Just 12 to 24 Guests – Guaranteed
"We value the small numbers in each group, the exceptionally well-qualified tour directors, and excellent service and accommodations."
Red Wing, MN
Small group travel is all that we do – just 12 to 24 guests on our own custom-designed tours. And it’s all we’ve ever done, from the beginning.
As the original small group travel experience, the small group philosophy means a lot to us. It is built into the very foundation of our company, of our mission, and of every tour that we offer. We design and operate our tours specifically for small groups, rather than adapt a conventional tour to take fewer guests, as do some other travel companies that recently have "introduced" small group tours to their standard tour line-up.
We’ve proven that small groups and excellent value, combined with premium quality, are a great mix. While you’re sure to find tours with fewer guests, or lower prices, or labeled "Deluxe" (with the prices to match), you won’t find the combination of value, quality, superior accommodations and amenities, and guaranteed small groups that we offer.
How do we do it? We create and operate our own tours then offer them directly to you – so no middlemen add to the cost along the way. We work closely with our airline, hotel, and other travel partners to secure the lowest rates possible. Then we put those rates to good use by offering our tours at an excellent value – not necessarily the lowest price, but the best ratio of price to experiences, quality, and service.
We invite you to compare our tours with those of other travel companies – group size to group size; hotel quality to hotel quality; included sightseeing to included sightseeing; itinerary to itinerary – and see for yourself. You’ll find that Odysseys Unlimited offers the best package of small group travel and premium quality – at an excellent value.
What "The Small Group Travel Experience" Means to You
"After being on tours with 45 to 48 on a bus, I really enjoyed the smaller group!!"
We design our escorted tours specifically for small groups of just 12 to 24 guests, which allows us to move about more flexibly and efficiently; enjoy more spontaneous encounters; and experience a degree of freedom and independence simply not available to travelers on conventional group tours of 40 or more.
Traveling on your own you’d see the major sights, but chances are you’d stick close to the traditional tourist routes. Our goal is to show you the major sights and take you where you’d like to go on your own but don’t have the access or opportunity to plan yourself: behind the scenes, into private homes and traditional villages, to local schools and neighborhood restaurants, off the beaten path. And this is all in the company of experienced tour directors who share their countries – and their lives – with you, bringing destinations alive in a truly personal and meaningful way.
Not only do these opportunities enhance your travels, but someone else makes the arrangements and manages all the details – leaving you free to savor the small group experience.
Respect for Your Freedom and Individuality
"We love your small group experience. We love the fact that we retain our individuality, and that we do not walk into places as a big group."
Mary Garfield & Joe Lichtenstein
If you’ve avoided taking group tours, preferring to travel on your own, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the service, independence, and value that Odysseys Unlimited offers. And if you’re a veteran of traditional group tours, we’re confident you’ll be impressed by the many advantages of small group travel, as well as by the high quality and outstanding value you’ll enjoy with Odysseys Unlimited.
We offer the best of both worlds: the value, ease, and comprehensive itinerary of a group tour, and the freedom, quality, and service that sophisticated travelers demand, and deserve. With Odysseys Unlimited you won’t feel like you’re part of a herd – we value your independence and individuality as much as you do. For this reason we don’t issue name tags or flight bags that immediately brand you as a "group traveler." Our style of small group travel is flexible, not rigid. Should you choose to sit out an included tour or two and go off on your own, you’re entirely welcome to do so. And we think you’ll appreciate having the occasional lunch or dinner on your own, away from the group.
Tours Designed Specifically for Small Groups
"We enjoy the shared experience and camaraderie of small group travel."
John & Christina Ivie
Each of our tours is custom-designed specifically for small groups, with a balanced mix of traveling, sightseeing, and cultural encounters. We make sure we set aside time for you to explore on your own or simply to relax. With Odysseys Unlimited you’re assured of seeing the highlights – and also the unexpected. And because we generally spend at least two nights in most places (and sometimes as many as four), you won’t be run ragged by changing hotels every day.
In addition to the freedom, flexibility, and camaraderie that our small groups engender, you’ll enjoy more personal, authentic encounters while traveling. Rather than descending en masse upon an ancient ruin or provincial village, we make a minimum of impact – so we have maximum opportunity for enjoyment, and for responsible travel. And simply because of our small size, we can move around faster and easier – leaving more time for seeing and doing.
Some of our tours can only be offered to small groups, such as Paradores & Pousadas, which visits the intimate historic lodgings of Spain and Portugal, or Machu Picchu to the Galapagos, with a privately chartered boat for just 20 guests. On other tours we may stay in distinctive accommodations unavailable to typical tour groups, such as a restored villa in Tuscany or a converted farmhouse in Normandy.
Extensive Included Sightseeing and No Hidden Costs
"We compared it to [competitor’s] tour and felt that Odysseys’ tour was much more comprehensive and much less money."
Arthur & Cynthia Cherny
Our small group tours include a great deal of thoughtful and engaging sightseeing and activities, from guided museum tours, rainforest walks, and scenic excursions to home visits, cultural performances, and wine tastings. In major cities there’s usually free time to explore on your own after a guided city tour. And unlike with many other travel companies, our tour directors will not pressure you to buy optional tours at additional cost. They will, however, offer suggestions for your free time, if asked.
High Quality, Well-Located Hotels
"I have never been disappointed by an Odysseys tour. Your attention to details, superb staff (both office and on tour), and quality of accommodations are the best in my experience."
Menlo Park, CA
Since accommodations comprise an important aspect of your trip, we’re committed to selecting hotels that meet our standards of high quality, convenient location, and excellent service. From superb hotels in major cities to unique or historic properties too small for conventional tour groups, these hotels promise to enhance your enjoyment and comfort throughout your trip. For more about accommodations, click here.
Most Gratuities Included
"The value for the money was great and I thought the places we stayed were first rate … I especially appreciated having all hotel, restaurant, and driver tips included in the price."
Experienced travelers know that tipping is an expected element of worldwide travel; but at times it can become a nuisance or inconvenience. For that reason we’ve eliminated the worry by including in your tour price all gratuities for local guides and drivers, hotel and airport porters, and dining room servers. Gratuities for your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and shipboard personnel (if your tour includes a cruise) are not included and should be extended on a voluntary basis, in recognition of truly excellent service.
Your Tour Price Includes
"I like knowing that your tours are all inclusive – no nickel-and-diming along the way."
We design our tours to be highly inclusive, while still making it possible for you to exercise some personal preferences. So we include all the essentials – airfare, accommodations, most meals, extensive sightseeing – but leave some room for you to explore on your own or to enjoy a few meals away from the group.
In general, every Odysseys Unlimited trip includes:
- Guaranteed small group – just 12 to 24 guests
- Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
- Hotel or small ship accommodations
- All breakfasts and many lunches and dinners
- Extensive sightseeing as described in your itinerary, including all entrance fees
- Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
- Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
- Luggage handling for one bag per person
- Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
- $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after three tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Fully Refundable Deposits
A deposit of just $375 confirms your reservation, which you can make with a personal check or major credit card: American Express®, MasterCard®, Discover®, and VISA® are all accepted. Best of all your deposit is fully refundable up to 95 or 125 days before departure (depending on the tour). It’s easy to reserve your tour with us; simply call toll-free, 1-888-370-6765, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Eastern Time.