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Our curated Small Group Journeys are designed bring like minded travellers together for an immersive experience of the destinations we visit. From travelling to off-beat locations, from meeting locals and understanding their culture and way of life, to outdoor adventures and unique dining experiences, you can be rest assured of many unique and ‘WOW’ experiences on your journey with us.

2024-25 Odyssey Explore Tours

Avalon Danube Symphony Cruise

Avalon Danube Symphony Cruise

Cruise on the Lower Danube from Serbia to Romania on Avalon’s Active & Discovery Danube Symphony Cruise onboard Avalon Impression. Formidable medieval fortresses, bustling town squares, lush national parks, and mysterious archeological sites are amplified with an extensive menu of Classic, Discovery, and Active excursions throughout Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. The beauty of the Balkans meets the beauty of choice on Avalon’s Danube Symphony cruise.

8 Days. 20 to 28th June from Belgrade

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Avalon Romantic Rhine Cruise

Avalon Romantic Rhine Cruise

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting 8 day journey along the Rhine River onboard Avalon Illumination, which begins in Switzerland and visits France, Germany, and Holland! Cruise from Germany’s Black Forest to Strasbourg (France), visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, sail to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and visit Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture.

8 days. 02 to 09 Jul from Basel

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South African Discovery

South African Discovery

South Africa is a country blessed with the best of natural and man-made wonders. On this curated trip, you will venture into the bush on a safari to see the Big 5, watch the sun set over the Indian ocean, drive down the Garden route to the stunning Winelands region and experience the best of what Cape Town has to offer. This journey is packed with experiences but well paced out for you to soak it all in at your own time too. A journey to South Africa is a journey of a lifetime!

10 days. 29 Aug to 07 Sep from Johannesburg.

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Sawantwadi: A Royal Experience

Sawantwadi: A Royal Experience

Get ready for an authentic royal experience on our journey to the Sawantwadi Palace, an extraordinary royal ‘home’ set in the foothills of the Sindhudurg range and is a celebration of a bygone era. Get to learn about Ganjifa Art and Lacquerware which Sawantwadi is famous for. Interact with the current Prince and Princess and experience a specially curated tasting menu by them. Visit the mangroves and enjoy a picnic on Amboli Ghats & More.

4 days. 02 to 05 Sep 2024 from Goa (Mopa).

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Walk in Japan

Walk in Japan

On this off the beaten track journey to Japan, enjoy a privately guided hike on two of Japan’s most legendary overland routes—the UNESCO-listed Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (one of the only two UNESCO-listed pilgrimage routes in the world) and the beautiful Nakasendo Way. Walk through spectacular landscapes as you immerse yourself in the region's rich, ancient history. Our trip also includes local, authentic experiences in both Kyoto and Tokyo.

11 days. 04 – 14 Oct from Kyoto, Japan

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Mythical Arunachal

Mythical Arunachal

Known as 'Land of Dawn-lit-Mountains', Arunachal Pradesh is India’s remotest state and the first to greet the rising sun in India. This beautiful land is endowed with dazzling array of flora and fauna that is still untouched by modern tourism. Our journey covers the highlights of western Arunachal Pradesh that includes visiting the Bumla Pass on the Indo-China border, exploring Tawang, famous for its stunning monasteries, witnessing the beauty of the famous Sangti Valley and more.

9 days. 15 to 23 Oct from Guwahati

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Chettinad & Beyond

Chettinad & Beyond

Chettinad is famous for its grand and ornate 19th and 20th-century mansions, which were built by members of the Nattukottai Chettiyar caste, a prosperous banking and mercantile community. Discover Tamil Nadu's cultural wealth as we explore its ornate Hindu temples including the Meenakshi temple of Madurai and the Great Living Chola Temples of Thanjavur, visit some of the most beautiful Chettiar homes, enjoy some wonderful local Chettiar food and lots more.

6 days. 30 Jan to 04 Feb’25 from Madurai

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Classic Air-Cruise to Antarctica

Classic Air-Cruise to Antarctica

Antarctica is a frosted wilderness of glistening white as far as the eye can see. The pioneer in fly-cruise expeditions, Antarctica 21 gets you to the white continent from Punta Arenas, Chile in just two hours. And your expedition vessel, Magellan Explorer is waiting to take you on a cruise through ice-filled fjords and spectacular icebergs where you will experience natural ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art. See whales, seals, and sea birds worthy of seafaring poems.

8 days. 15 Feb & 25 Feb’25 from Punta Arenas, Chile

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Winter Wonderland - Northern Lights

Winter Wonderland - Northern Lights

Venture north to snow covered Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland, a winter paradise that captures the glorious wonder of winter, as you drive sled dogs and ride by horse-drawn sleigh, go snowshoeing and snowmobiling across this impossibly vast, white wilderness and sample local culinary treats. Meander through snowy forests and then spend the night under the stars in a glass igloo as you enjoy some of the best opportunities to behold the spectacular northern lights.

6 days. 12 to 17 Mar ’25 from Rovaniemi.

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Bhutan: Travel Beyond the Ordinary

Bhutan: Travel Beyond the Ordinary

The Kingdom of Bhutan’s storied history, unique culture and pristine environment are inextricably linked, making it one of the few destinations left on Earth where people and nature exist in harmony. Explore Thimpu, Punakha and Paro on our 7 day immersive tour of Bhutan and enjoy unique experiences including a trek to Tiger’s Nest, an archery lesson, a masterclass on the art of Bhutanese traditional textile dyeing and lots more.

7 days. 10 to 16 May from Paro

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Uzbekistan & The Ancient Silk Route

Uzbekistan & The Ancient Silk Route

Experience the best of fabled Silk Road cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva - all UNESCO World Heritage sites - as well as modern Tashkent on our 9 days tour of Uzbekistan. Learn about nomadic culture, Silk Road influences, historic tombs, widely-revered mosques and experience a culinary journey of this land that blends east and west.

9 days. 16 to 24 Apr from Tashkent

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Mandu and Maheshwar

Mandu and Maheshwar

Beautifully located on a plateau of forests, lakes and ravines, Mandu was built over generations of rulers and empires, and it still bears their unmistakable stamp. Visit this magnificent town that is an abode to some of the nation's best examples of Afghan architecture and get transported to an era of royalty, history and medieval splendour. Located on the banks of the Narmada, Maheshwar is a treasure trove of beautiful temples and the stunning Ahilya Fort.

4 days. 03 to 06 March from Indore

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Best of Egypt & Nile Cruise

Best of Egypt & Nile Cruise

Egypt is a country with myriad possibilities to marvel and discover. The Great Pyramids at Giza and countless other treasures have beckoned the curious to Egypt for more than two millennia with its ancient history and welcoming, story-loving people. The cruising route along the Nile is home to ancient wonders, desert landscapes and snapshots of everyday Egyptian life. Unlock the secrets of Egypt's ancient past and be swept up by the sands of time on our small group tour.

8 days. 24 to 31 Jan 2024 from Cairo.

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Rajasthan: Desert & Beyond

Rajasthan: Desert & Beyond

Our curated experience to Rajasthan takes you on a journey to soak up and discover the diversity and richness of the culture and landscape of the Real Rajasthan. From the blue city of Jodhpur and India's first botanical desert retreat in the Thar desert to the painted havelis at Shekhawati, the grandeur of Bikaner and a visit to the lovely Mandawa, our curated immersive journey will delight you as you indulge in some exclusive experiences and revel in the spirit of Rajasthan.

7 days. 11 to 17 Feb 2024 from Jodhpur.

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Classic Air-Cruise to Antarctica

Classic Air-Cruise to Antarctica

Antarctica is a frosted wilderness of glistening white as far as the eye can see. The pioneer in fly-cruise expeditions, Antarctica 21 gets you to the white continent from Punta Arenas, Chile in just two hours. And your expedition vessel, Ocean Nova is waiting to take you on a cruise through ice-filled fjords and spectacular icebergs where you will experience natural ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art. See whales, seals, and sea birds worthy of seafaring poems.

8 days. 11 to 18 Feb 2024 from Punta Arenas, Chile

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Arunachal Pradesh

Mythical Arunachal

Known as ‘Land of Dawn-lit-Mountains’, Arunachal Pradesh is India’s remotest state and the first to greet the rising sun in India. This beautiful land is endowed with dazzling array of flora and fauna that is still untouched by modern tourism. Our journey covers the highlights of western Arunachal Pradesh that includes visiting the Bumla Pass on the Indo-China border, exploring Tawang famous for its stunning monastaries, witnessing the beauty of the famous Sangti Valley and more.

9 days. 29 Oct to 06 Nov from Guwahati.

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Classic Israel

Classic Israel

Israel packs a punch with its abundant riches, cherished religious sites, archaeological treasures, spectacular natural wonders and political complexity. It is uniquely steeped in faith with an unrivalled history dating back to the dawn of civilisation. Experience the vibe of Tel Aviv, delve into Jerusalem's rich history and culture, spend a night under the desert sky, enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea and more on our immersive journey to discover Israel's spectacular cultural and natural treasures.

7 days. 31 Oct to 06 Nov from Tel Aviv.

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Grandeur of Hampi

The Grandeur of Hampi

Hampi, once the capital of the historical Vijayanagara Dynasty is a treasure trove of art and architecture with ruins that date back to 1500 AD. Explore the attractions of Hampi which includes beautiful temples, ruins of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms and treasury buildings. Accompanying us on this journey is Siddharth Raja, historian at heart, lawyer by profession who will bring Hampi alive for us.

5 days. 9 to 13 Dec from Bangalore.

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Avalon: Romantic Rhine Cruise

Avalon: Romantic Rhine Cruise

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting 8 day journey on the Rhine onboard Avalon Panorama and Avalon Expression, which begins in Switzerland and visits France, Germany, and Holland. Cruise to Strasbourg, France, visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, sail to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and visit Cologne-a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture.

8 days. 02 & 09 Sep from Basel.

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Burgundy: Route Du Vin

Burgundy: Route Du Vin

Enjoy the finer things in life with a walking adventure in Burgundy, France. Savour Burgundy's 'Art de Vivre' through this stunning wine region which is a combination of villages, appellations and vineyards. Walk through UNESCO world heritage designated sights, vineyards and peaceful woodlands. Stop along the way for tastings in local vineyards and discover some local specialities, along with world-famous local wines.

7 days. 2 to 8 Oct from Dijon, France.

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Odyssey

Sri Lanka remains one of Asia’s beautiful gems, a land of stunning natural beauty and genuine warmth. It has an extraordinary variety of places to visit on one small island - stunning natural wonders with millennia-old temples, abundant wildlife, beautiful beaches, misty highlands, ancient forest & lush tea plantations. Experience a fascinating journey of discovery over 10 days in this inspiring, ancient land travelling to Colombo, Kandalama, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Galle.

10 days. 14 to 23 Oct from Colombo.

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Journey to Ladakh with Zanskar

Journey to Ladakh with Zanskar

Ladakh is a land brimming with magic and mystery - a land of snowcapped mountains, vast barren plateaus and deep turquoise lakes. Remote, ancient and relatively untouched, a visit to Ladakh will leave you exhilarated and will stay with you forever. On our journey to Ladakh this summer, you will explore the magical region of Zanskar along with Nurla, Kargil and Uleytokpo.

10 days. 1 to 10 Aug from Leh.

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Imperial Morocco

Imperial Morocco

Morocco has a history stretching back nearly 10,000 years - it has been crisscrossed by Roman legions, Berber caravans and Muslim scholars and offers a wonderful balance of ancient traditions and modern-day life. Experience stunning and varied landscapes, unique cultural interactions and a host of extraordinary moments on our 10 day tour of Morocco visiting Rabat, Fez, Marrakesh, Ouzarzzate & the Sahara Desert.

10 days. 28 Apr to 07 May from Casablanca.

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Uzbekistan & The Ancient Silk Route

Uzbekistan & the Ancient Silk Route

Experience the best of fabled Silk Road cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva - all UNESCO World Heritage sites - as well as modern Tashkent on our 8 days tour of Uzbekistan with Karen Anand, food guru, author and entrepreneur. Learn about nomadic culture, Silk Road influences and experience a culinary journey of this land that blends east and west.

8 days. 21 to 28 Apr from Tashkent.

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Bhutan: Travel Beyond the Ordinary

Bhutan: Travel Beyond the Ordinary

The Kingdom of Bhutan’s storied history, unique culture and pristine environment are inextricably linked, making it one of the few destinations left on Earth where people and nature exist in harmony. Explore Thimphu, Punakha, Paro & Haa on our 8 day immersive tour of Bhutan and enjoy unique experiences including a trek to Tiger’s Nest, an archery lesson, learn the art of Bhutanese traditional textile dyeing and lots more.

8 days. 28 Feb to 07 Mar from Paro.

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Mandu & Maheshwar

Mandu & Maheshwar

Beautifully located on a plateau of forests, lakes and ravines, Mandu was built over generations of rulers and empires, and it still bears their unmistakable stamp. Visit this magnificent town that is an abode to some of the nation's best examples of Afghan architecture and get transported to an era of royalty, history and medieval splendour. Located on the banks of the Narmada, Maheshwar is a treasure trove of beautiful temples and the stunning Ahilya Fort.

4 days. 23 to 26 February from Indore.

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Legacy of Lucknow

Legacy of Lucknow

Lucknow is no ordinary city. Underneath its modern chaos lies the architectural and cultural framework of an older city, perceivable to those who know its past and revealing itself only to those who seek it. Come join us for an experience designed to delight the senses and surprise the intellect. From wonderful walking tours, local street food trails, private interaction with musicians and artisans and more, you will experience a Lucknow like never before.

4 days. 14 to 17 March from Lucknow.

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On the banks of Benares

On the banks of Benares

Varanasi, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, set on the banks of the Ganges and the abode of Lord Shiva, is the spiritual beating heart of India. Enjoy a sunrise and sunset cruise on the Ganges and witness saffron robed Brahmin priests, men and women who are all immersed in the rituals of this sacred city. Experience the magic of a Ganga aarti, participate in a clay workshop, enjoy an immersive textile tour and lots more on our journey.

4 days. 18 to 21 March from Benaras.

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Chasing Spring in Ladakh

Chasing Spring in Ladakh

Ladakh is a land brimming with magic and mystery - a land of snowcapped mountains, vast barren plateaus and deep turquoise lakes. Remote, ancient and relatively untouched, a visit to Ladakh will leave you exhilarated and will stay with you forever. This is a land like no other. Spring in Ladakh sees life bounce back to life in full swing with all its glories and splendour as we chase the stunning apricot blossoms that create a magical spell all over Ladakh.

7 days. 16 to 22 April from Leh.

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Ladakh: Explore the Unexplored

Ladakh: Explore the Unexplored

Ladakh, the Land of High Passes, is a land of snowcapped mountains and deep turquoise lakes. It is remote and raw and inspiring, both culturally and physically. With an array of dramatic monasteries, commanding vistas of the Indus and Shyok rivers and enormous sweeping valleys, it is a land so incredibly beautiful it is almost other worldly. Explore some of the much-loved and some lesser-known destinations, taking in the best of it all.

10 days. 8 to 17 July from Leh.

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The Magic of Meghalaya

The Magic of Meghalaya

Meghalaya is one of those places that offers stunning scenery at every turn. A land of surreal charm – that of the local people, of its mysterious natural caves, glorious waterfalls, unique living root bridges, crystal clear rivers, bright blue natural pools and so much more. Experience the cultural and natural beauty of this Abode of the Clouds.

9 days. 18 to 26 September from Guwahati.

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The Grandeur of Hampi

The Grandeur of Hampi

Hampi, once the capital of the historical Vijayanagara Dynasty is a treasure trove of art and architecture with ruins that date back to 1500 AD. Explore the attractions of Hampi which includes beautiful temples, ruins of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms and treasury buildings. Accompanying us on this journey is Siddharth Raja, historian at heart, lawyer by profession who will bring Hampi alive for us.

5 days. 11 to 15 November from Bangalore.

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Mysteries of Nagaland

Mysteries of Nagaland

Sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of the east, Nagaland is a land of rolling hills and lush valleys. This land of proud warriors, weavers and green pristine hills is like a chapter that one always wants to read again and again. On our journey over 7 days, we will appreciate a pocket of India during the famous Hornbill Festival where the state comes alive.

7 days. 07 to 13 Dec from Dimapur.

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Assam: Brahmaputra River Cruise

Assam: Brahmaputra River Cruise

The Brahmaputra river valley is not only blessed with abundant forest cover, but also a unique culture that’s rooted in a simple, agrarian, self-sufficient way of life for the Assamese people. This 3 night outand-back cruise provides a fascinating taster of Assam, with visits to villages and to the rarely visited Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, where you will venture through the jungle in search of the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros.

5 days. 23 to 27 December from
ex-Guwahati.

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Kerala: Art, Spice and Sustainability

Kerala: Art, Spice & Sustainability

This unique experience takes us through 3 interesting destinations in Kerala: Athirapally, on the banks of Chalakudy river, Puthenvelikkara, known for the confluence of Chalakudy and Periyar rivers and Fort Kochi, the island closer to the estuary where the Periyar river joins the Arabian Sea. This tour, which includes the Kochi Biennale, could change perspectives, where the journey becomes a transformative experience.

7 days. 22 to 28 Jan from Kochi.

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The Odyssey Explore Difference

  • Immersive, curated small group tours to explore Incredible India & Rest of the World
  • Travel with like-minded people
  • Smaller group size between 10 to 15 people which gives a wonderful opportunity to make new friends
  • Tours include all the must see sights yet gives you enough free time to make it a relaxed trip
  • All our India tours include all three meals - vegetarian and non-vegetarian
  • Enjoy unique and off-the-beaten track experiences on our tours
  • All groups will be escorted by an Odyssey tour leader and a professional destination expert guide
  • Flexibility to book airline tickets as per your travel plans that could include pre and post stays

Testimonials

  • Egypt

    My trip to Egypt with Odyssey travels was magical and amazing. Egypt was beautiful, full of ancient history, which was extensively covered by knowledgeable guides organised by Odyssey. Food and stay was the best. The Nile Cruise was fantastic. The whole tour was beyond my expectations. I will definitely travel with Odyssey again.

    Karuna Mangharam

  • Rajasthan: Desert & Beyond

    Rajasthan had been on my mind for years and when I saw the Odyssey itinerary it was a clincher for me. The tour was planned impeccably with great detailing and off beat experiences that just made the tour so very memorable. The properties we stayed in, to the fantastic meals located on a dune, farm, or rooftop and even an olive garden made this trip incredible. It's like the trip was designed to make you go wow and that happened many times. Thank you Odyssey travels for not just a wonderful trip but so much learning and expanding of mindsets through the travel. Looking forward to the next.

    Aparajita Sapra

  • Odyssey Explore Tour to El Camino de Santiago in Sep 2019

    Our week long adventure on the El Camino was one of the more memorable vacations we’ve been on. We usually do extensive research on trips we go on, but this one, we left entirely to you (Aparna) - because we were quite certain it would be perfect - and we were not wrong. From selecting members of the group at relatively equal energy levels, to picking overnight locations that had us walking in mouths wide open, to keeping track of eleven slightly free spirited people, you pulled it together marvelously. The background planning, before and after tripping and food and restaurant selections were meticulous, especially with varied food restrictions and occasional fussiness. The choice of trip, the path taken, and the guide chosen, all made for a vacation I could not have thought up. Look forward to more planned walking holidays with Odyssey Travels.
    Thank you

    Priya and Raj Hajela

  • Odyssey Explore Tour to El Camino de Santiago in Sep 2019

    We thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Israel and Jordan Tour. It was, as always, well researched and planned. The representative of Odyssey Travels was very helpful and courteous throughout the tour. The guides both in Israel and Jordan were well chosen, who took into account the age group and interests of the members of the group. On the whole an outstanding tour, which me and my wife thoroughly enjoyed.

    Air Marshal P S Pingale, (Retd), PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VM

  • Odyssey Explore Tour to El Camino de Santiago in Sep 2019

    We thoroughly enjoyed our Japan Tour. It was well planned, well organised and well executed. You have mixed sight-seeing, shopping and leisure properly. The group was perfect and it was a fun to drink together at the dinner-time. We look forward to having this type of tours ranging from 8 to 15 days depending on the location.

    Mr Vijay Ruikar

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