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Specialised tours for the mature traveller

A collection of small group tours that are focused on spending more time, often in single locations exploring and learning about particular subjects or period in history. With the support of the program leader, specialist guides share their learnings with group members. Specialist tours from Odyssey include, Dinosaurs, arts and literature, architecture and archaeology.

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Aboriginal Australia

Aboriginal Artwork The Kimberley Australia View 3 tours

Archaeology

Rock Art View 6 tours

Architecture

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Art and Literature

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History in-depth

Monet's Giverny Garden View 18 tours

Music & Performing arts

Orchestra first violin section View 12 tours

Oberammergau

Linderhof Castle, Oberammergau, Germany, Bavaria, Ettal View 2 tours

Tours

Lindisfarne

22 days

Apr, Aug

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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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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The Temple of the Sun of the Incas or Coricancha with the Convent of Santo Domingo Church above, Cusco, Peru

22 days

Mar

Ecuador and Peru Archaeology tour

Visiting Ecuador, Peru

This 22-day small group tour highlights the most prominent ancient ruins and archaeological finds across Ecuador and Peru and showcases the vast culture and impact of pre- and post-Inca civilization.

From A$15,450 AUD

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Crete small group tour

20 days

Sep, Apr

Crete Small Group Tour: The Minoans

Visiting Greece

Crete rich in UNESCO World heritage sites this small group escorted tour provides a travel experience for guests with experienced local guides to remember. For senior couples or single travellers who seek to travel with other like minded people to destinations rich in ancient history then this in one of many small group journeys to be enjoyed.

From A$11,750 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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Discover Berlin

20 days

Apr, Oct

Discovering Berlin Small Group Tour | 20 days living in Berlin

Visiting Germany

Experience Berlin while living there for almost three weeks in an apartment. From one of the best small group tour companies for Europe enjoy an escorted tour learning about the city's history and experiencing it like a Berliner. This holiday is for like minded people, mature couples or solo travelers who enjoy getting off the beaten track and exploring with some adventure.

From A$11,650 AUD

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Paris Tour

21 days

Sep, Mar

Explore Paris | 21-day Small Group Tour Exploring Parisian Life

Visiting France

On this small group tour of Paris, travellers take the time to join local guides to learn about the destinations within this city. Authentic experiences with like minded people and an Odyssey tour leader. Staying in apartments this European tour immerses itself in Paris' history, art, and culture in the city of light.

From A$13,250 AUD

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Medieval architecture Italy, Florence

20 days

Jul

Italy Puccini Festival small group Tour

Visiting Italy

The Puccini festival is an escorted tour complete with local guides as part of our small group travel program. Join like minded people on this European tour in Italy. For solo travellers there is a nominal single supplement charged.

From A$14,350 AUD

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Barcelona city

21 days

Aug, Apr

Barcelona Small Group Tour | The city explored in-depth

Visiting Spain

Small group journeys from one of the best small group tour companies Europe that delve into Barcelona's history, culture, and cuisine. Daily itineraries for couples and solo travellers with like minded people. An escorted tour of Barcelona based in an apartment with local guides sharing authentic experiences and knowledge.

From A$10,995 AUD

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Florence Cathedral Basilica Santa Maria del Fiore detail

22 days

Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, May

Florence: Living in a Renaissance City

Visiting Italy

A small group tour with like minded people, couples or solo travellers, that is based in Florence. An authentic experience of living in this Renaissance city The daily itineraries draw on local guides to share their knowledge on this unique European tour. Trips to Pisa, Lucca and Perugia are included.

From A$12,450 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$14,450 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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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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Gobi Desert Mongolia Dinosaur dig

16 days

May, Aug

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

Visiting Mongolia

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. Small group tour for couples and solo mature travellers interested in Mongolia and Dinosaurs.

From A$14,250 AUD

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China Dinosaurs

12 days

Oct, Apr

China Dinosaurs small group escorted palaeontology tours

Visiting China

During our small group Dinosaur Odyssey study program for couples and solo travellers, 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.

From A$9,250 AUD

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Bucharest

21 days

Sep

George Enescu Festival small group tour of Romania

Visiting Romania

Discover the work and world of this neglected twentieth century musical giant on Odyssey's small escorted group tour. Explore Enescu’s native Romania before settling down to a feast of his music performed by a host of international stars in Bucharest and immerse yourself in his work with like minded people. Odyssey hopes to provide the group with the opportunity to attend some 30 concerts over 16 days. The next festival is September 2023.

From A$12,995 AUD

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Leipzig, Germany, Old town

12 days

Apr

Richard Wagner Ring Cycle, Leipzig | Small Group Tours Germany

Visiting Germany

The small group tour will see the opera performed in the city of Richard Wagner’s birth, Leipzig. Our tour starts in Dresden and we also visit Bayrouth and Munich. We will not only experience his music in these 4 operas, but also be shown the influences of culture and family on the extraordinary composer’s life.

From A$8,750 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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Habsburg Art and Classical Music small group Tour

22 days

Aug

Habsburg Art and Classical Music small group Tour

Visiting Austria, Czech Republic

From the mediaeval jewel of Cesky Krumlow to the grandeur of the Habsburg’s summer palace in Vienna, our small group will embark on a 21 night journey to learn about these vibrant and artistically rich cities. We delve into the history of the famous artists, musicians, writers, architects and composers from Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.

From A$13,860 AUD

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England’s villages small group history tours for mature travellers

19 days

Jun, Sep, Oct

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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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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Tour of Italy, Renaissance Sculpture Medici Lion by Vacca in Florence

21 days

May, Aug

Renaissance Italy Tour: Story of Five Families

Visiting Italy

Explore Renaissance Italy on this small group tour though an examination of five significant city states. Florence, Urbino, Ferrara, Mantua and Milan were all dominated by families determined to increase the status of their city through art and architecture. Spend time coming to know the men and women who helped create the cities, as well as the magnificent legacy they left behind.

From A$12,995 AUD

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Caravaggio’s journey Italy, Malta, Sicily escorted small group tour 

20 days

May, Oct

Caravaggio’s Journey | Small Group Tour in Italy

Visiting Italy, Malta

On this small group tour of Italy and Malta for mature and senior couples and solo travellers we trace the life of Caravaggio, exploring the artistic works he left behind and the tumultuous life he led. We follow him from his birthplace in Milan to Rome, Malta, Sicily and Naples. In each place he lived Caravaggio left behind a rich legacy of art for us to admire.

From A$13,750 AUD

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Dinosaurs, Paleontology, & evolution: 10 best books

17 days

Sep

Argentina Dinosaur dig including Titanosaur small group tours

Visiting Argentina

Small group tour for senior and mature couples and solo travellers to explore the Titanosaurs the largest Dinosaurs to walk the planet. Their skeletons have recently been discovered in Argentina. This program spends 20 days travelling to visit and experience the dig sites where much of Argentina’s paleontological history has been found, Patagonia. With local paleontologists and guides providing an insight into this remote part of the country you get a unique opportunity to learn first hand about the research on the Argentinian Dinosaur collection.

From A$14,750 AUD

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Myanmar, Temples of Bagan

15 days

Feb

Myanmar's Art and Archaeology | Small Group Tour

Visiting Myanmar (Burma)

This is a wonderful small group program for seniors and mature couples and solo travellers 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.

From A$7,250 AUD

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Romans in France

20 days

Aug

Romans in France small group specialist history tours for seniors

Visiting France, Switzerland

Join our small group tour to explore what remains of the Roman Gaul. France, Belgium, Luxembourg and South-west Germany were occupied by Roman Gaul some 2,000 years ago. To this region the Romans brought roads, bridges, education, cities and, perhaps, above all the Peace of Rome.

From A$15,450 AUD

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Beethoven small group tour

9 days

Sep, Aug

Discovering the Life of Beethoven | Small Group Tour

Visiting Germany

Travellers on this small group tour will have the chance to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Beethoven’s life and music. Beginning in the city of Bonn, where Beethoven was born, we visit the city precincts and buildings where Beethoven’s unique artistic sensibility was formed. In Vienna, we explore many of the concert halls and churches where his work was performed. In each city visited we attend performances of his work.

From A$9,445 AUD

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art tours for mature travellers

21 days

Sep

Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany Art Tour | Western Europe Art Tour

Visiting Belgium, France

Most of us have already experienced the grandeur of classic galleries such as the Louvre and the National Gallery. Travel with like-minded people in a small group tour and be surprised by the lesser-known but equally wonderful smaller art galleries across Northwest Europe.

From A$14,450 AUD

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Italy and France, history of gardens

25 days

May, Aug, Sep

Italy and France, history of gardens small group escorted tour

Visiting France, Italy

Odyssey's small group tour explores some of the classic gardens of Italy and France that reflect changing fashions and garden designs throughout the ages. This fully escorted tour features an Odyssey Program Leader and a handful of local guides who will examine, discuss, compare and contrast the cultural and temporal similarities and diversities between the gardens of Italy and France and the historical influences on their design.

From A$14,650 AUD

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European Ballet escorted small groups tour for senior travellers

18 days

Jun, Sep

European Ballet escorted small groups tour for senior travellers

Visiting France, Germany

For couples and solo travellers who enjoy the ballet and the arts this 16 day program from Amsterdam to Hamburg and finishing in Paris is a dance delight. Programs and actual performances will vary, but the structure and fabric of the experiences to be enjoyed within a small group remains the cornerstone of your experience on this program.

From A$10,750 AUD

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Bach Classical European Music Festival small group tour

16 days

Jun

Bach Classical European Music Festival small group tours

Visiting Germany

Enjoy the best of Bach travelling with mature couples or solo travellers in a small group tour. We take time to appreciate not just the music but also to explore Bach's history and influences in Germany. The program spends 16 days visiting the locations that where influences on his life as well as attending the Bach Music festival in Leipzig.

From A$10,995 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$6,750 AUD

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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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Venice, Italy

18 days

Aug

Art and History of Italy | Small Group Tour for seniors

Visiting Italy

Taken as a whole, Italian Civilization (which includes, of course, the splendid inheritance of Ancient Rome) is absolutely foundational to Western culture. Music, Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Literature, Philosophy, Law and Politics all derive from Italy or were adapted and transformed through the medium of Italy.

From A$14,450 AUD

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