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Organised everything efficiently5.0 May 2019
I had wanted to book a holiday in Jordan that used locally owned businesses and hotels as much as possible. Travellocal put me in touch with a great loval agency who organised everything efficiently, taking all our concerns into account, and making sure all the formalities were completed quickly and easily. I thoroughly recommend them. Thanks for letting me have the most relaxing holiday in years!Read more
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Service so far has been quick, efficient5.0 May 2019
We have just booked a two week tour of Costa Rica with Travellocal. We liked the ethos of the organisation in that it uses and supports local people rather than big tour operators. Service so far has been quick, efficient, responsive to our requests, friendly and knowledgeable. The website/messages are very easy to use. Our bespoke itinerary matches what we asked for and is well priced. We look forward to our trip in a few months' time!Read more
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We feel happy with our itinerary5.0 May 2019
Travel Local was very easy to use and helped us create our ideal vacation in a place we are very foreign to. We feel happy with our itinerary and the cost, probably couldn’t have done the trip much cheaper ourselves. The website made it easy to see every part of our trip and the pictures from each helped. The travel agents were very quick to respond and make changes to our itinerary as many times as we wanted.Read more
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|Tours||1 Trip||3 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 0||$ 210|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Custom/Private Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania||Bristol,United Kingdom|
|Solo Friendly||N/A||Good for singles|
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.
What Makes TravelLocal Stand Out?
They are known for custom and tailor-made tours, designed specifically for you by local experts. As their name suggests, TravelLocal makes your experience uniquely you as well as uniquely destination specific. With insight from locals who are experts in planning travel, you’ll come away with a perfect trip crafted to your personality and interests.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With TravelLocal?
TravelLocal experiences will be best enjoyed by culturally curious people who are seeking a deeper kind of travel experience.
Perhaps you traveled a lot before, but stuck to well established guide books, took in the tourist sites, and never ventured as far off the beaten path as you wanted to. TravelLocal will help even experienced travelers take that next step, by providing unique new ways to see your favorite destinations, and make new destinations come to light.
Their trips are popular with ‘empty nesters' - older couples in their 50s, 60s, and 70s whose children have left home. TravelLocal itineraries are in a mid-high budget (you can expect anything from 3 to 5 star accommodation).
Currently their most densely covered areas for local expertise include Africa, Asia, South America and Middle East. Though they also have options available in the Caucasus (Armenia and Georgia) and Iceland. Their local experts can craft your experience based on years of experience living in and experiencing all walks of local life in these countries.
TravelLocal Travel Style
Typically your trip will include a private guide and driver. Accommodations are not treated as an afterthought - you will stay in boutique local accommodations that reflect the character of the destination.
You will control the pace of your itinerary.
Why Choose a Tour With TravelLocal?
If you are looking for a unique local experience, with special in depth insights and experiences provided by a local expert in the destination, TravelLocal will be perfect for you.
These kinds of tours are best suited to travelers who like having a lot of input over their itinerary and generally have a strong idea about what they want to see, do, and experience.
In their own words, “We believe that if you're planning a trip somewhere, it makes sense to do that with an expert on the ground in your destination. We connect you to the best locally owned travel companies around the world to do just that - better for you, better for your destination.”