Mention the fact that you're a senior when you make your travel reservations. Although most major airlines have canceled their senior discount and coupon book programs, some Israeli hotels, especially those in international chains, still offer lower rates for seniors, especially during off season. Israeli pensioners get discounts on admission to museums and national parks, and your foreign senior ID may move a guard to give you the senior rate for an Israeli, though the discount is negligible compared to the effort and possible confrontation.

The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI) sponsors many social activities and tours for seniors.

Members of AARP (tel. 888/687-2277; www.aarp.org) get discounts on hotels, airfares, and car rentals. AARP offers members a wide range of benefits, including AARP The Magazine and a monthly newsletter. Anyone 50 and older can join.

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Many reliable agencies and organizations target the 50-plus market. Road Scholar (tel. 800/454-5768; www.roadscholar.org) arranges study programs for adults in the U.S. and in more than 150 countries around the world. Most courses last a week or two and many include airfare, accommodations in university dormitories or modest inns, meals, and tuition.

Recommended publications offering travel resources and discounts for seniors include the quarterly magazine Travel 50 & Beyond (www.travel50andbeyond.com).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.