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My recommendation exceeds 5 stars.... amazing trip5.0 September 2017
Paula Becker Sorensen
Our family had the most memorable trip to Italy and Greece in August 2017. It had been a dream of mine for years. I was hesitant to go ourselves and a tour group didn't appeal to us either. I found the Travel2Italy and Travel2Greece sites on the internet and started working with Faye. She was amazing. She made recommendations for hotels and day tours. Her experience was evident in every detail that was discussed and booked. We went to Venice, Florence, Rome, Crete and Athens. We could not have done this ourselves and I can't thank Faye enough for the wonderful itinerary. Danae was our contact person after the trip was booked. She was available 24/7 during our trip if anything had gone wrong. This was great peace of mind. We did communicate before our trip and during the trip to ask for recommendations and guidance. Danae returned my texts or calls promptly. She was amazing. My family was impressed by the organization and how each hotel and transportation mode was just perfect.Read more
I am looking forward to going back someday and I would definitely use their services again. My recommendation for Faye, Danae, and this company exceeds 5 stars.
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Adam & Joanne Smith's trip to Italy 20165.0 June 2016
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Wow what can I say, we had the best holiday in Italy, the experience was amazing, the service was outstanding, the hotels were beautiful, the transfers were luxury plus and every driver was informative, helpful and courteous. The Hotel staff in every place we stayed were warm and welcoming and made us feel very special. We could not fault any part of our journey! Everything went off without a hitch and the timing between transfers to airports and train stations was extremely well planned.
Rome was our first stop and arriving at the Marriott Grand Hotel Flora we stepped into our beautiful room with a balcony over the city and champagne waiting for us!, We spent 3 days immersed in the glorious history of the ancient city with the help of our lovely guide.
Then to Siena the medieval city in Tuscany where spectacular views greeted us from our room at Hotel Athena, we fell in love with this city and walked the cobbled stoned streets, dinned in the Piazza, shared wine and Typical Tuscan cuisine and felt a real connection with the past.
Next stop Venice and our transfer was very enjoyable with both the private car, first class train and then the water taxi to our hotel all perfectly timed.
Venice was something else! Our Hotel the Palazzo Sant Angelo on the grande canal was lovely very quaint and typically venetian, the breakfasts were delicious and staff were very helpful. we loved exploring Venice with our guide and discovered the mysteries of the Venetians and were in awe at the wealth, art and lifestyles of the past.
A 6 am start and a 45 minute water taxi to the Venice airport in the pouring rain did not dampen
Our spirits for our flight to Naples, thanks to our guide who accompanied us through the airport to our departure gate. On arrival we were wished away by private transfer in a very flash black Limo to the Ancient city of Pompeii and a private tour by Mario who was an expert in everything Pompeii. We were captured and swept away to another time and another place it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Then stepping into our waiting limo in front of the madding crowds and driven to our Hotel in Sorrento was the icing on the cake.
We absolutely loved Sorrento, it's spirit, its lively characters, its friendly locals, its lemons and limoncello, its music, the local seafood spaghetti, the flowers and the view!!! The Hotel Tramontano is stunning and view is breathtaking to say the least. The restaurant has the most spectacular position and lovely food. The gardens are joyful and calming we truly immersed ourselves in the village atmosphere.
After 4 wonderful days in Sorrento we were met by our driver and whisked the short hour drive to picturesque Positano and the story book Palazzo Murat Hotel in the middle of this enchanting town. It was like walking into a secret garden and disappearing into another world. Positano was our resting place we spent five days exploring the quaint little town, we hired a boat for the day and explored the rugged coast line visiting the smaller towns along the Amalfi Coast, we walked the ancient paths and wondered at the mountainous terrain and the old homes seemingly hanging on to the cliff faces. We were sad to leave but excited to see our final city Florence.
Travelling via the first class speedy train was very comfortable and spacious and we arrived in Florence approximately 2.5 hours after departing Naples. The driver met us and delivered us to our last hotel, the Villa Medici and our private room with large balcony and 180 degree view of the ancient town. Our trip was not complete without attending the Motorcycle GP in Mugello on the Sunday that was a real adventure but totally worth it! Walking the streets of Florence with our guide was like a real life history lesson and viewing "David" at the Academia gallery was breathtaking and evoked many emotions in both of us. It was a spiritual journey. Having the luxury is a private tour guide was the only way to go and we didn't line up for anything!
Adam and I truly believe that booking this tour through you Faye and Travelive was the best decision we have ever made and we look forward to planing our next adventure possibly to Greece in the coming future. We had an absolute blast and it was the trip we dreamed of thanks to you.
Kindest regards and many thanks
Joanne & Adam
Noosa Heads, Queensland
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family trip to Italy5.0 April 2016
Irina Minevich Gaal
Our family wanted to visit 3 cities in Italy in 10 days: Venice, Florence and Rome and model the trip on locations mentioned in several Dan Brown books (Inferno, Angels and Demons). Also had to have a 'hot' American breakfast and a few more requirements that were important to our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 older teens). This company did a great job planning our trip so it hit all the required components. Our tour guides were wonderful.Read more
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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.