in great physical shape. Use it while you can.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:50 AM
 
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I believe there are UK bus/walking tours in your price range.
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Old 02-09-2018, 09:23 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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If you feel like stretching your brain as well as your legs there are tours that have an educational theme. I just got a flyer on a set of tours focusing on archaeology and there are dozens of Road Scholar tours listed online.
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Old 02-09-2018, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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^^^I've done a couple of trips with Road Scholar, and they're definitely worth looking into.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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You mentioned Cuba as a place you'd like to go. How about Belize or Costa Rica?
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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These tour companies would be worth looking into:

https://www.roadscholar.org


https://www.eldertreks.com/?gclid=Cj...xoCce8QAvD_BwE
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Old 02-09-2018, 04:14 PM
 
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Zurich, Switzerland! I am 60, I traveled there alone in December. Loved it! Easy to get around. Everyone spoke English, people were friendly. Very walkable city and they have great transportation. Easy to take a day trip to The Alps (which I did).

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