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When you refer new travelers to OAT through our Vacation Ambassador Referral Program, you’ll earn $100 per person in your choice of CASH or credit—and the more travelers you refer, the greater the rewards: up to a FREE TRIP. Watch our video to learn how.
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Earn $200 in credit when you host a Travel Party—an exciting opportunity to catch up with your friends and family and share what you love about OAT. Plus, you and your guests have a chance to earn additional special rewards!
Adventure travel with OAT 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.
Journey with the leader in adventure travel and watch your dreams take flight, thanks to the principles which ground every OAT adventure: value, choice, discovery, and carefully paced itineraries.
When you discover the world in an OAT small group, you’ll journey off the beaten path to the places the big tour groups miss—and enjoy an intimate, discovery-filled adventure filled with personal connections, shared experiences, and treasured memories.
Watch our video and see real travelers enjoying small group travel with OAT, and you’ll see why our value, pacing, discoveries, and choice set us above the competition.
No matter where in the world you venture with OAT, you'll have one of our resident, expert Trip Leaders by your side. All are fluent in English and possess the skills, certification, and experience necessary to ensure an enriching adventure.
We’ve listened to your feedback, and will now offer international airport transfers to and from your hotel to our travelers who choose to purchase their own airfare on OAT adventures as part of our Personalize Your Trip program, which allows you create the OAT adventure that's right for you.
Many OAT travelers return to discover the world with us time and time again, and to show our appreciation, we've created the Sir Edmund Hillary Team, a membership rewards program for travelers who've joined us on three or more adventures.
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Grand Circle Foundation
Alan and Harriet Lewis created the nonprofit Grand Circle Foundation with the mission of changing people’s lives through travel—which includes both the travelers who journey with OAT, and the local people who welcome us so warmly into their homelands.
Grand Circle Foundation is one of the few organizations sanctioned by the U.S. government to offer legal, fully-licensed travel to Cuba. By limiting our group size to just 12-20 participants on each of our two unique programs, we’re able to provide you with rich insights into Cuban life.
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Our regional Traveler Celebration Events are opportunities for you to meet other world travelers who share your passion for learning and discovery, swap travel stories, and give us feedback on how we can to make your experience even better—plus, you’ll be one of the first to preview upcoming trips.
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Grand Circle Gallery in Boston invites you to view our extensive collection of vintage travel posters and breathtaking black-and-white photography from Alan and Harriet Lewis’ private collection, as well as special exhibits on other travel-related themes.
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Arusha • Tarangire • Oldupai Gorge • Serengeti National Park • Ngorongoro Highlands & Crater
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$208 per day | Land Tour Only
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$354 per day | Includes international airfare
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Herds of zebra are spotted in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
Visit a Maasai village to discover the rich culture of these nomadic tribespeople
Our mobile tented camps are set up based on the seasonal migration patterns of the animals
Africa's giraffes are constantly on the move in search of food and water
Traveling in small groups, we'll enjoy up-close encounters with Africa's legendary animals
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Refer your friends to earn rewards—from $100 up to a FREE TRIP—and they'll save $200
Through our Vacation Ambassador Referral Program, you can give your friends and family savings on our trips, and earn rewards in the process. For each new traveler you refer:
Your friends can join their own trips or travel with you. So take advantage of the best referral program in the industry!
OAT was founded upon the principle that travel needs to be about more than just sightseeing if it's going to change people's lives—which is why most OAT adventures feature a day of in-depth cultural exchange through Grand Circle Foundation’s A Day in the Life program. By continuing to expand our worldview through exposure to other cultures, we are learning and growing throughout our lives—and the more we engage ourselves in the daily lives of the villages we visit, the more valuable our learning becomes.
"The visit to a Maasai village was a lesson in diverse cultures. The interaction of singing and dancing was great fun—we got our exercise and more. Loved the bright colors of their clothing, their jewelry, their stories of land, cows, wives—very interesting!"
Donna Junier, 4-time travelerRancho Cordova, California
The villages of Tanzania are home to multiple schools supported by the Foundation's World Classroom initiative, so we've developed close partnerships with village leaders—who are eager to welcome you into their everyday lives. In our Day in the Life of a Maasai boma, we’ll learn firsthand what it’s like for tribe members to live peacefully in modern society while retaining their social and ceremonial traditions.
First, we’ll arrive at the Maasai boma, where you’ll explore and spend time with the hospitable people with live here. After meeting the boma chief, you’ll enjoy dancing and singing by the women of the village, followed by tea and a chat with the first wife. You'll also take part in Maasai traditions, including plastering and thatching a hut and making fire during this exclusive opportunity for real cultural exchange.
By the time we return to our lodge in the evening, we hope you’ll come away with a richer sense of what life is like in a Maasai boma—and an appreciation for the warmth of the people who call this area home.
In addition to your boma experience, you’ll also enjoy a chance to meet local children in a school (when in session) that is supported by Grand Circle Foundation—either near the Maasai boma, or in the village of Karatu later in your adventure. You’ll interact with both students and faculty here, and see firsthand the improvements made possible by Foundation support—and the support of travelers like you.
Alan and Harriet Lewis founded Grand Circle Foundation in 1992 as a means of giving back to the world we travel. Because they donate an annually determined amount of revenue from our trips, we consider each one of our travelers as a partner in the Foundation’s work around the world. To date, the Foundation has pledged or donated more than $97 million in support of 300 different organizations—including 60 villages and nearly 100 schools that lie in the paths of our journeys.
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