Extraordinary Journeys vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 5.0
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

Extraordinary Disappointment

3.0 September 2018
L
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
I did my research and saw all the wonderful reviews of EJ. Unfortunately that was not my experience. They were disorganized in the planning process with incorrect information provided on multiple occasions regarding one leg of our trip. Our welcome assitant through customs never showed up and that unfortunately set the tone for the remainder of the trip.

Our first safart did not have the correct permits and we had to pay out of pocket for additional permits.

We were told we would not have to carry our rented equipment on our climb up Kilimanjaro but unfortunately that was incorrect and we had to find the space and extra weight the night before for sleeping bags, ect.

We were told "I'm sorry we are not aware of what premium drinks means at each camp" when there was confusion as to what local spirits included. (it doesn't include anything that needs to be mixed) However as a highly regarded travel company I would think it was your job to know what is included in the one facility you actually recommended to us.

I could go on and on a about the countless problems we had with EJ. Please do yourself a favor and do not use them for your dream honeymoon!
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Tour Extraordinary Journeys Company Reviews

places were fantastic!

5.0 June 2018
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We booked our South Africa safari trip and visit to Victoria Falls trip through Extraordinary Journeys with Jamie Mehrotra as our agent. We had the best vacation ever! To start she booked us in a great boutique hotel in Johannesburg (The Peech Hotel) and then booked us for three nights at the Motswari Private Game Reserve and then three nights at Thornybush Simbambili Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa for our safari adventures. Both of these places were fantastic! Great accommodations, great staff, great food, and best of all the best safari jeep adventures were way more then we ever imagined. Who knew? Thanks Jamie for making these reservations. We ended our trip staying at the Victoria Falls Hotel a classic four star resort. We had some logistical problems when South Africa Airways had some of their flights suspended and Jamie and her South Africa staff made all the arrangements to find alternative flights. They took great care of us. I highly recommend then as a source for arranging an African adventure.
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Tour Extraordinary Journeys Company Reviews

Extraordinarily good

5.0 August 2017
SA
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We haven't travelled yet but I can say that working with Jenny was extraordinarily good. She helped us figure out where to stay for best animal viewing at the end of the rainy season, manage cost and even matched us to a place with social values we care about.

Jenny was also incredibly responsive to questions and even a last minute date change. We did find that if you want to get inexpensive international flights, it can be better to look for flights using flexible dates first and book lodging second.
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Tour Extraordinary Journeys Company Reviews

Tours 1 Trip 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 0 $ 0
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Group Tours
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • Safari
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters New York, NY, United States Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 2008 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About Extraordinary Journeys

      Extraordinary Journeys specializes in customizing safaris in East and Southern Africa.

      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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