Many discounts are available for seniors. At any rail station in France, seniors 60 and over (with proof of age) can get a Carte Senior. The pass costs 56€ and is good for a 50% discount on unlimited rail travel throughout the year. The carte also offers reduced prices on some regional bus lines and half-price admission at state-owned museums. Check to see if there are restrictions on certain days.
Air France offers seniors a 10% reduction on its regular nonexcursion tariffs on travel within France. Some restrictions apply. Discounts of around 10% are offered to passengers 62 and over on selected Air France international flights. Be sure to ask for the discount when booking.
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 over 50 can join.
Elderhostel (tel. 800/454-5768; www.elderhostel.org) arranges study programs for those 55 and over (and a spouse or companion of any age). Most courses last 2 to 4 weeks abroad, and many include airfare, accommodations in university dormitories or modest inns, meals, and tuition. ElderTreks (tel. 800/741-7956; www.eldertreks.com) offers small-group tours to off-the-beaten-path or adventure travel locations, restricted to travelers 50 and older.
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.