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When you travel with O.A.T., we promise that you’re getting the best combination of value and experience, at the best price—even with international airfare included
When you refer new travelers to O.A.T. 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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Many OAT travelers don’t stop at one annual adventure. For those who reserve two or more trips within one calendar year—either with OAT, Grand Circle Cruise Line, Grand Circle Travel, or a combination of the three—we’ve introduced a new Sir Edmund Hillary Club benefit to reward your exceptional passion for discovery.
Every time you travel with O.A.T., you'll receive a Frequent Traveler Credit worth 5% of the advertised cost of your trip, applicable toward the next O.A.T. adventure you take within one year.
At O.A.T., we strongly believe that word of mouth is our best advertisement. And it works. Just ask the more than 500 Group Leaders who have chosen an O.A.T. adventure for their travelers this year—and traveled FREE! Watch our video to learn how.
Watch our video to learn about the benefits of our Travel Protection Plan. You can cancel your O.A.T. adventure at any time—up to the day of your departure, and for any reason—and retain the FULL value of your trip, including your deposit.
See what differentiates us from other travel companies and how these differences have made O.A.T. the undisputed leader in small group travel along the road less traveled.
See why O.A.T. travelers are different from typical tourists—and especially how they love stepping out of their comfort zones and going off the beaten path to discover local culture. Plus, meet a few of the O.A.T. travelers who know the benefits of small group travel.
With itineraries designed exclusively for experienced American travelers, we’ve been providing indelible travel memories for more than 40 years. Find out what makes OAT the undisputed leader in small group travel along the road less traveled.
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 Club, a membership rewards program for travelers who've joined us on three or more adventures.
Over the past 10 years, our travelers and industry experts have given us high marks in independent surveys from Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and more. When you embark on an O.A.T. adventure, you can expect an award-winning experience.
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 O.A.T., and the local people who welcome us so warmly into their homelands.
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Diversity and color define the countries of Central America and the Caribbean—from quetzals of Costa Rica’s rainforests and sunsets over Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano to rumba music wafting through Cuban streets and markets displaying bright fabrics crafted by indigenous people.
Its beauty arises from this mix of untouched wilderness and culture molded by some of the greatest empires and civilizations. For thousands of years before the appearance of Europeans, ancient civilizations like the Mayas and Aztecs controlled vast swaths of land, creating ingenious systems of record keeping, transportation, and communication. But in the 15th century, the arrival of Spanish conquistadors reshaped the region’s culture, introducing Spanish as the predominant language and Catholicism as the most influential religion.
But the remnants of these past empires still remain, with sprawling complexes of ruins spread throughout Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize and at times still hidden beneath the jungle. Lush green covers much of the area, ranging from jungle to rainforest and running up against mountain peaks, volcanic landscapes, and both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. With monkeys calling from treetops, colorful fish swimming through coral reefs in cerulean sea, and exotic birds gliding above stone ruins, Central America’s collection of landscapes supports some of the world’s greatest biodiversity—ready to be witnessed.
And across the water lies the Caribbean islands, humming with their music, spirit, and tropical heat. In Cuba especially, charm reigns and time seems to stand still as antique cars line the roads, sun lights up the white-sand beaches, and people dance in the streets.
Despite the political and social upheaval that has marked the area throughout much of its history, its identity is still preserved. And it’s the confluence of and conflict between the traditional and the modern that has created the Central America that flourishes today.
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