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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Spin through the Balkans and the European heartland, enjoying great scenery, amazing food, incredible history & fascinating cultures

RIDERS AND STAFF

Gergo Szanyi

Leader

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Gergo Szanyi

Leader
Athens to Amsterdam

Hungary

Hi, My name is Gergo [Grrr-go], I'm from Budapest, Hungary. Graduated in Visual Communications (photography and graphic design) After more than a decade of annual and occasional bike touring with my family and friends in the late 80's and 90's, a few seasons of mountain bike racing, and quite few years of just sitting in an office, in 2005 I've read a magazine article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique, it made me wonder if it is even doable? Next January I found myself in Cairo at the start line of the 4th edition of TDA, and completed the full tour successfully. Since then, I did a couple of Orient Express tours, Amber Route, Trans Europa, Odyssey and PubRide. In 2007 I also crossed the Himalaya by bike, riding from Lhasa to Kathmandu including a ride to Mount Everest North face base camp where this photograph was taken.

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Peter Plesník

Bike Mechanic

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Peter Plesník

Bike Mechanic
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Slovakia

Hi, my name is Peter Plesník and I work as a shop assistent and bicycle mechanic. I'll be your mechanic on this tour and I am looking forward to meeting you all :-)

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Hanns Fellenz

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Hanns Fellenz

Rider
Athens to Amsterdam

Canada

Married 39 years, 4 children, 2 grandchildren. Retired CIO World traveler; 2 circumnavigations by air and train on 5 continents. TDA Epics x 2 (so far)

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Rider

Athens to Sarajevo

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Ireland

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Catherine Ainsworth

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Catherine Ainsworth

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Canada

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Barbara Tate

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Barbara Tate

Rider
Athens to Amsterdam

United Kingdom

Having enjoyed some shorter cycling trips with Grant whilst working, I am looking forward to putting my early retirement to good use by doing some extended walking and cycling trips. Athens to Amsterdam here we come!

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Grant Duncan

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Grant Duncan

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United Kingdom

Retirement gives the opportunity to explore new boundaries / challenges. This will be my first 'longer' cycling trip. Over the years Barbara and I have done quite a few 2-3 week cycle touring trips in UK / Europe /USA - at a pace which allows us to savour the places we're moving through. I'm looking forward to sampling the less well known parts of the European continent and their cultures on this tour. I suspect the hills in the early days will give plenty of time to take in the landscapes!

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Dean Andrews

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Dean Andrews

Rider
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New Zealand

69 year old Australasian. Born NZ now reside on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia Likes - cycling, social golf, rugby union and watching sport in general, meeting new and interesting people, a good laugh, good food and red wine. Dislikes - pretentious self opinionated people, constant talkers, know alls, racism and liars Looking forward to meeting you all and the challenge

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Roberta Hunt

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Roberta Hunt

Rider
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Canada

Hi , I am very excited to be joining this tour, i just read some of your profiles and i cannot wait to meet you all. I love touring by bike, this is my first TDA trip ,I have cycled in Ireland, Spain, France and

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Mike Windeler

Rider

Sarajevo to Munich

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Mike Windeler

Rider
Sarajevo to Munich

Canada

66 year old. Recently retired. Have cycled several times in Europe. First trip with TDA.

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Jan Knackmuss

Rider

Athens to Sarajevo

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Jan Knackmuss

Rider
Athens to Sarajevo

Germany

I like cycling and traveling and what i like even more is the combination of both. So i'm looking forward to this upcoming trip.

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Joan Degiorgio

Rider

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Joan Degiorgio

Rider
Athens to Amsterdam

United States

I am a life-long resident of Utah and have spent much of my adult life enjoying our red-rock canyons and incredible powder snow. I recently retired from a career in natural resources planning and management. The last 15 year with the non-profit The Nature Conservancy. Upon my retirement I took off and completed four week-long bike rides last summer (including Colorado and Idaho). I look forward to getting in shape for this ride biking up our many great local canyons. I love travel and have traveled in Europe before (last summer doing the 12 day hike around Mount Blanc) but never by bike - so am very much looking forward to opportunity,

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Gary Hoffman

Rider

Athens to Sarajevo

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Gary Hoffman

Rider
Athens to Sarajevo

United States

65 year old retired guy from Washington DC. Used to work on railroads and subways, but now I enjoy taking bike trips.

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Kelly McNamara

Rider

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Kelly McNamara

Rider
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United States

I picked up cycling as an empty nester and fell totally in love with it. Now that I'm also a widower, I have found it a great way to travel the world solo. Joining organized tours with like minded people has worked out beautifully. I completed the Southern Tier and was looking for the next challenge. The Odyssey seem to fit the bill. I'm 57, live in Bend, Oregon and have two grown sons.

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Bob Dorsey

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Bob Dorsey

Rider
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United States

I've had a number of careers but my last two were economics professor and entrepreneur. I sold my company in 2016, my wife and I moved to Tucson and I have begun to bike again.

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Anne Bradley

Rider

Athens to Sarajevo

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Anne Bradley

Rider
Athens to Sarajevo

Canada

I have taken long distance cycling trips throughout North America and Europe with my Dutch husband. I am a teacher, triathlete, cross country skier and speed skater. Our twin sons grew up riding on the back of a tandem bike until they could ride their own. I enjoy cycling in Europe because of its culture and history.

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Levinus Dieleman

Rider

Athens to Sarajevo

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Levinus Dieleman

Rider
Athens to Sarajevo

Netherlands

I am an avid cyclist born in the Netherlands, but I now live in Canada. I have doing bike tours in Europe and North America for many years.

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Michael Neuser

Rider

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Michael Neuser

Rider
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Germany

Over the past years I've done multiple bike tours in the USA. I like discovering the countryside on these bike trips and it is an ideal counter part to office job. I am looking forward to exploring some areas of Europe that I've not visited yet.

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Geoff Hawke

Rider

Athens to Amsterdam

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Geoff Hawke

Rider
Athens to Amsterdam

Australia

I am long-time swimmer, cyclist and runner. Did several bike tours in Australia and New Zealand back in the early 1980s before moving into triathlon, which I’ve done ever since. Won my age group at Ironman New Zealand in 2015 before completing the Ironman World Championships at Kona, Hawaii, later that year. I’ll turn 61 a few months before the 2019 Odyssey starts. I don’t want to look back in 10 years’ time and wonder why I didn’t do it.

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Australia

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Terry Roberts

Rider

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Terry Roberts

Hi I'm Terry Roberts, IT Technical Support Specialist, married with four grown kids. Originally from the Caribbean island of Antigua, lived in Canada for the past 30 years. Love to travel and immerse myself in new cultures, try need food. Amateur photographer, sailor, and kayaker. Cycling has been my passion for the past 10 years. First time with a tour group but have lived the experience though my ride mate, Lil Martin, and I cant wait to get started !!! Looking forward to meeting everyone !!!

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Barb Sweeney

Rider

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Barb Sweeney

Rider
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Canada

It's time to explore some more of the world on my bike.

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Richard Schingler

Rider

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Richard Schingler

Rider
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United States

Excited for the cycling adventure, meeting new friends, and taking in the amazing sites and sounds of The Odyssey tour.

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Wim Pauw

Rider

Athens to Munich

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Wim Pauw

Rider
Athens to Munich

Canada

Born and raised in Utrecht ,NLD and moved to Canada in my early 20s. Have been living in Banff Alberta since 1971 and also have a residence in Scottsdale AZ. Me and my partner Nancy have travelled the world on our bicycles for the last 25 years but unfortunately she passed away July 2019 at a relatively young age (59). I promised her to keep on traveling with my bicycle so here I am doing another trip. Looking forwards to make new friends and enjoying life to it’s fullest .

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Jack OConnor

Rider

Athens to Amsterdam

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Jack OConnor

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United States

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Bill Wilson

Rider

Athens to Sarajevo

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Bill Wilson

Rider
Athens to Sarajevo

Canada

This will be my 8th trip with TDA, as I've previously ridden the Trans Europa, the Orient Express, the Hippie Trail, the Bamboo Road, Magical Madagascar, the Tour d'Afrique and the Trans Oceania. I retired four years ago, after more than 35 years prosecuting criminal cases for the Ontario government, and spend the bulk of my time cycling, golfing, reading and traveling. I am looking forward to getting together with some old friends and making some new ones.

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Matthew Wilson

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Athens to Sarajevo

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Matthew Wilson

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Athens to Sarajevo

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Mark Turner

Rider

Athens to Munich

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Mark Turner

Rider
Athens to Munich

United States

Jeanne and I have been on a fantastic adventure since December 7th 1993. We've filled our life with skiing, cycling, traveling and lots of escapades with friends and family. Looking forward to this....

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Jeanne Turner

Rider

Athens to Munich

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Jeanne Turner

Rider
Athens to Munich

United States

Riding Athens to Trieste with the love of my life, Mark Turner. I'm passionate about cycling, skiing and travel. Had a wonderful experience with TDA last summer riding 3 sections of the Trans Europa. Looking forward to meeting all of you.

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Balazs Perjesy

Rider

Athens to Amsterdam

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Balazs Perjesy

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Hungary

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Canada

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Lil Martin

Rider

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Lil Martin

Rider
Athens to Amsterdam

Canada

I reside in Manitoba Canada and we are experiencing a very cold winter. I enjoy the slower pace of cycling and love to explore different countries. Cycled Nashville TN to Winnipeg MB, across Canada, Vancouver BC to Inuvik NWT, Orient Express tour, state of Iowa, and shorter Canadian trips. Staying active has always been a part of my life and I enjoy biking and trekking in the Himalaya's. I've been fortunate and proud to be a part of this group tour, sharing unique cycling experiences with like minded people from all parts of the world. I want to live my dreams instead of dreaming my life! This tour will be another great adventure and look forward to meeting everyone and enjoying some great company. Cheers,

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Gergo Szanyi

Leader

Athens to Amsterdam

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Gergo Szanyi

Leader
Athens to Amsterdam

Hungary

Hi, My name is Gergo [Grrr-go], I'm from Budapest, Hungary. Graduated in Visual Communications (photography and graphic design) After more than a decade of annual and occasional bike touring with my family and friends in the late 80's and 90's, a few seasons of mountain bike racing, and quite few years of just sitting in an office, in 2005 I've read a magazine article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique, it made me wonder if it is even doable? Next January I found myself in Cairo at the start line of the 4th edition of TDA, and completed the full tour successfully. Since then, I did a couple of Orient Express tours, Amber Route, Trans Europa, Odyssey and PubRide. In 2007 I also crossed the Himalaya by bike, riding from Lhasa to Kathmandu including a ride to Mount Everest North face base camp where this photograph was taken.

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Hanns Fellenz

Rider

Athens to Amsterdam

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Hanns Fellenz

Rider
Athens to Amsterdam

Canada

Married 39 years, 4 children, 2 grandchildren. Retired CIO World traveler; 2 circumnavigations by air and train on 5 continents. TDA Epics x 2 (so far)

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Rider

Athens to Sarajevo

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Ireland

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Catherine Ainsworth

Rider

Athens to Amsterdam

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Catherine Ainsworth

Rider
Athens to Amsterdam

Canada

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Barbara Tate

Rider

Athens to Amsterdam

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Barbara Tate

Rider
Athens to Amsterdam

United Kingdom

Having enjoyed some shorter cycling trips with Grant whilst working, I am looking forward to putting my early retirement to good use by doing some extended walking and cycling trips. Athens to Amsterdam here we come!

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“The Odyssey has you riding in areas of Eastern and Western Europe away from the beaten track at times, visiting islands off the Croatian coast, passing through Unesco listed sights and with rest days in cities with so many things to do that you’ll be chalking them down for another visit.”

"This is not an easy tour, but it is a very rewarding one because of all the magnificent country you ride through, the cultures you encounter, the food you eat, the people you meet. And because of all that climbing, the downhills are spectacular. This tour has daily rides that should be included in the top ten rides anywhere in Europe.”

“If I had to describe the Odyssey Tour in only one sentence, I would say; “if you crave unforgettable vistas and the challenge of epic climbs and long days on the bike, choose the Odyssey Tour! Every metre of ascent was worth the effort!”

OVERVIEW THE ODYSSEY 2019


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • THE ODYSSEY
  • BIKING THE BALKANS
  • ALPINE ADVENTURE
  • TILTING AT WINDMILLS
  • ATHENS TO AMSTERDAM
  • ATHENS TO SARAJEVO
  • SARAJEVO TO MUNICH
  • MUNICH TO AMSTERDAM
  • MAY 12 TO JUN 28
  • MAY 12 TO MAY 30
  • JUN 1 TO JUN 16
  • JUN 18 TO JUN 28
  • EUR 11400
  • EUR 5650
  • EUR 4750
  • EUR 3250
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • FULL TOUR
    • THE ODYSSEY
    • ATHENS TO AMSTERDAM
    • MAY 12 TO JUN 28
    • 11400 EUR
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • BIKING THE BALKANS
    • ATHENS TO SARAJEVO
    • May 12 - May 30
    • 5650 EUR
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • ALPINE ADVENTURE
    • SARAJEVO TO MUNICH
    • Jun 1 - Jun 16
    • 4750 EUR
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • TILTING AT WINDMILLS
    • MUNICH TO AMSTERDAM
    • Jun 18 - Jun 28
    • 3250 EUR
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. A registration fee of $150 USD must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details. Single supplement for the full tour is €3750. Sectional single supplements prices are available upon request. Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

 

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