I may be biased, but I truly believe that Grand Circle has the best associates working for us, and I’m especially proud of our regional staff—the people who live and work in the destinations our travelers visit. So, it’s no surprise to me that so many Grand Circle travelers rave about the Program Directors they’ve had on past vacations with us.
That’s why I was so happy to hear from Nedra M. and Walter D. Here they explain that their Australia, New Zealand & Fiji vacations were especially rewarding, thanks to the efforts of their expert Program Director, Andrea Smyth …
I recently got back from my eleventh Grand Circle trip—and a month spent with a wonderful Program Director, Andrea Smyth. Her skills and enthusiasm enhanced our trip beyond our expectations. But one of the best surprises was how much fun it was to travel in the wintertime! We left the 90-degree heat behind, and reveled in the cool winter "Down Under." Time spent outdoors was a pleasure, and added to our enjoyment when visiting wildlife parks, natural landmarks, and farms, and walking through cities. We bought jackets in New Zealand and wore them during an August snowstorm on the trip to Milford Sound!
The tropical areas—Cairns and Fiji—were also comfortable during this time. If you’re thinking of taking this incredible vacation, be sure to rethink your idea of what “winter” is!
9-time traveler & Vacation Ambassador
In the interest of full disclosure, I must state that I am heavily biased toward Grand Circle; I’m a 12-time Grand Circle and OAT traveler, and have enjoyed every vacation. I brought a slightly different perspective to this particular journey since I took it eleven years ago, which in itself should be a very positive indication of how much I enjoyed it.
There were a few reasons for repeating my vacation to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. We wanted to do another long journey while my wife and I were still "young," I had a desire to show my wife a part of the world I love, and I wanted to see the Outback, which I wasn’t able to do on my first visit.
In my experience, there are two types of Grand Circle Program Directors: excellent and truly outstanding. Our Program Director, Andrea Smyth, was one of the outstanding ones in every respect, and we can’t praise her enough. She is a Kiwi (that’s a New Zealander), and completely knowledgeable about everything you’ll discover on the trip. She seemed to know every bus driver, guide, and hotel manager we met. She was an expert at maintaining control of the group in the most congenial manner—and with 43 people to keep on schedule, that is no small task. She was most helpful in providing local information and encouraging anyone who wanted to see something unusual or out of the way.
Grand Circle’s Australia, New Zealand & Fiji vacation is a real gem. After being home for less than four weeks, we signed up for Grand Circle’s China & the Yangtze River CruiseTour!
13-time traveler & Vacation Ambassador
Ocean, New Jersey