ASA Cultural Tours vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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I have had great time5.0 May 2017
I have travelled with ASA twice in the past 15 years: to Turkey and Spain & Morocco. Those tours helped me to better understand history and art, learn about Islam and religion in general and about the culture and people of those places visited. I have had great time, I am now planning to embark onto another journey probably in early 2017.Read more
Tour ASA Cultural Tours Company Reviews
|Tours||5 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 350||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Victoria, Australia||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
ASA Cultural Tours was founded in 1977 by University professor Christopher Wood, as a way to help Australian travelers fulfill their travel dreams.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Unique trips in a variety of themes with a cultural tourism focus. Their tours are all about gaining a deeper education and understanding from the perspective of history, art, music, archaeology, and other subjects.
Who Travels With Them?
Their trips are best suited to travelers interested in history, the arts, museums, and culture. They also offer lectures around the world, open to the public. Tours are enjoyed by all ages, but tend to skew older.
Where Do They Operate?
Trips are offered all around the world, with a focus in Europe.
Why Travel With Them?
If you are an Australian traveler seeking a learning tour with a focus in the arts, history, or home & garden, this is the company for you. Their small group tours typically have around 20 participants, all eager to absorb new information and learn about a particular region or country from an intellectual perspective.
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.