Liked GCT’s South America tour

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I read the subscriber’s report “High & Low Points of Chile/Argentina Tour” (March ’12, pg. 25), about his January ‘11 tour with Grand Circle Travel. My husband and I took the same 3-week itinerary with Grand Circle, Feb. 7-March 3, 2012 (though we also went to Peru and Brazil on pre- and post-tours). We stayed at the same hotels as he and did the same activities and LOVED everything about the trip.

The subscriber wrote, “The tour began upon our arrival in Santiago on Tuesday morning, and we had to stay awake all day.” I would point out that after an early arrival, of course you stay awake the first full day; that’s the only way to get back into a fairly normal sleeping pattern.

A traveler usually stays only a few days in one location during a group tour, and well-planned tours, such as those from Grand Circle, keep the traveler busy most of the time during the days and sometimes in the evenings as well. So, rather than be concerned about the size of the hotel rooms, I think the most important issue is their cleanliness and having a private bath — and perhaps the efficiency and friendliness of the hotel staff.

We also went to the same optional tango show in Buenos Aires that was mentioned. Yes, it was a little expensive, but the food was great (my husband claimed it was the best steak he had during the trip) and the staff was very friendly. The dancers were skilled and entertaining, even if it was a “show for the tourists.”

We also had a free-of-charge tango lesson at the hotel, and it was enjoyed by every participant.

ELKE AUSTIN-FOOTE
Rochester, MN

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I read the subscriber’s report “High & Low Points of Chile/Argentina Tour” (March ’12, pg. 25), about his January ‘11 tour with Grand Circle Travel. My husband and I took the same 3-week itinerary with Grand Circle, Feb. 7-March 3, 2012 (though we also went to Peru and Brazil on pre- and post-tours). We stayed at the same hotels as he and did the same activities and LOVED everything about the trip.

The subscriber wrote, “The tour began upon our arrival in Santiago on Tuesday morning, and we had to stay awake all day.” I would point out that after an early arrival, of course you stay awake the first full day; that’s the only way to get back into a fairly normal sleeping pattern.

A traveler usually stays only a few days in one location during a group tour, and well-planned tours, such as those from Grand Circle, keep the traveler busy most of the time during the days and sometimes in the evenings as well. So, rather than be concerned about the size of the hotel rooms, I think the most important issue is their cleanliness and having a private bath — and perhaps the efficiency and friendliness of the hotel staff.

We also went to the same optional tango show in Buenos Aires that was mentioned. Yes, it was a little expensive, but the food was great (my husband claimed it was the best steak he had during the trip) and the staff was very friendly. The dancers were skilled and entertaining, even if it was a “show for the tourists.”

We also had a free-of-charge tango lesson at the hotel, and it was enjoyed by every participant.

ELKE AUSTIN-FOOTE
Rochester, MN