Enjoyed Chile / Argentina GCT tour

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I read the subscriber’s letter “High & Low Points of Chile/Argentina Tour” (March ’12, pg. 25). My wife and I did the same Grand Circle Travel trip, arriving in Santiago on Feb. 25, 2011.

First of all, the subscriber has my sympathy. A 32-hour flight time (four flights between Bend, Oregon, and Chile in each direction) is amazing and must have been difficult. Even though we were flying only from North Carolina, we flew to Miami a day before we were to leave for Lima and had two days in South Beach. It made for a very relaxed trip.

Unlike the subscriber, we did do the pre-trip to Peru and Machu Picchu; even though rainy and foggy, it was fantastic.

We stayed in the same hotels the subscriber did and, like his wife and him, did not have tour-member seniority with Grand Circle, yet our rooms, if not large, were certainly more than adequate. We tended to spend very little time in them except to sleep, and Grand Circle kept us moving, which is why we travel: to see and experience as much as possible.

We considered one of the highlights to be Bariloche, Argentina, a delightful town with nice restaurants and friendly people. We, too, stayed there in the Cacique Inacayal Lake & Spa Hotel, and our view was fantastic. One of our favorite tours was the one up Campanario Mountain via chairlift. The views were wonderful.

We also attended the Esquina Carlos Gardel tango show in Buenos Aires. Before the show, we all were invited to a banquet room in the hotel for what Grand Circle called an “educational experience.” There, a couple demonstrated tango dancing and taught us some steps. Did they make me into a tango dancer? No, but I did learn enough to appreciate what I was watching on stage.

I really did not expect much in the way of food, as there must have been 500 people attending that performance, but my food was good and cooked the way I had ordered it. The tango excursion was a good experience.

We consider this South American trip with Grand Circle to be in the top three of trips we have taken. I like Grand Circle Travel for the same reason I like ITN. It delivers what I want (excellent travel) without a lot of frills.

BURL HULL
Greensboro, NC

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I read the subscriber’s letter “High & Low Points of Chile/Argentina Tour” (March ’12, pg. 25). My wife and I did the same Grand Circle Travel trip, arriving in Santiago on Feb. 25, 2011.

First of all, the subscriber has my sympathy. A 32-hour flight time (four flights between Bend, Oregon, and Chile in each direction) is amazing and must have been difficult. Even though we were flying only from North Carolina, we flew to Miami a day before we were to leave for Lima and had two days in South Beach. It made for a very relaxed trip.

Unlike the subscriber, we did do the pre-trip to Peru and Machu Picchu; even though rainy and foggy, it was fantastic.

We stayed in the same hotels the subscriber did and, like his wife and him, did not have tour-member seniority with Grand Circle, yet our rooms, if not large, were certainly more than adequate. We tended to spend very little time in them except to sleep, and Grand Circle kept us moving, which is why we travel: to see and experience as much as possible.

We considered one of the highlights to be Bariloche, Argentina, a delightful town with nice restaurants and friendly people. We, too, stayed there in the Cacique Inacayal Lake & Spa Hotel, and our view was fantastic. One of our favorite tours was the one up Campanario Mountain via chairlift. The views were wonderful.

We also attended the Esquina Carlos Gardel tango show in Buenos Aires. Before the show, we all were invited to a banquet room in the hotel for what Grand Circle called an “educational experience.” There, a couple demonstrated tango dancing and taught us some steps. Did they make me into a tango dancer? No, but I did learn enough to appreciate what I was watching on stage.

I really did not expect much in the way of food, as there must have been 500 people attending that performance, but my food was good and cooked the way I had ordered it. The tango excursion was a good experience.

We consider this South American trip with Grand Circle to be in the top three of trips we have taken. I like Grand Circle Travel for the same reason I like ITN. It delivers what I want (excellent travel) without a lot of frills.

BURL HULL
Greensboro, NC