BikeHike Adventures 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

Amazing trip to Cuba!

5.0 April 2019
DJ
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I cannot say enough how amazingly easy Trish and Meghan made planning our Cuba BikeHike Adventures trip! They were extremely quick to respond to our questions and helpful throughout the entire planning process. Once we arrived in Cuba, our guide, Erik and driver, Unior, were there to help us and share their knowledge and love of Cuba with us. The trip was very well organized, safe, and fun! We always felt welcome at the small hotels and casa particulars we stayed at - the owners treated us like family, even inviting us to share in the Cuba traditions and libations on New Year's Eve. Our bikes were in great condition, and the guides took the time to adjust the bikes to each of us. The food, while not as spicy as I had anticipated, was excellent. I feel the route we rode gave us a great feel for Cuba and it's people, and we also got to learn some of Cuba's history along the way. The Cuban people were welcoming and happy to see us and talk with us. I loved that we were never approached to buy anything or asked for money. I highly recommend getting with Trish or Meghan and planning a trip to Cuba with BikeHike - you will have a terrific trip, see the beautiful countryside, experience downtown Havana and make some new friends! BikeHike did a great job of having both physical activity and cultural time. Plus you will be able to enjoy some vitiman "R" - (wonderful Cuban rum!) If I could give more then 5 stars I definitely would - hopefully I will be able to do another journey with BikeHike in the future!
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My BikeHike trip in Costa Rica was an excellent experience!

5.0 July 2018
B
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My BikeHike trip in Costa Rica was an excellent experience! There is no better way to experience the rain forest then from a raft on the Pacuare River! And mountain biking the back country to take in views of volcanoes and the coast was awesome. The opportunity to learn more about the people, culture, landscape and economy of Costa Rica from the local guides made it a much richer experience. The food and accommodations planned by BikeHike were great – enabling a variety of local experiences and tastes. I will definitely plan another trip with BikeHike Adventures. Thank you!
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planning is excellent

5.0 July 2018
C
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We cycled in Provence, France this past June, 2018
We wanted a self guided tour so we could cycle at our own pace-Bike Hike set us up. We connected with the Cycling company in France, collected our road bikes, helmets, maps and GPS and off we went- What an amazing time!
One cannot go wrong with France, but Bike did an amazing and thorough job of organizing. Their communication while planning is excellent.
Thank you Trish and Meghan!

This is our 3rd trip with Bike Hike
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Tour BikeHike Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 1 Trip 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 330 $ 0
Operator Type None Group Tour Operator
Size None Global Operator
Trip Types
    • Group Tours
    Service Level N/A Standard
    Regions
      • North America
      • Central America & Caribbean
      • South America
      • Australia & Pacific
      • Asia
      • Africa
      • Middle East & North Africa
      • Europe
      Known For
      • 50+
      • 50+
      • Budget
      Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
      Year Established 1994 N/A
      Solo Friendly N/A N/A
      Tour Languages N/A N/A
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            About BikeHike Adventures

            BikeHike Adventures was founded over 20 years ago and specializes in multi-activity trips in South and Central America, Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. The Company places emphasis on cultural exploration throughout its expeditions. Customization of trips can be requested for as little as two travelers.

            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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