Western River Expeditions 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

I would definitely choose

5.0 July 2018
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved my trip through the Grand Canyon! The guides were so personable and knowledgeable, not to mention a great sense of humor. If I ever get the chance to go again, I would definitely choose WRE! Thank you!
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Tour Western River Expeditions Company Reviews

absolutely amazing!

5.0 July 2018
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Where to start....no wifi, no problem! My children (17 and 18) and I traveled with family friends for an adventure of a lifetime! The trip was filled with challenges, relaxing moments, delicious food, and laughter - lots of laughter. Strangers soon became friends and our guides were absolutely amazing! It reset all of our lives and brought a fabulous new perspective to life. I will be reminiscing about this trip for years!
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Tour Western River Expeditions Company Reviews

The experience was just amazing

5.0 July 2018
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Trip of a lifetime! On a scale of five stars, Western River gets ten! The experience was just amazing. Six days was not enough, seven days next time. Thank you so much for a wonderful week Evan, Scottie, Steve and Mackay! My son even looked at me and said “thank you so much for bringing me!”. He just had the time of his life! You guys rock!
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Tour Western River Expeditions Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 368 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
  • North America
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 1961 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Western River Expeditions

        Founded in 1961, Western River Expeditions offers a unique way of exploring the rivers and canyons of North America. Join a tour to see why they’ve been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies in the World” by National Geographic Adventure magazine.

        What Makes Western River Expeditions Stand Out?

        • Most popular white water rafting vacations in US
        • Exploration of national parks, jungles, and ancient habitations
        • Camping in remote locations under starry skies
        • Caters to all rafting levels
        A screenshot of a youtube video promoting Western River Expeditions

        When it comes to active adventure travel, you couldn’t do better than a rafting trip with Western River Expeditions. They are a premier river rafting company, operating several trips for various skill levels and ages. Their skilled guides help provide you with a unique way of exploring the outdoors, as you experience a perspective on nature only possible  while on a rafting trip.

        Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Western River Expeditions?

        • Adventure and adrenaline seekers
        • Lovers of nature and the great outdoors
        • Solo and group travelers
        • Ages 12+
        • Ages 5+ for Family Trips

        Western River Expeditions rafting trips are designed to meet the interests of all rafters from novice to advanced, and fall in mid-budget range. Those that decide to join a tour should be moderately fit at the very least.

        a group of people whitewater rafting

        Rafting trips often include a hiking portion, where trails will be uneven, rocky, and steep. Multi-sport tours offer a range of exciting additional activities such as horseback riding and off-roading safari adventures.

        Top Destinations

        • Grand Canyon
        • Utah’s Cataract Canyon
        • Oregon and Idaho
        • Costa Rica

        Western River Expeditions operates their exciting rafting tours all over western United States, covering the Colorado, Green, Salmon, Snake, and Rogue rivers. On a Western River Expeditions Grand Canyon rafting tour, you’ll discover hidden waterfalls, soft glowing sunrises, and breathtaking canyons that are only accessible by river.

        guy looking down at a desert valley with a river

        Looking to go somewhere more exotic? Go on a white water rafting tour down the banks of Pacuare River in Costa Rica. Whatever the destination, you’ll be sure to find yourself in the midst of incredible landscapes, natural wonders and starry skies.

        Western River Expeditions Travel Style

        a tent in the mountains at night

        Trips with Western River Expeditions are designed to be an all encompassing experience, with deluxe camping and meals provided. Western River Expeditions’ Grand Canyon and Utah trips are a great option for you if you’re interested in a more rustic camping experience. You’ll get to pitch your own tents (or sleep under the stars), set up your own cots, and sleeping bags. Have lunch on sandy beaches, use river waters to bathe, and portable toilets as restrooms. Meals are often served buffet or family style, filled with hearty and well-balanced meals.

        Prefer a hot shower and cozy bed at the end of your day? Oregon and Colorado tours include stays at comfortable and well-located lodges. Think private patios, swimming pools, deck dinners, and local wildlife roaming around.

        view of the costa rica jungle and an active volcano

        For those interested in dreamy and luxurious accommodations, Costa Rica tours with Western River Expeditions will be perfect for you! Stay in a luxurious eco-lodge situated along the banks of the river. There’ll be candlelit dinners and canopy draped beds - it doesn’t get any better than that!

        Aside from rafting, you’ll be given time to do some additional hiking, or relax and socialize with your new group of friends. Depending on the tour, there are options for National Park tours, You’ll be on the rafts for roughly 6-7 hours per day, with meal breaks or excursions every hour or so. Tours hold a maximum of 18 people on 1-boat trips, and 28 people on 2-boat trips.

        Why Choose a Tour With Western River Expeditions?

        Their trips are designed for the daring and adventurous soul, who’s not afraid of the water, and who loves being outside. It also helps if you don’t mind working your muscles a bit! If you want a lot of choice when choosing your trip, Western River Expeditions offers everything from fully customized trips, to options for solo travelers, to couples, to teambuilding, to photography trips, and more. For a complete escape from everyday life, this is the perfect tour for you.

        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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