Signature Collection by Gate 1 vs TravelLocal - Tour Companies Compared

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Recent Reviews

it was a great experience.

5.0 May 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It's been a few months since we returned from an amazing tour of India. Thanks to Nutan and the folks at Travel Local/Story of India our trip was spectacular. Our first rate tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable about the sites we saw. The company even helped us when travel got tricky, and we needed to change from a train to car ride. It was a great experience from planning just the right places to visit beforehand, to the time in the country. I would recommend Travel Local to all my friends, it was a great experience. Thank you TravelLocal!
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Tour TravelLocal Company Reviews

It was an absolutely fabulous experience.

5.0 May 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My wife and I used TravelLocal to travel through parts of West Africa. It was an absolutely fabulous experience. Everything from initial planning to the final tailor-made itinerary could be completed seamlessly and hassle-frtee. It was an amazing journey and there was plenty of interaction with local peoples. Top marks to them for making it all happen.
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Tour TravelLocal Company Reviews

we had a seamless and stress-free trip....and an amazing one too! Just fantastic!

5.0 April 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We returned from Indonesia two days ago having toured for over two weeks. TravelLocal agents ensured we had a seamless and stress-free trip....and an amazing one too! Just fantastic! We have travelled a lot over the years and this tailormade trip was up there at top with regards to ease of planning/booking/paying/enjoying! Have organised a lot of trips myself in the past, I was so grateful to get fast, accurate answers from 'agents on the ground'. I also like that we are supporting local businesses directly. I may be jetlagged but I'm totally clear about recommending this travel company!! Thank you TravelLocal...!!
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Tour TravelLocal Company Reviews

Tours 1 Trip 0 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 0 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Custom/Private Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • Budget
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Safari
  • Adventure
  • Luxury
Headquarters Fort Washington, Pennsylvania Bristol,United Kingdom
Year Established N/A 2012
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A English
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          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.

          About TravelLocal

          What Makes TravelLocal Stand Out?

          They are known for custom and tailor-made tours, designed specifically for you by local experts. As their name suggests, TravelLocal makes your experience uniquely you as well as uniquely destination specific. With insight from locals who are experts in planning travel, you’ll come away with a perfect trip crafted to your personality and interests.

          Who Will Enjoy Traveling With TravelLocal?

          TravelLocal experiences will be best enjoyed by culturally curious people who are seeking a deeper kind of travel experience.

          Perhaps you traveled a lot before, but stuck to well established guide books, took in the tourist sites, and never ventured as far off the beaten path as you wanted to. TravelLocal will help even experienced travelers take that next step, by providing unique new ways to see your favorite destinations, and make new destinations come to light.

          Their trips are popular with ‘empty nesters' - older couples in their 50s, 60s, and 70s whose children have left home. TravelLocal itineraries are in a mid-high budget (you can expect anything from 3 to 5 star accommodation).

          Top Destinations

          Currently their most densely covered areas for local expertise include Africa, Asia, South America and Middle East. Though they also have options available in the Caucasus (Armenia and Georgia) and Iceland. Their local experts can craft your experience based on years of experience living in and experiencing all walks of local life in these countries.

          TravelLocal Travel Style

          Typically your trip will include a private guide and driver. Accommodations are not treated as an afterthought - you will stay in boutique local accommodations that reflect the character of the destination.

          You will control the pace of your itinerary.

          Why Choose a Tour With TravelLocal?

          If you are looking for a unique local experience, with special in depth insights and experiences provided by a local expert in the destination, TravelLocal will be perfect for you.

          These kinds of tours are best suited to travelers who like having a lot of input over their itinerary and generally have a strong idea about what they want to see, do, and experience.

          In their own words, “We believe that if you're planning a trip somewhere, it makes sense to do that with an expert on the ground in your destination. We connect you to the best locally owned travel companies around the world to do just that - better for you, better for your destination.

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