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:

  1. 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.
  2. You respect the communities you are visiting and the Covid-19 directions issued including social distancing.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Travellers should also familiarise themselves with our Peace of mind travel policy for Covid-19 as well as the terms and conditions applicable at the time of booking.

Sir John Monash

The Sir John Monash lecture series is part of Odyssey Traveller's annual week-long Summer School learning programs offered each January.

These lectures use the life of Australia's greatest wartime military leader, Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, in order to examine the ANZAC story through World War I, from Gallipoli (1915) to the Western Front (1918). Our educational program does not aim to be a comprehensive history of World War I. Instead we examine one man's personal story in order to trace the emergence of a young and assertive nation.

Our summer scholars:

  • Learn about the early life of John Monash, his family and influences - his character development, education, and values;
  • Understand his path to military leadership at Gallipoli;
  • Appreciate how an outsider won the War (with or without) glory;
  • Gain knowledge of his post-war life;
  • Trace the subsequent evaluations of Monash by historians and the public;
  • Use and assess primary historical sources for possible bias and accuracy

Summer School classes for mature and senior travellers

Odyssey offers a collection of week-long learning programs offered each January in Hobart, Tasmania. Our 2021 classes will be held in Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW (due to Covid-19 border restrictions). Courses are refreshed for each year’s programs. Classes are 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 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.

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.

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Overview: The tour will begin with a welcome reception and dinner.

Accommodation: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Overview: Each course will comprise four lectures a day on each of the five days, from

Monday to Friday, starting at 9.00 am. There will be only one lecture after lunch each day, in order to free up most of the afternoon for private study and other activities.

Today, we begin with the following schedule:

9am till Tea: Introduction
Tea till Lunch: Prussia
After Lunch: Melbourne Boy

Accommodation: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Overview: 9am till Tea: Melbourne Man
Tea till Lunch: Gallipoli
After Lunch: Great Retreat

Accommodation: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Overview: 9am till Tea: England
Tea till Lunch: Home
After Lunch: *FREE

Accommodation: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Overview: 9am till Tea: France
Tea till Lunch: Hamel
After Lunch: Group Challenge

Accommodation: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Overview: 9am till Tea: Knighted in the field
Tea till Lunch: Repatriation
After Lunch: 1918 – 1931

This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner together at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Overview: The tour will end after breakfast.

The post-war life and evaluation of Monash.
How an outsider won the War with or without glory.
The early life of John Monash, his family and influences – what can be learned from his character development his education and values.
The path to military leadership at Gallipoli.
The youth and young professional as the 19th century closes.

What’s included in our Tour

  • Six nights of accommodation
  • Six breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners.
  • Lectures and handouts as indicated.
  • Services of a study leader and lecturers.
  • Complimentary wifi.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Costs of a personal nature.
Sir John Monash lecture
Sir John Monash lecture