Worldwide Quest vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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wonderful5.0 October 2018
This is a revision of a previously written poor review I wrote of this travel company. There was an unfortunate airline strike at the end of a 2 and 1/2 week trip to Chile and Argentina which caused great confusion and disarray among the travelers, including myself. A confusing series of communications between the local tour operators and myself led me to believe that WWQ had basically left me to my own devices to get myself and my husband home. That was not the case and I would like to set the record straight. They actually did try to make return arrangements but I was not aware of it until after I had made my own. The tour itself was wonderful, all the hotels and tour arrangements were great and WWQ did a great job organizing the tour. Their staff is superb, was always helpful during the pre-trip planning process. I would recommend this company.Read more
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a truly memorable experience5.0 April 2018
I went on a Southern India Culinary tour with WWQ – what a truly memorable experience. The hotels were all fascinating – luxurious but with real local character and charming hosts – often family run We met local chefs who explored the food markets with us, explained the spices and showed us how to cook authentic, great tasting food. I now know how to cook dosa, and many Tamil Nadu recipes.Read more
Everything was well managed: planned with lots of attention to detail, but with plenty of room for spontaneity - who could forget the wild Tuk-Tuk ride to various (pre-screened) night street food vendors in Madurai! The guides were all knowledgeable and very helpful.
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Unbelievable Experience in Rajasthan5.0 January 2016
What an experience!!! Three weeks in Rajasthan with Worldwide Quest, led by Lewie.Read more
It could not have been more perfect. The attention to detail was exquisite. The hotels were, by and large, dreamy. The entire trip was unforgettable.
Their ability to adjust to any and all unexpected occurrences was unbelievable.
We look forward to our next trip with them.
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|Tours||3 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 389||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Custom/Private Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Since 1970, Worldwide Quest has been exploring the world with small groups of like-minded travelers.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Their tours are designed for people with enquiring minds and a desire to learn. Almost all tours are designed themselves, from scratch. They make sure to include opportunities for discovery within the specific themes they explore. They also offer the unique ability to customize private tours for couples, families, or small groups.
Who Travels With Them?
Most travelers on Worldwide Quest tours come from referrals or are repeat travelers, a reflection on the quality of their trips and service. Trip cost is based on the minimum number of participants, so it is possible that tours with smaller numbers will be on the higher end, budget wise.
Where Do They Operate?
Worldwide quest travels all around the world, focusing always on cultural experiences. Accommodations vary from luxury hotels to local outfits.
Why Travel With Them?
With a focus on cultural tourism, expert tour leaders, and flexibility in tour type, Worldwide Quest is perfect for those seeking an in-depth educational experience.
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.