Whole Journeys vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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An amazing trip5.0 June 2018
I went with Kathy to Portugal in the spring of 2018. She is an amazing trip leader and a wonderful person just to hang out with. She managed the varied needs of 14 women without breaking a sweat. It really did not feel like I was on a guided trip. All the logistics were seamless. It just felt like I was traveling with one of my best buddies but I did not have to worry about how to get from point A to point B. I never felt like I was being herded. She was so easy going but very professional. I would go on another Whole Journey's trip in a second.Read more
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Amazing!5.0 June 2018
The Portugal trip (May 2018) with Kathy was amazing. Every detail of our hikes, lunches at the beach, special dinners, musical presentations, accommodations, and surprises, was orchestrated delightfully! Kathy is a rock star in the world of active travel, adventure, and foodie experiences!Read more
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I was lucky enough to go to Peru5.0 June 2018
I have been on three trip with Kathy. I was lucky enough to go to Peru, Turkey and most recently Portugal. I hope to have more "journeys" with Kathy in the future. They are well organized, fun, adventurous, and always offer great food.Read more
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|Tours||2 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 495||$ 0|
|Operator Type||None||Group Tour Operator|
|Headquarters||Boulder, Colorado, USA||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
For the last 30 years, many of us know Whole Foods Market® as a grocery store that sources and sells the highest quality natural and organic products available. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, launched Whole Journeys, an experiential travel company, in 2012. Whole Journeys tours are designed to bring travelers closer to the source of the products that is sold in the grocery stores. The travel company is now independently run by Kathy Dragon, a travel industry veteran.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Whole Journeys is unique among guided tour operators in that the they specialize in active adventures for foodies. Think cooking classes in Provence, visiting with locals at an outdoor market in Peru, or walking around an olive farm in Sicily. Most of the company’s trips spend at least 2-3 nights in each location, so the traveler doesn’t feel rushed. Group sizes are 16 people maximum, for a small, intimate vibe. In addition to food-focused tours, Whole Journeys also offers health and wellness trips for those interested in improving their health and vitality.
Who Travels With Them?
Similar to Whole Foods Market, Whole Journeys offers premium products, which tend to attract a mix of couples, friends, and some solo travelers. All travelers share a love of food and adventure and yearn to get closer to the artisans and farmers who grow, bake, and create some of the world’s most delicious culinary treats.
Where Do They Operate?
Many Whole Journeys trips will take you to Europe, specifically Italy and France. Other more exotic trips exist, like adventures in Peru, India, and China. Most trips are available for private departures at an extra cost. The company uses a mix of boutique hotels and local, authentic guesthouses and homestays.
Why Travel with Them?
If you are a foodie at heart and enjoy rolling up your sleeves in the kitchen, then a Whole Journeys trip could be for you. Active travelers who like a mix of adventure and culture may also be a good fit for a Whole Journeys trip.
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.