Planet Rail vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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Treasured memories.5.0 June 2018
We have just returned from Venice and we were privileged to be able to stay at the Cipriani Hotel and then travel back to the UK in a Grand Suite on the VSOE. Thanks to Guy and the team for putting everything together and we now have many new treasured memories. I would highly recommend booking with Planet Rail.Read more
Everything was perfectly planned5.0 May 2017
Cannot praise the company highly enough following a trip through Europe and down to Italy. Despite a complicated itinerary, everything was perfectly planned and ran like clockwork. Hotels and transfers were great, with a room upgrade provided at every hotel in Italy. Will definitely be using them again and thank you so much in helping us plan such an amazing and memorable trip!Read more
Our holiday to Venice and Lake Garda was superb.5.0 July 2016
Everything was organised to perfection which for "slightly" anxious travelers like us takes all the stress and worry away, leaving us free to relax and enjoy the vacation. The enjoyment is added too by the absolutely wonderful choice of hotels, in stunning locations, in both destinations ... couldn't of chosen better ourselves!Read more
Fantastic sunsets and storms were viewed from lovely balconies and terraces and of course drinks were consumed on both!
The attention to detail and personal service of Guy and his team is exceptional with nothing overlooked. The itinerary was spot on and great transfers were included. Will continue to holiday with Planetrail if they can put up with all my demands! And certainly wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to others, even though I want to keep them to myself!
Had an amazing time, created new memories which shall remain and I'm already planning our next adventure! Thank you so much Planetrail.
|Tours||14 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 307||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Regional Expert||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||The Hawk Creative Business Park, Hawkhills, Easingwold||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
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.
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.