Air & Land: $1039* Land Only:
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Apr - Oct '19
9 Day Danube River Cruise - Passau to Budapest, April 2019
My trip was absolutely wonderful! This was my first, but hopefully not last river cruise. Can't begin to tell you how wonderful it was and the staff on the Monarch Duchess was. From my first step toward the ship to my last step off the ship, someone was always there to greet me and ask if anything can be done for me.
My compliance to everyone, for the dishwashers to the captain, thank you so much!
Patricia B. Minneapolis, MN
8 Day Affordable Central Europe, March 2019
Awesome! This was the best guided tour we have ever done. We had a great travel group. Michael, our tour leader did a stellar job. Whatever you are paying him….double it. He’s worth it. We saw a part of the world that we knew little about but were fascinated to learn. We will have memories that will last a lifetime.
We are already encouraging our family and friends to take the same trip.
Keep up the great work. We look forward to our next Gate 1 Travel adventure!
Timothy R. Janesville, WI
10 Day Affordable Central Europe with Berlin, March 2019
I had a wonderful time on my trip. Everything was very organized down to the most minute detail. Our guide Fred and driver Atila were very professional and courteous and made sure all of us were well taken care of and comfortable. It was a lovely experience. I will definitely recommend Gate 1 to my friends.
Adalina M. Miami Lakes, FL
8 Day Essential Germany, March 2019
Our trip was fantastic! We had a wonderful week in Germany (went by way too fast).
My wife and I were talking the other night while we were showing our parents some of the photos we took, and we were in agreement that we would both absolutely travel through Gate 1 again in the future. Our tour guide, Noel, did a wonderful job--he kept us on schedule and kept us engaged and laughing. Only wish I could have spent another week traveling around Europe with him.
Overall, I wouldn't have changed a thing about our time in Germany. It was a trip we will always remember.
Collin M. Glen Burnie, MD
11 Day Ecuador with 6 Day Eastern Galapagos Cruise - Horizon Deck Explorer, February 2019
It was beyond expectation and ran so smoothly it was scary. We kept waiting for a hiccup around the corner and it never happened!
Our tour guide in Guayaquil was Fernando and he was great. Our Naturalist on board the Santa Cruz II was Sebastian and he was fantastic beyond belief. Our tour guide in Quito was extra special. Everyone met us at the appointed time. This is our 3rd trip with Gate 1 and most assuredly is not our last. We have mentioned your company to dozens of people and will continue to do so.
Bob D. Marco Island, FL
15 Day Barcelona with 11 Day Canary Islands & Morocco Cruise, January 2019
We had a great time while on NCL cruise visiting Barcelona, Morocco and all Canary Island ports. It went beyond our expectations and we are glad we took this opportunity to explore these places. The Norwegian Cruise was exceptionally nice and enjoyable in every respect. They were very precautionary of health & safety and well being of all guests and they provided us lots of choices for food, drinks and entertainment. We came home happy travelers and without any regrets. Thank you Gate 1 for making this trip memorable for us.
Atmaram C. Ontario, Canada
9 Day Alpine Christmas Markets, December 2018
The 9 Day Christmas Market Tour was amazing!
Claus our tour leader was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, he knew many interesting anecdotes about the places we were visiting as well as local dishes to try and where a good place was to try them. He kept us on track and was always thinking of our best interests regarding our experience on the trip. He even helped me get to the airport safely to go home by letting me know the right train station to get on at.
Konrad our driver, was equally excellent. He knows how to handle a big bus superbly and was always helping load and unload the bags as well as helping some of the older ladies out of the bus. Some of the roads we went down in the bus I would have trouble getting down in my car let alone a vehicle as large as the bus. He was also considerate of our comfort whilst traveling between destinations and would raise or lower the thermostat according to how everyone was feeling. He was also pleasant to talk to and it is nice to be around people who genuinely enjoy their jobs. The same goes for Claus as well.
I would definitely go on a Gate 1 tour again as this was such a wonderful experience.
Vicki G. Victoria, Australia
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, November 2018
It was SO great! Our tour manager Dominique took great care of us. She always had time for any questions we had, no matter what she was doing at the moment. She always had a smile and was so professional and pleasant. The accommodations were great. Meals were great. The bus was clean and we had a very good driver. Water was supplied every day. Gate 1 took great care of us!
Karen M. Seaford, DE
12 Day Affordable Central Europe with Warsaw & Krakow, October 2018
Our trip was wonderful ... As usual Gate 1 did a wonderful job. Our tour guide Neira was wonderful and so were the other day guides. They are amazing in their knowledge of the areas. The travel was flawless and the places we visited were amazing.
Michelle M. Ulster Park, NY
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague & Budapest, October 2018
Our Gate 1 trip exceeded all expectations. The guides and assistants were very knowledgeable and helpful. The Monarch Empress was a newer ship and the crew were superb. The chef and food was excellent. Tours, (both optional and included) were enjoyable.
Congratulations to Gate 1 tours.
Robyn K. QLD, Australia
10 Day Croatia with 7 Day Adriatic Coast Cruise, October 2018
We had a wonderful, worry-free trip. The Adriatic Queen was a very comfortable ship. The captain and crew were not only skilled sailors, but also friendly and willing to answer all of our questions. Our tour director, Lana, made every day and every stop interesting. The water in the Adriatic is so clean and clear. Our captain found us a safe place each day to anchor for a swim .... Our chef made delicious food and served it in gourmet style. Thanks for a terrific cruise.
Elizabeth M. Huntington Beach, CA
10 Day Croatia with 7 Day Adriatic Cruise, October 2018
Excellent as always. Lana is one of the best trip managers I have seen. The ship was clean and in great shape, and the food was gourmet level. The crew was terrific, professional, friendly, and serving.
A totally positive experience.
Allan G. Dumfries, VA
11 Day Classic Poland, October 2018
Exceptional!!!! Joanna our tour manager was outstanding. She made hand-outs, trivia contests, language lessons, tastings, DVDs, music and more. As a retired teacher, I appreciated all the extra time she put in to make her country shine. She even assisted us in finding our Polish roots. Now I know why I like to bake--my ancestors came from a town that perfected the art of making gingerbread.
My sister and I do an annual adventure. We are looking forward to #8 with Gate 1 next year.
Paula D. Toledo, OH
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague - Budapest to Vilshofen, October 2018
We enjoyed our Danube River Cruise very much. We had been on the bus trip from Prague to Budapest, but this was a different experiencing being on the river and sightseeing some different cities and villages. Beautiful scenery, great accommodations and fabulous food! Lots of history and the day excursions on foot or by bus were very fun and enlightening. Our guides were very knowledgeable too. We plan to take more Gate 1 trips.
Thank you for a memorable trip!
Sue S. Luxemburg, WI
23 Day Spain & Portugal with 7 Day Western Med Cruise, September 2018
Fabulous! I could not complain about anything. Rui and our driver were wonderful. Congratulations to Gate 1, you exceeded our expectations.
Joan G. Huntingdale, Australia
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe, September 2018
This trip was absolutely fabulous; saw and learned so much about Central Europe. What a memorable experience to help connect and visualize historical events. The people and places were all genuine, personable, positive experiences.
Sylvia K. Reston, VA
11 Day Athens with 7 Day Aegean Cruise, October 2018
Our trip was fantastic. It exceeded our expectations. The most important thing to having a trip of a lifetime was Gate 1’s addition of an outstanding tour guide, Constantine .. He was one of the best ... We want to return! We will use Gate 1 again.
Kathleen G. Virginia Beach, VA
15 Day Classic Greece with 7 Day Aegean Cruise, October 2018
This was our first Gate 1 tour and I must say it was outstanding. We saw so much of Greece, both the islands and mainland in the 2 weeks we were there. I couldn't have asked for more. Celestyal Crystal was an older ship, the crew kept it spic and span and provided such wonderful service ... The food was excellent and a good variety. The provided tours, drink package, and other add ons were great. Although the cruise was contracted to Celestyal, having Constantine and Julia along to guide us through things and insure we got everything we were supposed to was stellar. The hotels and their buffets were great. We had a free cooking class for lunch, that was great; thank you Gate 1 ... All the Gate 1 personnel at the airport, hotels, tours, etc were super. This was an outstanding value for the money! We ran into many other people on this trip that had been on prior Gate 1 tours and could only say the best things. We look forward to traveling with them in the future, possibly a Russian river cruise in 2020. We're already committed through 2019. Once again, thanks for a wonderful experience Gate 1!
Edward D. The Villages, FL
16 Day Classic European River Cruise - Budapest to Amsterdam (Monarch Queen), September 2018
We had an amazing trip. We speak very highly of Gate 1 Travel and the lengths the company went to to ensure we got maximum time on the boat while the water levels were so low.
We appreciated it.
Jeanette, D. Palmerston North, New Zealand
11 Day Classic Central Europe, October 2018
As ALWAYS, this Gate 1 trip was absolutely AMAZING. Our guide, Fred, was the BEST. Each time I travel with Gate 1, I think the tour guide has set a new bar. Fred has exceeded that standard of excellence! He was informative, always attentive to everyone's needs and requests, and funny....so funny. Importantly, he kept us safe. He made each and every city and country come alive. In addition, the tour guides in each city were phenomenal. I understand they have a rigorous course of education and testing to become a certified tour guide....well, they too outdid themselves. The history and information that they conveyed simply cannot be garnered from tour books.
The hotels were fabulous! I truly don't know how Gate 1 does it, but we could not have asked for better accommodations.
And I can't forget Bart, our bus driver. At all times Bart kept us safe. He is so skilled - what an amazing driver.
This was a "trip of a lifetime" for my son and I couldn't have been more pleased with the outstanding quality of the itinerary and especially of the tour guides and accommodations. THANK YOU again and again, Gate 1, for another amazing adventure! Looking forward to the next one.
Patricia S. Mesa, AZ
15 Day Classic Greece with 7 Day Aegean Cruise, August 2018
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our vacation trip to Greece and Turkey. The cruise for seven days was delightful and convenient for us. Loved the entertainment on board the cruise ship, the food preparation and Greek dancing lessons. We have told our friends to try Gate 1 Travel for their vacation trips.
Jay F. Detroit, MI
12 Day Norway's Mountains & Fjords with 6 Day Scenic Coast Cruise, August 2018
My tour to Norway was wonderful! I especially liked Stephanie Johannssen, who was our tour group leader. She was excellent! Caring, giving personal service, knowledgeable about Norway, telling us wonderful stories, and very friendly and efficient. The bus tours were very good, and the Hurtigruten cruise was very good.
Laraine Y. Honolulu, HI
11 Day Classic Poland, July 2018
The trip to Poland was absolutely amazing! I know I can speak for my family and friends who accompanied me on the trip in saying the everything about the trip exceeded our expectations! We loved the food, the tours, the people, the arts and music! All were beyond wonderful! Our guide Jolanta P. was exceptionally well-versed in all things Polish and gave us an insider's view of the rich cultural heritage of Poland. We will definitely be planning another visit as well as tell all our friends about the fabulous time we had!
Catherine H. Buffalo, NY
9 Day Danube River Cruise - Vilshofen to Budapest, July 2018
It was a wonderful trip and we have absolutely no complaints, only praise ... Our tour director (Adriene) was unbelievably attentive and also upbeat even at the most challenging times, and Activity Cooridinator (Daniele) always had something going for us to look forward to. The dining room staff, reception staff, and cabin staff were equally attentive. The food was excellent and there was always plenty to choose from. The small size of the boat allowed us to meet and get to know many great people that we plan on keeping in contact with. Every day was extremely well-organized and our time at each stop was utilized to the max. We will definitely recommend this cruise to others.
Donna C. Staatsburg, NY
11 Day Classic Poland, July 2018
I have to tell you that it was a MARVELOUS vacation and tour. Izabella Sliwinski has been the BEST tour guide we have ever had. She has a great personality, considerate, really concerned about the welfare of all the travelers, great suggestions of where to go when there was free time... This was our first experience with Gate 1 Travel and it will not be our last. We were impressed with the hotels chosen, the food, the hospitality of all. The driver was great, the coach was terrific. All I can say is that it was a marvelous time and Thank You for paying attention to details.
Barbara W. Sandia Park, NM
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague - Budapest to Vilshofen, July 2018
We had a wonderful time! Everything was so organized and there was so much to do. This was our first time on this type of cruise and I would highly recommend it, especially for people who do not like crowded ships! The staff on board were wonderful and so accommodating! All of the tour guides were professional and so knowledgeable! Our cruise tour director, Soma, was wonderful and so organized! The crew members were all great! Thanks again for making our trip a success and hassle-free!
Sandra H. Greenwich, RI
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Munich, July 2018
We had a wonderful time on the Monarch. Jean Pierre was great and all trips went like clockwork. Guides were all excellent. Dining was perfect with good food. Cabins were spacious and well equiped. To cap it all we had wonderful weather. We would certainly use Gate 1 again.
Michael G. new South Wales, AU
12 Day Classic Alaska with 7 Day Cruise, June 2018
We had a great time. Devon was cute as a button, welcoming and included everyone as part of our tour family. She was knowledgeable about Alaska and the sites that we visited. Jesse, our driver, was really nice and he went out of his way to tell us about places that we were seeing and stopped so we could look at Denali when it was in full view. It was very spectacular. We had great weather and the trip was very smooth and pleasant. When we got to the cruise, we already had several nice acquaintances and it was fun running into each other on the cruise and even having dinner and social time with some people that we met on the land tour.
Victoria B. Stony Brook, NY
9 Day Rhine River Cruise - Basel to Amsterdam, June 2018
We had a wonderful trip. It was our first cruise of any kind and all our expectations were met. We have no interest in large cruise ships and really enjoyed the intimacy of the smaller river boat. The staff were great, food was very good and with a nice number of options, and we enjoyed the arranged walking and bus tours with local guides. We hope to do this again some day and will definitely recommend Gate 1 and the river cruise to others.
Daniel B. Cincinnatti, OH
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise, June 2018
This was our first trip with Gate1 and to China ... Getting a taste of China was a real eye opener for us and your company's service made it a very enjoyable experiance. Our main tour guide Ivy was fantastic and we really enjoyed Tom in Shanghai at the end ... Gate1 appears to have a very good service oriented corporate culture and employees we've interacted with appear to like working for your company. We thought the trip was a great value and will definitely look to Gate1 for our next tour. Keep up the good work.
David V. White Lake, MI
10 Day Croatia with 7 Day Dalmatian Coast Cruise (Karizma), June 2018
We were on the Karizma last week cruising Croatia, and all was great. The ship was great, the staff was exceptional (especially the serving staff, cooks & household staffs). The scenery was beautiful and the choices of stops along the way were outstanding & the fellow passengers (from across the world) were great fun to be with. We have been on 3 or 4 Gate 1 trips in the past and all have been wonderful & well beyond our expectations. Keep up the good work.
Robert G. Newport Beach, CA
16 Day Classic European River Cruise - Amsterdam to Budapest, June 2018
We had a fantastic time. The River Cruise was amazing ... The cruise staff was so friendly, kind and helpful. They couldn’t do enough for us. The ship was filled with well traveled passengers so we asked around for favorite trips which we are keeping in our minds for future adventures. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone and now that we have experienced the intimacy of river cruising, we would do it again in a heartbeat.
Michele B. Dresher, PA
12 Day Russian River Cruise - St. Petersburg to Moscow, June 2018
Russia is one of the most beautiful countries we have visited. Definitely going back and will use Gate 1 again . The tour was very well organized, tour guides very knowledgeable. I love that we started from St. Petersburg and ended up in Moscow. It was getting better everyday and like a crescendo. All excursions were good. Will definitely recommend Gate 1 travel to friends.
Sebastian C. Norton, VA
16 Day Classic European River Cruise - Budapest to Amsterdam, June 2018
We were very pleased with Gate 1 travel. We had a wonderful cruise that exceeded our expectations. The staff were incredible and Rudy, the cruise director, was outstanding. The food was excellent and the daily tours were extremely well organised and insightful. We are now looking at our next cruise with Gate 1.
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