Engaging Cultures Travel 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


5.0 January 2017
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a three day tour in Jordan with our guide Zaid back in 2013, and it was fantastic. Not only did we enjoy some of the top experiences the country has to offer - Wadi Rum, Petra, the Dead Sea, Gerash - but we learned so much about the local culture and customs. We even had tea in the Bedouin home of our driver in the Wadi Rum It was truly and eye opening experience all the way around.
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Tour Engaging Cultures Travel Company Reviews


5.0 January 2017
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The best at getting you engaged with the local culture. I've traveled with them to Palestine and jordan multiple times!

Tour Engaging Cultures Travel Company Reviews

Saw many beautiful sights

5.0 January 2017
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a 3 day tour into the southern part of Tunisia with our knowledgeable and sensitive tour guide, Mohammed. We saw many beautiful sights, learning the secret of the wealth of the Sahara desert, experienced home cooked breakfast complete with real stone baked bread, organic raw honey, olive oil and sweet mint tea inside a unique cave home in the dessert. We also visited the site of the Star Wars movie and an ancient granary village. Not to mention dessert hot springs and oasis!! Tunisia holds many beautiful sites to treasure!
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Tour Engaging Cultures Travel Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 195 $ 0
Operator Type None Group Tour Operator
Size None Global Operator
Trip Types
    • Group Tours
    Service Level N/A Standard
      • North America
      • Central America & Caribbean
      • South America
      • Australia & Pacific
      • Asia
      • Africa
      • Middle East & North Africa
      • Europe
      Known For
        • 50+
        • Budget
        Headquarters N/A Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
        Year Established N/A N/A
        Solo Friendly N/A N/A
        Tour Languages N/A
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              About Engaging Cultures Travel

              Engaging Cultures Travel specializes in organizing trips to Jordan and Tunisia. 


              What Makes Them Stand Out?


              “Forget the Tourist Fluff” is Engaging Cultures’ motto. Engaging Cultures Travel offer exclusive experiences that give their guests insider perspectives and are customized to meet traveler needs. Engaging Cultures Travel is a socially conscious tour operator who strive to bring people of different cultures and backgrounds together through unique travel experiences. 


              Who Travels With Them?


              Those looking to experience the heart of the middle east, dig deeper than the standard tourist itineraries and get off the beaten path, and those looking to understand and experience the wonderful culture. Love food? There’s a tour focused on cooking experiences, or one where you get to play a part in the local olive harvest. Or is Eco Travel more your thing? Jordan Eco Tour, staying in sustainable accommodations along your way is just the thing. Or if none of the tours already listed is quite right, Engaging Cultures Travel will customize a trip for you that is.

              Where Do They Operate?

              They specialize in the Middle East - specifically they run tours in Jordan, Tunisia, Palestine and Israel.

              Why Travel With Them?

              Engaging Cultures Travel is all about traveling deeper - forming a real connection with a place and its’ people, rather than simply ‘checking a place off a list’. Instead of the usual hotel and restaurant accommodations, Engaging Cultures Travel arranges home-stays, cooking classes, and tours with the locals to fully immerse travelers in local customs and traditions. Go home with a story that no-one else has, and a real understanding of local life in some of these stunning parts of the world.

              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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