The Leader in Small Ship and River Cruising Worldwide
Worldwide Discovery at Extraordinary Value Since 1958

10 Reasons to Travel Solo with Grand Circle

1. The Leader in Solo Friendly Travel: Guaranteed.

Compare our value for solo travelers with other travel companies, and you’ll find that you save $500-$7,500 per person with Grand Circle. In fact, we guarantee that you cannot find a lower price for a solo traveler on any comparable international trip for Americans. If you do, we’ll not only match that price, but we’ll also deduct $500 off the cost of your vacation.

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2. Connect with other solo travelers

With our Travel Companions online community and free Roommate Matching Service, we'll help you connect with others who share your love of travel. PLUS, you can save up to $1195 by avoiding the Single Supplement on Grand Circle Cruise Line vacations.

Travel Companions Online Community
If you’re looking for a travel companion, join our free online community where like-minded travelers connect. Create your own profile based on your travel interests, search other profiles to find travelers, and send messages to introduce yourself to potential companions.

FREE Roommate Matching Service
We can help you find a same-gender roommate to share your discoveries with. If we’re unable to find you a match, we’ll give you a single room at no additional cost.

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3. Our Program Directors are by your side, every step of the way

No one can make the history, culture, and wildlife of a place come alive for you like a local resident can. That's why we've always handpicked our Program Directors, whose unbridled passion for their homelands infuses every aspect of your vacation. And their skill in group dynamics ensure you'll always feel safe and welcome, wherever you go. They help every traveler feel fully involved in every activity.

» Meet our resident, expert Program Directors

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4. Your safety and security is our priority

We take every precaution to safeguard your well-being, from carefully selecting hotels in safe, centrally located areas to state-of-the-art shipboard radar on our privately owned ships. Plus, with the knowledge and expertise of our regional office staff—dedicated professionals who live, work, and play in the countries you'll visit—you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that we're right where you are.

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5. On our small ships, you won’t get lost in the crowd

When you join one of Grand Circle Cruise Line's River Cruises or Small Ship Cruise Tours, you’ll sail on our own private, custom-built river ships. Since 1998, we’ve built these small ships with your standards in mind. We own and manage each and every one, so we have complete control of the quality of your experience from bow to stern. Plus, the convivial atmosphere onboard our ships encourages mixing and mingling—perfect for solo travelers seeking to make new friends.

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6. You'll enjoy easy camaraderie with like-minded travelers

There’s an innate sense of curiosity that unites people who share a passion for exploring the world—so even if you’ve never met your fellow travelers, chances are you’ve already got something in common. You'll find it's natural for your group members to learn from and about each other as you explore each destination. With so much to discover—and so many wonderful and welcoming people to share your experiences with—the fun will continue throughout your vacation.

» Read what solo travelers have to say about Grand Circle

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7. Comfortable pacing for ease of discovery

With a variety of activities to choose from—including our optional excursions, affordable extensions, and leisure time discoveries—you can tailor your trip to your liking, building in just the right amount of time for self-discovery. We’ve designed our vacations to be comfortably paced so you can find the blend of activity and leisure that’s right for you.

» See the well-paced itineraries we offer

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8. Itineraries designed for personal connections

Along with revealing the major attractions you've yearned to see, we help you experience the authentic sounds, smells, tastes, and sensations of your destination that other travel companies tend to miss. Our exclusive Discovery Series events include Home-Hosted Meals, demonstrations at local artisans' workshops, and more, so you'll enjoy spending time—and forging friendships—with local people and learning more about their daily lives, customs, and traditions.

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9. We give back to the world we travel

To Grand Circle, the world truly is a classroom. We believe that the best travel discoveries happen through hands-on learning and personal exchange with the people who call a destination home. And we're committed to giving back to the communities we visit. Since 1992, Grand Circle Foundation has donated more than $91 million to over 100 schools and communities around the world. And through our World Classroom initiative, we focus specifically on supporting the education of young people—the next generation of citizens who will share their world with our travelers.

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10. The choice is yours

Choose from multiple pre- and post-trip extension options on many of our vacations and make the most of your international airfare. Plus, we've lengthened many of our extensions so you'll enjoy even better pacing—at the same low per diems. Enjoy a host of included activities, or customize your trip and expand your discoveries by choosing from among our optional tours.

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