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Small group tours to the British Isles

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Thaxted Windmill

23 days

May, Apr

Agrarian and Industrial Britain | Small Group Tour for Mature Travellers

Visiting England

A small group tour of England that will explore the history of Agrarian and Industrial period. An escorted tour with a tour director and knowledgeable local guides take you on a 22 day trip to key places such as London, Bristol, Oxford & York, where the history was made.

From A$13,450 AUD

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mount of Mont Saint Michel, France

22 days

May, Sep, Apr

Anglo French Tour | Normandy, Brittany, Channel Islands tour

Visiting Channel Islands, England

Our 21 night program has daily itineraries with plenty of authentic experiences provided by passionate local guides in the key destinations in France, Channel Islands and England for this small group of like minded people. For Solo travellers minimal single supplement applies for this European tour.

From A$14,995 AUD

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

5 days

May, Sep

Belfast City Tour

Visiting Ireland, Northern Ireland

A small group tour of Northern Ireland's Belfast. Odyssey's tour leader and local guides have a collection of day tours with itineraries that provide authentic experiences in this city. For mature couples and solo travellers. A single supplement is charged for solo travellers.

From A$2,675 AUD

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Small Group Tour of British Gardens

18 days

Jun

British Gardens Small Group Tour including Chatsworth RHS show

Visiting England, Scotland

This small group tour will explore gardens in Scotland and England with knowledgable local guides and a tour leader. We explore the gardens in and around Edinburgh, Chester, Stratford upon Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace, Oxford and London in a 22 day tour.

From A$13,995 AUD

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Industrial revolution

23 days

Oct, Apr

Canals and Railways in the Industrial Revolution Tour | Tours for Seniors in Britain

Visiting England

A small group tour of Wales, Scotland & England that traces the history of the journey that is the Industrial revolution. Knowledgeable local guides and your tour leader share their history with you on this escorted tour including Glasgow, London, New Lanark & Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake district.

From A$13,995 AUD

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Castle, Gorey - England, Jersey - England, France, Grouville

18 days

May, Sep

Channel Islands | A small group walking tour for seniors

Visiting Channel Islands

Another Small group tour of the British isles of the Channel Islands. This fully escorted, small group walking tour, takes the active senior off the beaten path with local guides to Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm.

From A$12,650 AUD

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St Michael's Mount island in Cornwall

17 days

Sep, Apr

Devon and Cornwall, England

Visiting England

Our guided small group tour of Devon and Cornwall in England, designed for mature and senior travellers who are travelling with their partner or as a solo traveller. A journey filled with medieval treasures, charming fishing villages in the north Cornish coast, stunning cliff-top coastal views of the blue Atlantic, and atmospheric destinations traditionally linked to the legends of King Arthur.

From A$13,860 AUD

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Jane-Austen

22 days

Aug, Jun

Discovering the art and literature of England: Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and more

Visiting England

Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeares birthplace and Anne Hathaway's cottage as well as the Lake district a UNESCO World site and Dicken's London are part of guided tour for a small group tour of like minded people learning about the art and literature of England. Your tour leader and local guides share day tour itineraries to create a unique travel experience.

From A$14,250 AUD

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City of Edinburgh at dusk

5 days

Jun, Jul

Edinburgh City Tour

Visiting Scotland

A guided tour of the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a day tour collection with a tour leader and local guides. The old town of Edinburgh including the Royal mile and New town of Edinburgh are a UNSECO world heritage site and are included in our itineraries as well the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

From A$2,450 AUD

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival small group for Mature travellers

9 days

Aug

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Small Group Tour

Visiting Scotland

One of the few European tour companies to have in Scotland an escorted small group tour of Edinburgh during the fringe festival. As well attending performances, this trip includes time to experience, the old town, new town and the royal mile, a UNESCO world heritage site plus Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse.

From A$5,150 AUD

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England’s villages small group history tours for mature travellers

19 days

Sep, Oct, Jun

England’s villages small group history tours for mature travellers

Visiting England

Guided tour of the villages of England. The tour leader manages local guides to share their knowledge to give an authentic experience across England. This trip includes the UNESCO World heritage site of Avebury as well as villages in Cornwall, Devon, Dartmoor the border of Wales and the Cotswolds.

From A$13,250 AUD

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Exploring Wales on foot, mature travellers small group walking tours

13 days

Aug

Exploring Wales on foot : small group walking tours for seniors

Visiting Wales

A Walking tour of Wales with spectacular views across as you walk the millennial path across the Irish sea or up in Snowdonia national park. This guided tour that provides insight into the history of each castle visited and breathtaking scenery enjoyed before exploring the capital of Wales, Cardiff with day tours of Wales from Cardiff. For seniors, couples or Solo interested in small groups.

From A$8,995 AUD

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Gardens of Ireland Small group tour

10 days

May

Gardens of Ireland Small Group Tour

Visiting Ireland, Northern Ireland

Ireland a land of diverse and rich gardens from the dramatic Powerscourt to the impressive kitchen Garden of Kylemore Abbey and the secretive Anne’s Grove. Visit Dublin's historic Botanic Garden to the greenness of Killarney with its rugged Kerry peninsula and charming Muckross House.

From A$6,950 AUD

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Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Small Group tour

9 days

Aug

Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Small Group tour

Visiting England

A 9 day tour with a tour director and local guide explore the Victorian music of Gilbert and Sullivan. We visit on this journey, Manchester, Harrogate, Oxford & London, attending the Gilbert & Sullivan festival and places of historic interest.

From A$7,750 AUD

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Habsburg Spain Tudor England

21 days

May, Aug

Habsburg Spain vs Tudor England: small group tour exploring the history of 16th century England and Spain

Visiting England

This holiday with a leading tour operator allows the escorted tour for seniors to explore the life and times of the royal families responsible for making England and Spain so significant in the 16th century with local guides providing the travel experience for the detailed itineraries. We spend 10 days travelling from London to Madrid.

From A$12,995 AUD

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Lake district walking small group tour

19 days

Aug

Ireland and Lake District walking small group tour

Visiting England, Ireland

A guided small group tour for senior walkers that starts in the capital of Ireland, Dublin. This escorted tour with local guides also explores the Giant's causeway, a UNESCO World heritage site. It transfers from Ireland to Scotland to head to walk in the National park of the Lake district.

From A$12,250 AUD

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Jacobites, Scottish History small group mature travellers tour

17 days

Aug

Jacobites, Scottish History small group mature travellers tour

Visiting Scotland

Small group tour on the Jacobites commences in Edinburgh. During the 19 days you visit 19 locations including the Culloden battlefield as you travel from Edinburgh as far north as Inverness to finish in Glasgow. Learn from 10 specialist guides about the Jacobites.

From A$13,250 AUD

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Liverpool, Newscastle, Glasgow

22 days

Sep, Jun, Aug

Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow

Visiting England, Scotland

Spend 22 days in 3 cities in England and Scotland. Your tour leader and Knowledgeable local guides examine the history of these great cities. Liverpool & Glasgow faced onto the Irish sea, and Newcastle onto the North sea, and all where connected to the city of London.

From A$12,250 AUD

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Modern-day London

6 days

Sep, Apr

London Short Tour

Visiting England

A small group tour of London is a collection of day tours that visit and explore through the villages of the city. This escorted tour includes a journey out to Windsor castle. We explore Contemporary and learn about Roman Walled city, Medieval, Victorian London and the contemporary city today.

From A$3,500 AUD

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Classical Music Small group tours

22 days

Dec

Opera Tour Europe | Theatre-Opera-Ballet and Classical Music Small Group Tour for Seniors

Visiting England

This 22-day small group program visits the major arts centres of Hamburg, Amsterdam, Paris, and London. We travel in winter avoiding crowds and enjoy a different perspective of the places visited. At Odyssey Traveller we have sought to assemble entry and show tickets to what many will consider the best arts experiences available in those cities during each program.

From A$17,995 AUD

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Prehistoric Britain small group history tour

21 days

Aug

Prehistoric Britain small group history tour including standing stones

Visiting England, Scotland

This guided tour invites you to explore UNESCO World heritage sites at Skara Brae in the Orkneys, Isle of Skye, and Stonehenge in a prehistoric tour. This escorted tour has trips to key sites in Scotland, and the Irish sea in Wales such as Gower Peninsula and National Museum in Cardiff and England. Each day tour is supported by local guides.

From A$14,750 AUD

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Queen Victoria's Great Britain, Leadenhall arcade

21 days

Jun, Sep

Queen Victoria's Great Britain: a small group tour

Visiting England, Scotland

A small group tour of England that explores the history of Victorian Britain. This escorted tour spends time knowledgeable local guides with travellers in key destinations in England and Scotland that shaped the British isles in this period including a collection of UNESCO world heritage locations.

From A$13,750 AUD

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Romans settling Britain and Gaul

22 days

Aug

Roman Britain

Visiting England

On this small group tour explore with a tour director and local guides the world of Roman Britain. The Romans occupied Britain for some 400 years and left behind a lasting legacy from roads Hadrian's wall to Roman Baths many are UNSECO World heritage listed.

From A$11,995 AUD

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Whitby Abbey walking britain

22 days

Jun, Sep

Rural Britain | Walking Small Group Tour

Visiting England

A walking tour into England, Scotland and Wales provides small group journeys with breathtaking scenery to destinations such as Snowdonia national park , the UNESCO world heritage site Hadrians wall and the lake district. each day tour provides authentic experiences often off the beaten path from our local guides.

From A$13,750 AUD

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tours of scotland

22 days

Jul, Sep

Scotland small group tour | Tracing 5,000 years of history

Visiting Scotland

This guided tour of Scotland with a tour leader and local guides includes the isle of Skye, Orkney islands, the Scottish highlands with breathtaking scenery. Edinburgh including the royal mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Fort William, Urquhart castle, Stirling castle, loch lomond, Hadrians wall and New Lanark also a UNESCO World heritage site.

From A$13,995 AUD

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Scotland

13 days

Jun, Aug

Scotland's Great Trails Walking Tour

Visiting Scotland

An escorted walking tour of Scotland. This trip is mainly in the Scottish Highlands. Your tour leader guides you to Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Craignorms National park with experienced local guides. The tour for mature couples and solo travellers finishes in Edinburgh with time to visit Edinburgh Castle and the Royal mile a UNESCO World heritage site.

From A$9,250 AUD

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Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

20 days

Sep, May, Jul

Scottish Islands and Shetland small group tours for seniors

Visiting Scotland

An escorted small group tour for couples and solo travellers of the Scottish isles including the isle of Skye draws on local guides to share their knowledge of the destinations in this unique part of Scotland. UNESCO world heritage site are visited as breathtaking scenery and authentic experiences are shared in a group of like minded people on this guided tour of remote Scotland.

From A$14,450 AUD

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Lindisfarne

22 days

Aug, Apr

Seven Ages of Britain, snapshots of Britain through the ages.

Visiting England, Scotland

This guided small group tour starts in Scotland and finishes in England. On Orkney we have a day tour to the UNESCO World heritage site, Skara Brae, before travelling to city of York. Your tour leader continues to share the history from the Neolithic to the Victorian era. The tour concludes in the capital city, London.

From A$13,995 AUD

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Wast Water, Lake Disrict

27 days

Jun, Aug

Small Group Tour along the Wainwright Walking trail

Visiting England

Part of the small group tour of the British isles series, this walking tour goes west to east across England. The tour leader takes you into the national park of the UNESCO World heritage site in the Lake district and the North Yorkshire moors. This trip concludes in York. It is designed for senior walkers seeking authentic experiences.

From A$15,300 AUD

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Small Group escorted tour exploring Historic Ireland

18 days

Apr, Aug

Small Group tours exploring the Treasures of Ireland

Visiting Ireland

An escorted small group tour to Northern Ireland & Ireland, with local guides and itineraries that give authentic experiences Ireland's capital, Dublin, including 1/2 day tour of St Patricks cathedral and Trinity college. Destinations also Aran islands , Kerry plus the world heritage site, the giant's causeway. Ireland tours for singles over 50 and couples.

From A$10,250 AUD

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Chichester Cathedral

22 days

Sep, Apr

Small group tours Medieval England

Visiting England

A small group tour of England focused on Medieval England and Wales. Spend 21 days on this escorted tour with tour director and local guides travelling from Canterbury to Cambridge, passing through Winchester, Salisbury, Bristol, Hereford and Norwich along the way. Castles, villages, Cathedrals and churches all feature in the Medieval landscapes visited.

From A$12,750 AUD

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Snowdonia National Park Sunset

18 days

Sep, Mar

Tour of Wales

Visiting Wales

Join Odyssey Traveller on this tour small group guided tour of Wales, an unforgettable travel experience through varied landscapes from south Wales to north Wales and back, travelling on the coast overlooking the Irish Sea and through picturesque Welsh villages, starting in Cardiff city centre.

From A$12,450 AUD

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Ancient Britain Walking Tour

20 days

Sep, May

Walking Ancient Britain

Visiting England

A walking tour of England & the border of Wales. Explore on foot UNESCO World Heritage sites, Neolithic, Bronze age and Roman landscapes and the occasional Norman castle on your journey. Your tour director and tour guide walk you through the Brecon beacons, the Cotswolds and Welsh borders on this small group tour.

From A$12,750 AUD

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Modern pot stills in a distillery in Scotland

19 days

Aug, Jul

Whisky and Other Scottish Wonders

Visiting Scotland

A guided small group tour of Scotland is a day tour collection that includes Edinburgh, the royal mile, Edinburgh castle, and the old town a UNESCO World heritage site Experience and learn about, Kellie castle, St Andrews, Skye, Balmoral castle, Loch Lomond and Loch Ness as well touring the Scottish highlands to finish in Glasgow.

From A$14,450 AUD

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Shakespeare Drama small group tour Stratford England

10 days

May

World of Shakespeare | Small Group Tour

Visiting England

This small group tour for mature couples and solo travellers visits Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford upon Avon and Anne Hathaway's cottage all form part of this small group tour escorted by a tour director and local guides sharing their knowledge on this guided tour. Included are performances in London at the Globe & RSC in Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon.

From A$6,550 AUD

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Articles

Jacobites, Scottish History small group mature travellers tour

11 places to consider visiting in Edinburgh off the beaten track

Edinburgh or Glasgow, which is better the Scots will ask the traveller. Take a small group tour for mature solo travellers and couples to think about the answer. Or visit Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool or the Scottish isles to give an answer.

28 Jul 21 · 3 mins read
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standing stones callanish

Visiting Scotland: Standing stones, neolithic history and whisky

Scotland draws travellers. Learn about Scotland its Islands, Skara Brae, Edinburgh, Glasgow and places in between such as Perth, Oban and Thurso and join a small group tour of Scotland for mature solo travellers and couples.

28 Jul 21 · 8 mins read
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Scone Palace

Perth, Scotland

Article about Perth for mature travellers includes references to Scotland and the Scottish isles. Small group tours for senior couples and solo travellers that include Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow to support your travel plans.

27 Jul 21 · 4 mins read
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Thurso's beaches

Thurso, Scotland

On the Atlantic coast is Thurso where extreme weather shapes the livelihoods of the people. Explore this town and Orkney, the outer Hebrides including Mull on a small group tour of the isles of Scotland. For senior couples or solo travellers.

27 Jul 21 · 4 mins read
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Scottish Islands - Isle of Skye

Country Spotlight: Scotland

Article sets the platform for small group tours learning about Scotland and the Scottish isles for senior couples and solo travellers.

27 Jul 21 · 7 mins read
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Scottish Islands -Portree, Isle of Skye
27 Jul 21 · 13 mins read
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Scottish Islands
27 Jul 21 · 5 mins read
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Orkney Islands

The Scottish Isles

The islands of Scotland are historically rich from Skara Brae to Isle of Skye and the inner and outer Hebrides. Learn more on a small group tour for seniors for couples and solo travellers about the Scottish isles.

27 Jul 21 · 5 mins read
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Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland

Orkney Islands, Scotland

Explore the Orkney and other isles of Scotland on a small group tour for senior couples or solo travellers interested in Scottish history. Learn about Skara Brae and prehistoric Britain as well as the importance of Peat and Whisky.

27 Jul 21 · 5 mins read
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Iona

Iona, Scotland

Article about Iona Scotland for mature and senior travellers. Explore and learn about the Vikings, Standing stones, peat and also Whisky.

26 Jul 21 · 4 mins read
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train station departure board delay, delayed. France, French Paris, gare de lyon

European Train journeys for mature and senior travellers

European and British rail journeys are a great alternative to flying. Read this article for mature and senior couples and solo travellers who enjoy small group tours to Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and all points across Europe.

22 Jul 21 · 12 mins read
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Land's End in Cornwall

Exploring Cornwall

Located on a peninsula winding southwest into The Atlantic Ocean, Cornwall is among England's most culturally and geographically distinct regions. The scenery here is spectacular and varied, ranging from windswept moors to England's best (and warmest) beaches, craggy cliffs to verdant subtropical gardens.

18 Jul 21 · 7 mins read
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Lynmouth, Devon

Exploring Devon

Article about Devon for senior and mature small group tours couple and solo travellers interested in stone circles, the Romans or English history including the Industrial revolution.

18 Jul 21 · 6 mins read
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Tintagel

Highlights of Devon and Cornwall

Article for small group tour of mature and senior couples or single travellers interested in the key places of Devon and Cornwall such Tintagel, St Michaels Mount, Penzance, the Scilly isles and more.

16 Jul 21 · 28 mins read
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Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk Wheel

Article building on Queen Victoria's Britain and the Industrial revolution as well as Scotland. Part of small group tours for mature and senior travelers couples or solo visiting Britain.

1 Jul 21 · 6 mins read
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Ireland's Gems

Ireland's Gems: Definitive Guide for Travellers

Ireland’s Gems More than 11 million people travelled to Ireland according to the latest tourism statistics, lured by its lush scenery, historic landmarks, and centuries-old culture. (This number includes visitors to both Northern Ireland, part…

24 Feb 21 · 10 mins read
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Stonehenge

Highlights of Stonehenge and Avebury

Stonehenge and Avebury are outstanding prehistoric monuments, which are thought to date back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The ancient megaliths of these sites provide an insight into the mysterious rituals, beliefs, customs and engineering abilities of prehistoric peoples.

24 Feb 21 · 5 mins read
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Affordable small group tours with Odyssey Alumni

Walking tours for active travellers – tips for seniors

For the active mature and senior traveller be they a couple or solo traveller this article outlines preparation for walking tours even for the over 80's. It may on the Wainwright, the lake district or a pilgrims walk across Europe or St James Way, the Camino. This artices give advice on getting fit, shoes and socks including for particular advice for women on this topic.

14 Jan 21 · 6 mins read
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Tobermory, the capital of Mull

Isle of Mull, Scotland

Article for mature and senior travellers whether couples of solo travellers who are interested in exploring the inner Hebrides and outer Hebrides islands of Scotland, the ancient history including standing stones and celtic history and single malt whiskies with a hint of peat.

4 Jan 21 · 4 mins read
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Pennines, Yorkshire, England

Yorkshire, England in the 17th-19th Centuries

Learn about the recent part of Yorkshire's long history, covering the 17th to 19th centuries and the effects of the Industrial Revolution.

30 Dec 20 · 11 mins read
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Monet's Garden, Giverny, France

Escorted Tours of European gardens with Odyssey Traveller

Gardens remain a popular package tour option for small group tours for mature and senior travellers to Britain and Europe. This collection focuses on the influencers, the designers and visionaries who shape the outside rooms. Couples and solo travellers are welcome consider joining these programs.

21 Jun 20 · 4 mins read
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Ireland for Seniors

Learning about Ireland | Travel tips for Seniors

Learn about Ireland the place before you join an escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers to the Emerald isle. Our client profile is couples and also for single senior tours of Ireland.

1 Jun 20 · 16 mins read
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Durham Cathedral courtyard

Durham, England

Durham is a city steeped in history and packed full of hidden gems. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage city on Roaming Rural England . This small group has a guided visit of Durham Cathedral and walks the city.

2 May 20 · 2 mins read
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Aerial view of Cardiff Bay

Cardiff, Wales

The History of Cardiff By Marco Stojanovik The city of Cardiff is the capital of Wales, surrounded by beautiful scenery at its location on the Bristol Channel at the mouth of the River Taff. From its…

2 May 20 · 4 mins read
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Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle, Wales

Beaumaris Castle, Edward I of England’s architectural masterpiece built from 1295 to protect his territorial gains in the region. The historic castle is a world heritage listed site considered to be one of the most significant and sophisticated surviving examples of medieval military architecture.

2 May 20 · 4 mins read
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St. Davids Cathedral, Wales, UK

St Davids, Wales

St Davids the smallest city in Great Britain, consisting of four streets that meet in the ancient marketplace Cross Square.

2 May 20 · 4 mins read
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Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury, England

Shrewsbury, county town of Shropshire, has an impressive history, with a medieval street plan that is largely unspoiled and over 660 listed buildings.

2 May 20 · 2 mins read
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Dolbadarn Castle, Gwnedd, Wales

Llanbaris, Wales

Llanberis, in Northwest Wales is part of the itinerary for a small group tour of Wales for senior and mature travellers couples and solo travellers. Explore the lakes, National parks and castles of this part of Wales or join a Odyssey tour of Wales.

2 May 20 · 4 mins read
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Llangollen town along the river dee in north Wales

Llangollen, Wales

Llangollen is a small market town in Denbighshire, North Wales. It is renowned for its tumbling river and surrounding hills, situated on the south bank of the River Dee

2 May 20 · 3 mins read
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Aberystwyth Castle Ruins

Aberystwyth, Wales

Aberystwyth is a small ancient market town and stunning seaside resort in Ceredigion on the west coast of Wales. Established as a castle town in the Middle Ages,

2 May 20 · 3 mins read
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Castell Coch - Cardiff

Castell Coch, Wales

Castell Coch is a 19th-century gothic revival castle built above the village of Tongwynlais in South Wales, just outside of Cardiff. The original castle built on the site was a Norman stronghold to defend the newly conquered town of Cardiff

2 May 20 · 3 mins read
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Conwy castle in Snowdonia, Wales

Conwy, Wales

Conwy is a walled town and community in Conwy County Borough on the north coast of Wales situated on the west bank of the River Conwy estuary.

1 May 20 · 4 mins read
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Pont-y-Pair Bridge and River Llugwy in Betws-y-Coed

Betws-y-Coed, Wales

Betws-y-coed is North Wales’ most popular inland resort and accommodation provider. The village has been attracting visitors for centuries to experience its scenic beauty and numerous outdoor activities.

1 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Lighthouse, Great Orme

Great Orme's Head, Wales

Great Orme’s Head is a prominent limestone headland on the coast in North Wales. Attractions include its massive Bronze Age copper mine, rich flora and fauna, stunning views from the summit, historic Orme tramway and Llandudno cable-car, and outdoor activities.

1 May 20 · 4 mins read
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Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford Upon Avon is a town in England's west midlands, located within Warwickshire county. Stratford's most prominent claim to fame comes from its history as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, arguably the most famous playwright in the English language.

27 Apr 20 · 3 mins read
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Inisheer

Aran Islands, Ireland

The Aran Islands, Republic of Ireland - not to be confused with the Isle of Arran in Scotland - are a rugged archipelago in Ireland's wild Atlantic, visible from the west coasts of County Galway and County Clare

17 Apr 20 · 5 mins read
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Connemara National Park

Galway, Ireland

Galway is centre of traditional Irish culture, home to the country's largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region, on the Connemara Peninsula and the Aran Islands.

17 Apr 20 · 4 mins read
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Ring of Kerry

Kerry, Ireland

Lakes, mountains, wild Atlantic beaches: County Kerry is a highlight of any tour of Ireland, packing some of the world's most spectacular scenery into a small area for Odyssey Travellers to explore on a small group tour.

17 Apr 20 · 4 mins read
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The Globe Theatre, London

The Globe Theatre, London

The Globe Theatre that stands on London’s south bank today is not the same theatre that stood in Shakespeare’s time. The original Globe Theatre was destroyed in 1613 by a misfiring canon during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII...

16 Apr 20 · 4 mins read
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Cork City

Cork, Ireland

County Cork, in the south-west corner of Ireland, is the largest county by area, home to Ireland's second-biggest city, Cork. Known as the 'Rebel County', Cork has always had a fiercely independent streak.

16 Apr 20 · 4 mins read
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Old Library

Dublin, Ireland

Famed for poets, playwrights, and pubs, Dublin is a city of contrasts: home to some of the English language's greatest writers, the city is also known for its down-to-earth pub culture; the heart of modern, prosperous Ireland.

16 Apr 20 · 5 mins read
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Steam train in Llanelli

Llanelli, Wales

A small group tour for senior and mature travellers of Wales includes Llanelli as well as time exploring St Davids, Betws-y-coed and Aberystwyth which borders the Irish sea.

2 Apr 20 · 3 mins read
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St Michael's Mount

St Michael's Mount, England

The counterpart to Mont St Michel. On the Devon and Cornwall escorted small group tour for senior and maturer travellers the group learn about the abbey of St Michael's mount built in the middle ages complete with gargoyles and grotesques.

1 Apr 20 · 6 mins read
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Tresco Island

Isles of Scilly, England

The Scilly isles form part of a day trip on the escorted small group tour of Devon and Cornwall for seniors and mature travellers. Whilst on this tour the group also visit St Michaels Mount, Penzance, Glastonbury and Tintagel.

1 Apr 20 · 6 mins read
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Tintagel, England

Tintagel, England

Believed to be the home of King Arthur, Tintagel Castle on the North Cornish Coast is one of the most visited destinations in England.

31 Mar 20 · 5 mins read
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Exmoor

Lynton and Lynmouth, England

Lynton and Lynmouth are the gateway to 'England's Little Switzerland', Lynmouth is a seaside town, with a harbour full of fishing boats, while hilltop Lynton is elegant and Victorian.

30 Mar 20 · 5 mins read
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Derwent Valley Mills

Derwent Valley Mills, England

Derwent Valley Mills offers a unique opportunity to experience an industrial landscape that would become the model for textile factories throughout the world in subsequent centuries.

20 Mar 20 · 2 mins read
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Crickhowell castle

Discovering Crickhowell, Wales

Crickhowell is a popular tourist location from which to experience the scenery of Brecon Beacons and partake in enjoyable outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain-biking, rock climbing, fly-fishing and more.

20 Mar 20 · 4 mins read
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Tolcarne Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

Newquay, England

There’s also lots of history in Newquay. It was first settled in the Iron Age, evidenced by a hill fort which has ditches and six ramparts making it an impressive fortress, and experts claim there was continuously settlement from the 3rd century BC to the 5th or 6th century AD.

12 Mar 20 · 4 mins read
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Port of Penzance

Penzance, England

Penzance, The area is rich in legend and history, and Mousehole in particular has been central to this. In 1595, the village was burned by a fleet of Spanish ships.

12 Mar 20 · 4 mins read
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Formartine and Buchan Way, Scotland

Formartine and Buchan Way, Scotland

The Formartine and Buchan Way is a popular walking route, following a former railway line across the picturesque Scottish countryside.

11 Mar 20 · 2 mins read
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Questions about England

Questions about England

Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers to England. Designed for couples and solo travellers who like to explore and enjoy learning as they travel to Devon and Cornwall, Manchester or Newcastle, or learn about English villages and the romanticism of the Lake district and beyond.

25 Feb 20 · 2 mins read
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Caernarfon Castle, North Wales

Questions About Wales

Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers to Wales. Designed for couples and solo travellers who like to explore and enjoy learning as they travel to Cardiff, Betws-y-coed, the Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia National park and beyond.

13 Feb 20 · 2 mins read
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Part of Stirling Castle

Stirling, Scotland

Stirling looks somewhat like a miniature Edinburgh with its cobbled streets, historic buildings and crag-top castle but it is an appealing and charming city in its own right with plenty to explore apart from its impressive castle. Often described as the 'brooch which clasps the Highlands and Lowlands together', thanks to its central location, Stirling is a history lover's playground with magnificent scenery as its backdrop. Stirling is the place where the Scots, led by William Wallace (of Braveheart fame), defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 and where the Scots won again under Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn only 17 years later. The city is very accessible, being less than an hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh by train.

6 Feb 20 · 4 mins read
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Grantown-on-Spey in winter

Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland

An elegant Georgian town on the edge of the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, Grantown- on-Spey is a planned settlement, founded in 1765 by Sir Ludovic Grant to be a centre for the linen industry. The town is surrounded by verdant woodland and mountains, making it a popular holiday destination for hikers, climbers, skiers and snowboarders. Its location near the River Spey means it is also a favourite haunt of fishermen. From Edinburgh, it is a four-hour journey on public transport.

6 Feb 20 · 3 mins read
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Oban, Scotland

Oban, Scotland

The seafood capital of Scotland and the gateway to the Hebridean Islands, Oban is a beautiful waterfront town on a near perfect horseshoe bay. Located within the Argyll and Bute council area, Oban is surrounded by dramatic shores and spectacular country wilderness, making it a great place for exploring the coast and the Highlands. It is a great place for a holiday and there is nothing quite as relaxing as enjoying the country's freshest seafood while watching the sun set over the dark blue waters of the Firth of Lorn.

5 Feb 20 · 3 mins read
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Fort William, Scotland

Fort William, Scotland

Fort William, located in Lochaber in the West Highlands, is often described as the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK'. With many beautiful landmarks nearby, it is has become a base for those keen on hillwalking, hiking and mountain biking. Located on the eastern shore of Loch Linnhe, there is much to explore around Fort William and thanks to the high level of rainfall, the scenery surrounding the town is beautifully verdant and rugged. As well as the wilderness to explore, there are interesting historical monuments dotted around Fort William, including a great museum and a couple of impressive castles. After Inverness, it is the second largest settlement in the whole of the Scottish Highlands. From Edinburgh or Glasgow, the journey takes between three and five hours depending whether you have your own vehicle or are taking public transport.

5 Feb 20 · 4 mins read
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River Ness Footbridge, Inverness, Scotland

Inverness, Scotland

Regarded as the capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness lies along the River Ness and is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom. A vibrant cathedral city, Inverness is known for its proximity to the Loch Ness and many visitors make their way there each year to try and spot the infamous Loch Ness Monster (Nessie). It is a great base to explore the highlands and all the hidden gems dotted throughout the area. With wilderness on its doorstep, a charmingly beautiful city centre and that fresh highland air, Inverness is not to be missed.

4 Feb 20 · 5 mins read
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Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeen - Scotland

Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen, Scotland A port city in northeast Scotland, Aberdeen is the country’s third most populous city. Often called the Granite City, in reference to the silvery granite from the nearby Rubislaw Quarry used in many…

3 Feb 20 · 3 mins read
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Isle of Skye, Scotland

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Article about Scotland's Isle of Skye for senior couples and solo travellers seeking to explore on a small group tour of the Scottish isles learning about Scottish history, the Vikings and Atlantic trading routes.

3 Feb 20 · 4 mins read
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Cleveland Way, England

Cleveland Way, England

This walking path along the English east coast links up the Wainwright Walking trail that has crossed from West to East, through the Lake district, the Yorkshire dales and the North York Moors. For the active walker be they men or women this is a great historical walk through the British landscape. You may wish to join an Odyssey small group walking tour to enjoy this experience with like minded people.

31 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Brecon Beacons, Wales

Brecon Beacons, Wales The Brecon Beacons are a mountain range running through South Wales, including the two highest peaks in the region, Pen y Fan and Corn Du. Pen y Fan (“the top peak”) has…

31 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Dartmoor, England

Dartmoor, England

Dartmoor, England The craggy landscapes and surreal rock formations of Dartmoor are located west of Devon in southern England. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, a message sent to…

31 Jan 20 · 2 mins read
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View of the Seven Sisters, a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel, East Sussex, England

South Downs Way, England

South Downs Way, England The South Downs Way is a long distance trail running for 160 kilometres (100 miles) in the south of England. It starts in Winchester, England’s first capital, travels through the English…

31 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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View of the Goat Fell Mountain, Brodick (Tràigh a' Chaisteil, “Castle Beach”, Breadhaig) the main town on the Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.

Isle of Arran, Scotland

Isle of Arran, Scotland The Isle of Arran (Eilean Arainn) is Scotland’s seventh largest island, and the largest island in the ocean inlet Firth of Clyde, located at the mouth of the River Clyde that…

30 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Herm, Channel Islands

Herm, Channel Islands

Herm, Channel Islands You won’t find many places relaxing than the car, bike, and TV free island of Herm in the Channel Islands. Like the other Channel Islands – Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark –…

29 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Sark

Sark, Channel Islands

Sark, Channel Islands A visit to the small island of Sark is something like stepping into a timewarp, where horses and carts still rule the roads and arcane feudal traditions shape daily life. Like the…

29 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Fort Houmet Herbe, Alderney

Alderney, Channel Islands

A tour of Alderney takes you to he most remote part of the Channel Islands. Participants on a tour of Alderney discover an atmospheric paradise for history buffs and nature lovers, an island of eerie ruins and stunning beautiful beaches.

28 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Channel Islands Port travel

Guernsey, Channel Islands

Guernsey, Channel Islands A tour of Guernsey takes you to the second-largest of the Channel Isles, Guernsey island is the most English, a place where ‘politeness is a way of life’. The island of Guernsey…

28 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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St Aubin Jersey

Jersey, Channel Islands

Jersey is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands, an archipelago which sits in the English Channel.

28 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Elizabeth Castle, Saint Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK.

St. Helier, Jersey

Saint Helier, Jersey The capital of Jersey, Saint Helier is a charming town with a vibrant foodie and shopping scene, and an ideal location from which to base your tour of Jersey and the Channel…

28 Jan 20 · 4 mins read
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Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Snowdonia is home to Mt Snowdon, the highest peak in the British Isles outside of Scotland.

16 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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National Cycle Network Route 4, Millennium Coastal Park

Millennium Coastal Path, Wales

The Millennium Coastal Path was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II at the turn of the new millennium in 2000. It was part of the Millennium Coastal Park, a parkland transformed from around 20 kilometres of industrial wasteland along the Carmarthenshire coastline.

9 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Caernarfon Castle in Snowdonia, Wales

Caernarfon Castle, Wales

Edward I's massive Caernarfon Castle was a display of English might on Welsh territory. Caernarfon Castle was built on the shoreline, consisting of a castle, a walled town, and a quay all built at the same time. Construction of this massive project took 47 years to complete.

9 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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City of Edinburgh at dusk

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland since the 15th century but it has been inhabited since the Stone Age. It has been a Roman settlement, who constructed the Antonine Wall as the Empire’s northernmost defence, and also the home of the Celtic tribe Votadini.

1 Jan 20 · 2 mins read
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Skara Brae at Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall, Scotland

Skara Brae, Scotland

The Neolithic village of Skara Brae was discovered in the winter of 1850. Wild storms ripped the grass and earth from a high dune then known as "Skerrabra" beside the Bay of Skaill, and exposed the ruins of ancient stone buildings. The discovery proved to be the best-preserved Neolithic sites in northern Europe.

1 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Highlights of London

A trip to London can encompass everything from exploring Gothic architecture and majestic palaces to eating street food and people-watching by the River Thames or visiting suburban pubs.

24 Dec 19 · 5 mins read
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Highlights of the Lake District

Highlights of the Lake District

The Lake District is the glittering crown jewel of England’s countryside and sure to capture any traveller’s heart with its magic. Picture expanses of lush meadows swathed in flowers and shimmering blue lakes against craggy peaks and you’ll have some idea of the kind of beautiful scenery you can expect from exploring the Lake District.

24 Dec 19 · 6 mins read
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Atlantic Ocean - Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay

Atlantic Ocean and How it Shaped Ancient Communities In Europe

Atlantic Ocean and How it Shaped Ancient Communities In Europe.

12 Dec 19 · 12 mins read
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Queen Victoria's Great Britain, Leadenhall arcade

Markets of Victorian London

In the 19th century, markets were at the heart of London life. But markets were more than just places to shop. To visitors and residents of the city, they seemed to encapsulate Victorian London: vast, chaotic, and teeming with human life in all its diversity.

5 Dec 19 · 9 mins read
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Chester Cathedral

Discovering Medieval Chester: A Thriving Trade Centre

Chester was originally founded as Roman fort and has over 2000 years of history, but it is best known as a medieval city due its well-preserved Tudor architecture and observable legacies of its medieval past. Click to learn more.

5 Dec 19 · 9 mins read
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Enclosure farming system, typical of the 19th century, in Yorkshire.

Dry Stone Walls: An Alternative History of the British Isles

Throughout the nation, from Yorkshire to Orkney, miles of moss-covered dry stone walls snake their way through the open land. You would be forgiven for not looking twice. However, dry stone walls offer an alternative route into the history of humanity in the British Isles.

28 Nov 19 · 12 mins read
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A well preserved Roman road.

A Journey Through Britain's Roman Roads

Rome's roads constitute the most remarkable culmination of its technological, logistical and bureaucratic achievements. Even a brief understanding of their history and significance can enrich your experience walking tour of Britain.

28 Nov 19 · 14 mins read
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800 Years of History: Discover the University of Oxford

800 Years of History: Discover the University of Oxford

With 800 or so years of history, the university has not only shaped the city Oxford but has become a significant part of the fabric of English history, enduring through times of social upheaval and great change.

28 Nov 19 · 12 mins read
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Catbells, England tours

Walking the Wainwright Walking Trail

In this article, we will know more about the famous long-distance walk, including what to expect during the walk and the fascinating sights we may encounter. We will also share advice on how to prepare for this epic journey across England by foot.

19 Nov 19 · 11 mins read
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Capability Brown: The English Garden Genius

Capability Brown: The English Garden Genius

Discover the story of Capability Brown, the style of his landscapes and the mark they have left on modern England. Read about Brown's most famous clients and where you can admire his work today.

10 Nov 19 · 8 mins read
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World Heritage sites

Touring World Heritage Sites in Europe, Asia, and Beyond

Touring World Heritage Sites in Europe, Asia, and Beyond You’ll often discover, when travelling, that some of the most spectacular and amazing sites you visit are listed on the World Heritage Site. But what exactly…

7 Nov 19 · 7 mins read
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Soho

Ten Things We Never Knew About London

In this article, we're sharing ten little-known facts about London. Whether you've visited London over twenty times, or have never been, we hope that you'll uncover something that you never knew before.

7 Nov 19 · 12 mins read
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Keswick, English Lake District

Discover the Lake District England

Discover England’s Lake District. The Lake District, nestled in the north west corner of England, is home to some of the most spectacular and dramatic scenery in the United Kingdom. Designated as a national park…

7 Nov 19 · 8 mins read
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Lincoln England

Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

A myth repeated about the medieval world is that ordinary people never travelled more than five or six miles from their home. In reality, this was far from true – travel was an important part of daily life in medieval England.

18 Oct 19 · 14 mins read
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New Quay Cei Newydd in Wales

History of Wales: The Definitive Guide for Senior Travellers

History of Wales The Anglo-Saxons fell to the Normans in 1066, but it would take more than two centuries before England’s rulers–starting, crucially, with Edward I–turned their attention to dominating Wales. In this article, we…

17 Oct 19 · 11 mins read
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Manchester Cathedral

Learning about Manchester's Early History

Learning about Manchester’s Early History Well-known parts of Manchester’s history include their textile boom during the Industrial Revolution and the first steam engine railway to Liverpool. But what about its precursor? Manchester saw different leaders…

17 Oct 19 · 6 mins read
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Exploring York

Exploring York

Exploring York Like a page out of a history book, the North-Eastern city of York in the United Kingdom is a Gothic wonder. This is a great day tour from London, with its rich history…

17 Oct 19 · 2 mins read
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Inverness castle, Scotland

Birth of Scotland

The Birth of Scotland In A History of the Scottish People (1560-1830), T.C. Smout describes Scotland as an isolated, wild place. “More than half the land was barren mountain,” he says, and, quoting G.W.S Barrow, adds:…

16 Oct 19 · 10 mins read
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Victorian Women's fashion

Victorian Women's Fashion: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Victorian Women’s Fashion The Young Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1842). Photographic reproduction from Wikimedia Commons. Victoria ascended the throne at the age of 18. In British history, the Victorian era refers to the…

14 Oct 19 · 5 mins read
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Victorian Britain Country life

Victorian England Rural Life: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Victorian England Rural Life In this post we will look at what rural life was like on a country estate in Victorian England. Janet Sacks’ Victorian Country Life is a good reference for those who want…

14 Oct 19 · 9 mins read
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British History Tours

New Discoveries about Britain's Stone Circles

New Discoveries about Britain’s Stone Circles We’ve written about Britain’s prehistoric stone circles before, but recent studies from 2017 to 2019 show there are likely more secrets to uncover about these Neolithic monuments. In this…

14 Oct 19 · 8 mins read
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travellers exploring Glasgow

Travellers exploring Glasgow's Architectural Heritage

Travellers exploring Glasgow’s Architectural heritage. Travellers exploring Glasgow’s Architectural heritage can see so much within a 30 minute walking radius of the city centre. Glasgow’s historic buildings are an important part of the city’s…

11 Oct 19 · 11 mins read
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Jane Austen and literary tours of England

Small Group Literary Tours of England for Seniors

Explore Britain's literary heritage on small group package holidays and tours for mature and senior travellers each year from Odyssey Traveller. Small group tours for couples and solo travellers with a passion for exploring and learning.

11 Oct 19 · 9 mins read
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Louvre, Paris

The Ten Best Art Galleries in Western Europe

Are these the Best Art Galleries in Western Europe? It’s no secret that Western Europe is home to some of most spectacular art galleries in the world. These grand neoclassical buildings are hard to miss,…

10 Oct 19 · 7 mins read
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Queen Vitoria's Britain

England's Liverpool: Port City, Architecture Marvel

England’s Liverpool: Port City, Architecture Marvel The Beatles and the Merseybeat era, football, and the waterfront. Liverpool’s vibrant culture and rich history has more to offer than what you may already know. In 1207, King…

9 Oct 19 · 8 mins read
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Pargeting County Museum Clare Suffolk

Medieval British Village Life: The Definitive Guide for Seniors

Life in the Medieval British Village In a previous article, we looked at the icons of the British village–the pub and the cottage–and looked at their history and evolution from Roman and Norman times. In…

9 Oct 19 · 12 mins read
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The Quayside at Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead

Exploring Newcastle upon Tyne: The Definitive guide for Travellers

Exploring Newcastle Newcastle (or Newcastle upon Tyne) in northeast England is rich in architectural wonders and steeped in history. It was an important settlement on the River Tyne during Roman times, a thriving commercial hub in…

9 Oct 19 · 8 mins read
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Cottages in Cheshire

British Village Icons: Definitive Guide for Travellers

Icons of the British Villages: Pubs and Cottages The British pub and cottage figure prominently in the image of a (often romanticised) quintessential “British village”. In this article, we will give special attention to these…

9 Oct 19 · 12 mins read
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Stonehenge

Visiting Britain's World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage sites are well represented in Britain, beyond Stonehenge. This collection of Small group tours across England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland incorporates visits to these current and future sites in its programs for mature and senior travellers of up to 12 people, a mix of couples and solo travellers. Often on Walking tours and History in depth programs.

8 Oct 19 · 5 mins read
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Woman stacking peat blocks

Peat and Scotland

Peat and Scotland The iconic Eilean Donan castle in the western Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by marshland and peatland. Peat is a traditional fuel in Scotland that is formed from layers upon layers of partially…

4 Oct 19 · 7 mins read
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Spencer House in London

Georgian Style of Architecture: Definitive Guide for Seniors

Georgian Style of Architecture When the royal House of Hanover ascended the throne of the United Kingdom with George I in 1714, it ushered in a distinctive “Georgian style” seen in the architecture and interior…

1 Sep 19 · 9 mins read
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Scottish tours

Questions about Scotland for senior travellers.

Enjoy a small group tour of Scotland. Off the beaten track, for curious senior travellers about history, culture and landscapes. For mature couples and solo travellers. Explore the Orkney Islands, the Hebrides, Skara Brae whilst touring the Scottish isles.

26 Aug 19 · 2 mins read
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Ancient Roman Britain

Roman Roads in Britain: The Definitive Guide

Roman Roads in Britain Roads were crucial in the Roman Empire: they facilitated the speedy deployment of troops and the free movement of supplies. Later, when Roman towns began growing into urban centres, the roads…

16 Aug 19 · 7 mins read
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Coast of Ireland

History of Ireland: The Definitive Guide for Senior Travellers

History of Ireland Ireland (Irish: Éire) is an island carved into two after centuries of subjugation, foreign domination, and various conflicts that lasted until the 20th century. In this post, we will look at the riveting…

26 Jul 19 · 10 mins read
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Exploring Victorian life

London's Victorian Architecture: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Victorian Architecture of London London’s architecture during the Victorian Era was defined by the transformation of British society, due to the rapid changes of the Industrial Revolution. Industrialisation transformed British life, leading to innovative new…

24 Jul 19 · 9 mins read
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St Vincent Street Church

Understanding British Churches: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

British Churches Through the Years “How old is this church?” asks Mary-Ann Ochota in a chapter of her book, Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape (Francis Lincoln, 2016, p. 250). In this article, we…

28 Jun 19 · 10 mins read
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Dramatic sea cliffs St Kilda Outer Hebrides

Questions about the Outer Hebrides, Scotland for senior travellers.

Explore and learn about on a Seniors small group tour of the Orkney Islands and other Scottish islands. Learn about the pastoral, cultural and historic settlement of the islands including Skara brae.

28 Jun 19 · 2 mins read
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Nelson Mandela Pl. Glasgow

Glasgow; Nelson Mandela Place

Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow, G2 1QY Right in the heart of the city of Glasgow in Scotland is Nelson Mandela Place, a busy public square enclosing the shops on Buchanan Street, the 19th century St…

12 Jun 19 · 6 mins read
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Gargoyles and Grotesques

Studying Gargoyles and Grotesques: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Studying Gargoyles and Grotesques Gargoyles and grotesques were a hallmark of the Gothic period of architecture, which grew popular in Western Europe from the 12th to the late 15th centuries, and which was carried over…

24 Apr 19 · 7 mins read
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Britain's canals and railways

Underground London

The London Underground Beneath London is another London, a shadowy counterpart still not mapped in its entirety, but in many ways similar to the London above the ground. According to Peter Ackroyd in London Under (Vintage, 2012), “It…

2 Apr 19 · 8 mins read
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Queen Victoria Britain

Personalities from Queen Victoria’s Britain

Famous Personalities from Queen Victoria’s Britain (Part 2 of 2) This article related to Queen Victoria’s Britain was prepared by one of our Odyssey Program Leaders, Mal Bock. She will be leading this small group tour especially…

15 Mar 19 · 17 mins read
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Queen Vitoria's Britain

Personalities from Queen Victoria's Britain

Ten key influencers that shaped Queen Victoria’s Britain (Part 1 of 2) This article related to Queen Victoria’s Britain was prepared by one of our Odyssey Program Leaders, Mal Bock. She will be leading this small group…

14 Mar 19 · 17 mins read
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Queen Victoria Britain

Queen Victoria's Britain part 2: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Queen Victoria’s Britain (Part 2 of 2) This two-part article on Queen Victoria’s Britain was prepared by one of our Odyssey Program Leaders, Mal Bock. She will be leading this small group tour especially designed for…

3 Mar 19 · 7 mins read
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Manchester canals boats

Britain: First Industrial Nation

Britain: The First Industrial Nation In the mid-18th century, the Industrial Revolution was largely confined to Britain. Historians and economists continue to debate what it was that sparked the urbanisation and industrialisation that would change…

12 Feb 19 · 8 mins read
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Senior couple power walking

Six Short Walks through Britain

Six Short Walks through Britain Britain is renowned for its walking trails, and many world travellers choose to roam its green, rolling lands. How better to get a sense of its dramatic landscapes? From granite…

21 Sep 18 · 3 mins read
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Scottish Islands -Portree, Isle of Skye

Scotland & Scotch Whisky

Article for senior and mature solo and couples taking a small group tour of Scotland or the isles of Scotland including Iona, Orkney, inner and outer Hebrides to learn about the ancient history including standing stones to the industrial revolution.

5 Sep 18 · 6 mins read
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Jane Austen

Exploring Jane Austen’s England

Exploring Jane Austen’s England Jane Austen The reach and magnitude of Jane Austen’s influence on modern readers may make one forget that she only had six novels to her name (three of which were published…

21 Aug 18 · 10 mins read
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Manchester Britain

Bees in Manchester: a surprising symbol of the Industrial Revolution

Bees in Manchester: a surprising symbol of the Industrial Revolution The bee is an intriguing symbol for the city of Manchester. The city’s damp climate provided the ideal conditions for milling cotton. But this is…

27 Jul 18 · 8 mins read
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Channel Islands

Channel Islands; wildflowers, potato peel pies & rebels

Get ready to explore the Channel Islands Jersey, you say? Aren’t they the shirts footballers wear? Think again, traveller. Picture a smattering of tiny islands, a mere stone’s throw from England and France, peppered with…

8 Jun 18 · 8 mins read
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Britain canals and railways

The Lake District poets: Romanticism & inspiration

The Lake District poets: Romanticism and inspiration for Travellers “I wandered lonely as a cloud” Did a simple daffodil usher in the Romantic era? Poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy came upon a “host”…

26 Apr 18 · 9 mins read
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Castle Combe Road villages of england tour

English Village History

An English Village history. Prepared for mature and senior travellers, couples or solo traveller considering joining a small group tour of England's villages.

4 Apr 18 · 7 mins read
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England village tour

Touring England's villages

Touring England’s villages For many travellers, London is synonymous with England. This lively, cosmopolitan capital is a must see, of course, but there is more to England than booming cities and industrial centres. Instead, what…

2 Mar 18 · 16 mins read
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Britain canals and railways

15 books on Britain's Industrial Revolution

Fifteen books on Britain’s Industrial revolution This reading list on Britain’s Industrial revolution complements Odyssey Travellers escorted small group tour that traces via the canal and railway network, the evolution of this monumental change in…

16 Oct 17 · 2 mins read
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10 Books to Read If You Are Planning to Visit Britain

10 Books to Read If You Are Planning to Visit Britain

10 Books to Read If You Are Planning to Visit Britain For Odyssey Travellers, Britain has and remains a key destination in the organisation’s collection of escorted small group educational tours offered each year. For…

16 Oct 17 · 2 mins read
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Industrial revolution

Industrial Revolution. Britain's contribution to the world

Britain and the industrial revolution. A progressive period that spanned Queen Victoria's period. Small group package tours for mature and senior travellers explore this fascinating period of history across England and Scotland and key cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow.

9 Oct 17 · 36 mins read
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Scotland cattle

10 great books to read on the Scottish Isles

Why read books about the Scottish Isles before travelling there? This is recommended list of books for mature & senior travellers planning to travel to the Scottish Isles either as part of an Odyssey Tour…

3 Oct 17 · 2 mins read
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Pilgrimage

Pilgrimages of the World- Advice for Seniors & Mature travellers

Pilgrimage routes and walking tours Several pilgrimage tracks remain intact and active centuries after they were first established. Many Odyssey tours trace their routes, walking in the footsteps of people […]

14 Aug 17 · 9 mins read
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Lacock Abbey, Britain's National Trust

Britain’s National Trust role for successful small group history tours

Britain’s National Trust: Historic houses, gardens and natural wonders Britain is home to many attractions, many of them rich in the region’s history. Sites and artefacts are preserved beautifully, and […]

31 Jul 17 · 10 mins read
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Great Britain

Great Britain - a profile and travel tips for seniors

Great Britain. Travel tips for seniors. With over 36.115 million visitors in 2015 alone, Great Britain is the world’s 8th biggest tourist destination, offering a range of experiences to entice travellers […]

13 Jun 17 · 7 mins read
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Stonehenge

Standing Stones in Prehistoric Britain

Standing Stones in Prehistoric Britain Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom The standing stones of Great Britain continue to be the subject of research and archaeological hypothesis. Britain is not the only location where standing stones are…

22 Aug 16 · 4 mins read
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Neolithic Burial Chambers: Telescopes to the Stars

Neolithic Burial Chambers: Telescopes to the Stars

Neolithic Burial Chambers and the stars The calendar you have in your smartphone was once written in the stars. During the Neolithic or final period of the Stone Age, skies […]

30 Jun 16 · 2 mins read
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