John and Babs N Ireland
6 Day tour of North India.
Ariel Jiang of Odynovo Tours provided us with excellent advice and subsequently planned a 6 day tour of Agra, Ranthambore National Park and Jaipur from our daughters apartment in South Delhi. The tour ran very smoothly. Times for each journey and activity were perfect allowing us to make the most of the time available to us. The driver Mr Saudigar was a very experienced driver and provided us with many facts about Indian life in the areas that we travelled through. Our guide Seema was very knowledgeable on the historic sites that we visited in Jaipur. Our 2 safaries in Ranthambore were rewarded with a rare close up sighting of a sleeping tiger. The 2 nights in a tent at Ranthambore allowed us to sample creation at it's best. It was these extras which were suggested by Ariel that made this tour really special. We would recommend Odynovo Tours to travellers who require and appreciate careful planning at a reasonable cost.
Wonderful trip and service by Lynn Liu @ Odonovo.
We are very pleased with the prompt and organized service we received from Lynn Liu and her supervisor David Li at Odonovo. We had many questions and at one point needed to discuss a few concerns on the phone. Lynn was so helpful in calling us to discuss these and answer our questions.
We had a wonderful trip to Nepal (loved our guide and airplane tour of Mt Everest) and to the Rajastan area in India. (Taj Mahal was amazing!) Our driver, Saudagar, was The Best! He had been referred to us by friends who had used Odonova in the last few years. Driving is a real challenge in India and we felt in good hands with Saudagar and no negative incidents on the roads.
Thank you for a most memorable trip, Lynn.
Excellent service, couldn’t be better
Our over 3 weeks tour through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand arranged and managed by Odynovo was perfect. Our tour manager Laura Li was very responsive to our needs and comments. All accommodations, transportation, booked activities and local guides service exceeded expectations. It was the most pleasant experience and we definitely will use this company in the future.
Amazing trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand
We had a private tour with Odynovo in January 2019 for 3 weeks (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand).
It was incredible and I recommend to use this company for all your tours and we are planing to do so for our next trip to Japan. Laura Li was our travel consultant (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she organized a perfect trip for us (6 people for Vietnam and Cambodia and only 4 people in Thailand) and was constantly checking with us if everything is going well.
What was great about our tour:
1. Private tour for 4-6 people with a price similar for a bus tour (like Gate1) for 20-30 people
2. We were able to customize a tour as we wanted and adjust it when it was going
3. Amazing tour guides.
My recommendations for those amazing tour guides:
Hanoi: Mr. Tung (Mr. Alex), Ho Chi Minh City: Mr. Victor, Siem Reap Cambodia: Mr. Sothy (Mr. T), Thailand: Mr. BanPot (Mr. Moo)
4. Great hotels
5. Amazing included breakfasts and lunches (we even did not need dinners!)
6. Comfortable vans with very experienced drivers
Odynovo - Outstanding Trip to Middle East
I highly recommend this company from start to finish. During the planning, Eason Wang (our Travel Consultant) was very responsive, detailed oriented, and always welcome to questions and changes. We had a custom itinerary that included the "whole package" - private drivers, guides, tours, hotels, and flights - which was very well priced. Our family of 5 felt very safe during our Middle East adventure to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, as Odynovo had a representative with us from the time we got off the plane, through security and customs, to our driver, and at the hotel check-in. All our drivers and guides (specifically, Talaat Anwar and Nehal Nabil in Egypt) were on-time, knowledgeable, and flexible. Our family was very impressed with the organization of the trip. Overall, our trip was fantastic, and Odynovo did an outstanding job!
Amazing holiday Sri Lanka & India
We have just completed our trip to Sri Lanka & India in January. Thanks for Odynovo that made our journey incredible. I have never heard about Odynovo until I randomly googled “trip to Sri Lanka” and Odynovo’s tour brought my attention. After reading some of the reviews, I decided to contact them for some more information. Cynthia replied my email the next day and quickly sent us the itinerary based on our requirements. In order to cover more places and activities we amended the plan six times until finally achieved the perfect one. Cynthia was always patient and never tried to push. She would give us suggestions and wait for us to make the decision. She always responded quickly even at night or at the weekend. In order to let us experience the train journey to the tea plantation in Sri Lanka, she kept trying until the last minute and successfully got the tickets for us.
Our Sri Lanka tour was a delight with the company of the guide Wasantha and the driver. They greeted us at the airport with the shell necklaces which we keep as the souvenirs. They were polite and caring. Every morning they greeted us in the hotel lobby with joyful smiles, this made us feel relaxed and safe. They would stop for us whenever requested for a nice photo, wash room or even a wonder in the local market. They would be there for you all the time, crossing the busy street, walking through the noisy market or even bargaining with the local traders. It was really impressed when we came down from the lion rock thirsty and exhausted, they handed us the fresh local king coconuts that they bought for us knowing we would be thirsty. Our younger son was very sad on the last day when he found out that they were unable to go to India with us.
We were a little concerned with the India trip as we would have different guides in different cities. But the branch manager or the office representative met us at the hotel in each city to make sure everything going well. When we were in Jaipur, the office representative even asked his mate who works in the hotel to give us discounts for our meals. The guides were professional and knowledgeable. The guide in Agra was also a good photographer who took many nice family photos for us at Taj Mahal. On the last day the Delhi brunch manager even rushed to the airport to help us checking in. Very much impressed.
This trip was so successful and memorable. We will not be hesitate to recommend Odynovo to our friends and anyone we know.
Eric Kong has been very helpful with booking our tour and patient with our uncertainty in where we wanted to go. We are excited to see how the tour turns out. From all of the positive reviews I am sure we won’t be disappointed.
Trip to China
We are going through the motions of booking our second tour with Odynovo. First time was to Vietnam and in a few months we will be going to China. The person organising our trip is Eric Kong. He is a great communicator, always replies within a couple of hours regardless of holidays or weekends.
We were completely happy with our first holiday arranged by Eric and now we are very excited at the prospect of visiting China. Thank you Eric and Odynovo!
If at all possible, take this trip and use this agency!!!
The services this agency provided for our trip to Thailand went way beyond expectation, It was so well organized; every detail had been taken care of for us. We were able to enjoy many sights, learn about history, soak up the local culture and had a fantastic experience. Each and every person we dealt with was beyond reproach. Our guides were great company, and truly enhanced our experiences. Even AFTER the trip, WONDERFUL service. I personally had a touching experience with one of the elephants at the rescue sanctuary but forgot to get the animal's name. After I returned to the U.S., I contacted our agency representative to see if she could possibly find out the name . Not only did she find the name but was able to send me a picture as well!!! This will be a trip you will continue to enjoy long after you return home! Do it and book through this agency!
VIP Tour of Southern India with Odynovo
We booked a 6 night tour of Southern India with the help of Owen Zhou at Odynovo and we it went above and beyond our expectations. The tour was FANTASTIC!!! Representatives met us as each new place and all the visits were perfectly planned. We were treated like VIPs at every stop, always receiving special treatment, best seating, and behind-the-scenes access at all the visits. I would absolutely recommend Odynovo to other travelers and would definitely use the company again in the future.
Smooth, Efficient and Friendly!
As an experienced traveler I was wondering whether or not it was worth paying for an organized tour of China ... Well, concerning the organisation, Tom Zhou - who help me design my personal customized tour, made it totally worth it ... Not only he listened carefully to my requests (I changed at least three times the itinerary) but he also pointed out some potential issues like wasting a full day in transportation between two destinations ... As a customer I do value honesty and this was for me the last proof I needed to feel that everything was well taking care of and that my satisfaction was priority number one ... I am now really looking forward to my trip which will be my first time in China!
Mike and sue
What an Exciting Experience-South India
Kudos to Ariel Jiang of Odynovo Tours for the excellent job she did in planning our South India Tour. We thoroughly enjoyed working with you. Ariel listened to our requests, made changes where necessary and presented the perfect itinerary for my wife and me. The cost offered a very good value. Even though we are of Indian background, it was our maiden trip and this gave us a great first hand experience of the culture, people, foods, landscapes, generosity and warmth of the Indian people. Ariel was in daily contact and made sure everything went smoothly. And smoothly it did. Great local guides, a comfortable car and superb personal driver at our beck and call for 11 days. Easy transfer from the airports to our hotels. A tour representative met us at each location. This made it easy and simple. You take these things for granted but when travelling to a foreign country and arriving in the wee hours in the morning, tired and jet-lagged, you appreciate the small things. We highly recommend Odynovo Tours when planning a vacation in the countries they specialize. The tour met our every expectation, Will definitely use Odynovo when planning our North India trip.
Mike and Sue
Trip to Cario in January
The guides Mohamed Amin and Mr Mamdouh were excellent. Their English was good and they were always prompt. Mamdouh's English was especially good and he really tried to fit in all the activities I had selected for each day and there were a lot.
We loved both the Steigenberger and the Salima Nile Cruise ship. The Steigenberger was a great hotel since the food was wonderful and the location good for the activities that one will do in Cairo overall. We could walk out into the city when we had time with no problems. We have restricted diets (vegetarian and vegan) and the Steigenberger breakfast was great for us. It was the best hotel breakfast we have ever had. The service was great as well. The Salima's staff was delightful building incredible towel creations in our rooms, meeting our every need such as daily espresso, and the chef preparing special vegan dishes for us at every meal. We felt very spoiled!!!
My daughters enjoyed the cruise portion the best since it got us out of the craziness that is Cairo, but that is all part of the trip. We loved the fact that we got to see the the pyramids (going inside the Grand Pyramid), mosques, temples, and the botanical garden. It was a great mix of all the wonderful things Egypt has to offer.
Booking was easy and the trip met all my expectations. The guide Allison made all the changes I requested.
Best value for your money!
My sister and I just completed our tour of Egypt, Jordan and Israel thru Odynovo-Jan 2019. We’ve never been to these countries and it was our first time to book thru Odynovo and was NOT disappointed at all! They were quick to put together the itinerary, we booked just a month out of travel date, our tour planner responded to all emails and questions we had very promptly even though it was the holidays, she kept in touch of us while we were traveling making sure everything went smoothly and if it didn’t she was quick to respond, like one of our flights got cancelled and they rebook us at no cost, she gave us many tips to make travel light and enjoyable, best of all the people they put us in contact with from the tour guides to drivers were all excellent, took very good care of us and made us feel safe always ... our Cairo tour guide he is an expert on Egypt-we felt privileged to have him on this tour, he has a wealth of information on his country’s history as well as his own valuable personal insights... plus he is adept with the camera! this has been 5 star trip and I highly recommend Odynovo for your next trip! Best value for your money!
10 Days in Nepal and Northern India Dec 2018
We were looking to take our family of 6 to northern India and were recommended Odynovo. Having never used a tour company before I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was an amazing experience from the planning through the tour. Catherine Wang at Odynovo was very responsive and able to update and adjust our tour as we got into the planning. Originally we were just considering india but decided to add on Nepal. So glad we did that because we had a wonderful time there in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktipur and Nagargot.
In Nepal our driver (Kassof) and guide (Avash) were wonderful. Avash was very informative, answered all our questions and did a great job connecting us with local people. For example we met a local stone carver, a young monk and a local woman (who showed us her home).
Delhi - our guide (Raj) very upbeat, full of information, kept us moving but gave us plenty of time to see all we wanted. We got to see all the major attractions in Delhi. Raj was very Flexible - we were able to adjust our day at a last minutes notice. Our driver throughout our entire India stay (Prempal Singh) was fantastic! He was available to us 24/7 and always was where he said he would be. Many nights we used him to transport us to dinner and he was ready for us whatever time we ended. When we traveled between cities he acted as our driver and guide and pointed out all sorts of interesting things along the way. One night while we were out to dinner he brought a package to us that had been delivered to the hotel.
Agra - Red Fort, Taj Mahal, Moonlight Gardens were all amazing. Our guide Vijay again was fantastic. We were very impressed with everything all our guides knew about their city and everything in it. The history, culture, people.
Jaipur - Shersingh was our guide and again was a wealth of information. Amer Ft, (do the elephant ride if you can), the textiles, gems and stones are beautiful. If you are in the market for any of those items plan to do some shopping.
Great trip and memories for all of us. Our kids (ages 15-23) will never forget this experience. I would definitely use Odynovo again for a trip. They made the entire process so easy. In each city not only did we have a guide and driver, but we also had someone meet us at the airport, coordinate our transportation to our hotels, and even got us checked into each hotel we stayed (which was many). It was great to be able to travel and know all the details were arranged such as admission fees and where/how to easily enter many of the attractions. Our guides even became our personal photographer and took many many photos of our entire family which we really appreciated.
33 Days India Dec 2018
Classical North and South India Tour with four day break in Goa. Our second trip there, four people one of us grew up in India.
Odynovo offered good itinerary and was flexible in accomodating some individual changes.Prompt replies and excellent service- thanks to Mr Hu.
Odynovos New Delhi representative made daily contact assureing smooth progress and our satisfaction with the provided services. Our feedback about two instances of under delivering hotels or guides were acted upon instantly and all measures taken to rectify deficits. True quality only comes to shine if things don’t go to plan. Compliment.
Driver through North India Mr Bhupender Singh a safe pair of hands, filled us with confidence on the chaotic roads.When becoming aware of our interests he offered little stops along the way that added texture- a small but exquisite rural temple outside of Udaipur, a step well outside Jaipur,some local delicacies along the road. 5/5 stars.
The provided local guides were mostly excellent. An outstanding Mr.Rajiv Trikha in New Delhi, impeccable English extensive academic knowledge spiced with anecdotes and humour. You couldn’t wish for a better introduction to local history and culture, he set a high standard for those to follow.5/5 stars.
Bikaners Mr Vijay enthusiastic and well informed,only slightly limited by his command of English 4,5/5.
Jaisalmeres Mr Ganesh seemed well infomed but appeared more a business man than a cultural ambassador and on this election day clearly had other things on his mind.2/5
Pushkars Mr Kalu also hindered by a moderate level of English language compensated with commitment,enthusiasm and rich knowledge of the Mythology.Full points for trying 3,5/5
Jaipur’s Mr Sher Singh was eloquent, personable and highly knowledgeable 5/5
In south India’s Mahabalipuram Mr Dilish a charming,knowledgeable man offered insight and local perspective.5/5
In Tanjore/ Trichy Mrs Ashai proved to be pleasant and highly informativ,assuring that we made the best of our time in these two cities.5/5
In Madurai the young teacher Mr.Pabu was enthusiastic and well versed in the fine arts only the comparison to the extraordinary group renders him at 4/5 stars.
Periyar Tiger reserve ranger “ Reggi “ is highly recommended for going out of his way to make the hike memorable for us, meeting a group of wild elephants with a young calf and whisking us to safety as he sensed their growing unease.5/5
Alleppeey lakes and lagoon boat crew with Babu, sanjiv looked after our comfort and despite the limitations of their on board kitchen produced nine course dinners that were amongst the best food we tasted in south India.5/5
Driver through south India Mr.Jaybee was another excellent choice,friendly reliable flexible if changes to the itinerary were desired at short notice.
Outstanding hotels along the way were the Charming heritage Mandawa Castle,with excellent onsite restaurant,
Bikaner Narendra Bhagwan Hotel with opulent Bombay Art Deco decor and an onsight restaurant that we would rank amongst the best in north India.
Jaisalmeres Rang Mahal is clean,comfortable but starts to look a bit tired. A la carte menue is good.Bufet less impressive.
Jodhpur Balsamand Lake Palace in beautiful parkland setting with peacocks and monkeys, charming clean rooms,alfresco dining and breakfast offerings are excellent.
Udaipur Fateh Sagar Hotel garden view rooms can be dark and dingy, ventilation is average ,some rooms smell strongly of smoke but on request other rooms wer made available. In house restaurant particularly breakfast offerings were not at the level of the upmarket pricing.
Pushkar Bhangra Sing Palace was part building site. Smells,linen,basic cleanliness did not meet the advertised standard,thanks for the refund.
In south India the Heritage in Madurai presented parkland location good facilities and excellent food at good value.
33 days went without incidents. 5/5 for the experience with Odynovo.
17 days in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Excellent, that is the only thing I can say. Odynovo, Allison Chiang and her group did a fantastic job in helping us organize our trip, plan the itinerary, provide all the documentation and guide us through a great trip.
We started in Hanoi with our guide Mr. Hien. He was very knwoledgeable and overall a good person. we saw all the sights we had heard about and probably more than we were expecting. Only complain, the first tour day was a bit too busy. Too many sights. just a comment. I would do less and focus on the the main sights. The intercontinental Hotel is excellent.
Halong bay was beautiful, but totally overrun by tour ships, boats, and tourists. The environment is being thrown to the side for a quick dollar. One time visit is enough. Nice ship and the food was great.
Nest stop was Hue, a beautiful city that was a big part of the Vietnam war. A lot of history, overall very nice. Our guide, Mr Truong knew all the places to visit and had plenty of information. Excellent place to visit. Indochine Palace hotel was nice, great buffet. Vietnamese people are very friendly and interested in Americans, we had long conversations with many of the hotel employees.
As we headed south, we visited Hoi An, probably one of the most beautiful little city I have ever visited. Great people, food and location. I would visit this place again, no doubt. Allegro Hoi An Hotel and Spa. Great place, food service, pool area. All good.
Next city was Nha Trang, we were there on our own, with the guide only providing the transportation. No tours. He appeared very knowledgeable. Probably the only dissapoinment on the trip. This city is a resort by the sea, it was crowded, loud and completely overrun by chinese and russian tourists. Huge busses line up every where to pick up and deliver them. The hotel, Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel was not very good, strange set up and they attempted to extort $35 dollars each to extend our check out time even though the hotel was empty. Do not recommend.
We then flew to Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City as it is now known. Excellent. Mr. Le, our guide was the greatest. He was a former TV broadcaster and many people knew him. Funny, interesting and just a great person. I highly recommend Hotel Nikko Saigon, excellent, everything was perfect. Food, service, location, not a single thing that I could say was wrong. Fantastic place. The tour was great, we are both veterans, so all the Vietnam war era history was fascinating. Again, Vietnamese people are friendly and just want an opportunity to work and better themselves. Great food.
From HCMC w flew to SIem Reap (Angkor Wat) Cambodia. Our guide was Mr. Young, one on the best guides on our trip. Easy going, helpful and just a pleasure to be around. Angkor Wat and the rest of the temples are beyond belief. Over 1,000 years old, made by hand with the help of elephants. Incredible. Shinta Mani Shack was a great boutique hotel. Go to Pub Street in the center of town where you find Mexican food along with Cambodian food, need to see it to believe it. How weather, this was in November and it was over 100 with 100% humidity. Stay hydrated.
In sumary, a great trip. Ms. Allison, Mr. Hien, Mr. Truong, Mr Le and Mr. Young were fantastic. I would use Odynovo again for my future tours.
One of the most incredible experiences of my life so far!
I booked a 13-day private tour through Egypt and Jordan. It took me about 2 months to finalize all the details based on things changing in my life beforehand and the representative Quinn Tang was incredibly patient, observant, kind, genuine, caring, and expert in sharing his connections and recommendations based on my feedback throughout the process. The tour itself hit all the most important places, accommodated my budget, and was flexible enough to allow me to add in a personal day for my own arrangements. All of the contacts I was put in touch with and put in the care of treated me exceptionally well. I felt safe while traveling alone as a female in these countries. Odynovo is expert in having quality connections from start to finish. I'm deeply grateful for this opportunity and for this company and all who are connected with this. I'm definitely looking forward to booking my next international tour through Odynovo. It was a joy to work with Quinn and I look forward to working with him again too. Thank you!
Outstanding private tour of Morocco
We have just returned from 10 days in Morocco on a private tour organised by Mason from Odynovo. Mason was extremely patient and accommodating in assisting us plan our trip as our dates kept changing. His email communication assured us that his planning was thorough and would meet our requests. We travelled around Morocco in comfort with our English speaking driver Abdul who ensured our every need was met. The city guides we were provided also spoke very good English and were extremely knowledgeable. Our accommodation, mostly in Riads, was well located, very comfortable and welcoming. We would highly recommend Odynovo to anyone planning a trip to Morocco.
Experiencing Nepal was amazing with Odynovo
This was our first time using a tour company to plan a holiday - we are so glad that we did. We were able to experience so much more with our knowledgeable personal tour guide and driver. Our tour guide Mark, knew so much and helped us experience a true representation of Kathmandu, its culture, religion, food and history. Everything was perfect. Would totally recommend this company.
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