ABOUT World Odyssey

World Odyssey is a specialist tour operator combining a true passion for exploring the world with a dedication to arranging the most innovative and exciting journeys worldwide to ensure that every client’s holiday is truly unforgettable. We are very aware that everybody is different and we all have our personal tastes and demands when going abroad and consequently every holiday we create is tailored around your unique requirements and interests. Whether that be a safari, honeymoon, special anniversary, a family adventure or even a career sabbatical, we will ensure you enjoy and experience the trip of a lifetime!

The Way We Operate

Be it a safari on the vast open plains of the Serengeti, a cruise in Darwin’s footsteps around the Galapagos Islands, a trek through the jungles of Uganda in search of mountain gorillas, dancing the samba in Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous carnival or perhaps a long weekend’s retail therapy in the souks of Marrakech, we are a tour operator specialising in individually tailored holidays throughout Africa, The Americas, Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean.

In addition to our specialist destinations, wherever you wish to travel in the world, whether that be on a dog mushing trip in Norway, skiing in America’s high altitude resorts, a luxury train journey through remotest Russia or perhaps a cruise along Alaska’s Pacific coastline, our affiliated General Travel office can provide a full range of services ensuring a seamless one stop shop for all your travel requirements.

All our travel arrangements are organised on a tailor-made basis around your specific requirements, budget and time frame which means that we can offer you maximum flexibility when planning your ideal holiday.

Our Specialist Team

We have a fantastic team of specialists who have spent years accumulating a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise about their specialist destinations and every year head back to these regions to explore them in even greater depth and uncover any hidden gems whether that be a charming new hotel, a beautiful new trek or perhaps a fascinating new city tour.

They are all dedicated to providing all of our clients with a highly knowledgeable, totally seamless and thoroughly professional service from the moment you call us to the day you get back from your holiday.

We very much hope that you enjoy reading the website and find all sorts of inspiration within it and we look forward to helping you discover a very exciting, beautiful and different world.

Financial Peace of Mind

It is also important to note that we are Fully Bonded with ATOL, which ensures all our clients have complete peace of mind in today’s uncertain times.

You can check our listing on the Civil Aviation Authority website www.caa.co.uk/atol-protection/ and our ATOL number is 5345.



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ATOL Protected

Fully protected holidays and adventures.

Award Winning

Recognised for our excellent service and attention to detail.

Unrivalled Knowledge

Our experts have experience of travelling all over the world.

Tailor-made for you

Bespoke itineraries to meet your needs.


Frank started exploring the world with a year in South America in the 1980’s, which merely fuelled a passion for travel that still continues a few decades later. He ran safaris in Tanzania for a few years before returning to set up World Odyssey. He has continued to explore the world, but as always there are too many places and never enough time!

Frank Kenyon-Slaney

Phil Birley

Phil has had a passion for Africa since childhood, which led to a spell of 3 years working and living in Kenya & Tanzania in the late 1990’s. He returned to the UK in 1999 and founded World Odyssey with Frank, since which time he has explored further far-flung corners of Africa, the Indian Ocean, Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.

Phil Birley

Mark Worrall

Having interspersed most of his school days with regular trips abroad to see family, it seemed only natural for World Odyssey Director, Mark, to continue his adventures, which took him through Africa, the Far East and Australasia. He then took over the reins of our General Travel division and his passion for travel is burning as bright as ever with continued exploration to the far corners of the globe.

Mark Worrall


In pursuit of her passion to explore the world, Lucy has taken part in numerous worldwide journeys. Lucy draws upon nine years expedition experience with the Territorial Army, as Adventure Training Officer and eight years planning and leading expeditions for World Challenge Expeditions. She is now in charge of PR and Marketing for World Odyssey.

Lucy Garbutt


After taking ‘early retirement’ in her 20s to travel the planet, Helena worked for various travel companies before itchy feet struck, which took her guiding throughout the world.
After setting down roots she began working at World Odyssey in 2005 and has been a permanent fixture ever since. Her real areas of love and expertise are Morocco and the Indian Sub-Continent.

Helena Lewis


Jules started her career in the travel business longer ago than she cares to remember, but as a result knows the travel world inside out and has years of experience finding the very best travel experiences for her clients. Her specialist areas include the Middle East and Asia; however her head was recently turned by a trip to a Dude Ranch in the Rockies!

Jules Flory


Rowena joined the travel industry fresh out of school in 2004. After 5 years in Sports travel looking after the England Rugby team and their fans, she had a short career break and embarked on her first trip to Vietnam & Cambodia before joining World Odyssey shortly after. Rowena has spent much of the last decade exploring The Far East, Australia & New Zealand and these countries are where her passion and expertise lie.

Rowena Edwards