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!
First Announcement: Southeast Asia Odyssey Fall 2020
Posted December 9, 2019
excited to announce Fall 2020 departures for our Southeast Asia Odyssey small group tour.
Priced from $5,997 (air & land inclusive), this 19-day exploration
of Asia takes us through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.
trip begins in Hanoi, Vietnam’s history-rich capital city. Perhaps the most
striking attraction on our first full day of sightseeing is the marvelous
Temple of Literature, founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius …
take a walking tour of the city’s historic Ba Dinh Square, including a visit to
the massive granite Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
next stop in Hanoi is a sobering one: Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the “Hanoi
Hilton,” occupies a grim place in world history as the site where American
soldiers were held captive throughout the Vietnam War and for many years after.
a full-day excursion to Ha Long Bay (UNESCO site) – Vietnam’s legendary
waterway sprinkled with some 3,000 islands and islets – counts as a tour
Days 5-6, we explore Vietnam’s historic port city of Hoi An.
Hoi An’s rich history boasts quite the confluence of cultures. In addition to the Japanese; Dutch, Chinese and Portuguese traders also made their mark on this architecturally diverse port city, which served as one of the most important trading ports in all of Asia in the 17th century.
The second nation we visit on our four-country tour is Cambodia …
An unforgettable tour highlight comes with our visit to the Angkor Wat complex (UNESCO site).
our visit, we have the opportunity to go inside Angkor Wat Temple, the largest
religious monument in the world. We also visit Angkor Thom (pictured below),
the last capital of the Khmer empire.
Our introduction to Laos – the third country on our Southeast Asia odyssey – provides us with a view into how Buddhism informs the rituals of everyday life.
in the morning on Day 11, we witness the time-honored tradition of tak-bat,
where hundreds of saffron-robed monks collect alms from the townspeople.
also get an opportunity to participate in the alms giving ceremony …
Day 12 offers another hands-on experience of Laotian day-to-day life when we visit a community-based rice farm in Luang Prabang’s scenic countryside …
We enjoy an opportunity to participate in rice farming activities on the farm (pictured above); we also get the chance to learn about other trades – including bamboo weaving, blacksmithing, and sugarcane processing – practiced there as well.
two-day Mekong river cruise on Days 13 and 14 puts us in touch with Lao’s
natural beauty: as we embark on our private riverboat upstream, we enjoy views
of the river’s lush banks.
We also make stops at remote riverside villages and tour the Pak Ou Buddha Caves.
Our Mekong river cruise
finishes at the Laos-Thailand border. But there’s still more to see in this
diverse tour of Southeast Asia …
On Day 15, we come face
to face with one of Thailand’s most storied creatures (and one of the world’s
most revered animals), the elephant.
Set across a 40-acre swath of bamboo groves,
forest, grassland, and swamp, the sanctuary provides the elephants with room to
roam as they wish.
And no visit to Thailand would be complete without
time spent in its sprawling capital city (Bangkok is 40 times larger than
Thailand’s next biggest city).
Highlights of our time in Bangkok include visits
to Wat Pho Temple, home of Thailand’s largest collection of Buddha images, and
the Bangkok Flower Market.
And for those of us interested, an optional post-tour extension to Singapore is available to close out our trip …
As these highlights show, our Southeast Asia Odyssey will acquaint you with
sites of incredible historical, cultural, and spiritual significance, both to
the Eastern world and worldwide; offer views of majestic waterways and
landscapes (and majestic animals, as well); and provide opportunities to
witness and participate in cultural practices in this most exotic region.
We hope to have you join us in Southeast Asia in