Aqua Expeditions 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

One of my best experiences in Peru !

5.0 November 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Aria Cruise is absolutely exquisit & luxury everywhere. Outdoor activties are soft and amazing. The staff is very well trained so professional and friendly, definetely the best staff in the world. One of my best experiences in Peru !
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Tour Aqua Expeditions Company Reviews

An amazing way to understand a destination as a traveller, not a tourist

5.0 April 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
One of the best experiences in River Cruises with amazing boats in South America, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, and in SouthEast Asia, in Vietnam and Cambodia. The guides are the best, the food is amazing and the views always breathtaking. In both regions Aqua offers us the opportunity to get in visit with almost untouched communities. An amazing way to understand a destination as a traveller, not a tourist.
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Tour Aqua Expeditions Company Reviews

Tours 3 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 972 $ 0
Operator Type River Cruise Line Group Tour Operator
Size Regional Expert Global Operator
Trip Types
  • River Cruises
  • Group Tours
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Singapore Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 2007 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Aqua Expeditions

        Founded in 2007, they operate luxury river cruises around the world.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        Their two luxury ships, the Aria Amazon and the Aqua Mekong sail (as you might expect) down the Amazon and Mekong. Focusing in just these two areas, Aqua Expeditions allows you to truly get to know a destination through their expertise. They also approach their travels from a sustainable approach, incorporating responsible activities into their shore excursions.

        Who Travels With Them?

        River cruises are ideally suited to, and popular amongst, older travelers. However younger travelers may enjoy the more adventurous locations traveled by Aqua Expeditions. 

        Where Do They Operate?

        They focus specifically on Peru via the Amazon, and Cambodia and Vietnam via the Mekong River. Along their cruises they operate shore excursions  

        Why Travel With Them?

        For a luxury cruise along some of the world’s most entrancing rivers. Should you like to extend your stay, for a hike to Machu Picchu for example, they have a number of preferred operators they work with which will help arrange this for you.

        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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