Gourmet Touring vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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Great experience in Bordeaux5.0 January 2010
I cannot say enough great things about the experience we just had in Bordeaux under the guidance and care of Gourmet-Touring! John laid out a fascinating tour, took care of every detail for us, and then programmed our GPS so we always arrived at exactly the right place. His knowledge and customer care took all the anxiety out of trying to find our way through the labyrinth of "streets" in the small towns in this area. A stand out experience was our cooking class with Chef Luc and his lovely wife, Melinda, at La Petite Source, a charming B&B. His contacts alone were more than worth the cost of doing business with this wonderful firm. If you are heading to Bordeaux, do it with Gourmet Touring!Read more
Tour Gourmet Touring Company Reviews
|Tours||3 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 270||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Bordeaux, France||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Gourmet Touring was formed in 2003 to give travelers an experience of Bordeaux through food and wine.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Travelers visit restaurants, take cooking classes, experience gastronomy, and visit bustling markets, medieval villages, abbeys, and wineries, all on tailor-made itineraries.
Who Travels With Them?
Gourmet Touring is suitable for adults who are excited to experience the wine, food, and culture that Bordeaux has to offer.
Where Do They Operate?
Gourmet Touring operates in Bordeaux, France, and the nearby coastal towns of Arcachon, Pilat, and Cap Ferret.
How Does it Work?
Guests are provided with personalized touring guidebooks, and pre-programmed GPS devices with 24-hour support, or chauffeured tours, depending on their preferences.
Why Travel with Them?
Gourmet Touring journeys include accommodations, transportation, and tastings, all personalized to the traveler’s needs and interests.
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.