Rainforest Cruises vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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Great trip and Loved the Ship5.0 March 2016
Loved the ship, crew, activities, and food! Great trip with lots of wildlife sightings and adventures.
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We enjoyed very much4.0 January 2015
We have been joined the 5 days Tucano cruise in April. Is was amazing for us. We are enjoyed very much. Thank you Mr. Miles to assistance us, so difference to see the jungle in Amazon. Never have had this experience before, It was great trip.Read more
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|Tours||4 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 497||$ 0|
|Operator Type||River Cruise Line||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Gulfport, Florida, USA||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Gulfport, Florida-based Rainforest Cruises is a conservation-minded agency specializing in small ship cruises on the Amazon River in three South American countries, as well as Galapagos Islands cruises.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
They have a narrow focus, are experienced in that niche, and can offer expert advice to help you choose your Amazon or Galapagos cruise.
Who Travels With Them?
With so many options in price, style of ship, and destination, Rainforest Cruises appeals to any traveler of any age or budget who wants to visit the Amazon or Galapagos by small ship or riverboat.
Where Do They Operate?
Primarily on the Amazon in Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador, as well as cruises in the Galapagos Islands. They have a minor presence in Panama and Bolivia.
How Does It Work?
They feature four styles of riverboats and cruise ships: comfort, superior, luxury, and charter; suitable family and honeymoon choices are also noted. Comfort is the most basic level, while luxury vessels have the most amenities and largest cabins. You can charter a ship in any category at additional cost. Choose your cruise from among 25 ships in the Amazon region, 12 in the Galapagos and one each in Panama and Bolivia. The vessels range from houseboat-style to sailing ships to sleek yachts.
Why Travel With Them?
Rainforest cruises makes it easy to find the Amazon or Galapagos cruise that’s right for you. All their ships are pictured on their website and categorized by style. You choose your destination and ship, with their advice if needed. You can also book land tour extensions through them to places like Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls, or a stay at a jungle lodge.
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.