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had an amazing time5.0 October 2017
I am a travel agent and had the pleasure of working with Susan on one of my clients last minuet Safari request. Not only was she able to accommodate the clients requests, they had an amazing time on their Honeymoon! I highly recommend African Portfolio, as well as working with Susan! They both were wonderful!Read more
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Excellent Job5.0 January 2017
They do an excellent job - everything was perfect
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I would highly recommend that any person- on any budget- who is looking to get the most out of their tri5.0 September 2016
My husband and I worked with Yvette to book our upcoming trip to Africa (specifically South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). We cannot sing her praises enough! She was so knowledgable (being from South Africa herself, she was able to answer every question we had- and believe me, we had LOTS of them)! She was also very responsive to my emails and always made herself readily available to talk over the phone (even later in the evening after I got out of work). This was especially appreciated given the fact that we had called her with such a tight turnaround time (I first contacted her with inquiries about one of African Portfolio's standard, sample itineraries in mid-August and we're traveling to Africa at the end of October). My husband I are pretty avid travelers (I've been to about 40 countries) but we are also younger and saving to start a family, so we're always looking to save money where we can. Prior to this trip, we had always researched and booked our own vacations. However, after purchasing Fodor's "The Complete Guide to African Safaris", we quickly realized that this was one trip where it was well worth spending a little extra money to go through a reputable tour operator. We don't envision ourselves returning to Africa any time soon, and this is a destination we've always dreamed of going to, so we wanted to make the most of this trip, and we found that the best way to do that to book through someone who can quickly tell you everything you need to know (like Yvette)! We had compared the costs of standard itineraries that the different recommended operators from the book had posted on their websites (for the sake of time, we didn't bother contacting the operators who didn't post any sample itineraries). African Portfolio's "Cape and Kruger" tour was one of the most affordable that we saw across the operators for the value. However, there were a few things included that we weren't so interested in and other things that were not included that we knew we definitely wanted to go and see (like Victoria Falls)! Yvette worked with our budget (we were willing to spend more if there was a way to include Victoria Falls in lieu of a couple of days elsewhere) to complete customize an itinerary for us (a few days in Cape Town, a few nights in Sabi Sands, and a few nights at Victoria Falls- if you haven't ever heard of Devil's Pool- which I hadn't until Yvette told me all about it- I promise you it's worth looking up). :) She recommended a number of different "must see" excursions that we didn't even know existed and completely blew our minds once we looked them up (the Batoka Sky micro lights, for example). As one last point worth mentioning, Yvette was just super friendly throughout the entire process and I would highly recommend that any person- on any budget- who is looking to get the most out of their trip- reach out to her for her knowledge and expertise and book through this amazing company!Read more
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A unique collection of luxury trips designed by Gate 1 travel.
What Makes Gate 1 Signature Collection Stand Out?
These are luxury minded trips with a local focus. Guides are all local experts, from and living in the destination you’re visiting. Each itinerary features exclusive experiences. Groups are small and each day is full of activity but well balanced.
They focus on offering only a select group of trips in this special collection - allowing them the freedom to create truly spectacular itineraries - which include more inclusions in the price than their other collections.
The tagline is “More Luxury for Less”. These tours may not be in same luxury travel class if you’re used to Abercrombie & Kent, however where comfort and extravagance meets fun and busy travel days of sightseeing and tours, you’ll find Gate 1 Signature Collection.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Gate 1 Signature Collection?
Those travelers who are willing to spend a little bit more for a 4-5 star experience, will probably find a sweet spot with Gate 1 Signature tours. These trips tend to be attended by older travelers, in the 50+ range.
Don’t expect too much strenuous activity. You can expect easy paced walks, guided tours and lectures, and stops to explore interesting cultural sites and historical attractions.
While some of these cultural experiences, included in their “Signature Experiences”, are truly unique, be wary that many of these inclusions are fairly standard offerings - such as a hot air balloon ride over the African savannah. So the luxury experience of exclusivity you may be expecting is to be taken with a grain of salt. These tours offer wonderful experiences - but the destinations or activities are not always particularly uncommon or rare.
They currently don’t offer an overly extensive list of countries, but tours do go all over the world. This includes Central Europe, Spain, and the UK, Israel, Jordan and Morocco, Peru, Southeast Asia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
Gate 1 Signature Collection Travel Style
Signature Collection tours with Gate 1 aim for comfort, ease, and unique cultural experiences. Like their other brands, Gate 1’s Signature Collection is about making sure your sightseeing is maximized, and the price is right for the experience.
Most sightseeing, meals, wifi, tips, and their “Signature Experiences” are included in the itinerary price - unlike Gate 1’s main brand which offers less inclusions. This type of itinerary more helpful to budget travelers wishing to pick and choose which activities they would like to pay for. Gate 1 Signature Tours, however, are best suited to those who want more inclusions and less hassle to have to decide on how to spend their travel time.
Why Choose a Tour with Gate 1 Signature Collection?
If you’re an older traveler looking for a boutique, comfortable, and well paced tour, the Signature tours may suit you very well. Travelers love the customer service, attention to detail, and depth of knowledge the guides bring to each day on the tour. There is also a good balance of free time and optional additional sightseeing opportunities.
All tours feature included “Signature Experiences” which are the main highlights that make the Signature Collection tours stand out from the other Gate 1 brands. These are unique excursions, usually with a strong cultural focus - such as an evening of Irish music in Galway, or a traditional dinner in the deserts of Morocco. They also often include lectures that explore a destinations history or a specific facet of the culture.