GRAND CIRCLE TRAVEL (INTERNATIONAL GROUP TOURS)
The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Grand Circle Cruise Line & Grand Circle Travel program offers NYSUT members and their families special pricing on international river cruises and other travel opportunities. Save $100 per person on published tours simply for being a NYSUT member or receive a discounted rate on specific trips if you act as a group organizer.
Grand Circle Cruise Line & Grand Circle Travel's group tour vacations are designed specifically for American travelers over 50 years old. The Grand Circle family of companies -- which also includes Overseas Adventure Travel and Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises -- is committed to providing international travel, adventure and discovery opportunities that offer impactful and intercultural experiences.
Don't just take our word for it, though.
"All of the trips I have taken with Grand Circle Travel and Overseas Adventure Travel have been great and very distinct. Grand Circle and Overseas Adventure also offer a number of discounts and savings opportunities for travelers along with the savings simply for being a NYSUT member. Discovery opportunities, activities and discussions were also included on each trip about the events in a particular area. As a retired foreign language and English as a second language teacher, I like to be completely immersed and involved with the culture that I am visiting.
In addition, I had a question and small concern about an upcoming trip that I would like to take in 2020, and Member Benefits quickly stepped in and was able to contact Grand Circle on my behalf to resolve the issue. I can't thank Member Benefits enough for their intervention." -- Fern Denenberg-Friedman, NYSUT Retiree
Easy Ways to Learn More:
1. To make your reservation with Grand Circle Travel, call 800-221-2610 or visit https://www.gct.com/
2. To make your reservation with Overseas Adventure Travel, call 800-955-1925 or visit https://www.oattravel.com/
3. Gather a group of travelers on a specific trip and departure date for the opportunity to travel at a reduced rate. Simply gather at least 10 paying travelers on one of Grand Circle's adventures and you will travel at a reduced rate as the 11th group member.
To learn more or form your own group, please call 800-597-2452.
****Make sure to mention group number 25614 when calling to receive the $100 per person discount.****
ADDITIONAL WAY TO SAVE ON YOUR TRIP:
The Grand Circle Travel "Good Buy Plan" offers up to an additional 7.5% discount on any trip booked in addition to the $100 off per trip that NYSUT members currently receive.
With the "Good Buy Plan," members save 7.5% on their trip by pre-paying nine months or more in advance of travel. The discount then declines each month until it reaches 3% at five months prior to the departure date.
In addition to the $100 off per traveler, the only discount available after five months would be an additional $50 off if paid in full within the last 120 days. In order to receive this discount, members must pay in full by cash, check or electronic check to qualify (this is the rule for all payoffs after the deposit is made).
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ABOUT GRAND CIRCLE TRAVEL:
Traveling with Grand Circle Travel is about more than sightseeing. It's about immersing yourself in other cultures; sharing the warm camaraderie of like-minded American travelers; and feeling comfortable, safe and well-cared for every step of the way. It's not simply a destination you'll find, but a profound awareness of the life-changing joy of cultural connections -- connections that Grand Circle has been creating for more than 50 years.
Whether you're traveling by land or ship, Grand Circle is known for the spirited camaraderie of its trips -- a quality that singles and couples alike often cite as a highlight of their travel experience. In addition, many of Grand Circle's single travelers especially enjoy the size of its groups (no more than 25 to 45 travelers on Grand Circle Cruise Line vacations and no more than 42 travelers on Land Tours) because it enables them to meet new people. In fact, over the years, many travelers have formed lifelong friendships, found future travel companions and even met their future spouses during a Grand Circle vacation.
ABOUT OVERSEAS ADVENTURE TRAVEL:
Adventure travel with Overseas Adventure Travel is a journey beyond the familiar, one that takes you into the very heart of a destination to meet people where they work and live. Overseas Adventure Travel invites you to explore the meandering routes, intriguing detours and slower paths where you can breathe deeply, absorb new sensations, encounter authentic cultures, and make new connections. Overseas Adventure Travel has been creating those moments for more than 30 years.
While you can journey with OAT to many of the world's top travel destinations, you can also be taken to many lesser-known locales -- unique and wonder-filled destinations where few Americans go. OAT can transport you off the tourist path over land and by sea. Once you arrive at your destination, you'll be invited to participate in local life. Through unique activities that are built into your trip, you'll enjoy personal connections that might only take a moment to form but can last a lifetime in your memories.
When you travel with OAT, you'll travel in a small group of 10-16 travelers on its Land Adventures and 16-25 travelers on its Small Ship Adventures. Your Trip Leader will be able to focus on your needs and give you the personal attention you deserve. In addition, you'll enjoy a level of spontaneity and camaraderie that just isn't possible in large groups.
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The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation does not guarantee that these endorsed programs are the lowest-cost products available to you, and you are encouraged to shop and compare before making any purchasing decisions.