Quasar Expeditions vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Fantastic adventure

5.0 April 2019
r
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fantastic adventure. Don't look any further Quasar is the answer. Guides and crew are wonderful. Accommodations terrific. Trip of a lifetime.
The DiVuolos

Tour Quasar Expeditions Company Reviews

Favorite Tour Operator in the World

5.0 April 2019
LM
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have used Quasar in both the Galapagos and in Argentine and Chilean Patagonia multiple times, the most recent being a few weeks ago in March with a group. I can't adequately express how much I adore their services, guides, expertise, knowledge, patience and care for the environment. I've traveled extensively throughout the world, and no other tour operator can touch them. I've raved about them for years, so it's about time I leave this review ;) Perhaps they are a big reason why Patagonia is my favorite place in the world. It has unrivaled beauty, yes, but the beautiful people showing me a new hidden gem each time...let's just say their excitement is contagious.
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Tour Quasar Expeditions Company Reviews

Quasar and the M/Y Grace Are A+++++

5.0 April 2019
PF
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Quasar exceeded its 5 star rating for every aspect of this trip. First, the M/Y Grace is elegance without formality with an amazing Captain and talented crew who made our trip extra special. Our two National Park Guides, Carolina and Walter, were so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We really lucked out with the 15 fellow guests on our week who were a diversified and fun group of adventurers. Finally, my most treasured memories will be interactions with the abundance of wildlife the Galapagos is home to. Sea lions, sea turtles, hammerheads, reef sharks (even a whale shark!), marine/land iguanas, and many many species of birds to name a few far exceeded my wildest dreams. This one week on the M/Y Grace will be in my heart forever.
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Tour Quasar Expeditions Company Reviews

Tours 3 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 710 $ 0
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line Group Tour Operator
Size None Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • South America
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • Luxury
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Quito, Ecuador Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 1986 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Quasar Expeditions

        Founded in 1986 by a young couple from Ecuador, Quasar expeditions has grown to become the leading tour operator for high-end yacht cruises. What started off as a dream to show the world the beauty of the Galapagos Island has become an award-winning business offering unforgettable experiences around South America.

        What Makes Quasar Expeditions Stand Out?

        • Small yacht expeditions
        • Safari tours in Jeeps
        • Guided and self-guided land tours
        • Highly knowledgeable and professional guides

        yacht sailing in the ocean

        Quasar Expeditions was the first luxury line to operate tours in Galapagos. Even though their main focus is small-ship tours, they run overland tours on fully equipped Jeeps. You get to decide whether you’d like to be the driver, or have your guide do the driving. Their overland safari tours let you set your pace and gives you control of deciding what you want to do, since every person has different interests.

        The founders hand-pick tour guides and naturalists, looking for people that are the whole package - knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. Celebrities such as Charles Dawkin, a world renowned leading evolutionary biologist has acknowledged and given the highest regards to the impressive abilities of these guides.

        Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Quasar Expeditions?

        • All ages
        • Higher budget travelers
        • Soft adventurers, adrenaline junkies, nature enthusiasts

        Quasar Expeditions will satisfy both soft adventurers and adrenaline junkies alike, and offer a wide variety of activities that are made to please children, teenagers, and adults alike. Their main focus is to get you outdoors and being active, with a side of culture and culinary exploration. Tours sit in the higher budget range, since they offer top notch quality service.

        jeep driving in the yellow sunset

        They offer a range of excursions - some that are less common to find on the Galapagos such as ice trekking, horseback riding, and Jeep touring. So if you’re looking for activities that are as unique as their destinations, then Quasar Expeditions will be right for you.

        Top Destinations

        • Galapagos Islands
        • Patagonia
        • Ecuador
        • Peru

        Quasar Expedition aims to take you to nature-focused destinations, where you’ll be guaranteed incredible views of some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes - through beech forests, open plains, glacier valleys, waterfalls, lakes and countrysides that stretch far into the Argentinian sunset.

        Patagonian snowy mountains and lake in the daytime

        They specialize in tours to the Galapagos Islands, Patagonia, Ecuador, and Peru, with national parks, hikes, kayaking, and cave exploration being common itinerary activities. So if you enjoy trips where hiking boots and headlights take priority over fancy suits and dress, then you’ll surely enjoy Quasar Expedition tours.

        Quasar Expeditions Travel Style

        Quasar Expeditions travels with comfort and elegance, without sacrificing the adventure. No matter how far into the Patagonian mountains you may be, you’ll get to end your day in a world class lounge sipping cocktails by the fireplace.

        hotel room in orange and beige tones

        They work with small group sizes or private groups, giving you ample time to feel more connected with your guide. Tours are flexible and self-guided - so you get to choose whether you want to be guided or explore on your own. On safari expeditions, you can also decide how much you feel like doing each day. Spend the day admiring exotic birds that soar above you, venturing through the Patagonia’s surreal mountain scenery, or dozing in and out of naps on the hotel balcony all day - the choice is yours!

        Accommodations are wide and vary depending on the trip you choose. They’re always 4 and 5 star hotels, depending on whether you pick the silver or gold version. Places are unique like mongolian style tent yurts, to storage plantations that were turned to luxury retreats. You can choose between a self-drive or guided safari tour. Perhaps you’d rather have someone drive so you can snap photos of Patagonia’s breathtaking scenery.

        They have 3 main tour style options:

        Self-driven Safari Tours:  You get to have total control of your day to day adventures on a Self-driven Safari Tour. The Jeeps are fully equipped with all the equipment for you to get around, and their staff is just a phone call away in case anything goes wrong. Make as many pit stops and detour adventures as you’d like.

        Guided Safari Tours: For those that would like some additional pampering and organization on their journey, you can opt for a safari with a guide to lead you throughout the day. They can also do the driving if you’d like. Perhaps you’d want to sneak in a midday nap, so you’d rather have someone else take the wheel.

        Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruises: If you’d like to visit the Galapagos Islands, this is THE way to visit. 10 of the 13 islands are only accessible by sea, meaning you’ll get to explore the depths of the islands much better this way than visiting by yourself.

        If you also have particular interests, such as birdwatching or photography, they can cater their tours to be focused on them. Those traveling with children are also welcome on these tours, and activities can be modified to make it enjoyable for everyone.

        Why Choose a Tour With Quasar Expeditions?

        Travel in style and pristine comfort to remote areas that you would probably  never discovered on your own with Quasar Expeditions. Tours definitely give you a luxurious perspective of the destination, but you get to enjoy all of South America’s natural beauty knowing you are always in safe hands. Know that your trip with Quasar Expeditions also supports conservation projects that aim to preserve and protect the islands.

        While you do experience some of the culture, this isn’t Quasar Expeditions’ main focus.If you are interested in having a truly authentic and culturally-enriching trip, you should know that you won’t find that here. There’s minimal opportunity to connect with locals and their communities, since you’ll be spending most of the time discovering exotic animals, parks, islands, and the ocean.


        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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