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Gate 1 Travel

4.1 Great
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 Trips
Type Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Trip prices $ 289 - $ 14,499
Tour languages English
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4.1 Great
Gail Howard
Peru - Machu Picchu Tour AAA+ - Americo Romainville Tour Manager
I wanted to make sure this review of Gate1 and specifically our Travel Manager for the tour, Americo Romainville from Cusco, Peru. I just got back from our Machu Picchu / sacred Valley and Puno trip. Our travel manager was amazing. He was kind, very knowledgeable of Incan history and treated the group of 20 like family. During our stay he had to navigate and think quickly on his feet as a result of the Farmer strikes. He is a complete winner and regardless of anything that was thrown at him mad our trip remarkable. Thank you Gate 1 and specifically Americo Romainville.
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Gate 1 Discovery 15 Days Moroccan Allure
I have been travelling with Gate 1 since 2013 and so far this is the best trip i ever had. This time i was travelling with my husband, 4 classmates and we're all asians in our mid 70's . Thanks to Zouhar
our tour manager, the trip was full of memories, fun, smooth and no complaints of arthritis pain from anyone. Zouhar give us an in depth description of beautiful Morocco,it's history, culture, food and friendly hospitable people esp. his tribe ,the Berbers.
One incident i can give credit Zouhair for is his problem solving skill. I was not feeling well on our 11th day in Marakesh so i ask my husband to knock on his hotel room . In an instant he was in our room so i ask him to find me a technician to do a covid test as i can not take chances for inspite of my covid booster shots and previous negative tests we were roaming around without mask and the places we went to were crowded and maskless. Within minutes an ER doctor arrive in our room, did the test(thank God } the result was negative. My temp. is ok, but my blood pressure was too high, so he advise me to just rest and stay hydrated. We are all retired nurses except my husband so we are ready for emergencies,but not when the patient is a love one. I took my blood pressure pill and decided to stay in my room while the group went to Querika valley for the optional tour, and Zouhair did a video of the tour for me. We are now back in the U.S to difft. states and one from Canada but we can not stop talking about this memorable tour. Thanks Zouhair, for a job well done and Gate 1 for making me see the best of the world for less.
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Linda Borneman
I loved my trip to Turkey.Weathet was…
I loved my trip to Turkey.Weathet was cold but not their fault.Our guide Dilike was amazing more like outstanding.
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David G
I've been on multiple Gate 1 tours and…
I've been on multiple Gate 1 tours and just got home from Mexico city and Oaxaca tour and it was great! They arranged a covid test at hotel and things went really well. Small group of 19, everyone wore a mask and felt safe. Hotels and included meals were all wonderful and better than anticipated. I booked online so when I did need some info I used their call back feature and it worked well. Love Gate1
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Croatia 13 day tour
We traveled to Croatia, Slovenia & Italy thru Gate1 in October 2021. The experience we had every step of the way was fabulous! When our connecting flight was canceled in Munich and we were re-routed thru a different city in Italy, Gate1 sent their driver to pick us up & drive us thru Italy, Slovenia and finally to our final destination in Croatia. They went out of their way the entire 13 day tour & we all had a wonderful time! We will be traveling with them again soon!
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Reva Vijay
Ecuador & Peru Vacay.
We just returned from a 11 day vacay to Ecuador & Peru. It was a great vacation . Outstanding accommodations on the banks of Napa river & sacred valley. The travel guides ( Johanna in Ecuador & Juan in Peru) were knowledgeable & accommodating. They were keen on keeping everybody happy. They paid attention to the smallest details so the guest didn’t have to stress. To date we have done about 6 trips with Gate1 all good.
I think Gate 1 has improved a lot BUT getting to speak to customer service is still painful, it takes hours to get one on the phone.
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Editorial review of Gate 1 Travel

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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COVID-19 is still affecting travel around the world but more countries continue to reopen and adjust travel restrictions and requirements. We recommend reviewing the full list of Covid-19 travel resources - all updated regularly given the fast-changing environment.

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About the company

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


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?
What is the Average Group Size?
24-42 people. 22 people max for Small Group Tours.
Pre or post trip accommodation available?
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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