Ethel Andrus, the founder of AARP, established Grand Circle Travel in 1958 to provide older Americans a curated international travel experience built on value, choice, leisurely pacing, and cultural discovery. Today, Grand Circle Travel continues this mission, offering unique river cruises, small ship ocean cruises, extended-stay trips, escorted tours, and other personalized vacations. Trips range from the close-to-home Canadian Rockies to far-flung Antarctica and the Great Wall of China—plus classic European destinations like Italy, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom.
Grand Circle Travel furthers cultural engagement through its professional Program Directors, who lead a variety of educational events, including cooking, language, and art classes; historical political, and cultural discussions; and even visits to local schools and homes. Each Grand Circle Program Director is a local resident of the destination and offers a unique, real-world perspective on day-to-day life in their homeland. It's just one of the many ways Grand Circle invites seasoned travelers to engage with the world.
A portion of the proceeds of every Grand Circle trip is donated to the Grand Circle Foundation. So as your life is enriched by the many discoveries on your journey, you'll enrich the lives of the people you meet along the way.