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Sarah our tour guide was fantastic5.0 December 2018
Thanks to Wendy Wei Tours and particularly Sarah our guide, we had a wonderful time in Guilin. We traveled with our 4yo boy and our parents who are in their 70s. A memorable trip for three generations and Wendy Wei tours took care of all the details. They were so patient with the preplanning preparations, since I did not know exactly what we wanted to do, and made multiple modifications to tailor to our family needs. Sarah our tour guide was fantastic, took great care of my entire family and make sure everyone had a good time. And to top it all of, my son lost his favorite blanket at our hotel. I briefly mentioned it to Sherry, our tour coordinator, and she went out of her way to reunite our son with his blanket at our next stop in China.Read more
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Wonderful days5.0 July 2018
Together with my nephew I spent 4 wonderful days with Wendy Wei Tours (combining the Classic Guilin tour and the Taste of Guilin tour). Everything was organized perfectly from the airport pickup to the drop off and all in between. The guides were very knowledgeable and super nice! We had a wonderful day visiting the Longji Rice Terraces enjoying the breathtaking scenery and had a delicious lunch at a local house in Longji Zhuang village. Another highlight was the Li River cruise and the visit of Xianggong Mountain where we had spectacular views of the river and the surrounding beautifully shaped mountains. Our travel experience was additionally enriched by tasting great local dishes Wendy chose for us. I can fully recommend Wendy Wei Tours and will definitely book them again when I am visiting southern China.Read more
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Fantastic5.0 July 2018
Fantastic guides, very knowledgeable and such great fun! We went to some truly breathtaking places that we would never have experienced if doing it on our own.Read more
We stayed in a minority village and ate local cuisine, cruised down the Li River, trekked through rice terraces and climbed some of the most beautiful mountains I've ever seen. It really was the trip of a lifetime.
We are so grateful to Wendy Wei Tours, you made my Husband and my trip amazing, we can't wait to get back there and see more of Guilin with you!
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|Tours||4 Trips||1 Trip|
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|Operator Type||Custom/Private Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Guilin, China||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Beginning in 2005, Wendy Wei tours was founded as a way to make Southern China a more accessible travel experience.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
They help international travelers experiences the stunning landscapes and small remote villages of Southern China’s picturesque and dramatic lands. China can be an intimidating place to visit when you don’t know the language or nuanced customs, so traveling with a tour company that guides you through is one of the best ways to experience all the country has to offer.
Who Travels With Them?
Adventurous travelers seeking an unforgettable journey through Southern China. Many of their tours have an active element as well as a cultural and historical one. They are especially dedicated to not only showcasing popular attractions but small off the beaten track places as well.
Where Do They Operate?
Throughout southern China, especially Guilin.
Why Travel With Them?
To be able to choose from multiple specialized itineraries and have your own input as well. They are the perfect company for finding extensive and active day tours as well as customized private multi day tours to discover the beauty of China. They take pride in sticking firm to a “no forced shopping” rule. So you can feel at ease choosing one of their tours if you’re the kind of traveler seeking a deeper kind of travel.
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.