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Coyote Gulch with Wildland Trekking5.0 April 2019
As a first-time backpacker I was both anxious and excited about doing the Coyote Gulch trip with my husband and two children, a 6th grade girl and 9th grade boy. My son and husband had previously done a Wildland trip and assured me that we were in good hands and once we hit the trail with our guide, Samantha Cooke, I knew what they meant. The scenery was beyond jaw-dropping spectacular - how can something this beautiful be so unknown?!? Samantha had such great positive energy and her passion for the desert was contagious. The fact that she whipped out a small oven from her backpack and was baking cakes, cornbread, biscuits and other yummies at camp is just one example of how she went above and beyond our expectations to make this a magical family-bonding experience. She was funny, patient, encouraging, knowledgeable, and inspiring and we can't wait for our next Wildland adventure. Enthusiastically recommend this trip and outfitter!Read more
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We had a really great experience5.0 April 2019
We had a really great experience! Very informative and well worth the money spent.
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The guided three-day hiking trip with…5.0 April 2019
The guided three-day hiking trip with Wildland Trekking was an amazing experience. The company can't necessarily take credit for our excellent group or the perfect weather, but the entire agenda, packing guide, and guide were all done extremely well. I was able to focus on enjoying the Grand Canyon without having to plan a single detail after our guide picked us up. The meals were excellent, the timing was planned but with flexibility that adapted to our group's desires, and Brian was a seemingly limitless source of fun facts at every turn. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone!Read more
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|Tours||169 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 347||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Flagstaff, Arizona||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Founded in 2005, Wildland Trekking focuses on providing high quality hiking tours around the world. Their mission is to be a global leader in the adventure travel industry by providing exceptional hiking adventures, in a responsibly sustainable way, which promotes the conservation of both natural and human communities.
What Makes Wildland Trekking Stand Out?
- Small group sizes (5-12 people)
- Exceptional certified guides
- Delicious meals and high quality gear
- Forgiving transfer and refund policy
They focus exclusively on hiking tours around the world, with a large majority offered in the United States. Within this niche they pride themselves on offering multiple types of hiking trip, and appealing to multiple levels.
Their trips run the gamut from full on intensive camping to more comfortable hikes where creature comforts and amenities are more readily available.
Who Travels With Wildland Trekking?
- Ages 18-30
- Hiking enthusiasts
- Travelers in great physical shape
Their typical tour is suitable to hobby hikers who are physically fit and enjoy multi day trips in the wilderness, though they offer multiple kinds of hiking experience from casual to extreme.
Their guides and travel experts are available to help you and your travel companions establish the best level of difficulty you should go for to have the most enjoyable time.
- United States
- Around the world
The largest amount of their trips operate in the United States, around national parks and other famous outdoor mountain destinations.
Internationally they run hikes and treks in some of the world’s most famous destinations such as Peru, Iceland, Nepal, and the Alps in France and Italy.
Why Choose a Tour with Wildland Trekking?
They are the total package for hiking and travel enthusiasts. While they are all about the outdoor experience they also pay attention to the caliber of their guides, food, and accommodation along the way. This is a great experience for families and groups of friends looking for a well rounded hiking trip. Part of their vision is to help enhance the hiking experience through a guide based on the wealth of information they can provide - so if you’re reticent to travel with a guide this the place to start to change your mind.
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.