LifeCycle 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

places we stayed were wonderful

5.0 July 2018
K
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
After traveling with LifeCycles before, we knew we would be set-up with great routes and accommodations in Provence, and they didn't disappoint. The routes were beautiful, with low traffic, and easy to follow thanks to great maps and directions. Both places we stayed were wonderful, and Christophe took good care of us. What we didn't know was how much we would need them once our journey began. Our trip was not exactly smooth - due to no fault of LifeCycle Adventures - in fact, they went the extra mile to help us out when we faced flight cancellations followed by flight delays, sold-out trains, and a trip to the hospital after a crash (due to pure stupidity of the rider). Through all these hiccups, we were well taken care of by Stacey, Teri and Christophe. With one phone call we had Teri helping re-route us after our flight to France was delayed by a full day - she even stayed up late into the night to make sure we found our way. And after my husband's crash, we called Christophe and he dropped everything to help us maneuver the visit to the hospital and get us back on schedule. It might be tempting to think you could plan a cycling trip on your own, but when things go wrong, it sure is nice to have someone looking out for you! LifeCycle is a top-notch company to work with!
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one of the best vacations we've had

5.0 June 2018
S
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband and I completed a 5-day tour of Puglia last month. It was without a doubt one of the best vacations we've had. From the very start of our trip planning, the logistics were seamless, and the gentlemen that helped us out on-site for pickup and dropoff were helpful and all-around sweet people. We could tell that the riding itinerary LifeCycle put together was personalized and carefully planned, as were the recommendations for restaurants, shopping and sites along our route. For us, it was the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. Kinda like glamping, but with bikes!
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Biking was such a wonderful way to enjoy the scenery/landscape

5.0 June 2018
K
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just took an Anniversary trip to Napa/Sonoma and had the BEST time! Biking was such a wonderful way to enjoy the scenery/landscape. Our guides were perfect- open and helpful communication without feeling intrusive. Maps and recommendations were a great framework to give us structure to our trip, while still giving us the flexibility to do what we please with our days. On our way home we started making plans to try Ireland for our next anniversary trip!
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Tour LifeCycle Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 3 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 0 $ 0
Operator Type Independent / Self-Guided Packager Group Tour Operator
Size Regional Expert Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • 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
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Cycling
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Portland, Oregon, USA Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 2000 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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