Post by Odysseys Unlimited on Feb 2, 2016 13:17:06 GMT -5
Hi Denise, Some 2017 tours and departures will be in our next catalog mailing in late February; others will follow in June and July. If there is a particular tour in which you are interested, if you contact our Customer Service department we will be happy to place you on a priority list and call you just as soon as the tours are open for sale: toll-free at (888) 360-6765 or by e-mail: [email protected] We appreciate your interest and hope to welcome you on a small group tour.
We have been on several trips with Odysseys-Unlimited and are taking the England/Wales/ Scotland trip in June. We would like inspiration for the next trip(s) to take in 2017. It would be of interest to us to hear what the most popular trips are and how early we need to sign up for them. We get the regular mailings from Odyssey's Unlimited. We are most interested in Europe. We have already taken Paradores & Pousadas, Provincial French Countryside, European Tapestry, and will be taking Journey through Britain this year. Thanks for any inspiration you can provide. Roxanne
Post by Odysseys Unlimited on Apr 18, 2016 10:46:07 GMT -5
Hi Sunflower: First, our thanks for your continued patronage - and best wishes for a wonderful journey through Britain in June. As for 2017, we already have advertised our "exotic" and Southern Hemisphere tours to Central and South America, Asia & the Far East, and Australia/New Zealand. Europe for 2017 will be available in late July; we can place you on a priority list for specific tours to be contacted before the catalog arrives. Some ideas, based on your previous travels: many guests who have taken Paradores & Pousadas have chosen Across Spain and Portugal, a sort of "Paradores & Pousadas" of northern Spain. Portrait of Italy is immensely popular year in and year out; and if you're inspired by your trip to Britain this year, you might be interested in Enchanting Ireland or Scotland: Highland and Islands. For scenery, you might consider Exploring Iceland, Norwegian Splendor or Italian Landscapes ... We could go on and on, but with hope, your interest may be sparked by one (or more) of the tours mentioned here. And you can always call us to discuss ...
Thank you for your quick reply. My husband is definitely interested in Across Spain and Portugal trip as he enjoyed the "Paradores & Pousadas" so much. In your opinion what is the best time of the year to do the trip? We usually travel in September but wonder if Spring time (May) might be more colorful as far as flowers.
I have another general question about tipping. Do we tip the bus driver who is with us the whole trip? We have been told we don't need to but felt there was some expectation that we should have. I want to do the right thing by the driver.
Post by Odysseys Unlimited on Apr 18, 2016 15:13:53 GMT -5
Hi Sunflower, Probably the most comfortable times for travel to Northern Spain/Portugal would be mid to late May/early June or later September/early October. One of our Product Development staff members was there last week (mid April) and had rain, hail, and colder temperatures ... As for tipping the bus driver: this tip is absolutely included in your tour price and as a company we have no expectation for you to add to this. Should you ever feel pressure in this regard, please let us know on your post-tour evaluation.
When will the 2017 dates / prices for the Pearls of Dalmatia tour be available online? Interested in signing up for the land-only tour since I will be flying from Japan. Looking forward to our third OU tour this fall!
Post by Odysseys Unlimited on May 26, 2016 17:51:13 GMT -5
Hi Sarah, The 2017 dates/prices for all 2017 tours (including Pearls of Dalmatia) will be available late July; on line early August. If you'd like us to contact you as soon as they're ready, we'd be happy to. Simply contact our Customer Service department and you'll be placed on a priority list: toll-free at (888) 370-6765 or by email at [email protected] Wishing you a wonderful trip to Japan this fall!
Just a suggestion. We have been continually receiving OU brochures, filled with 2016 itineraries, pricing, dates, etc. Within the brochures are a very few additions for 2017 itineraries; mostly, "exotics" itineraries.
Seems to me a real waste of money to send brochures out this way because the following year itineraries are not included. Just a select few. Why not get all of the following year itineraries included, rather than send current year itineraries, with only a smidgen of the following year. Makes zero sense to me.
Looking forward to when your ENTIRE 2017 itineraries come out.
Post by Odysseys Unlimited on May 27, 2016 10:16:17 GMT -5
Hi Denise, Thank you for your comment. There is actually a method to our madness here: we include the 2017 dates for the "exotics" earlier because those tours follow a different schedule - Fall/Winter/Spring - than our "full-year" tours (e.g., Europe). Since we don't publish the new "full-year" tours until late July, that would be too late for many people to book an "exotic" tour departing in January or February. We certainly hope this doesn't cause you any confusion; our goal is to get out the information early enough so that people have sufficient time to make plans.
Post by Odysseys Unlimited on May 27, 2016 11:49:58 GMT -5
Our pleasure, Denise. If there is a specific tour (or two!) in which you are interested, we'd be happy to contact you as soon as the info is available - before the catalog mails. Just contact our Customer Service department, toll-free at (888) 370-6765 or email: [email protected]
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