Signature Collection by Gate 1 vs Image Tours - Tour Companies Compared
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Loved the tours and the tour guides but flight booking is poor4.0 April 2019
Loved the tours and the tour guides. This would have been 5 stars, but Image Tours has pretty lousy air booking arrangements. They keep air routes a mystery until the tour has been completely paid and then they treat those that prefer to book their own routes (because they don't provide the planned routes) as 2nd class travelers in regards to providing airport transfer times and insured flight coverage. Their flight prices tend to be more expensive than booking our own flights. Once the flights are purchased through Image Tour, you are at the mercy of whatever mystery route they have selected. Many others that used their flights regretted the poor flight itineraries they got. They are behind the times as other tour companies allow flight itinerary selection at the time of booking the tour. Room for improvement.Read more
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Our tour of Northern Europe was very…5.0 April 2019
Our tour of Northern Europe was very comprehensive. The 7 countries we visited were very memorable...we were able to see some of the highlights in each country and enjoy the cuisine. The tour was fast paced but, that made it more exciting. For a first time trip to Europe, this tour offered a wonderful "taste" of what each country had to offer.Read more
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I really enjoyed ancient Rome and the Paris evening excursion!5.0 April 2019
We had the time of our lives. We would highly recommend Image Tours Inc. to our family and friends. I really enjoyed ancient Rome and the Paris evening excursion!
|Tours||1 Trip||3 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 0||$ 211|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Local Specialist|
|Headquarters||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
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.