Peter Sommer Travels 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

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5.0 May 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We (4 of us) enjoyed a wonderfully comprehensive 12 day tour of Crete. What a beautiful and historically rich island. We learned much about the Minoan culture, but also of the Romans, Turks, Venetians and ancient Greeks who inhabited Crete. And the food was fantastic and an enjoyable part of the tour. Great tour guides too. Excellent value for the money as well.
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Tour Peter Sommer Travels Company Reviews

Had a great time!

5.0 August 2015
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Took fabulous In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great - Part 1 tour. Had a great time and cannot wait to go on another Peter Sommer tour!

Tour Peter Sommer Travels Company Reviews

Had a great time cruising the Cycladic Islands!

5.0 August 2015
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just finished my first -and definitely not my last- trip with Peter Sommer Travels, the cruise through the Cycladic Islands. Talk about making travel enticing and easy! It was the perfect combination of informational touring in a beautiful setting with indulgent accommodations and exceptional cuisine. Every detail was attended to and the group leaders were outstanding. Already planning my next trip with them.
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Tour Peter Sommer Travels Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 408 $ 0
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Monmouth, UK 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 Peter Sommer Travels

        Tours with a cultural and historical focus around some of the most ancient regions of the world.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        In depth guided history and cultural tours as well as Gulet charter cruises in Europe. They focus in Turkey, Greece, and Italy, as well as the UK and Croatia. Their tours might focus on archaeology or food specifically, and all are presented with a culturally immersive angle.

        Who Travels With Them?

        They are particularly attractive to older travelers and multi gen. The average age of their traveler is between 40-70, but they also have a surprising number of families who travel with them, with children ranging from 6 to 30. Travelers interested in history and culture and less interested in active adventure will enjoy these tours the most. They do their best to accommodate single travelers as well.

        Where Do They Operate?

        Many of their tours focus in Turkey, Greece, and Italy, but they also offer itineraries in the UK and Croatia.

        Why Travel With Them?

        Their escorted tours are offered with a specific focus, such as archaeology or culinary. If you’re looking for a travel experience with a niche direction and location, this is a great place to start.

        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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