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Great time in Central (Eastern) Europe5.0 July 2019
Amazing Central Europe Tour
My wife and I had an amazing time on a 15-day Central Europe tour in June/July 2019. We saw incredible sites and were treated to some very cool adventures including pierogi making in Poland, special shows and overall amazing experiences throughout. Gate1 did not miss a beat throughout the trip. Liliana, our tour guide, ensured that everything ran smoothly, and the local tour guides were second to none. The hotels were magnificent, with perfect views of the Danube in Budapest, great breakfasts, and situated close to the action. This was our first trip with Gate1 but will definitely not be our last.Read more
|Tours||2 Trips||15 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 584||$ 0|
|Operator Type||None||Group Tour Operator|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, CA, USA||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Born in 1996 out of a partnership between the indigenous Achuar people of the Ecuadorian rainforest and an American couple – Bill and Lynne Twist – Pachamama Journeys takes travelers into the rainforest to meet and engage with the Achuar and learn and spread the word about their struggle for survival.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
This is the real deal – if you’re looking for an adventurous, eco-sensitive trip that goes beyond the norm, Pachamama Journeys fills the bill.
Who Travels With Them?
Travelers looking for a truly transformative, culturally enlightening personal experience.
Where Do They Operate?
The Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, which is at the locus of the tensions between indigenous peoples and industrial development.
How Does It Work?
The indigenous Achuar tribe, threatened by oil development in the Ecuadorian Amazon, has invited Pachamama Journeys travelers to visit and spend time in their villages to gain a better understanding of their way of life and, they hope, boost their hopes of survival.
Why Travel With Them?
If you want to immerse yourself in the culture of the rainforest and perhaps learn to see the world in a different light, there’s no better way to do it. The journeys also help fund ecotourism projects that help preserve indigenous communities and offer alternatives to selling off their land to oil companies.
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.