Bike Basque vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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Had a wonderful time5.0 June 2019
Participated in Raid des Pyrenees in mid June. Had a wonderful time. Xavier and the Guide Nigel where fantastic. They took care of all the details. Hotels worked well and served good dinners and breakfasts. Bike Basque does a great job in making a remarkable ride truly be a memorable one.Read more
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Enjoy the ride5.0 June 2019
BikeBasque is the Best!!Read more
We know that sounds a bit over-the-top, but it's the absolute truth. We took our first BikeBasque tour with Xavier in 2015 and have been a devoted fan of his ever since. We just completed a quick 3-day sojourn through the always beautiful Basque Country, ending with a challenging but breathtakingly beautiful climb up Col d'Aubisque.
So, what makes BikeBasque unique? One thing: Xavier Lopez at the helm.
Xavier's detailed knowledge of the area and its hidden treasures (including food, lodging, history, culture, sights, cycling routes, etc.) combined with his deep dedication to assuring that each of his customers has the biking experience that best suits them and enables them to both enjoy the ride and -- if so desired -- move to the "next level" in their cycling knowledge and experience.
We have never been disappointed in a single ride, hotel, or meal. Xavier is <<always>> several steps ahead with a keen eye to any necessary changes that need to be made. However, this doesn't happen often because of his knowledge and pre-planning skills. He is particularly good at coming up with alternative rides for routes to compensate for the previous day's challenge when it has extracted a bit more from you legs than you planned.
And all of this at an incredibly affordable price!
We will be back for more of the amazing sights and sounds of the Basque Country and the Pyrenees, of that we are certain. And we are equally certain that we will continue to look to Xavier and BikeBasque for organizing and guiding our adventures. Go with BikeBasque. You will not be disappointed!
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Excellent service from Xavier from start to finish5.0 June 2019
Rented two bikes in May 2019. Excellent service from Xavier from start to finish.Read more
He was extremely responsive and delivered the (brand new Orbea) bikes to our villa and recommended some great cycling routes around the beautiful Basque Country.
Will definitely use Bike Basque again - highly recommended.
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|Tours||4 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 241||$ 0|
|Operator Type||None||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Biarritz (France)||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
They operate luxury and active cycling tours in France and Spain.
Bike Basque are a small local operator, focusing in providing both luxury and active tours in France and Spain. Because of this specific focus they are able to provide extensive local knowledge and offer a unique glimpse of the country, culture, and history.
Who Travels With Them?
Their typical customer is between 30 and 40. While you don’t have to be an experienced rider, some level of physical fitness is helpful.
Where Do They Operate?
All over France and Spain, in particular the Pyrenees, Basque country and Burgundy.
Why Travel With Them?
For an extremely local experience, with experienced guides through beautiful countryside.
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.