Karen Upchurch 

Ormond Beach, FL United States
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Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Adventure
  • Family Travel
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture, History & Arts


Destinations
  • Argentina
  • Germany
  • Poland
Selling Travel Since
1985
Languages
  • English

My Background

My passion for travel led to my career in the travel industry beginning in 1985 when I opened Odyssey Travel. From the very beginning it has been a pleasure working with my clients and making their travel experiences something special.

For me, travel is an opportunity to learn about the world and create connections with the people we meet. I especially remember a private visit to the Great Wall of China in the countryside. I arranged for our group to meet local people in a nearby village who escorted us up the wall. We were greeted with champagne, a gourmet lunch and rose petals strewn on the ground.

By using our resources at Virtuoso, I am able to provide the upgrades, private access and special amenities that make your travel experience one of a kind. Let me help you create those memories of a lifetime.

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Memberships 

Virtuoso Alliances
  • Priority Travel Specialist

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Expert Friendly Service

By: Rob


Reviewed on: 11 May 2015

I really appreciate the time the agency took to find the right tour for me.

great ship and guides and lectures

By: barb100


Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2015

Le Lyrical was a perfect size ship and the service was impeccible. The Smithsonian lectures were all good with some lecturers better than others but all above average. Liked the food although there could have been more variation but the quality overall was good. Would recommend this cruise

food was very good

By: PHILLY33


Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2015

DID NOT LIKE THE CABIN. UPGRADED TO CONCIERGE LEVEL AND NO DIFERENCE BETWEEN REGULAR VERANDA. CABIN STEWARD WAS NOT VERY GOOD, HAD TO ASK FOR EVERYTHING, THE SHOWS NO SO GOOD. mARTINI BAR TOO EXPENSIVE, $14.00 FOR A MARTINI, SPECIAL REATURANTS DID NOT TRY, $35.00 PP. TRIED THE GRILL FOR LUNCH AND WAS VERY GOOD.

5 star travel planner

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2015

We visited Nice, Milan,Venus,Florence &Rome on a fabulous 2 week trip arranged by Karen of Odyssey Travel. Planning meetings were productive and we were regularly consulted when decisions concerning choices about activities and ticketing were necessary. With the final very well organized itinerary and papers in hand we were well prepared for a special trip and smooth travel experience enhanced by Karen's expertise.

Wonderful!!!! Fabulous!!!!

By: Jane


Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2015

Our stay at The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago could not have been any better. We were upgraded to a suite that was amazing. The Peninsula Hotel made our who;e trip to Chicago so terrific. Karen has never lead us wrong. She is an amazing Travel Agent. We will definitely stay at the Peninsula on our next trip to Chicago.

Exceptional wonderful trip

By: Mindy/Michael


Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2015

We thank Karen Upchurch so very much for our exceptionally amazing wonderful honeymoon trip to French Polynesia!! All of the arrangements from our 2 nice nights/3 days at the InterContinental Los Angeles to the Intercontinental over water bungalows in Bora Bora to the amazing Paul Gauguin cruise went smoothly and as planned!! Everything was gorgeous and beyond our dreams!! Perfectly planned and perfectly executed!! Thank you so much for the honeymoon of a lifetime!!!

Wonderful Cruise

By: LCR13


Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2015

I never book a cruise without a travel agent. I find Karen's experience and knowledge always make my travels go smoothly!

Smooth Sailing

By: Jerry


Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2016

Karen did a splendid job arranging our cruise on Oceania's Riviera. She made good suggestions and was always available to answer our questions. Thanks to her everything went smoothly.

Unbelievable Trip of a Lifetime!

By: ML from Ormond


Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2016

Our trip was so well organized! Every aspect of the trip was carefully thought out and attended to. Our guides met us promptly, escorted us to our destinations, and provided fascinating information along the way! I can't say enough good things about the guides. They were truly incredible; polite, friendly, efficient, and so knowledgeable ! We learned so much from them and it made all the difference on the trip. Peru is such a fascinating place, rich with a mysterious culture/history and the guides were able to present information about everything!! The accommodations were first class. The food was delicious everywhere we stayed & service was excellent. There were now bad "surprises"....on the contrary every day we were thrilled with new discoveries. It is an ambitious, challenging trip for a group of 65-70 year olds but the guides customized it without making a big production of it. We were able to see everything we wanted to see, and experience all we wanted to!!

expertly planned adventure

By: johnr


Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2016

From the beginning this trip could not have been planned and put into effect any better. All the guides were of the highest quality and the accommodations were superb. I would gladly recommend Karen, her staff and the tour company, Abercrombie & Kent. It was a blast.

WHAT A TRIP !!

By: CAROL


Reviewed on: 20 May 2016

THIS WAS OUR 4TH A. & K. TRIP PLANNED BY KAREN UPCHURCH AND IT TOO WAS AS WONDERFUL AS THE OTHERS. SHE HAS GREAT TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS TAILORED TO EACH GROUP SHE HANDLES; SHE HAS GREAT TASTE IN HOTELS; SHE IS SO WELL TRAVELED HERSELF THAT SHE CAN REPORT FIRST HAND WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO SEE. KAREN AND A. & K. ARE DELIGHTFUL TO WORK WITH.

Perfect trip

By: Tom


Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2016

Everything went as planned. Could not have asked for more.

The Best of the Best!

By: Starr57


Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2016

Karen Upchurch is a dream of an Agent at Odyssey Travel. Karen is always so pleasant, professional and kind - and goes that extra mile every time to be sure we receive 100% perfect travel. We would not dream of going elsewhere!

Wonderful voyage!

By: Mike


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2016

We were expecting a wonderful cruise as we had been on a previous Viking River Cruise, and we were not disappointed. The ship and its staff were outstanding! The excursions we chose were wonderful, and the flights and transfers were great, too. We will continue to recommend Odyssey Travel and Viking Cruises to friends and family.

a memorable and very enjoyable trip

By: david


Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2016

A quick trip to Miami turned into a week end to remember. The flight was on time, and car service was waiting for us. The short car ride to the hotel was trouble free. Check in, with an upgrade to a magnificent oceanfront suite was just the beginning of the flawless week end. The hotel and accommodations are breathtaking. Dinner in The Fires restaurant and cocktails in the living room afterward will be a top Friday night memory. Saturday was gallery day, and then a rest before the show, and a late dinner. The accommodations, staff, food, and entertainment were all five star. We can't wait to make a return trip. Hats off to our wonderful pilot who delivered us safely home on a stormy afternoon. The trip was planned flawlessly by Karen Upchurch of Odyssey Travel. We travel with Karen and her husband once or twice a year, and she also arranges other travel for us. The end result is always the same- trouble free.

Always pleased

By: Lois 13


Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2016

I have used Karen for twenty years, and she always does a wonderful job whether it's a cruise or a trip around the world!

Great trip

By: lcr


Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2016

Karen had everything planned to a tee! Cars were on time, ship was wonderful, and the trip could not have gone smoother.

GREAT TRIP, WONDEFUL SERVICE!

By: Sabrina


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2016

We had a great time in Peru. Everything was perfectly organized for us, from the pick up at the airports, to the guides and the drivers. The hotels where we stayed were all beautiful and our tours were amazing. Thank you!

Uniworld

By: Sprue


Reviewed on: 13 Dec 2016

She was fabulous

Excellent Travel Service

By: Mimi 919


Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2017

My husband and I always receive courteous, professional, and knowledgeable service from Karen Upchurch and all of the folks at Odyssey Travel.

Cancelled trip

By: Linda


Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2017

She was wonderful. However our trip was cancelled due to Delta shutdown. We are rescheduling now.

Top crust

By: Tony


Reviewed on: 26 May 2017

Wonderful to work with, she knows her clients taste and directs you to those places or activities.

Karen

By: L


Reviewed on: 30 May 2017

Everything is always perfectly planned. NEVER a mistake. She is the best!!!!

Family travel agent

By: Preston


Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2017

Working with Mrs. Upchurch is always a pleasure. Her attentiveness is second to none. We look forward to working with her and her staff at Odyssey Travel in the future.

Awesome!

By: Rod


Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

She has been incredible in meeting the needs of each and every trip she has arranged for me and my family.

Agency review

By: Buffy


Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2017

Excellent agency.....very patient and accomodating...they knew exactly how to make this vacation great.....thank you!

Karen is the BEST

By: Wini


Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2017

We have used Karen for many years and every trip she has planned perfectly!

Everywhere.

By: Kingoftravel


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

Karen is the ultimate travel expert. She has probably been in every single country in the world and has a life time of experience in traveling. Just not sure which trip I'm reviewing.

Odyssey Travel assistance

By: Beth


Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2017

Actually, we worked mostly with Alan Adelson, who was extremely helpful. He found us a cruise that combined several luxurious ports with a couple of third world ports. He pointed out the good value of Regent cruises, and we were extremely pleased.

Spain and Portugal

By: Dave


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2017

Excellent, as usual. She and Sherry were on top of everything.

Cambodian River Cruise

By: Mary


Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2017

Karen paid close attention to detail and was very accommodating to our wishes. She gave good advice relative to what to take in preparation for the trip. Our biggest problem was jet lag as our flights were very long. We did enjoy the trip

Another wonderful trip!

By: LCRush


Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2017

Karen is delightful to work with about any trip. I always have her book my cruises.

Great trip

By: lcrush


Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2017

Karen is a joy to work with planning any vacation. Our trip on Silversea in Australia and New Zealand could not have gone any smoother. She handled our visas for Australia and plane trips in and between the countries. Another wonderful job by Karen!

Mixing It Up In Mexico

By: Mimi-919


Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2018

Karen Upchurch and the staff at Odyssey Travel are professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. About 3 weeks from our sail date, I decided that I would treat my husband, sister, and brother-in-law to a cruise to Mexico. I called Bea Clagg at Odyssey Travel, and the anxiety of finding a cruise that met my “must haves” was done. We enjoyed a wonderful 7-day cruise aboard the Celebrity Silhouette. Cudos to Odyssey Travel and Celebrity Cruises!

South America Cape Horn Cruise

By: sa


Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2018

Excellent Superb

January trip to Central America

By: traveller


Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2018

My wife and I have worked with Karen since 1986, and have been constantly pleased with her knowledge and professionalism. The trips she plans are always well thought-out and provide a perfect amount of detail, rest and enjoyment. We have literally traveled around the world with the services of Karen Upchurch. From Antarctica to Alaska, Europe to Asia, and most of South and North America.

Grandparents heaven

By: Tony


Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2018

Set up complete trip

London Trip

By: Connie


Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2018

Karen was a joy to work with; she was incredibly knowledgeable, exceedingly well prepared and remained calm and collected even with some unusual situations. The guide she selected, and the guides that guide selected were A+, and we were all aware that this was a once in a lifetime experience. There are not enough positive adjectives to adequately describe Karen Upchurch either as a trip leader or as a person.......phenomenal.

Recent trip

By: LEB


Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2018

Trip was perfect. Perfectly planned! Karen leaves nothing undone.

Scotland and England

By: DAM


Reviewed on: 31 May 2018

Working with Karen is always a pleasure. She makes herself available and gives great advice on options. I highly recommend her.

Trip to London, Windsor, Winchester

By: Kay


Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2018

Traveling with Karen is always a pleasure. Regardless of what happens, she remains calm and shifts into problem solving gear. On this trip, she had to deal with various itineraries for many of our travelers within the group and which she skillfully managed. Our trip itinerary was varied, non-stressful and certainly fulfilled our mission as a garden club to visit the Chelsea Flower Show and continue with both private and public gardens for the next few days. It is a joy to remember.

Karen

By: Linda


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2018

Karen is knowledgeable,helpful and fun to work with.

Chelsea Flower Show

By: Trooper


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2018

Fabulous, she was involved in all aspects and handled any surprises with grace and knowledge.

Chelsea trip

By: Flowers


Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2018

Easy and efficient!!

Toronto trip

By: David


Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

We have worked with Karen for more than thirty years. Every trip she has organized has been flawless. I can't imagine working with any other travel consultant.

Sedona Adventure

By: Larry


Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

Karen is an comprehensive planner, and makes excellent suggestion and choices. The Virtuoso benefits were awesome - we were treated like royalty!

Viking Sky cruise

By: Jeno


Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2018

Wonderful. Could not ask for better service!

The Best!!!

By: Pat


Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2018

Karen was absolutely outstanding in her knowledge of the area, resources and logistics, as well as being available and soveasy to wirk with!

Love Odyssey Travel

By: Maria


Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2018

For our most recent trip we worked with Sherry at Odyssey Travel. Sherry gave us several options for a trip to Ireland and the one we chose couldn’t have been more perfect! Sherry booked great flights and was able to get us seats together despite our decision to book the trip on short notice. Her attention to detail made us comfortable knowing all our documents were in order. Enjoy working with Karen and Sherry at Odyssey!

New England cruise

By: Anthon


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2018

Excellent to work with, always knows how to do it with style

Seabourn Trip, Montreal & Quebec City

By: DAM


Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2018

Always great working with her. Everything was flawless. Nice benefits from Virtuoso as well.

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