Alpine Interface 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

Fantastic trip!

5.0 January 2017
BA
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Europe is great, but Alpine Interface runs fantastic trips close to home in Alberta. My daughter and I just completed a great series of hikes in Banff and Yoho, and even the snow on the Helen Lake trek did not put a damper on the experience. Great guide in Tamara, who was extremely knowledgeable and flexible in planning our daily journeys. Being near AI home base, we had special attention from Louie and Karin to make sure everything ran smoothly. I think you can hike the Canadian Rockies for years and years and never go the same place twice. AI is definitely a prime choice to lead the experience.
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Tour Alpine Interface Company Reviews

Wonderful tour!

5.0 January 2017
J
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from a hike in Switzerland, Italy and France
These guides were outstanding. We were a group of 24 and they were professional and extremely knowledgeable. The hikes were outstanding! I plan to travel with them again through Italy, in a few months
Thank you for a wonderful trip !
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Tour Alpine Interface Company Reviews

Alpine Interface runs fantastic trips close to home in Alberta

5.0 August 2015
B
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Europe is great, but Alpine Interface runs fantastic trips close to home in Alberta. My daughter and I just completed a great series of hikes in Banff and Yoho, and even the snow on the Helen Lake trek did not put a damper on the experience. Great guide in Tamara, who was extremely knowledgeable and flexible in planning our daily journeys. Being near AI home base, we had special attention from Louie and Karin to make sure everything ran smoothly. I think you can hike the Canadian Rockies for years and years and never go the same place twice. AI is definitely a prime choice to lead the experience.
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Tour Alpine Interface Company Reviews

Tours 4 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 332 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Regional Expert Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Canmore, Canada, North America 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 Interface

        Alpine Interface specializes in guided hiking, walking, and trekking tours on specific regions of four continents. They also run sea kayaking trips in Baja California, Mexico, and in Croatia. The small, family-run company is owned and operated by a Canadian couple, with the husband serving as chief guide and his wife is office manager. They live half the year in the Canadian Rockies (near Banff National Park) and, in summers, are headquartered in France’s Chamonix Valley. 

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        Alpine Interface is known for its customer care and personalized service. Their motto is “Venture with a Purpose” and they have a commitment to responsible travel, including helping to support two foundations in Nepal. 

        Who Travels With Them?

        Most clients are from North America and range from ages 30 to 60, but family trips are offered and the company will gear a private guided or self-guided trip to your own interests or abilities.  

        Where Do They Operate?

        Alpine Interface runs tours in the French, Swiss, Italian, and Slovenian Alps; other areas of France; the Scotland Highlands; the coasts of Croatia and Crete; Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula; Patagonia; Canada; Baja Mexico, and Nepal. Trekking, climbing, and hiking are the major focus, but sea kayaking trips are also offered. 

        How Does It Work?

        Alpine Interface features dozens of pre-set itineraries, with a strong emphasis on hiking in the Alps, but also in such far-flung places as Patagonia, Nepal and far eastern Russia. They will customize a trip for you if you don’t want to travel with a group or if you want to form your own group of any size. Trips are rated in five categories from easy to strenuous, depending on number of hours of walking and elevation gain per day.

        Why Travel With Them?

        This small company has made a mark for itself as a leader in its niche. By focusing on just a few activities and regions, Alpine Interface has been able to hone its expertise in those areas and provide personalized service as well.

        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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