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Freedom to Personalize Your Experience
Your Choice, Your Adventure, Your Way
We recommend you spend extra time in a destination to truly make your vacation everything you’ve ever dreamed about. More of our travelers are choosing to make their trips their own—in fact, 85% of our travelers are personalizing their experience in more than 90 countries. View some of the most common ways our travelers are personalizing their trips below. Then, call us at 1-800-221-2610 to discuss personalizing your experience today.
Define Your Ideal Length of Stay—arrive early, stay later & more
Extending the length of your stay in a destination can improve your overall travel experience. From staying longer in a destination—whether with us or on your own—to building in time to ensure a smooth beginning and end to your trip, the choice is yours. Here are some of your options:
Maximize Your Time & Value: 55% of our travelers choose to take a pre- or post-trip extension
Extensions give you more opportunities to immerse yourself in the history, culture, and cuisine of your destination—often in an even smaller group than your main trip. With all accommodations included, and a Program Director handling all the details, you'll enjoy more enriching tours and free time in the regions you’ve traveled so far to see, without the need for another flight.
Stopover: Relax, refresh, and explore on your own with included hotel, transfers, and breakfasts
We're pleased to provide our travelers with this opportunity to break up a lengthy flight, refresh, explore on their own, and add another stamp to their passport. On our New! Ancient Egypt & the Nile River trip you can spend time on your own before you begin your main vacation—or before your pre-trip extension.
This is your opportunity to conveniently expand the scope of your journey, and what you do during your Stopover is completely up to you!
Our Paris Stopover includes:
- A Grand Circle representative to greet you at the airport upon arrival
- 3 nights in a centrally-located hotel with daily breakfast
- Round-trip airport transfers
No Grand Circle representative will be available at your hotel during your 2- or 3-night Stopovers. All activities are on your own.
“Break Away” Options: 30% of our travelers choose to arrive early or stay late to explore a destination on their own
Before or after your main trip or trip extension, you can extend your time abroad and "break away" anywhere you'd like to do more exploring entirely on your own. Consider building in extra time for yourself to relax and get adjusted, or give yourself even more opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture. Make the most of your time abroad with the following options:
- Spend more time before your vacation in the main trip’s first location, or after your vacation in the main trip’s final destination
- Stay overnight (or for a few days) in a common connecting city, or in a destination of your choice
Please note: Our Travel Counselors can help you plan your airfare if you'd like to "break away," however since this option is completely on your own, you will need to plan your own accommodations, meals, tours, and transfers.
Back-to-Back Trips: 90% of our travelers who combined two vacations anywhere in the world rated it excellent
If you’re already overseas, why not see more of the world and avoid the expense and length of another international flight? Plus:
- Combining two of our trips can save you up to $3100 per person compared to the cost of returning home and taking each trip separately
- When you reserve two trips “back-to-back,” we’ll deduct an additional $250 per person
- You can immediately apply the Frequent Traveler Credits you will earn on your first trip to your second trip for even greater savings
Cabin Upgrade: Choose the onboard experience that’s right for you
Perhaps you’d like to be close to the elevator, dining room, or even your friend’s cabin—we’ll help you select the ship cabin or deck category that works best for you. Plus, when you upgrade to an upper deck cabin on many of our trips, you can enjoy your own private balcony.
Air Options: More than 50% of our travelers choose to customize their air options
Did you know that you have control over the way you want to fly with us? Our team of Travel Counselors makes every effort to provide you with non-stop flights and acceptable connection times to and from your destination. You also have several other ways you can personalize your air itinerary, which include:
- Choose your departure city and airline
- Depart from one city and return to another
- Upgrade your seat
- Fly the way you want to with your choice of seating or adding a special meal request
We have dedicated Air Service Counselors available to help you tailor your flight details. If you wish to change the itinerary we create for you—for any reason—simply contact our Air Service Counselors for additional options.
Plus, we now offer international airport transfers to and from your hotel to our travelers who choose to purchase their own airfare on Grand Circle vacations.
How will you personalize your dream vacation?
Call us at 1-800-221-2610 to get started