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“Ruta of the Maya ”

Written on: 22/03/2014 by Ernestx229 (1 review written)

We have traveled 100's of times, 10 times with Grand Circle/OAT. We can't say enough about them compared to others. We have never had a bad trip nor a bad guide. The Maya trip was better than we anticipated, same was said by several well traveled people in our group. The ruins were spectacular. Other high lights--Beautiful Antigua, Lake Atitlan [and villages] Walter, our guide, is the best. Traveling with GC/OAT is so much more reasonable than comparables, we are able to go more places… Read Full Review

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“Soul of India: The Colorful South”

Written on: 06/02/2014 by mwasano (1 review written)

I went solo, and it was one fantastic tour. I had been in northern India a number of times, and the friendly people, the rural countryside, the choice of places we visited and stayed while on this particular tour was well thought out, and fascinating. It was lovely to be along the Bay of Bengal, and the Arabian Sea. Dec./Jan. a time of pilgrimages, tropical climate, fresh fruits and vegetables, and flowers. The people embraced us in love, and service. I had a good time. Go while you can. Mitsu… Read Full Review

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“Well Planned Adventure”

Written on: 05/02/2014 by Hougard (1 review written)

Thailand & Cambodia - 2013-2014. Every think promised and more. The guides and drivers were exceptional. Food provided was worth taking the trip again. I have booked another trip with Oat based on this experience… Read Full Review

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“poorly planned”

Written on: 03/02/2014 by Johny69 (1 review written)

The company planned the itinerary very poorly. It was pretty chaotic. They are not flexible at all… Read Full Review

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“Colombia is great.”

Written on: 06/01/2014 by hjurist1 (1 review written)

We had a wonderful time on out trip to Colombia. Jairo was a good trip leader. Bogota was big and busy, with only two runways at their airport. Medellin was beautiful, would like to spend more time there. Our time in the coffee triangle was great: Pereira, Salento and the time picking coffee and learning about the processing process. The hacienda we stayed in was dream-like, not very far from a busy road but it felt like another world. Cartagena was very interesting, the old city and the new… Read Full Review

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“Imperial China, Tibet & The Yangtze River”

Written on: 13/06/2013 by deaton (1 review written)

This was our 3rd trip with OAT/Grand Circle. So far we are batting 100% with them. We just returned from the Imperial China adventure and it was by far the best trip we have ever been on. We lucked out with a small group of 9 people, who with the help of an extremely competent group leader, jelled into a fun group that genuinely enjoyed each other's company. We cannot say enough for how well all aspects of this trip were handled by OAT, including the planning, the execution, and the follow-up… Read Full Review

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“Review of trips to France, Croatia, Morocco, Aus/NZ”

Written on: 30/04/2013 by Rayon-ion (1 review written)

The prices were reasonable. The guides were generally knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The accommodations were good to excellent. We were in Australia when the big earthquake hit Christchurch, where we were headed. The NZ tour was greatly re-worked in a couple of days and turned out very well. We asked our guide at the last minute to get us opera tickets in Sydney and he did that with aplomb - Carmen was great fun. In Croatia we were hit by the worst snowstorm in 50 years and one… Read Full Review

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“Safari Serengeti tanzania Lodge & tented safari”

Written on: 06/04/2013

THe pre trip to Mt Kilamajara-KambiYa Tembo Sinya-camp was great. The lodge was beautiful with spectacular views great food,luxurious tents great staff perfect weather.Could have stayed there much longer Before our pre trip we stayed in Arusha at Olasiti lodge one night. Lodge was nice But the noise from a Mosque and a church was a bit much coming to us thru load speakers. I recommended OAT try to find another lodge. Nest stop was Lake Burlunge. This was a lovely area and the cabins were… Read Full Review

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“Plus and Mnus”

Written on: 16/03/2013 by Dorn (1 review written)

Plus: generally very interesting, friendly people, enjoyable countryside, very good general itinerary, very good hotels, food, transportation Minus: Guide english and speed of speaking made hearing and understanding difficult. Did not respond well to some questions. Was not always attentive to group needs, eg bathroom, group not together. Did not provide comtempory information. Did not warn group the currency can not be converted outside of Burma Itinerary could have allocated some time… Read Full Review

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“Soul of India - an extraordinary trip”

Written on: 02/01/2013 by Gordonandvickimacaulay (1 review written)

Soul of India: The Colorful South trip was a unending adventure and immersion into the culture of incredible India. My husband and I have visited northern India with OAT and knew we would return. The itinerary is so well paced with great opportunities to interact with the Indian people - the best part of all. Murali, our extraordinary Trip Leader, provided multiple learning experiences. He continued to delight and astonish us every day with amazing surprises including attending a huge Indian… Read Full Review

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“Panama and Cartagena”

Written on: 30/12/2012 by Cathystaver (1 review written)

The boat part of this trip was good. The rest was a waste of time and the hotels were horrid. We were taken to a sugar plantation where animals were not fed by their owners who were well fed themselves. Another stop had a young husky dog on a very short chain that left a huge red mark on it's neck. Our guide took us there twice saying it wasa bathroom break even though we had just stopped at a grocery store. The zoo was more for business than helping the animals. You can see Cartagena in 2… Read Full Review

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“Not What is promised”

Written on: 10/10/2011

OAT is wonderful if you willing to be led blindly andhave no opinion. Just went to Croatia and the "group" leader was a 32 year old immature male who told racist jokes and believes that Croatia did nothing wrong during the recent wars. The group was supposed to be 25 people and actually it was but we were paired with another group on at every maeal, on all the tours and on the boat. So actually there were 50 people. Oat's quality has gone done. They may be cheaper initially but everything… Read Full Review

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“Experience with Overseas Adventure Travel; Grand Circle ”

Written on: 16/02/2011

Experience with Overseas Adventure Travel; Grand Circle

I signed up for the New Year's Special to China, which was supposed to be a $300 discount through 1/15. OAT's representative acknowledged that they did not raise the price back up after the "special," but in fact reduced the trip further. It can be purchased today $200 cheaper than my invoiced price.

Even though they are selling the trip $200 cheaper, yesterday OAT added an additional $100 to my invoice and indicated that the price… Read Full Review

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“I have traveled three times with OAT -- 2006 to Peru &...”

Written on: 02/08/2010

I have traveled three times with OAT -- 2006 to Peru & the Amazon; 2008 to Thailand and Cambodia; May 2010 to Tanzania on Safari. For the price I do not know how they do it. Peru was great, Tanzania was fabulous. Thailand was OK -- Cambodia great. My only major complaint was most of the lodging in Thailand, pretty standard tourist fare. But, they have to balance those who want to rough it with those who want CNN or BBC every day. Guides have always been very good to outstanding. OAT hires… Read Full Review

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“I have taken eight trips with OAT. They have become...”

Written on: 13/04/2010

I have taken eight trips with OAT. They have become impossible to deal with. They are cutting corners on the trips and you do not get your money worth anymore. The put you up at second class hotels that are at the end of nowhere. If you up to complain on specific items. they simply say that you are a complainer, and say they hope to see you again. Do not go with either OAT or GrandCircle if you can posssibly help it… Read Full Review

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“I am a 7 continent traveler and have enjoyed many...”

Written on: 01/03/2010

I am a 7 continent traveler and have enjoyed many fantastic trips with some very expensive companies. In July I took my grand daughter on the Ultimate Africa trip and rate it the very best trip I have ever taken. Not only did we see more animals than we ever expected but also a huge variety of them. From 300 elephants in one afternoon to leopards, cheetahs, sable antelope, lions and giraffes, lion and leopard 'kills' it was glorious from beginning to end. Wilderness camps provided us an up… Read Full Review

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“They 'give' you 'gifts' for travel..more you travel,...”

Written on: 25/01/2010

They 'give' you 'gifts' for travel..more you travel, the better the 'gift'...still waiting for three months for jacket...won't respond to emails I have sent to customer service...also two of use robbed in Guatemala..I had insurance..OAT owns the company...still not a single response to all the paperwork sent in...also for the Guat trip..had me returning on a flight that wasn't even available for that day and also booked to return before the end of the trip...took a while to straighten that… Read Full Review

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“We have traveled with OAT seven times taking with us...”

Written on: 26/05/2009 by GloriaVP (1 review written)

We have traveled with OAT seven times taking with us 12-16 friends. Overall OAT puts together an excellent trip though a lot depends on the guide. They are good at problem solving while on the trip. Remember, some things (such as weather and airlines cancelling flights) are out of their control… Read Full Review

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“one great experience to maccu piccu”

Written on: 31/01/2009

one great experience to maccu piccu
one good expereince to greece
one good expereince to new zealand except for the first two days...all with Overseas Adventure Travel...but in my experience the customer services seem to be declining. what happened to the old oats? OAT is losing the vision of customer service.
We are going to the Serengetti and Patagonia. We are having a hard time scheduling this with OAT based on our last experience.
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“We have been with OAT to New Zealand, (wonderful)...”

Written on: 04/09/2008 by love to travel (1 review written)

We have been with OAT to New Zealand, (wonderful) Route of the Myan's (still our best guide and favorite trip), Thailand (very polluted, but good guide and interesting trip), and Peru with both extensions (good guides every place we went with Machu Pichu making the trip worth it by itself, but many more wonderful reasons to visit there… Read Full Review

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