Our Vision, Mission and Values

Our culture started from the minute we decided to acquire Grand Circle in 1985, and it has been shaped by countless events and people over our history. Parts of our culture were very well considered, such as when we crafted a Vision and a Mission and identified the Values we believed in. Other components have been shaped by the big and small things that make up our past – the move to Boston from New York, the Gulf War Crisis, terrorist attacks and the dynamism of our industry and times.


What it is like to work at Grand Circle? What do we take seriously, what do we believe, how do we treat each other, what do we expect? This page is to introduce our culture to associates and to share our sense of who we are with GCC veterans. The core of our culture rests on two essential elements – Performance and Values.


Your success here begins with you and your willingness to stretch, to try new things, to grow. Again, welcome to Grand Circle… your adventure and discovery is about to begin.

Warm regards,

Alan & Harriet Lewis
Chairman & Vice Chairman
Grand Circle Corporation


Grand Circle family of travel companies

Grand Circle Travel


Since 1958, Grand Circle has been the leader in international travel and discovery for Americans. With each vacation, you’ll enjoy unmatched discoveries, leisurely pacing, and more travel choices. And with so much included for one low price – roundtrip international airfare, centrally located accommodations, many meals, comprehensive sightseeing, exclusive Discovery Series events, the expert services of a resident Program Director, and more – you’ll savor the best value in the industry, bar none.


Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises


Our award-winning cruise division which operates Grand Circle Worldwide River Cruises as well as the Small Ship Adventures offered through our sister company, Overseas Adventure Travel. The Grand Circle fleet consists of 35 vessels that we either own or privately charter. All our ships are operated exclusively for Grand Circle and Overseas Adventure travelers, and have been custom-built according to your specifications.


Overseas Adventure Travel


Since 1978, Overseas Adventure Travel has been the leader in discovery on the road less traveled, the most trusted name for travelers who seek the true spirit of a destination. Thanks to our small group size – never more than 10-16 travelers on Land Adventures, and 16-25 travelers on our Small Ship Adventures, guaranteed! – we veer off the beaten path, immersing ourselves in local cultures, sampling unique modes of transportation, and staying in authentic lodgings that reflect the essence of your destination. Best of all, you’ll enjoy a generous array of included features that other adventure companies can only envy.