Vaya Adventures vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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the entire experience was expertly planned and carried out

5.0 April 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had another terrific South American journey- our third - with Vaya Adventures. This time we travelled to Columbia and the entire experience was expertly planned and carried out. I recommend without hesitation.
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Amazing trip to Chile

5.0 March 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Was extremely pleased with their service in arranging our recent trip to Chile including Patagonia and Atacama. Liz did a great job in helping to plan and coordinate an amazing trip. Highly recommend for anyone planning a trip to South America.
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Galapagos and Colombia trip

5.0 March 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Vaya advisor James Kinard organized everything very well, so the trip was interesting and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this agency to my friends if they are looking for individual attention to their travel needs.
The ship Legend exceeded our expectations as the crew was very skilled and knowledgeable, the ship was very beautifully restored and clean. The only disappointment was that 5 day cruise in reality is only three days, so perhaps seven days ( that would turn into five) would be more advisable.
Colombia was colorful and interesting and made me want to return to see more of this country
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Tour Vaya Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 10 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 531 $ 0
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Group Tour Operator
Size Regional Expert Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • River Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Berkeley, CA, United States Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 2004 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Vaya Adventures

        South America focused, Vaya Adventures was founded in 2004 and brings you up and close and personal with many facets of South American culture.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        As specialists in custom trips as well as specific regions in South America, they are the perfect place to go for unique travel experiences. They offer several different types of trip, from family oriented to couples getaways. 

        Who Travels With Them?

        Anyone looking for a specialized trip in South America. Their tours are ideally suited to travelers interested having a hand in creating an itinerary, and many of their activities are “adventurous.” Think treks to Machu Picchu or glacier walking in Patagonia.

        Where Do They Operate?

        They operate trips throughout South America, including cruises to the Galapagos and Antarctica.

        Why Travel With Them?

        For an exceptional tailor made journey, which will introduce you to South America beyond the tourist sights.

        Additionally, if you’re concerned about eco-friendly travel, it should come as no surprise that a company that focuses in a land vastly covered with rainforest, operates responsibly. They work with environmental organizations, including the Rainforest Alliance, to work towards preservation.

        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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