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Discover Asia | Small Group Tours Asia

Odyssey offers a variety of small group tours exploring Asia and the Orient, all with the opportunity to see some of Asia’s most important sites as well as some hidden gems. Visit China, the world’s most populated country, and learn about the stunning tapestry of local cultures that binds these people together as well as a history that dates back to prehistoric times. Travel to the magnificent landscapes of Mongolia and discover its nomadic culture and meet traditional herders.

Our small group tours are especially for mature aged travellers couples and singles  and typically take no more than 16 people. Most tours run for around 21 days and all are fully escorted by both a local guide and Odyssey Program Leader.

As a continent, Asia is a must-see destination with the promise of adventure and discovery at every corner. From paradisaical island beaches and lush rainforests to rugged ranges of snow-capped mountains and vast desert sand dunes, Asia is home to every type of landscape you can imagine. For the passionate traveller, this means that you can come back to the continent again and again and have a completely new and exciting experience. With so many diverse countries, cultures and histories to take in, alongside breathtaking natural wonders and rich regional cuisine, this is a travel destination you will never want to stop exploring.

You can trek through Bhutan and Nepal in the majestic Himalayas and traverse your way through the ancient Silk Road. Take the road less travelled and discover the ‘Stans’ – Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Visit Japan and marvel at its bustling cities and striking rural villages. In the southeast, you can explore Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos as well as the newly emerged Myanmar. In the subcontinent, India, there is a no shortage of vibrant places to visit and heritage sites to explore, or head down to Sri Lanka and relax on its endless beaches. Along the way you can indulge in exquisitely flavourful food, from rich, creamy curries, to steaming bowls of noodles, baskets of juicy dumplings or rice paper rolls stuffed with fresh herbs. There is something for everyone on this continent and you are guaranteed to have the trip of a lifetime, no matter where you decide to go first.

 

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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival small group tours

Harbin, located in the north-east of China, is now home to one of the four biggest ice and snow festivals in the world. Harbin is one of China’s most popular winter destinations. The Harbin Ice and Snow festival began in 1963, each year the cith has sought to create a festival that exceeds the artistic creativity of the previous festival. Harbin is called “Ice City,” and the winters are bitterly cold, but the conditions are just right for the ice festival.

10 days
Departing Jan

Myanmar's Art and Archaeology | Small Group Tour

This is a wonderful program focussed on the art and archaeology, designed to take you chronologically through Myanmar’s history.  From Yangon to Pyay, where the 4th-9th century walled city has received Unesco World Heritage status, on to Bagan’s 10th-13th century pagodas, to Mandalay’s last royal dynasty and the 18th-19th century colonial era returning to Yangon for the colonial heritage and modern art scene.

Departing Feb

Taiwan Lantern Festival small group tour

Held annually on the first full moon of the lunar calendar, the Lantern Festival is one of the most fascinating festivities around the globe. The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is part of this spectacular Festival. Our 2014 Taiwan Lantern Festival program includes Taipei and its Sky Lantern Festival and its impressive Taipei 101 Tower.

11 days
Departing Feb
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Cultural and History Tour of India | Small Group Tour

Bounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges in the north and edged by an endless stretch of golden beaches, India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites, royal cities, colourful people and rich culture. Its ancient monuments are the backdrop for the world’s largest democracy

22 days
Departing Nov, Mar

India Short Tour | Small group tour for seniors

Bounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges in the north and edged by an endless stretch of golden beaches, India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites, royal cities, colourful people, and rich culture.

11 days
Departing Nov, Mar

Discovering Myanmar | Small Group Tour for Seniors

Visitors to Myanmar will find a fascinating country full of old-world charm and rich culture. A beautiful scenic destination, we visit Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan on this small group tour for senior and mature travellers.

Departing Oct, Mar

Sri Lanka | Culture and History Small Group Tour

The centre of the island offers rolling hills, year round cool climate and former British colonial hill stations complete with Tudor hotels, rose gardens and the oldest golf course in Asia.  Scattered around the country are National Parks filled with game. The world’s first game reserves were founded in Sri Lanka over 2,000 years ago.

15 days
Departing Mar

Japan Odyssey - Small Group Tours for Mature Travellers

During this program we encounter history from ancient periods; religions such as Buddhism and Shintoism; the philosophy of the people through visits to world renowned temples and shrines; and old towns full of ancient legends. Together we will share some traditions which the Japanese have inherited. A variety of sites including UNESCO World Heritage sites, has been chosen for this tour, all filled with clues to understand the essence of Japan.

12 days
Departing Sep, Mar

Tour of Pakistan

This 16-day tour explores the long history and colourful culture of Pakistan, and begins in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, and ends in its vibrant capital, Islamabad.

16 days
Departing Oct, Mar
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Tour of Pakistan including Skardu Valley

This 22-day tour begins much like our 16-day tour of Pakistan, travelling from Karachi to Islamabad with a six-day extension that allows us to further explore the northern parts of the country.

23 days
Departing Sep, Apr, Mar

China Dinosaurs small group escorted palaeontology tours

During our Dinosaur Odyssey study program, we will visit two of the most exciting dinosaur sites in China – Zigong Dinosaur Museum. Your program leader will take us to behind-the-scenes places, field studies in the Sichuan Province and Dinosaur Valley, and in the Yunnan Province. Go behind-the-scenes places, field studies at the dig sites, with first-hand experience at  palaeontological dinosaur digs.

12 days
Departing Oct, Apr

Japan History by Rail - Small Group Tour

Explore historic and present day Japan. Journey by rail to regions and great cities to learn about their historical significance.

10 days
Departing Apr

Tour of Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Bhutan

Join Odyssey Traveller on this small group tour in the Indian subcontinent, taking us from the verdant tea gardens of Darjeeling nestled in the Himalayan mountain range, to the hilltop monasteries of the former independent kingdom of Sikkim, and finally to the pristine and beautifully isolated mountain landscape of Bhutan.

14 days
Departing Nov, Apr

Bhutan | Small Group Cultural Tour

An unhurried ocean of calm in a crowded continent, Bhutan is scenically magnificent. Join our small group escorted tour and walk up the mountain to the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery. The Bhutanese will welcome you to share their distinctive culture, unpolluted environment, and colourful festivals.We explore centuries of Buddhist tradition inherited from Tibet that have shaped this land with art, dance, music, and even medicine shaped by religion.

17 days
Departing Sep, Apr

North Korea Unveiled | Small Group Tour for Seniors

Featuring visits to the Demilitarised Zone in Panmunjom, the Fatherland Liberation Museum, and the Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun.

Departing Oct, May

Mongolia Dinosaur Dig Tour | Small group tour in the Gobi Desert

The first dinosaur nest of eggs was discovered in Mongolia during 1928.Following an introduction to Mongolian history, culture and desert landscapes, participants will Experience eight days on a paleontological dig.

16 days
Departing May, Sep, Aug

Travel on the Silk Road with Odyssey Traveller | Small Group Tour for Seniors

The Silk Road is an ancient trade route linking China and Imperial Rome through Central Asia. Few areas in the world remain as unexplored or offer such richness in terms of ancient and modern history, culture, and scenic diversity as Central Asia. Our Small group Silk road tours  itinerary explores the Road through remote deserts and mountainous environments as we visit key sites between Xi’an and Bukhara.

Departing Aug, May

Walking Japan | Small Group Tour

Odyssey Traveller’s organised small group tour, Walking Japan, traces the journey of 17th century Japanese poet and haiku master, Matsuo Basho (pseudonym of Matsuo Munefusa). We walk in his footsteps on this 13-day journey around the northeast Tohoku region of Japan.

14 days
Departing Oct, May

The Stans Small Group Tour: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan

This Odyssey is designed for the adventurous traveller, a traveller who is prepared for a range of accommodation styles, for walking excursions and some long travel days in 3 Central Asian countries. The program combines experiences with great scenery, ancient and modern histories, family visits and lifestyles that differ dramatically.

Departing May, Aug

Exploring Kazakhstan | Small Group Tour

Visit the largest landlocked country in the world, Kazakhstan. Once part of the Mongol and Russian Empires, Kazakhstan is where man first tamed wild horses on the vast Kazakh Steppe, the dry grassland that dominates its landscape and connects it with Europe and the rest of Asia.

22 days
Departing Sep, Jun

Tajikistan Tour | Central Asian Small Group Tour

We explore the country’s astonishing scenery and monuments. Tajikistan is the smallest of the 5 ‘Stans and is also the most mountainous. On our tour we encounter many ranges and mountain chains where we reach well over 3,000 metres above sea level while crossing passes.

Departing Jun, Sep

Journey through Mongolia and Russia small group tour

This escorted small group tour traverses this expanse, from Ulaanbaatar to St Petersburg; from the Mongolian Steppes to Siberian taiga and tundra; over the Ural Mountains that divide Asia and Europe to the waterways of Golden Ring. Our program uses two of the great rail journeys of the world; the Trans Mongolian Express and the Trans Siberian Express.

Departing Jul

Mongolia Small Group Tour | Discover the history and culture of Mongolia

Mongolia is a relatively unexplored country for travellers but it has many diverse landscapes to explore, and interesting cultures to become acquainted with, all existing in a country with few cities and towns but with extensive rural lands that remain the domain of nomadic herders.

20 days
Departing Sep

Taiwan culture and history escorted small group tour

This program includes many of Taiwan’s natural wonders; from Taroko Gorge, one of the seven wonders of Asia, to Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan’s largest lake; Kenting National Park, with its 60 kilometres of coral-rimmed shoreline to the East Coast National Scenic Area, stretching 170 kilometres.

13 days
Departing Sep

Contemporary Japan | Small Group Tour

This small group tour organised by Odyssey Traveller, Contemporary Japan, will take you through modern life in this East Asian jewel. This contemporary tour is an expedition through Japan’s major urban areas, beginning and ending in Japan’s tantalising capital, Tokyo. For the first 12 days we get our fill of Tokyo fashion, technology, culture, and sights.

21 days
Departing Oct

North East India small group escorted cultural tour

A unique small group cultural tour visiting the North East region of India, this tour was created for seniors travelling as couples and solo travellers. As we journey through the  magnificent landscape and culture we stop to explore Darjeeling, which shares history with Bengal, Sikkim, and Nepal, as well as Tiger Hill, where we witness the changing colours of the sunrise in the Himalayan Range.

15 days
Departing Oct

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