Signature Collection by Gate 1 vs Arizona Outback Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Overall — 5
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Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Our guides Whitney and Dan were excellent

5.0 March 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Dove in planning was super professional- called us all and was in regular contact with us.
Was very impressed by this. Our guides Whitney and Dan were excellent hosts that gave
us great insight and were constantly thinking one step ahead so we always knew what
we were doing. My suggestion is that the hike into the falls starts even earlier in the day.
I suggest we wake at 3am so that we are at the trailhead by around 6 and not 9. This
would give us some more time to play at the falls without costing us much seeing as we
only sleep at Grand Canyon Caverns Inn. The location suggested by the team was really
nice and our group dynamic worked really well. We had a stack of fun as a group. Our
guides helped foster this.
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The meals were delicious

5.0 March 2018
O
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The meals were delicious and were prepared in a timely manner with great quality and
were way better than I was expecting. The guides (Jesse & Jason) woke up before
everyone and made sure food was ready for us when we were ready for it. They also did
great negotiating with some temperamental campers in the canyon!
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Our guide Amanda was exceptional !

5.0 March 2018
D
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our guide Amanda was exceptional ! Paul was also great at answering my questions and
following up with phone calls . I was well looked after . Camp and meals were beyond
expectations !! Overall fantastic outing . The only downside which is out of anyone's
control is the stray dogs in camp (belonging to supai village) I was bit on the way out
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Tours 1 Trip 17 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 0 $ 278
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
Known For
  • 50+
  • Budget
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Cycling
  • Adventure
Headquarters Fort Washington, Pennsylvania Scottsdale, Arizona
Year Established N/A 1997
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        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.

        About Arizona Outback Adventures

        Founded in 1997, Arizona Outback Adventures provides gear rentals as well as single-day to multi-day hiking and adventure excursions throughout Arizona and select parts of the western United States. They have a vast range of outdoor activities and week-long tours to choose from.

        What Makes Arizona Outback Adventures Stand Out?

        • Guided biking, hiking, and backpacking tours in the US
        • Active outdoor tours 
        • Equipment rentals

        They are a one stop shop for any experience you could want to have while visiting Arizona. They offer everything from independent bike trips, atv and bike rentals, national park backpacking tours, rafting, and any excursion imaginable.

        Tours are led by expert guides, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost in the woods. The guides are carefully placed to maximize their individual expertise, and safety is always a priority. All of them are CPR and First Aid certified, carry first aid kits and a cell phone or two-way radio. Many also have advanced certifications like Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue, and National Outdoor Leadership degrees.


        Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Arizona Outback Adventures?

        • Active and adventurous travelers
        • Outdoor lovers
        • Adults ages 18-39
        • Solo and group travelers

        Adrenaline junkies looking to explore beyond the typical Arizona will find unique paths to follow through Arizona Outback Adventures. They definitely attract those travelers seeking a thrilling adrenaline packed kind of travel experience.

        two people mountain biking in a park on a sunny day

        International travelers eager to go beyond the regular tourist path, and learn about the incredible Southwestern landscapes of the United States, will enjoy the experience of an Arizona Outback Adventure Tour. Do note however that all tours are conducted in English.

        Their family-friendly themed tours offer hikes and flexible activities that’ll be enjoyable for parents and children alike. It should be noted though that children ages 10+ with hiking experience will be the most suitable for these trips.

        They’re reasonably priced in the mid-range, but they definitely aren’t considered a budget tour company. Trips vary from easy, moderate, to strenuous, but majority of them lean towards strenuous.

        brown hiking shoes

        If you are the kind of traveler who likes being out in the elements, and a bit of dust and sweat on your shoes and clothes enhances rather than detracts from your vacation experience, then Arizona Outback Adventures are for you.

        Top Destinations

        As the name would suggest, they specialize in Arizona, but they also expand into multi-day camping and backpacking trips among some of the most stunning national parks in the western United States. Discover the majestic Grand Canyon, Scottsdale’s Camelback Mountain, the breathtaking hiking trails in Sedona, or the Zion National Park just to name a few.

        arizona desert viewpoint in the daytime

        Arizona Outback Adventures Travel Style

        Arizona Outback Adventures is all about being active and taking in the peace and serenity of nature. Trips are categorized into the following themes: backpacking, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and road cycling. No matter the activity, you’re guaranteed to have an exciting adventure filled with history, nature, breathtaking views - and not to mention a great workout!

        camping tent at night with a man wearing a headlight

        Tours are generally 3 to 6 days long, giving you ample time to explore the outdoors. Accommodation will be camping for the most part, but there are some trips that use lodges, dormitories, and hotels. Chosen camping sites include bathroom and shower access. Healthy meals are included in the tour price, which are cooked with kitchen gear that the guides bring along. For transportation, a van will be used at all times. Many of these rides will be long, perhaps up to 6 hours in the vehicle.

        Why Choose a Tour with Arizona Outback Adventures?

        If you are an active adventure traveler, you will love experiencing Arizona with the help and guidance of gear and active travel experts. Most of their travelers are independent minded, and they reflect this in offering a number of self guided options, especially in mountain biking. Some of their tours have a focus on environmental education for those wanting a deeper look at the ecological makeup of Arizona and the southwestern United States. It comes down to exceptional guides, knowledge, and a lot of outdoor fun.

        Traveling with Arizona Outback Adventures may not be for you if you feel the need to be constantly connected to your electronics and have phone service at all times.. Many campsites have limited cell phone service, and the only electricity at the campsites is in the bathroom. Also, remember that these parks do get quite hot in the afternoon and you’re carrying all your equipment, food, and clothing on your back. You will have to also walk through uneven terrain and get sand and/or water in your shoes at some point. If you aren’t willing to be a little uncomfortable, these trips are probably not be for you. Most importantly, be honest with yourself about whether you are physically fit enough to fully enjoy these trips.


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