H&I Adventures 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

superb

5.0 December 2018
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was my first trip with H&I and it greatly exceeded expectations in every way. The organization and logistics were all superbly organized and carefully planned, the guides were knowledgeable and professional, and the trails were world-class. The majority on riding was on superb single track through a variety of terrain. Cultural aspects of the country were woven into every day uniquely yet impressionably. We rode into regions largely devoid of other visitors and retaining thousands of years of history and culture. From start to finish, this trip was exceptional. I have already booked my second trip with H&I for next year!!
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This was my first trip with H&I and it greatly exceeded expectations in every way

5.0 November 2018
M
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was my first trip with H&I and it greatly exceeded expectations in every way. The organization and logistics were all superbly organized and carefully planned, the guides were knowledgeable and professional, and the trails were world-class. The majority on riding was on superb single track through a variety of terrain. Cultural aspects of the country were woven into every day uniquely yet impressionably. We rode into regions largely devoid of other visitors and retaining thousands of years of history and culture. From start to finish, this trip was exceptional. I have already booked my second trip with H&I for next year!!
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All in all, another amazing adventure

5.0 October 2018
M
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We selected H&I for a Scottish Highlands Coast to Coast mountain bike ride because they seemed to have the best handle on adventure and why we get out and ride. Our trip was amazing and so well orchestrated. From the advance materials sent out in the months ahead with training recommendations and gear needs down to the details for each and every stop along the trip. The whole H&I team did a great job of instantly making us feel like friends coming for a visit and ensuring we had a fun, challenging and safe adventure with them. They'll help you change a tube, hose you off at the end of the day and kindly point out all the places to avoid killing yourself on a technical descent. Great team.

Their tours may not be cheap, but they are a tremendous value. We've already booked another trip with them for later in the year.

Update: 10/23/2018

After Scotland’s Coast to Coast, we put our trust in H&I for Nepal. Their organization and logistics made the decision simple and Mandil’s team on the ground in Nepal was so well run, even our flights were on time. Mostly...

Smooth operations aside, the trip is expertly crafted to contrast the chaos of Kathmandu with the calm in Nagarkot. The subtropical forest and rice patties around Bhaktapur with the windswept Mustang Valley and hanging glaciers of the Annapurna region.

Hundreds of photos and none will convey the shear scale of the Himalaya, the steepness of terrain or the power of the wind. They will show incredible sights, happy riders, and the face of winded exhaustion approaching the top of Lubra Pass.

Let’s not forget the riding. Euan undersold the riding to us while we were in Scotland. The trails were spectacular. From the rooty drops of Nagarkot to the wide open speed runs of Lubra, each trail had its own character and challenge. Yes, we all walked something. Sometimes up, sometimes down. We crashed, we laughed, we bled a little, but that is why we are out on mountain bikes away from the confines of a tour bus.

Of course there are also the people. The Nepali people were warm and welcoming. We always felt safe for ourselves and our gear. Mandil is amazing. A great guide and rider, but also a wealth of global pop culture which kept meals, shuttles and tours entertaining and educational.

The support crew had our bikes and luggage ready, always on time and in the right place. RJ and Nish had our backs on the trail for fast tube swaps or maintenance between rides.

Lastly in the people department are the types of individuals H&I attracts. While each group will have a different makeup and character, you find yourself building friendships over the course of the trip. Shared suffering on the climbs and post descent survival adrenaline seems to help with those bonds.

All in all, another amazing adventure thanks to H&I.
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Tours 3 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 256 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Cycling
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Inverness, Scotland,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 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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