A Sneak Preview of …
What’s New in the New Year at Grand Circle
by Alan E. Lewis
Entry: December 2010
Morocco is one of the exotic new destinations in store for Grand Circle travelers in 2011.
The Anglican clergyman Charles Kingsley once said, “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” Harriet and I enjoy the comforts of home as much as anyone—but nothing makes us happier and more enthusiastic than setting out to explore new and unfamiliar lands.
Something we’ve learned over our quarter-century at the helm of Grand Circle Corporation is that how you travel can be just as important as where you go. We’ve always crafted Grand Circle trips around four central pillars that we believe are at the heart of every memorable vacation: value, pacing, choice, and discovery.
With that in mind, we’ve taken a hard look lately at ways to enhance our Grand Circle trips. I can’t divulge many details just yet, but I did want to give you a preview of some of the changes you can look forward to in the New Year.
First of all, we have always been inspired by some of the things that our OAT travelers love—especially small group sizes. So you can look forward to an upcoming announcement regarding the group size of just 32-38 travelers, guaranteed, for our Grand Circle Land Vacations. If there’s one thing that we’ve discovered about smaller groups, it’s that it allows us to provide you with more in-depth discoveries and personal cultural experiences—and that’s going to be an important part of our Grand Circle Land Vacations in the upcoming year.
Smaller groups allow for deeper cultural interactions—even in a picturesque fishing village like Nazaré in Portugal.
We’ve also come up with an innovative way to help our travelers and Program Directors “stay connected” during their vacation that we’ll be featuring on these trips—wireless headsets. This is a change that you’ll especially appreciate during walking tours in crowded city centers.
So changes are definitely in the air for Grand Circle. But I’m sure you’re wondering about our destinations for 2011. Grand Circle already travels to nearly every continent on the planet … yet you can still expect us to surprise you with new trips and new destinations requested by travelers like you (as well as some returning favorites!). I can’t give away too much, but I can tell you that you can look forward to upcoming itineraries in Portugal and Morocco—plus, we’re ironing out some details for a trip to Costa Rica, too! And best of all, we’re committed to continuing to bring you the best travel values anywhere, so these trip will feature something rare indeed: enhanced features without an enhanced price tag.
That’s all I can say right now, but we’ll be posting the full details about our new Grand Circle trips and enhancements here on the site after New Year’s, so be sure to check back. As for me, I’m on to my favorite part of the job—leaving the comforts of home to revisit some of the exotic destinations that we’ll be adding to the Grand Circle roster.
May your holidays be filled with joy—and happy travels to all of you during the New Year.
Alan E. Lewis