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Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours)

4.6 | Excellent
  • 94% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1978
Headquarters
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Trips
  • 23

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Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours) Reviews & Ratings 94% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
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Does Not Recommend

liar April 2019

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Recently, we recently took an African Safari through OAT and found them to run a dishonest business. We and will never travel with them again. The only reason we booked with them was due to a specific itinerary they were doing in South Africa. The night before going to the region we were most excited to see, they notified us while in camp that we would only be going for 1 hour rather than 3 days as advertised. They have refused to compensate for this in any adequate way.
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Recommends

80% great, 20% a waste of valuable time April 2018

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 2.0
Our guide and group were wonderful. Most of the sites visited fascinating and worth it. I especially loved the visit with the monk and the Hakone Outdoor Art Museum.

It broke my heart that the one day in Tokyo was such a waste of time. Please, taking us to a mediocre mall and a car exhibit, what were you thinking? There should of been two days allotted to that fabulous city to see the real sites. Also, I am an adult and making sushi for four year old was a huge insult and should be skipped at all costs. Also I believe that the trip to Nari should be included as part of the trip and not an optional tour.

Except for breakfasts, the food was cafeteria grade at best and repetitive. You could do better. The best food was that which we picked ourselves.

I would never recommend going in cherry blossom time. There were 80 buses lined up to get into the outdoor sites. Buy a postcard and put it on your wall, or better yet, visit Washington DC. I would recommend this trip if modifications were made.
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Recommends

Every trip is amazing! March 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Every trip is amazing! Just returned from Morocco and it was at the top of the group with Turkey!

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Recommends

Looking forward to our next trip with the company. December 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
There’s a number of reasons why my wife and I always enjoy the trips we take with Overseas Adventure Travel, including the basic attributes that any good tour company should offer. Well before the start of our sojourn to explore “Sicily’s Ancient Landscapes and Times Traditions,” we received a wealth of helpful and informative material and information about the details and the destination. The itinerary included both famous must-see attractions and other sites that, while much less-well known, were well worth a visit. Both the OAT guide who accompanied our group throughout the journey and the local escorts who met us at specific places were knowledgeable, interesting – and fun.

To top it all off, the OAT motto of “Learning and Discovery” transformed our experience from outstanding, which it was in every respect, to unique and memorable. The slogan turned up again and again to introduce us facets of the people, life and other aspects of Sicily that proved to be high points of the trip. Unexpected and sometimes unplanned stops not mentioned on the itinerary added a whole new dimension to the trip.

Sightseeing rides through a town in iconic antique Fiat 500 automobiles. Check! Introducing us to people who discussed controversial topics like the flood of immigrants to Europe and the real history of the Mafia? Of course. Frequent unplanned stops to share the Sicilians’ love of food by sampling gelato, marzipan and the overwhelming choices of “street food” that is a tradition stretching back hundreds of years? A frequent interlude.

Along with all of the other positive features of travel with OAT, it’s these “L and D” experiences that make its tours stand out. And which have us already looking forward to our next trip with the company.
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Recommends

unforgettable experiences! August 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have been travelling with OAT and Grand Circle since 2011. Amazing trips, fantastic guides and unforgettable experiences!

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M

Recommends

Great adventures August 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great adventures with great guides! One of the best trips we ever had!

Tour Overseas Adventure Travel Company Reviews

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First established in 1978, Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) is now part of the Boston-based Grand Circle Corporation, which also includes Grand Circle Travel and Grand Circle Cruise Line. Generally speaking, OAT serves the more adventurous travelers in the Grand Circle realm.

Quick Facts

Founded in 1978

Very welcome to solo travelers - Free or low single supplement

Average Tour Price - $4,538

Average Tour Duration - 15 Days

Small Groups - between 10 and 16 travelers, max of 24 on small ship cruises

Travel Style - Culturally immersive and local experiences. Walking between 3-6 miles a day

Age Range - Primarily 50+

What Makes Overseas Adventure Travel Stand Out?

Touring southeast asia with Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours)

Cultural immersion is a big selling point at OAT: visits to local schools, churches, and homes (where you might be treated to a home-cooked meal) are central to their philosophy. Experienced guides -- all fluent in English -- lead groups off the beaten path when possible. Accommodations are comfortable, not deluxe. And a portion of all proceeds goes to the Grand Circle Foundation, which supports cultural and educational programs in the countries visited.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Overseas Adventure Travel?

OAT specializes in small group tours around the world serving Americans aged 50 and older. They appeal to the old fashioned - the fact that they still offer a physical catalogue is testament - and their travel style reflects an appreciation of the classics coupled with an adventurous spirit to explore each destination deeper and from a local perspective.

Overall, prices fall into the moderate range, and are especially a bargain for solo travelers, who can save substantially by not having to pay for single supplements. Accommodations are designed to be both comfortable as well as unique and in keeping with the local spirit of the destination. If your hostelling days are over but you feel too adventurous for a standard hotel, OAT will be a great company to travel with.

Woman in Turkey on a tour with Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours)

Overseas Adventure Travel might be a good fit with experienced travelers who maybe are trying out guided tours for the first time. Because their focus is very much on highlighting the benefits of what small group, pre-planned travel can provide, both in convenience and in the immersive local and cultural discoveries that become available.

If you’re feeling like your time for experiential adventurous travel is up because you’re getting older, look no further than OAT. And for those for whom a long, stimulating hike is attractive, this is a common activity on their tours.

Top Destinations

Female traveler enjoying Overseas Adventure Tour in Patagonia, Argentina

OAT operates tours all over the world, specializing in remote, off the beaten track areas. African safaris are an especially popular offering, though you can also travel to Japan, India, Peru, Iceland, Vietnam, Albania, or Morocco, to name just a few of its far-flung destinations. OAT also runs small-ship cruises through the Galapagos, on the Amazon, and along the Turkish coast.

OAT Travel Style

With Overseas Adventure Travel you’ll find a combination of transportation and accommodation styles, but all with an element of comfort. Groups are small, with a max of 16 (24 on small ship cruises).

Accommodations vary, but generally favor being local and non-traditional over a basic centrally located hotel. Their exact words are “emphasis on authenticity, rather than amenities”.

Exploring rural China with Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours)

Their style is all about unique and meaningful cultural interaction. While you’ll learn the history and see the famous sights, their true focus is about people and connections. This means you’ll enjoy meals with local families, like you’re just a friend over for dinner; visit schools and see the amazing work being done in small communities.

The visceral understanding and perspective that comes from learning to cook traditional meals and make traditional crafts is what you’ll find on an OAT tour.

Why Choose a Tour with OAT?

OAT offers a unique up close and personal experience, guaranteeing that its groups will never exceed more than 10-16 travelers. A spirit of spontaneity is part of what makes traveling with OAT special, as they strive to take advantage of every interesting opportunity during a trip.

Woman in traditional dress in India

Small ship cruises and land tours are available, and they are very friendly to solo travelers.

Traveling with Overseas Adventure Travel allows for an in depth cultural travel experience in comfort. Many opportunities exist for travelers to find deals, and it’s a great way to meet new friends in a similar age range.

If you traveled extensively in your youth and are not ready to slow down, but perhaps are looking for a few more logistical ducks to be taken care of for you, OAT could be the perfect fit. They offer a variety of options for more independent minded travelers, as well as ample free time to explore and plan your own adventure during cruise port stops and on their group tours.

Alternatively, if this is your first travel experience, OAT will be a great starting point. You’ll gain cultural insights, meet locals, as well as hit on all the best tourist sites that provide cultural and historical context to your destination.

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FAQ

Do I need Travel Insurance?

There are many options for travel insurance, and most tour companies require that you have it prior to traveling. OAT offers their own protection plan, which you can purchase conveniently through them, and covers cancellation. Even if you choose to purchase your airfare separately and not through OAT, you can still purchase their protection plan.

What is the Average Group Size?
One of the nicest parts about traveling on Overseas Adventure Travel tours is their small group size. You will travel with a group of no more than 16 people. Note - Small Ship excursions with OAT do have larger groups (between 10-24 travelers depending on the destination).
What is the age range?
The age range on tours with OAT is mostly 50+. Younger travelers are welcome however!
Is there a Single Supplement for Solo Travelers?
Overseas Adventure Travel is extremely friendly to solo travelers. Most trips do not require a single supplement, and for those that do, the supplement is kept low. OAT is a great tour company choice for singles in their 50s and above.
What kind of luggage should I bring?
This will vary trip by trip, but in general the appropriate amount is 1 larger suitcase and a smaller bag or backpack.

Can my grandchildren join me on the tour?

Yes! However OAT cautions that transfers are frequently long and young travelers may not enjoy this. Additionally there may not be other children on the tour, as the primary age group is 50+. The minimum age requirement is 13.

Are O.A.T. Tours handicap accessible?

Most Overseas Adventure tours and not wheelchair friendly, because accessibility in each destination cannot be guaranteed. On those tours where this is not the case, you must provide your own portable and collapsible wheelchair.

OAT advises that travelers should be relatively physically fit, and able to walk between 3-6 miles a day. Days are usually filled with activities and sightseeing, and you’ll be moving and active for 6-8 hours.


From Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours)

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.

Grand Circle Corporation is a global enterprise—comprised of a family of travel companies—committed to changing people’s lives by offering high-impact experiences to our travelers and building local communities through philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and volunteerism.

Simply by traveling with OAT, you support the work of the nonprofit Grand Circle Foundation, which was created with the mission of changing people’s lives through travel—both those of our travelers, and of the people who welcome us so warmly into their homelands.

Journey with the Leader in Adventure Travel and Watch Your Dreams Take Flight: It is the stuff of dreams: gazelles bowing to lap at a glassy pool in the Serengeti as the vast sky turns purple with night, the tiered splendor of the Himalayas, rising behind a Tibetan monastery. Dreams like these are everyday realities for OAT travelers, thanks to the principles which ground every OAT adventure: value, choice, discovery, and carefully paced itineraries.

Our Value puts your travel dreams within reach: OAT can help you realize your travel dreams for a lot less than you thought possible. Together 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. In fact, we offer the best value for solo travelers, guaranteed.

The Choice is yours: You’ll always have plenty of choices with OAT. We offer you a breadth of awe-inspiring travel destinations—from the peaks of the Andes to the sweeping desert sands of the Sahara to the rugged natural beauty of Iceland. You'll also enjoy more trip extension choices than ever before—like hiking to ancient monasteries in Bhutan or discovering the Moai monolithic rock statues on Easter Island. You have plenty of choices within each adventure, too, including several interesting optional tours. And the free time we’ve woven into our itineraries allows you plenty of opportunities for independent exploration. You can shop, unwind, perhaps linger at a sidewalk café, visit an interesting gallery or museum, or explore a cobbled street that caught your eye earlier in the day. You can do as much or as little as you want on an OAT adventure—the choice is yours.

OAT Difference

Adventure Travel: Adventure travel with OAT is a journey beyond the familiar, one that takes you into the very heart of a destination—to meet people where they work and live.

OAT Advantages: Journey with the leader in adventure travel and watch your dreams take flight, thanks to the principles which ground every OAT adventure: value, choice, discovery, and carefully paced itineraries.

Small Groups, Big Discoveries: When you discover the world in an OAT small group, you’ll journey off the beaten path to the places the big tour groups miss—and enjoy an intimate, discovery-filled adventure filled with personal connections, shared experiences, and treasured memories.

Trip Leaders: No matter where in the world you venture with OAT, you'll have one of our resident, expert Trip Leaders by your side. All are fluent in English and possess the skills, certification, and experience necessary to ensure an enriching adventure.

Airport Transfers: We’ve listened to your feedback, and will now offer international airport transfers to and from your hotel to our travelers who choose to purchase their own airfare on OAT adventures as part of our Personalize Your Trip program, which allows you create the OAT adventure that's right for you.

Personalize your trip: OAT travelers have long expressed the desire to decide exactly where they’re going, how they get there, and when they wish to leave. That’s why we developed a variety of choices that enhance the value of every trip we offer, allowing you to create the adventure that works best for you.

Traveling solo? Enjoy your own room or cabin—at no extra cost: You’re in control of your travel dreams—and we’re making them more affordable than ever: Maybe you prefer the freedom of solo travel—or maybe you and your usual traveling companion can’t agree on a destination. Whatever the reason, you don’t have to put your travel dreams on hold. When it’s time to go it alone, you’ll never pay a Single Supplement to have your own room or cabin with OAT.

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Highlights

  • Enjoy an exclusive glimpse into the archives of the Savitsky Museum
  • Visit the opulent 18th-century Bolo Hauz Mosque and the Chashma Ayub Mausoleum
  • Visit with a local ceramic master and learn about the centuries-old traditions of this ancient art form.
  • Exploring Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world
  • Including by the troops of Alexander the Great, the Arab Caliphate, and Genghis Khan.
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10 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,895

Highlights

  • Visit Lima’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit Lima’s National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History at Bolivar Square
  • Enjoyable way to experience the enchanting Andean landscape.
  • Enjiy Rafting excursion
  • Visit this mysterious sanctuary
  • Explore Cuzco on a walking tour.
  • Visit the site of the Qoricancha Sun Temple
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13 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 5,395

Highlights

  • Explore the vast expanse of the Serengeti
  • Explore the surrounding village of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Highlands
  • Distinct vegetation zones ranging from grassland to woodland
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in Tarangire National Park
  • Experience Tarangire's diversity on a morning game-viewing drive
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18 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 3,095

Highlights

  • View the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh
  • Visit to the Temple of Literature
  • Enjoy a water puppet show
  • Discover wonderful architecture and hard-working, friendly people.
  • Visit the unofficial symbol of Hué—the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda.
  • Views of the water are lovely, with rocky inlets, palm-lined beaches, and refreshing breezes.
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