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The South Africa trip was life changing for many reasons5.0 May 2019
I’ve had two great adventures with this company. Both journeys offered a combo of moderate off the beaten path and times for luxury. Guides are highly knowledgeable and they offered us opportunity to go deep into history. I really appreciated some rugged moments. The South Africa trip was life changing for many reasons. They are great communicators and want to make sure you get answers and interests met. Both trips had very good hotels and food. Please try them if you travel to learn and participate in new cultures.Read more
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Jordan + Egypt = Such an AMAZING Adventure!5.0 May 2018
I am super impressed with how Wildland Adventures handled my trip to Jordan & Egypt, the most amazing part might be that they were able to put everything together less than a month before I left. They organized a 6-day trekking trip from Dana to Petra along the Jordan Trail and finished with exploring Petra for two days. The guides, trail, and camps were all incredible! I also can't say enough good things about the Jordanians, they are so welcoming to travelers.Read more
After Jordan, we flew to Cairo and spent 7 days exploring Egypt. I need to start with our guide in Egypt was out of this world, she's been guiding for 35 years and is one of the most knowledgeable guides I have ever met. On top of that, she has such a wonderful personality and is so excited about sharing Egypt with travelers. Our trip started with the Egyptian and then we flew south to Aswan to get on a luxury cruise boat to spend the next three days cruising up the Nile towards Luxor. Each day we did day tours through a new city, I loved traveling like this and we got to see so much. After the cruise, we flew back to Cairo from Luxor and spent the next three days exploring the Cairo area and the Great Pyramids. We saw probably double if not triple what I think most people saw because we had such an amazing guide and the planning of the trip was done so well.
Can't wait for my next adventure!
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Our vacation to Belize with Wildland Adventures was incredible!5.0 April 2018
Our vacation to Belize with Wildland Adventures was incredible! My boyfriend and I wanted a trip to the tropics and to explore Maya ruins and they really delivered on both. Our guides picked us up at the airport, and took us to San Ignacio. We stayed at Rumors, which was a nice, affordable resort. Our guides were all local and it felt like we were guests instead of tourist. They were amazing and got us to the ATM caves early so we didn't have to wait in line and were very knowledgeable and fun to be around. They dropped us off for our boat transfer to Pelican Beach Resort which was the perfect island paradise to relax for the rest of the trip. The islands cost a bit more than coastal resorts but it was totally worth it! Our cottage was close to the water (it's a small island so everything is close) and the food was great. The staff were really nice and we loved the laid back feel to everything. There was amazing snorkeling right off of the beach and they also took us to explore other parts of the reef. We saw tons of marine life! The resort arranged our flights back to the airport so all it all it was really a really stress free vacation.Read more
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|Tours||7 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 452||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Seattle, Washington, USA||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
A pioneer in eco-tourism since 1986, Wildland Adventures specializes in putting together customized small-group tours around the world for travelers who are seeking authentic, eco-friendly experiences without sacrificing safety and comfort.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
They put an emphasis on fostering cross-cultural interaction and building bonds with local people as well as using in-country guides and outfitters. Accommodations and dining experiences are also selected to reflect local cultures and styles.
Who Travels With Them?
All ages, including Individuals, multi-generational families, honeymooners, and small private groups seeking customized, in-depth first-class tours of adventurous destinations.
Where Do They Operate?
Wildland tours range from East Asia to southern, eastern and North Africa; from New Zealand to South America; from Central America and the Caribbean to Alaska. Small-ship voyages include luxury yachts in the Galapagos Islands, Alaska's Inside Passage and Glacier Bay, the Egyptian Nile, and Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.
How Does It Work?
After you contact Wildland Adventures, they will work with you to choose a destination and put together an itinerary best suited to your needs and wants.
Why Travel With Them?
If you’re looking for challenges that include, as they put it, “intellectual and spiritual adventures” as well as physical, Wildland Adventures is an award-winning advocate of that type 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.