Sage Traveling vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 3
Value — 3.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 4.0
Lodging — 3.0
Transportation — 2.0
Meals — 3.0
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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3.0 June 2018
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  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I enjoyed the walking tour of Amsterdam - the guide was excellent. I enjoyed the tour to the villages (Volendam) outside of Amsterdam - an excellent guide there too. However the handicapped accessible part of the trip (which was why I booked it with Sage) had some deficiencies. The location to meet the driver at the airport was wrong. The information on the canal trip was wrong and the map to find it was inadequate. And the reservation at the hotel (the only one that had twin beds) was under the wrong name. Also they failed to tell me that I could get into my room early if I had given the hotel an arrival time.
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Tour Sage Traveling Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 635 $ 0
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
Service Level Budget Standard
Regions
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Houston, Texas Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 2009 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Sage Traveling

        Launched in 1999, they offer exclusively handicap accessible tours around the world, and are there to help with the entire planning process.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        Extensive knowledge and expertise with offering handicap accessible tours and advice about traveling when you or your companion is handicapped. You can even rent travel wheelchairs through them, making them a great one stop shop for planning travel. They help take care of every aspect of your travel to ease the stress of planning and logistics.

        Who Travels With Them?

        Wheelchair travelers and other handicap travelers of all ages are welcome on their tours.   

        Where Do They Operate?

        They focus in Europe (including some select locations in the Middle East) and offer cruises as well. Each destination has multiple travel articles which detail advice and tips from experts and bloggers for traveling as a handicapped person.

        Why Travel With Them?

        For wheelchair travelers and those who are otherwise handicapped, they’re dedicated focus on handicap travel inspires a great deal of confidence. Multiple tours are offered in each destination, so it’s a great site to search by your desired destination to find the tour that’s right for you.

        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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