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a great experience with great planning, great people and accommodations.5.0 July 2018
Incredible company. We've used Travel Beyond for Africa excursions for many years. Always a great experience with great planning, great people and accommodations. We have made many family memories in places like Zambia, Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa, Botswana. I've recommended Jeannie Fundora and Travel Beyond to all my friends, as I have full confidence that you will not only NOT be disappointed, but your expectations will be exceeded!Read more
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wonderful it was to have someone else in charge from meeting us at the airports, getting us through customs, etc5.0 July 2018
Our son and daughter-in-law had used Travel Beyond in the past as had friends on their recommendation and ALL had high praise! Now we have experienced why! There are so many details to planning such a trip and we quickly experienced how wonderful it was to have someone else in charge from meeting us at the airports, getting us through customs, etc. Just follow the guide. Our guide for Capetown area was Dave who was absolutely charming and full of knowledge and SO personable. We all fell in love with Dave and hated to part with him. We had some snafus in the plan and he handled each so smoothly with a plan B, both of which were delightful. Next to Ngala Safari Lodge. Our guide, Japie, won us all over very quickly with his wit, charm and incredible knowledge and skill. At Timbavati Private Game préserve you can go “off road” and we’ve decided we wouldn’t want to do it any other way. We were a little late arriving but they fed us a quick lunch and got us on our way. The lodgings were amazing...rustic elegance...as was the food. We had a welcoming note from our agents, Jeanie and Melanie, at each place and surprise events planned to celebrate our 4 special events! Jeanie arranged a quick tour of Victoria Falls and then on to Chobe Game Lodge which has an amazing setting on the Chobe River. It’s a park so there was no off road viewing. We were disappointed in our guide as she was more a driver than guide but we did get to see a lot of animals and some lion activity! We’re now trying to think what would we like Travel Beyond and Jeanie to plan for us next!!Read more
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Our vacation was amazing and absolutely perfect.5.0 February 2018
Our vacation was amazing and absolutely perfect. Jenny and Rachel planned every detail of our safari adventure, and all my husband and I had to do was show up, ready to go. We had the most wonderful trip, staying at three different Kenyan lodges. Every one of them was slightly different, but we loved each place. I will definitely use them again, for the next time we travel to Africa, and will be tempted to do exactly the same itinerary! But I won't, since I know they have even more options in their portfolio that I will also love. If you use Travel Beyond, you will be cared for and everything you need will be arranged perfectly.Read more
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|Tours||5 Trips||1 Trip|
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|Operator Type||Custom/Private Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Wayzata, Minnesota, United States||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.