Dragoman vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Amazing

5.0 October 2018
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
What an amazing adventure 16 of us had with Dragoman in Sept and Oct 2018 as we traveled from Kathmandu Nepal to Mumbai India...David Petts and Ivan, our drivers, were not only THE best drivers but their love of people is incredible. They had so much patience driving in the traffic in India and their caring and loving attitudes were enjoyed by all travelers. Their enthusiasm and smiles made our traveling days go by very quickly. Highly Recommend this Overland travel company!!!!!!
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Tour Dragoman Company Reviews

Fantastic

5.0 October 2018
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Travelled through Africa and had some fantastic tour leaders and soo much fun. It was one of the best trips of my life and one day I'll go again!

Tour Dragoman Company Reviews

Awesome

5.0 October 2018
B
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A really good option for visiting remote places as a solo traveller. Met so many awesome people on dragoman trips and enjoyed camping and getting off the beaten track.

Tour Dragoman Company Reviews

Tours 43 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 108 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Group Tours
Service Level N/A Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Suffolk, England, United Kingdom Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 1981 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About Dragoman

      Founded in 1981, Dragomans unique overland journeys have been delighting adventurous travelers for over twenty years.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      They specialize in unique overland adventures for families, independent travelers, and groups. Their unique itineraries help you get off the beaten path, while still providing enough time to see the main sights.

      Who Travels With Them?

      Their trips are open to everyone, and they are quick to dispel common myths about overlanding, such as the trip length and camping requirements. If you’re looking for a shorter trip, and some days of not completely roughing-it, Dragoman has these options available. Although all their trips do involve “getting involved” and helping with setting up camp, cooking, and clean-up.

      Where Do They Operate?

      Dragomans overland journeys operate in Africa, the Americas, and Asia.

      Why Travel With Them?

      They emphasize the community and friendships you find on a group trip, and foster that through their unique “Dragoland” system, an exclusive social media community. Travelers who register with Dragoland can meet other travelers on Facebook, join local groups, and create a travel wish-lists. Overland travel may not be for everyone, particularly those looking for a more comfortable travel style. But if you’re seeking a transformative experience, with albit a lot of driving time, where you’ll meet like minded travelers, Dragoman could be the perfect fit.

      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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