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Small Groups: 8-16 travelers-guaranteed!
(average of 14)
Create the adventure that's right for you. You have the freedom to personalize your trip—from air options to spending more time in the region.
Act now to take advantage of these terrific savings on last-minute departures, available exclusively on our website. You won’t find these deals anywhere else!
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.
Learn about how you can guarantee your trip price—with OAT’s exclusive Good Buy Plan. The earlier you reserve and pay in full by check or electronic funds transfer, the more you'll save.
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.
O.A.T. Vice Chairman Harriet Lewis created the Harriet’s Corner online community as a place where travelers can learn and connect. Enjoy stories, trivia, and short films featured in our Inside Scoop e-newsletter … ask and answer questions in our Travel Forum … view issues of our Dispatches quarterly magazine … and much more.
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Exchange thoughts, experiences, and opinions openly with other travelers, whether you're looking for information on a future trip, or have valuable insights from your own
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This quarterly magazine is filled with notes from the field that celebrate the adventurous spirit of our most experienced O.A.T. travelers.
Our free 101 Tips for Women Travelers booklet features advice from seasoned travelers, staff, and guides from around the world.
Share your photos of memorable moments made with Overseas Adventure Travel.
Upload your best travel photos for a chance to win a free O.A.T. land or small ship adventure.
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Rest easy, because should you need to cancel for a covered reason, the cancellation penalty amount will be refunded by the Travel Protection Plan.
If you need to cancel your trip for any reason not covered by the Travel Protection Plan, you’ll receive a travel voucher good for a new reservation for future travel (valid for travel within 12 months of the date of issue, but no later than 15 months from the date your trip was canceled) for the penalty amount, with the balance of the refund returned to you by either check or credit card credit.
Don’t worry about having to pay for medical expenses if you fall ill or become injured while on vacation. You’re covered up to $50,000 for expenses such as doctor’s visits, hospital costs, and emergency care during your trip—even the cost of travel for a friend to join you if you are hospitalized 7 days or more while traveling alone, and up to $500,000 for medical evacuation.
English-speaking professionals are always available to assist you with medical or legal issues. They’ll even update your family and physician on your health, if desired.
If you need to cut your adventure short due to a covered emergency on-site or at home, the unused portion of your trip is covered. Take care of life’s important matters, whenever they occur.
Don’t worry about delayed or canceled flights due to inclement weather. If you experience a delay of more than 12 hours, you will be reimbursed up to $300 per day for hotel and travel expenses up to a maximum of $1,500.
Travel with the security of knowing your baggage and personal effects are covered up to $3,000. This includes lost or damaged bags, lost or stolen passports, and the unauthorized use of your credit cards.
Don’t sweat the small stuff! You’re covered up to $1,000 (for the purchase of sundries like shampoo and toothpaste and a change of clothes) if your bags are delayed 24 hours or more.
If you purchase Travel Protection for our adventure-only option—choosing to make your own air arrangements and perhaps using frequent flyer miles—you can now extend your Travel Protection to those flights. Your Travel Protection benefits begin when you leave your house, including trip cancellation or interruption, and baggage protection—and your frequent flyer miles are safe in case a situation arises along the way.
O.A.T.’s Travel Protection Plan covers you if you must cancel your trip due to a covered illness or injury. A covered illness or injury must:
Remember, it is required that you are seen or treated by your physician prior to canceling your trip.
Pre-Existing Conditions are medical conditions for which there is treatment; or a recommendation for treatment, diagnostic test or exam; or for which drugs or medicine are prescribed during the 60-day period prior to your effective date are Pre-Existing Conditions. The policy excludes your Pre-Existing Conditions and those of a Traveling Companion or an Immediate Family Member traveling with you.
Exception: Medical conditions that are treated or controlled solely with medication and remain treated or controlled without an adjustment or a change in medication during the 60-day period prior to your effective date are not considered to be Pre-Existing Conditions.
IMPORTANT! The plan exclusion for Pre-Existing Conditions will be waived if:
We realize that all travel protection plans have exclusions and limitations. That’s why we include the O.A.T. Cancellation Waiver Benefit with our plan.
The O.A.T. Pre-Departure Cancellation Waiver allows you to cancel your trip for any reason not otherwise covered by O.A.T.’s Travel Protection Plan and receive a travel voucher for the amount of any cancellation penalties that apply to any arrangements provided by O.A.T. Travel Vouchers are valid for travel within 12 months of the date of issue, but no later than 15 months from the date your trip was canceled, for travel arrangements with O.A.T. Travel Vouchers are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.
Please note: The O.A.T. Pre-Departure Cancellation Waiver does not cover penalties associated with air or other travel arrangements not provided by O.A.T. unless third party air protection is purchased.
Yes. You can purchase Travel Protection for the Small Group Adventure-only portion of your trip, and you can elect to extend that coverage to include your independently made air arrangements. You’ll be able to protect your tickets, frequent flyer miles, and more.
Please note: If you make air arrangements through a third party and extend your Travel Protection to cover those flights, you cannot recover your air costs through this plan if O.A.T. or Grand Circle cancels your departure dates, or if you initiate a departure date change. If you purchase O.A.T.’s international airfare and arrange third-party domestic airfare to your gateway city, you cannot extend your Travel Protection Plan coverage to that domestic flight.
A Traveling Companion, as defined under the terms of O.A.T.’s Travel Protection Plan, is an unrelated person you are traveling with and sharing accommodations in the same room or cabin during your trip.
If your Traveling Companion, as defined, cancels his or her trip for a reason* covered by O.A.T.’s Travel Protection Plan, you are protected in several ways:
*Reasons include: injury or death to your traveling companion which occurs before departure on your trip; your traveling companion is quarantined, required to serve on a jury, or receives a court order to appear as a witness in a legal action; your traveling companion’s home or trip destination is made uninhabitable by natural disaster and will remain uninhabitable during your scheduled departure dates; your traveling companion’s place of employment is damaged due to natural disaster and you or your traveling companion are required to remain at work as a result; your traveling companion is called to emergency military duty following a natural disaster or terrorist incident.
To report a claim, you can call Trip Mate, the Claims Administrator, at 1-800-888-7292 (Customer Service Representatives are available 24 hours a day, everyday). You can also report your claim online at www.tripmate.com by clicking on the “Claims” tab and using plan number A394B.
The plan covers medical expenses resulting from an illness or injury during your trip. If you must be medically evacuated to another facility or home, these costs are covered as well.
The O.A.T. plan includes a 24-hour worldwide assistance service to help you with medical or legal emergencies during your trip.
The plan covers expenses incurred during your trip for emergency dental treatment due to injury for up to $750. Expenses for emergency dental treatment incurred after the trip are not covered.
If you interrupt your trip for a covered reason, you are entitled to receive the following benefits (up to your O.A.T. trip cost):
The plan does not reimburse the cost of the original air flight arrangements.