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!
For many travelers, Alaska conjures up images of snowcapped mountains, breaching whales, and crab fishing fleets. But the nation’s largest state brings so much more to the table. And while it would be impossible to explore everything that makes this great state unique on one tour, our Untamed Alaska small-group journey, we visit a few of Alaska’s lesser-known wonders.
A Local, Adorable Twist on Denali
Every visitor to Alaska should take time to visit Denali National Park. Home to the namesake mountain, America’s tallest peak (formerly Mount McKinley), this six-million-acre preserve comprises forest, alpine tundra, sub-arctic taiga, and snow-covered mountains. We enjoy a domed railcar journey into the area, a private coach ride with a local driver/guide who illuminates the region’s highlights, and an easy hike through the park’s tundra landscape.
But the highlight of our Denali discovery comes on the following day, when we have the opportunity to visit a local Iditarod sled dog kennel. Covering 1,000 miles of some of the roughest terrain in the world, the grueling Iditarod, “The Last Great Race on Earth,” draws nearly 100 competitive mushers and their dog teams annually. At the kennel, we learn about the history of the race and meet the kennel’s Husky puppies. Though they’ll soon start their training to become working sled dogs, the pups we meet are the picture of cuteness.
Remote, Wild, and Breathtaking Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
America’s largest national park isn’t Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, or any of the other big names. It’s Wrangell-St. Elias, an 8.3-million acre preserve in Eastern Alaska, stretching from the Canadian border to the Pacific Ocean. We board prop planes for the journey deep into the center of the park and spend two nights here in the park’s only lodge.
We make the most of our time in Wrangell-St. Elias, with a half-day hike along the massive Root Glacier, where we are fitted for crampons and treated to some of the country’s most unspoiled and magnificent scenery; an afternoon at leisure; and a full exploration of the historic copper mining town of Kennicott. It’s a side of Alaska that few take the time to see, but it adds immeasurably to our trip.
Visits to Wildlife and Cultural Centers
Alaska’s landscape defies description, but it’s the inhabitants, both human and animal, that give the state its unique stories. We dive into both of these worlds on separate visits, first in Seward at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
This non-profit facility is dedicated to providing quality animal care and preserving Alaska’s wildlife. With 200 acres of spacious enclosures, the center offers an opportunity to see injured or orphaned bears, moose, elk, lynx, caribou, and more display their natural behavior in a safe environment.
On our last full day in Alaska, we learn about the state’s diverse set of Native American cultures on a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Opened in 1999 to tell the story of 11 of Alaska’s major native cultural groups, this museum and exhibition space includes a theater, art museum, and demonstration space inside, and six life-sized Native dwellings outside. Here we enjoy a tour of the center and watch a dynamic Native Games demonstration.
Lunch and a cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park
The trip to Alaska wouldn’t be complete without a cruise, and we embark ours in the town of Seward, from where we explore the Kenai Fjords National Park.
This 600,000-acre coastal preserve comprises rocky peninsulas, long fjords, primeval glaciers, and tranquil bays. We head out late morning and enjoy lunch on board. During our cruise, we get close to one of Kenai’s many glaciers and keep an eye out for the diverse array of mammals and marine life who call the park home. A sampling of terrestrial and oceanic life we may encounter: brown and black bears, mountain goats, moose, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, otters, porpoises, sea lions, harbor seals, and several species of whales. We cruise for the balance of the afternoon, returning to shore early evening.
In just 10 days, we see a huge swath of Alaska’s treasures, and cover more territory, landscapes, and culture than many other similar-length trips. If you’re going to take one trip to the 49th state, make sure it’s our Untamed Alaska small-group tour.