Experience the unspoiled beauty of Milford Sound on this six-night scenic expedition aboard Fiordland Jewel. Get close to its breathtaking fjord walls, spot wildlife and feast on delicious meals during this journey!
Milford Sound in New Zealand’s south is famous for its towering peaks and millennium-old waterfalls, offering spectacular 151 meters (400 feet). Experience its incredible natural beauty up close during a boat cruise – take the chance to shower beneath one of them as well! Spot local wildlife during your cruise experience!
1. Embarkation in Te Anau
Real Journeys’ Faith, an historic sailing yacht, offers morning and afternoon cruises on Lake Te Anau with its three “arms”, making up possibly the only freshwater fiord in the world. Real Journeys provides these magical tours.
Staying close to rushing waterfalls, explore wildlife such as New Zealand fur seals, dusky dolphins and rare Fiordland Crested Penguins while onboard is guided by an expert nature specialist offering commentary.
Explore the area on foot or bike, fly over it in a helicopter, or enjoy its beauty from an elegant cruise.
2. Explore Doubtful Sound
Heritage Expeditions offers this unparalleled expedition into Doubtful Sound’s primordial splendor – pioneers of authentic small ship expedition cruising.
Take a cruise on Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove where a modern catamaran awaits to explore this tranquil and remote fiord.
Doubtful Sound is far less congested than Milford Sound and you are more likely to come across wildlife such as seals, penguins and dolphins here.
Additionally, don’t miss the incredible “Sounds of Silence” experience on board your vessel where its engines will be turned off and allow you to truly absorb this stunning fiord in peace and beauty!
3. Cruise Milford Sound
Milford Sound can only truly be experienced on a boat cruise, whether for sightseeing or overnight journey. From stunning land formations rising vertically from dark waters, to endless waterfalls cascading into fiords. You will be dazzled.
Keep in mind that a sound is a river valley flooded by seawater while a fjord is a steep glacier valley carved out of rock and mountains, often featuring snowcapped peaks and towering waterfalls – Rudyard Kipling even called it one of the Eight Wonders of the World, so come discover why!
4. Explore the Acheron Passage
Experience the majesty of Doubtful and Dusky Sound Fjords during this five-day cruise with Heritage Explorer. Only accessible by sea, these unspoiled fjords remain free from human influence while maintaining their stunning beauty.
YMT Vacations provides travel experiences designed by specialists “to meet the interests and needs of today’s mature travelers”. Discover more about this AARP-recognized travel company here.
5. Explore Sportsman Cove
Older adults possess diverse interests, abilities, and travel preferences that differ significantly from those of younger travelers. Travel companies are responding by creating tours targeted towards senior travellers.
Some tour companies provide both independent and guided options for seniors traveling alone, while others specialize in catering to specific groups like Women Traveling Together or create smaller travel groups for a more personalized experience.
Many tour companies also make accommodations for seniors with disabilities. Intrepid Travel offers accessible tours; Holland America also features access-friendly ships and routes as well as a program designed to match solo seniors with same-sex roommates to avoid single supplements.
6. Explore Dusky Sound
Experience the breathtaking south-west fiords of Breaksea and Dusky Sound, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site by UNESCO, which boast soaring peaks, clear lakes, and plunging waterfalls – the breeding ground of Fiordland crested penguins!
After the day-trippers have left, an overnight cruise provides another opportunity to discover this magnificent area. Enjoy soaring cliffs and cascading waterfalls by nightfall, while keeping an eye out for seals or rare Fiordland crested penguins amongst other local fauna.
7. Explore West Cape
The West Cape offers a striking contrast to Cape Agulhas’ rugged coast, boasting wide stretches of beach and picturesque fishing villages, not to mention an extraordinary wilderness corridor consisting of dunes and wetlands that harbour rare coastal fynbos as well as migrating birds.
Travel companies have responded to seniors’ changing needs by creating tours or itineraries tailored specifically for mature travelers, or that can be adjusted according to comfort level. Here are 14 of the best.
8. Explore Acheron Passage
Venture out on a five-day cruise of Dusky and Breaksea Sound and experience its beauty up close! These peaceful fiords provide sanctuary to a host of native wildlife including fur seals and bottlenose dolphins – as well as being ideal spots for photographers!
Put your phone on silent and soak up the wild flora and fauna that surround you. From uninhabited islands and waterfalls to rugged mountains, Parga, Epirus Thesprotia’s Acheron River spring is one of the most stunning springs and an integral component of Greek mythology; its crystal waters flow over rocks along its tree-lined shore.
9. Explore Acheron Passage
The River Acheron winds its way through canyons and rugged terrain as it heads toward the sea, creating breathtaking scenes of natural beauty. One of Parga’s finest spots, and must-visit for every visitor!
Explore the Southern Fiords aboard a specially-built vessel designed to give you an unforgettable experience. Bask in southern solitude while listening to birdsong echo around Sportsman Cove’s forest-framed basin and then pass through Acheron Passage into Cook’s unspoiled wilderness as discovered in 1773 by Cook’s men.
10. Explore Sportsman Cove
Senior travelers appreciate slower tours with simple accommodations, such as Grand European Travel’s selection of river cruises, walking/trekking expeditions and family vacation packages recommended by AARP.
Discover Milford Sound on an overnight cruise aboard the Fiordland Jewel, where you’ll sleep comfortably in a climate-controlled cabin with an en suite bathroom and take in all its stunning beauty after all day-trippers have left; with additional benefits like an onboard helipad, top deck hot tub and kayaks to enhance your experience.