Busabout vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4
Value — 4.0
Guide — 4.5
Activities — 4.5
Lodging — 4.0
Transportation — 4.5
Meals — 4.0
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Horrible accommodation at Villa Fortunata Camp

1.0 July 2018
IA
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 1.0
We were booked for an Italian Adventure in Capri and were booked at the Camp Santa Fortunata in Sorrento which turned out to be a nightmare. We paid for an upgrade and the cabin we were placed in had no air conditioning, windows had no mosquito net, the bathroom had no toilet paper. I have contacted them for a refund, of at least the upgrade that we paid, and they have refused. We ended up having to book a hotel in Sorrento because we just couldn't sleep at the cabin they placed us in.

We hated the accommodation and their communication was poor and underserved to their clients.
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Tour Busa Bout Company Reviews

Had a great experience on the 3 loops this summer.

5.0 January 2017
GB
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We booked early and got a great deal at the TNT Travel Show in London. Most of our accommodation we booked at either hotels or AirBnB. Loved that fact that we could be flexible, go off route for a few days then jump back on again. The guides, drivers and booking staff have all been amazing. Did some of the optional extras and loved them all. I can't recommend Busabout enough. So much that we have done a tour with them and will be doing 3 more next year.
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Tour Busa Bout Company Reviews

We did 2 festivals with Busabout and I'm not quite sure what we actually paid for...

1.0 January 2017
T
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Both tours were marketed as '4 day tours' (La Tomatina & Oktoberfest) - despite check in on 'Day 1' not starting until 2pm, and 'Day 4' ending at 8am - really a 3 night, 2 day tour. On the 2 days of the tour, the guides didn't do much guiding - they jumped on the bus, maybe said 3 sentences about the festival we were going to, told us what time to be back on the bus and that was it. Oktoberfest is actually free entrance, so literally all we paid for was accommodation and breakfast - not sure a 6 bed dorm is worth approx. $100aud each per night.
Breakfast on our first tour was simply toast with strawberry jam, the worst coffee in the world (or tea) and juice. Our second tour's breakfast was actually quite good which was surprising - although they took us to oktoberfest so early on the first day that breakfast actually wasn't open yet so we missed out. The optional activities sound exciting but you would be better off paying to do them with a different company who might actually tell you about the places you are going to.
All in all, we could have booked the same accommodation ourselves and booked day tours with companies who actually know what they are talking about for less money and a better experience overall.
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Tour Busa Bout Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 115 $ 0
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • River Cruises
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established N/A N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Busabout

        Since 1998, Busabout has been committed to helping independent travelers make their time, cash, and experiences go further, as part of a small group of companies that share its travel philosophy. 

        What Makes Them Stand Out? 

        Busabout offers a unique freeform style of travel, with it’s “hop-on” and “hop-off” flexible coach network. It also offers full adventures, sailing and island hopping trips, festival tours, and winter vacations.

        Who Travels With Them?

        Busabout is for independent backpackers aged 18 and up, although they do have exceptions for younger travelers accompanied by an adult. 

        Where Do They Operate? 

        The Busabout network includes destinations in Europe, Asia, Eastern Europe, Morocco, Scotland, and Ireland. 

        Why Travel with Them? 

        Busabout provides an easy, different way to see the world, perfect for travelers interested in meeting others and sharing their passion for exploring the world.

        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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