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Based in Sydney, Australia, our mission is to provide world-class small group tours for the mature aged traveller.

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Sunset at Mt.Ngauruho, New Zealand Walking tour

Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct, Nov +1

Small group walking tour of New Zealand

Escorted 14 day small group walking tour of New Zealand. Off the beaten track, for hiking fit like minded people curious about history, culture wine and landscapes.

Island of Sicily

Mediterranean Islands Small Group Tour | Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica

Visiting Corsica, Italy

For centuries Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica 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. This escorted tour of western Mediterranean explores the geography, history, culture and peoples of these 4 islands. Small group tour for mature couples and solo travellers. A reasonable single supplement is charged.

From A$17,850 AUD

Island of Sicily

Mar, Sep, Apr, Oct

Malta & Sicily – Mediterranean Islands small group tour

Visiting Italy, Malta

For centuries Malta & Sicily, 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.

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Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Jan +1

Small group tour of New Zealand’s North Island

Escorted 13 day small group tour of the East coast of New Zealand ’s North island . Off the beaten track, for like minded people curious about history, culture, wine and landscapes. Your tour director and local guides share their knowledge with you the traveller on this New Zealand tour for senior travellers.

From A$10,450 AUD

Egypt tour valley of the kings

Egypt tour: escorted small group history & cultural tour of Egypt

Our small group program for senior and mature couples and solo travelers takes us to contemporary feats such as the Aswan Dam and also to current crucibles of the Egyptian experience such as Tahrir Square. Proof, were it needed, that Egypt’s role as the pivot of civilisation is far from ended. There is the opportunity to visit our Morocco, Jordan or Iran tours before embarking on this tour of Egypt.

Ancient Turkey

Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Aug

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.

From A$10,550 AUD

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Scottish Islands and Shetland small group tours for seniors

An escorted small group tour for couples and solo travellers of the Scottish isles including the isle of Skye draws on local guides to share their knowledge of the destinations in this unique part of Scotland. UNESCO world heritage site are visited as breathtaking scenery and authentic experiences are shared in a group of like minded people on this guided tour of remote Scotland.

From A$14,450 AUD

Taktshang Goemba, Tiger nest monastery, Bhutan

Tour of Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Bhutan

Visiting Bhutan, India

Join Odyssey Traveller on this small group tour in the Indian subcontinent, taking us from the verdant tea gardens of Darjeeling nestled in the Himalayan mountain range, to the hilltop monasteries of the former independent kingdom of Sikkim, and finally to the pristine and beautifully isolated mountain landscape of Bhutan.

Tasmanian coastline

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep +2

Discovering Tasmania’s Wildlife

Small group tour of up to 15 mature and seniors travellers visiting and learning about Tasmania’s wildlife and history. Visit Maria Island, Freycinet peninsula, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Lake St Clair and Bruny Island over 16 days.

From A$10,450 AUD

Athens, Acropolis - Greek Islands

Greece small group escorted history tour

Our 21 day small group tour explores the land of great philosophers, myths, and legends. We will learn about the culture and heritage of modern Greece whilst exploring and learning Athens, which only found independence in its uprising from the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century.

From A$12,250 AUD

Short Spain tours

Mar, May, Sep, Apr

Short Spain Tour for senior and mature travellers

Join our small group guided tour of Spain, exploring this fascinating country over 10 nights with like minded people. We start in Barcelona and make our way slowly towards Madrid. Enjoy the food and culture while learning about the history of each location from our expert local guides and Odyssey Program Leader.

Castle, Gorey - England, Jersey - England, France, Grouville

Channel Islands | A small group walking tour for seniors

Visiting Channel Islands

Another Small group tour of the British isles of the Channel Islands. This fully escorted, small group walking tour, takes the active senior off the beaten path with local guides to Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm.

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From A$12,850 AUD

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The safety of our travellers, tour leader, local guide and support staff has always been our top priority and with the new guidelines for public health and safety for keeping safe for destinations around the world, we’ve developed our plan to give you peace of mind when travelling with us.

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Introduction from Mark

Chairman & Owner of Odyssey Traveller (est. 1983)

With older adults of any age group joining Odyssey Travellers Small Group Tours now from countries all over the world, we continue to appreciate and enjoy your positive contribution to our small group tour programs of typically between 6 to 14 people of like minded people provide the companionship that make a great tour, a memorable one . We remain committed to you participating in our programs from wherever you live and however you choose to reach us via google, social media, such as facebook or twitter or in person.

Odyssey is unique and adaptable and we have a full programme online for seniors seeking to travel of over 180 tours available for you to book with departure dates and prices through to December 2022. We also have published more than 600 articles and country profiles to read and learn about a current or future proposed destination.

Odyssey small team’s ongoing commitment to looking after you was recently tested with the Coronavirus. Our service standards and ability to be flexible and think of innovative solutions in challenging times is reflected in our mantra of “treating others how you would like to be treated yourself”. This remains core to our approach in taking care of the details for you from the time you book to the end of the journey whether as a couple or single travellers on any sightseeing trip on our seniors coach tours All that we do is focussed on the older person and the small group journeys you seek to enjoy.

For those travellers looking at our pages for the first time, we say welcome, and to our regular travellers and members of our unique loyalty program, we say thank you and welcome back.

Who was Odysseus? – Story, Adventures & Travels

Trenton has a master’s degree in global history and has developed college Asian history courses.

Cailin received her MA in English specializing in Cultural Studies from Kansas State University. She has two years of teaching and tutoring experience at the university level.

Odysseus was a Greek soldier who orchestrated an attack on the city of Troy by presenting the Trojans with a peace offering in the form of a massive hollow wooden horse that contained hidden Greek warriors. Learn about the story of the Trojan War as well as the adventures and travels of Odysseus. Updated: 08/26/2022

Odysseus

Odysseus

Depicted here, Odysseus was one of the greatest of the Greek heroes who fought during the Trojan War. Known for his cunning intellect, Odysseus crafted the plan that destroyed the city of Troy and ended the Trojan War. The story of Odysseus begins in Homer’s epic poem The Iliad, but his second poem, The Odyssey, relates the tale of Odysseus wandering the seas for ten years as he struggled to return from the Trojan War.

Odysseus ruled Ithaca, an island kingdom. Penelope, Odysseus’s wife, had borne him a son, Telemachus, just before the events of the Trojan War began to unfold. Odysseus was favored by the goddess Athena for cunning and intellect. Odysseus is also known as Ulysses, which is the Roman form of his name.

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  • 2:43 The Land of the Lotus-Eaters
  • 3:14 Cyclops & King of the Winds
  • 5:18 Circe & The Underworld
  • 7:16 Charybdis and Schylla
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The Trojan War

A prophecy stated Odysseus would stay away from home for a very long time if he joined the Greek army and attacked Troy. Odysseus loved his wife and newborn son. He did not want to leave, so he pretended to be crazy when the Greek army came to call. He yoked a donkey and an ox together and plowed the seashore. One of the Greeks placed Telemachus in the path of Odysseus, who swerved to miss the baby, revealing the farce. Odysseus left Ithaca and his family to fight at Troy.

The war with Troy lasted for ten years. Following the death of the Greek champion Achilles, Odysseus devised a plan to enter the city and end the conflict. Here is where the cunning of Odysseus shone through. Odysseus had the Greek army build what came to be known as the Trojan Horse, a giant hollow wooden horse to give the Trojans as an offering of peace. Inside the body of the horse, some of the best Greek warriors hid.

The remainder of the Greek army boarded their ships and sailed a short distance away from the city and out of sight. The Trojans rejoiced at the supposed end of the conflict and brought the horse inside the city walls. At night, the Greek warriors emerged from the horse and opened the gates of the city to the waiting Greek army. The city was taken by surprise and destroyed.

During the sack of the city, the Greek army desecrated the temples and altars of the gods, angering the gods. Upon the departure of the Greek army, a fierce storm caused by the gods scattered the Greek fleet. Odysseus and his men were blown off course, and this began a 10-year struggle to return to Ithaca.

Adventures at Sea

Odysseus and his men first landed at the city of Cicones. They attacked and sacked the city, which angered the god Zeus. Zeus caused another storm that blew Odysseus even farther off course and into a realm of monsters, witches and the dead.

The Land of the Lotus-Eaters

The first stop on their adventure is to the land of the Lotus-eaters, a people who created food and drink from flowers, but with a drug effect. Several of Odysseus’s crew partook of the food presented by the Lotus-eaters and forgot their goal to return home. They wanted to stay among the Lotus-eaters forever. Odysseus had these men dragged to the ships and bound below deck until the ships were safely away from the land of the Lotus-eaters and the men regained their senses.

The Cyclops

The next stop is one of the most famous adventures on the trip, the meeting of Polyphemus the Cyclops, a 1-eyed giant. Odysseus and his men stopped in the land of the Cyclops and explored the area, finding a large cave. The Cyclops entered the cave with his flock of sheep, blocked the entrance and ate two of Odysseus’s men. Odysseus devised a plan to escape the lair of the Cyclops.

The next day as the Cyclops was away from the cave, Odysseus had his men create a sharpened stake. The Cyclops returned and began drinking wine and conversing with Odysseus. Odysseus told Polyphemus that his name was Noman. Once the Cyclops fell into a drunken stupor, the men drove the stake through the eye of the Cyclops, as shown on this plate.

Odysseus and Polyphemus

The Cyclops screamed and called for his brothers to come help, but when they asked what was wrong, Polyphemus answered by saying that Noman was trying to hurt him. They thought there was no danger since noman was hurting Polyphemus and left.

The next morning, Odysseus tied his men to the belly of the sheep and they escaped the cave. Polyphemus felt the top of each of the sheep as they left, but he did not feel the men hiding underneath the sheep. The blinding of Polyphemus angered the sea-god Poseidon and further caused the sea to work against Odysseus.

Visiting the King of the Winds

Following their escape from the cave of the Cyclops, Odysseus, and his companions came to the land of Aeolus, king of the winds. The king gave Odysseus a sack filled with the contrary winds that would have prevented him from sailing to Ithaca. His crew did not know what was in the sack and assumed it was treasure Odysseus was hoarding for himself.

Odysseus was asleep as the ships came in sight of Ithaca. The crew opened the bag of winds, which blew the ships of Odysseus far away from Ithaca to the land of the Laestrygonians, a race of giants and cannibals. The giants destroyed all but one of Odysseus’s ships and killed most of his crew.

Circe

Odysseus and his one remaining ship landed on the island inhabited by Circe, a witch. Most of Odysseus’s crew explored the island and came across the palace of Circe. She invited them in for food and drink. The crew noticed many wild animals roaming peacefully around the palace grounds. The food served by Circe was drugged, and she turned the crew into swine. One of the crew members had remained outside of the palace and, seeing the fate of his companions, ran to tell Odysseus.

Odysseus set out to save his companions and was met on the way by the god Hermes. Hermes gave Odysseus an herb to counteract the effects of Circe’s drug. Odysseus overpowered Circe, and she agreed to restore his men to human form.

Odysseus and his crew remained with Circe for a year before resuming their journey. Circe advised Odysseus to seek the counsel of Tiresias in the underworld on how to return to Ithaca. She also warned him of dangers along the way.

The Underworld

Odysseus and his crew sailed to the end of the world to gain access to the underworld. Tiresias, the prophet, revealed to Odysseus the route to Ithaca. Odysseus also visited with some of his dead comrades from the Trojan War, including the heroes Achilles and Ajax.

The Sirens

Leaving the underworld, the first danger that Odysseus faced was the Sirens. Sirens were mythical bird-like creatures whose beautiful voices lured men to their deaths. Their island was littered with the bones of old ships and their crews. Odysseus had each of his crew members put wax in their ears to block any noise, but he wanted to hear the song of the Sirens. The crew tied him to the main mast.

Sirens

The ship passed safely by the island of the Sirens. Odysseus was lured by the song and ordered the crew to steer towards the Sirens’ song, but the crew could not hear his orders and kept the steady pace.

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Charybdis and Scylla

The next danger the ship needed to pass through was a strait with dangers on both sides. On one side was Charybdis, a sea monster that caused a whirlpool, sucking ships down to the bottom of the ocean only to spit them out three times per day. On the other side of the strait was the sea monster Scylla, a creature with multiple arms that would grab sailors off of the ships that passed. Odysseus was advised by Circe to sail closer to Scylla, reasoning it would be better to lose a few men rather than the whole ship. Odysseus heeded the advice and sailed on the Scylla side of the strait but lost six men in the process.

The Island of the Sun

Odysseus’ ship landed on the island of the Sun after passing the dangers of Charybdis and Scylla. Circe has warned Odysseus not to eat the cattle of the Sun, but when his men smelled the roasting meat, they forgot the warning and ate. The ship set sail, but the Sun was so angry, he destroyed the ship, killed all of the crew, and left Odysseus alone.

Calypso

Odysseus washed up on the shore of an island inhabited by Calypso, a sea-nymph goddess. Calypso captured Odysseus and kept him in a cave as her lover for seven years. Odysseus still loved his wife Penelope and wanted to return to Ithaca. The goddess Athena intervened and asked Zeus to command Calypso to release Odysseus to return to Ithaca. Calypso released Odysseus, who built a raft and sailed to the island of the Phaeacians, who entertained him and sent him home.

Return to Ithaca

Upon landing on Ithaca, Odysseus discovered that suitors had been trying to marry his wife and take possession of his property for years, thinking he was dead. Odysseus disguised himself, entered his home and talked with his son Telemachus. They devised a contest to get rid of the suitors: Odysseus had a great bow, which took great strength to string. Only Odysseus was able to string the bow. Telemachus announced to the suitors that whoever could string the bow and shoot an arrow through 12 ax heads would win the hand of his mother Penelope.

Many of the suitors tried but none could string the bow. Odysseus, in the disguise of an old man, asked to try. He was able to string the bow and, with Telemachus, drove out and killed the suitors. Odysseus had returned!

Lesson Summary

Odysseus was a Greek hero famed for his intellect and cunning. He created the plan to sack the city of Troy using a giant hollow horse. He is also famous for his long odyssey, or journey, trying to return home after the events of the Trojan War. Odysseus is one of the most well-known of the early Greek heroes.

Odysseus Overview

Odysseus hears the Sirens

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Characters & EventsExplanations
Odysseusone of the greatest of the Greek heroes who fought during the Trojan War
The OdysseyHomer’s second tale of Odysseus wandering the seas for ten years struggling to return from the Trojan War
Ithacaan island kingdom where Odysseus ruled
PenelopeOdysseus’s wife who bore him a son, Telemachus, just before the events of the Trojan War began
Ulyssesthe Roman form of the name Odysseus
Trojan Horsea giant hollow wooden horse to give the Trojans as an offering of peace; Greek warriors hid inside
Lotus-eatersa people who created food and drink from flowers with a drug effect
Polyphemus the Cyclopsa 1-eyed giant who raised large sheep
Aeolusking of the winds who gave Odysseus a sack filled with the contrary winds that would allow him to return to Ithaca if kept sealed
Laestrygoniansland of giants and cannibals who destroyed all but one of Odysseus’s ships and killed most his crew
Circea witch that inhabited an island Odysseus landed on
Tiresiasunderworld prophet who revealed to Odysseus the route to Ithaca
Sirensmythical bird-like creatures whose beautiful voices lured men to their deaths
Charybdisa sea monster that caused a whirlpool, sucking ships down to the bottom of the ocean
Scyllaa creature with multiple arms that would grab sailors off of the ships that passed
Calypsoa sea-nymph goddess who captured Odysseus and kept him in a cave as her lover for seven years
Odysseus’ returnafter 20 years away, Odysseus returns to Ithaca, proves his identity, and kills or drives off his wife’s suitors

Learning Outcomes

When this video ends, you will be prepared to:

  • Recall the focus of Homer’s second work, The Odyssey
  • Identify the major players in The Odyssey
  • Discuss the many challenges Odysseus and his crew faced during their journey home
  • Describe Odysseus’ return to his homeland

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