Trip Activity Levels:
How Much Is Too Much?
Here are some definitions of activity levels that may – or may not – apply to you on cruise excursions and motor tours. Remember, what’s "easy" for a 55-year old may not be so easy for a 75-year old.
Here’s how most cruise and tour companies describe activity levels. But, interpret them based on your own desires and health and fitness levels.
EASY: Standing and walking for extended periods of time during museum visits or city tours. Shorter travel days. Walking typically on flat terrain; stairways sometimes without handrails; elevators sometimes available. Appropriate for travelers in general good health with overall good mobility, and who are comfortable participating in at least three hours of activity per day.
MODERATE: Standing and walking for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and/or outdoor activities. Walking over sometimes difficult terrain (e.g., cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, an absence of elevators, and climbing aboard trains with high steps); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Appropriate for travelers who are generally physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).
ACTIVE: Most active-rated trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions and may be touring at higher altitudes with steeper ascents/descents. Appropriate for travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion.
Join us on a YMCA Alumni Travel Club adventure. You’ll be glad you did. If you're new to this type of traveling, your YMCA Alumni host(s) on each trip is always available for advice, before, during and after your trip.