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Enjoy!5.0 July 2018
I took my second Wendy Wu tour in June. Having already sampled the ‘Glories of China’ and was impressed by the attention to detail, I plumped for a Cambodia and Vietnam tour, and truly was not disappointed. The strap line should be Look, Book, Pay, Turn Up and Enjoy! Everything was taken care of, the guides and drivers could not do enough for us. We felt comfortable at every moment. Sit back and enjoy the diversity of this Asian paradise. From people, food, sites, relaxation and a huge achievement of crossing the roads without incident.Read more
Highlight had to be Hoi An! Although pleased with all locations.
Will look for another Wendy Wu tour in the not too distant future.
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Absolutely fabulous5.0 April 2018
Absolutely fabulous trip to China from 26th March - 13th April. We definitely ticked a lot off the bucket list! Seeing the Terracotta Army was amazing and a long term dream come true. I can't wait for my soldier to arrive as a lasting memory to enjoy in my garden! Our National Tour Guide Sean was absolutely excellent, he kept us on schedule and safe at all times, nothing was too much trouble. He was always cheerful and with a great sense of humour as well as very knowledgable about each destination. The local tour guides were all great too. The hotels were all clean and comfortable and the food was also good. It was a very busy schedule and we probably need a week on a sun lounger to recover but I can't fault Wendy Wu Tours at all, highly recommended. Not least we met some wonderful people and new friends we plan to keep in touch with. A truly memorable and wonderful holiday from start to finish. Thank you very much!Read more
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Amazing experiences5.0 April 2018
We (a family of four with two teenage sons) have just returned from our Glories of China tour.Read more
We cannot recommend the tour highly enough. We saw everything we wanted to see, had incredibly knowledgeable guides throughout, and were given plenty of time to explore.
Our Wendy Wu guide, Johnson was perfect - nothing was too much trouble for him. He helped us with everything and treated us all like family. We have made friends for life with our fellow travellers and shared amazing experiences.
The balance of the tour was just right - seeing all the highlights of the cities and towns with the perfect length of time dedicated to each. The knowledge of the local guides ensured that we knew everything needed about each destination and that we have come home with a wealth of knowledge about their beautiful country.
The tour was perfect for travellers of all ages, with as little or as much walking as you were able to do.
I cannot recommend Wendy Wu highly enough. They were recommended to us, and I am happy to pass on that recommendation.
Thank you to you all, in the offices, the bus drivers, the local guides, and most of all, Johnson.
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|Tours||5 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 415||$ 0|
|Operator Type||None||Group Tour Operator|
|Headquarters||New York, USA||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Established in 1998, Australia based company, Wendy Wu has risen from humble beginnings operating culturally rich tours to China, to now servicing most of Asia and Southeast Asia and South America. They continue to have a strong focus in China, and are one of the premiere companies for a journey to Asia.
What Makes Wendy Wu Tours Stand Out?
Award winning Wendy Wu tours is the real deal. Founded by Wendy Wu herself, an enthusiastic world traveler, these tours are incredibly welcoming. Exploring local life, classic sights, and making lasting friendships are some of the incredibly positive parts of traveling on a tour with Wendy Wu.
Their in-depth knowledge of the customs, and cultures in the regions they explore on their tours is really what makes them stand out. The wide range of tours that they offer has grown over the years to include not only China but many other areas of Asia as well. With their focus on location familiarization and knowledge, they are dedicated to showcasing the best Asia has to offer.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Wendy Wu Tours?
Travelers who are eager to explore farther reaches of China, with the assistance and support of a knowledgeable local guide every step of the way, will most enjoy a trip with Wendy Wu. Their approach is welcoming, friendly - guides are resourceful and helpful so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy learning about this vast beautiful country.
Wendy Wu’s traveler is generally a bit older - between 40-65. Active middle aged travelers and baby boomers with a lust for adventure as well as an appreciation of the finer things. If you love the idea of enjoying a glass of champagne atop the Great Wall, after an invigorating and rewarding walk to get there, then Wendy Wu is the perfect mix of activity and relaxation for you.
Groups are medium sized, typically no more than 24 and solo travelers are very welcome. You will not need to pay a single supplement if you are willing to share with another same-sex roommate. Most commonly the travelers on your tour will come from the UK, US, and Australia. Guides are fluent english speakers, though you may encounter some thick accents! Private and customizable tours are also offered for those seeking more flexibility in the itinerary.
As their traveler is typically from the “western” world, a sense of adventure and open mindedness is key for maximum enjoyment. In China and other Asian countries you may encounter differing levels of comfort when it comes to amenities, food, and transportation. Expect to sample a lot of local cuisine, which may be a challenge for those with sensitive stomachs. Another benefit of going with a guide who can help translate and find you things you’ll enjoy.
There have a wide variety of tour types and styles you can choose, from group tours, private guided, river cruise, luxury small group, to adventure. These are offered in a variety of budget ranges, and don’t usually involve too much strenuous physical activity - though be sure to check as some Wendy Wu tours involve challenging hikes in high altitude.
Wendy Wu’s primary focus is in Asia, with a strong specialty in China. Since being founded in 1998 as a tour operator to China, they have expanded dramatically, now operating tours in most of Asia. Their extensive use of professional local guides means you’ll get an intimate look at local life and culture. You’ll be able to venture out into the countryside away from the cities for a truly immersive cultural experience.
They own and manage their own land arrangements in China, helping you get the most exclusive experience.
It might seem a bit strange as their brand is so much about welcoming travelers to China and other Asian countries, but Wendy Wu tours also visit a few South American countries. These have the same fully escorted dedication, service, and cultural focus as their Asia tours.
However, it is our editorial opinion that if you are looking for a South America tour that has the same kind of values so strongly showcased in Wendy Wu’s trips around Asia, you may want to explore other companies first.
Wendy Wu Travel Style
Wendy Wu’s travel style is active yet comfortable; geared toward older travelers and western travelers. It is important to note that comfort standards can be different in Asia, so keep an open mind. Wendy Wu tours fall into about 6 main categories:
Classic Group Tours - This is your standard group travel escorted experience, yes you will have a group leader with a flag. Groups are mid size, no larger than 29 people. You’ll visit classic sites, and have some unique cultural experiences as well. All parts of the tour are taken care of, from airport pick up and drop off, meals, accommodations, and activities.
Immerse Yourself - An immersive tour with Wendy Wu is a small group tour, with more focus on immersion, cultural activities, and interaction with locals. Groups are no more than 18 people, allowing for a much more intimate experience throughout Asia. You’ll also be allotted more free time to explore on your own during the tour.
The Exclusive Collection - These luxury tours take the Asia travel experience to the next level. Ideal for those who want an assurance of comfort and extremely personalized service. Groups are small, with the max being 18.
Private Tours - If you are the kind of traveler who wants a more customizable experience, perhaps traveling with just your significant other, family, or a small group of friends, Wendy Wu offers the chance to design a Private Tour.
Asia River Cruises - Asia has some stunning rivers that are very popular river cruise destinations. Traveling on a river cruise with Wendy Wu, you’ll enjoy the luxury of only unpacking once, and visiting small villages on cultural shore excursions along the way. You can find divers cruises in Asia with Wendy Wu on the more well known rivers: Yangtze, Mekong, and Irrawaddy, as well as some more unique ventures: Chindwin in Burma, the Red River in Vietnam, or the Brahmaputra in India.
Tailor Made - For a completely customized trip, Wendy Wu tours also offers the ability to speak with a travel advisor and create a fully tailor made experience.
Why Choose a Tour With Wendy Wu?
Their guides are natives to the country you’ll be exploring, giving you a unique glimpse into the life of a local. Itineraries are designed by experts who have traveled extensively throughout the regions - and quite often are from there originally.
They provide access to less touristy attractions and a local perspective like no other. If diversification and a lot of choice in how you see Asia is important to you, Wendy Wu will be a great tour company for you.
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.