Article details the benefits of a small group tour for mature and senior travellers, whether travelling as a couple or solo, in your 60's or beyond in your 80's. Advice on choosing a responsible touring company and things to consider post pandemic.
Peace of Mind Travel
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Travel with Peace of Mind
At Odyssey Traveller we’ve been working with our partners and Program Leaders to ensure that when you are ready to explore the world again, our collection of small group tours for over 50s travel groups for couples and solo travellers are ready for the new world (post covid-19) that awaits us. The safety of our travellers, tour leader, local guide and support staff has always been our top priority and with the new guidelines for public health and safety for keeping safe for destinations around the world, we’ve developed our plan to give you peace of mind when travelling with us.
We will keep updating and adapting our procedures as new information is made available and new guidelines are set by WHO and local governments so we can keep our journeys safe and enjoyable and give you peace of mind travel with our small group tours of typically up to 15 people.
Important commentary on Covid-19
For all travellers joining an Odyssey small group tour we ask for respect for all member of the group and yourself and the communities we are visiting and that:
- If requested by Odyssey Traveller you will undertake to take a Covid-19 test and share the result with Odyssey no more than 72 hours before a tour commences.
- You respect the communities you are visiting and the Covid-19 directions issued including social distancing.
- You will advise your program leader/Odyssey of any underlying change in your health whilst on tour and up to 14 days after the tour.
- Odyssey and its suppliers will observe as a minimum the WTTC guidelines and those of the region you are visiting their Covid-19 requirements, the higher standard of the two instructions will be applied for a small group tour.
- We remain aware, vigilant and empathetic to the need to change arrangements in response to the challenges of managing Covid-19 before and during a small group tour for the benefit of all in the internal and external Odyssey Traveller community.
We have been offering small group tours for mature and senior travelers for over 30 years. Our groups are typically between 6 to 12 travelers, encouraging camaraderie and companionship, unique access to attractions that are off the main path and usually overlooked by larger group companies, flexibility on activities and plenty of independent exploration time. A smaller group is also ideal to keep social distance and move quickly through busier places. It also lets our local guide give you more tailored information while on holiday and update the itinerary to suit our small group.
Our local partners worldwide are committed in providing the best hygiene standards available for all our coaches used on small group tour. Here’s how we’ll be working from now on our group tour itinerary:
• Typically guests will enjoy two seats to themselves, allowing for good distancing between travelers.
• Vehicles will be deep cleaned prior to the tour departure.
• High frequency contact areas (hand grabs, arm rests, etc) will be sanitised often throughout the day.
• Hand sanitiser will be available on the coach and required to be used every time by all travellers, local guide, driver and tour leader when stepping on or off the coach for guided tour(s).
• Face masks will also be available where required (supplies may be limited, so we encourage you to also bring your own reusable face covering).
• All drivers and any local guide will also ensure they are healthy and fit at least 24h before joining our escorted tour. Temperature checks may also be required at the start of each day.
• Local public transport use will be limited wherever possible, and when used, we will follow local health and safety regulations to keep our small group safe and well during the journey.
All measures are to provide you peace of mind travel and a n enjoyable holiday on your future travel.
Hotels & Guesthouses
As we travel in a small group we also aim to select smaller hotels and guesthouses wherever possible. Smaller properties also mean less people sharing common areas such as lobby and dining room. We will rarely book large chain hotels with more than 150 rooms and all hotels and guesthouses being contracted will be following strict hygiene and cleaning procedures to further protect your health and safety offering peace of mind travel. Some of the guidelines we’re working on with our local accommodation partners are:
• Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room, taking particular care on door handles, telephone, light switches, TV remotes and thermostats.
• That no staff enters your room after it has been cleaned each day.
• Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of public areas, including the possible closure of certain areas (meeting rooms, restaurant, etc) throughout the day to ensure a thorough clean.
• We will continue to request that our small group tour be allocated rooms on the lower levels to minimise use of elevators and time spent travelling in common areas of our accommodation.
• Contactless check-in and check-out and other social distancing protocols be followed at the hotel for the safety of all travelers.
Part of experiencing new cultural experiences is trying out the local cuisine and our tours feature many group dinners so we can immerse ourselves in our destination. We are working closely with our selected restaurants for the maintenance and improvement of health, safety and hygiene standards as well as extra staff training on food preparation and delivery. We will also be requesting that social distancing be observed whenever we enjoy a meal out as group to minimise contact with people outside of our small group. When possible, we will request a private room or outdoor seating and we shall also be avoiding family style or self-serve buffet meals.
Program Leaders and Local Guides
Odyssey’s Program Leaders are always working to provide the group with the best possible experiences, sharing their knowledge and previous travel tales and coordinating with our local tour guide and tour company so everything runs safely and smoothly. They have 24/7 connection with our head office and local tour company and act quickly to sure everyone is safe and enjoying their travels.
Your Tour Leader is responsible for your safety and enjoyment of the tour, and to do so they:
• They are trained in First Aid, CPR and other safety protocols training and always carry a well-stocked first aid kit and hand sanitiser to share with the group while out touring.
• They have direct access to our head office, 24/7 as well as to our local operators so any situation can be dealt with swiftly and efficiently.
• They can organise trip changes to ensure the safety and health of the group. Any changes in travel arrangements are organised with the approval of Odyssey Traveller and local tour operator. • They can assist with calling a local doctor or finding the closest clinic should you feel unwell. They will also request that you stay at the accommodation until feeling better and/or getting medical clearance that it is safe to re-join our small group.
• They will be provided with the latest health guidelines for all the travel destinations being visited.
• They are well travelled and are familiar with the local culture and customs and will assist the group in navigating through busy areas and avoid any large group of people and crowds whenever possible.
• They are be able to suggest local reputable restaurants for independent meals during your holiday (lunch and dinner not part of the tour itinerary)to enhance your travel experience.
• They will wear and distribute face masks where required by local health authorities. Face masks supplies may be limited, so we encourage you to plan ahead and also bring your own reusable face mask(s).
• They will carry your travel insurance policy information, should you require contacting your insurer while out with the group.
Travelling solo does not mean travelling alone. You will be with a group of like-minded people and can enjoy the freedom of spending alone time when you wish or stay with your group of fellow traveller friends and enjoy extra activities together on your holiday. Our Program Leader is also available to assist and share their time and knowledge with our solo traveller(s).
If you wish we can pair you with someone of the same gender or you can select to book a Single Room so you can have your own room at all accommodations. In many locations, our hotel partners will be booking a room with a double bed for our solo traveller clients, providing that extra comfort and space for you to rest after a long day of exploring.
Before you book
If you have any questions about our amazing itineraries and group travel you can call us for a chat, use our online chat function on our website or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Contact Us page and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions so you can plan your future travel with confidence.
We can assist you with information about the destination(s), sightseeing activities, travel insurance and we are also able to book your flight overseas.
If you have an existing booking we are available to talk about your future departure and assist with any other plan(s) you may have relating to your holiday including flight and trip changes.
We welcome travel agent bookings, contact us directly for more information if you are a travel agent on how to book our small group tours.
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