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Gate 1 Travel

4.2 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
Type Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Trip prices $ 289 - $ 14,499
Tour languages English
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81% Recommend
4.2 Great
Linda Larrymore
We have done 13 Tours with Gate One…
We have done 13 Tours with Gate One since 2012!
Each and everyone was amazing!
Kenya Safari, Israel, Peru, Equator, Morocco, European City Tour, Austria/Innsbruck, Iceland, Scotland, India, China, Thailand, Japan.
Booked and rebooked 3 more this year! (2021)
We always received what was promised, best Tour Guides, 4-5 Star hotels, great transportations, very affordable prices!
Highly recommended!
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I am shocked at all the negative…
I am shocked at all the negative reviews I am reading so I had to come on and talk about my experience. I've gone with Gate 1 to Peru, Costa Rica and Ecuador and I currently have book with them Guatemala in 2022 and Thailand in 2023. They are an amazing tour group and I have had nothing but great experiences with them. I went to Egypt in 2019 with an independent tour operator and while it was a decent trip, I actually missed the Gate 1 experience and decided right then I would only travel internationally with them from now on. Yes there have been minor glitches now and again but the hotels, the guides, the places Gate 1 has taken me and my son to were outstanding. Thank you Gate 1!
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Shane, California
6 Trips with Gate 1 so far-- All Amazing!
All 6 of our trips with Gate 1 over the last 4 years were absolutely excellent! My husband and I have been to Turkey, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, Thailand, and Morocco on Gate 1 tours and they were all thoroughly enjoyable, educational, and were great deals. Since we are budget minded, we only book trips when Gate 1 has a deal on a place we want to go, and during each trip we were amazed of how much we saw, the great hotels we stayed at, and the incredible knowledge of the local Gate 1 tourist guide. We will absolutely keep using this company and we are looking forward to using our credit from last year's cancelled Egypt trip toward Egypt next year. Highly recommend!
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Excellent company
Excellent company. We have travelled with them 6 times and have been very happy. The guides are happy to deal with any problems that arise and even respond to "special requests". They found us a pharmacy in India, got emergency medical treatment in South Africa, arranged a special rug trip for us in Nepal, and arranged a stopover and hotels in Istanbul when we went to Jordon and Israel with them. Excellent hotels. Good value and the best service imaginable.
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Belinda Emme Queen
5 wonderful trips with this company and…
5 wonderful trips with this company and never disappointed. Hotels 3 and 4 stars and Athens 5 star (view of Acropolis from lounge). Guides were so helpful and knowledgeable. Best value.
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Bill Bachmann
Exceptional companyI
I, too, am writing because I cannot believe all of these bad reviews! I don’t doubt these happened to people but I just wanted to put my two cents worth in! We have travelled four times with Gate One and all have been exceptional. The guides have been informative, the hotels excellent and I consider this company to be a great value for the money. Two of our trips were cancelled last year, one five days before leaving for Costa Rica and a Danube Cruise later in the year. We never even asked for a refund on either because we knew we would be doing both when we could. We have since rebooked the Costa Rica trip for December of this year but were not thrilled with prices for the airline we had originally booked with. The airline was in the process of issuing a refund to them for the cancelled flights and they then sent us our refund. We can now look for better fares.

We have also rebooked our Danube trip for May 2022 and as we just let them keep our deposit from the original trip, it was applied to our new trip. I have looked into other tour companies and just don't see where they are worth the money compared to the value we have received in the past. I am sorry all of these people had trouble getting money back but this pandemic threw everyone and I think they are doing the best they can. It is hard to get through to them on the phone; I was on hold for almost an hour two weeks ago but as things open up, I think that will get better also. We were lucky as our airline did not have a cancellation fee due to the pandemic. My husband and I always travel with five other couples and we will always consider Gate One for our travel.
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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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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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Gate 1 Travel Company Ranking by Category


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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