Ecoventura vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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It was a life changing experience!5.0 July 2018
It was a life changing experience! The guides were fantastic and professional! The food was wonderful! I came away with a new appreciation of our wonderful world!
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amazing destination5.0 November 2017
The Origin is a fabulous boat, the crew and naturalists were outstanding, and the islands are of course an amazing destination. We are planning our return trip with this vessel. Need I say more?
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This was a wonderful dream fulfilled!5.0 October 2017
I loved my trip to the south/central Galapagos with Ecoventura! Our naturalist, Pepe, was outstanding! The crew, from the Captain to first mates George and Luis went above and beyond the call to make our trip safe and amazing--just being able to abandon our gourmet lunch to watch whales and bottlenose dolphins surfing in our bow wake--how wonderful! The food surpassed my expectations. This was a wonderful dream fulfilled! Thank you!Read more
Tour Ecoventura Company Reviews
|Tours||0 Trip||1 Trip|
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|Operator Type||Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Guayaquil, Ecuador||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Ecoventura is all about cruising the Galapagos -- it doesn't just do the Galapagos along with lots of other cruises. Its three identical expedition motor yachts -- the M/Y Eric, Flamingo I and Letty -- were custom-designed for Galapagos cruising: While nearly 25 years old, you'd never know it because they're refurbished annually. You'll find lots of teak and brass fittings and the lounge area is very comfortable for pre-dinner socializing or reading a book at any time. There's also plenty of outdoor deck space.
With just ten (spacious) cabins, all facing outside and with private bathrooms, the ships each hold a maximum of 20 passengers. It's easy to get to know everyone on board if you want.
The key, though, is the thorough coverage of the Galapagos themselves. You'll take in up to eight islands on the seven-day trips, with chances to view most of the marine mammal, reptile and bird species that inhabit them, as well as research facilities. Besides hiking to view the animals, you'll have plenty of chances to swim, snorkel or scuba dive among sea turtles, sea lions, and tropical fish.
Guides are trained, local, and knowlegeable, and Ecoventura is dedicated to sound environmental stewardship of these fragile island habitats.
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.