Llanelli, Wales

Steam train in Llanelli

The History of Llanelli Llanelli is a coastal town situated on the northern bank of the Loughor River, on the Bristol Channel, Wales. Established as a small village in the 600s, it is today the …

Jordan: A Definitive Guide The modern-day Kingdom of Jordan, a relatively young nation that emerged only in the late 19th century, occupies an ancient land. It lies in the Fertile Crescent—a region in the Middle …

St Michael’s Mount, England St Michael’s Mount, England, at low tide. Looking over glassy waters at the craggy mountain-top abbey of St Michael’s Mount, England, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were looking at …

Isles of Scilly, England Aerial view of St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly. Subtropical gardens, azure seas, and white sandy beaches: you might think you’re on the Amalfi Coast, in the Bahamas, or holidaying in the …

Vilnius, Lithuania

Cathedral Square, Vilnius Cathedral, Vilnius, Lithuania

The History of Vilnius A tour of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, reveals a rich but also at times devastating history of different peoples. Emerging to prominence in the 14th century, Vilnius would become one …

Tintagel, England Tintagel Castle, Cornwall. Believed by many to be the home of the legendary King Arthur, Tintagel Castle in Cornwall is one of the most visited destinations in England, drawing tourists from around the …

Warsaw, Poland

The History of Warsaw Warsaw, the Polish capital city, has a fascinating history of cultural and economic development in the face of foreign occupation.  Emerging in the 14th century as an important central trading point, …

Riga, Latvia

Riga in Latvia

The History of Riga Riga, the Latvian capital, is a beautiful city that lies on the banks of the Daugava River at its mouth on the Gulf of Riga at the Baltic Sea. Its amazing …

Tallinn, Estonia

A Historical Tour of Tallinn   Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is a beautiful city located in the northern area of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea. A …

Lynton and Lynmouth, England The village of Lynmouth, Devon. The twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth are the gateway to ‘England’s Little Switzerland’, the wilds of Exmoor. Each has its own character: Lynmouth is a …

Alfama, Portugal

alfama lisbon

Alfama, Portugal Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest extant neighbourhood, built in the 8th century during the Muslim conquest of Portugal and neighbouring Spain. Under the Umayyad Caliphate, Lisbon became one of the largest cities in Europe. …

Tower of Belem, Portugal The Tower of Belem (Torre de Belem), officially the Tower of Saint Vincent, was built around 1514 on the banks of the Tagus River to defend the port of Lisbon. Built …

Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society (Isbjørklubben) The Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society (even though the simple translation would be just ‘Polar Bear Club’) was founded in 1963 in Hammerfest, the most northerly town …

Questions About Austria Odyssey Traveller specialises in crafting unforgettable experiences for mature-aged travellers, providing adventure and educational programs to small groups since 1983. Odyssey has built up a reasonable knowledge bank to answer questions about …

History of Crickhowell Crickhowell is a small market town in South Wales, located in the beautiful Usk Valley, to the south of the Black Mountains within Brecon Beacons National Park. The town is a popular …

Madaba, Jordan

Madaba mosaic map, Madaba, Jordan

Madaba, Jordan Madaba is a town in west central Jordan situated on a highland plain 760 metres above sea level, 32 kilometres south of Amman. It is famous today in historical cartography for the Madaba …

Tromsø, Norway

Tromso at night

Tromsø, Norway Tromsø is the largest city of Northern Norway and one of the most popular destination in the country to watch the Northern Lights for a memorable holiday. Tromsø lies 350 km north of …

Shobak Castle, Jordan Shobak Castle is the name given to the ruins of a Crusader castle perched on a rocky hill in the modern town of Shobak (or Shoubak) in Jordan. The hill was formerly …

Wadi Rum, Jordan

A natural rock bridge in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan Wadi Rum in southern Jordan is the largest wadi (valley) in the country. About 60 kilometres east of Aqaba, this valley in the Jordanian desert, where famously Lawrence of Arabia was filmed …