Alpine Hikers 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

overall great experience

5.0 August 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just returned from an ideal vacation trekking the Bernese Oberland trail! Alpinehikers, with great advice from Matt, did a great job helping us set up a dream vacation in the Alps. So many highlights, great maps & info along the way, and overall great experience. I highly recommend them!
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Tour Alpine Hikers Company Reviews

The trip was very well planned and we had a wonderful time

5.0 July 2018
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My daughter and I did the Eiger to Matterhorn self-guided trip with Alphinehikers and it was amazing! Matt and others were so helpful from the very beginning when we were deciding which trip to do. They were informative and thoughtful in answering all of our questions. The trip was very well planned and we had a wonderful time. The communication was outstanding! Thank you!!!
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Tour Alpine Hikers Company Reviews

All aspects of the trip were planned fantastically by Abby and it was amazing.

5.0 June 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My son and I did a self-guided tour of Bernese-Oberland and Zermatt (May 30 to Jun 9 2018). All aspects of the trip were planned fantastically by Abby and it was amazing. The details and information provided along with the hotels (recommended by Alpinehikers) we stayed at were all spectacular. We were pretty much treated as VIPs everywhere we stayed and the food was amazing. I would highly recommend and look forward to another trip soon!
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Tour Alpine Hikers Company Reviews

Tours 6 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 402 $ 0
Operator Type Independent / Self-Guided Packager Group Tour Operator
Size Regional Expert Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Prescott, Arizona Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established N/A N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About Alpine Hikers

      Created out of a desire to share the beauty of the Swiss Alps with others, Alpine Hikers is a uniquely focused tour company. For the ultimate Alpine hiking experience, they’re where to go.

      What Makes Them Stand Out

      The folks at Alpine Hikers are passionate about the magical mountains they bring people through, and appreciate their effect. Even stating that they test all their hikes for the “Heidi factor” allowing visitors to get the best possible experience and views possible.

      Who Travels With Them

      While their tours are open to all, they do require a certain level of physical fitness. 

      Where Do They Operate

      They have specially selected tours all focused in the Swiss Alps.

      Why Travel With Them

      Join their tours for the pinnacle of Alpine hiking, and and the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable, experienced guides about the surrounding areas environment and history. They also offer several different style of tour, from small groups to self guided.

      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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