For folks thinking of taking their first guided small group tour, the options can sometimes seem overwhelming. Every tour sounds fascinating, and every destination looks like something out of a postcard. To make this choice a little easier, we’ve gathered our top five tours for first-time Odysseys travelers below. From the storied cities and gentle countryside of Italy to vibrant South America and the wilds of Africa, these tours are sure to spark your wanderlust. Click the tour names below to see the tours in their entirety – and don’t forget the dash of Down Under we’ve thrown in with the Bonus Tour …
Tour membership limited to 12-24 guests 16 days from $4,274 total price from New York ($3,795 air & land inclusive plus $479 airline taxes and fees)
From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. You’ll especially appreciate the small size of your group as you stay in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and in a medieval village.
Tour membership limited to 12-24 guests 11 days from $3,987 total price from Miami ($3,395 air & land inclusive plus $592 airline taxes and fees)
A land of treasures archaeological, cultural, and natural, Peru draws those eager to learn about the distant past – and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences. As our small group takes in some of the country’s highlights – Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca – we marvel at the riches of an intriguing land somewhat off the beaten path.
Tour membership limited to 12-24 guests 14 days from $6,984 total price from Boston, New York, Wash, DC ($5,995 air, land & safari inclusive plus $989 airline taxes and fees)
A glimpse of a world primeval awaits on this singular safari to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, where elephants preside over a bounty of wildlife; Zimbabwe’s dazzling and powerful Victoria Falls; and Zambia’s exceptional Lower Zambezi National Park, a remote jewel of an unspoiled preserve.
Tour membership limited to 12-20 guests 16 days from $7,993 total price from Miami ($7,295 air & land inclusive plus $698 airline taxes and fees)
They rank as two of South America’s greatest treasures, and a small group tour is the natural selection for both: the enigmatic ruins at Machu Picchu, where we overnight at an intimate on-site hotel; and the fascinating Galapagos Islands, Darwin’s “living laboratory,” for a four-night island-based adventure.
Tour membership limited to 12-18 guests 14 days from $6,597 total price from New York ($5,795 air, land & safari inclusive plus $802 airline taxes and fees)
From the depths of Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti plains; off-the-beaten-path Tarangire to exotic Zanzibar, our small group encounters the breadth of tranquil Tanzania’s riches: abundant wildlife, exquisite landscapes, and diverse cultures. It’s Africa as it was – and still is.
Tour membership limited to 12-24 guests 22 days from $8,684 total price from Los Angeles ($8,295 air & land inclusive plus $389 airline taxes and fees)
Small group touring and the Lands Down Under – they add up to a perfect combination as we travel from Australia’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef and the storied Outback to sophisticated Sydney; from New Zealand’s towering Mt. Cook and breathtaking Milford Sound to high-spirited Queenstown and nautical Auckland.
Each of the tours above will offer you something different than the next, but all of them offer unforgettable, immersive experiences at some of our world’s most iconic destinations. So if you’re considering your first tour with Odysseys, take a close look at these ones!