Signature Collection by Gate 1 vs Andando - Tour Companies Compared
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Back from one of the most amazing5.0 December 2018
Back from one of the most amazing place in the world! Spent 8 days on the Passion Ship and I highly suggest it to those who want to visit the Galápagos Islands!Read more
Just had an incredible 8-day trip5.0 December 2018
Just had an incredible 8-day trip on the Mary Anne. Perfect in every way and in my opinion, if you want something different, this is the only way to go. Everything - the classic boat itself, the crew and awesome guide (thanks Fernando!), the itinerary, activities and food - was all top notch. Such a great way to see these amazing islands!Read more
Everything went off without a hitch5.0 September 2018
I recently traveled to the Napo Wildlife Center and took various tours in the Quito vicinity. I could not have been more pleased with the tours themselves, but also with the care Andando provided. I asked them to put together an itinerary for me, a solo traveler, that was upscale but provided a great deal of adventure. The Amazon was amazing, and I actually climbed to 16,000 feet at Cotopaxi, finishing up my adventure soaking in the pools at Termas Papallactas! Fantastic! Hugh Yarborough was the lead agent who put everything together, keeping me in the loop via email. Everything went off without a hitch! Thanks so much for your help in putting together one of the best vacations I've ever been on!Read more
|Tours||1 Trip||3 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 0||$ 663|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Custom/Private Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Local Specialist|
|Headquarters||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania||Quito|
|Solo Friendly||N/A||Good for singles|
|Tour Languages||N/A||English, Spanish|
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.