Grand Circle River Cruise Line

The leader in enriching cultural experiences since 1958

The last 5 years voted #1 river cruise line in the WORLD by Conde Nast Traveler

“While most river cruises offer lectures, Grand Circle Cruises takes education one step beyond with visits to local homes, extensive handouts, and cultural interactions in every port Plus, each ship has several Program Directors—local residents who serve as cruise staff, tour guides, and guest lecturers.”

Cruise Critic, Best River Cruise Line for Enrichment Award 201S

Grand Circle Cruise Line provides American travelers with authentic, life-changing travel opportunities with a focus on lesser-known locales at the best value—less than $1200-$4000 per couple—of anyone in the river cruise industry.

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Grand Circle Cruise Line The Most Advertised River Cruise Company The Grand Circle Cruise Line Difference
Itineraries designed for American travelers English is the only language used durlngtours and your trip is tailored with American needs in mind.
Local Program Director with your group of 38-45 from beginning to end We’re the ONLY cruise line with local Program Directors.
Included tours in every port We include unique experiences and authentic cultural connections in every destination.
Lowest per diem including international airfare Compare and save from $1200-$4000 per couple on comparable cruises induding airfare.
Luxury 190-passenger ships with deluxe amenities Our 46- to 162-passenger ships are staffed with welcoming crew that ensure you're well taken care of on our intimate and comfortable vessels.
Home-Hosted visits Every itinerary includes a visit to a home for a meal and the opportunity to interact with locals.
Lectures and demonstrations by local artisans Whether onboard or on land, you'll participate in interactive discussions around controversial topics with locals to gain firsthand insights into the regions you visit
Leader in solo-friendly travel We offer low-cost Single Supplements on all trips and FREE Single Supplements on all extensions.

Discover what sets Grand Circle Cruise Line apart

Unique experiences & cultural connections

We take you into the heart of your destination’s culture, providing you with a glimpse of its people’s day-to-day lives and showing you the hidden gems that most American travelers miss. With our exclusive Discovery Series events, you’ll learn about the local culture from those who work, learn, and live there.

You’ll sit down with local families for friendly conversation, gracious hospitality, and often freshly cooked meals during our exclusive Home-Hosted visits, and make personal connections across the table. Our travelers often list these visits as the highlight of their trips, making memories that last long after returning home.

Your Program Director will raise controversial topics about the places you’ll visit, often bringing in experts to field your questions about diverse topics. Candid discussions with locals provide greater understanding of life in your destination, a richer world understanding, and the unrivaled experience that earned us “Best River Cruise Line for Enrichment” accolades in Cruise Critic’s 2015 Editors’ Picks Awards.

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Meet Tereza Libichova

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The only cruise line with local Program Directors

Throughout your trip, your group of 38-45 travelers will be accompanied by a local Program Director, who will connect you with the people and culture of the places you’re exploring. They’ll share first-hand insights into your destination including personal recommendations for your free time, shed new light on iconic sites, and answer any questions you have along the way.

Enjoy camaraderie with American travelers who share your passion for discovery.

American Travelers

We cater exclusively to experienced American travelers: English is the only language used during tours and presentations, and your trip is tailored to an American perspective, from experiences to accommodations to dining—which features a variety of regional delicacies and American favorites.

Our top-rated onboard crew ensures you’re well taken care of 24 hours a day.

Our value puts your travel dreams within reach

You will always receive a 4-star experience at a 3-star price when you choose Grand Circle Cruise Line. Included in your trip price are all accommodations; most meals; all onboard house beer, house wine, and soft drinks; guided tours; exclusive cultural events; port charges; and included gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers. We guarantee that you won’t find a lower price in river cruising. If you do, we’ll match it—it’s as simple as that.

Watch Video: Leader in Solo-Friendly Travel

Solo Traveler Experience

See why solo travelers choose Grand Circle as their trusted travel partner.

Leader in solo-friendly travel

We don’t believe solo travelers should have to pay a premium to explore the world, so we offer low-cost Single Supplements on all vacations and FREE Single Supplements on all pre- and post-trip extensions. Combine our great value with our local Program Directors, regional offices nearby for support, and the onboard camaraderie you’ll experience and it’s no surprise three out of ten travelers join us solo.


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