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Grand Circle Cruise Line

4.1 | Great
  • 76% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1958
Headquarters
  • Boston, Massachusetts
Trips
  • 7

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Grand Circle Cruise Line Reviews & Ratings 76% Recommend

4.1 out of 5
Excellent 35 Great 0 Average 0 Disappointing 3 Terrible 8
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Tour Reviews

EQ

Recommends

I am a fan of grand circle travel April 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our last was the fourteenth. It was the Romance of the Rhine and the Mosel. We had wonderful team leaders - we were in the Red group. The cities that we visited were interesting, historical, and our leader, Laura, gave us insight to the culture and traditions. We found the whole experience beneficial and rewarding.
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O

Recommends

Every trip is a life learning experience. September 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Grand Circle Travel and OAT, are great company to travel with. I had travel with them 9 times and at the end of this month, it's going to be my 10 trips. I love traveling with them. They are the best.

M

Recommends

The entire trip was 5 stars plus! July 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just returned from the Danube River trip with an extension to Krakow and Warsaw Poland with our outstanding Program Director Joanna. The entire trip was 5 stars plus!

J

Recommends

We recommended it June 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
If you are looking for an excellent tour company, Grand Circle is for you. Mike and I did an 18 day National Parks Tour and by far one of the best vacations we have ever taken. If you are interested, we can get you $100 off of your trip just by telling them we recommended it. You won't be disappointed.
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M

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Everything was top notch, June 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We did the Great Rivers of Europe with these folks a couple years ago and loved every minute. Everything was top notch, except the weather, which was not their fault of course. We chose to go end of March which was still winter of course. Next time we will pay a little more and go when the weather is better. But the guides took great care of us and made us feel warm even if the weather was not warm. We will go again. Next time maybe Paris to Normandy.
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A

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WONDERFUL company! May 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
WONDERFUL company! Great customer service, wonderful tour guides, amazing destinations... My Budapest to Bucharest trip down the Danube to the Black Sea was an educational, life changing trip!

Stride Review

Grand Circle Cruise Line is a family of Grand Circle Corporation, a global enterprise.

What Makes Grand Circle Cruise Line Stand Out?

It offers a value small ship cruises and river cruises for travellers seeking to discover their destination. The trip duration ranges from 5 to 30 days and its fleets cabins and other features are designed to meet American taste.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Grand Circle Cruise Line? 

Grand Circle Cruise Line caters exclusively to older Americans

Top Destinations

While the Grand Circle Cruise Line offers their small ship cruises globally their river cruises are focused on Europe.

Grand Circle Cruise Line Travel Style

It focuses on providing value tours by having low per diems and yet focuses on providing rich experience through inclusion of local program directors and activities that deeply engages in discovering the culture of the destination.

Why Choose a Cruise with Grand Circle?

If you are looking for an enrichment tour that gets you in-depth knowledge of culture, history and traditions of the destination you are travelling to and are open-minded to try new things then Grand Circle Cruise will be a perfect solution.

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From Grand Circle Cruise Line

Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises serves both our Grand Circle Travel and Overseas Adventure Tour (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.

Grand Circle Foundation

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.

 

Grand Circle Travel—Worldwide Discovery by Land & by Ship

 

Traveling with Grand Circle is about more than sightseeing. It’s about immersing yourself in other cultures, sharing the warm camaraderie of like-minded American travelers, and feeling comfortable, safe, and well-cared for every step of the way. It’s not simply a destination you’ll find, but a profound awareness of the life-changing joy of cultural connections, and we’ve been creating those connections for more than 50 years.

Explore by land

Travel by Ship

Meet cogenial, like-minded friends

Our Program Director's share an insider's perspective

Meet local people where they live, work and play

Travel safe, confident, and carefree

Traveling for change: One village, one leader, one life at a time


Travel with the Leader in Worldwide Learning & Discovery

Bring your travel dreams to life: witness the breathtaking expanse of China from atop the Great Wall … visit centuries-old windmills in Holland, and meet those who call the iconic structures home … ride a donkey to the top of ancient isles in Santorini, Greece... Visions like these are everyday realities for Grand Circle travelers, thanks to the principles that ground every one of our vacations: value, choice, discovery, and careful pacing.

Our VALUE puts your travel dreams within reach

Grand Circle can help you realize your travel dreams for a lot less than you ever thought possible. That’s because each of our Small Ship Cruise Tours, River Cruise's, and Land Tours includes full-service accommodations, included tours, exclusive Discovery Series events, and so much more. And, because we work with our regional offices located throughout the world, we’ve been able to establish long-term relationships with many local vendors and hotels. Buying direct brings down our costs—and allows us to pass the savings on to you. And negotiating directly for hotel space also allows us to secure as many single room allotments as possible for our solo travelers. That way, we can also extend our great value to solo travelers, too! In fact, we offer the best value and benefits for solo travelers, guaranteed.

The CHOICE is yours

You’ll always have plenty of choices with Grand Circle. We offer you a breadth of awe-inspiring travel destinations—from Europe’s great, culture-laden capitals and the lush vineyards of French and German wine regions, to the scenic natural beauty of Chile's Lakes District and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. You’ll also enjoy more optional trip extensions—such as excursions to Phnom Penh & Angkor Wat, Cambodia or Prague, Czech Republic—enabling you to enhance your regional discovery and maximize the value of your already included airfare. You have plenty of choices within each vacation, too, enabling you to follow your own pace and tailor your experience to your own interests with our optional tours. And the free time we’ve woven into our itineraries gives you the opportunity for independent exploration. You can shop, linger at a sidewalk cafe, visit an art gallery or museum, or perhaps explore a cobbled street that caught your eye earlier in the day. You can do as much or as little as you want on Grand Circle vacation—the choice is yours.

DISCOVERIES that enrich and inspire

Wherever you travel with Grand Circle, you can always count on us to provide a rewarding, discovery-rich experience. With regional offices around the globe, we maintain a strong local presence in all the regions you’ll visit. Being a part of local communities means we offer the most illuminating cultural encounters and widest array of learning activities that reflect your destination. Participate in a discussion about life under communism in Eastern Europe. Try your hand at painting in Impressionism’s homeland. All these experiences, and others, have been designed to offer you a deeper understanding of the places you’ll visit—even as you have fun in the process. And because we know you’ll want to experience local life through the people who call your destination home, we’ve arranged for you to meet them where they live, work, and play. From Home-Hosted meals with local families and demonstrations by regional artisans, to touring a family-run winery or visiting a local school, we make sure you enjoy firsthand perspectives on everyday life, while forming connections you’ll never forget.

Well PACED—with an emphasis on comfort

Travel shouldn’t feel like a race from one site to the next. We know that you enjoy both visiting memorable locales and the chance to enjoy them at your own pace. We’ve planned itineraries that blend regional discovery with “down time,” during which you can explore as little or as much as you like—at your leisure. With well-located accommodations on land and conveniently situated docks for our small ships, you’ll be poised for discoveries of all kinds. While walking is our signature mode—allowing access to many of the most unmissable sites, we always balance any lengthy walking tours with plenty of time to refresh and rejuvenate. Plus, you can always rest assured that your safety and comfort are our top priority, with a resident Program Director along, and our local staff in a regional office nearby.

It's included with Grand Circle ...

  • Choose to purchase Grand Circle's airfare, and your airport transfers and government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges are included. Or, make your own air arrangements
  • The services of expert, resident Program Directors who speak fluent English, as well as the native language
  • Accommodations at comfortable hotels and on private, Grand Circle-owned or chartered vessels
  • Most meals, including all meals during the cruise portions of our Grand Circle Cruise Line vacations
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Personal headsets on included and optional tours
  • Exclusive Discovery Series events
  • All internal transportation

And more

Now included for 2016

  • Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers on all Grand Circle main trips, most optional tours, and most optional pre- and post-trip extensions
  • Beverages during lunch and dinner onboard Grand Circle Cruise Line ships, including beer, wine, and soft drinks
  • All port charges—a value of up to $250 per person
Awards:

Travel+Leisure2014 Conde Nast Traveler2015 Conde Nast Traveler2014 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List

Trips & Specials

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The earlier you reserve and pay in full by check or electronic funds transfer, the more you'll save. Plus, you'll protect your investment from fuel surcharge increases, currency increases, or other unexpected costs. It’s guaranteed savings—and peace of mind.

Here’s how you’ll save with our exclusive

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YOUR SAVINGS off your total trip price**

12 months or more prior to final payment due -10% off

11 months prior to final payment due -7% off

10 months prior to final payment due - 6% off

9 months prior to final payment due - 5% off

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**You will save a minimum of $50 when you pay in full by check.

No other travel company guarantees your trip price and offers savings of up to 10% when you pay early.

Please note: To receive your eligible savings, you have until the applicable Good Buy Plan deadline to pay in full by check or electronic funds transfer. Eligible savings are calculated on your entire trip price after any non-cash payments have been deducted (credit cards, vouchers, credits, certificates) based on how many months prior to departure you have paid in full. Grand Circle’s Good Buy Plan is not applicable on reservations where credit card payments exceed the initial deposit plus Travel Protection Plan amounts, or inside of 90 days of departure.

Last Minute Travel Deals

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16 days
River Cruise
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,995

Highlights

  • Unpack just once, journey 948 miles through three countries, and enjoy an abundance of included features—from all meals to 11 guided tours, and more—on our #1 River Cruise for more than a decade
  • Cruise aboard our award-winning 140- to 164-passenger ships with a dedicated English-speaking crew
  • Experience this European itinerary, and uncover a local and American perspective in destinations like Nuremberg’s Room 600
  • Explore with an expert, local Program Director—a native or resident of Europe—who will be dedicated to your group of no more than 47 from the start to the end of your trip
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16 days
River Cruise
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 3,195

Highlights

  • Best way to travel through Europe
  • Discover five different countries
  • Relaxing and rewarding experience
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13 days
Small Ship Cruise
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,095

Highlights

  • Enjoy twelve days River Cruise vacation
  • Insightful and informative port tour
  • Land tours and shipboard programs
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