Oceanic Society vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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I had an unbelievably amazing travel5.0 May 2019
I had an unbelievably amazing travel experience with Oceanic Society. I have been privileged to travel all over the world but nothing compares to the wildlife adventure I experienced with this group in Mexico. Truly, a life-changing experience to travel with such wonderful, passionate and compassionate conservation professionalsRead more
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I had a brilliant time out on a tour5.0 April 2019
I had a brilliant time out on a tour with these kind and knowledgeable folks last week. We were lucky to have 3 gray whales that seemed content to let us follow them for awhile, but even without that it would have been a worthwhile trek. The weather was beautiful and the two naturalists had great depths of knowledge and interesting stories to share. I'm very grateful for the experience and will go out with them again.Read more
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|Tours||2 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 349||$ 0|
|Operator Type||None||Group Tour Operator|
|Headquarters||Ross, California, USA||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Around since 1969, the Oceanic Society has stayed true to their original ideals: to teach travelers about the ocean, marine life, and encourage conservation.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
They offer active ocean travel, exploration, and education around the world. With a strong focus on conservation, they are the perfect travel experience if you want to learn more about ocean life, movement, and history. Their tours involve such amazing experiences as whale watching, snorkeling, and even some yoga retreats. The point is to connect to the ocean and feel empowered to help keep them safe.
Who Travels With Them?
Water travel enthusiasts! If you love snorkeling, scuba diving, rafting, and other water (specifically ocean) sports, this is the company for you. They are especially popular among families for their educational focus.
Where Do They Operate?
They have expedition tours that go around the world with a focus on conservation - these include Kenya, Nicaragua, The Galapagos, and Cuba. Their other main focus is in North America, specifically the California coast and San Francisco.
Why Travel With Them?
They are a community of passionate conservationists as well as a tour company. Part of traveling with them is learning about the incredible marine wildlife around the world and how you can help protect threatened areas and species. If you’re seeking a company that has a community feel and a focus on ocean education, but also wants to make sure you have fun on your vacation, this is a great place to look.
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.