Airfare and Travel Insurance

No, Odyssey will gladly help you book your Flights and Travel Insurance, and we can often offer discounts.

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Bookings

Call our office on from Australia on 1300 888 225 on New Zealand on 0800440055. Odyssey’s phone are answered by real people 24X7 so you can speak to our friendly team or email info@odysseytravel.com.au. We will create a Registration offer/Invoice for you and send you a booking form. Once we have received the deposit, your booking is confirmed.

Odyssey programs has a range of nationalities who join our programs. They are open to anyone and we offer a diversity of unique programs that extends their appeal beyond Australia & New Zealand.

Yes, if a fellow participant would like to share, we will match you together and you can twin share to avoid the extra cost of single accommodation.

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General

Odyssey Travel is famous for our small groups, and we average of 8 participants per Tour. Our maximum group size is 18 people. Typically Odyssey Travellers groups are between 6 to 12 people.

Odyssey Travel specialises in Small Group tours for the mature travel and senior travel. People who are seeking adventure or is curious about the world we live in. Typically our clients beginning travelling with us from their mid 50’s. Odyssey has no age restrictions on those who choose to join the tours. If you have any concerns as a mature or senior traveller and the expectation of a tour then please contact to privately discuss your concerns.

Yes, Odyssey can adjust an itinerary that will suit your dates and locations, as long as it is a section of the full Tour. The price will be adjusted accordingly.

Odyssey will try to keep you up to date with the booking status and if we know that a tour is unlikely to go ahead, we will notify you early and offer to transfer your deposit to another Odyssey Tour. If we cancel the departure altogether, you will also get the option for a full refund.

A reasonable level of fitness reflective of the type of tour you are looking to join be it an active, specialist or discovery style tour offered. We provide general guidelines for the level of fitness required to assist you in planning your vacation with us. Our Activity Levels page has more detailed information about each level.

Odyssey program leaders are enthusiastic and experienced travellers with a passion for education. They are typically retired educational professionals, often from universities or the general education sector. While some of our leaders have other professional backgrounds, they are all well equipped to share their knowledge with others. Since the majority of our leaders lead on around three different tours a year, they are seasoned travellers and accustomed to regular teaching.

Odyssey’s leaders are hand-picked for the specific tours we offer each year. We strive to match a leader’s interest, their natural curiosity, along with the expertise in a particular subject matter for each tour. They are thus ideally suited to lead particular tours. In addition, we carefully choose leaders on their ability to build rapport with a group of mature travellers, which creates an intimate group atmosphere. Above all, we want our leaders to provide an atmosphere that is pleasant and convivial – ideal conditions within which to enjoy learning and exploring as you travel.

Odyssey’s leaders provide tour management, traveller support, and unique educational insights into our small group tours. While in many cases, local guides join us for in-depth tours in particular locations, our leaders teach throughout the entire tour. They also handle organisational and timing details, leaving our travellers free to relax and get the most out of their experience.

On each of our tour pages, we have included a short biography of the leader. These biographies explain why Odyssey has appointed a leader to a particular tour, with an account of their travel experiences, teaching expertise, and general interests. The decision-making process by which leaders are assigned is carried out rigorously in each case. We always canvas numerous leaders, and discuss the requirements at length with new recruits, to make sure they fit within our unique approach. Our careful selection of leaders means that you can rest assured that each tour has been carefully thought through, long before your journey commences.

No, the amount of learning you choose to take in is upto the individual. Each tour depending on the tour and the size of the group will switch between a formal lecture and filed learning, it is about finding the balance that reflects the interest of the group on the tour.

Yes you have free time to explore particular places and locations as an individual. Your days are typically spent in a small group environment, with an occasional free afternoon. But your evenings depending on the location are your time, about a third to half of the total number of evening meals are provided, leaving you time to explore or just people watch in the local squares and piazzas.

Then please drop us a message at info@odysseytravel.com.au with your question(s) and we will answer them promptly and probably post them in this section of the web to assist others who are seeking to join us on a tour.

Payments

  1. By Credit Card over the phone (1,5% Credit Card fee will incur, unless deposit payment).
  2. Direct Debit, see details on your invoice.
  3. Cheque, see details on your invoice.
  4. Enett, see details on your invoice.

No, Odyssey do not charge any extra fees on the tour you select. The listed price is the price you pay.

A $500 deposit is payable at the time of confirming your booking. The final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Though you can select a range of payment options with reminders to meet your financial schedule when you book online. Odyssey will send you reminders as to when your payments are due.

Yes and No. Odyssey will refund your deposit if we are not able to Guarantee a Tour 45 days prior to its departure. If the Tour you are booked on is Guaranteed, your deposit is non-refundable.

See each itinerary under “inclusions” typical Tour inclusions are:

  • All sightseeing and field trips as indicated.
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach.
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides.
  • Service charges and gratuities.
  • Meals as per each itinerary
  • Services of a Tour Leader for the duration of the tour.
  • Hotel accommodation in en-suite 3-4 stars Hotel Rooms.
  • English speaking tour guide throughout the tour.
  • Detailed tour information booklet.”

*We do not include international Airfares or Travel Insurance in the Tour cost.

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Preparations

Once Odyssey receives tour deposit then we start to send you material to help you learn about the small group learning tour you will be joining. Initially this starts with a suggested reading list and builds from there. Odyssey aim to post your documents at least 4 weeks prior to departure (itinerary, preparation material, joining letter and vouchers etc.)

Odyssey will include suggestions in our Preparation Material. Wear whatever is comfortable. It is recommended to have a sturdy pair of broken-in trail shoes, boots, or sneakers. It is preferable to dress in layers and wear clothing that will wick away perspiration and keep you dry and comfortable.

Then please drop us a message at info@odysseytravel.com.au with your question(s) and we will answer them promptly and probably post them in this section of the web to assist others who are seeking to join us on a tour.