Equitours vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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Absolutely incredible trip!5.0 June 2019
We just completed the Wine and Beaches of Bordeaux tour and Michel and Beatrice provided us with the most amazing experiences- the horses, the chateaus, the food, the wine...every day was better than the one before and we were truly heartbroken to have to leave. What a wonderful experience and we are already looking into doing the tour of the Dourgne next year. Absolutely incredible trip!Read more
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A great place to help plan a wonderful trip!
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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC5.0 September 2018
The Dunfanaghy trip (Donegal from the Saddle) was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC - AGAIN!!! This was my second time on the trip and I will be going again. Thank you Biggi for you help, and thank you Helen, Mel and Chris for an amazing week of riding and beautiful scenery.Read more
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|Tours||7 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 397||$ 0|
|Operator Type||None||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Dubois, Wyoming, United States||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
With over 170 horses on their Wyoming ranch, Equitours has been organizing riding trips since 1971. The company specializes in catering trips according to skill level and personal tastes, and operates internationally as well as in the U.S.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
They offer unique vacations, all centered on horseback riding, but also offering a wide range of cultural activities. Whether you dream of crossing a deep river in Africa as water buffalos look on or riding through beautiful vineyards in France and enjoying a luxurious winery lunch - they have every experience imaginable available.
Who Travels With Them?
Tours with Equitours are ideal for semi experienced to advanced riders. Group sizes are 6 - 12 people, and solo travelers are welcome. Typically the age range is between 30-60 years old.
Where Do They Operate?
Tours are offered all around the world, with the majority in North America and Europe. You can search by theme (such as Dressage or Beach Riding) and each theme has a few different countries associated. For example, Horseback Riding and Wine Tasting tours are available in Oregon, Italy, France, and Portugal.
How Does it Work?
Most of their tours are English style riding, which is quite different than Western style. If you’re unfamiliar with English riding, they advise taking a few lessons to get used to the saddle and rein commands (these are the exact opposite to Western rein commands - a tough habit to break!). Rides are a full day, which can be a shock to your body when it’s not used to sitting in that position regularly. Another reason to do some riding before you leave for your Equitours trip.
Why Travel With Them?
If seeing the world by horseback is on your bucket list, this is the perfect company for you to travel with. They have tours suitable to multiple riding levels, and all tours incorporate other sightseeing elements.
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.