Thomson Family Adventures vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

We had the most amazing trip!

5.0 May 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My daughter and I travelled to Peru with Thompson family adventures in March. We had the most amazing trip! Everything was perfectly organized and orchestrated. From our amazing guides (Juan Manuel and Irving) to accommodations and meals to transportation! Our days were full of outdoor hiking/ walking among historical sights as well as some great cultural experiences. We met some lovely people along the way, too. It was the perfect way to take in a country that we probably couldn’t have organized on our own. This was an experience neither of us will ever forget!!
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Tour Thomson Family Adventures Company Reviews

An amazing trip

5.0 May 2019
R
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thomson smoothly accommodated our group of 16 ranging in age from 9-72 when we traveled to Ecudor/Galapagos. Differnet interests, different activity levels, different needs, and different goals for the trip. All were accommodated and we all had an amazing trip. I think the higlight for most of us was the homemade paella meal under the stars on our last night in the Galapagos.
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the trip was perfect!

5.0 May 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I traveled with Thompson Family Adventures with my 2 teenagers to Costa Rica, and every moment of the trip was perfect! Our guide was knowledgable and fun, every place we stayed was unique and lovely, and the things that we saw and did were memories of a lifetime. I cannot recommend them more highly! So much so that we are traveling to Machu Picchu and the Amazon with them this summer. Thank goodness they do trips for millennials, because I hope to travel with Thompson more and my children don't seem to stop getting older!
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Tours 2 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 428 $ 0
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Watertown, Massachusetts, USA Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 1998 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About Thomson Family Adventures

      Since 1998, Thomson Family Adventures has been designing trips specifically for families, leaning on their extensive background and experience in the travel industry.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      Thomson Family Adventures focus exclusively on family travel. They create one-of-a-kind trips with elements of adventure and education with the aim to engage young travelers as well as keep their parents entertained. They know what matters most to families on a trip together and strive to keep all the hassle of trip planning to a minimum. Groups are limited in size to no more than 25 people. This is large enough that children can often find another child of a similar age or interests, while not being so large that it ruins the fun. All aspects of your travel experience are included in the trip cost, including ground transportation and travel insurance.

      Who Travels With Them?

      Their adventures go to the most engaging, culturally and geographically diverse regions of the world, and are sure to delight parents, grandparents, and children. They have a unique focus on on the kids attending their tours, which makes the travel experience that much more special for young explorers. Their trips are often scheduled and planned to coincide with summer and school breaks. They also have a comprehensive pen pal program to help kids stay in touch with international friends, and do their best to match similar aged kids in travel groups. 

      Where Do They Operate?

      They operate trips to 19 destinations on 6 continents and use local partners in their destinations to provide an all encompassing view of the country's history and heritage. From trekking across the Moroccan highlands and visiting the great temples of Egypt, to zip-lining through the Costa Rican rainforest, they create unforgettable, lifelong memories for you and your family.

       Why Travel With Them?

      They know family travel and offer multiple options in trip type. They also have an interest in supporting local people, cultures, and economies so it becomes a valuable way to travel with children, providing an education in awareness. They mandate that their in-country partners pay a good and fair wage to those who work with them, and support educational and economic initiatives and opportunities. 

      About Signature Collection by Gate 1

      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.  

      Top Destinations

      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.

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