Small Groups. Big Adventures. Spirited Friendships.



Celebrate the journey in small groups.
Safe and affordable world exploration for people over the age of 50.
Solo travelers, couples and partners.

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Since 1984 Kindred Tours has been exploring the world, with a particular focus on the American Southwest. 
We also offer domestic travel, some international travel and cruises. 
Safe and affordable tours designed for grown-up people.


“We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.”
Robert Louis Stevenson 


  • Our experience with Kindred Tours has always been fantastic. The hard work has already been done for us. We know signing up that our tour has been well-planned, with a professional driver at the wheel, and a great tour guide leading the way. We’re able to relax and enjoy every moment. But most of all it’s the people, there’s nothing like traveling with a small group of friends.
    Don and Bev Buck


  • I moved to Arizona in 2009 and I didn’t know anybody. Traveling with Kindred Tours not only introduced me to my new state, with all of its history, backroads and great scenery, but I’ve also made new friends. As a single woman, I travel confidently with Kindred Tours, exploring the American Southwest and destinations that I would have never thought of heading off to on my own.
    Barbara Pitney


  • I love the variety of trips offered by Kindred Tours! I’ve enjoyed everything–from half day local tours to cruises, and I’ve always felt safe. That’s important to me.
    Nancy Appel

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again;
we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”
Jack Kerouac

The Experience

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Trips and Tours

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Southwest Adventure Series

This is the classic Kindred Tour, small group exploration of the Great Southwest-- America's playground! We're talking Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and Southern California. And, as luck would have it, we are strategically headquartered smack-dab in the middle of all of this natural wonder! These are driving tours, ranging from one-day trips to week-long journeys.

Club Styling Series

Way back when, our bus driver took a wrong turn, which led to a hysterical day filled with big laughs and spontaneous side-trips. Someone on the tour described that rolling party vibe as “Club Styling” and it just stuck. Today we’re Club Styling whenever we get the band back together—festivals, parties, Camp TJ, and Broadway shows… because life’s a party and you don’t want to be the girl in the bathroom.

Backyard Series

More than just the scorched desert of Wile E. Coyote, sunny Phoenix has much to offer! There’s a trail for every skill level, cheap eats, ethnic cuisine, a burgeoning brewery scene, tranquil desert gardens, music, dance, world-class museums and theatres. Big on adventure, easy on the pocketbook, The Backyard Series invites you to get out and explore the Valley of the Sun!

Series Calendar

Gallivant Series

Kindred Tours offers a wide variety of domestic travel, along with some international destinations and cruises. These extended tours make up the Gallivant Series. Whether you travel by road, rail, river or sea—experience the confidence that comes from a tour that has been artfully planned. Working on your bucket list and you don’t see your dream destination? Call us. We can send you anywhere in the world.

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“The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”
John Muir


90 Day Calendar

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Oregon Trails & the Portland Rose Festival Oregon Trails & the Portland Rose Festival

Oregon Trails & the Portland Rose Festival

Featuring 5 Nights in Portland
June 6th- June 11th, 2019


Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside

Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside

featuring Italy’s Charming Hill Towns
April 23- May 3, 2019


San Antonio Fiesta San Antonio Fiesta

San Antonio Fiesta

April 19th-23rd, 2019


Historic South Holiday Historic South Holiday

Historic South Holiday

Featuring 2 Nights in Charleston, Savannah & St. Augustine, Florida
December 2nd-8th, 2018


Thanksgiving in Las Vegas! Thanksgiving in Las Vegas!

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas!

November 22nd-25th, 2018 


Hawaii 3 Island Adventure Hawaii 3 Island Adventure

Hawaii 3 Island Adventure

Featuring Honolulu, Oahu, Maui & the Big Island of Hawaii
November 7th-15th, 2018


Costa Rica Adventure Costa Rica Adventure

Costa Rica Adventure

Featuring Three Multi-Night Stays 
November 7th-15th, 2018 


Coal Mine Canyon Coal Mine Canyon

Coal Mine Canyon

& the Navajo National Monument
October 25th-26th, 2018


Temecula Wine Country Temecula Wine Country

Temecula Wine Country

& Julian, California
October 9th-12th, 2018


Countryside of the Emerald Isle Countryside of the Emerald Isle

Countryside of the Emerald Isle

October 7-October 16, 2018


Classic New England Classic New England

Classic New England

Featuring Acadia National Park & 2 Nights in Boston
October 4th-12th, 2018


Munich’s Oktoberfest & Danube River Cruise Munich’s Oktoberfest & Danube River Cruise

Munich’s Oktoberfest & Danube River Cruise

Featuring 2 Nights in a Bavarian Village & 7 Nights aboard the Amadeus Queen
October 2nd-12th, 2018 (11 Days)


Chaco Culture National Historic Park Chaco Culture National Historic Park

Chaco Culture National Historic Park

October 1st-3rd, Monday-Wednesday


The North Rim of the Grand Canyon The North Rim of the Grand Canyon

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon

September 28th-30th, 2018 


Niagara Falls & Heritage Highlights Niagara Falls & Heritage Highlights

Niagara Falls & Heritage Highlights

Featuring Amish Country, Washington D.C. & Williamsburg
September 25th-October 3rd, 2018


Santa Fe & Taos Santa Fe & Taos

Santa Fe & Taos

September 17th-20th, 2018


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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Lao Tzu



How do I sign up for a tour?

Call or email the office with your reservations. You may reach our voicemail, after all we are in the travel business, but leave us a message and we’ll always call you back to confirm.

What if the trip is full?

We’ll always encourage you to USE THE WAIT LIST!  When a trip fills, and it can happen very quickly, we begin a wait list. If there’s enough participation to fill a second bus, we’ll let you know.  We’ll also check with our wait list, should we have any cancellations, fielding those requests in the order in which they were received. 

How do I pay for my tour?

You can pay for your tour by credit card, over the phone, when you call to sign up. We do not keep your card credit information on file. You can also sign up for a tour, receive confirmation of your reservation from the office, and then pop a check into the mail. Most reservations for extended tours require a $100 deposit, with the balance to be paid closer to the date of the tour.

Can you find me a roomate?

We get asked this question a lot, and the answer is always yes!  Don’t let the fact that you are single keep you from signing up for a tour.  The majority of people who travel with Kindred Tours are single.  They sign up for a tour, we assign them a roommate, and they often go on to become lifelong friends.  We have decades of success matching roommates.

Where do I meet the bus?


That depends on where you live.  We currently offer four pickup locations around the Greater Phoenix Valley.  Call the office should you require further directions.

East Valley:

Mesa Hilton Hotel

1011 W. Holmes Ave

Mesa, AZ 85210

This is the Fiesta Mall region, and the Hilton Hotel is easily viewed from the U.S. 60/Superstition Freeway.  Exit the freeway at Alma School and head east to Holmes.  Park and wait for the bus at the west end of the hotel parking lot.



Fry’s Market Place

8900 E. Via Linda

Scottsdale, AZ 85258

The Scottsdale pickup location can be easily reached via AZ 101/Pima Freeway.  Exit the freeway at 90th Street, and travel east to Via Linda.  Look for Fry’s parking lot on the north side of the street.  Park and watch for the bus to pull up in front of the store.



Paradise Valley Community Center

17402 N. 40th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85032

The Paradise Valley Community Center is easily found on 40th Street, north of Bell Road. 


Northwest Valley:

Springhill Suites Hotel at Arrowhead Town Center

7810 W. Bell Road

Glendale, AZ 85308

This is the Arrowhead Mall region.  Springhill Suites Hotel is on Bell Road, west of AZ 101/Pima Freeway.  Turn north on 79th Street and use the parking lot on the west side of the hotel, facing the Old Country Buffet. 

Can I pay a Single Supplement?

If you really feel that you’d like to have your own hotel room, consider paying a single supplement.  A single supplement is just the additional 50% on the hotel room expense that you would have shared with a roommate.  

How do I know if the Activity Level is right for me?

Kindred Travelers range in age from 50 to over 100 years old, an enormous span that encompasses a huge range of abilities.  We work hard every day to provide great tours to meet the needs and the interests of our entire group.  If  you are unsure if a tour is right for you, we invite you to call the office  to discuss your concerns.  We’re happy to provide you with more detail about a tour and answer your questions.  We’ll work with you to find your perfect tour. 

Do you have bathrooms on your buses?


This is everyone’s first question!  But you needn’t worry about bathroom breaks.  We serve coffee and doughnuts early into every day trip, usually at a roadside rest-area, and always conveniently located near a restroom.  We make regular pit stops through the day, and our drivers brag that they know every public restroom in the American Southwest.  Ask any Kindred Traveler and they’ll say that they all had concerns about bathroom breaks heading into their first tour that were quickly forgotten. 

Can I arrange a Kindred Tour for my group?

Absolutely! And there are so many great ways that we can work together.  You’re welcome to select a tour that is offered on our website or in our newsletter, or call us to discuss planning a tour specifically for your group.  We’ll take care of all of the details, provide you with marketing materiel, and collect payments.  Just give us a call, and we’ll get started.

Can you accommodate my special diet?

It’s always a good idea to discuss any dietary restrictions with the office before you sign up for a tour.  Travel can be tricky, and not every tour we offer can accommodate every special diet.  Here at Kindred Tours, we are unabashed foodies, planning dining experiences months in advance and including some information about the restaurants we’ll be enjoying in the descriptions of our tours.  We do our very best to select restaurants that offer something for everyone, but again, travel can be tricky. 









“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been.” Dalai Lama

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Jeff Reed

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Gilbert, Arizona 85234 

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“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain