CostSaver vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
Meals — 4.6
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Excellent tour AAA+++ tour guide,Jelle Dalemans

5.0 January 2017
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent tour AAA+++ tour guide, Jelle Dalemans. His love an passion rubs off you .Hidden treasure WOW mind blowing .Optional extras a must the cherry on the cake We had a driver one in a million Rudy Leanan. We felt safe an secure in his driving . Our excursion guides wow knowledgeable an passionate about the places they took us to
Thanks for giving us Jelle as a tour guide he made our trip the adventure we wanted
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Tour CostSaver Company Reviews

Very Enjoyable

5.0 January 2017
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
First time I have been on a coach trip and thought although it was fast paced, it was very enjoyable.

Tour CostSaver Company Reviews

Good tour and knowledge of the places visited.

3.0 January 2017
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Does Not Recommend
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
I have worked with customers for the last 20 years. I did training for 12 years and then was the supervisor for the training dept. I would sit down with my students at least once every 3 days to ask how the course was running. When I was away I would sit at the dinner table with the students as we were all in the same motel. By doing this I could change the course to suit the people in each class.
What I found with the tour is, that the tour director did not sit down with the people to see if the tour can be improved. I find that this seems to director out of touch with the customers. This seems to be run by the tour director, not by the customers. I was on a holiday and I don't need to be woken up at 6-00am for getting ready to leave for that day. There are will be cases that this will need to be done. EG. To catch the ferry to and from Ireland.
I will say that the tour director had the knowledge and knew the history of the places we visited.
There needs to be training done for the people who sell your packages. As an Australian, we do not tip people for there service. This needs to be pointed out to the people who are going on tour. We also found out from the other tour members that there was prepaid vouchers which was not offered to us.
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Tour CostSaver Company Reviews

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