I have come to expect excellence from Odysseys Unlimited and have never been disappointed.
Michael E. Leahy Oak Lawn, IL
We have been to many, many places all over the world, with many different tour companies. None of them compare to the Odysseys Unlimited small group experience.
Nancy & William Sondervan Sherrills Ford, NC
The small group is wonderful and the quality of tour directors is exceptional.
Bill Jones Vancouver, WA
All that was advertised was delivered. Consider this tour to be a real value as to sites visited, itinerary, hotels, and travel between sites.
Susan & Paul Krupp Georgetown, TX
Odysseys does everything with style, but without pretension. Beautiful meals and hotels. Excellent guides.
Barbara Schoetzau New York, NY
Very early in the tour we saw we got much more for our dollar than anything we could have put together ourselves. The value exceeded our expectations.
Tara Malmberg Quitman, TX
Good value for $ — accommodations, food, guide, itinerary, and [small] size of group. Have traveled with other tour groups ... and like you best.
Jean Hall Prairie Village, KS
We like the model – small groups, excellent tour directors, solid hotels, good mix of group/independent activities.
Roger Soder Seattle, WA
The combination of excellent hotels with a small group is the way I like to travel. I would highly recommend Odysseys to everyone I know.
Patricia Joyce Peoria, AZ
We love the small group experience.
Dave & Alice Wilson Williamstown, MA
Odysseys is the best company we have traveled with. You have first-rate tours at affordable prices, with great itineraries, excellent guides, and outstanding accommodations.
Jane & Ronald Decker Chicago, IL
Odysseys tours are just right for us: great value, nice group size, complete trips, sufficient free time.
Laurin & Phyllis LeTart Shepherdstown, WV
This trip far exceeded our expectations: the small group size, the quality of the tour director (the best we’ve ever had), the ability to have dinners on our own, the lower cost without a significant reduction in the quality of the accommodations.
Barry & Bobbi Rosner Somerset, NJ
I thought I would not like traveling in a group but I was wrong! [Our tour director] was so good at making the group seem as one that it turned out to be the best part of the trip.
Donna Stevenson Dublin, OH
It was the best value in travel we’ve ever had. It was a wonderful experience.
Trish Merrill & Mac White Austin, TX
This was my 7th trip with Odysseys and they keep getting better and better.
Merle Frank Miami, FL
Love the small group format and the ease of traveling with arrangements made for us.
Ken & Carolyn Helm Newburgh, IN
Tour exceeded my expectations having never taken a group tour. An excellent experience – can’t wait for my next one!
Ronni Goldberg New York, NY
Absolutely the best bang for the buck – organization, quality, consistency.
Harvey Wine Dallas, TX
I like the small size of Odysseys tours. [You] have excellent Tour Directors, great itineraries and spend more time in areas than some of the other tour companies.
Lynn Bafaloukos Glendale, AZ
Because of the group size and outstanding guides, you make travel easy for us!
We may be biased, but we believe that there’s no better way to travel than as part of a small group. With just 12 to 24 people, our small groups offer a slew of benefits that simply can’t be matched via solo traveling or joining a conventional group tour of 40 or more. It’s the perfect blend of guided and free time, plus the ability to enjoy unique experiences unavailable to larger groups while venturing off the beaten path, where individual travelers may not know to go.
Looking for even more reason to join a small group tour? Read on!
Intimate experiences available only to small groups.
Odysseys guest (and studio art major) Joanna takes a turn at the wheel in Fez.
Many of our tours include visits with local families in their homes or villages, and excursions to schools and marketplaces. These personal encounters with citizens of our destinations bring us closer to the local culture, giving us a much more revealing look at daily life than would be possible if we simply stuck to the main sightseeing itineraries. For example, on our Mystical India tour, we are dinner guests of a multi-generational Rajasthan family in their home. This provides a fascinating window on Indian life and an opportunity to witness up close the traditional society from which India is transitioning to a more urban lifestyle.
Freedom and flexibility to explore (or relax) on your own.
The tranquil beaches of Da Nang, Vietnam
We value the freedom and individuality of our guests, which is why we offer time at leisure during many of our touring days. Our tour directors will always be on hand to offer suggestions on how to spend your free time, and should you wish to sit out an included tour or two and go off on your own, you’re entirely free to do so.
Meeting like-minded travelers.
Odysseys employee Robbie (left) and guests Luke (center) and Sam (right) played golf on a free afternoon in Marrakech.
One of the more underappreciated benefits of traveling in a small group is the ability to build lasting relationships with your traveling companions. We’ve had many stories of guests starting the trip as strangers, and by the end, they’re already planning to travel together again. With a maximum group size of 24 people, guests get to know each other well within the first few days of the trip, and a great group of people can enhance the enjoyment of any adventure immeasurably.
Individual attention from local Tour Directors.
Nabil, one of our Moroccan TDs, walking a few of our guests through the medina.
Another benefit of the smaller group dynamic is that the tour director can give each guest the attention that he/she deserves. We believe that personal attention is key to an outstanding travel experience, and our tour directors’ love of travel is equaled only by their desire to share their enthusiasm, knowledge, and helpful spirit with their guests. From suggestions for local restaurants to visit, to little known museums to explore, to helping secure tickets to a musical performance or art show, our TDs offer their personal service to each guest.
Traveling nimbly, and responsibly, with minimum impact.
With 24 or fewer people, we can tour sites of ancient ruins and historical significance responsibly and with a minimum of impact on the preservation work that has been done. Also, when we immerse ourselves in the local culture, we are able to integrate without overwhelming our local hosts. Above, you can see some of our guests joining in the farming at a community-based rice farm in Laos.
Stays at unique, historic, and boutique lodgings.
The lovely Parador de Santiago de Compostela
We work hard to ensure that our lodgings enhance the quality of our tours. We stay in high-quality, well-located hotels; and on many tours we enjoy stays in places that larger groups couldn’t due to their size. For example, on our Paradores & Pousadas, Across Spain and Portugal, and Discovering Portugal tours, we stay in the intimate historic lodgings of these Iberian nations, giving us a chance to soak up the craftsmanship and beauty of these lasting buildings.
And a bonus photo of one of our guests with several young photo enthusiasts on our Journey through Vietnam tour, because it’s too cute not to post it: