Caspin 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

A dream holiday in Sicily

5.0 November 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A glorious trip in a beautiful place led by warm, friendly, knowledgeable and flexible people with a love of life, a sense of humour and a desire to please. I've been lots of places and guided by lots of people. None better anywhere than Caspin.
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Tour Caspin Journey Company Reviews

Beyond the tourist experience in Tuscany, Italy!

5.0 November 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My mother and I travelled to beautiful Tuscany, Italy in Nov. 2016 to celebrate my 40th birthday.
I was looking for an opportunity to learn what it FEELS like to live in Italy, rather than just see the sights (which ARE wonderful and amazing!). We booked the cooking/food tour with Caspin Journeys and I could not have been more pleased with my experience.
We began each day of our Tuscan adventure in the beautiful Nobile guest house relaxing with great coffee and delicate pastries from a local bakery. Each day we were guided by either Pino or Antonio & Simona to new towns to view the architecture, hear the stories of old, and learn about the treasured foods and wines. We stopped for Cappuccino (only before noon!) and espresso in the afternoon. We dined in wonderful restaurants filled with the local people, trying something new every time.
We would have a small respite upon coming home to the Nobile guest house. When Luca (our Master Chef) arrived, we could either enjoy watching him at work or dive right in to learn how to prepare some of Tuscany’s finest foods. These evenings were so fun while cooking, feasting, drinking great wine, and enjoying the company of the Nobile family.
For the week I spent in Italy, I felt well-guided, indulged, enlightened, and most importantly welcomed by this great Italian family … it was a trip my mother and I will never forget!
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Wonderful tour guides who are fun and can be trusted!

5.0 November 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I thought they did a terrific job in accommodating us and ensuring we had a good time! I would like to take another trip with them. I even feel confident that if I asked them to design a trip different from the current trips they do.....would be excellent too! They are a lovely couple and I always felt very safe traveling with them.
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Tour Caspin Journey Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 538 $ 0
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Regional Expert Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Kenilworth, UK Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 1992 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Caspin

        Founded in 1992, Caspin Journeys has a unique spin on travel, offering immersive and comfortable walking tours in England, Spain, and Italy.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        They design their tours to be relaxing yet energizing as you walk among historic lands, learning about the culture and background of classic regions of Europe. Tours are scheduled during the peak weather months for walking and all logistics are taken care of, leaving travelers free to just enjoy. They often focus on culture, history, culinary and wine experiences during their walks.

        Who Travels With Them?

        Their trips are best suited to active travelers who don’t mind walking long distances. Tours are divided into 5 broad Activity Level ratings, beginning with Easiest, Easy-Moderate, Moderate, Moderate-Strenuous, and Strenuous. For every tour they suggest doing at least a little bit of training to prepare and get the most out of your travel experience with them.

        Where Do They Operate?

        Their tours are specifically focused in England, Spain, and Italy. In each country they have multiple options - for example in England they have a Cotswolds walking tour, and a Lake District walking tour. In Italy they visit several specific areas, from the Amalfi Coast to Tuscany and Umbria. And in Spain they offer a walking tour in Picos de Europa and along the legendary Camino de Santiago.

        Why Travel With Them?

        For a unique view from traveling on foot through gorgeous landscapes, and the ease and peace of mind from known all logistics are taken care of. No need to book accommodation or worry about meals. Tours are offered in multiple activity levels, so if you are unsure that a walking tour is right for you - this would be a great place to start off on an easy level - flat surfaces and trails. Their moderate and strenuous tours will be appealing to travelers more experienced on walking tours - between 6 to 8 hours of walking and more challenging and rugged terrain.

        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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