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It was perhaps the best decision of our trip!5.0 March 2018
I returned home from Italy nearly a month ago yet find myself continually drifting back to my experiences there. A few friends and I travelled to the Emilia-Romagna region to participate in an event and found ourselves with a few free days to explore before returning home.Read more
With limited knowledge as to the region, we turned to our host for a recommendation and were introduced to Ramona and her Team at Buonjourney Italy. Originally communicating through e-mail, Ramona crafted together an itinerary for our approval. Her attention to detail, concern for our preferences and variety of activities presented immediately convinced us to place ourselves in her capable hands.
It was perhaps the best decision of our trip! Ramona and her Team greeted us promptly that first morning and we were treated like Kings from that point forward. The guides were knowledgeable, professional and personable. Our tour traversed sprawling countryside, medieval villages and historic landmarks along the way. Interspersed throughout the days were lunches, dinners and wine and cheese tastings that left our bellies full yet yearning for more.
I cannot thank Ramona and our “friends” at Buonjourney Italy enough for helping to make our experiences in Italy so memorable.
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We highly recommend this experience for anyone who enjoys food, wine, art and history.5.0 February 2018
We enjoyed learning about cheese, wine, olive oil and other traditional foods of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. We especially loved making pasta by hand, guided by award-winning professionals, all the while surrounded by Roman and Renaissance culture and the most spectacular scenery imaginable. It is an opportunity for those who cherish authenticity. We highly recommend this experience for anyone who enjoys food, wine, art and history.Read more
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We would highly recommend Buonjourney Italy if you want to see the best that Italy has to offer.5.0 February 2018
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This past October we had the pleasure of seeing the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and all it has to offer. Historic sites, Castles, small intimate villages, religious sites, vineyards and a class to learn how to cook authentic pasta were just some of the highlights of a tour that will never be forgotten. Beyond that we made life long friends with Ramona and her merry band of tour guides who made our days fun, educational and of course tasty! We loved this region for an authentic Italian experience with the addition of getting a sense of the pride of the people and local flavors. We will return for sure. We would highly recommend Buonjourney Italy if you want to see the best that Italy has to offer.Read more
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|Tours||1 Trip||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 0||$ 554|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Local Specialist|
|Headquarters||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania||Province of Forlì-Cesena, Italy|
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.
Buonjourney focuses on providing homey, friendly, and enjoyable culinary tours in the region of Romagna, Italy.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Ever heard of Romagna? If not (and most haven’t) Buonjourney aims to change that. This small region in Italy is a haven of history and culinary wonders. You’ll be escorted around by a true local, welcomed like a friend, as they introduce you to the essence of Italian hospitality in Romagna.
Their emphasis is on Italian food and cooking, and you’ll leave having been immersed in the amazing world of Italy’s regional culinary traditions.
Who Travels With Them?
Those travelers who are looking for something a bit different, and are especially interested in learning the ins and outs of Italian regional cuisine will enjoy traveling with Buonjourney.
This would be an especially attractive Italy tour experience for those visiting Italy for a second or third time. Because while you’ll have an amazing time, you are confined to one region, and a little known one. So you won’t see the major Italian sights everyone knows.
Groups are a max of 12 allowing for an intimate experience and attentive guides.
Where Do They Operate?
They are very specifically focused in a unique little region in the northeast of Italy. You’ll visit local villas, winerys and cellars, local farms, cheese makers, and browse product at markets alongside your hosts neighbors.
Why Travel With Them?
If you’ve already “seen and done” the Big Three of Italy, and are now seeking a more homey, localized introduction to the culture, this is the perfect tour company for you. Their tours are culinary focused, so if you’re not into cooking, this might not be the kind local experience you’ll love. However it’s perfect if you enjoy learning and want to get to know the “real” Italy with friendly groups and guides.