Bike Basque vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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Highly recommended.5.0 April 2019
First hand experience with Bike Basque- top notch service, 5 years of experience and the best, most friendly people. Highly recommended.
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Top quality service5.0 September 2018
Xavier is a great guy and delivered brand new bikes to our house. Top quality service
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fantastic week5.0 September 2018
My wife and I joined Xavier - a fluent English speaker from the French Basque country - for a six day cycling holiday across the Pyrenees, going from Biarritz to Perpignan. This is our second tour with him, and once again, he put on a fantastic week: well-tailored to our abilities, packed full with good hotels and fine food, and as comfortable as cycling up mountains can be on the carbon frame Ultegra-specced bikes we hired from him. This was a slightly larger tour than the one we joined last year, with seven or eight of us (a mixture of individuals and pairs), so we were joined by Scott, a French-speaking American in France and an experienced rider, who proved a knowledgable and encouraging guide (as well as a good wheel to follow). We'd ride together to the foot of climbs then go up at our own pace. The stronger riders proved tolerant of my own leaden climbing and Xavier and Scott, who shared meals with us each day, helped to make sure everyone got on.Read more
The scenery of the Pyrenees speaks for itself - the routes are simply stunning, combining iconic TdF climbs with lesser known cols, and moving from Basque Country to the high mountains and then onto French Catalonia gave us a real sense of the vastness of the region - but what really stood out for us (once again) on the trip was the effort Xavier puts in to make things work. Whether loading and unloading the support van, keeping us fed and watered, prepping lunch, tweaking bikes, checking us in, or negotiating with hoteliers to meet different dietary needs he makes the trip go smoothly. We'd highly recommend him.
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|Tours||4 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 241||$ 0|
|Operator Type||None||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Biarritz (France)||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
They operate luxury and active cycling tours in France and Spain.
Bike Basque are a small local operator, focusing in providing both luxury and active tours in France and Spain. Because of this specific focus they are able to provide extensive local knowledge and offer a unique glimpse of the country, culture, and history.
Who Travels With Them?
Their typical customer is between 30 and 40. While you don’t have to be an experienced rider, some level of physical fitness is helpful.
Where Do They Operate?
All over France and Spain, in particular the Pyrenees, Basque country and Burgundy.
Why Travel With Them?
For an extremely local experience, with experienced guides through beautiful countryside.
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.