A fast-moving, global enterprise committed to changing people’s lives, Grand Circle Corporation specializes in vacations of international discovery for Americans age 50 and older. The company has served more than two million travelers since 1958. Grand Circle is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and has 34 regional offices worldwide. The company employs more than 2,000 people.
Every Grand Circle vacation is geared, paced, and priced to meet the needs and interests of experienced travelers. And every Grand Circle vacation features exclusive educational and cultural activities that connect travelers to the local people and their history, culture, and environment. Grand Circle’s three brands give travelers the freedom to choose the vacation that suits their style.
- Grand Circle Travel (GCT)
54-year-old leader in worldwide discovery for seasoned travelers
Grand Circle Travel offers distinctive international vacations for older Americans. Established in 1958 by Ethel Andrus, educator and founder of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), we view world travel as a powerful lever for lifelong learning. We make it accessible through trips that deliver unmatched discoveries, leisurely pacing, more travel choices, and comprehensive value.
- Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT)
34-year old provider of small group discovery on the road less traveled
Overseas Adventure Travel offers unique small group adventures worldwide to Americans over 50. By land and sea, we explore on—and off—the beaten path with a resident OAT Trip Leader, immersing ourselves in local cultures, sampling unique modes of transportation, and staying in authentic lodgings that reflect the essence of your destination. Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises serves both our GCT and OAT brands with an award-winning fleet known for exceptional value and high-quality experiences in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Custom-designed according to our travelers’ specifications, our fleet includes 50+ small river and ocean-going ships that we own or privately charter.
14-year-old leader in international small ship vacations
Our award-winning cruise division operates Grand Circle Cruise Line Small Ship CruiseTours and River Cruise vacations. The fleet consists of 50- to 250-passenger vessels that we either own or privately charter. All our ships are operated exclusively for Grand Circle Cruise Line, and have been custom-built according to your specifications.
Grand Circle Foundation was established in 1992 as a means to give back to the world that had already given us so much. Since its inception, our Foundation has donated or pledged more than $50 million to educational, humanitarian, and cultural organizations worldwide.