Signature Collection by Gate 1 vs Firebird Tours - Tour Companies Compared
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Making this such a wonderful experience.5.0 May 2019
This was my first international trip, and it will set the bar high for any other tour that might capture my attention in the future, international or domestic! There is something to be said for participating in a small group tour. It applies to our general safety, our ability to hear and ask questions of our guides, being able to develop friendships with other participants, not feeling as though we were being herded, etc. After participating in each of the city tours, my granddaughter and I had many opportunities to venture out on our own in each country we visited. We did our share of shopping and we also took advantage of some optional/local activities/tours in Denmark (Tivoli Gardens), Norway (minibus to a lookout point above the fjord), etc. Everything with a sense of being safe and knowing that Firebird Tours was only a phone call away (emergency numbers in each country). We also had Travel Guard Insurance and that also contributed to our sense of well being. Knowing that we could communicate easily with just about anyone anywhere is one benefit of visiting Scandinavian countries. We were treated very well wherever we went! Thank you Firebird Tours for making this such a wonderful experience.Read more
Second city but so far highly recommend!5.0 April 2019
Guides are local and have a wealth of information. Fiorella in Como was an amazing historian who knew everything about the city. The hotels are top notch and conveniently located. Only on our second city but so far highly recommend!Read more
Overall5.0 April 2019
Eleanor P. Monahan
Overall, we were very happy with our Firebird Tour. I suggest being very specific in what your interests are. Also, be aware of the specifics of train travel in Europe. We did not realize that we would have a matter of minutes to get our bags and get off at Central Station, Brussels, so the train departed before we made it off.Read more
Our guides were excellent, also the drivers. We were quite happy with the hotels as well.
Our trip with Firebird in Spain last year was also excellent.
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|Tours||1 Trip||3 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 0||$ 326|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Custom/Private Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Regional Expert|
|Headquarters||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
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.