Bon Voyage vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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Their attention to detail was amazing.5.0 May 2018
The Perfect Agency for USA tours. This holiday was to be the gift to both my wife and i that we promised ourslves upon retirement and we could not have picked a better agency to arrange it. Touring New England in the fall staying at clapboard B&Bs', perfect. Thanks to our advisor Monica and the team for making our dream into a reality. Their attention to detail was amazing. They know their business alright.Read more
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absolutely fabulous5.0 March 2018
We have had two holidays with Bon Voyage. The first with my sister and brother in law to Memphis, New Orleans and finishing with a cruise. The second to Miami then a Panama cruise ending in LA. Amanda arranged everything and was absolutely fabulous. I couldn't ask for a better company.Read more
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an amazing time we had5.0 September 2017
Having just returned from our Vegas-Grand Circle trip, I just want to say what an amazing time we had. This has to be all down to the total dedication of Bon Voyage , with particular thanks to Monica who put together the whole itinerary. Every aspect of the trip was just perfect from start to finish. The hotels, the locations, the excursions, the rental car ... everything went like a dream. I cannot praise enough the sheer professionalism and expertise of all those concerned. "Thanks" doesn't even begin to express my gratitudeRead more
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|Tours||4 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 292||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Custom/Private Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Southampton, UK||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
With nearly 40 years’ experience in the travel field, Southampton, England-based Bon Voyage specializes in arranging transatlantic holidays for British travelers to the United States and Canada.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Bon Voyage offers a wide variety of holiday choices in North America – from motorhome adventures to Harley holidays, Route 66 road trips to rail journeys, steamboat cruises to stays at resorts and ranches, honeymoons to family holiday – and just about anything else you can think of. Most trips are un-escorted but you can also book escorted coach tours through them.
Who Travels With Them?
Mostly British citizens who want assistance and suggestions when planning their visits to North America.
Where Do They Operate?
Throughout the United States and Canada.
How Does It Work?
Bon Voyage agents will help you tailor your transatlantic trip to your specifications. They also offer suggested holidays ranging from “Backroads and Bayous of the Deep South” to a “British Columbia and Alberta B&B Tour” and even an “Around the U.S. in 88 Days” trip.
Why Travel With Them?
Their published independent customer reviews – over which the company has no control – speak highly of their organizational abilities, experience, customer care, and confidence in their product.
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.