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.

Tours

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Our 18 night program takes us on a journey through England’s timeless countryside and picturesque villages. A visitor to England’s villages is a time-traveller encircling the semi-tropical fishing villages of Cornwall, then across Dartmoor, now more desolate than ever. Then to the Cotswolds, the storybook villages now busier than ever. On the English-Welsh border the villages and towns have found new importance as repositories and exchanges for the artefacts of England’s past.

19 days
British Isles
Departing Jun, Sep, Oct

This small group tour allows the traveller to come to a greater appreciation of the long history of art and literature in England. We visit many of the places which inspired the great English writers and painters through the ages. With such an enormous field to choose from, our tour concentrates on the period before the Second World War and concentrates on just some of the many people significant in these fields. H

22 days
British Isles
Departing Jun

The Loire Valley is the largest site ever registered in France as World Heritage site by UNESCO. This walk crosses a multitude of historic towns and villages. Many of these places are explored on this walking tour.

18 days
Europe
Departing Jun, Sep

Learn about the history of Liverpool, Newcastle & Glasgow by studying the history, culture & people who created these incredible cities. Spend one week in each place with local  guides who share their knowledge with you.

22 days
British Isles
Departing Sep, Jul, Jun

Giacomo Puccini is considered one of the greatest composers of Italian opera. His works include Tosca, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Turandot. For Odyssey this Italy Puccini festival small group tour is a pleasure to offer.

20 days
Europe
Departing Jul

Explore 3,000 years of life on the mainland and on three of the islands. Only have time to examine segments of the country’s long and varied past. We will, delve deeply into a number of the events that shaped Scotland.

22 days
British Isles, Europe
Departing Jul

This programs gives participants a chance more to learn about this fascinating operatic duo, experiencing live performances and hearing from Gilbert and Sullivan experts. The tour also includes visits to several important museums, including the Black Country Living Museum, the Haymarket Theatre, and the Royal Academy of Music. The tour promises to be an unforgettable introduction to the world of Gilbert and Sullivan.

9 days
British Isles
Departing Aug

On this tour explore the world of Roman Britain as we trace the visible remains of the Roman occupation. The Romans occupied Britain for some 400 years and left behind a lasting legacy. Many of their buildings were pulled down and reused but there is still a lot left for us to discover. Join us as we travel in the footsteps of the legions through England and Wales, exploring what remains of their cities, fortresses, villas, bath houses and roads.

22 days
British Isles
Departing Aug
Prehistoric Britain small group history tour
Pre-guaranteed

This program examines human occupation in Britain some 500,000 years before the Romans arrived. It begins in Shetland, the northern extremity of Britain and works its way south to Stonehenge, exploring the landscapes that represent some of the most important prehistoric sites in Britain. Most of the focus of this program will be experiencing these megalithic and earthen structures constructed between the Stone Age and Iron Age.

21 days
British Isles
Departing Aug

Roman Gaul occupied France, Belgium, Luxembourg and South-west Germany. To this region the Romans brought roads, bridges, education, cities and, perhaps, above all the Peace of Rome. It was the freedom from pirates, bandits and other invaders which allowed the area to prosper. The remains of the Roman Gaul is explored today, 2000 years later.

20 days
Europe
Departing Aug

From the mediaeval jewel of Cesky Krumlow to the grandeur of the Habsburg’s summer palace in Vienna, we 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.

22 days
Europe
Departing Aug

Our small group tour of British history allows the active senior to spend three weeks gaining an overview of Britain’s seven ages, from the Neolithic to the Victorian era.

21 days
British Isles
Departing Aug
Contempporary Germany including Oberammergau
Guaranteed

Join us on this this comprehensive journey that begins in Heidelberg and ventures south to the romantic Black Forest to Munich. 22 Nights in Germany Featuring Berlin, Munich, the Black Forest, Bavaria, the Alps, and the Rhine as well as attending Oberammergau 2020.

23 days
Europe
Departing Aug

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.

18 days
Europe
Departing Sep, Aug

Participants 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.

9 days
Europe
Departing Sep
Scandinavian Designs Small Group Tour; Denmark, Sweden and Finland
Pre-guaranteed

Denmark, Sweden and Finland realised that the only way to remain competitive on the world stage was through the value of superior design. We explore the cities and towns where those high quality products, appreciated around the world, are created.

21 days
Europe
Departing Sep

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