China & Japan
|Package Name||Description||Season||Category||Land Only||Air & Land|
10 Day Shanghai, Xian & Beijing (Los Angeles Special)
||3 Shanghai, 2 Xian, 3 Beijing||Nov '16 - Mar '17||Value||$1249*|
10 Day Shanghai, Xian & Beijing (New York Special)
||3 Shanghai, 2 Xian, 3 Beijing||Nov '16 - Mar '17||Value||$1249*|
10 Day Shanghai, Xian & Beijing (Toronto Special)
||3 Shanghai, 2 Xian, 3 Beijing||Nov '16 - Mar '17||Value||$1099*|
11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise (Los Angeles Special)
||3 Beijing, 4 Cruise, 2 Shanghai||Nov '16 - Mar '17||Off Season||$1639*|
11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise (New York Special)
||3 Beijing, 4 Cruise, 2 Shanghai||Nov '16 - Mar '17||Off Season||$1609*|
12 Day China with Chengdu
Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!
|3 Beijing, 2 Xian, 3 Chengdu, 2 Shanghai||Mar - Oct '17||Classic||$1799||$2539*|
12 Day Japan, Then & Now
||4 Tokyo, 1 Kaga, 1 Takayama, 4 Kyoto||Sep '16 - Mar '17||Small Group||$4369||$5119*|
14 Day China & Tibet Discovery
Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!
|3 Shanghai, 3 Xian, 3 Lhasa (Tibet), 3 Beijing||Apr - Oct '17||Small Group||$2529||$3239*|
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise
Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!
|3 Shanghai, 4 Cruise, 2 Xian, 3 Beijing||Mar - Nov '17||Classic||$1699||$2299*|
14 Day Mongolia & Gobi Desert with Beijing
Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!
|3 Ulaanbaatar, 2 Lake Khovsgol, 2 Mt. Khogno Khan, 2 Gobi Desert, 1 Khongor Sand Dunes, 2 Beijing||Jun - Aug '17||Small Group||$4489*|
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise
Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!
|3 Beijing, 2 Xian, 3 Chengdu, 3 Cruise, 2 Shanghai||Mar - Oct '17||Classic||$2149||$2889*|
17 Day Amazing China with Tibet
Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!
|3 Beijing, 2 Xian, 2 Chengdu, 3 Lhasa (Tibet), 3 Cruise, 2 Shanghai||Apr - Oct '17||Small Group||$2999||$3779*|
17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise & Hong Kong
Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!
|3 Shanghai, 4 Cruise, 2 Xian, 3 Beijing, 3 Hong Kong||Mar - Sep '17||Classic||$2649||$3179*|
3 Beijing, 2 Xian, 3 Shanghai
Tour Type: Classic
Season: Mar - Dec '17
3 Beijing, 2 Xian, 3 Shanghai
Tour Type: Classic
Season: Mar - Nov '17
3 Shanghai, 2 Xian, 3 Beijing
Tour Type: Value
Season: Nov '16 - Mar '17
3 Shanghai, 2 Xian, 3 Beijing
Tour Type: Value
Season: Nov '16 - Mar '17
3 Shanghai, 2 Xian, 3 Beijing
Tour Type: Value
Season: Nov '16 - Mar '17
3 Beijing, 4 Cruise, 2 Shanghai
Tour Type: Off Season
Season: Nov '16 - Mar '17
3 Beijing, 4 Cruise, 2 Shanghai
Tour Type: Off Season
Season: Nov '16 - Mar '17
12 Day China with Chengdu Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!Air & Land: $2539*
Land Only: $1799
3 Beijing, 2 Xian, 3 Chengdu, 2 Shanghai
Tour Type: Classic
Season: Mar - Oct '17
Land Only: $4369
4 Tokyo, 1 Kaga, 1 Takayama, 4 Kyoto
Tour Type: Small Group
Season: Sep '16 - Mar '17
14 Day China & Tibet Discovery Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!Air & Land: $3239*
Land Only: $2529
3 Shanghai, 3 Xian, 3 Lhasa (Tibet), 3 Beijing
Tour Type: Small Group
Season: Apr - Oct '17
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!Air & Land: $2299*
Land Only: $1699
3 Shanghai, 4 Cruise, 2 Xian, 3 Beijing
Tour Type: Classic
Season: Mar - Nov '17
14 Day Mongolia & Gobi Desert with Beijing Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!Air & Land: $4489*
3 Ulaanbaatar, 2 Lake Khovsgol, 2 Mt. Khogno Khan, 2 Gobi Desert, 1 Khongor Sand Dunes, 2 Beijing
Tour Type: Small Group
Season: Jun - Aug '17
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!Air & Land: $2889*
Land Only: $2149
3 Beijing, 2 Xian, 3 Chengdu, 3 Cruise, 2 Shanghai
Tour Type: Classic
Season: Mar - Oct '17
17 Day Amazing China with Tibet Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!Air & Land: $3779*
Land Only: $2999
3 Beijing, 2 Xian, 2 Chengdu, 3 Lhasa (Tibet), 3 Cruise, 2 Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group
Season: Apr - Oct '17
17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise & Hong Kong Book By Dec 16, 2016 & Save!Air & Land: $3179*
Land Only: $2649
3 Shanghai, 4 Cruise, 2 Xian, 3 Beijing, 3 Hong Kong
Tour Type: Classic
Season: Mar - Sep '17
|Package Name||Description||Season||Category||Land Only||Air & Land|
9 Day Hong Kong & Singapore
||4 Hong Kong, 3 Singapore||Sep '16 - May '17||Independent||$1869*|
9 Day Tokyo & Singapore
||4 Tokyo, 3 Singapore||Sep '16 - May '17||Independent||$2099*|
8 Day Hong Kong & Bangkok
||3 Hong Kong, 3 Bangkok||Jun '16 - Apr '17||Independent||$1169*|
10 Day Hong Kong, Bali & Singapore
||3 Hong Kong, 3 Nusa Dua, 2 Singapore||Jun '16 - Apr '17||Independent||$1899*|
10 Day Hong Kong, Bangkok & Singapore
||3 Hong Kong, 3 Bangkok, 2 Singapore||May '16 - Apr '17||Independent||$1819*|
12 Day Tokyo, Singapore & Hong Kong
||4 Tokyo, 3 Singapore, 3 Hong Kong||Sep '16 - May '17||Independent||$2839*|
13 Day Hong Kong, Bali, Singapore & Bangkok
||3 Hong Kong, 3 Nusa Dua, 2 Singapore, 3 Bangkok||May '16- Apr '17||Independent||$2099*|
Land Only: $669
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Jan - Mar '17
4 Hong Kong, 3 Singapore
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Sep '16 - May '17
Land Only: $1579
4 Tokyo, 3 Kyoto
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Jan - Mar '17
4 Tokyo, 3 Singapore
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Sep '16 - May '17
3 Hong Kong, 3 Bangkok
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Jun '16 - Apr '17
3 Hong Kong, 3 Nusa Dua, 2 Singapore
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Jun '16 - Apr '17
3 Hong Kong, 3 Bangkok, 2 Singapore
Tour Type: Independent
Season: May '16 - Apr '17
3 Shanghai, 5 Beijing
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Nov '16 - Mar '17
4 Tokyo, 3 Singapore, 3 Hong Kong
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Sep '16 - May '17
3 Hong Kong, 3 Nusa Dua, 2 Singapore, 3 Bangkok
Tour Type: Independent
Season: May '16- Apr '17
We had a great trip: it was well-organized, the hotel was way nicer than we expected, and the food was amazing. Couldn't believe we had 5 breakfast choices every morning - top notch! We'll definitely consider using Gate 1 again.Hillary M. Seattle, WA
Wow! Gate 1 really lived up to its "more of the world for less" motto on our 14 day tour of China last month. What an amazing trip it was! Everything about the tour was first class from the tour manager and local guides, hotels, food, excursions and transportation. The itinerary covered all of the historic and modern day sightseeing destinations in China and we cannot think of one place that we missed. One of the highlights of our tour, and a stop exclusive to Gate 1, was the visit to Xingqing Park in Xian where we joined the local residents in their morning tai chi exercise, folk dancing and singing. It is an experience I will always remember! Special recognition for making this such a wonderful trip must go to Jason Liu, our tour manager. He led our "tour family" of 24 on a trip of a lifetime and did a fabulous job. I cannot imagine traveling to China without him. Jason worked 24/7 to ensure we all had a great time.and we did! Our group is talking about taking another Gate 1 tour together in the future!Jane M. Niceville, FL
Our trip was FABULOUS! It was our first guided tour with Gate 1, and we were impressed by the quality of the food, tours and service. Our tour guide, Jack, was exceptional, as were local guides Louise and David. We will certainly be traveling with Gate 1 in the future.Adriana C. Miami, FL
We had a wonderful time in China. The scenery was wonderful, the food was excellent and the local guides were very good. However, we will have to single out our tour manager, Joan. She was one of the best tour managers that we ever had in our travels. She was efficient, gracious, articulate and has tried her best to please all of us. And she has succeeded wonderfully. We must congratulate Gate 1 for having the foresight to employ such good workers in your team. Once again, many thanks for a wonderful tripAlan H. NSW, Australia
Thank you for your email re our recent trip, it was fantastic, the tour was great the other participants were all nice people and we all got on just great. What we saw was exactly what we went to China to see, the hotels were great the food and meals terrific and the organisation could not be faulted, having said that JOAN our tour leader should take the credit for this as from the moment we landed and met Joan, she made sure that everyone was on time and that if you had any problems she wanted to know about it . ....I think Joan did a fantastic job and Gate 1 provided a great tour.....Kenneth Y. NSW, Australia
Our trip was wonderful, thank you so much. I will recommend Gate 1 travel to everyone I know.Amy D. Anchorage, AK
We enjoyed it immensely. China is a very exotic and fascinating place. Our trip was enhanced by Jason, a very professional and organized guide. All the local guides were outstanding and fun. We will recommend China as a destination and Gate 1 as a tour company to our friends.Stephen M. Fernandina, FL
The trip was awesome me and my family had a great time, we did not had any problems. It was a great experience. The trip coordinator Joan was excellent! she had everything coordinated. she was very helpful. I will travel again with Gate 1 Travel. I will also recommended to friends.Liliana C. Jacksonville, NC
Thank you for reaching out as we was planning to write to you. The trip was excellent and well beyond our expectations. The hotels selected were top of the line and had everything we could possibly need. Great locations and extremely safe surroundings. The cities visited along with the selected sights were spectacular. The cruise was amazing in sights, contrast and incredible beauty. Gate 1 does and outstanding job at presenting all aspects of the country, from city life to remote country side locations that we would have never experienced on our own. But most of all the credit goes to our tour guide Yuan. Extremely knowledgeable in both current events as is the history of country and each location visited. He was attentive to each individual and never missed a beat. He deserves much praise and thanks for making this trip a most memorable, enjoyable and rewarding experience. Until our next Gate 1 trip....Patricia L. Miami Springs, FL
This trip far exceeded our expectations. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time! Traveling within a group of 12 friends (led by Mary) made it even more special. Being travelers who at many times wing-it on our own, my husband Robert and I truly appreciated the door to door services provided. From the airport transfers, intra-city flights, to the luggage pickup/delivery - it all went seamlessly. The flights were well timed to maximize our allotted time. The buses were modern, efficient and clean with expert drivers negotiating traffic of the likes I've never seen! The hotels were mostly very good and centrally located. We never felt unsafe venturing out on our own. Our tour managers and local guides were amazing. We should anoint them for sainthood due situations they had to put up with on occasion. I'm sure handling a group of up to 36 travelers can be challenging. Our tour managers were Jack through Beijing, Xi'an and Chengdu, where as Tom led us through Shanghai. Both were fluent in English right down to American slangs. Local guides in Xi'an and Chengdu were great as well - especially personable Louise in Xi'an. They were always available and attentive. Their advice, guidance and recommendations for activities in our spare time were spot-on. Each imparted a vast knowledge of history, culture and their own personal insights, which further enhanced our own experience. They are all worthy representatives of the people of China. The meals provided were delicious with copious amounts of food and for the most part were spectacular. We never tired of eating the cuisine as the dishes distinctly varied through the four regions visited. Wishing we could have that kind of Chinese food at home and we live in the San Francisco Bay Area! We made many unforgettable memories which we'll cherish fondly. Making acquaintances with fellow travelers in our tour group from throughout the US was an added bonus. We learned so much about ourselves, our own ethnic culture and how one fifth of the world's population lives in today's China. The trip was a great value and we highly recommend this tour and Gate 1 Travel in general to others. We'll look forward to traveling with Gate 1 again in the future.Helen L. Belmont, CA
Fabulous! We were very impressed with everything organized by Gate 1 from the tour guides to the wonderful hotels and excursions. This will not be our last Gate 1 tour.Dennis B. Show Low, AZ
This was my 1st Gate 1 trip. I was very impressed with how well organized the program was, quality of accommodations and meals, transportation. Rose, our Tour Manager has got to be one of the best. This trip will not be my last and I look forward to another next year.Patrick G. Bonita, CA
The trip was great! It was all I expected, and so much more! Our tour manager, Rose, called us her 'family' and treated us accordingly. She was so well informed, courteous, easy to understand, respectful of our needs and limitations, and indulgent of our attempts to grasp the nuances of her native customs and language. I highly recommend this particular tour, and Rose as a guide. She's the best! I'd also like to commend our local guide in Hong Kong, Maria. Her manner was completely different from that of Rose on the China mainland, but equally well qualified. We spent an extra day in her city, and Maria outdid herself in offering us options for independent sightseeing on our day off. We spent nearly five hours in the Museum of History and then walked to check out some of the many local restaurants she pointed out. Maria provided all of us with street maps that she had taken the time to individually annotate with shuttle and bus routes, dining and shopping options, local places of interest and our hotel. This extra time she spent in preparation for our arrival enabled the eighteen of us to feel immediately comfortable in Hong Kong. On departure day Maria not only accompanied us to the airport, she hand carried our documents to ticketing, and only waved goodbye at security and customs checkpoints. Gate 1 has found a real jewel in Maria and her agency!Leona G. Oklahoma City, OK
It was delightful and rewarding Edward. Our tour manager Catherine was a fabulous host. She knows how to make us westerners very comfortable, while teaching us to appreciate the local culture. Great trip and the best value of any trip I have taken. We will be back with Gate 1 again for sure.James B. W Lake Hills, TX
Our trip to China was absolutely wonderful. Yuan was A wonderful guide. He was so knowledgeable and so helpful in every way. I came home feeling like I had learned so much about China, and the people that live there. I am looking forward to more trips with Gate 1.Joan K. Albuquerque, NM
Thank You Karina for following up. Our trip was great :) Jack, our tour manager, was so helpful and considerate, taking care of all of us from making us drink water to making sure if we have the right order of food on our tables. Overall we enjoyed our trip very much. It was our first trip with Gate 1 and we will planning to go on more tours with your company.Roya Z. Agoura Hills, CA
The trip was great. My wife and I enjoyed it very much. The hotels were good and the food was plentiful and tasty. The optional excursions were a highlight - with the Shanghai acrobatic troupe one of our favourites. We thoroughly enjoyed going to the park in Xi'an on Sunday morning where we danced with the people and enjoyed the Tai Chi exercises. Having city guides helped us to understand some of the regional issues inside China and gave a much better understanding of the progress being made in each area. Like all large countries different regions have their own unique characteristics and feel the impact of the central government in different ways. The guides were personable and answered our questions about how recent events have affected their areas candidly and openly. They provided an insight that we could not have found on our own. We enjoyed the experience immensely and would consider going back to see other parts of ChinaStewart C. Ontario, Canada
Japan was fantastic. Great society. Clean, near, and orderly. Terrific public civility. Trip was a very good value.Frederick B. Hamilton, NJ
Absolutely AMAZING! Everything Exceeded our expectations, From Accommodations, to the tours and Melinda the Tour Guide was Excellent!. Victoria Cruise was Very good and they were a very nice Crew to be with. We have referred you to many friends, A well as, looking forward to booking our next “Adventure” with You.Robert B. Lodi, CA
I loved the trip to China. I knew the trip would be great, but it exceeded all expectations. As always, thank you Gate 1 Travel for providing trips of a lifetime at such affordable costs. The trip was first class all the way -- from your wonderful tour guides (especially Frank); to the beautiful hotels we stayed in; to the tours. WOW!!! My only problem is when I am asked "what was the favorite thing I did on the trip", I cannot answer the question as every minute of the trip was my favorite.Donna G. Williamstown, NJ
The tour with Gate 1 was the best trip we have ever taken. From the arrival throughout the country, and final departure, we were in safe professional hands. Several of the couples on the tour had used Gate 1 before, not us, but Gate 1 will be our tour company choice. In fact, our neighbors just signed up with Gate 1 when they go to Ireland in August. I can't say enough about our tour guide, Frank Gnu, who was on top of each and every detail throughout. He always did what he said he would and made us feel welcome and like family. He steered us in the right direction, went beyond his duties to accommodate our needs, and was just generally the most professional guide I have had the pleasure of working with. We, as a group, discussed what we would say about this tour, and it was unanimous that there was not one complaint among us. There is always one grumpy person in the group, but I am happy to say, that didn't happen with our group. We all looked out for each other and helped each other and that was because Frank made us a happy and cohesive group. Each of the local tour guides was professional as well; they were well informed, respectful to our needs (climbing steps can sometimes play havoc on our old joints) and pleasant to be around. I would recommend Gate 1 to anyone who is interested in a tour to China. Many of us were traveling with a bit of trepidation, but we were so pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the people and city sites were. The cruise was the highlight. Our stateroom was spacious, clean and modern. The food from beginning to end was some of the best we have ever eaten. There was definitely enough choices for everyone and the tours from the ship were amazing. Especially a favorite of ours was the three gorges - truly "gorgeous". Thank you for your help in making this tour a vacation of a lifetime. I'm sure we will be traveling with Gate 1 in the future. Your company truly lives up to its motto, Traveling More for Less.Julius S. Hernando, FL
We had a wonderful time and I also wanted to take a minute to express how wonderful our tour guide, Frank, was. He was very knowledgable about the area and shared many stories - personal experience and about the sites we visited. He was a pleasant, well-spoken, kind and helpful "friend." He absolutely made the trip very easy. He was organized, flexible and just an all around nice guy. The local guides also did a very good job at explaining their local areas and showing us important sites. This was our first trip with Gate 1 as well as with a tour guide and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We plan to take future trips and the next tour guide will have some pretty big shoes to fill.Michele G. Melrose, MA
Another great trip with Gate 1. Our tour guide Stone was the best ever. I will have to say the guide and the fellow travelers were so kind and courtesy, it was a dream vacation. This was the best group to travel with, always happy and upbeat. Stone made me laugh so much that he called me the "happy lady". I can not say enough good things about our guide Stone. He had everything running as smooth as silk. We knew we were in good hand with Stone. After this wonderful trip, I hope my next trip to South Africa on April 26 with Gate 1 will be as enjoyable. Looking forward to many more trip with Gate 1 if all our tour guides are as wonderful as Stone.Mary E. Yates Center, KS
Our trip to China was great!!! The best vacation yet. The Guide, Jason, was wonderful and did the best job of any of our previous Gate 1 vacations.Lacey C. Marietta, GA
We were on the 14-day China with 4-day Yangtze River Cruise trip, from Shanghai to Beijing. It was awesome! Let me give lots of credit to our tour guide, Ahwen who handled everything (I mean, everything) with a steady hand and quiet confidence. It relieved the worries from us about being in a foreign country where the signs are strange and the vast majority do not speak conversational English. He would attend to every person's needs even during meal times. For our departure flight back to the States, Ahwen gave very specific instructions to the driver, and also to us with regards to the departure terminal and area, check in counter and gate number. This, in our opinion was above and beyond the duties of a tour guide and it really made for a smooth departure. Thanks to him! We never imagined the richness of Chinese culture before we came there. As they say, travel bridges the divide between nations and peoples. We saw it here first hand. China is just as diverse as America. The local guides, Ariel in Shanghai, Michelle and Ivy in the Yangtze shore excursions and Jenny in Xi'an were also very competent. The hotels were top notch, especially the Embassador in Xi'an. Gate 1 Travel should keep booking these types of accommodations. The river cruise boat, the Victoria Anna looked worn on the outside but the rooms and interior areas were acceptable. The on-board service was impeccable. Overall, we were very satisfied with the entire package. But I am sure you could excuse us if we do not eat Chinese food back home for awhile!Rolando P. Chantilly, VA
The trip was terrific, our tour guide Joan was unbeleiveable. The tour from the start to the end was very organized, everything Timed to the tee and ran like a clock. Everything from Hotels, Flights, excursions and foods very well done. My hat off to you all. I definitely think we will be using you in the future.Allison M. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island CA
Trip was awesome!! everything went smoothly - you did a great job again, thanks again and will be intouch soon for the next tour.Jamie K. Mackay, Australia
Trip was great. I found your guides were very humble, knowledgeable and accomodative. China was better than what we expected. Hotels were nice. Tours were good. Me and my wife enjoyed the trip. This was our third tour with your company and I am sure we will have many more. Thanks to your team at Gate 1 Travel.Surender R. Mahwah, NJ
Tokyo was so much fun. The most fun I've ever had in my life and the tour guides were amazing. They were all very informative, very funny, very joyful, and very helpful. All the scenery of Japan that we got to see was simply beautiful. Most of all, the Japanese people were incredibly hospitable. And to top it all off, our Hotel made us feel like first class. The breakfast they served was top notch. There was even a subway station right outside that my wife and I used to embark on our own adventures. No matter where we were, we did not worry about getting lost because we knew that the train could get us back to our hotel. We would definitely stay at the Villa Fontaine shiodome hotel again.Garrett M. Santa Maria, CA
The trip was extraordinary. The people in our group were fantastic ( I was glad that I was among the group). Your tour guide were fabulous. Your service was extremely satisfying; from the hotel choices, activities choices, food choices, transportation etc,etc. It is 10/10 with 10 is the highest level of satisfaction. I am not exaggerating, it is true. I would love to book at Gate 1 again for our next trip next time. Keep up the good work.Dahlia F. Fort Worth, TX
This was our 6th trip with Gate 1 and they keep getting better. All of our local tour guides were great, but Frank our tour manager was awesome. So knowledgeable, great sense of humor, attention to detail, personnel attention, and he was able to watch all 33 people on our tour , and no one got lost. The wi-fi on the bus is great, bottled water every day, and the private lounge on The Yangtze River cruise allowed our 33 people to get comfortable with each other, which made for an exceptional experience. Thank you again Gate 1 for the memories.Philip S. Las Vegas, NV
It was FABULOUS! The hotels were first rate; wind was blowing first three days we were there so we saw blue skies; people were nice; food was good. Language was a struggle but those that spoke English spoke a lot better English than I did Chinese. Ha! It was smoggy in Shanghai. WONDERFUL TRIP! ThanksLorraine W. Montgomery, TX
Thanks for the email. We had a wonderful time with our tour guide Jack and our group in China. Wonderful people and culture, and Jack and the team did a tremendous job of keeping us on schedule and having us enjoy all of the attractions. We really enjoyed our Gate 1 experience and have told our family and friends how great it was. We are looking to plan another trip as well soon!Anusha N. Toronto, Ontario CA
I had an amazing time in China. Jack, our tour manager, along with local guides, David and Jenn, and the drivers were fantastic! It is a trip that I will remember for the rest of my days.Kendra W. Brentwood, MD
Our trip to China was great! It was very well planned. Yuan, our tour guide in Beijing was very knowledgeable and fun. The highlight, of course, was the Great Wall in Beijing. Enjoyed the old town in Shanghai. Our tour group was a nice mix and was a lot of fun. Thanks for putting together a wonderful and educational trip.Addie H. Pittsburgh, PA
Our trip to Beijing and Shanghai was fantastic!! Tour guides were great, tours informative, on-time, and interesting. I was very pleased at how organized everything was. I will definitely plan another Gate 1 vacation again.Laura A. Overland Park, KS
Thank you for your email, I hope this finds you well! My husband and I purchased the Gate 1 travel package via Groupon...and while we were a bit skeptical of purchasing a "travel package" (i.e., we didn't go ahead and purchase any additional day trips via Gate 1 and choose to do everything on our own...coupled with the fact that our package was so affordable!), we could not be happier with the quality or consistency of Gate 1! We were incredibly impressed with both of our guides in Beijing and Shanghai...and we greatly appreciated our airport transfers with them. Our hotels in both cities were lovely, and having breakfast included each day made a huge difference! :) We felt our trip was of an incredible value and we will recommend Gate 1 to all of our friends and family (and already have!). Thank you for a wonderful trip - it was a dream come true for us.Tamara M. Brooklyn, NY
This was our first trip with Gate 1 and I am happy to report my wife and I were totally pleased with our Gate 1 trip. We were pleasantly surprised to find everything worked well. The tour guide, Jason and driver Beijing Jack were outstanding. Jason made sure we were totally informed and took care of any issues members of the group had and Beijing Jack managed the crazy Beijing traffic effortlessly. Very impressive. Jason coordinated great tours and excellent lunch meals during the visit. We arrived early in the morning after a 12 hour flight. A very nice touch by Jason and one not expected was his coordination with the hotel to have our rooms ready and to serve us breakfast upon arrival. This was great after catching the redeye to Beijing and started us off right. This level of professionalism continued throughout the 5 days in Beijing. You have an outstanding team supporting in Beijing. The Beijing hotel was outstanding from the super breakfast, the nice rooms, beautiful lobby and the extremely professional and courteous hotel staff. The location was superb. Could not have picked a better hotel. Personally, I do not like organized tours but you made me a convert to give them a try. We had a great group of touring partners and thoroughly enjoyed their company. You had the same professionalism and caring Team in Shanghi with John and driver Yu. Another excellent hotel in a great location. The lunch meals were not only outstanding, they were diverse so we got a flavor for a wide range of Chinese food. We will certainly be going back to China to continue the visit. The trip was much too short for us. For us this would have been a minimum of a 6 week visit. Gate 1 packed a lot in a very short time frame. When I booked this, I did not realize Gate 1 was one of our vendors. I would have booked directly had I known and after experiencing the professionalism and quality of Gate 1, I will be booking others. I am available should you wish to discuss this in further detail. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all.Phillip S. Tallahassee, FL
This was our second tour with Gate 1 Travel…and it will not be our last. This tour was magnificent in every way. I have to say that we really got lucky by having Frank as our tour manager/guide. Frank is absolutely fantastic. He is extremely personable, knowledgeable, and genuinely concerned for our safety, comfort and enjoyment. As far as the organized tours were concerned two events stand out in our mind…the Tang Dynasty Diner and Show was nothing less than superb. Additionally, the Dumpling Dinner was simply delicious and over the top with the amount and choices of dumplings offered. The cultural aspects mixed with the very knowledgeable local guides made for a very interesting and informative tour. Learning about the people of the Republic of China and how they live…everything from how heat is controlled in one’s apartment by the government to seeing and eating in local establishments was a great way to learn about this marvelous country. Our challenge is now trying to decide where to go next with Gate 1 Travel. Thanks for the great tour!Stephen F. Colorado Spgs, CO
The trip to Japan was short but enjoyable. Didn't speak Japanese but was able to understand their English. Gardens and temples were the main subjects of this trip. Did some shopping in the Ginza. Would recommend this trip.William P. Ranson, WV
The trip was outstanding. Hotel room was a decent sized and comfortable. Breakfast was great. Literally no down side was ever. I cannot Imagine getting a better travel deal to Japan. I look forward to seeing what some of your other travel offers. Thank you very much.David H II. Portland, OR
It was fantastic! We got treated incredibly nice every day starting the day of our arrival. It was wonderful. Tokyo is beautiful and the people there are the nicest I've ever met. The hotel was great and the staff was excellent. We had the best vacation.
You exceeded my expectations in the best way. Thank you.Maria P. Bonita, CA
We had a fantastic trip to China with Gate 1. The trip exceeded our expectations, was well organized and the cost was very reasonable. We can't say enough good things about our tour manager Joan. She did an excellent job of highlighting the sights we visited on the tour and explaining the Chinese culture and customs. This was our first tour with Gate 1; we look forward to taking additional tours with your company.Robert S. Hghlnds Ranch, CO
I have to say, it was way more than I expected! Gate 1 Travel planned the perfect itinerary for this 13 day tour. Got us to see all of the amazing sites in China and loved every busy minute of it! A special thanks goes out to Tom. He was the most knowledgeable, kind, organized and friendly guide we have EVER had!!! He loves his job and the travelers he has in his care. At the end of the trip, he felt like part of our family.
Please extend a copy of this note to Tom; he is a huge asset to your company and I will definitely consider another Gate 1 trip because of him!Christine T. Hockessin, DE
It was amazing!! One of the best ever! Our guide, Tom, was fantastic! He was extremely knowledgeable, patient, concerned about our welfare and comfort, funny and kind. He made the trip a "10+". This was my first tour and I will definitely be using Gate1 again.Courtney C. Anaheim, CA
Our trip to China was all we hoped for and expected, plus. Our guide, Jason, was excellent on every level. He was very knowledgeable, articulate, patient, and reactive to the needs of the group. Gate 1 was welcomed warmly and treated with respect everywhere we went. What a terrific introduction to China and its people.Linda S. Salem, SC
Amazing trip! Can't believe we were able to see so many things in such a short time! The pace was very intense!! We had the best guide you can imagine - Annie! Can't say enough good things about her! We will definitely be using Gate 1 again for our future adventures!Lee G. Villa Rica, GA
It was great. Worth the money. The tour guides were superb, especially Grace, who was with us the entire trip. She deserves a raise and special recognition.Oran C. San Diego, CA
The 12 day China tour was very good. The places where we visited were amazing. The tour organization was excellent. Kudos to the tour manager, Grace. Tour guides were informative and spoke in perfect English.
The overall experience of the trip was very positive. We will recommend Gate 1 to our friends and use it again for our next land tourPeter D. Milpitas, CA
The trip was absolutely wonderful. We had two typhoons and an earthquake while we were in Tokyo. We have never been so drenched but, we had fun In spite of it. Prince hotel was very nice with our rooms being very big by Japanese standards. The breakfast buffet was out of this world. I had been in Japan 20 times before but always independently. I certainly will recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in Japan.Kimiko C. Santa Rosa, CA
Loved my trip to China with Gate 1. You guys are the best. Our Tour Guide in Beijing, Xian, and Chengdu was awesome, never had a guide so educated at his work, his English name is Stone, my husband and myself simply loved him. He was very knowledgeable, humorous, the whole group of 33 was just wide a awake by his guide. Hope to travel more trips with Gate 1.
Isabella D. Jackson Hts, NY
We would gladly recommend Gate 1 to anyone. All went very well, from the time we were collected from the airport to accommodation, the bus we travelled in, the tour manager, all the extra tours offered and we were delivered safely back to the airport with a rep from Gate 1 helping us at the check-in counter for the flights home.
China was an eye opener. We had a wonderful trip and all the sights we saw were ticked off the bucket list but I am in no hurry to go again. Just so many of them! Will be in touch with you again, especially if I see another deal! Thank you for looking after us so well, all went according to plan.
We had an INCREDIBLE time in Tokyo. We enjoyed our morning Tour of Tokyo, and loved being able to enjoy Tokyo throughout the other days at our leisure. It was truly a perfect honeymoon!!Laura A. N Hollywood, CA
The trip was wonderful! Frank was the best guide and made the trip so interesting. He talked to us all the time telling us not only about what we were seeing, but also about what life in China is like. He knows so much about the history and what is going on today. Ariel in Shanghai was also wonderful. They went out of their way to take care of everything and never left a question unanswered or a problem unsolved. Frank also made our group enjoy being together!
In addition to the guides, the hotels and food were perfect! There is no way that I could have seen everything I did for the same amount of money on my own. We got to do so many things and stay in so many different places. Thank you so much!Elaine L. Aurora, CO
Our trip was fabulous. Our guide, Stone was amazing and made our trip so enjoyable. He is certainly a character but more importantly was continually sensitive to all our needs throughout the whole trip. If he is a typical guide of Gate 1 Travel, I wouldn't travel with anyone else. We covered all the highlights of China and was greatly satisfied seeing as much of the country in such a short time.
Thanks for all your support too. I have shared with many how you responded to my phone calls ASAP and supported my travel arrangements the whole way.
Thanks again and I'm sure I will be in touch again.
My trip far exceeded my expectations!
The hotels were wonderful, the tours plentiful and extensive, and our meals were all top notch!
I CANNOT speak highly enough about my tour manager Frank. He was incredibly kind, intelligent, genuine, and he truly made my trip. I could truly tell he loved his job, was invested in our experience, and was accommodating to every need of our various group members. He is truly an asset to your company, and was by far my favorite person on the trip!
River in Chengdu was also an extreme delight! His kindness and personal stories were such an added bonus to the city experience. Echo was lovely in Shanghai, she went out of her way to write down places of interest for me in both English and local dialect, all with the vantage point of a young woman on a solo travel.
My experience with Gate 1 has been nothing short of extraordinary from booking to departure! I give my highest marks to Tim for easing my booking procedure and to Frank for making my trip even more enjoyable than I could have dreamed!
Thank you, and I look forward to traveling with Gate 1 again soon!
Jennifer D. Honolulu, HI
It was awesome, I have been advocating Gate 1 to everyone I have spoken to, I could not believe the service I received for the price I paid, I will never travel with any tour group after this experience. Our Tour Guide Jack from Beijing, was absolutely incredible, I felt like I received the history of China, in the most interactive way imaginable.Recardi W. Atlanta, GA
The trip was absolutely wonderful and renewed my interest in international travel. I think you have really struck the right balance of itinerary vs. price for this China trip. Everyone in our group was amazed at the value we got from this trip.
Also, please pass the word on to whomever it should go to: Jack is an invaluable asset to Gate 1. He is the best guide we've ever had, hands down, and really made for a great trip for our group.
People like Jack are exactly what Gate 1 needs to remain the best travel service in the world. He is very knowledgeable, speaks English wonderfully, has a great demeanor and sense of humor and knows how to cater the experiences to every individual of the group. Highest praise from us for Jack.Michael B. Taylorsville, UT
Our trip was fantastic. Gate 1 and our travel guide Tom were excellent.
We were most impressed with everything, our hotels, meals, size of the group, airport transfers, our tour guide and of course China. Tom even accompanied us to the airport in Beijing for our flight home and made sure we were checked right through to Melbourne. Unfortunately, our Beijing flight was late and we missed our connecting flight in Shanghai to Melbourne. The airline put us up in a hotel with breakfast and lunch and booked us on the same flight the next day.
Also liked the little extras that Gate 1 threw in - luggage strap, tins of jasmine tea, a fan in the park in Shanghai and ice creams in the bus. Never had any of these little treats with any other tour company we have travelled with.
We will certainly travel with Gate 1 from now on. Please keep sending us the "specials" by email.
Many thanks for arranging everything for us.Linda V. VIC, Australia
Our China trip was fantastic. It was much more than we expected. Our tour guides, Jason Liu (Tour Manager), Ivy (Xian) and John (Shanghai) educated us, enlightened us and were so caring and genuinely passionate about their country. I can't say enough good things about them.
My husband and I both agree that this kind of vacation is what we've always been aiming for, to visit new countries and learn about the history, the people, the culture and have fun doing it.
Thank you and yes we are looking forward to planning where to go next year with Gate1 Travel.Simone D. Hollywood, FL
I would rate the trip as the best I've ever experienced. The itinerary, hotels, meals and especially our tour manager, Joan were all great contributors to a magnificent time which I'm sure we all enjoyed. Even the weather was good for us!
I compliment Gate 1 for arranging such a great experience for a very affordable price.
A last minute itinerary change was required due a flight cancelation so we went by fast train to Shanghai. I particularly enjoyed this experience and recommend this could become part of a future itinerary. Also I chose to go by Maglev VFT to the airport which was also a unique experience and perhaps this could also be offered as an option.
I would especially commend Joan for her professionalism and promotion of your Company. A great ambassador for China and Gate 1.Donald C. Glen Osmond, SA
My wife and I just returned from our tour (14 day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise) and it exceeded our expectations. We were part of a 19 person group which was just perfect. Everyone respected the time and comfort of their companions. We enjoyed all the optional tours including the relaxing Yangtze River Cruise.
However, the highlight of the entire trip was our excellent guide "Rose." She is an asset to your company and the reason we are already planning our next Gate 1 tour. She was a real sweetheart, extremely informative and delightfully participated as one of our group. Every small change of the itinerary was handled expertly without a problem. At one point she used her own calligraphy skills to write each of our names in Chinese script as a memento. She made the trip "extra special" and Gate 1 should use this complimentary report in her favor!Jerry K. North Haledon, NJ
The trip could not have been better. We had the greatest guide with Joan. She is knowledgeable on every account. She always strived to make our trip successful and was very helpful to us.
I loved the itinerary. I learned so much in those 2 weeks. I have been extoling the virtue of Gate 1 Travel and encouraging others to take the trip. Gate 1 is the only way to go.Loretta A. Tampa, FL
The trip to China was wonderful and lived up to the standards I have come to know as Gate1. I have already recommended the trip to some friends. I especially enjoy the river cruise with Victoria Cruises on the Yangtze River. Ahwen, the Gate1 manager did an excellent job explaining things to the group and keeping us on schedule. The group of 35 people bonded which also was a plus in everyone having a great time.
Thanks for your help and participation in such a wonderful trip to China.Shirley M. Rockville, MD
Our trip was incredible. Our guide Ahwen was awesome! He was very attentive and took great care of us. He was well informed but more than anything else, he was like a mother hen, always making sure we were safe, we had water, we were all there and that we were taken care of by others.
This trip was a lot more than what we expected. The side excursions were incredible. All the tours we took were wonderful. It was an experience of a life time. We can't wait to travel with Gate 1 again in the near future. The trip was very reasonably priced especially including air. We wouldn't of been able to do it otherwise. Thank you for letting us have a wonderful time traveling with you. Ahwen was the best guide we ever had!Marty M. Anthem, AZ
it was a beautiful vacation, Frank, the tour guide in Beijing, was informative and helpful. He went above and beyond and gave so much information about the wonderful history of China. He ate breakfast with us daily and sought us out for conversation. He even made himself available to help interpret when needed. If you could please pass on how happy we were with both you and Frank to management it would be much appreciated. i would like that him be my next tour guy his so goodPorfirio C. Fresh Meadows, NY
Our trip was AWESOME! We enjoyed every single thing. Frank, our guide, was especially wonderful. He was so knowledgeable and conscientious. We thought that having 36 in our group would be problematic, but Frank made it all work. Everyone was enjoyable and by the end of our trip we all felt like family.
We would like to thank Gate 1 for the extraordinary value of this trip! We will recommend it to friends and family as a fabulous way to see some of the highlights of China!Maria M. San Antonio, TX
Trip was fantastic! We had wonderful time & already looking forward to next time. We esp loved our tour guides, Grace in Beijing & Tom in Shanghai. They were fantastic---also, hats off to Gate 1 for very well planned trip----we saw a lot & all seemed well organized & thought out. Thanks to Gate 1 for great time!Franklin R. Woodland Hills, CA
First, our overall rating would be like 9.5 out of 10. In over forty years of travel all over the world this was the first time we had gone with a group. Can you believe that? It did not take long to develop a sense of camaraderie with the others in the same bus.
Cost was exceptional. I do not know how you managed to get it down as low as it was. Group rates, winter season helped, I am sure.
The hotels, both in Beijing and Shanghai were nice, clean, comfortable and in a good location. Service was good.
The day trips were generally well planned with well chosen places of interest--Forbidden City, Great Wall, Ming Tombs and so on.
Frank, our guide in Beijing was just exceptional. His English was great (with a few errors that kept cropping up) and he was articulate, had a sense of humor, knowledgeable and engaging. John in Shanghai gets a 4. His English was not great at all. He seemed somewhat knowledgeable about the country, but not of Frank's caliber. Surely in a population of 1.5 billion you could do better than this.
I know this is common practice (and a great bathroom stop) but the visits to the Pearl Emporium and the Jade place and the Rug outfit should have been optional. We were not there to spend money in places like those (and people on this particular trip are probably bargain hunters in the first place and likely unwilling to spend) but we got the full dose at each place.
The restaurants for lunch were great choices. The Peking Duck dinner in Beijing was a sumptuous feast the likes of which I doubt I will experience again. Just great. A highlight for me.
The buses were like new and in near new condition. The drivers were good, knew where they were going and helpful. Logistics (especially arrival, and then moving from Beijing to Shanghai, and then the trip back, were all handled extremely well.
All in all a memorable trip! Thank YOU Gate 1!Stephen V. Dallas, TX
I can honestly say without any hesitation that Gate 1 exceeded my expectations. I assumed because this was an ‘independent tour,' and because I had purchased it via Groupon that we would be alone most of the time to figure things out for ourselves, except for the excursions we booked through Gate 1; however, I was pleasantly surprised when this was not the case.
From the moment of our arrival, Frank, the tour guide in Beijing, was informative and helpful. He went above and beyond and gave so much information about the wonderful history of China. He ate breakfast with us daily and sought us out for conversation. He even made himself available to help interpret when needed. If you could please pass on how happy we were with both you and Frank to management it would be much appreciated.
Shanghai was a little different. As far as our guide, it was more of what I expected. John didn't really seem to want to engage with the group very much. Even during the excursions, he did not seem happy to be there. It wasn't a terrible experience, it was just different than what we had experienced with Frank.
We just got back and are already looking at the Gate 1 website for future adventures we could take (hopefully Greece). This seemed more like a guided tour (at least the Beijing part) which was something we really enjoyed! We think we would like to have a fully guided tour next time. I really enjoyed how our time was spaced. We also had the pleasure of making some lifelong friends!Elizabeth H. New Braunfels, TX
We loved every part of our experience except the cold weather and the bad air. China is truly an amazing place with rich history and culture. We LOVED our guide Joan. Very sweet, kind and has patience of a saint. My girl friends and I love it soooo much that we plan on experiencing more places like India, Thailand and Italy in the years to come.Joana D. Surprise, AZ
I absolutely loved my trip! I had a blast. Since I purchased the trip for myself only, and traveled alone, I wondered what the experience would be like for a solo traveler. I met amazing people, and added day tours after the first tour I took because not only were the tours a great deal, but so comprehensive and included lunch. The tour guides were awesome - friendly, informative and helpful. I will travel with Gate 1 again. I just hope that you'll sell more trips with travel dates that are further out than this year. What attracted me to the China tour was not only the unbeatable price, but that I purchased the trip nearly a year before I traveled. That allowed me time to save money and make personal arrangements. Please sell more trips with travel dates into the future, and I will continue to travel.
Thank you for the amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience.Iuliana P. Vancouver, WA
Our trip was awesome. We have never traveled with Gate1 before and we will definitely book another tour with your company. Jason, our tour guide in Beijing, did a wonderful job leading the group. We enjoyed his informational tours.Jennifer G. Sammamish, WA
This was absolutely one of the greatest vacations we have ever had. There was nothing that was not perfect and that most certainly includes our tour guides Nina (Beijing) and Tom (Shanghai). Those two made what would have already been a wonderful trip something truly special. The hotels, the out-of-the way places we ate, the food, the tours, the people…everything was wonderful.
Thank you Gate1 Travel, and especially Nina and Tom for the lifelong memories of a very special time and place. We hope to see you again soonRichard W. Granbury, TX
My Trip through Gate 1 to China was excellent. I really enjoyed all aspects of it.
Joan, our local guide in China was very professional and helpful throughout. Wouldn't have been able to make it throughout the trip with her help. She is an excellent guide.Mohammad M. Calgary, AL
We loved it! Gate 1 planned the trip perfectly by starting with the history of Beijing then the river cruise and ending with the newer city of Shanghai.
We won the jackpot with Yuan as our guide. After our first tour with the group to the Great Wall, we signed up for all of the excursions because Yuan sharing his knowledge was like the discovery channel tour of China. His knowledge, love and passion for China was apparent and it made us fall in love with China too.
The down side of the trip is that it ended too soon. We left craving more and I think that's the true sign of a perfect vacation.
Thank you and we enjoy reading your ads, deciding on our next trip!Jacques B. Newbury Park, CA
The trip was tremendous. We went to Thailand last year with Gate 1 Travel and decided to try your company again this year for our annual adventure. It was spectacular, CHINA was such an experience. Every day was so incredible and JOAN our tour Coordinator ?made the trip easy. Her professionalism, knowledge of China and genuine concern that we were all taken care of was truly remarkable. She is a great asset to your organization and made our trip a very memorable one.
We are already looking where to go next year. It seems the hardest part is deciding where to go....once that decision has been made, Gate 1 makes everything else easy . You guys are great to deal with.Linda L. Airdrie, AB
Enjoyed it very much. We appreciated Stone, the tour guide/general manager in China. He is an excellent tour guide doing so much beyond what was expected of him. And the rest of them, the driver, the other tour guides in other areas but Stone was wonderful. He was with us all the way.
I don't mind seeing him again. The accommodation was excellent.
Stone was very creative in planning & was very flexible if there were any issues. We were to see the Forbidden City but it so happened that APEC leaders were meeting including Pres. Obama & others from other countries & so guards were not allowing anybody to go thru the designated security areas so we had to walk around. As a result we were late by 2-minutes & they closed the gate no matter what explanation you had. So Stone didn't want to miss it for us without cutting the time. He devised a plan to see it the next day when the APEC meeting was winding down. So he ordered our food along the highway from the Great Wall & to save time we had our lunch on the bus on our way to the Panda Zoo. Then we made it to the Forbidden City.
He made sure that we were safe everywhere we went on our own. He accompanied us when some people went for massages close by the hotel. He took us there, then left but he promised that he would be back & he came back to make sure that we were safe along the way back to the hotel.
You keep him with the company. Your success in China will multiply even more with him there
Thanks to Gate 1 for a well planned tour.Rolando V. Surrey, CA
This was our first tour with Gate 1 Travel and we can't see using any other agency for future vacations.
Our trip to China was extremely wonderful and comfortable thanks to Gate 1. Our tour guide, Scottie, was a history book on two legs as he taught us the stages of China's culture, modernization, and growth. He even taught us catch Chinese phrases and explained their currency rate and denominations of their Yuan. The accommodations were comfortable and the locations were perfect for browsing on your own.
It was so affordable in comparison to our past vacations which was lots more with less. We are planning our next trip already and I'm sure some of our friends will come with us. The medium size group (21) allowed us to fellowship, laugh out loud and exchange values of each other livelihood.
Three cheers for Gate 1 Travels...see you next year !!!Charles W. Orlando, FL
I enjoyed my trip very much. Everyone was like one big family, taking a vacation together. Our guide, Scottie, was a very bright and pleasant young man. I will recommend Gate 1 Travel to my friends.
The hotels we stayed at were very nice. The Ambassador Hotel was out of sight, I felt like a queen for a day. The restaurants were very nice, and the food was good. I'm looking forward to plan my next trip with some friends of mind.Irene L. Brooklyn, NY
We had such a great time in China with Gate 1 Travel. It was culturally enriching and very authentic. We had a tour manager who was well versed on everything and from China (Annie) and each place we went we had a tour operator who knew even more about where we were!
The organization was superb - we never had to check in luggage just get our boarding pass and off we would go. The cruise was very good too. The river is very mystical and almost futuristic if I can describe it like that with massive cities just popping out of the haze from nowhere as you came around another bend and on the other side is farm land with women lining up with their wicker baskets to do the washing in the river.
A great trip overall and great job Gate 1!Debra D. New South Wales, Australia
Cynthia E. Anchorage, AK
Our family took the 13 Day China including Tibet tour plus 2 extra days in Shanghai and it was amazing. This was the first time we have used Gate 1 services and we got great services and enjoyed our vacation. We plan to use Gate 1 again in the future. The tour manager Mr. Yuan and the local guides (Charlie in Shanghai, Jennie in Xian, Dolma in Tibet and Annie in Beijing) were excellent and highly knowledgeable.
Hotels, shows, site and food were good. We were impressed with the farewell Peking Duck Dinner. Gate 1 delivered what it offered "More of the World for less".Julio R. Chino Hills, CA
Excellent! Kudos to Gate 1 for a fabulous wrinkle free trip in China. The food on the entire tour was good, the cruise ship was better than expected. Every place we were taken for food were first class. The Peking duck dinner and dumpling were both highlights and were very good. Our tour guide Tom was the best part of the trip and was the best guide that we have ever had on all of our trips, he was awesome.Cecilia G. Halifax, Nova Scotia
Our trip to China was wonderful. From the time we arrived in Beijing to the day we left we were very well taken care of by Annie and her team. Annie is an excellent tour guide and made our trip very memorable by making sure we experienced different aspects of China - food, culture, history. She was very knowledgeable and explained all our questions very patiently while making sure our stay was comfortable. The other two guides Louise and Scottie were also very friendly and helpful. Overall we were very impressed with Annie and Gate 1 for an excellent vacation!Mousumi C. Chicago, IL
In a word, our trip to China, was amazing! The tour guides were incredible, especially Jason in Beijing, the accommodations were lovely, the breakfasts were delicious and the excursions were fun. Most importantly, the price could not be beat! We made many friends on the trip, who all seemed to share our great happiness with Gate 1.Margaret C. Kinnelon, NJ
This 14 day trip was an excellent package to Shanghai, Xi'an, and Beijing, China. This tour included everything I wanted to see and more. I want to commend Gate 1 for hiring Yuan, our tour manager. He was exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable. From the first time we met him, he was very professional and made us feel comfortable. We felt secure and he took away any worries. He took the time to call us when we arrived at every hotel to see if there was anything else we needed and if the accommodations were okay. I loved the communication and attention he gave to every person in our tour group. Gate 1 did an excellent job planning our itinerary and local guides from the time we woke up to the time we went asleep. Hats off to you Gate 1. I am referring your company to all of my friends!Mae Jean K. Burbank, CA
Our trip to China was our best trip yet! Our guide Nina was outstanding! She
not only spoke very good English, but was also incredibly knowledgeable of
Beijing and the history of China, which she related during the daily tours. She
also contributed significantly to other local guides on the river cruise and in
We took advantage of many of the day trips which were very informative and provided us with a full cultural experience. The Yangtze River Cruise was also very good, especially the side trips and the opportunity to go through the locks at 3 Gorges Dam.
The trip to China was superb. Our tour guide Nina Li was outstanding in every way. Her knowledge of the history and culture of China was the highlight of the trip. She has a very engaging personality which everyone on the trip loved. Her organizational skills made all the logistics go like clockwork. She has a wonderful sense of humor and she taught us Chinese daily. The hotels were outstanding and the Victoria Cruise accommodations were also outstanding. The food was excellent. The excursions were well planned and so interesting. My favorites were the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Yu Gardens and on the cruise the Tribe of the Three Gorges. We shall recommend this tour with Gate 1 to all our friends. It was superb value for a trip of a lifetime. Thank you Gate 1!Linda A. Pittsburgh, PA
Our trip to China was a great vacation! All aspects were terrific. This was our first package tour that included guides and we could not have been more pleased. The hotels were great and the transportation arrangements were wonderful. Our tour guide, Joan, could not have been more informative, knowledgeable and helpful.
We are looking forward to booking another vacation with Gate 1.Fred L. Paris, KY
We enjoyed our trip immensely. The tour guide was very well informed, diligent and personable. Her name was Annie. She took great care of us all throughout the tour. We thought it was a wonderful value. I can't believe the number of flights, hotel accommodations, river trip, and almost all our food was covered by the cost of the tour. We have raved about it to all of our friends. We would definitely take a Gate 1 tour again. We would recommend it to our friends and business associates.Jeanne M. Gilroy, CA
Trip was amazing but what made it that way was mostly our first guide, Stone. I have been on several guided tours and this one was the best by far essentially because of Stone. Everyone else on the tour seemed to agree as well. The Duck dinner was a highlight along with the Great Wall and the Forbidden Palace.Arsalan S. Marietta, GA
Our trip to China through Gate 1 was a truly amazing wonderful trip. Gate 1 was 110% first class, staff in Beijing (Nina) and Shanghai (Tom) are fantastic dedicated and very knowledgeable people. Your Gate 1 Tour Packages, accommodations, transportation and meals were 2nd to none. An unforgettable trip of a lifetime. Look forward to another Gate 1 vacation in the future. Great job, many thanks.Keith M. Nova Scotia, CA
The trip was fantastic thank you! We will definitely be using Gate 1 again. And also our guide in Beijing - Annie - went above and beyond every single day and was so great. We really appreciated having such a fantastic guide to show us around and help us out even on the days that we didn't partake in the optional tours. We can't wait to travel again with Gate 1!Jaclyn & Steven New Brunswick, Canada
This was our 3rd time travelling with Gate 1 Travel and like the previous 2 bookings we had a marvelous experience exploring everything it offered. We love exotic locations and this trip certainly fulfilled that desire. From start to finish it was smooth sailing so to speak.
Our accommodations while in Chain were excellent. The meals that were provided were beyond our wildest culinary expectations. The diversity of the Chinese culture was an exciting experience that we found to be educational and intriguing.
We were more than satisfied with our tour manager, Nina, who opened our eyes and minds to the wonders of her beloved country. We could tell she was very proud of her country, its heritage, its present day transformation into a highly successful and modern society and its bright and prosperous future. Nina did an excellent job relaying all that is China to us. We also travelled with an excellent group which made the tour most pleasurable.Peter B. Ontario, CA
Our trip was awesome! We would definitely like to go on other trips with Gate1.
Everything starting from planning, documentations, airline tickets, tour guides, hotels, meals, the sights- were done professionally with practically no hassle whatsoever. The price inclusive of airline fares, hotels, meals, programs etc. was very fair. We have already recommended Gate1 to many of our friends.
Michael, Maggie and Tom demonstrated quite thorough knowledge of their areas and imparted it with wonderful sense of humor. All of them had an excellent command of English and American slang.Arun P. Denver, CO
It was incredible - surreal actually, hard to believe we were really in China
and seeing so many truly amazing things. Our group was great - interesting, fun,
very well-traveled, and not a whiner or complainer in sight.
Everything went smoothly and the schedule was a good mix of activities. No hitches or mix-ups of any kind. Our guide couldn't have been better - funny, knowledgeable, and dedicated.
We are thrilled with our trip and Gate 1.
We didn't expect to have a trip match up to the Croatia/Slovenia trip we took with you 2 years ago, but this exceeded that trip and our expectations dramatically.
We got to see the ‘important' places, and were charmed by the ‘lesser' places we went. The parks there, filled with people exercising, singing, visiting, and just walking. The sampan ride and walk around Suzhou was great, and Shanghai is indescribable. Most of us decided to ride the MagLev back to the airport.
Most importantly, we had the most amazing tour manager we can imagine; Annie/Chai was warm, helpful, informative, very well read, extremely aware of American preferences and thinking and so personable we couldn't believe it. If we go back anytime soon we will first see if there is a trip that will be led by her!
Again, the trip was so much more than we expected, especially for the price. We have recommended you in the past based on our Croatia trip, but now you've really moved up the ladderLinn H. Rio Rancho, NM
Our trip to China was a success. This is our first time ever taking an escorted tour, and it exceeded our expectations. I have always been the type that likes to do everything on their own. However, I am so pleased that I chose Gate 1 as my tour operator on this trip. First of all, I want to commend the hard work that our tour manager, Nina, did every single day to make sure that we all had an amazing trip. Not only was she knowledgeable on the sites we visited and on the history of China, but she also made sure we had a smooth transition from hotels to airports to piers. Most importantly, she kept our group moving smoothly while on a very full schedule.
The Gate 1 tour to China is so carefully planned from the luggage handling to the hotels to the meals and to the local guides. I couldn't have done a better job than Gate 1.
I look forward to taking more trips with Gate 1, and have already recommended Gate 1 to many of my friends.Odalys G. Miami, FL
The tour was great. This was our first tour and we were so pleasantly surprised. My husband was thrilled that we didn't have to bother with our luggage, it was in our hotel rooms upon arrival! Our tour guide in China, Jason Liu, was just wonderful! Our travel companions are now our friends and we are keeping in touch! Thank you Gate 1 for a wonderful experience.Carol W. Woodbine, NJ
Fantastic trip. Exceeded our expectations. Especially want to say that the Gate 1 China Trip Manager "Frank" was absolutely outstanding. He was a delightful, conscientious tour leader, who besides providing friendly and helpful information, kept the group moving smoothly on its tight schedule, and insured we always had smooth hotel/airport/boat transfers for us and our luggage, etc. Frank was a gem, who insured that we had a delightful experience. The local tour guides "Charlie" (in Shanghai) and "Jenny" (in Xian) were also very good. We plan to definitely recommend Gate 1 China to our friends.Tim G. Tinton Falls, NJ
The trip to China was marvellous! We are still jet-lagged from the long journey home.
We would especially like to commend our tour manager in China, Grace Wang, who did a superb job of conducting our group of 30 about the country. Local guides of mention were "Jenny" in Xi'an and "Andy" in Shanghai, because they spoke slowly and clearly while giving us a wealth of information.
We have already recommended this trip and Gate 1 to our friends.Susan M. Toronto, Canada
Fantastic trip, want to give a huge compliment to Gate 1 for the very
in-depth itinerary. We have taken several Gate 1 tours and this was by far the
best one ever. We loved the way we were submerged in the culture and given the
chance to be part of the people (dancing in the park in Xian with our red
Our tour guide, Annie Zhai was the best we have ever had from any tour (including Gate 1). She is a gem and really represents Gate 1 and its goal to make their customers happy and at home in a foreign land. She took care of every concern, worry, question and more! Very knowledgeable, polite, always smiling even when she was exhausted or stressed.
We had an absolute ball. The tour guide Joan was sensational. She was at our beck and call, very informative and flexible when she could be. The hotels were nice and comfortable. The beds were firm and great. The food in China was much better than I have experienced in the past. We loved the Hutong tour in Beijing with lunch at a person's home. We really all enjoyed all of the tours, but the Dumpling tour was our least favorite. We even experienced the Beijing subway and found a famous restaurant in a Hutong.Ellen P. Woodland Hills, CA
My trip to China and Tibet was spectacular. Adding Tibet to this trip was the best, our entire tour loved it. It is so genuine there. What you see is their reality. The older people still wear their native dress, carry their prayer wheels, and are deeply religious. I will never forget them.
Our tour group started out with 31, and 7 left for Beijing when we got on the
river boat. What a nice group of fellow travelers. We are keeping in touch with
one another already and are preparing to share our pictures and videos.
I want to say a special thank you to Gate 1 for the gifts you provided for us. The luggage strap was perfect for helping us keep track of our luggage.
I have saved the best for last. Our tour guide, Scottie, was absolutely the best! He is such an amazing young man, he was able to handle anything and everything that came along, including a luggage problem. I hope Gate 1 is aware of what an asset Scottie is to your company and how proud he is to be a part of Gate 1. His pride in China, his pleasure in sharing his country with us, his knowledge about everything about China- past and present. Needless to say, we all loved Scottie and found it very emotional to say goodbye. He would be more than welcome to stay with any one of us if he ever came to the states.
First and foremost was our tour manager, Mr. Pan Rei (Scottie). Simply put, he did just an amazing job for us. I think I speak for everyone on our tour, his personality, sense of humor, attention to details, knowledge of China and its history and culture simply enhanced the experience to levels we could not have imagined made better. He deserves all the praise and thanks from us all.
The local guides were great. No complaints. They worked hard for us and tried their best to give us enough information and time to explore without being overbearing. I appreciate that.
While I wasn't looking forward to the Yangtze River Cruise, it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip and a perfect aftermath to our experiences in Tibet which were both very physically and spiritually demanding. The views along the way were sheer magic as well.
The hotels were excellent and full serviced.
I can't imagine what the more expensive tour companies do. Many of them stayed at the same hotels as we did and were next to us at many of the sites. I do know they didn't do everything we did because there were Gate 1 special "extras". Much appreciated.
Thank you Gate 1 for giving us more of the world for less.Allen W. Fair Lawn, NJ
We had a wonderful time in China. Our tour manager, Grace, was absolutely
outstanding. She took care of things so well we were able to simply relax and
roll with the tour's many events and experiences. Her warm personable nature
made her a delight to be with.
Our travel companions were such that we could not have chosen better. We gelled from the moment we met and are still in touch with each other through email and Facebook.
This Gate 1 experience was exceptional. As such, we are now considering future tours options with your company.
Our trip was fantastic, more than we ever expected it to be. Annie was our tour manager the whole trip and she was fantastic, she made the trip what it was. Our group was small and we all bonded so well, we were all sorry to have to part. The hotels were great, the boat trip and accommodations were very good, the food was good...can't say enough good about the trip. The itinerary was fantastic. We enjoyed every minute of it.Ray B. Villa Park, IL
The trip was great. The hotel in Tokyo was excellent. The side trips (Mt Fuji, Hakone and Nikko) were beautiful and informative. I'm really happy with Gate 1 Travel service.Alex K. Palm Springs, CA
Thank you very much for the fantastic tour. We enjoyed it very much and are already looking forward to our next trip to Indonesia. Our guide "Ganbaatar Tserendorj" in Mongolia was super nice, knowledgeable and had a very good command of English language. Our guide in Beijing was also well versed, knowledgeable, kind and again had very good command of English language. He explained the rules in details in regards to the changes everyone wanted to make of not visiting Forbidden City, as everyone had already seen and been in Beijing previously.
We all enjoyed both our fair well dinners, especially the duck dinner in Beijing, everyone was hesitant to have the Duck dinner, but let me tell you that was the best Duck dinner we had and all fellow travelers agreed that they were happy they did not ask to change the menu.
Again thank you for providing such a fantastic tour and we hope you continue to create more Discovery tours of other places around the world. Sixteen people group was just right.Maryam S. Coral Gables, FL
We had a great trip to Japan. Wasn't sure what I was getting into -- first time with Gate 1 Travel -- but the trip met, and exceeded expectations. Hotels were great (particularly the Grand Prince in Tokyo) and in great locations, and also enjoyed the independent style of travel, of having a guide for a couple of days, and then having the chance to explore on my own.
Thanks again for a truly memorable experience in Japan.Charles R. Washington, DC
I cannot say enough. I will be recommending Gate1travel to everyone. The trip to China was above and beyond what I expected. Jack our manager who stayed with us the whole time went above and beyond to help each and everyone of us. I wanted to take him home. Our guide in Xian Jenny put her heart and soul into all the sites we visited along with Charlie our guide in Shanghai. On the cruise Libby was excellent in helping with everything we needed along with other staff members. I really liked the size of our group 25 people and we were all very compatible.Joan G. Riverside, CA
It was awesome! Our tour guide Annie was spectacular!!! She is truly an asset to Gate 1 from the first day to the very last day in Shanghai, she was organized, available, engaging and very entertaining. She made us fall in love with China!
The service was beyond my expectations. I'm happy I chose Gate 1.Desna M. Spring, TX
We had an amazing trip. It was absolutely wonderful from beginning to end.
Our guide, Michael, was one of the best that I have ever had. He was knowledgeable, funny, patient and kind. He taught us so many things about Chinese culture and gave us all a new appreciation for what day to day life is like in China.
We had wonderful companions on the trip with us and that also made our holiday so much fun.
From Shanghai, through the Three Gorges, to Xian and the Terra Cotta Warriors and finally in Beijing with Tiennamen Square, The Forbidden City and last but not least The Great Wall - everything was amazing.
Thank you for helping me put this trip together and all of your patience in answering my questions before hand. It truly was a trip of a lifetime.Elaine W. Ontario, Canada
Our trip to China was fantastic! The country was exciting, people very welcoming. Our tour group became a family - due to our Tour Guide Manager Frank! He is the best - and definitely a keeper. Frank attended to everyone's needs - and even anticipated what we would need before we even knew it. I cannot say enough about him and Gate 1 - which I will definitely consider in the future. Maggie in Xian and Tom in Shanghai were also excellent - and added to the success of the trip. Thank you.Nancy S. Omaha, NE
Our Mongolia trip was very enjoyable with so many unique experiences. We lived in a ger camp, rode the horses, camels and yaks, visited the beautiful Gobi, hiked the sand dunes and the orange cliffs where dinosaur bones were discovered. We also visited the nomadic family, tasted their mare milk mare vodka, yak cheese and their dumplings and soup. I can go on and on about our experiences on this tour. It is very different and a trip of a life time.
We were lucky to have a very knowledgeable tour director, Ganbaatar Tserendorj, who is caring, attentive and efficient. We learned so much from him and also gave us a new perspective of this beautiful country.
Thanks for another exciting Gate 1 tour.Antonio C. Santa Clara, CA
We had a great time. Our tour manager, Ahwen, was incredible and knowledgeable. He was very protective of us. Our local guides in Xi'ian- Sha Sha (Ivy), in Guilin- Mao (Maggie), and in Shanghai- Charlie were great! They added to the experience. The hotels were excellent. The bus drivers were very good.
The cruise ship was very good except for the Yangtze River did not cooperate and was too high. We had to disembark in Fengdu and get bused to Chongquing, but that was part of the adventure.
I will consider taking another China trip in the future that covers cities I did not see this time. Thanks for all your help in making my trips an incredible experience.Carmelina R. Carlsbad, CA
It was peachy. China is great, and the tour was swell. Most importantly: our tour manager, Ahwen was absolutely superb! He was outstanding (knowledgeable, fluent, always positive and available), and made the trip very enjoyable for everyone. I had a part-time guide in Shanghai, Tom, who was also excellent, and a joy to talk to. The quality of guides was very impressive.Charles B. Lincoln, NE
My trip was perfect in every way. Megan, our tour manager, was knowledgeable, helpful and really fun to be with. She took care of all of our needs. Annie, in Beijing, was also wonderful. Scottie, Ivy, and Dolma were very good, too. This was my first tour and it exceeded all my expectations. I am looking forward to returning to China next year with Gate 1.Sheila S. La Crescenta, CA
This was one of the best trips I ever took. And
even though we were all over the place, the itinerary was so well organized!
Above all, was our guide, Megan. From the minute she met us and to the very end,
she was excellent, flexible, charming and showed knowledge all through the
I will defiantly chose Gate 1 in the future.
Our trip was absolutely wonderful! I cant say enough about the services and amenities provided by Gate 1 Travel. We were very impressed and totally satisfied with our tours, guides, hotels and the whole trip. We will most certainly book our future trips with Gate 1 Travel and recommend all my friends and associates. Thanks so very much and we look forward to our next adventure!Patricia L. Sugar Land, TX
We has such a wonderful experience with Gate 1. The Marriott Hotel was great! The other hotels were good too, mainly because whenever we requested anything to be done, the service was immediate. We felt like royalty! We enjoyed the authentic Chinese meals with locals, which Included their Chinese beer. The towns we visited were great because we learned so much. The cities were an eye opener because they were better than what we expected. Gate 1 did a fantastic job selecting our places to visit. We will truly recommend Gate 1 for its service and thought behind its package.
Oh! Did I mention our great guide, Stone? He made us feel so welcomed and he never left our side in China. His English was so good---to tell you the truth we thought language would be a problem even understanding the guide, but all was well. He was also very informed, so we enjoyed listening to him. In the future, we plan on using Gate 1 again.Immacolata P. Virginia Beach, VA
Our recent trip to China exceeded all our expectations. Our guide, Annie, had to be commended as she had gone out of her way to ensure that our needs were met along the way, plus she managed to make everyone at ease with timely humors. She made sure we had meals that include more vegetables requested by most of the guests and we could not have asked for better accommodations. The local guides Holly, Bob and Scottie were all very knowledgeable in the areas of tour locales.
We had good weather following us and thus allowing us to view the scenery above the clouds especially in Yellow mountain. The visit to the panda reserve provided better understanding of the effort to breed pandas. We enjoyed visits to the ethnic minorities towns in Lijiang, getting up to Jade mountain and were quite taken with the colorful daily costumes. We were impressed with the restorations done in the different ancient villages and hoped that future generations continue to appreciate the history in these villages. The tour was a great success.Maren P. Calgary, Canada
Overall excellent. Annie was a fantastic tour manager. Most of the local guides were also excellent, especially Scotty in Shanghai. The small group concept was perfect for us and the group got along very well. The food was very good in most places, as long as you were open-minded about eating Chinese, which most of the group was, but some thought that there were too many deep-fried options and less healthy choices, as most of the group would have preferred.
Most of the hotels did have safes within the rooms which was very important to most of the group. If they didn't, they had facilities to lock up valuables. I liked the small group Discovery model so much that I tried to change my reservation for Peru to the Discovery tour, but it was sold out.Daniel K. Lake Worth, FL
This trip was quite good! I enjoyed my first guided tour very much. Our Gate 1 tour guide in China, Ah Wen, was excellent...very experienced. He not only brought information, he brought life to the stores of China about the old and current struggles of the people. The hotels and restaurants were excellent. The guides attended to all of our travel related needs. I even enjoyed the time in the park with Sha Sha, our tour guide in Chengdu. She showed us how the Chinese exercise and had us take parts in the routines.Tommy E. Tampa, FL
We had a great time. Frank was an incredible tour guide. He has a great personality and is always willing to help. He is an asset to your company. I have taken tours before with other companies, but now I am switching to Gate 1. Covering all the sites was not an easy task, but your company made everything very smooth and pleasurable. I enjoyed the trip to the park. Being with the people of China meant a lot to me. We are truly impressed and looking forward to take the next trip with your company. Thanks again.Victoria D. Coral Gables, FL
Absolutely LOVED it !!! Gate 1 Travel really takes care of their clients needs. They went above and beyond to see that your needs were met, if not exceeded. Especially their tour director, Michael, who we considered the best we have ever had on a tour. Transfers, transportation and overall condition of buses, were excellent. The tour guides spoke excellent English and ALL were very well informed on facts. We definitely will use Gate 1 Travel AGAIN! Thanks again for providing a wonderful tour package.Nancy N. McKinney, TN
We all really enjoyed it! This was my first Gate 1 trip and I have nothing but wonderful praises for every phase of the trip! Patrick, the international tour guide, was wonderful and very detail oriented, as were the other guides. The Yangtze River cruise was special, one which I will remember forever. The ship and all the staff were most attentive. I will be booking another trip very soon!Harriet K. San Fransisco, CA
I had a wonderful time. I made 32 new best friends. Our tour manager, Megan, was the best ever. There was nothing she missed in providing us with a tour and service beyond all expectations. All the local guides, as well as ship guides, were knowledgeable, friendly and a delight to be with.
I am already thinking about my next trip. In fact, I am in touch with 3 folks from this tour to take another one together. The group was congenial and fun to be with. I felt like we were family.Regina C. Philadelphia, PA
Our tour manager, Joan, was wonderful and everything went well without any glitch for the duration of the tour. She kept an eye on every details to ensure everyone in the group was healthy, ate well, and had a fun, safe, educational and enlighten experience. It was our first tour with Gate 1 and we were so impress with the whole organization, from the ease of website booking to prompt response to any inquiry from the main offices. We definitely did receive the best "value for our money". We can't wait for our next tour in September.Thanh L. Fairfax Station, VA
We had one of the best tour and experience of life time, thanks to the Tour Manager, Michael. Our request for Vegetarian meals was handled by Michael with utmost care and food was great!
Our special thanks to Michael for being a carrying, diligent and looking after everybody like his own family. People like Michael are rare to find who do their job so well and with smiling face!! During breakfast, lunch and dinner he would go to every table and make sure that we were happy with the food and if we needed anything else, he was there to take care of it. By the way, he would be the last person to take his meal and in a rush to keep the schedule on time! Also, every hotel we stayed was very nice and comfortable.Satish S. Buffalo Grove, IL
We enjoyed the trip very much. The tour manager, Grace, was fantastic and the accommodations were good. The food was an adventure. We tried everything and we became pretty good with the chopsticks. We also learned a couple of the words in Chinese. We climbed the Great Wall of China, great experience. The Forbidden city and the Summer Palace was also a great site. The Terracotta Army was fantastic and the skyline of Shanghai at night was really awesome. We have plenty of pictures and this will be a memory we won't forget.Lon F. Amityville, NY
My trip was excellent. I would have to get very petty to say there was something I was unhappy with. Everything operated on schedule and the choices Gate 1 chose for us to tour, was outstanding. The most responsible for the success of the tour was GRACE! Grace was a living example of what outstanding customer service looks like. She left no detail, whether large or small, unattended. I could go on and on about her. Also, Gate 1 lives up to its motto of "More of the World for Less". This was my second Gate1 tour and there will be many more.Ted C. Alexandria, VA
The whole trip was extremely wonderful. Beginning with our reservation agent and ending with the Tour Manager, Nina, we only have the best to say about our travels with Gate 1. They took very good care of us, in a timely manner, with answering all our questions. All of us were praising Nina because she was the best guide we have come across!Mansoor H. New Fairfield
Wonderful. I have traveled around Europe many times, without a tour, but felt it necessary to travel with one for this trip. All of the guides were great. We loved, loved, loved Nina! The number of people on the tour was perfect. All of the people were so nice, even to a single person like my friend and I. Some in the group had traveled with Gate 1 before and one couple said this was their fifth time.
We did not have enough shopping time, but next trip we know to add an additional day or two as it is a sight seeing tour, not shopping. Everything was perfect.Barbara H. Toms River, NJ
The trip to China rocked. Somehow Gate 1 always pulls rabbits out of hats.
Our guide, Jack, did an excellent job of setting expectations. It was also
great that Jack/Gate 1 negotiated for us to eat on the top deck in the more
private dining room. I speak for everyone: we all enjoyed not having to push
I felt we packed a lot in given the amount of time. Going to a park to see people do tai chi, but also line dance, sing and play Hackensack was fun even in the rain. It was an easy-going group which probably benefited everyone.
Our trip to China was beyond amazing! From our guide Yuan, who helped make the trip a truly wonderful experience, to local people, local guides, food, accommodation, optional excursions, etc. Everyone in our group was on their best behavior and we made some friends for lifetime! Gate 1 did everything perfectly, again! We can't wait to use your services for our next trip!! Thank you so much for making our trip to China an unforgettable memory!Natasha S. Port Chester, NY
The trip was excellent. We enjoyed every minute of it. Gate 1 really runs an excellent tour to China, it ran like clockwork. Saw so much and our tour guide was the absolute best. The price was so good that we didn't expect it to be so great. It much exceeded our expectations. Will definitely start looking for our next trip through Gate 1 and recommend it to all our retired friends who travel a lot.Mike V. Stanhope, NJ
We really enjoyed our trip. China is an interesting, indeed, fascinating country. The tour planning was excellent, including the transportation arrangements within China. Our guide, Mr. Nie, "Ahwen," was outstanding. He was patient, extremely informative, considerate and consistently helpful. He managed to maintain a sense of humor throughout the trip. He is an outstanding Gate 1 representative. The local guides such as Matt, Libby and Maria in Hong Kong were also very good. The included meals were plentiful and well prepared. The hotels were first rate, except for Hong Kong which was okay, but not up to the standards of the hotels on the mainland. The included tours and the optional tours definitely met our expectations, and the river cruise was quite pleasant as well as scenic and informative. Overall, the trip provided us with an enjoyable way to learn so much more about the history, arts, and culture of China. We would certainly recommend the tour to anyone else. Again, Mr. Nie is a keeper!!!!!!!!!!John N. Denver, CO
The trip was fantastic, the tours were excellent, the food was good and the hotel accommodations were okay. The people on our tour were great and everyone got along like a family. Our personalities worked well.
I can't sing enough praises about our tour guide Annie! She was charming, funny, caring, knowledgeable and professional. She really set the tone for our trip, she really cared and made us feel comfortable being in a very different land with such different customs. Annie obviously loves what she does, and often said that she loves working with Gate 1 and that it was a really good company. She went above and beyond. Annie was a great ambassador for China. It was very sad to say goodbye to her at the end of the trip and she has set a standard for future tour guides to live up to. Gate 1 is very fortunate to have her. She's an M.V.P.! Annie is "ding ding ding ding ding ding hao!" It means very very very good, excellent!Sharon L. Manhattan Beach, CA
My Chinese response to how the trip meant will be, "Ding Ding Ding Hao!!!" It was by far the best trip I've ever taken. I was totally impressed on how Gate 1 was literally able to give me more for less. Our tour manager, Zhai aka Annie, is certainly the best at what she does and she is the main reason why I already have and will continue to recommend this tour to my friends and family. Her attention to detail and her sincere compassion about our well being went above and beyond explanation. I look forward to future trips with Gate 1. It has been the best experience of my life.Tyrone H. New Britain, CT
It was just about a perfect trip. You are doing everything right! We have traveled with other operators before and Gate 1, with Patrick in China, was the best trip ever taken.Patrick is a jewel. He is intelligent, informative, patient, kind, funny and very well organized. Everything went smoothly and he never showed a ruffled feather or even a scowl of frustration. He is a tireless cheerleader for Gate 1, without being obnoxious or overbearing. He is always polite and well-spoken--he speaks English better than a lot of native speakers! He obviously loves the company, loves working for Gat 1 and loves his country, too.
We also enjoyed the other local guides, Scottie, Jenny and Grace. All outstanding, charming, funny, well-spoken and knowledgeable. Gate 1 seems to be doing everything right, and we are looking forward to taking many more trips with you. Thanks again for a wonderful experience on our China vacation!Jane S. Corvallis, OR
The trip was wonderful beyond my
expectations. From all the places that I went to and all the wonderful
people of all ages that I've met, interacted and took pictures with, I enjoyed
every minute. The tour guide, Jack, is a great guy and the local tour guides
were great to be with as
well. Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day was more food than I ever imagined. I'm so glad I went on the trip, because, as Gate 1 said, I would see more China for less, and that's exactly what it was.
I enjoyed the trip very much. A lot of travelling and excellent service from your Tour Manager. Jack really did everything he could to please every member of the group. China is an excellent destination that offers a millennium culture, beautiful architecture, great food, and friendly people! Thank you to Discovery Tours for planning such a special tour!Irene A. Granada, Nicaragua
Honestly, it was the best trip we have ever been on. I so appreciated the organization and efficiency of Gate 1 Travel from the minute we arrived in China, to the very last dinner and flight home. All of the tour guides were very knowledgeable and personable. As Frank, (our tour manager) taught us a few Chinese words, one that stands out to describe the tour was "ding ding hao" which means very, very good. He was there to welcome us from the beginning of the tour and made us feel safe and welcome in his country. He also made sure every person was taken care of and our group of various US tourists became quite close and good friends in the two weeks we were together. The hotels, meals, entertainment, optional tours, buses, and boat cruise were all very nice and clean. We will use Gate 1 for our future travel plans.Suzanne D. Centerville, UT
I had a great time on the China/River & Hong Kong Tour. Our guide, Annie, was INCREDIBLE!! She was smart, informative, hard working and did EVERYTHING she could to make everyone's stay and visit in China exceptional. Our whole group just loved Annie. Hands down, the best travel guide I have ever had and I have traveled a lot and have had a lot of guides.
It was nice meeting people who had traveled with Gate 1 repeatedly. This was the 8th tour for one couple we met and the 5th tour for another. I hope to continue to be a repeat customer. Thank you Gate 1 for a fantastic time and for giving us such a special guide.Henry R. Atlanta, GA
The trip was great & beyond our expectations. China is definitely ready for lots of tourist. The places we visited were an excellent choice by Gate1 Travel. Anni is an excellent guide. Her command of the English language is very good. She is very knowledgeable with China's history, arts & culture, politics, etc. - very impressive. She did very well handling all of us in the group. She earned her title of TOUR GUIDE MANAGER.Carmelita A. Pleasanton, CA
The China trip was terrific. Annie was the best guide we have ever had. She was on top of everything! Some of the people got sick, which I guess is not avoidable eating all the strange cuisines. She had the pills, took them to the drugstore and helped them to get healthy again. She took excellent care of our group. All the hotels, except for one, were terrific...5 stars. The food was different, but very good. So Gate 1, keep up the good work!Erika B. San Clemente, CA
We loved it. The connections between flights went well and the hotels has good complementary western breakfasts. The tour guides, Stone in Beijing and Matt in Shanghai, were highly professional and full of insight. We did not do all the tours, but we appreciated the optional tours opportunity. We also were able to extend our stay in Shanghai via Gate 1. We wanted to stay there a bit longer than the three nights in the standard tour. There was only a small charge to get the return flight date extended. The structure of the tour, we felt, made it relatively easy to see the biggest Chinese cities as first-time visitors. We highly recommend Gate 1 tours to China.George F. Concord, CA
We were thrilled with the trip and can't say enough nice things about the country, people, culture and food. The guides were superb. They couldn't have done more. Looking forward to our next trip with Gate 1. Happy to recommend this company for the great value they provide, the service you have given us and the amazing guides that we have had. Hope this answers your question.Andrew W. Ontario, Canada
Our trip was fantastic! This was the first time we had travelled with Gate 1 and we are more than satisfied. All arrangements went perfectly. Our guides, Yuan and Charlie, were excellent! Hotels were first class and the excursions were wonderful - a great trip all round.
We hope to be able to call on Gate 1 for any future travel. Thank you for arranging our China experience for us, it far exceeded our expectations.Rob S. Sylvania, Australia
The trip was GREAT!
Our guide, Patrick, is AWESOME!! Patrick not only speaks perfect English, but
knows the American culture very well...he is funny, informative and a pleasure
to be with. Everyone loved him! This was a wonderful trip - everything: hotel,
meals, flights, excursions, local guides...were all super and beyond my
I will definitely take another Gate One trip!! You really do "See More of the World For Less".
We had a blast! Met the other 18 nice people in the group - got along with everyone so that now we feel like family. Frank, our tour manager, was a class act and so were the local guides..Matt, Cherry, & Ivy. Gate 1 Travel rocks!!! Keep doing the good work you guys are doing!Evelyn F. Reading, PA
We had a great time on the trip. All accommodations were good and the transportation, both bus service and Air China, were more than satisfactory. However, the best part of our trip was our tour guide (Annie); she was informative, always pleasant, and had a good sense of humor. Honestly, I cannot think of anything I would have changed on the trip. We are looking forward to our next Gate 1 trip next month!Paul M. Whittier, CA
Gate1 does a great job with trips. The guide, Annie, was excellent. The hotels and location were very good. The ship was better than expected. Enjoyed the meals and entertainment on the ship. Tours were good. Air China was a good selection. Our group meals were good. I am ready to use Gate1 again!Bill W. Fort Wayne, IN
We had the trip of a life-time and I have been to 27 countries, but this was my first group tour trip. Our guide, Annie, was amazing and just made the trip very special. I would highly recommend her to anyone. The weather cooperated, the accommodations and food were great. For a budget trip, there was nothing low end at all. The pace, activities, locations, etc. were all great. I have been raving to all my friends about Gate 1 and the trip and several are looking at your sight to see about taking a trip with you. Thanks for being such a great company for we travelers.Susan H. Anthem, AZ
The China trip was the best trip I've ever taken. Our tour manager, Jack Wang, make the trip especially enjoyable, and he was a huge help to our family. Jack was positive and funny, and he as unflappable in the face of the inevitable challenges that arose. It was so nice to go on vacation and not have to worry about anything. We enjoyed seeing all the famous sights, plus getting a sense of local life. The optional trips were all worth the money. Plus, we really enjoyed the people we met on the trip - including our fellow passengers, the local guides and the bus drivers.Debbie A. San Jose, CA
We had a great Time in China. Our Guide, Jack, was Terrific. He really took care of us, above and beyond the call. It's hard to believe we saw and did so much in only nine days. Thank you at Gate 1 for being there for our group when the flights were cancelled and everything had to be rearranged. We would definitely travel with gate 1 in the future, as well as, recommend it to our friends.Jerry M. Chico, CA
Had a fabulous time in China. Everything went smoothly. Jack did a great job as tour manager. His thoughtfulness and attention to detail made the trip very enjoyable. Our local guides, Charlie in Shanghai and Darry in X'ian, were excellent as well. Thank you for a wonderful experience. I will be happy to recommend Gate 1 to anyone!Erikah H. Piedmont, SC
Our Trip was wonderful! We had the best time ever, all though Beijing was a bit cold, the Tour was well organised, well run and lots of fun! Our trip to The Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Beijing Olympic Village were wonderful and everything we could have imagined. The Terracotta Warriors were spectacular and the entire city of Shanghai just took our breath away.
Our Tour Manager (Stone) was just superb, and the Local Guides, particularly Ivy in Xi'an and Tom in Shanghai were knowledgeable, down to earth, witty and just lovely. We are truly grateful to have had them on our trip as I believe it would have been less enjoyable without that particular combination of persons.
This was our first trip with Gate 1, and it will be the first of many. I have told all my friends about the wonderful service, food, accommodation and treatment while on this trip, and they cannot believe the value for money! I believe you will have many more people from Jamaica on your tour in times to come!!! Thank you all for making our China experience so worthwhile. It was indeed a pleasure to have travelled with you. Our complements to the China team, particularly the Tour Manager, his Local Guides and all the drivers and ancillary staff behind the scenes personnel who I am sure were there but never seen, just making everything go seamlessly. WELL DONE!!!!Kerry-Ann T. Kingston, Jamaica
I have to say, my husband and I, who do a lot of traveling, typically book flights last minute and stay in hostels and what not, so were reluctant when booking an organized trip for fear of it not keeping up with our pace and other group members slowing us down. BUT...this trip exceeded all our expectations. Stone, our tour manager, was brilliant, as were the local guides Ivy and Tom, in Xi'an and Shanghai. The demographic of the group was a lot more diverse than we anticipated, which was great, and despite having quite a packed schedule there was still some flexibility for those of us who were more active. We will definitely travel with Gate 1 again and we would like to stress the lengths that Stone went to in order to ensure we had a great trip. Many thanks.Jo S. Gastonia, SC
Our trip was fabulous. We thought the first tour we did with Gate 1 couldn't have been better, but China surpassed it. Yuan, our tour coordinator, was outstanding - we'd have to rate him 100%; he simply couldn't have done any better. His attention to detail, expertise on China, seamless organization, and genuine caring that everyone had a great trip were evident throughout. It was a pleasure to have known such a fine person - he' a tremendous asset to Gate 1.Martha S. Whitbourne, Canada
The trip was wonderful! Other than missing our
initial plane connection between Hong Kong and Shanghi, it was exactly as
planned. I do want to extend special "kudos" to Frank our tour manager. He did
everything he could make our trip very special and so enjoyable. We also wanted
to mention the local tour guides Matt and Jenny. They went above and beyond to
"share" their home cities with us.
Thank you to the entire Gate 1 staff for a great time!
Of course, it was a wonderful, memorable trip. We had a great group…relatively small…which allowed us to get to know our fellow travelers. But, most of all, I wanted to comment on our tour manager, Dai Li Zhen. She was absolutely wonderful, and took such good care of us. She communicated with us clearly each day about all the important things, but was not overbearing. She handled any problems that arose flawlessly…including getting us new plane reservations out of Tibet, when our earlier flight was cancelled. She even rescued a couple of our fellow travelers who got lost in some of the heavily poplated areas.
I also wanted to pass on my kudos to Gate 1 for the last minute hotel change in Beijing (Xizhao Temple Hotel) it was a beautiful hotel and a wonderful place to stay our last few nights in China.
We have used Gate 1 for a few previous trips in the past, and will continue to use you in the future, only this time we hope to bring some friends. As one who also works in a service oriented occupation, I applaud you, keep up the great work!Keith C. Lebanon, CT
The trip was amazing and very thoroughtly planned. There were so many wonderful, extraordinary and informative sites we visited. Our tour guide, Patrick, knows his duties, responsiblilties, every detail of the tour, schedules, hotels, meals, transportation changes, etc. But most of all he knew all of the people on the tour and made sure that all our questions, concerns and well being were taken of. He stressed safety and was in control of all aspects of the trip and kindly kept everything and us undercontrol and safe. His value to your company is beyond the call of duty and you are lucky to have such a professional and dedicated employee. The buses, drivers, hotels and meals were great also.Claudette C. Desoto, TX
Our trip was fantastic! We had not used Gate 1 before and we were so
pleased. We have travelled with Globus, Uniworld and others, and Gate 1 was
top notch. Our trip to China and Hong Kong was cram-packed with activities
and was very efficient for such a huge undertaking. The sites,
the culture, the food and accommodations were all combined to make our trip a true memory-maker. We can't say enough good things about our Chinese tour director, Ahwen. He is a top-notch asset for your company. And the selection of the local guides, Tom in Shanghai and Dary in Xian, were excellent people to lead your tours. All three of them were people that we would be happy to have as friends and just regret that we likely will not see them again. My wife and I can wholeheartedly recommend Gate 1 and can't wait to take our next adventure with you!
As always, Gate 1 did a terrific job planning this trip. Our tour
guide, Jack, did a great job seeing to every detail. It was a
tremendous amount of work for him what with 3 intra-China flights. He
always had a smile on his face and was a pleasure throughout the trip. The local
tour guides were all knowledgeable, and pleasant as well.
What a fun time it was to be with such an interesting cross section of the world on such a memorable trip. Gate 1 set up and followed through with a great trip. Everything went with ease. We feel that the lions share of our successful trip was due to Patrick, our guide. What a fine gentlemen you have working for you. He is amazingly knowledgeable as will as efficient. My sincere thanks go to Patrick. My trip to China was great, wouldn't hesitate to recommend your company.Bonnie T. Rice Hill, MO
It was the best trip yet! I can't wait to travel with Gate 1 again! Tom Tang, our tour guide for China, is the most caring, kind hearted, and knowledgable person! He made the trip awesome!My Hanh N. Greenville SC
We had fun. Our tour manager, Maggie, was very responsible and efficient. All local tour guides were knowlegeable and fun. Our educational enlightenment was all worth it. We will definitely use Gate 1 travel again!Vela, B. Fresno, CA
My husband and I had a fabulous trip. It was a great group of people and our guide, Joan, was terrific. She had everything organized so well, that everything flowed extremely easily. She was friendly, informative, very helpful to everyone. She made the trip enjoyable for all of us. We would highly recommend her as a guide.
The China trip had wonderful highlights and we saw them all plus more. The food was great. Shopping was fun. Entertainment - optional tours - were a great addition. We loved it and can't wait to go on our next Gate1Travel trip.Linda P. South Yamouth, MA
The tour manager (Annie) was excellent and had a keen sense of the needs and expectations of what was a diverse group. She really became like a trusted friend. The local guides were also very good and knowledgeable. The hotels could not have been better, and the schedule used our time very well. I got a very good sense of not only the places, but the people in them.
I will be using Gate 1's services now whenever I can. Really simplified the logistics, enhanced the trip, made best use of my time and, at the same time, it did not create a bubble around me that separated me from the people in all places we visited (which is the reason I have always stayed away from organized tours). Of course, I will also recommend it to my friends.
Our trip was AMAZING! We had such an excellent time. There are several things that Gate 1 did to make this trip stand out from others that we have done. First, the itinerary was excellent. It was obvious that the trip was made to build from Shanghai to Beijing by leaving the most notable sightseeing until later in the trip. This was an excellent decision.
Second, we loved the cultural interaction opportunities that we were given that other tours just don't do. Our visit to the Farmers' Market to purchase items in Yichang was great, the Park visit in Xian was amazing, as was the Muslim street visit in Xian. These were excellent touches that added so much to our experience.
Third, and most importantly, Annie was the best tour manager that we have
ever had. We've now been to 53 countries together, and Annie was absolutely the
best. She was warm, friendly, lots of fun, and extremely competent in all of
her duties. Thank you very much for such a FANTASTIC
It was great! We truly enjoyed ourselves. It was our first tour ever, we have always travelled independently and found this tour & guides knowledgeable, helpful & most of all warm & funny. I would take a tour with Gate 1 in a heartbeat.Carolina M. Pleasanton, CA
Jack Wang was the best tour manager EVER! His patience was great and his enthusiasm was very strong and it was obvious he enjoyed sharing his 'China' with the 41 of us in our tour. I also want to complement Charlie in Shanghai, Echo in Three Gorges dam area, and Jenny in Xian. I thought they were all great. The trip was sure packed with a lot of activities but they were the ones we needed to see and extras like the Xingqinggong park (in Xian) where we exercised and joined in on a group dance/ parade. That was priceless. We will just have to catch up on our sleep due to the long active days in China and the jet lags we experienced in our travels - especially coming home to Phoenix.
I thought the best part of the trip was the Tang Dynasty dinner/show although it's tough to choose just one #1.
Thanks to all in your company for a job well done.
My hope was to be able to see China, learn its culture, and really get to know its people. This trip surpassed even my wildest imagination. This was my second tour with Gate 1 and you can be assured that there will be many more. From here on you will always be the first travel company that we contact when looking for a great vacation at affordable prices.
Thank you! Everything was EXCELLENT! The hotels, the food, the activities, and especially the tour guides. Patrick was very informative, helpful, and funny. It was my second trip with Gate 1 and will not be my last. You guys have the best value without compromising quality or customer service, and the additional fee for traveling alone was most reasonable. Of course when I arrived in China, I was no longer alone as I joined a great group of other travelers. I saw and experienced everything I planned and more. I'm going to begin saving up for my next vacation now and have been recommending Gate 1 to everyone. Thank you again.Lisa B. Lompoc, CA
Trip was wonderful. First time with Gate 1 and were most impressed with
the thoroughness, detail, service, friendliness, and helpfulness from Frank,
our Tour Manager. He was awesome.
We would not hesitate to use Gate 1 Travel again and have already recommended it to friends.
Specifically, Frank's timing was impeccable pickup and delivery to the airports, for viewing the Pandas at feeding time when they are active, for arriving at the drum tower for the ceremony, and for the man who lifts the rock at Fengdu.
Frank also provided every bit of extra service that was requested. When I thought I had left my camera behind at lunch, he immediately called the restaurant to check for me. (I had actually left it on the bus).
Frank is perfectly suited for his job. His mannerisms are well suited to represent China, in sharing his knowledge of the history in a way that was open and from the heart. We enjoyed him immensely.
The length of this trip was just right and covered the highlights of what we wanted to assess for future travel. Although the weather was cold in China this time of year, it allowed us to breeze through most places without the hassle of crowds.
Thanks so much, looking forward to our next trip with Gate 1
Our trip was amazing. It exceeded our expectations and each day was
better than the one before. Our tour manager is a gem. Her knowledge,
intelligence, composure and compassion are what made the trip as good as it
was. We will definitely be traveling with Gate 1 again and
Our trip to China was fantastic and our guide, Joan, was the best ever. She anticipated every situation and competently handled all the traveling, sightseeing and eating experiences. Joan was so friendly and open with us that we felt we really got to know her. On the Yangtze River cruise our group sang a few songs at the evening show. Joan has a beautiful voice and taught us a very lovely folk song which we all sang and some of the Chinese audience joined in.
Joyce & Peter K. Methuen, MA
We can't speak highly enough of Joan. We also were very pleased with the local guides. If all of your guides are of that caliber, we will certainly travel with Gate 1 again in the future.
By the way, the hotels we stayed in were absolutely beautiful, exceeding our expectations. The itinerary was just right and provided a variety of experiences.
Thank you for providing such a wonderful tour.
Joyce celebrated her 70th birthday and I celebrated my celebrated my 74th birthday in October and with Joyce's Gluten Free diet and with the itinerary we chose, we were concerned we bit off more than we could chew on this trip, especially with the walking and hectic pace of the tour. Thanks to your tour director in China , Nancy, who was caring, competent, knowledgeable, charming, patient, and funny, the trip was a huge success. We anticipated a smaller group than 39 but as it worked out, we were able to interact with a diverse group of interesting people with their unique personalities on a daily basis.Herbert R. Lake Worth, FL
The trip was excellent and the service exceptional. Patrick, our guide, was absolutely wonderful. I can't say enough about him. He was so knowledgeable and accommodating. Thank you for taking care of us and showing us China.Karen K. Thornton, CO
The trip to China was amazing. The sights, the hotels, and especially
our guide, Patrick, were phenomenal. Patrick has a great sense of humor and
tells some great stories, but is also knowledgeable about China's history both
past and present. The local guides in Xian and Shanghai were also great.
There is so much to tell, but I will leave that for friends and family. Can't
forget the bus drivers who show amazing courage and skill driving through the
crazy traffic in those huge cities. We ended spending twice as much as the
trip cost because I have always loved and had Asian style art and furnishings,
and when we hit the lacquered furniture store we went a little crazy, but I am
sure we will be very happy with our purchases when they arrive early next year.
Thanks for a great trip, hope to use Gate 1 again in the
It was awesome.... Hong Kong was great and Beijing, Xian and Shanghai
were the cherry on top of a great holiday. How surreal it was to stand
on the Great Wall, see pandas in person, and learn some new words
and history. Thanks for your help. Until next time.
We had an absolutely fabulous time! It was an incredible adventure - we learned so much about China and her people. Annie, our guide, could not have been more knowledgeable or personable - we fell in love with her. She made the trip just that much better. It's always good to come home, but we will never forget our experiences in China and would not trade one moment or memory.
The trip was outstanding. Our guide, Steven, made it a fantastic trip. He is bright, personable and truly organized. He had everything under control and was helpful to everyone. I got to see all the things I wanted to see in China-the Wall, the warriors, Shanghai, Beijing, and more, all of it was great. Gate 1 did a truly outstanding job. I am looking forward to my trip to Turkey. Thank you for all the help.
|As usual Gate 1 did a fantastic job! Steven, our tour
manager, was unbelievable. He made sure everything was taken care of
and always was available to answer questions and help us out with any
concerns. He gave us good advice on what to do, and what not to
do...where to go and where not to go. He helped us understand the
culture and embrace it. Steven as well as all of the tour guides were
very knowledgeable on the area, and on China's history. My husband and I
will definitely be taking another tour with Gate 1.
We enjoyed our trip very much. Everyone was great (Gate 1 people) and we had no problems of any kind.
It was a great experience visiting China - it was very different from what we expected. We knew that it had a lot of people, but never imagined that it had that many! It was interesting.
We are now looking forward to our next trip. Have not decided yet which country we will go and visit, but we will keep looking for your deals to come.
The China/Tibet trip was great. It was a demanding schedule, but
well worth it. The guides were especially good - Leo and Joan in mainland
China, and local guide, Denny in Lhasa. Hotels were fine, so no complaints
from me, except for lingering fatigue, which goes along with that type of
trip. I'm already looking forward to my next Gate1 trip to South America.
Thanks to Gate1 for putting together a
It was very good. First time for me with Gate1, and 3rd time for my
wife. We both enjoyed it. The program was very packed. I realize you are
doing this so that people will feel they are getting the value :), but
perhaps a bit more free time will help, at least for us.
Our tour guide, Annie (Zhai Jia) was excellent. Our group wasn't the easiest to handle -- there are complainers anywhere, no surprise there, but she handled it very well.
Raymond Z. Newton, MA
Since I am a native speaker, I had a chance to chat with tour guides from other tours while abroad the cruise ship on Yangtze River. I think the most important element of a great tour experience is the guide. And Annie did it for us this time. I look forward to future trips with Gate1, in China and elsewhere. I have the distinct feeling that Gate1 is expanding fairly aggressively. Hope you guys keep up the good work.
We had a GREAT time! There were so many places to see and the experiences at each place were made special and personal by our (can't say it enough) WONDERFUL guide, Leo. Leo made sure we all experienced the local foods and customs. What an adventure. Top notch hotels and cruise. Our group became Loe's family and we all want to travel together again. I believe the whole group wants to travel with Gate 1 Travel again! Thank you for a trip of a lifetime.Ronda J. Orlando, FL
The trip was awesome!! We absolutely loved it! I wouldn't change a thing. Our tour guide, Leo, was exceptional. I wasn't aware that our tour continued on to Hong Kong for some people and we tried to add that portion onto our trip while we were there but it was too expensive to add at the last minute. We had a great time!
My family and I enjoyed a fantastic trip. China is a fascinating country. Singularly, our guide, Steven, was the highlight of the trip! Steven is very personable, and although he has experienced the sights of China numerous times, he has the unique ability to make you feel as though you and he are exploring China together for the first time. Steven immediately made the group feel comfortable, and was always very accommodating to our needs. Gate 1 Travel is very lucky to have such a star employee! In fact, all of the personnel were very knowledgeable and accommodating, including Jenny, Joanna, and the bus drivers.
Again, we truly enjoyed our trip. The destinations and optional trips were
very interesting and well planned; the food offered a good variety to suite
numerous palates and was plentiful. The bus was immaculate! We are very
pleased with our first experience with Gate 1 Travel, and will definitely think
of Gate 1 when looking to book a guided tour in the future. You have our
The trip was excellent! Patrick, our guide, made the vacation successful. The entire group seemed to enjoy the wonders of China. Gate 1 was an outstanding value.Mark K. Cinnaminson, NJ
Our trip was wonderful and a large part of it was due to the efforts of our travel manager, Steven. Words cannot describe how impressed every member of our group was with the job he did. He was knowledgeable, organized and ran things so well we didn't have to worry about a thing. He went far beyond competent and helped us out on several occasions with problems we had with activities we did on our own time. He did all of this while exercising charm and patience with every single member of our group. I hope that Gate 1 realizes what a treasure you have in China with Steven.
Stone was special from the start. When meeting us at the airport he gave us his phone number and told us that he was available to 24/7. I left my backpack in the van that drove us to our hotel from the airport and called Stone, who with a calm voice assured me I'd have my back pack by the next morning. My backpack arrived as Stone said it would.
Time passed quickly on our lengthy bus trips with Stone on the microphone sharing personal and entertaining stories which made us laugh until we cried. Stone was always smiling and laughing and encouraging us to have fun. He had us singing, dancing and exercising with the Chinese people in the park which was the hi-light of our trip. We realized that as a people we are not that different and we owe this to Stone and the way he made us feel. Stone taught us some Chinese language and had us use it throughout the trip as we interacted with Chinese people. We felt proud to use it and also had a lot of fun talking to Stone in Chinese which he just loved.
Stone was very knowledgable and respectful of China and his pride and love of China came through clearly as we traveled through this beautiful country with Stone as our leader. Stone's English was great and I was really impressed with his vocabulary and choice of words. He really spoke intelligently and his lectures were detailed and full of rich flowing history that kept our attention during his entire presentation.
My final comment on Stone is that he really wanted us to sample a slice of life in China. While we were touring markets he encouraged everyone to sample some of the delicacies available and he paid for all of the delicacies we sampled out of his own pocket. I sampled a 1000-year-old-egg, pork & rice wrapped in bamboo and several other items. He was the best of the best Tour Manager and we will never forget Stone, who loved both us and his country so much.
Most interesting trip I have taken. Our guide, Annie, was so helpful from start to finish! We were "Annie's" family! Even when we got delayed 24 hours, Gate 1 sent a representative to help us. I will definitely chose Gate 1 for my travel needs!Chuck L. Kingston, TN
The trip was fabulous. Our guide was the best ever and all of our connections and optional tours were great. All went smoothly and there are not enough words to praise Gate 1 for their service. I am really happy to have paid extra to fly Delta through Detroit. Thanks again for all of your help.Marie D. Mayfield Heights, OH
The trip was excellent. I have yet to be disappointed in Gate 1
Travel. Patrick, our guide, was so knowledgeable and gave us our education
and enlightening courses throughout. I purchased two silk paintings that
the artist signed for me. They're gorgeous.
I may be planning a trip to France in September but not sure yet if I can swing it. If I can, I'll be sure to contact you.
The trip was wonderful, very tiring but enjoyed it very
Patrick, our guide, was exemplary. I much enjoyed his knowledge of the history of China and he was very good at pointing out many of the differences between America and China.
He was right on with his suggestion to keep an open mind, still makes me chuckle because I think it was the best suggestion he could have made, and I did my best to do just that!
I have already recommended Patrick to some friends that are thinking of making the trip, not sure how possible it would be for you to make that happen but I know they would enjoy the trip as much as I did having him as their guide.
We had a wonderful time in China. The tour manager, Annie, was exceptional!!! The guides were also very good. They took care of every detail along the way making for a stress free vacation. The hotels were very good, they had everything we needed. The breakfasts at each hotel were interesting and we always had lots of choices. The places included for lunches were all very good with just a bit of differences. We enjoyed the extra excursions we purchased prior to the trip.
Air China wasn't the greatest especially on the way from LA to Beijing. They didn't have any sort of movie to watch for those who couldn't sleep. The short flights within China were good. We were surprised that they fed us on all parts despite the flights were less than two hours in length.
I've never booked with Gate 1 before but all in all Gate 1 gets top marks with me. I'll make sure I let others know about what a good trip it was and about how well Gate 1 takes care of their passengers.Marrion C. Scarborough, ON
The trip was wonderful, everything worked and the tour guide, Stone, is a
Chinese national treasure. And my group of fellow tourists was
We had a fantastic time. I very rarely write commendation
letters/e-mails, but I felt compelled to do so because of the exemplary
service that we received from Stone Si, our tour director/coordinator in
China. Mr. Si made our tour to China the best trip of our
lives. He spoke perfect English so we could understand him clearly and he
was extremely knowledgeable about the areas we toured, and Chinese history and
culture. He managed our group well, and went way above and beyond our
expectations. Everyone in our group got along really well even though we
were different ages and had different backgrounds. I've never seen a group
of complete strangers get along any better, and we made life-long friendships on
the tour. I also felt like we truly experienced Chinese culture, thanks to
Stone. He facilitated positive group relations, and had
excellent time management skills to allow us to see and do everything that we
wanted to do in China and then some.
I was pleased with the schedule that allowed us enough time to see and experience China, and the places we stayed were clean, and the food excellent. Stone ordered for us, because we couldn't read or speak Chinese, and every meal was outstanding.
Also, we did things that were unique, that made the trip so memorable. Stone stopped the bus, so that I could ride a camel, a life-long dream of mine. He took us to a market to see the local foods, which was extremely interesting. He bought special foods for us at the market to try and taste. So, I saw and did a lot more than just what the pre-scheduled sites were.
Because of Stone, we will only use Gate 1 for our group tour vacations. We felt that we received high quality and value for the money we paid. We will recommend our friends and family to use Gate 1 as a result of our wonderful experience.Elizabeth H. Rockledge, FL
The trip was wonderful. It was the first time that I
had traveled in a group. I love the way everything was
taken care of especially the transfers and the luggage. It made
things so much easier. The pace of the trip was fast but not
overwhelming, with time left to do my own thing. I traveled as a
single person and was very satisfied with my single room in the hotels. The tour
guide, Annie, is a treasure and she made every effort to ensure that we
were satisfied with every detail. Kudos also to Ivy in Xian and Lucy
in Shanghai. All in all it was a very successful trip and I am
planning to go with you guys to India next year.
The trip was fantastic! Great group of fellow travelers.
Annie, our Tour Manager, was just wonderful. She took care of every
detail, was knowledgeable and has a good sense of humor. She is a gem to
We were most satisfied with the hotels, accommodations and locations. The itinerary afforded maximum touring in a short period of time. We will recommend Gate 1 to anyone interested in visiting China. More than we ever expected. And the price was unbeatable!
We had a great trip. China was amazing with all the development. People who had been there before said it had changed a lot. I liked that the tour gave an overview of the major cities and areas. I liked the city tours and the history of the areas. In Shanghai, we went to a market, which was one of the new areas added to the tour. It gave us good insight into the day-to-day life of the Chinese. In general, there was enough free time to explore areas as well as opportunities for the optional tours.
Our tour guide, Zoe, was knowledgeable, personable, and helpful. She taught us a couple of Chinese words a day. In Beijing, she was able to get the driver to take a detour past the Olympic Village.
We had 41 people on the tour from the US, Australia, and England. We all got along well which made the trip more enjoyable. The cruise down the Yangtze was a highlight. I didn't know what to expect and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, scenery, and people. The shore excursions were great.
About a dozen of us went on to Hong Kong. It was nice, but there was no
tour guide. We really enjoyed the trip and seeing the many great
sights and experiencing the culture. One more thing, the only place where
it was relatively easy to use Traveler's Checks was in Shanghai. You might want
to plan on using an ATM card.
It was a great tour. The tour directors, Leo in Shanghai/Xian/Tibet and Patrick in Beijijng, were very very professional. Organization of the tours/ hotel check-ins/ lunches/dinners,etc. exceeded my expectations.
I had a wonderful time. All of the tours and hotels were great. The tour guides Nina, Joe, Judy, Nancy, Becky and Vivian, were very knowledgeable. It was a great tour. Looking forward to another Gate 1 tour.
The trip was amazing and way above expectations. Our tour manager, Leo, was beyond words. A number of our group asked on the first day if any had been with Gate 1 before and I believe we were the only couple who had and told them how excellent you were and how the tour guides were outstanding. Within 48 hours all agreed with our opinion. We will be using you again.Roland K. Englewood, TN
Excellent. The weather was a bit cold/rainy but that was expected for
this time of year. My second trip with Gate1 (coincidentally both were to
China). Honestly, will not be my last. We had originally booked
Egypt before the mess over there and your handling of the switchover to the
China booking sealed it for me. Perfect customer service. We don't
usually do "guided trips", but everything was top
notch and I won't hesitate to use your service again. Mark me down as very satisfied. :-)
Our China trip was truly AWESOME! Leo, our tour manager, was the best we ever had. He was so professional, excellent and went beyond his scope of responsibility to make our trip an enjoyable one. I am so happy that I booked this escorted tour with Gate 1 Travel and hope that all tour managers are just like Leo. I will definitely plan another trip with Gate 1 Travel.Remedios O. Plano, TX
I loved my trip to China. The tour guide, Leo, was probably the best guide I
have ever had and I have done some extensive traveling around the world with
Great trip. Our tour manager, Stone completely exceeded all
expectations. He was knowledgeable, kind and interesting. I have
just referred a co-worker to Gate 1 for a trip to Italy in
My trip to china was wonderful. It was so much more than I expected. Our tour manager was superb! Steven took great care of us all the time and was a great host, interpreter, and historian. The local guides were very helpful as well. Giving me ideas of things to do and giving specific directions of where to go, along with their number if I got into trouble. Thank you so much for providing the most incredible trip I have ever been on. I will definitely recommend gate 1 to others as well as use you again.Elaine S. Tacoma, WA
This trip was not a vacation but a trip of a life time right from the country itself and the accommodations to the wonderful cruise and the tour director, Annie. She should be cloned by Gate 1 Travel. What a beautiful person inside and out. Extremely polite, personable, helpful etc. I am very happy I stayed the extra time after the tour in Shanghai as I covered everything there was to do. My only suggestion is it needs at least 1 additional day in Beijing but preferably 2.Lois B. Winnipeg
My trip to China was outstanding. This is the best value for the $$$ so far of any of my Gate 1 trips. That being said, I want to point out that the tour manager, Zoe, was by far and away the best tour manager I have encountered. She is amazingly organized - had our name tags completed for us including a message in Chinese asking that if the wearer was lost, to please call her cell. Room assignments were ready along with keys. She had our flight itinerary ready along with boarding passes before we got to the airport.
The local guide in Shanghai, Matt, was equally outstanding with total command of English. Unfortunately, we got to Tiananmen Square shortly before soldiers made us leave, but that was not the fault of the tour manager or guides. The local guide in Xi'an, Steve, was absolutely knowledgeable, friendly and made sure we experienced Xi'an to the fullest.
The hotels were rated 4 stars and met or exceeded my expectations. The only problem was that all air conditioning was shut for the season and the rooms were uncomfortably hot. Otherwise the hotels were clean and well stocked. Interestingly, none of the hotels provided tissues in the bathrooms. Breakfast was best at the Shanghai hotel although there were good breakfasts at the others as well.
I took every optional excursion with the exception of the Peking Duck dinner and would heartily recommend every option. My personal thanks and props would go to Zoe and Steve since I needed medicine for an upper respiratory infection and they took me to pharmacies (individually, not together) and helped me obtain the necessary antibiotics.Roena B. Monroe, NC
It was everything that you said it would be. The tour guides were very professional and knowledgeable. The hotels were above expectations as were the provided meals. The Great Wall is really an unbelievable sight and all the attractions were awesome.
We have recommended Gate 1 to others when asked and are looking forward to your Turkey tour in March and Russia in May. Before the China tour we did the Egypt/Nile tour with you and that is what started us looking for Gate 1 tours first before any others.Rick H. Bowling Green, KY
Our trip was amazing! My wife and I have traveled all over the world and have
felt that cruising was the way to go, but after two trips using GATE 1, we have
been converted! We have been so impressed with your travel company. I made
several calls to the customer service department prior to our China trip, and
the staff was always very friendly and helpful. When we arrived in China, we
didn't have to think about any details of the trip until the moment we stepped
back on the plane home. Steven, our tour manager in China, was an absolute
jewel. He was so efficient and organized, he had every detail worked out. Every
meal was ready for us, every bus was waiting. He dealt with the large group of
different personalities without insulting anyone. He was such a kind and
friendly man, and he opened up our eyes to see what China and its people are
really like. We will definitely be back to Gate 1 again.
My trip was WONDERFUL! I cannot thank you enough for enabling me to "see more for less" in China!
The variety of cultural and historical sites was both interesting and well balanced - the Huangpu River area (Pearl Tower, Bund) in Shanghai, formal gardens in Shanghai and Suzhou, canal tour of Suzhou, Yangtze River (dam and gorges), Terra Cotta Army in Xian, Forbidden City, Great Wall and Ming Tombs in Beijing. And I liked the fact that your hotels seem to be right in the heart of the cities, we were so close to the Bund area and Nanjing Road in Shanghai!
What I appreciated equally as much were the more personal experiences -
visiting a "neighborhood market" in Shanghai and Hutong, walking in the Muslim
area of Xian, going into a home in Hutong, joining an exercise class in a park
one morning in Xian, and eating a variety of local foods
(persimmon pie, mung bean cake, various types of cookies, etc) purchased by our tour manager.
On the topic of the tour manager, we couldn't have had a better
one! We truly became "Stone's family" during our trek through China!
He had such a good command of English that he even caught onto any "puns" we
would make. He was thoroughly knowledgeable about China, and more importantly
shared his experiences about growing up in China. Whenever we
had a local guide, Stone would be sure to stay behind and help the slower
people, ensuring they did not get separated from the group. In summary, he
was terrific! By the way, all of the local guides were also
excellent. Gate 1 has made good choices in the people they have
WONDERFUL! Our guide, Leo, did a wonderful job on our trip. Let me tell you, we had some challenging personalities in our group, not to mention how crowded it is at many of the locations Leo took us to. We were also a large group and I can't say enough about how well he handled everything! His English was excellent and he was very open to all of our questions about his country/life, etc. If it were up to me, Leo would get a big raise! Once again, thanks Gate 1 for the wonderful memories!!!Stacey & Mark P. Minneapolis, MN
We had a wonderful and exciting trip! The tour coordinator/guide, Leo Gao, made extraordinary efforts to make sure that we were comfortable and happy. We were very impressed with Leo's role as he was very conscientious and hard working. In addition, his knowledge of Chinese history, and his love of people made the trip exciting and more meaningful. He is clearly passionate about his work.
The cruise ship and cruise as well as the hotel accommodations were very good. The food was also good and there was almost too much food at every meal. We saw so much and learned so much about China and Chinese culture.Irene H. East Greenwich, RI
We had a wonderful time. Although we have done a bit of traveling, this was
our first time traveling with a group on an organized tour. The benefits were
numerous. There is no way we could have seen one fourth of the sites we saw on
our own in the amount of time we were in China and for the price we paid. The
tour was so organized and the transportation was reliable and excellent. We
could relax knowing the restaurants we ate at were good quality and sanitary.
All the hotels we stayed at were comfortable, clean and in good
The camaraderie was a huge plus; we learned a lot from our fellow travelers and made new friends.
The biggest advantage was having such an excellent guide. We can't say enough about Leo Gao who was so organized, knowledgeable, informative, personable, and efficient. He gave us so much information and background on the many places we visited (along with the terrific local expert guides) which made the trip so much more meaningful. Catching 3 flights and a cruise was a breeze since Leo checked us all in and got our boarding passes for us and arranged for our luggage to get picked up and sent to our destination and be placed in our rooms before we arrived. He did so much for us and answered all of our many questions honestly. I don't know if tour guides are always this good since, like I said, this is our first experience traveling like this, but I think we may have been spoiled with having such a marvelous one this first time out. Others in our group, who have toured before, also commented on how good Leo was. We're already talking about our next tour with your company. Thanks for a wonderful trip.
Great trip! We couldn't ask for a better guide/travel coordinator than Leo Gao. He certainly was 24/7, energetic, attentive and knowledgeable. Attentive in that he went out at 9:30 pm to get medicine for friends of ours that had an allergic reaction! His knowledge of history was all but amazing. The US dollar was accepted everywhere so one need not even change money! Even the street vendors would take it. Again, many thanks!Bob A. Kurtistown, HI
It was wonderful and so well done. My sis and I felt very safe and everyone watched out for us. The flights were fine and the accommodations were terrific. We did so much and even though we were tired, we did not feel like we were over-managed. Our tour guide, Annie/Ja, was knowledgeable and was so flexible when schedule changes happened as of course you must know happen in China. We did have a few high maintenance folks and she handled them with diplomacy and kindness. We had a wonderful time. It was great and the schedule of flights that we had from JFK were well timed so that we got to the airport and back home at a nice time. As usual, a well done trip.Alex M. Winsted, CT
We had an awesome trip!!! Our tour manager, Grace, was very knowledgeable, organized and enthusiastic. She cared very much about every group member and got to know us, and special needs, all individually. This created a very cohesive group, and made our trip so much more fun than we expected. Grace even called ahead to all of the hotels and the ship requesting the rooms be prepared to be allergy free for me. Great trip, great sites, tour guides, drivers, etc. We learned so much about China and it's people.
We were very impressed that quite a few in our group had traveled with Gate 1 one or two times before, and came back because they were so pleased and felt they got a great value. We feel the same way. We will definitely consider Gate 1 in the future.Madi & Ken P. Roselle, IL
Our trip to China was fascinating! The hotels and flights were great and our tour guide, Stone, was wonderful. He was very patient, kind, knowledgeable, just wonderful and I would like to highly commend him. I hope you value him. Every thing was more than I expected. From now on it's Gate 1 for us. No one can compete with Gate 1's prices. Be booking with you in 2011.Maria & Jose O. Downey, CA
Thank you for your help on getting us to China! All of us believe that we had great accommodations and great guides. The trip was well planned and your firm provided us good value. We learned much and have a greater appreciation for the economic impact we will face in the near future. Great trip!Peter O. Wiloughby Hills, OH
What a BLAST we had!!! The trip of a lifetime! The four nights on the Yangtze River cruise were fabulous and the Li River Cruise was wonderful too. The trip to Suzhou on the canal was really fun and the Xian warriors -- we felt like archaeologists!!! I could go on and on. The 15 people on our tour and the tour manager, Zoe, were all a tight knit group!Laurie U. Sterling, VA.
Our trip was fantastic. I can't stop thinking about how much fun we had. Everything went smoothly. All our flights were on time and Korean Air was exceptional. I loved the extra leg room, the entertainment system, and of course the service. I also want to give a special thanks to Leo, our tour guide. He is simply the best. I have never met anyone so passionate about their job. He works so hard to please all of us all the time. The itinerary was fantastic. Everything we wanted to see on our first trip to China was included. It made for some very busy days but it was worth it to fit everything in on such a short schedule. Thank you for all of your extra efforts to get us all on the same flights, etc. It made for a wonderful trip. I know businesses love word of mouth advertising and everyone in my office now knows about Gate 1 Travel.Frank F. Draper, UT.
My trip was wonderful. I can't say enough good things about Gate 1 Travel. Our tour leader was Annie and she was amazing. She kept everyone organized and happy at all times. Annie has great people skills and was tuned in to everyone and their needs. I liked that she took us to a public park, to see what was happening with the Senior Citizens, and some other destinations, not on the itinerary, that we all enjoyed. The schedule kept us all moving, but I always feel that I can rest when I get home. I'd hate to miss anything while visiting a foreign destination. I would feel comfortable travelling in this group by myself, everyone was so friendly and thoughtful. Again, Gate 1 provided a wonderful trip, at a great price. I would recommend it to anyone and will definitely consider it for other trips in the future.Betty J. Seattle, WA
We had a fantastic holiday in China. The tour exceeded our expectations. The organization of the tour was very good. All the travel arrangements went well. Baggage handling was excellent. Food and accommodations were well above expectations. Our tour guide, Steven, was very efficient, knowledgeable, humorous and thoughtful. It was fun being part of the "Steven's family". All the local tour guides were very good. The Yangtze River cruise was great and the staff were very helpful and provided good service. I enjoyed the early morning Tai Chi classes.Cathy & Fred S. Skead, ON
The China trip experience with Gate 1 Travel was wonderful. The best of 3 trips (2 with other travel companies).
Our tour guide, Steven, was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable, humorous, witty, and very detail oriented. He made the trip so easy and pleasant! We were glad to be his "Steven Family" for 2 weeks!
The food in China, although sufficient, was more on the vege/green side. Meat and seafood were few and minimum. Really nothing major to complain about.Alice & Jim W. Fleming Isle, FL
Our trip to China was fabulous. We cannot begin to express how great our tour
guide Steven was. He went beyond the call of duty and made our group like a
little family. He has great pride in China and deservingly so. China was very
This was our second trip with Gate 1 and will use them again.
The trip to China went quite well. All connections went without a hitch and the tour guides did an outstanding job. Quite hot for the first part of the journey but, hey, it was in August. China is more modern and advanced than I expected but the country side was mostly scenic.James S. San Rafael, CA
We LOVED our trip to China! I so appreciated your patience with me in booking the trip and the airfare. Your attention paid off for me in multiple benefits.
The entire trip was beyond my expectations. As you promised, a guide met us at the airport in Shanghai, and we were whisked off to the hotel near the Bund. We had an excellent view of the river from the room, and the guide was excellent. The hotel in Beijing was very conveniently located near the Temple of Heaven and the Pearl Market. The hotel in Xi'an was new and top quality.
All of the local guides were excellent, but I was especially impressed with Jenny, our tour director. She was with us every step of the way, advising us of changes in the schedule and accommodating a range of individual needs (including our vegetarianism). She answered every question with a sense of respect and accuracy. She was excellent.
I so appreciated your suggestion that we spend a few extra days in Beijing at the end of our trip, enabling us to get a remarkable air fare and allowing us to do some specific events not on the itinerary, such as taking in performances at the Peking Opera Museum Theatre and the National Center for the Performing Arts.
I had never used Gate 1 before, and I was a little nervous. I was happy to learn that ALL of the travelers on our tour were returning customers/travelers. I would certainly use Gate 1 again, and I would recommend it to others.Richard R. Milwaukee, WI
I think I can say Gate 1 knows China . My whole family had a wonderful experience! We feel Gate 1 went above and beyond in all of the details of our trip. The lodging meals and tours along with all of the side trips were just great. I think we all loved the river cruise, they were actually the slowest most relaxed days, even if the Yangtze was flowing high and fast due to the flooding. I'm sure we will use Gate 1 services again and I will ask for you, Cheryl. Thanks for all your help .Ben B. Indiana, IN
Our assigned manager, John, was a caring, knowledgeable, well organized, experienced guide. I believe he even prayed for good weather for us. He became a needed part of the group. He certainly deserves a BRAVO.Clara S. & Federico M. Southfield, MI
We were very satisfied and happy with the trip, but it was exhausting, but well worth it. We had a small group of 29 people and they were all congenial people that we enjoyed being with. This was the first time on a trip that we really had such a compatible group.
Our guide, Steven Liu, was very professional and a joy to be with. We could not have had a better manager. I would highly recommend him for anyone. For me and Marsha it was a learning experience and fun with the exception of the extremely hot and humid climate. We only experienced a little rain at the end of the trip and I felt that I was in photography heaven. The food was good for the most part and we experienced no food problems or even saw mosquitoes, which surprised me. Walking the many steps on the tour were a problem on one tour, but we did well for the most part. Flying China Airlines was great, with very professional attendants and fine airplanes. Processing security in Newark was unpleasant and almost caused us to miss our connection and in addition we were unhappy with having to pay five dollars to use a cart at the baggage pickup there. American dollars were welcomed everywhere we went in China, but we used RMB mostly there. We went to the China Bank in Shanghai and something was lost in translation when getting Chinese RMB. Also, the cruise was enjoyable and the side trip from the boat.
All in all in it was a fantastic trip and we would use Gate 1 in the future for trip. Thanks for all your help.Eugene N. Leawood, KS
China is fabulous! The tour guide, Leo, made the trip the very best trip we have been on. You folks are very fortunate to have found such a thorough, helpful, knowledgeable, creative, and charismatic man for the job. He handled young and old with perfection. We will be traveling Gate 1 again, but he will be hard to beat. We enjoyed our tour guide in Egypt also, Gate 1 trip we took in March) he too was very qualified. He was wonderful as well, but Leo from China was remarkable in all that he did for the group. He taught us a bit of Chinese, showed us and introduced us to local people, local living and non-tourist restaurants. He truly was fabulous (Leo).
The locations, hotels, places of interest - all great. Very satisfied.Stephanie S. Waltham, MA
This was my fifth trip with Gate 1 and I believe my very favorite. I had a wonderful time, thanks in no small part to our wonderful tour director Stephen Lu. He made it all look easy, which I know it wasn't. We had a wonderful group of 26 people from all over the map including some from other countries. I loved the cruise, where I unexpectedly was treated like royalty because I have a cousin who works for that cruise line, and the hotels in both Shanghai and Xian. The hotel in Beijing, while very well located (near the Silk Market), was just OK. They need more English speakers to help with western guests. The local guide Scottie (Shanghai) was friendly and a good guide, if a little immature, and May our guide in Xian was very informative about life in the city. She seemed less informed about the history associated with both Xian and the terra cotta army. She and Stephen took us to a city park for an unscheduled visit to observe the tai chi, line dancers, ballroom dancers, musicians, etc. which was an unexpected highlight of the tour for many of us. Stephen was our guide in Beijing and he was extremely knowledgeable in history, geography and culture. He was terrific.
My only negative comment is about the food at the tourist eateries we stopped at, particularly the last night at the "western style" place. However, the Dumpling Dinner in Xian was terrific, as were other scheduled lunches and dinners. I ended up missing the Peking Duck dinner. It was rescheduled to the night before an early flight and there was no way I could fit it all in, and get my bags outside my room by 11:00 and up at 5:00 a.m.
All told, a great trip.Mary O. New York, NY
We enjoyed every minute of the trip and have been singing Gate1's praises to everyone who has asked us about our journey.
I don't want to say or write anything that will encourage you to raise prices, but everyone with whom I have shared our printed itinerary has commented on what a great deal the trip is, how much is included, etc.
First, I want to praise our two tour directors. We were with Stephen in Beijing for the first week of the tour and thought he was highly competent, efficient, intelligent, knowledgeable and patient. For elderly, first-time China visitors like ourselves, Stephen was a calming and reassuring presence; our China Dad. And he was one of the sweetest and kindest people I have met in a long lifetime of meeting people
For the second half of the tour from Guilin to Beijing we were with Grace Wang. She was also equally wonderful, delightful, witty, caring, competent and our China Mom. I can't say enough good things about her.
We also liked all of our local guides - Matt in Shanghai, Gracie in Yichang, Coco in Chongqing, especially Christine in Guilin and Richard in Xian. Christine explained complex geological concepts about the Karst topography we were seeing clearly and expertly as well as the history and culture of the area. And Richard could be a history professor, such was his depth of knowledge about Xian, the Silk road and the dynasties whose capitols were there.
The hotels were all great, the vans and van drivers excellent, the itinerary perfect. We loved the Yangtze river cruise, the optional trip to Suzhou, the Li River cruise; actually we loved everything, especially the Chinese people.
Personally, the only things I/we would eliminate are the visit to the Pearl place in Shanghai and the silk rug factory in Xian. As interesting as the introductory explanation was, the rugs are too expensive for most Gate1 customers. We would also have liked the Shanghai Museum to be included. Maybe eliminate the Pearl factor and the visit to a Community Center and go to the museum instead.Mary S. Bow, NH
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