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Odysseys Unlimited

4.9 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1989
Headquarters
  • Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Trips
  • 42

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Very pleased with Odyssey's trips. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
After two trips, both to Turkey, I proclaim Odyssey Tours to be the only travel agency which I shall patronize. As promised, the number of clients is limited, although I would really love to have no more than 8 companions, as it is so difficult to see everything when there are so many persons crowding around the guide and the site or art work being visited. It also helps to have less competition during toilet breaks. I would say that the choice of places to stop is quite good, especially since Odyssey often chooses out of the way destinations, such as a visit to local villages that tourist hardly ever go. I especially loved the gulet excursion. Truly charming and restful on the yacht with some very athletic hikes included in the neighboring islands. The hotels have been extremely comfortable, with the exception of the very dreadful Swissotel Grand Efes, a malevolent, modern maze in which I was lost while looking for my room more than once, thanks to their insane numbering system. As for the food, some was excellent, some mediocre. I would have liked to have had more occasions to sample traditional fare in local restaurants. The hotel breakfasts were excellent but I cannot say the same for the dinners, which were too often mediocre. Kudos is due to the guides. I shall always remember Mustafa from my 2012 Turkish Treasures tour and Hassan of the 2013 Legendary Turkey visit. They were well informed (although I did catch several blunders, due to my background in history, mythology and archaeology), personable, extremely good humored, patient, helpful, always ready for that extra attention that some tourists require. I have signed on for the Egypt tour which is this coming October. It has been 15 years since my last visit, which was with Insight Tours. From my two experiences with Odyssey, I am anticipating a magical journey.
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Recently took the Portrait of Italy Tour with Anna Scrocca as our tour director. What an amazing adventure.
Every detail was handled with grace and proficiency. (Any aspect of travel that is potentially anxiety-provoking was handled by Anna, allowing the travelers to relax and fully immerse themselves in the experience.)
Fantastic guided tours, amazing informal walks and additional guidance for maximizing free time. The accommodations were wonderful and the company, A+
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Enjoying a great tour in Italy! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We are currently in Italy and loving it! Our tour guide Anna is unbelievable and so informative. We are discovering so much more about each city than we would have on our own. Our group is only 23 and by now, we have all bonded and are having a wonderful time! highly recommend Portrait of Italy if you want to get a taste of all over Italy.
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Odysseys Unlimited is wonderful. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Traveled with them to Southern France with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Look forward to Journeys through Vietnam! Customer service was great!!

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Fantastic vacation! August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I recently travelled to Turkey with a TCU Alumni group and it was a truly awesome experience. . Prior to this, I never had even an inkling that Turkey might be a place I would like to visit. How ignorant I was! It really opened my eyes to how Turkey fits into the world as well as an appreciation for artistic and engineering abilities of ancient peoples. Our guide, Mustafa, was a perfect combination of history professor, tour guide, entertainer, and an excellent ambassador for his country. We did four hikes of differing difficulty, saw countless ruins, visited several museums, enjoyed lazy days cruising the Aegean, ate a lot of good food. All-in-all a fantastic vacation!
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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

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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.

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

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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
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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
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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
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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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