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The best experiences of my life5.0 December 2017
Traveling with Smart Trip from Rome to Croatia was one of the best experiences of my life. It was easy, convenient, and allowed for me to focus on my studies as I knew my travel logistics were covered. The staff at Smart Trip were all friendly and very accommodating to study abroad students, many had studied abroad before and knew what it was like! I loved being able to meet other students studying abroad that I would not have otherwise known were in Rome too! Smart Trip helped create one of my best memories from Europe, cant wait for more!Read more
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It was a blast!5.0 November 2017
I went on the Budapest, Vienna & Salzburg tour (from Florence) and it was a blast! Smarttrip is by far one of the best travel companies for students. The program was well planned, from the tours and extra activities to the accommodations. The staff was friendly, helpful and professional. I highly recommend using this company- well worth the money!Read more
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Explore the mountain and experience the best conditions5.0 November 2017
When I was abroad I wanted to ski the Italian alps soo badly and I was able to do that through SmartTrip's services! They took us there in very comfortable coach buses from Florence and drove us through this amazing snowy town to the mountain of Abetone. Now dealing with a ski resort where the employees only speak Italian is no easy task. But SmartTrip dealt with it flawlessly and got the students everything they needed with no trouble (gear, lift tickets, etc.). The day was AWESOME. We had all afternoon to explore the mountain and experience the best conditions I've ever ridden.Read more
When it was time to head back to Florence, our bus got stuck on the snow-covered mountain along with hundreds of other cars heading home. It was crazy. We were on top of this mountain for at least three hours but once again, SmartTrip dealt with it and made sure we were getting home. Surprisingly, none of the students were visibly frustrated. We definitely made the best of the situation. SmartTrip ended up getting another bus sent from Florence to rescue us from the mountain and the rest is history. Do I recommend booking with SmartTrip.... HELL YES!
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|Tours||1 Trip||4 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 0||$ 61|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Local Specialist|
|Headquarters||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania||Firenze, Italy|
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.