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Gate 1 Travel

4.2 Great
82%
Premier
USTOA
This operator is an Active Member in good standing in the United States Tour Operator Association and part of the $1 million traveler insurance program
# of trips 3,439 Trips
Type Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Trip prices $ 289 - $ 14,499
Tour languages English
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Gate 1 Travel Reviews & Ratings

82.1727% Recommend
4.2 Great
Excellent
279
Great
9
Average
7
Disappointing
7
Terrible
57
Value
4.2
Guide
4.2
Activities
4.3
Lodging
4.2
Transportation
4.3
Meals
4.2
Trudy M. Mokena
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2021-03-03
5.0
Wonderful!
Wonderful! Gate 1 did a nice job (again) on New Zealand. The hotels, food and tours were very good. Our tour guide Kevin was a hoot and we were always laughing on the bus. He was concerned with making us happy and enjoying our tour. Another job well done, thanks!
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Nancy T. Hastings
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2021-03-03
5.0
Our trip was fantastic!
Our trip was fantastic! Mohammed was a wonderful tour manager and for the most part, the itinerary fit our expectations. We loved the opulence of our final hotel in Casablanca, it was a great send off.
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Chuck P. Ontario
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2021-03-03
5.0
Our trip to Japan with Gate 1 was awesome
Our trip to Japan with Gate 1 was awesome and totally worth our time and money. Our tour guide was an eleven on the 10 meter scale. Well done.
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Penny Z. Overland
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2021-03-03
5.0
Excellent!
Excellent! Clinton, our Tour guide, was so fun. We ran into several obstacles and he handled them seamlessly. All the hotels were great. The schedule was a good mix of busy and rest. I loved our small group. We were very compatible and had a great time together. New Zealand is beautiful. This was one of my favorite trips.
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Joan C. New York
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2021-03-03
5.0
My trip was amazing!
My trip was amazing! I loved it and had a most wonderful time. Our group was so friendly and fun to be with. We were all friendly and enjoyed each other’s company. We were really a family of sorts….. a cast of characters. :-) Our tour guide was the best I have ever had. Safi lead our group with his heart and it was evident in everything he did. He truly wanted us to have all that we wanted, and he did what he could to make it happen. He was there for us, and I felt very safe. He ran the tour very smoothly. What a lovely human being! I loved the variety of the places we stayed and the variety of the activities we did. The food was fabulous…… everything was. Gate 1 was waiting at the airport both on arrival and departure, easing any worries we may have had. I look forward to booking my next trip with Gate 1. A great experience!
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Mary Beth & Tom B. Burlington
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2021-03-03
5.0
It was wonderful!
It was wonderful! We loved every bit of it! Great tour manager ( Ya), great local guides, great itinerary and great accommodations and wonderful foods. We couldn't be happier with our tour. Thanks for your help in arranging this Gate 1.
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Founded in 1981 with three employees and based in suburban Philadelphia, Gate 1 now employs more than 200 people worldwide with offices in 20 countries, ranging from Hungary to Cambodia, Argentina to Israel.

What Makes Gate 1 Stand Out?

  • Escorted tours & river cruises
  • Good value 
  • High quality guides

Gate 1 offers a variety of tour packages and river cruises around the world, promising to provide exceptional value for the price. They focus on North American travelers who seek “high quality, yet affordable” guided trips, with accommodations ranging from superior tourist to moderate deluxe class.

They have a lot of different choices when it comes to destinations, durations, and inclusions. Most tours have additional offerings for meals, activities, and excursions available for additional fees.

Traveler reviews for Gate 1 oscillate between 5 star and 1 star experiences. Those that have had an excellent time cite the tour pacing, guides, and extensive sightseeing opportunities as positives.

Those for whom these same factors contributed to a negative experience may have had higher expectations than is available or offered for the competitive budget prices that Gate 1 is known for.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Gate 1?

  •  All ages 
  • Low to mid budget travelers
  • Those open to simple accommodation and meal plans

Gate 1 is the perfect travel choice for families, couples, and friend groups seeking a cost efficient journey. As Gate 1 is a strictly budget minded brand, it’s important to be fully aware of the trade-off when you choose to travel with them.

You will see a lot, and be out and about visiting several sites - however keeping costs low is one of their main priorities. This means hotels will be basic, meals won’t be 5 star, and your coach will have fewer amenities. In addition tours with Gate 1 feature several optional add ons and sightseeing tours, not included in the base price. Average tour price is around $2,000, often less.

If you’re flexible, open minded, and are interested in maximizing your sightseeing above all else, Gate 1 could be for you. Knowing what to expect is key for enjoying the trip to the fullest.

Top Destinations

Gate 1 tours

Gate 1 trips cover much of the world, including destinations in North, Central, and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Itineraries focus on the top sights, historical attractions, and national parks.

Gate 1 Travel Style

In a nutshell, the Gate 1 travel style is “see a lot for a little”. Hotels and accommodations are usually 3 star hotels. Expect basic comforts, with fewer amenities available. However if you’re the kind of traveler for whom a bed and some coffee in the morning is a fine trade-off for busy days outside and tons of sightseeing, the trade-off will be worth it.  

You will be met on the ground with a dedicated tour leader, available to assist throughout your travel experience.

Escorted group bus tours are a big part of their business - between 24-42 people. These coaches are again, more utility focused than amenity focused, but you will be comfortable. And in general bus tours take frequent stops to allow for stretching legs and using of facilities.  

Gate 1 also offers small group tours (with a maximum of 22 people), river cruises on two continents, independent city stays and fly and drive packages, rail packages, customized vacations, and combination bus/cruise tours -- something for almost everyone interested in a budget vacation.

Why Choose a Tour With Gate 1?

For the budget traveler, Gate 1 is a fantastic choice. They offer several types of trip package to choose from, including rail, river cruise, and small group tours, at competitive rates. Their escorted tours are extremely popular, and customers repeat trips with them regularly.

While Gate 1 is the primary brand, and they are all about giving a positive and packed international travel experience on a budget, other brands associated with Gate 1 are more premium focused. These include the Signature collection, offering luxury tour options and smaller groups.

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Activities 50+ 18-35

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About the company From

From Gate 1 Travel

Gate 1 Travel offers escorted tours, European river cruises, independent vacations and customized international vacation packages for less. Our discount travel packages and tour packages to destinations worldwide provide exceptional value, saving our customers time and money. We have taken care of all the details so you don't have to. Find your dream vacation today.

Company Background & Highlights

Mission: To deliver More of the World for Less by developing quality, affordable vacations for North Americans. To provide exemplary service to our customers and to earn their loyalty. To respect our partners. To invest in our employees, providing a safe and comfortable work environment. To know and understand our products and destinations. To constantly innovate and be a leader in technology.

Founded in 1981 with 3 employees; now with over 200 employees worldwide

Headquarters: Fort Washington, PA (Suburban Philadelphia)

Overseas Offices: Hungary, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Morocco, Argentina, Indonesia, Great Britain, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Peru, Ecuador, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

30+ years of providing travel services to clientèle

Product Types

Escorted Tours - Group Tours

Small Group Tours

European River Cruises

Escorted Bus Tour/Sea Cruise Combinations

Independent City Stays

Independent Fly & Drive Packages

Multi-Destination Rail Packages

Customized Vacations (Vacation Builder)

Custom Groups and Individuals

Group Air

 

Target Consumer Market

Gate 1 Travel's target market is a traveler seeking high quality, affordable travel ranging from a superior tourist class to moderate deluxe class level of accommodations with the highest level of service.

Financial Security

Gate 1 Travel is backed by the largest, most well-respected financial institutions and insurance providers, guaranteeing the greatest level of financial security to every passenger. Gate 1 welcomes your inquiries of any of those independent offices.

Gate 1 Travel's active membership in USTOA (United States Tour Operators Association), a professional organization representing the world's leading tour operators, requires that Gate 1 meet a minimum requirement of $1 million professional liability insurance (Gate 1 maintains a $5 million policy).

Additionally , Gate 1 is required to participate in the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, requiring them to post $1 million in security, held by USTOA, in the unlikely event of bankruptcy or insolvency.

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Associations

United States Tour Operator Association, The International Airlines Travel Agent Network and Pacific Asia Travel Association

FAQ

Are flights included?
Yes, but there is an option to purchase the tour without the flights.
Do I need Travel Insurance?

It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase Travel Insurance. You will be provided with insurance options during the booking process.

Note: Travel insurance through Gate 1 cannot be purchased after the final payment has been made. 

Can I extend my trip?
No.
What is the Average Group Size?
24-42 people. 22 people max for Small Group Tours.
Pre or post trip accommodation available?
No.
Are kids welcome?
Independent Packages: all ages are welcome. Signature Collection Tours: kids ages 8+ are welcome. Discovery Tours: kids ages 12+ are welcome. Uganda Programs: ages 15+ are welcome.

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