Saga Travel vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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Wonderful5.0 May 2017
Journey through the Clouds - best holiday ever. Wonderful service on Rocky Mountaineer. Scenery was awesome, and we saw bears !! Our Tour Leader Debbie Skwark looked after us so well. She had a great sense of humour and made sure the holiday went without a hitch. We had a wonderful time.Read more
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Thank You SAGA5.0 January 2017
I had a Saga Holiday in Cyprus. The Alexander the Great Hotel. I am 74 and through a three bad operations on my hip I am on crutches. The staff at this hotel could not have been greater. Mind you, I had booked with Saga who themselves choose the Hotels that will give the best Service. From door to door My Sister and I could not have had the Best. In the Restaurant Cafe Royal, I had help at every moment, The Manager and the 'Chefs' hastened to carry my tray and help me back to my table. The Saga Representative was always there in the Office or contactable and as well as dealing with two emergencies, still managed to deal with the rest of his ‘Flock' so to speak. I will go there again, with no hesitation. Thank You SAGA. Vivienne BilneyRead more
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Saga's arrangements for the disabled group of travellers was appalling!2.0 November 2016
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Be warned if you are disabled! I travelled with my 89 year old Mother in June this year with Saga to Lake Garda and an Adriatic cruise. My mother has disability problems and we used a wheelchair for her to get around. Mostly this was fine till the final day where we were told we would be spending it in Venice. Venice is not wheelchair friendly! Saga's arrangements for the disabled group of travellers was appalling! They arranged for us to travel into the city using vaporetto boats that are small, cramped and have narrow unstable ramps with no handrails to enter the boats. Inevitably there was going to be an accident and my Mother had a nasty fall getting onto the last boat of 4 we had to use. I spoke to Saga immediately on our return to make them aware just what a dangerous situation they had put their elderly disabled guests in. Their response has been to lie about the circumstances surrounding my Mothers fall. I was not looking for compensation in any way. All I asked was they admit they got it wrong and to promise not to ever put people in that situation again. We will never travel with such a 'caring' company again!Read more
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|Tours||10 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 239||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Mixed Land & Cruise||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Folkestone, Kent, UK||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.