Karen Upchurch 

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

  • Argentina
  • Germany
  • Poland
Selling Travel Since
  • 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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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.



Reviewed on: 20 May 2016


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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


Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2018

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

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.


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


Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2018

Always great working with her. Everything was flawless. Nice benefits from Virtuoso as well.
Not Recommended

My recent trip

By: sueashe@aol.com

Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2018

Not Good Too many screw ups I still have not gotten my voucher from the river cruise that was canceled
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Long time professional agent

By: David

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2019

We have worked with Karen since 1987. She is the most professional and knowledgeable travel consultant we have ever known. We travel often and Karen has always arranged both air and other accommodations. In the very few instances that there were, glitches in arrangements, she has always been available and fixed the issue quickly.

Wonderful trip!

By: lcrush

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2019

Karen was wonderful. I was traveling with my 84 year old sister, and she worked to make the trip enjoyable for her with limited mobility. I would have never been able to make the arrangements without her.

Sea Pines

By: Jerry

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2019

Karen is a joy to work with. She is very knowledgeable and goes out of her way to make certain that I have all the information necessary to have a good experience.

Great Work

By: Larry

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2019

Excellent! Very accommodating and attentive.

travel advisory

By: Chelsea flower show

Reviewed on: 25 May 2019

Karen was fabulous!

Trip to Boston

By: Rick

Reviewed on: 27 May 2019

She is terrific in all respects!!!

Review advisor

By: Rod

Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2019

Wonderful as usual

Wow, wow, wow!

By: jgconte42@yahoo.com

Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2019

Amazing. Karen left me stone unturned. She is the ultimate professional.

classic travel advisor

By: dts

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2019

We have worked with Karen since our first tour in 1987! She is an experienced professional and has always provided us with excellent service and tours. We highly recommend her and Odyssey Travel.

Perfectly Paris!

By: Nancy Rae

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2019

Karen is amazing. She takes care of every detail, particularly helpful is that she has been everywhere and always knows which hotel properties will suit us.

Great service

By: Rod

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2019

Wonderful Responsive and Thorough Karen is a consummate professional who assumes personal handling where necessary and dutifully delegates where possible. Most efficient and always timely.

Another great trip!

By: lcrush

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2019

Karen is the best! Whether I am just going with one friend or a whole group, she plans just what we want and finds us the best deals!

Trip not taken

By: Patti

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2019

Karen is a dream to work with on a trip. I didn’t get to take my trip due to health issues. Karen could not have been kinder and understanding. She helped me submit all the proper forms for my refund. I already have book a Tauck tour to Ireland next September. I would highly recommend Karen for anyone who wants a professional who knows the travel industry and just a fun fun person to work with. She’s the best!

Traveling Burgomaster

By: Val

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2019

She always places your needs first and with best efforts and a willing smile. You can be assured you wii be treated to the best food , lodging and itinerary based on your prescribed needs.

Versailles, Normandy and Brittany

By: david

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2019

My wife and I have travelled with and also used Karen's Odyssey travel agency for over 30 years. We have never had an issue with the quality of the trips, nor the logistics. Karen and Odyssey truly love what they do, and are true professionals. This trip had many moving parts, but it was executed flawlessly. We will travel with Odyssey again soon. David and Toni Slick

Canadian Rockies

By: Jimmy

Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2019

Great Best Ever

You're in Great Hands with Karen & her Team

By: Nancy

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2019

Karen ensures that every detail is secured and coordinated well in advance. She digs down into the details, reviews them and ensures that the trip matches well with our travel preferences. I couldn't be more pleased.

New York

By: Wini

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2019

Always fabulous!

Wonderful Viking Trip

By: lcrush

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2019

Karen did an excellent job of making this trip go smoothly. We had a Viking cruise cancelled last year and needed to use the credit they issued before it expired. She made it all happen without a glitch! Then when I left the travel documents for the cruise on the desk at home, she got me a copy both texted and emailed. Can't thank her enough!

Europe 12/2019

By: Kandy

Reviewed on: 22 Dec 2019

Karen is an amazing travel agent! This was our 2nd trip that she planned. Both were meticulously planned. This particular trip, we were affected by the transportation strike in Paris. She was able to get us rebooked on a flight vs the original train trip with no interruption in our vacation. She stayed in contact with the concierge at our hotel for a seamless transition from train to air. The trip was for my 50th birthday and she made arrangements for goodies in our room upon arrival and a cake on the actual day. I cannot recommend Karen highly enough.

Excellence and consistency.

By: Sir david

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2020

We have traveled with Karen for over twenty five years. We wouldn’t consider having anyone else plan our trips.

Top notch

By: Pam

Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2020

Easy, leash! No worries.

Philadelphia Flower Show

By: Flower

Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2020

Always flawless traveling with Karen!!

Karen knows her stuff!

By: Flower show fanatic

Reviewed on: 18 Mar 2020

Our trip went seamlessly. Karen knew what needed to happen, and made sure it did.

Epic haven

By: Anthony

Reviewed on: 21 Mar 2020

Wonderful, my first choice for travel

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


Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2015


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!!

Scotland and England


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.

Working with Karen Upchurch, you will have access to:

  • - Special perks and extra amenities
  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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