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Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Africa
  • Europe
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  • 50+
  • Budget
    Headquarters Fort Washington, Pennsylvania Connecticut, USA
    Year Established N/A 1982
    Solo Friendly N/A N/A
    Tour Languages N/A N/A
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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 Wine Lovers Tours

          They run specialty wine tours in regions around the world.

          What Makes Them Stand Out?

          Immersion in a specific wine region - wine tasting, educational, fun, meeting winemakers, activities such as cooking classes or sightseeing. These tours are all about the wine and the food - probably most enjoyed by those with a little bit of prior wine knowledge, but those new to wine tasting will love this introduction!

          Who Travels With Them?

          Guests come from all ranges and walks of life with one thing in a common: a shared love of wine, food and travel. Travelers tend to be on the wealthier side, as often is the case among wine enthusiasts, however they do try to price tours fairly, and pack a lot of value for the cost. Typical group size is 15-22 people, or they can also design a customized private tour.

          Where Do They Operate?

          They offer tours to just about every major wine region in the world, however their particular areas of specialty include France and Italy followed by Spain, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Croatia, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand and Chile.

          How Does it Work?

          Deluxe motor coach, or small van, or private car. 4-5 star hotels. As these are vacations they are mindful of the fact that this is your vacation and reflect this in their itineraries, where they try to balance both value, activities and leisure. For example you might visit 2-3 wineries with tastings, wine-pairings, site visits and other activities with multi-course lunches or dinner included.

          Why Travel With Them?

          If you enjoy the camaraderie of meeting and traveling with those of a similar interest and passion for wine, these tours will be perfect!

          They have established a niche as ‘artisan craftsmen’, their products being the itinerary itself on wine and food tours. They follow a 3 pronged approach with a judicious combination of wine, local food and local culture. From the moment the tour starts, you’ll be taken care of.

          In their own words “We are not the largest in our niche and we started long before the vast majority of other wine and tour operators. We were in the avant-garde of enotourism long before that term was coined. We don’t like surprises and don’t expect any to happen on any of our tours. The object is to learn about a region’s wine, food and culture, and have fun in the process. That just about sums up our philosophy.”

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