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Odysseys Unlimited

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1989
Headquarters
  • Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Trips
  • 50

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Odysseys Unlimited Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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C

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Nice May 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We did the discovering eastern Europe tour as our first tour with odysseys unlimited in September 2017 . The tour Director (Ania) was terrific ,she was organized personal ,friendly , knowledgeable and caring she really tried to do her best to keep on top of everything and to make sure each and everyone of us was attended to. Local expert guides were terrific as well. The hotels were all city center located and everything was walkable because of that. There is a nice blend of tour time and free time.
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M

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Patagonia was one of the most beautiful places June 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Patagonia was one of the most beautiful places I ever visited Oddessy did a superb job of arranging everything.our tour director Alex M was knowledgeable, helpful,caring and made us all his "familia". I look forward to our upcoming trip to Norway with Oddessy.
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We all absolutely loved it May 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband and I along with six close friends recently returned from the Portrait of Italy tour. We all absolutely loved it. The hotels were great and all different--a beautiful hotel on the Amalfi coast, city hotel in Rome, hotel in the clifftop town of Orvieto, Tuscan villa with exquisite views and finally ultramodern luxury on a Venice canal. The itinerary included just enough free time. The small group experience was a lot of fun. Individual tour guides in each city were superb. And then there was Mara, our tour director! She was the BEST! We can't say enough good things about her. I'm positive almost everyone in our group of 24 felt the same way. I would highly recommend Odysseys!
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M

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our adventure was delightful! April 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have just returned from a 15-day Odysseys Unlimited tour to Egypt, arranged by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. It was an outstanding trip in all ways, and all members of our group of 14 were very impressed. The itinerary was superb, beginning and ending in Cairo with a Lake Nasser and a Nile cruise in between. All the arrangements were perfect for accommodations, transportation, and meals, and we felt pampered and very safe at all times. Our guide Tarek Morsey was excellent -very knowledgeable and organized, taking care of every detail to make our trip special. Highlights that he organized included a wonderful lunch and visit to a family farm in Luxor, a horse and buggy tour of the city, and a papyrus paper making demonstration at an art shop. Thanks to Tarek, our adventure was delightful!
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RR

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fabulous adventure in Australia. February 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thank you for arranging a wonderful birthday surprise for my husband, Scott, as we waited for sunset at Ayers Rock/Uluru. This has been a fabulous adventure in Australia.��

M

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All trips are beautiful December 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great tour group. Now have completed 3 trips, Italy, China and in October 2017, Portugal - Spain Paradores and Pousadas. All trips are beautiful, informative, and show sights and that you will have seen and others you know have not. You will enjoy sharing your trip memories with others when you return (which is the purpose of travel, according to Mark Twain). The small group of 24 or fewer people onv every trip has been comprised of compatible, friendly, outgoing people from all over the U.S. making it easy to share impressions and enjoy sights, hotels & restaurants. Guides are well informed, organized and efficient. Hazel was great on this latest Paradores and Pousadas tour. We strongly recommend this tour group.
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Stride Review

Since 1989 Odysseys International have created custom-designed tours for more than 100 of America’s most prestigious non-profit organizations, including Smithsonian Journeys, as well as many well-known college alumni associations. They now have expanded to offer their tours to the general public as well.

What Makes Odysseys Unlimited Stand Out?

Parthenon in Greece Odysseys Unlimited tour

Their tours are custom-designed specifically for small groups, with a balanced mix of sightseeing, traveling, cultural encounters, and free time. Guests enjoy a personal and authentic travel experience provided by knowledgeable guides. They focus heavily on ensuring a unique, and comfortable small group experience, with flexible itineraries.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Odysseys Unlimited?

Odysseys Unlimited is the type of tour for travelers seeking a well organized small group experience - tour attendance is strictly limited to be between 12 to 24 guests. If you’re interested in visiting the top sites, and maybe venturing into the realm of a funky bed and breakfast or two, and local meals vetted by your guide this company could be a good choice.

Older couple enjoying a Nile River Cruise in Egypt on Odysseys Unlimited tour

They present solid, easy itineraries, with an eye towards historic and cultural landmarks. Odysseys Unlimited might not be for you if venturing far off the beaten path is an important facet of your travel experience.

Travelers with Odysseys Unlimited are typically between the ages of 50 and 80 - and this age group is where they focus. Activities are not generally too physically demanding, accommodations are comfortable. Most tours involve a lot of walking, with slight elevation changes. Odyssey's does require that travelers be relatively physically fit and able. Wheelchair access is unfortunately not an option. 

UK Coastline Odysseys Unlimited tour

Free time is readily available for those wanting to explore a bit on their own, going shopping or visiting more local areas.

This is adventure and thrills recalibrated for an older audience. You might not be exploring too far off the beaten path, but that doesn’t mean boring and static. Odysseys is for those older travelers seeking African safaris, for example, that don’t require a 30 year old stamina to be in a jeep 8 hours a day, yet are maybe unwilling or unable to spring for a luxury safari. Odysseys fits comfortably in the middle. Don’t expect full private access everywhere you go, but you can expect a dedicated guide and a fun group of travelers to enjoy the experience with.

Under 50 and families are welcome as well (no children under 15), but the mix in your group will definitely skew older.

Top Destinations

Great wall of china walk tour odysseys unlimited

Odysseys Unlimited tours travel around the world, making seemingly exotic far reaching locations accessible and reachable, both from a cultural standpoint as well as a logistical standpoint. Think small ship cruises in Patagonia, premium history tours in Egypt, and first class hotels in China.

Because their tour directors are often from the destinations, Odysseys can claim destination expertise across the board. The focus is on quality tours rather than quantity, so they can continue to provide travelers with this expertise from their specialized guides.

Tours with Odysseys Unlimited travel to Europe, Asia, South America, Australia & New Zealand, North America, Africa and the Middle East. The largest number of tours are offered in Asia and Europe.

Odysseys Unlimited Travel Style

Amsterdam tour Odysseys Unlimited

The Odysseys Unlimited travel style is one of comfort and ease, but budget friendly. The sheets might not be silk, but you’ll have a comfortable bed and welcoming hosts.

Tours are fully escorted so if you feel like you want to venture beyond your comfort zone - perhaps a language barrier always got in the way, or safety concerns - Odysseys Unlimited is a great way to visit without having to worry. Your tour size will never exceed 24 people, allowing for many friendships to blossom among like minded travelers.

Their tours are around 10-20 days long; an ideal amount of time for getting to know your tour companions, visit tourist spots as well as enjoy more local and cultural activities.

Tanzania safari Odysseys Unlimited

Transportation is in large motorcoaches throughout the destination. During the trip you may experience other modes of transportation, such as ferries, trains, small planes, even motorbikes.

Your tour directors are professional and knowledgeable in the destination, able to provide interesting local and cultural context beyond the tourist sites.   

Why Choose a Tour With Odysseys Unlimited?

Whale breach sighting Odysseys Unlimited cruise tour

If you don’t think small group travel is for you, or you’re unsure about a certain destination whether for safety reasons, language barriers, or other factors - traveling with Odysseys Unlimited is a good place to start.

Their tours are specifically designed to be flexible - a good amount of free time is allotted for the more “independent minded,” yet if you’re more comfortable hanging out with the guide, that’s fine too. Traveling to the next destination is not just a bus ride; you’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop and explore local villages and historical sights.

And if that wasn’t enough, a special perk when traveling with Odysseys Unlimited is the inclusion of international airfare in the trip price!

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From Odysseys Unlimited

Each of our tours is custom-designed specifically for small groups, with a balanced mix of sightseeing, traveling, cultural encounters, and free time. Most important, we limit our tour membership to just 12 to 24 guests – guaranteed, both for the freedom, flexibility, and camaraderie that small groups engender, and also so guests may enjoy a more personal and authentic travel experience.

We offer a diverse array of fully escorted small group tours and small ship cruises throughout the world, ranging in length from 10 days to three weeks: Europe on and off the beaten path ... coastal, river, and private yacht cruises ... adventures in Africa, Asia ... far-reaching journeys in Australia and New Zealand, the Americas – all with unique features available only to small groups. Whether you travel by land or by sea (or both), you’ll enjoy the same excellent quality, attentive service, and thoughtful planning we bring to every tour.

Associations:

American Society of Travel Agents, International Airlines Travel Agent Network, Cruise Lines International Association

Awards:

17 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 6,769

Highlights

  • Buenos Aires sightseeing
  • Argentine dinner and tango show
  • Three-night Southern Patagonia cruise
  • Beagle Channel, Cape Horn, Strait of Magellan
  • Three-night stay in Torres del Paine with excursions
  • Chile’s Lake District including Osorno Volcano
  • Santiago touring
  • Home-hosted dinner with Santiago families
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15 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 5,897

Highlights

  • Unique all-Chile itinerary with eight days in Patagonia
  • Stunning Vicente Rosales National Park
  • Petrohué Waterfalls and Osorno Volcano
  • Chilean cowboys’ rodeo demonstration and traditional asado dinner
  • Sheep ranch with sheep-shearing demonstration
  • Magellanic penguins at Magdalena Island
  • Day cruise to Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers
  • Excursions in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Cosmopolitan Santiago
  • Winery tour and tasting
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11 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 3,949

Highlights

  • Lima touring including historic Casa Aliaga
  • Visit to Larco Herrera Museum
  • Historic Cuzco
  • Cuzco’s Incan ruins
  • Sacred Valley touring
  • Visit to Indian market in Pisac
  • Lunch in the home of a Cuzco family
  • Two guided visits to ruins at Machu Picchu
  • Scenic drive from Cuzco to Lake Titicaca
  • Full-day tour of Lake Titicaca
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16 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 7,493

Highlights

  • Lima touring
  • Historic Cuzco and beautiful Sacred Valley
  • Overnight stay at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to Machu Picchu
  • Two guided visits to Machu Picchu
  • Quito city tour
  • Four-night Galapagos stay at beautiful hotel in lush Santa Cruz highlands
  • Day cruises on privately chartered yacht plus island-based exploration
  • Expert Galapagos naturalist guide
  • Unique Galapagos wildlife
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