Thomson Safaris vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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A trip of a lifetime5.0 July 2019
Thomson helped make this a trip of a lifetime. The head guide Alex, and the rest of the guides, were so influential in our summit success. Hiking with my wife and two boys (men) and making the summit on Father's Day made this the most memorable vacation we ever had. With Thomson's attention to details, the food, the service, the smiling faces, and taking care of everything, I highly recommend Thomson to anyone who is thinking about hiking Kilimanjaro.Read more
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Perfect trip5.0 June 2019
Thomson Safaris created the perfect trip for Jennifer and me. It was done very professionally from the planning to the completion of the trip.Read more
We travel Worldwide and feel Thomson Safaris was the best agency we have ever dealt with. They are responsive, polite, friendly and are very quick to respond to all contacts/emails/phone calls.
We give Thomson Safaris our greatest recommendation and look forward to dealing with them in the future.
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Wow! This was a trip of a lifetime5.0 June 2019
Wow! This was a trip of a lifetime. There are so many reasons why Tanzania is one of the most special places on earth. The landscapes are beautiful, the people are so welcoming, the food at the Thomson nyumba camps and Gibbs Farm was delicious, and the wildlife is so vast! Our guides were incredible - so knowledgeable, entertaining, and passionate. They would explain an animal behavior, and boom! We saw exactly what they had talked about moments before.Read more
We saw so many special things! To name a few, we saw a leopard in a tree jumping from branch to branch, we saw elephants fighting, baby hippos playing, hyena chasing wildebeests, 60+ ostriches prancing along the road, etc. etc.
The camps were so comfortable, I felt like I was staying in a nice hotel room, but out in the bush so immersed in the environment. The camp staff goes above and beyond and all logistics went off without a hitch. It was also wonderful to see all that Thomson Safaris does to give back to the local Tanzanian communities.
Asante Sana (Thank You) Thomson Safaris. This is a trip that will be hard to surpass, and Tanzania will hold a special place in my heart forever.
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|Tours||2 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 509||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||US||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Thomson Safaris has been organizing and leading safaris exclusively in Tanzania for over 30 years.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
With a strong focus in ecotourism, conservation, and sustainable practices. Local communities are an integral part of Thomson Safaris, and a safari with them will introduce you to the local people of Tanzania. Their guides are all locals and know the country extremely well.
Who Travels With Them?
Thomson Safaris is open to all age groups. They offer different types of tour including Family, Private Safari, and Classic Safari, so you’re sure to find the right safari for you. Prices do tend to be on the higher end, but you are sure to get an unforgettable experience.
Where Do They Operate?
They operate their safaris exclusively in Tanzania, where they have a very positive and strong relationship with the local people. An integral component of their mission is assisting with caring for the landscape, and contributing to the local communities.
Why Travel With Them?
Tour guides are all locals, and most have been working with Thomson for over 10 years. Besides the incredible wildlife you will experience on safari, you will also come away with a deeper cultural understand and appreciation of Tanzania and it’s people.
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.