What special difficulties are faced by Seniors if they want to select a tour in Washington DC?
Many younger people might just look up a few reviews on TripAdvisor and go right ahead and book a tour without considering any potential challenges. Seniors, however, have to take into account various difficulties that might spring up. Will they be able to hear their tour guide? Will they be able to keep up with the younger people on the tour? Does the tour require a lot of walking? Will their be stairs? Is the tour geared to a young crowd with a short attention span rather than more details-oriented seniors? There are many challenges faced by seniors when choosing a tour of Washington DC, but with a little research you can surely make the right choice.
Should I choose a hop on, hop-off bus tour for my Washington DC visit?
Well, the hop-on, hop-off bus tours are certainly cheaper. But, they do come with a whole host of associated problems. First, a great deal of time on the hop-on, hop-off bus will be spent just finding the bus stop and waiting for the bus to show up. On a private tour, this waiting is not an issue, but on the common hop-on, hop-off bus options, you might spend several hours a day just walking to and from the bus stops, waiting for the bus to come, and then waiting at each location while other passengers get on and off the bus.
There is also the question of stairs and walking. The first thing you do when you get onto the hop-on, hop-off bus is to climb the narrow stairs up to the second level. At each stop, you will be climbing up and down stairs. These tours also sometimes don’t stop at each monument. They frequently stop in between two monuments and expect you to walk to each and then back to the bus stop to get back on again.
Finally, there is a question of hearing the tour guide. Some of the buses don’t have a live tour guide. They have a pre-recorded tour narrative for each location. Other buses do have a live tour guide, but the guide speaks over a loudspeaker and they are often difficult to hear.
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Is a private tour the best way for seniors to visit Washington DC?
Well, a private tour is usually a more expensive option. But, you usually get what you pay for. You don’t have to wait for the hop-on, hop-off bus at each location. There are no stairs to climb. And, you have a one-on-one tour guide who you can interact with.
How do I choose a private tour option in Washington DC?
There are so many tours to choose from. Your best bet is to go to a service like Tripadvisor and read reviews. Did any of their customers talk specifically about how the tour was geared toward seniors? Was the tour guide knowledgeable? Was the seating comfortable? You can also read articles put out by private tour companies on the options they provide for their senior citizen guests. Do they specialize in tours for seniors and others with limited mobility. Here is one such article on Washington DC tours for seniors.
Leave an honest review after your tour
Once you have taken your tour, leave an honest review on Google or Tripadvisor or Yelp. Other seniors coming after you will appreciate the evaluation of your experience with that company. If the tour was great, let others know so that they can get the same great experience. If the tour had deficiencies, other seniors will appreciate your honesty. And, if the tour was just awful and a waste of money? Well, we would be sorry to hear this, but it is still useful information for those planning their own tours to Washington DC.
Looking for a concise guide with insider tips to see Washington DC?
Here is the perfect guide to Washington DC with descriptions of monuments, museums, memorials, spectacular public buildings and interesting neighborhoods.
The AARP also offers some tips on things to do in Washington DC.