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this trip an incredible experience5.0 April 2019
Egypt has been on mine and my wives bucket list since we were children, and to be able to experience it the way that we did was a dream. From arriving to the airport, to our flight back home, we were completely taken care of allowing us to take everything in and enjoy. The people, culture, food, landscapes, and history astounded us. We were able to experience once in a lifetime opportunities from hot air balloons over Luxor, to camel rides in Aswan along the Nile River. Ending our trip for the last 4 nights in Hurghada, was a great way to unwind and relax prior to coming home. One thing that stands out, and truly made this trip an incredible experience was our tour guide, Ahmed Wahab. He was truly all knowing; he gave us history lessons, told us what to look for, catered our stops to what we would value, was our photographer, and most of all became our dear friend. If you have the opportunity to visit Egypt, I would highly recommend Wing Buddy and specifically ask for Ahmed Wahab as your tour guide. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Thanks Ahmed Wahab and Wingbuddy!!!Read more
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Great hotels with amazing food buffets. Fabulous Nile cruise with fascinating optional and included tours5.0 April 2019
So much more than expected. Egypt is not to be missed and Wingbuddy gave us all we could hope for at an incredibly reasonable price. Nonstop flights were hassle free. Great hotels with amazing food buffets. Fabulous Nile cruise with fascinating optional and included tours. The pyramids, Sphynx, and Valley of the Kings was just a warm up for the huge variety of temples that we were privileged to explore. I was astounded by the beauty of the temples and the relatively intact condition they were in. I found them more impressive than even the Greek, Turkish or Roman ruins. So much incredible history in this fascinating country. Our guide Ahmed Wahab absolutely made the trip for us. He was everything you could ever want in a guide and more knowledgeable, caring, patient, organized and fun than any you could wish for. Wingbuddy did a great job with the itinerary, giving us 3 distinctly different experiences: the history, pyramids, temples, museums and tombs; the Nile River cruise with amazing scenery and a more relaxed pace; and then total "catch your breath" at the lovely resort on Makadi Bay on the Red Sea. There were coral reefs within feet of the shore and even without snorkelling you could see the different corals and a wide variety of fish. Lovely rooms, warm ocean water, sand beach, lovely pools and fabulous food. Plus, if you chose more activity, a variety of optional tours driving in the sand dunes, diving and snorkelling trips, a Bedouin village tour, or an amazing spa day, all at great prices. This is a trip that will not disappoint.Read more
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Food was great. People were nice. Hotels were good. Service was good. Marrakesh is beautiful!!!4.0 February 2019
I just came back from Morocco - organized tour by Wingbuddy and operated by KTI locally. everything went smooth , except my arrival at the airport. I was not picked up on time. No one was there to pick me up and a s a solo traveller ( female) . I was terrified... Finally I reached out to Wingbuddy through wifi in the airport and someone showed up after 1 hour and half , waiting and wondering in the airport! Also, the fact that I was placed with non English speaking people in the tour. Everyone was from Brasil and Italy! My tour guides spoke English and that was not an issue but no one else knew English except one person in my group! Food was great. People were nice. Hotels were good. Service was good. Marrakesh is beautiful!!! Weather was cold when I was there in Jan. My tour guides in Fez and Marrakesh were very nice and helpful. the bus was clean and comfy but no washroom or TV inside. The tour was organized for the most part and no issues. I enjoyed my stay overall.Read more
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|Tours||1 Trip||9 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 0||$ 201|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Local Specialist|
|Headquarters||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania||Quebec, Canada|
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.