Nature Expeditions International 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

more than wonderful travel experiences

5.0 August 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have had three more than wonderful travel experiences through Nature Expeditions to Tanzania, Vietnam, and Peru. The more exotic the location - the more their services and guidance are needed.

Tour Nature Expeditions International Company Reviews

Our 3 week trip to Japan was wonderful and fun

5.0 August 2016
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our 3 week trip to Japan was wonderful and fun packed full of interesting and exciting sights and foods. We saw lots of shrines and temples, and people. The accommodations were top notch and the included meals were too. We loved the ryokans and enjoyed the osen baths-very relaxing. The Japanese gardens (especially the moss garden at the Hakone Art Museum) were amazing. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The train/car transfer assistants were on cue and seamless. We really appreciate the planning it took to coordinate everything.
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extraordinary job

5.0 June 2016
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My deepest thanks for the extraordinary job NEI did in organizing the ten-day trip to Japan for my wife, granddaughter, and me! We really gave you a logistical challenge, since our granddaughter loves anime, pop culture, and shopping; and my wife and I were interested in Japanese history and culture.

NEI came through with an absolutely perfect itinerary! The local guides in Tokyo and Kyoto were delightful and knowledgeable, organizing our days for the most efficient travel. And, they suggested shops, restaurants, and attractions that greatly enhanced our experience.

We also deeply appreciate that NEI suggested ways we could save money in Japan, while maintaining quality—for example, booking us with group tours to Mount Fuji and Nara.

The hotels were first-rate, especially the charming traditional ryokan Hotel Nanpuso. The dinner we were served the night of our stay was quite simply the most beautiful I have ever experienced.

During our trip, the private tea ceremony, and the lessons in drum, calligraphy, and sushi-making were marvelous, giving us insight into Japanese culture we couldn’t have gotten any other way.

Our experience represented yet another example of NEI’s superior quality and professionalism! We hope to work with you many times in the future!
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Tour Nature Expeditions International Company Reviews

Tours 3 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 368 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
Service Level N/A Standard
Regions
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Plantation, Florida, USA Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 1973 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Nature Expeditions International

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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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