Steppes Travel vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

We had a great experience with Steppes Travel

5.0 April 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a great experience with Steppes Travel. We wanted to climb the Nyragongo volcano in DRC and were also interested in Gorilla trekking. Their Africa team met with us, worked out what we liked, and suggested a very good itinerary. We were apprehensive about the hike up to 12,000 feet but Steppes gave us plenty of preparatory advice and everything went smoothly - it was a once in a lifetime experience. Our accommodation and food in DRC was excellent and all the transfers went smoothly. The gorilla trekking was amazing - only us and one other person and really close!
For the second half of our holiday they suggested Akagera national park in Rwanda. That was so beautiful - again great accommodation and food and we had a very knowledgeable guide who took us everywhere for 3 days. We are in our fifties and normally travel independently but were nervous about DRC. Steppes gave us an amazing trip and we would definitely use them again for adventure travel.
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Tour Steppes Travel Company Reviews

had a fantastic experience, trips have run extremely smoothly

5.0 April 2018
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have travelled a couple of times with Steppes travel and each time we have had a fantastic experience, trips have run extremely smoothly, we traveled to Antarctica a couple of years ago and then late last year to Myanmar (Burma) both trips couldn't have been better organised. The guides who met us and took us on our tours had excellent knowledge of the area, were polite and courteous at all times. My husband and I would definitely use them again.
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Tour Steppes Travel Company Reviews

organised an amazing and adventurous trip to Canada

5.0 October 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A really enthusiastic team with great knowledge and suggestions. Roxy organised an amazing and adventurous trip to Canada for my mother and I. A really good itinerary and gauged perfectly for the two age groups. Good job!
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Tour Steppes Travel Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 542 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Group Tours
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • Safari
  • Photography
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Cirencester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 1989 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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        About Steppes Travel

        Founded in 1989, Steppes was established to help adventurous, curious, and active travelers discover remote hidden gems around the world.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        Steppes is more than just a travel company - they are like a tight knit community. With their own travel magazine, loyalty programs, personalized touches, and incredible private guided experiences around the world, traveling with them is like traveling with really good friends. They have a strong focus in wildlife viewing and sustainable travel making them a great company for families and those hoping to incorporate more responsible practices into their everyday travel experiences.

        Who Travels With Them?

        Their tours are best suited to travelers seeking experiences and locations not available just anywhere. Private, customized, and wildlife focused tours are their speciality. They encourage travelers to engage and to be conscientious such as buying local and taking steps to minimize your carbon footprint.

        Where Do They Operate?

        They have tours around the world. Always focusing on hidden gems and off the beaten track locations and activities.

        Why Travel With Them?

        Their tagline is “travel with a guide not a guidebook.” And they deliver on this promise by offering consistently unique itineraries with extremely high standards of customer service. They also put some of the responsibility and flexibility back into the travelers hands to help you have the best experience possible.

        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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