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!
So much of the world’s great literature is set in grand cities, with soaring architecture and generations of history to lend a sense of importance. But true bookworms will want to make a special journey to these spots, either to revel in the setting of their favorite works, to see where the world’s greatest writers worked, or to soak up the atmosphere of a truly world-class bookstore.
Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Scottish Highlands – home of Harry Potter and Outlander
Though J.K. Rowling hails from England, she lived in Edinburgh for the whole of her time writing the Harry Potter novels, and that influence can be seen in both the books and the films. Edinburgh’s Victoria Street is the inspiration for Diagon Alley, and the University of Glasgow bears a striking resemblance to Hogwarts, which is known to be hidden somewhere in the Scottish highlands. Fittingly, Edinburgh is UNESCO’s first City of Literature, and you can soak in the atmosphere on both our Journey Through Britain and Scotland: Highlands and Islands tours. And on the latter tour, we enjoy four nights traveling through the highlands of Scotland, where the acclaimed Outlander series is set.
Maienfeld, Switzerland, home of Heidi
One of the best-selling books ever written, the novel Heidi by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, centers on a young girl sent to live with her paternal grandfather in Maienfeld, in the Swiss Alps. We visit this charming hamlet on our Alpine Splendor tour, where we stop to enjoy a wine tasting and a firsthand look at the setting for this beloved work.
Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables
A similar story, a similarly picturesque locale, and a similarly beloved work of children’s literature. The best-selling Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery is set in Prince Edward Island, which we explore on our Canadian Maritimes tour. We even have a half-day tour of the very house and grounds that inspired the novels, which is now kept as a museum to Montgomery’s work.
New Zealand’s Fangorn Forest
The tangled forests near New Zealand’s Doubtful Sound may seem familiar to moviegoers, as Peter Jackson used this location for Fangorn Forest in the Lord of the Rings films. Jackson filmed a majority of the scenes in these award-winning adaptations of the legendary Tolkein novels in New Zealand, and we travel through this lush jungle on our New Zealand Adventure tour.
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Straying from fiction for a moment, we come face to face with literary and world history on our Treasures of Thailand tour, as we visit the scene of the Burma Death Railway. Immortalized in the book and film The Bridge on the River Kwai, this span near Kanchanaburi was built by Allied WWII POWs and marks a somber yet powerful part of this tour.
Israel’s Biblical sites
When it comes to works of literature, few rank higher in worldwide significance than the Bible. Most of its stories, parables, and letters take place in Israel, which we visit on our Israel: Timeless Wonderstour. Tiberias, Nazareth, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee… the list goes on, and our touring of these ancient sites brings these stories to life.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and the Beatrix Potter Gallery
Three titans of the English language, all unique in style, and all of whose writing locales are laid bare on our Journey Through Britain tour. We explore the homes and offices where these authors worked, which have been preserved to look exactly as they did in the authors’ heyday.
Lyon, home of Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The famed French aviator and author, best known for his novella The Little Prince, hailed from the city of Lyon. His most beloved work, about a pilot stranded in the Sahara and his discussions with an erudite young prince visiting Earth from another planet, has been voted the greatest French book of the 20th century.
Dublin’s Trinity College, home of the Book of Kells
History buffs and bookworms alike will delight at our inside visit to the library at Dublin’s Trinity College. The college was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth, and Ireland’s greatest national treasure resides in the college’s library: the Book of Kells. This masterfully illustrated work of calligraphy contains the four Gospels of the New Testament, and is thought to have been created sometime around 800 CE. It is truly a sight to behold, and the setting only adds to the historic atmosphere.
Karen Blixen’s houses and museum
In the coastal Norwegian town of Rungsted sits the Karen Blixen House and Museum, where the writer known as Isak Dinesen (Out of Africa) was born in 1885 and spent most of her life. We visit this house, which boasts its original furniture and décor, on our Norwegian Splendor tour; the site itself comprises the house, a museum, bird sanctuary, and park.
Blixen’s other home sits, as one might imagine, in Nairobi, and we visit it on our Classic Safari: Kenya and Tanzania tour. Blixen’s 17 years spent here on a coffee plantation in British East Africa inspired her world-renowned memoir, and the setting here gives us a glimpse of how she lived in the early 20th century.
The Library of Alexandria
Though the ancient wonder of the world has been lost to time, the modern Bibliotheca Alexandria pays tribute to the ancient one, and offers its own sense of grandeur. The ancient library was said to hold between 40,000 and 400,000 papyrus scrolls, and today’s version includes a visually stunning main reading room with space for some nine million books. We have the chance to explore this library on the Alexandria extension of our Egypt: Treasures of Antiquity tour.
Atlantis Books, Santorini
Santorini’s Atlantis Books owns the most picturesque setting of any bookstore on Earth. High above the sea-filled azure caldera of Santorini, this bookstore is just as beautiful inside as out, and has hosted readings by famed author David Sedaris, among others. On our Ancient Greece tour, we have free time in Santorini, and a visit here is well worth the time. We featured this bookstore in a blog post as well, if you’d like to enjoy a few more photos.