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Who we are

The story of Grand Circle Corporation begins with Ethel Andrus, a retired high school principal who formed the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Andrus believed international travel was one of life’s greatest opportunities, so in 1958 she launched our first brand—Grand Circle Travel—to serve Americans over 50.

Grand Circle has grown to include the brands Overseas Adventure Travel and Grand Circle Cruise Line. Together, all three brands have helped more than 2 million travelers explore the world. With almost 60 years behind us, Grand Circle Corporation has been sharing the world’s greatest cultural wonders one adventure at a time. After acquiring Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.) in 1993, the company’s focus became educational and experiential excellence. It’s one thing to take home pictures of the Eiffel Tower or Angkor Wat—it’s entirely different to connect American travelers with local people and cultures.

Our associates strive to bring people off the beaten path and change their lives in the process. There’s just one question—are you ready to change yours?

Our Vitals

Grand Circle has been around since 1958, and we’re here to stay.

  • Sales: $600 million in 2017
  • Travelers: More than 2 million since 1958
  • More than 30 offices worldwide
  • More than 2,000 associates
  • 328 associates who have been here five years or longer
  • Giving Back: Over $175 million donated or pledged since 1981
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