Grand Circle Travel (GCT) is a subsidiary of privately owned company, Grand Circle Corporation (GCC), which launched in 1958 to serve American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) members. Today Grand Circle Travel offers international vacations to all older Americans. Grand Circle is headquartered in Boston and operates regional offices worldwide, employing more than 2,000 associates, program directors, trip leaders (guides), and nautical and hospitality crews on six continents. Grand Circle Travel offers river cruises, small ship cruises, and land tours to destinations throughout Europe, North America, Central America, South America, Asia, South Pacific, and Africa. GCT trips are characterized by their cultural engagement, leisurely pacing, opportunities for independent exploration, local program directors, and overall value. They’re also known for solo-friendly travel packages, offering free or low-cost single supplements on all trips. A typical trip ranges from 13–16 days and includes several optional trip extensions and tours. In 1958, retired schoolteacher and principal Ethel Andrus founded both AARP and Grand Circle Travel. Her vision of invigorating and well-paced senior group traveling still informs the GCT’s principles and values today.