Arctic Kingdom vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Made my stay exceptional

5.0 May 2019
C
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I am just back from a great trip at the Flow Edge camp near Bylot Island with Arctic Kingdom. I would like to immensely thank all the Arctic Kingdom team who made my stay exceptional. In particular David Briggs and Jason Hiller our expedition leaders, Scott the camp manager, Sheatie and Billy the Inuit elders, who shared for my camera their Inuit wisdom and knowledge, many thanks to their great team: the chefs, the guides, the camp staff.
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customer care is wonderful

5.0 April 2017
L
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have gone on several trips with Arctic Kingdom, both 1/2 day and weekend trips. I find that the customer care is wonderful, the attention to detail just great and i loved my experiences. I've found the guides to be very professional and safety conscious so the clients can just relax and enjoy this amazing part of the world.
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Tour Arctic Kingdom Company Reviews

Fabulous adventures!

5.0 August 2016
J
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Up there as one of the best experiences of my life - Mother Polar Bears and Cubs. If I had the $ I would do everyone of their trips. As it is I'm saving for the next one. Thank you Arctic Kingdom for your responsible tourism and fabulous adventures!
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Tour Arctic Kingdom Company Reviews

Tours 3 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 975 $ 0
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Mississauga, ON, Canada Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 1999 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Arctic Kingdom

        Founded in 1999, Canada based Arctic Kingdom is a premier active adventure tour operator specializing in the Arctic regions of the world.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        They offer unique and adventurous journeys through the Arctic regions of the world. Their tours focus on providing multiple ways to experience the Arctic from wildlife viewing to more adventure themed activities. Depending on the time of year, you could see the Northern Lights as well.

        Who Travels With Them?

        Adventurous spirits looking for a unique travel experience. Even though they focus on offering high quality campsites and other accommodations, it will obviously be quite cold and travelers should be prepared for that!

        Where Do They Operate?

        Their Arctic tours are focused in the far northern islands off Canada’s North coast - though some also touch on Greenland.

        Why Travel With Them?

        If you want to see Polar Bears and experience the thrill and chill of the Arctic led by expert guides this is the company for you. You have the ability to fully customize your tour or stick with an established itinerary - either way this is a “trip of a lifetime” kind of travel destination, and they help make sure it is for you.

        About Signature Collection by Gate 1

        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.  

        Top Destinations

        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.

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