Summer School classes  for mature and senior travellers

Odyssey school program is a learning program of week-long teaching sessions offered each January in Hobart, Tasmania. Courses are refreshed for each year’s programs. Each class is limited to 15 people.

Over the last twenty-five years, Odyssey’s small group Summer School Program has given countless travellers an unforgettable educational and travel experience. Each summer, we prepare and offer fun and challenging special interest courses and programs designed to give travellers the options and opportunity to learn about literature, history, religion, Australian culture, and the arts, among many other topics. These courses are designed in such a way that enthusiasts can deepen their knowledge of a particular topic or be initiated into new understandings on a subject.

We don’t quite live on campus, but we will be staying in a comfortable hotel in central Hobart! We will enjoy welcome and farewell dinners in between our seminars, as well as daily morning tea and lunch.

These programs offered are tailor-made for mature-aged and senior travellers who are eager to explore in-depth a particular topic. Summer school learning programs for mature and senior travellers who are and remain curious about the world. Read more about our philosophy of the Odyssey Summer Schools.

Tours

Masterpieces of French Cinema | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

Discover five masterpieces of French cinema in this new Summer School tour.

7 days
Departing Jan
Victorian Britain
Pre-guaranteed

Victorian Britain | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

This course will look at the life and times of Queen Victoria who reigned over the British Empire between 1837 and 1901. During that period Britain underwent what amounted to a revolution in industry, agriculture, transport, politics, science, medicine and the arts.

7 days
Departing Jan

Extraordinary Women from Medieval and Renaissance Europe | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

This Summer school course will examine the life and deeds of a number of strong women living in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Women seldom wrote the history books in the period between 1050 and 1650.

7 days
Departing Jan
Glory of Greece
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Uncovering Ancient Greece | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

The Glory of Greece course examines the history of the Ancient Greeks from Mycenaean, Minoan and Homeric times until the commencement of the Peloponnesian War in 431BC. We discover the development of a classical, ancient people and culture.

7 days
Departing Jan
Houses and gardens of Southern Tasmania
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Houses and Gardens of Southern Tasmania | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

Houses and gardens of Southern Tasmania runs for five days and takes in ten different gardens and three heritage-listed houses. We will step back into the past and experience life as it was two centuries ago.

7 days
Departing Jan
Tasmania Wilderness
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Tasmanian Wilderness | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

The Tasmania Wilderness summer school is held annually in Hobart in early January. This summer school allows you to experience the great western wilderness of Tasmania, while staying at a comfortable ‘base camp’ in a Hobart hotel!

7 days
Departing Jan
Convicts and Emigrants
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Convicts and Emigrants in Early Tasmania | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

The course focuses on  Tasmania and its similarities and differences from the ‘mainland’ as a convict colony, with a particular focus on women’s experiences.

 

7 days
Departing Jan

Sir John Monash | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

This lecture series  examines the ANZAC story throughout the Great War from Gallipoli (1915) to the Western Front (1918) through the life of Australia’s greatest wartime military leader Lt General Sir John Monash.

7 days
Departing Jan
Charlie Chaplin - Modern Times movie scene
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Charlie Chaplin and the making of Hollywood | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

Spend a week in Hobart, Tasmania attending this summer school course which traces the early life and development of the comic genius of the twentieth century through to the end of the silent era. It is set against the phenomenal growth of the American film industry and lasting impact of Chaplin’s life and art upon the world. It goes deeper than the knock about comedian, pantomime artist and Little Tramp that we see in his early short films.

7 days
Departing Jan
Narryna house Hobart
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Tasmanian Colonial homes, centring on Hobart and Launceston | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

Summer School tour that examines the Historic homes and the history of their occupiers.

7 days
Departing Jan

Romans settling Britain & Gaul | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

This course will investigate  contemporary accounts of Roman of the path to occupation and then settlement in Britain and Gaul. This class will endeavour to consider and discuss the contribution Rome and the Romans had on the places controlled  by these invaders.

7 days
Departing Jan

Italian Renaissance | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

This Summer school course looks at the influence and contribution five key families in shaping today’s Italy. In the 15th and 16th centuries the principalities that became Italy were alive with new ideas. The boundaries of art, architecture, music, science, politics, religion and literature were pushed. It was also riven by bitter rivalry and even open warfare between the numerous independent city states.

7 days
Departing Jan

Art in Tasmania, Including MONA | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

This tour brings together discussions and expeditions to visit art collections with particular attention on the critically acclaimed MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art.

7 days
Departing Jan
Pre-guaranteed

The Great Philosophers and Us | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

This course takes you back to the birthplace of western philosophy and the basis for our inner growth as individuals, as communities and a civilisation that continues to question its values and our very being ever since. Our small group will explore these origins of thought, the masterpieces of literature and drama that reach far beyond their initial time and place and let them speak again to us today.

7 days
Departing Jan

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