Europe Tours

Odyssey’s tours of Europe are inclusive travel packages by this small group tour company offering small group tours around the world . With a knowledgeable tour guide our small group tours Europe for senior or mature couples & the solo traveller spend time exploring and learning about the destinations of Europe . For the traveler these Europe trip packages 2022 for groups of up to sixteen senior travelers, represent the best of the grand tour of Northern Europe, Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Southern Europe, classic journeys to be enjoyed from one of the best European tour companies. The organized tour offered to satisfy your requirements for a European vacation package as a solo traveler/single traveller maybe a European walking tour , coach tour or one of our European train tours complete with Eurail pass.

A travel experience as part of a European tours program that provides small group touring that will explore the culture and history of the place in a relaxed environment. Our guided European bus tour program represent some of the best European tours packages for seniors exploring on a multi country tour, some of the great European cities such as, Athens, Prague, Venice, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Istanbul or Vienna, in Central Europe or Lisbon, ancient Rome, or perhaps the quaint villages or old town(s) of the Dalmatian coast or the Amalfi coast.

You can also join Odyssey on some of the best European tours for seniors on a range of travel dates for walking including the Camino de Santiago or other European pilgrims trails, but we do not offer a river cruise anywhere. Each European tour focuses on particular parts of Europe with small group tours to Spain and Portugal, Czech Republic or Southern Italy allowing you time to view the beautiful scenery such as Iceland or the Norwegian fjords or take in the heritage sites such as the colosseum in Rome.

A tour of Europe, the grand tour to St Peter’s basilica, Prague, Budapest anywhere in Eastern Europe or just the Czech republic or many a UNESCO world heritage site are destinations many travelers aspire to visit and are included in the itinerary of each of our European package tours offered. To be one of the best European package tours for seniors, means we have to listen to you, our travelers, to offer travel for seniors in a tour package that goes beyond spectacular scenery, with an itinerary of merit on any of our escorted tours offered as part of our Europe tour package program.

Travel to France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the islands of the Mediterranean sea, Croatia, Central Europe, Greece or Turkey. Typically Odyssey offers extraordinary itineraries for a 21 day fully escorted tour with a tour director in a European destination with a good tour director and local guides, to allow you to explore and learn about the ancient ruins of Rome or Greece, understand the importance of the Doge’s palace in Venice or piracy along the Dalmatian coast and Dubrovnik dating back to the Greeks. A selected Odyssey tour of Europe provides such tour packages to allow you enjoy a trip to remember on one of Odyssey’s small group tours.

Odyssey’s small group tours Europe are typically for 21 days fully escorted with local guides with typically up to 12 travellers, a blend of solo traveller (s) and couples booked on a European tour package. Maximum would be 16 travellers on the small group tours Europe.

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Riva del Garda,Trentino,Italy

Lake Garda

4 mins read EuropeItaly

Hugged by mountains and long sandy beaches, beautiful Lake Garda is a favoured holiday location. The stunning scenery, relaxed atmosphere, year-round mild temperature, and richly cultured historic towns and villages all make Lake Garda a…

Rodin Museum

Musée Rodin, France

5 mins read EuropeFrance

World’s most extensive collection of Auguste Rodin’s work, displayed in the beautiful house and gardens of the Hotel Biron, the Musee Rodin is a highlight of any trip to Paris.

Warsaw, Poland

5 mins read EuropePoland

The History of Warsaw By Marco Stojanovik Warsaw, the Polish capital city, has a fascinating history of cultural and economic development in the face of foreign occupation. Emerging in the 14th century as an important…

Riga in Latvia

Riga, Latvia

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The History of Riga By Marco Stojanovik Riga, the Latvian capital, is a beautiful city that lies on the banks of the Daugava River at its mouth on the Gulf of Riga at the Baltic…

Tromso at night

Tromsø, Norway

2 mins read EuropeNorway

Tromsø, Norway Tromsø is the largest city of Northern Norway and one of the most popular destination in the country to watch the Northern Lights for a memorable holiday. Tromsø lies 350 km north of…

Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona, Spain

2 mins read EuropeSpain

Pamplona, Spain Pamplona, the capital of Navarre in northern Spain, is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermin fiesta, and for being one of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite cities. Hemingway visited…

Burgos Cathedral, Spain

Burgos, Spain

2 mins read EuropeSpain

Burgos, Spain Burgos in northern Spain is the country’s original heartland, initially known as Castilla la Vieja – the old part of the kingdom of Castile. The city of Burgos, founded in 884, was the…

Southern Italy

Matera, Italy

5 mins read EuropeItaly

Matera, Italy The ancient town of Matera, Basilicata. The ancient city of Matera, in southern Italy, is among the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, a place of primordial beauty, where cave houses are carved directly…

Bari aerial view

Bari, Italy

4 mins read EuropeItaly

Bari, Italy Aerial view of Bari, Italy. While travel guides and blogs have begun to tout Apulia as Italy’s ‘newest hotspot’ (Vogue Australia), the province’s capital, Bari, has been unfairly neglected. But we think this…

Trulli, Apulia.

Apulia, Italy

6 mins read EuropeItaly

Apulia, Italy The iconic trulli of Alberobello. The heel of Italy’s boot, the Apulia region (Italian: Puglia) is slowly taking its place among Italy’s major destinations. With a wealth of historic towns, beautiful scenery and…

Duomo di Messina

Messina, Italy

4 mins read EuropeItaly

Messina, Italy Messina cityscape. Only a few kilometres from the Italian mainland, the city of Messina has long been the gateway to Sicily, a fascinating historical centre with a Belle Epoque twist. The city of…

Olive forest, Corfu

Corfu, Greece

6 mins read EuropeGreece

Corfu differs to much of the rest of Greece, with notable limited archaeological sites but an abundant mixture of forts, medieval castles, palaces, Greek orthodox churches, and monuments.

King Leonidas

Sparta, Greece

4 mins read EuropeGreece

Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece famous for its powerful military. Throughout ancient Sparta a prominent militaristic culture pervaded with citizens’ lives centred around war.

Volga River, Russia

3 mins read EuropeRussia

The Volga River Flowing from Russia’s northwest to the Caspian Sea in the south, and measuring 3,530 m, the Volga river is the longest river in Europe. The Volga has throughout its history become an…

Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, Armenia

4 mins read EuropeArmenia

Yerevan, Armenia Similar to its neighbouring countries in the South Caucasus, the Republic of Armenia has a history marked by incredible losses and bloody wars, which continued even after its independence from the former Soviet…

Walhalla Memorial, Germany

Walhalla Memorial, Germany

2 mins read EuropeGermany

Walhalla Memorial, Germany The Neoclassical Walhalla Memorial, reminiscent of the Parthenon and reaching for the grandeur of the mythological Norse Valhalla after which it was named, is located high above the Danube River, east of…

The Festspielhaus in spring, Bayreuth, Germany

Bayreuth, Germany

3 mins read EuropeGermany

Bayreuth, Germany Bayreuth is located on the Red Main river in Northern Bavaria. The pretty, mid-sized town is world famous for the Bayreuth Festival, and for its affiliation with the German composer Richard Wagner. The…

Old Town Hall at Marienplatz Square in Munich

Munich, Germany

4 mins read EuropeGermany

Munich, Germany Munich, capital of Bavaria, lies on the elevated plains north of the edge of the Bavarian Alps. The city of Munich is the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg. It…

Dresden, Saxony, Germany

Dresden, Germany

3 mins read EuropeGermany

Dresden, Germany Dresden is the capital of the German state of Saxony, and the third largest city in eastern Germany after Berlin and Leipzig. It lies in the basin of the Elbe River between Meissen…

Teatro Massimo.

Palermo, Sicily

4 mins read EuropeItaly

Palermo, Sicily Palermo Cathedral mixes Arab and Norman styles, a testament to Sicily’s multicultural history. The capital of Sicily and the island’s chaotic heart, Palermo is where civilisations – Arab, Norman, Italian – collide. Palermo…

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, Russia

3 mins read EuropeRussia

Baikal is the world’s oldest lake, formed around 25-30 million years ago, it is also the deepest and largest by volume, making up 20% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water.


Belvedere Palace Austria

4 mins read EuropeAustria

Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere) is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and as much as piece of art as the impressive works housed in its interior. The large complex actually features two palaces (Upper and Lower)…

Schönbrunn Palace Austria

5 mins read EuropeAustria

Schonbrunn Palace, also referred to as Schoenbrunn Palace, is Vienna's most popular attraction and it is not hard to see why. The opulent summer palace of the Habsburgs is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and…

Highlights of Lithuania | Grutas Park

Grutas Park Lithuania

3 mins read EuropeLithuania

A communist statue graveyard, Grutas Park is a dark homage to one of the worst periods of Lithuanian history. Eight kilometres east of Druskininkai, a spa town on the Nemunas River in southern Lithuania, Grutas…

Temple of Concordia

Agrigento, Italy

3 mins read EuropeItaly

Agrigento, Italy Temple of Castor and Pollux, Agrigento. The city of Agrigento (Greek: Akragas) has been a hub of people and trade for over 2, 500 years. As Akragas it was among the greatest cities of…


Noto, Italy

4 mins read EuropeItaly

Noto, Italy Palazzo Ducezio and the Basilica Minore di San Nicolò, Noto. Long off the tourist trail, the city of Noto – capital of Sicilian baroque – is one of the most beautiful cities in…


Sicily, Italy

4 mins read EuropeItaly

Sicily, Italy An autonomous region of Italy, Sicily is a world apart: an ancient and rugged island shaped by successive waves of civilisation. Long the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily is surprisingly untouched by modernity,…

Ggantija interior altar

Megalithic temples of Ġgantija, Malta

3 mins read EuropeMalta

Megalithic temples of Ġgantija, Malta The megalithic temples of Ġgantija, on the Maltese island of Gozo are the world’s second-oldest standing structures (after Gobekli Tepe in Turkey), predating Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.…

Scenic summer panorama of the Market Square (Kauppatori) at the Old Town pier in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

3 mins read EuropeFinland

Helsinki, Finland Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a treasure trove for lovers of history and all eras of architecture and design. Dubbed the “white city of the north” due to its buildings constructed from…

Gozo, Malta

3 mins read EuropeMalta

Gozo has been inhabited since 5000 BC, when farmers from nearby Sicily crossed over. The island is home to many of the world's oldest freestanding buildings, including the famous neolithic Ġgantija temples.

The Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints

Yekaterinburg, Russia

3 mins read EuropeRussia

Yekaterinburg, Russia Yekaterinburg sits on the eastern slopes of the Ural Mountains, about 1,667 kilometres east of Moscow. This city in the heart of the Ural region is located just east of the border of…

Valletta, Malta.

Valletta, Malta

3 mins read EuropeMalta

Valletta, Malta Few European cities capture the imagination quite like Valletta, the evocative golden capital of Malta. Only 1 kilometre by 600 metres, it packs in so much history and culture that when it was…

Trans-Siberian Landscapes and Wildlife

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

3 mins read EuropeRussia

Krasnoyarsk, Russia Krasnoyarsk, sitting on both banks of the Yenisey River, which in turn is traversed by the Trans-Siberian Railway, is a popular stop in Siberia. Bordered by the city in the south is the…

Russia tours

Irkutsk, Russia

3 mins read EuropeRussia

Irkutsk, Russia Irkutsk, the administrative centre of the Irkutsk oblast (region) in Eastern Siberia, is a popular stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway due to its proximity to UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, the largest, deepest, and oldest…

The Benedictine Abbey

Montserrat, Spain

4 mins read EuropeSpain

An hour outside of Barcelona is the impressive multi-peaked mountain range known as Montserrat. Within its dramatic, rocky mountain tops hides the Benedictine Monestir de Montserrat, a monastery popular with visitors from all over the…

Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

2 mins read EuropeIceland

Skaftafell National Park, Iceland The Skaftafell National Park was established in 1967, but became part of the newly created Vatnajokull National Park in 2008. Skaftafell, which spans 500 square kilometres, now forms the park’s southern…

Water course falling down to Lagarfljot lake in Eastern Iceland, the mountain landscape of Fljotsdalsherad municipality is at background

Egilsstadir, Iceland

2 mins read EuropeIceland

Egilsstadir, Iceland Egilsstaðir on the banks of the Lagarfljót river is the largest town in East Iceland. As of 2018, it is home to fewer than 3,000 people. With its natural wonders as well as…

The streets of Girona

Girona, Spain

4 mins read EuropeSpain

Girona is Northern Catalonia's biggest city, an hour and a half's drive from Barcelona. A compact medieval fortress city with the best-preserved Jewish quarter in Europe, Girona offers a medley of galleries, churches, restaurants, museums…

Isafjordur Iceland

Isafjordur, Iceland

2 mins read EuropeIceland

Isafjordur, Iceland Ísafjörður in the largest town in Iceland’s Westfjords peninsula, but is home to fewer than 3,000 residents. The town, fuelled by a thriving fishing industry, did not form on this site until after…

Mafra, Portugal

5 mins read EuropePortugal

A forty-minute drive from Lisbon, you will find the town of Mafra near the west coast of Portugal. The town is known for the landmark that dominates it, the opulent Palácio Nacional de Mafra (Mafra…

Snaefellsnes Peninsula Iceland

Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

3 mins read EuropeIceland

Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is located in West Iceland about 120 kilometres from the Icelandic capital of  Reykjavik. Dubbed “Iceland in miniature”, a day trip to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula offers beautiful, diverse scenery…

The Castle of Obidos

Óbidos, Portugal

4 mins read EuropePortugal

A tiny, charming town with over 3000 inhabitants, Obidos is an hour from Lisbon and feels like stepping back in time. The medieval village's historic centre features picturesque cobbled streets and traditional white houses, surrounded…


Nazare, Portugal

5 mins read EuropePortugal

An ancient fishing village turned popular seaside resort, Nazare is only an hour and a half from Lisbon but it feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The town became world-famous…


Quimper, France

4 mins read EuropeFrance

Quimper, France The cultural heart of Brittany, the charming small city of Quimper is a gateway into France’s most distinct region. Believed to be inhabited since the neolithic, Brittany is home to some of the…

The view of Toledo

Toledo, Spain

5 mins read EuropeSpain

An hour south of Madrid, sitting atop a gorge overlooking the Tagus River, is the magnificent city of Toledo. Often called 'Imperial City' because it was the main venue of the court of Charles V,…

Dali museum

Figueres, Spain

4 mins read EuropeSpain

On Catalonia’s Costa Brava, 45 minutes from Girona, lies the small town of Figueres, the birthplace of surrealist artist Salvador Dali and home to the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dali. Apart from the Dali museum, Figueres…

Zaragoza town centre

Zaragoza, Spain

5 mins read EuropeSpain

The city of Zaragoza, the fifth-biggest city in Spain, lies in the region of Aragon in northern Spain and is easy to reach from both Madrid and Barcelona. Home to beautiful Moorish architecture, Roman ruins,…

The seaside town of Tarragona

Tarragona, Spain

4 mins read EuropeSpain

Just over an hour by train from Barcelona is the magnificent port city of Tarragona. Located on the Costa Daurada, Tarragona is home to sparkling beaches and a wealth of Roman ruins. Once a major…

A church on a hillside in Andorra


4 mins read EuropeSpain

One of Europe’s micro-states, you will find Andorra tucked away the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. With quaint villages, stunning ski resorts and plenty of shopping opportunities, this tiny country has beautiful natural surroundings…

The Sagrada Familia, still under construction

The Sagrada Familia, Spain

3 mins read EuropeSpain

La Sagrada Familia The Sagrada Familia, still under construction A small group guided tour of La Sagrada Familia, perhaps one of the world’s most iconic buildings, including the Basilicai Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia…

Sitges, Barcelona

Sitges, Spain

3 mins read EuropeSpain

A charming seaside town just 35 km from Barcelona, Sitges, with its pristine beaches, array of art galleries and vibrant bars and clubs, Sitges has something for everyone. Sometimes referred to as the St. Tropez…


Bayeux, France

3 mins read EuropeFrance

The quaint medieval city of Bayeux is home to one big ticket item – the fascinating Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman Conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Though the origins of…

Moorish architecture in Alhambra, Spain

Granada, Spain

4 mins read EuropeSpain

Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain’s southernmost region of Andalucia, Granada was the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors and the brilliance of Moorish spirit and culture endures in the city…

Caen, France

4 mins read EuropeFrance

The city of Caen, with a dramatic history spanning from the time of William the Conqueror to the D-Day Landing, is a highlight of any Normandy tour.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain

3 mins read EuropeSpain

n the heart of Basque Country, 11km from the Bay of Biscay, you will find Bilbao, one of northern Spain’s greatest treasures. Renowned for its famous Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao’s architectural wonders are surrounded by a…

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

4 mins read EuropeLithuania

Just outside the northern city of Siauliai lies a small hill in the middle of farmland that has been crowned with around 100,000 crosses in all different sizes. There are tiny crosses, massive wooden crosses…

Riga Cathedral, Latvia

3 mins read EuropeLatvia

One of the most recognisable features in the Latvian capital, Riga Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the largest medieval church in the Baltic states. Found in 1211,…

One of the remaining towers at Turaida Castle

Turaida Castle, Latvia

5 mins read EuropeLatvia

The beautiful Turaida Castle looks like it came straight off the pages of a storybook. One might expect to see a princess peering down at them from the castle's tall cylindrical tower, built in 1214.…

Rundale Palace, Latvia

4 mins read EuropeLatvia

80 km south of Riga, the Latvian capital, one will find Rundale Palace, a magnificent Baroque and Rococo-style mansion used as the summer residence for the Dukes of Courland. Often referred to as the 'Versailles…

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

5 mins read EuropeDenmark

The most photographed attraction of Copenhagen is not a royal palace or the world-famous amusement park Tivoli Gardens, but a statue of a mythical figure many may associate with a Disney film: the Little Mermaid.…

The Palace at Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens, Denmark

4 mins read EuropeDenmark

Tivoli, also known as Tivoli Gardens, is an opulent amusement park and pleasure garden in downtown Copenhagen. Opened in 1843, it is the second-oldest amusement park in the world and the most visited in Scandinavia.

Amalienborg Palace Denmark

Amalienborg Palace, Denmark

5 mins read EuropeDenmark

In Copenhagen, one will find Amalienborg, the home of the Danish royal family. Consisting of four identical 18th-century palaces with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard, Amalienborg has been home to Danish royals since 1784…

Ataturk's Mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey

Ankara, Turkey

4 mins read EuropeTurkey

Ankara, formerly Angora, the capital of the Turkish republic, is located a little to the west of central Anatolia about 350 kilometres southeast of Istanbul. It is the centre of Turkish Government and houses all…

Braga Portugal

Braga, Portugal

5 mins read EuropePortugal

Braga is Portugal's third-largest city and its most important religious centre. With almost four dozen places of worship, Braga is something of an ecclesiastical destination, particularly around Easter. However, a large student population also means…

St Basil Cathedral Moscow Russia

Moscow, Russia

4 mins read EuropeRussia

Highlights of Russia | Moscow Moscow is Russia’s political centre and its most populous metropolis. Viewed from the air, Moscow’s city layout resembles concentric rings circling the Kremlin, the seat of the Russian government and…

View of the Peterhof Grand Palace - Russia

St Petersburg, Russia

4 mins read EuropeRussia

St Petersburg is the second largest among the Russian cities, after Moscow, and is famous for its important role in Russian history and its cultural and architectural landmarks.  The historic centre of St Petersburg is…

Ulm Minster

Gothic Germany

7 mins read EuropeGermany

The term Gothic is often used to refer to a turning point and new era of European architecture that is generally seen as starting in the mid 12th century. Gothic architecture was in stunning contrast…

Southern Italy

Southern Italy

11 mins read EuropeItaly

Southern Italy: from Magna Graecia to Italian Unification When you ask people about Italy, more often than not one of the first places they mention is the capital city, Rome, or the submerged streets of…

Leipzig, Germany, Old town

Leipzig, Germany

6 mins read EuropeGermany

Leipzig, encircled by a ring of parks and gardens, the city is a major industrial centre and buzzing with life. It has long been regarded as a major intellectual and cultural centre, known since the…

Hungary, Budapest

History of Modern Hungary

9 mins read EuropeHungary

The foundations of the Hungarian state were established way back in the late ninth century, the story of Hungarian statehood is a complex one. How Hungary came to be is undeniably gripping and allows the…

Nuuk Greenland

Nuuk, Greenland

3 mins read EuropeGreenland

Nuuk is an incredible city to visit, a small but cosmopolitan city with modern conveniences–gourmet dining, beautiful boutique fashion shops, apartment blocks–that still also retains its centuries-old indigenous roots.

Louvre Paris

The Louvre Museum

3 mins read EuropeFrance

The Louvre Museum (Musee du Louvre) is the world’s largest museum and most visited art gallery in the world, displaying some 35,000 artworks from the antiquities to the mid-19th century and attracting nearly 10 million…

Arromanches les Bains, Normandy, France.

Normandy Beaches

4 mins read EuropeFrance

The Normandy beaches in northwestern France were the location of D-Day during World War II, the historic simultaneous landings of Allied troops that liberated Western Europe and eventually put an end to the Nazi Reich.

Pilgrimage; Camino-de-Santiago

Camino de Santiago

4 mins read EuropeSpain

The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St James, is an ancient Catholic pilgrimage route that runs across northern Spain to the shrine of the Apostle St James in Santiago de Compostela…


Barcelona Travel Notes

13 mins read EuropeSpain

Barcelona is one of the cultural highlights of Europe. Situated on the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the Catalan capital is famous for its distinctive architecture and its world-renowned food and wine.

Santorini greece white houses

History of Santorini

7 mins read EuropeItaly

History of Santorini: From the Minoans to the Greek Republic The history of the Greek islands of Santorini (or Thera) stretches back to the Neolithic Era more than 3,000 years ago. A place of great importance…

Banjska stena viewpoint at Tara National Park, Serbia

Balkan Histories: the Serbian Story

18 mins read EuropeSerbia

Serbia’s history is always fascinating, often complicated and rarely without controversy. To gain a better insight into this fascinating past, read on for a brief synopsis of Serbia’s story, from its origins in Slavic migration…

Venice - Ptolemy's map

Venice and the History of Maps

9 mins read EuropeItaly

Venetian Maps and How they Ruled the World ‘Venice was always a frontier,’ Peter Ackroyd (2009) declares in Venice: Pure City. ‘When the empire was divided in the time of Charlemagne, the lagoons of Venice…

Oberammergau passion play 2020

Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

7 mins read EuropeGermany

Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 | Small group tours Germany In 2020, Odyssey will offer three small group tours of Europe that will include the Oberammergau Passion Play: Contemporary Germany, The Habsburgs, and our Berlin tour. This article is…

Loire Valley France

Loire Valley France

8 mins read EuropeFrance

The Loire Valley in France is renowned for its picturesque natural beauty, and the region also combines all the ingredients of what the French consider to be the good life. The Valley is the home…

The Elegant Arcades of Paris

8 mins read EuropeFrance

The Elegant Arcades of Paris Part of the pleasure of getting to know the real Paris lies in getting off the main tourist trail and discovering its many hidden pockets and secrets. Its gorgeous arcades…

Sicilian people

The Sicilians and their Kings

9 mins read EuropeItaly

The Sicilians and their Kings While popular images of Sicily might focus on the active volcano, Mount Etna, or the poverty that led to the mass migration of Sicilians to America, forming today’s communities of…

Lisbon Tram

The Golden Years of Lisbon

9 mins read EuropePortugal

Successfully breaking the Venetian monopoly on spices and also cornering the African market made Portugal cash-rich. Pepper, which the Portuguese bought for two cruzados (gold coin) a sack in Cochin, India, was sold for 30…

Winter in Rome, Roman Ruins

The Roman Empire

12 mins read EuropeItaly

The Roman Empire The Roman Empire at its peak covered an area of five million square kilometres (1.9 million square miles) and included territories in Asia, Africa, and the Western European nations around the Mediterranean…

Paris, France

Paris Leaders & Landmarks

5 mins read EuropeFrance

Paris Leaders & Landmarks   The inhabitants of a place surely influence how it is perceived. Parisian politicians have certainly left their marks on some of France’s most famous landmarks, creating some amazing stories for…

Crete tours

Crete History for Travellers

6 mins read EuropeGreece

Crete History for Travellers Crete is one of the most beautiful and traditional regions of Greece. Although Cretans have fought generations of invaders, they are a people whose courtesy and hospitality is legendary. These lands…


Creating Athens

11 mins read EuropeGreece

Creating Athens Aerial view of Athens, Greece This article Creating Athens traces the civilisations of antiquity to the rise of Athens as a city-state after the world’s first “Dark Age”. It is intended as background…

art restoration

The Delicate Art of Art Restoration

9 mins read Europe

The Delicate Art of Art Restoration The Netherland’s Rijkmuseum recently announced that it will be restoring Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, its most famous and most treasured painting by the Dutch master. Rembrandt’s group portrait masterpiece,…


Mature Travellers Discovering Hungary

8 mins read EuropeHungary

Travellers Discover Hungary Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe, bordered by Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Austria. It is best-known for its capital Budapest, the country’s cultural and commercial centre and home…

Rhodes island. Greece

Trip to Greece

21 mins read EuropeGreece

A Greek Odyssey Greece (Greek: Ελλάς, Hellas) is located in sun drenched Southern Europe, on the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula. It boasts extensive coastlines and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas.…


There is no lack of destinations to experience in Europe. Odyssey has listed some of the most unique destinations in Europe, which you should try to visit at least once in your lifetime:

  • Visit Iceland and discover some stunning natural wonders including the impressive waterfalls Seljalandfoss and Skogafoss.
  • The Lofoten Islands, above the Arctic Circle, Northern Norway.
  • From the never-ending daylight of midnight sun in summer to winter’s northern lights over snowy peaks, Lofoten charms visitors in every season.
  • Visit Provence from mid-June to mid-Aug to see the Lavender in Bloom in Provence, France.
  • The magical island of Crete, Greece. As epicenter of the Minoan culture in its early days, Crete was also part of The Roman Empire, Byzantium, The Arabs, The Ottoman Empire and Venetia.
  • The Cotswold region, England, to experience the gently rolling countryside, romantic thatched cottages with roses trailing from windows and cream teas, with beautiful Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Roman and Georgian history.
  • Transylvania, Romania, off the beaten path with incredible beauty and rich in culture, but with fewer tourists. Also, with its famous Dracula castle – Bran Castle.
  • Yerevan, Armenia’s capital city and most populous city, it’s home to jaw-dropping scenery, mouth-watering food, and some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
  • Budapest, the capital of Hungary should definitely be on your bucket list if you’re fond of castles, hills and culture. The Danube river divides this eastern European city into Buda and Pest.
  • The Outer Hebrides, Scotland, offers unspoiled strips of immaculate golden beaches that are rarely touched by human footprints.  And yet, the water really is Caribbean blue.


Odyssey Traveller is based in Sydney, Australia, however, we have many travellers from USA, Canada, UK and Europe who travel with us every year.

We specialise in educational small group tours for seniors, typically groups sizes are between 6 to 12 people, and no more than 16 travellers. Odyssey has been offering this style of adventure and educational programs since 1983. We offer a wide range of fully escorted, cultural and heritage journeys that expand horizons and broaden the mind. Our tours are designed for active, inquisitive travellers in a small group environment.

In major cities, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3–4-star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our long-stay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments where available.

Europe has a rich and distinctive history with a patchwork of cultures and traditions that span thousands of years. There is so much history to discover when visiting Europe and below are the top 10 places that Odyssey recommends visiting at least once in your lifetime:


Odyssey specialises in educational small group tours for solo traveller or those travelling with their partner, exclusively for senior or mature travellers, typically for groups of between 6 to 12 people, and no more than 18 travellers. Odyssey’s package holidays are tailored for the reasonably active senior or mature traveller, be you seeking over 50 travel groups, over 60, or over 70 and seeking to travel as a couple or looking for solo travel tours. Odyssey has been offering this style of adventure and educational programs since 1983, not just as small group escorted tours of Australia but all around the world.

Odyssey was originally developed by a collection of member Universities across Australia, New Zealand and Asia to lead the way in providing escorted, an educational small group tour for mature aged and senior travellers, to unique and intriguing parts of the world with a tour director and tour guide. Today, Odyssey still has an association with universities through the profile of the tour director for each tour group. It seeks out like-minded organisations and individuals committed to our philanthropic objectives by providing academic-based merit scholarships to university students studying in Australia and New Zealand.

Odyssey offers a wide range of educational, cultural and heritage journeys as an organised tour that expands horizons and broadens the mind with some 300 tours listed on the website, from Dinosaurs in Mongolia to a Walking Tour of the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain or the Australian outback. Designed for active, inquisitive travellers in a small tour group environment with a set itinerary. Tour attendees typically number between 6 to 12 and are a couple or solo travellers. This emphasis on small group travel with a tour leader ensures a friendly and personal tour environment for you and your fellow traveller, which is at the heart of our philosophy. Simply put, Odyssey Traveller provides holidays with an itinerary for couples and holidays for solo travellers over 50.

National parks are the perfect way to experience and appreciate the unique landscapes found throughout Europe. As you plan your next European getaway, be sure to make a stop or two at one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe, below are a few that Odyssey recommends:

If you prefer a warmer holiday, the best time to visit Europe is during the summer months of June to September. This is the time when the sun is high, the beaches are warm and the weather is sunny.

If you are a traveller who prefers when the crowds are smaller, the best months to visit Europe is during Spring (March-May) or Autumn (Sep-Nov).

If you are a keen skier or lover of Christmas markets, you should definitely go over December and January.


Odyssey Traveller specialises in educational small group tours for seniors, and average ages are between 56-75 years of ages, however, we welcome any ages over 50. We are based in Sydney, Australia, however, we have many travellers from USA, Canada, UK and Europe who travel with us every year.

Our group sizes are between 6 to 12 people, and no more than 16 travellers. Odyssey has been offering this style of adventure and educational programs to since 1983. We offer a wide range of fully escorted, cultural and heritage journeys that expand horizons and broaden the mind. Our tours are designed for active, inquisitive travellers in a small group environment.

Being Travel fit for mature and senior travellers remains an important element of enjoying a small group tour. This page shares tips about diet, solo travel, packing tips and footwear to help you plan your vacation to EuropeUnited KingdomAustralia or New Zealand for example.

Read about Odyssey’s frequent traveller Alumni Program here.

Odyssey’s active tours are designed for those mature travellers who enjoy an active lifestyle and would like to keep the same pace during their holidays. The activity level can usually be tailored to the group’s fitness level ensuring all travellers are looked after. Small groups of like-minded people, typically a maximum of 12 people.


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Island of Sicily

Malta & Sicily - Mediterranean Islands small group tour

For centuries MaltaSicily, held the key to the Mediterranean. Unlike other European tour companies, Odyssey provides a tour leader and local guides to share detailed itineraries about the destinations on these small group journeys. For mature couples and solo travellers. A reasonable single supplement is charged.

12 days
Departing Mar, Sep

Via de la Plata: Small Group Walking Tour in the Footsteps of Pilgrims

Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites introduced by local guides feature on this walking tour for mature couple and single travellers  in central Spain. The days itineraries  to selected destinations provide authentic experiences in central Spain. A single supplement is charged for solo travelers on these small group journeys.

20 days
Departing Sep, May

Crete Small Group Tour: The Minoans

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.

20 days
Departing Sep, Apr

Discover Bulgaria

Small group journeys to Bulgaria remain still off the beaten path as destinations for many mature couples and solo travellers. This European tour is led by a tour leader and supported by local guides who provide the authentic experiences our guests seek as they explore with like minded people.

14 days
Departing Sep, Jun

Faroe Islands Tour

Few European tour companies offer small group journeys to the Faroe Islands. This  five-day small group tour designed for mature couples and solo travellers. Local guides take you on trips off the beaten path to visit some of the islands’ most stunning sights and to explore the capital of Tórshavn.

5 days
Departing Sep, Apr
Warsaw Poland

Exploring Poland | Poland Small Group Tour

Odyssey’s European tour of Poland provides the guests with authentic experiences in a range of key historical destinations to enjoy. Your tour leader supported by knowledgeable local guides who provide daily itineraries that often take you off the beaten path to learn more about the places visited.

22 days
Departing Oct, Jun, Sep

Discover Romania

Small group travel from one of the best small group tour companies for Europe, to Romania. Join like minded people with a tour leader and local guides who provide fascinating sights at key destinations in Romania. For couples and single travellers. Minimal single supplement applies.

17 days
Departing Sep, Jun, Aug, Oct
Payanitsa chapel Krasnoyarsk

Helsinki to Irkutsk on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Escorted tour on the Trans-Siberian railway  network from West to East starting in Helsinki and finishing in Irkutsk  after 21 days. This is small group travel with like minded people and itineraries that maximise the travel experience of the 6 key destinations explored en-route. Our small group journeys are for  mature couples and solo travellers.

21 days
Departing Oct, May

Berlin walking tour

Enjoy an escorted walking tour of Berlin. This small group holiday is for like minded people, mature couples or solo travelers who enjoy getting off the beaten track and exploring with some adventure. The itineraries set for each day follow sections of the Berlin Wall, whilst local guides realise authentic experiences found in this amazing city.

12 days
Departing Oct, May

Via Francigena Walking Tour: Great St. Bernard Pass to Rome

An escorted tour that walks sections of the ancient pilgrimage route Via Francigena. Our small group is joined by Local guides to share knowledge and authentic experiences as our group of like minded people make their way to Rome.

18 days
Departing Oct, Apr

Krasnoyarsk to Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Mature and solo travelers group Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway for 22 days covering the second half of the Trans-Siberian journey, from Vladivostok to Krasnoyarsk to Vladivostok on the edge of Siberian Russia  Small group journeys with a tour leader, explores 5 key cities with local guides providing authentic experiences in each with stops of  2-3 nights.



22 days
Departing Oct

Southwest France: Along the Canal du Midi

This small group travel tour is off the beaten track taken by many, exploring and learning from local guides about one of the key world heritages sites, Canal du midi. This escorted tour is for mature couples and solo travellers with a passion for France.


18 days
Departing Oct, Apr

Moors in Spain

A small group tour of Spain exploring Spain’s Moorish past. Your tour leader discovers and  traces of the art, architecture, and culture and religious reign and of the Moors in Spain visiting their key cities of  Madrid, Toledo, Seville  and the cities of Andalusia.


17 days
Departing Oct, Mar
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Walking in Greece

Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites introduced by local guides feature on this walking tour for mature couple and single travellers.  The days itineraries  to selected destinations provide authentic experiences in the remote parts of Greece. A single supplement is charged for solo travelers on these small group journeys.

18 days
Departing Nov, Apr, Mar

European Cities Small Group History and Cultural Winter Tour

An escorted tour A Journey that commences in Rome and takes in 12 destinations  along its journey to Athens. This is an off season small group journey with like minded people. A small group tour across Southern Europe with local guides sharing authentic in-country authentic experiences for mature couples and solo travellers.

27 days
Departing Dec

Florence: Living in a Renaissance City

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.

22 days
Departing Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, May

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

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.

21 days
Departing Sep, Mar

Paris-Bordeaux-Provence By Train

For Odyssey Traveller this is one of our unique small group journeys in France, travelling by train from Paris to Bordeaux to Provence and back. Local guides support the tour leader with knowledge about destinations visited over the course of 20 days. There is a single supplement for solo travellers charged.

22 days
Departing Mar, Oct

Discovering Berlin Small Group Tour | 20 days living in Berlin

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.


20 days
Departing Apr, Oct

Irkutsk to Helsinki on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Escorted tour on the Trans-Siberian railway  network from East to West starting in Irkutsk and finishing in Helsinki after 21 days. This is small group travel with like minded people and itineraries that maximise the travel experience of the 6 key destinations explored en-route. Our small group journeys are for  mature couples and solo travellers.

21 days
Departing Apr, Aug

Vladivostok to Krasnoyarsk on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Mature and solo travelers group Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway for 22 days covering the second half of the Trans-Siberian journey, from Vladivostok to Krasnoyarsk in the heart of Siberian Russia  Small group journeys with a tour leader, explores 5 key cities with local guides providing authentic experiences in each with stops of  2-3 nights.

22 days
Departing Apr, Aug, May

Following Monet

Join Odyssey Traveller, one of the best small group tour companies for Europe, as we follow French Impressionist master Claude Monet (1840-1926) to the beloved places he painted joined by local guides in France on this 20-day European tour. Each day our small group journey visits key destinations that influenced Monet. Join like minded people be they couples or solo travellers on this escorted tour. Minimal Single supplement charged to Solo travellers.

21 days
Departing Apr, Sep

Barcelona Small Group Tour | The city explored in-depth

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.

21 days
Departing Aug, Apr
Ancient Turkey

Ancient Turkey escorted small group history tour

As a travel company we seek to keep guests off the beaten path. Trips that are remembered for authentic experiences. Our small group journeys in Turkey are fully escorted by an experienced local guide and an Odyssey guide to give this type of  experience whether at one of the many UNESCO World heritage sites explored or local bazaars. It is always about the adventure and memories that we will create.

22 days
Departing Sep, Apr, May

Amsterdam City Tour

Short escorted tour of Amsterdam exploring the city for 5 days as a small group. Your tour guide provides an authentic experience with expert local guides, exploring one of Europe’s most popular destinations with like minded people. Designed as a short tour for those who wish to spend additional time in places at the conclusion of their tour.

Departing Apr
mount of Mont Saint Michel, France

Anglo French Tour | Normandy, Brittany, Channel Islands tour

Our 21 night program has daily itineraries with plenty of authentic experiences provided by passionate local guides in the key destinations in France, Channel Islands and England for this small group of like minded people.  For Solo travellers minimal single supplement applies for this European tour.

Departing Apr, May, Sep

Discover Portugal

Join Odyssey Traveller small group journeys with like minded people on this immersive 18-day escorted tour of Portugal.  This travel experience takes us from the capital of Lisbon, through Portugal’s many historic cities and key UNESCO World heritage sites.

18 days
Departing Apr, Aug

Discover Spain

Join this small group travel, 21-day tour of Spain. For couples or solo traveler with minimal single supplement has daily itineraries with local guides that provide authentic experiences for those who seek small group journeys. Escorted tour begins in Madrid, finishes in Barcelona.

21 days
Departing May, Sep

Oberammergau Passion Play 2022 & the Habsburg cities

Enjoy the authentic experience of the  Oberammergau passion play on this escorted tour with one of the best small group tour companies in Europe. Our destinations and itineraries provide small group journeys  for like minded people. For solo travelers a minimal single supplement applies.

Departing May

Habsburg Spain vs Tudor England: small group tour exploring the history of 16th century England and Spain

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.

21 days
Departing May, Aug

Tour of Denmark's Culture & History

Experience group travel for couples and single travellers to Denmark.  This European tour provides a travel experience based around key destinations and itineraries  that provide authentic experiences in Denmark .A single supplement applies for solo travellers.

20 days
Departing Aug, May

Tour of Northern Italy's Lake and Alps

A European tour to the stunning Lakes Region of Italy. Your travel experience begins in Milan, daily itineraries include two of the region’s lakes – Garda and Maggiore, plus the Roman villa Desenzona and a day in Cinque Terre. Local guides share experience and knowledge with you on this escorted small group tour for couples and solo travelers.

22 days
Departing Sep, May

Sofia, Bucharest and Budapest | Small Group Tour

Bulgaria and Romania have been at the crossroads of civilisations for centuries. This is a small group tour from one of the best small group tour companies for Europe, whose trips each day, select destinations from local guides that provide authentic experiences for our guests who are on holiday.

23 days
Departing Sep, Jun

Lisbon & Barcelona small group tour

An escorted tour for like minded people that provides mature couples and solo travellers with daily itineraries that provide authentic experiences with qualified local guides in the great cities of Lisbon and Barcelona over 21 days.  For solo travellers a nominal single supplement is charged.

21 days
Departing Sep, Jun

Loire Valley Walking Tours | Small Group Tours of France

The Loire Valley is the largest of all the UNESCO World Heritage sites. This small group walking tour daily itineraries cross a multitude of historic towns and villages providing authentic experiences for couples and single travellers to enjoy. A small single supplement applies to solo travelers.

18 days
Departing Sep, Jun

Italy Puccini Festival small group Tour

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.

20 days
Departing Jul

Scotland small group tour | Tracing 5,000 years of history

This guided tour of Scotland with a tour leader and local guides includes the isle of Skye, Orkney islands, the Scottish highlands with breathtaking scenery. Edinburgh including the royal mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Fort William, Urquhart castle, Stirling castle, loch lomond, Hadrians wall and New Lanark also a UNESCO World heritage site.


22 days
Departing Jul, Sep
Contempporary Germany including Oberammergau

Contemporary Germany & Oberammergau Passion Play 2022

Enjoy the authentic experience of the  Oberammergau passion play on this  small group escorted tour. One of the best small group tour companies Europe, the destinations and itineraries provide small group journeys  for like minded people. For solo travelers a minimal single supplement applies.

23 days
Departing Aug

Contemporary Germany small group tour

Join us on this this comprehensive small group journey in Germany that begins in Heidelberg and ventures south to the romantic Black Forest to Munich. Spend 22 nights in Germany, featuring Berlin, Munich, the Black Forest, Bavaria, the Alps, and the Rhine.

21 days
Departing Aug

Via di Francesco Walking Tour | Small Group Walking Tours Italy

Experience with like minded people a small group journey walking  Via di Francesco (or the Way of St. Francis) in Italy. One of a few European tour companies who offer a tour leader and local guides for senior couples and single travellers on this journey between the key destinations on this walk.

18 days
Departing Sep

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