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Aug 20th, 2013, 11:30 AM
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Grand Circle vs. Gate1

I usually use Friendly Planet, Smartour or Gate1 for travel. But I wanted to go to Chile , Argentina and Brazil and Grand Circle seems to have the best price. They do not charge a single supplement. Has anyone done a South America tour With GCT. Do their groups tend to be older. I noticed they have lectures on subjects related to the travel Are these good. Any information on GCT at all would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Aug 30th, 2013, 05:37 PM
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Grand Circle and Overseas Adventure Travel (OATS) are one and the same. We booked a trip with them in early 2013 to go on the 10 day trip to Peru that started in late September. I paid in full for our reservation, booked flights using miles and added other destinations that would follow after the OATS trip. Then, only 5 weeks before our departure, they called to tell me the trip was cancelled. They apparently did not have enough participants. They offered to put us on a trip that would have left 4 days earlier or one that left 2 weeks later. This would not work for us due to our booked and paid for reservations elsewhere. Needless to say, I was pretty upset. I had to scramble to put together a trip on our own. Based on my experience, I would say stay away from them.
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Aug 31st, 2013, 07:15 AM
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Grand Circle and OAT do design their trips for "active, older adults." That is not to say that everyone on the trip is old. They also get a lot of repeat customers, so you will be traveling with experienced travelers. We've taken 15 OAT trips and 1 Grand Circle, and all have been excellent. The only South America trip we took was the Amazon River Cruise with OAT, but we have a friend who has taken the SA trip that you're interested in, and they found it quite enjoyable.
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Aug 31st, 2013, 08:52 AM
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PIPERPAT is a big fan of OAT and GC. I, on the other hand, am not. My understanding is that GC has bigger groups than OAT, so I would never travel with GC, and once was enough with OAT. I have traveled once with Gate1 (to Egypt) and they seemed OK if you want a tour. Personally I prefer to travel independently and found it easy to do so in SA.
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