"We took the Gate 1 Ecuador Amazon and Andes trip during covid. We were actually the first tour they had since covid first started. Gate One followed all safety precautions for covid and their covid guidelines are actually more strict than the US. As far as Covid, we felt safer in Ecuador than the US. Ecuador exceeded my expectations. The places we went to were stunning. I like that we were able to experience Ecuador's big cities which is Guayaquil and Quito and at the same time saw their amazing rainforest and jungle.
Our tour guide Antonio was very knowledgeable, patient, funny and approachable. I admire his deep passion for what he does and his love for Ecuador. He also spoke highly of Gate 1 which is a plus because I like supporting companies that treat their employees well. He is good at conveying his personal experiences to us so that we can get a good perspective on how it is to live in Ecuador. He really went out of his way to make sure everyone was safe and had a wonderful time. As in most tours, there is always one or two passengers who are difficult and challenging. Antonio dealt with these situations professionally. We were also very lucky to have Kelvin who is an impressive driver. I felt safe having him drive us specially in those winding narrow roads. Overall I can say Gate 1 did an exceptional job in making sure that we have a safe and enjoyable trip. We are looking forward to our next Gate 1 tour."
Cristina O. - Sep 2021
"Our tour guide in Greece, Militsa, was an exceptional guide. Not only her knowledge of the history of Greece, Greek Mythology and how they impacted the rest of our culture, but her ability to herd our group around. She not only kept us together the best she could, but if stairs or hill climbs were too difficult for some, she gave them viable alternatives. Also her instructions as to when and where to meet back up worked 100% of the time. Prior to entering a monastery, church, ruin, restaurant, or pedestrian area, she prepared us as to rules, customs, expectations, especially as it related to Covid. On the bus she made sure we stayed masked and if someone forgot, she nudged them back into compliance. And 100% of our group tested negative at the end of the tour! Loved loved this trip."
Vickie S. - Sep 2021
"I want you to know what a great trip we had, on our 9 day Classic Sicily. But it was made even better because of our Tour Manager, Antonella. She was wonderful. We have had good tour managers, with Gate 1, but she was the absolute best. We felt she went above and beyond. She would present our group with little gifts of pastries, from bakeries she had recommended, rock salt from the salt fields at Marsala, even little Sicilian flags and tea towels with a map of Sicily on it. She was extremely knowledgeable & very funny. She told my partner and I about a great restaurant in Taoromina, and how to get there by taxi and cable car. Even the amount of cab fare and the cost of the cable car up to Taoromina. She became a friend to everyone on our tour. And I know everyone in our tour group feels the same way about Antonella!!! I hope we have a chance to have her as our tour manager on future Gate 1 tours."
Charlie R. - Sep 2021
"I just wanted you to know that the 7-day Safari in Kenya last week was PERFECTION! Amid this Coronavirus mess, Gate One and their staff pulled everything off without a hitch and I had a blast. Tony and Christopher, our guides, were absolutely exceptional. They were efficient, kept us safe, laughed, made everything fun and comfortable. Their knowledge of not only Kenya but America combined our cultures seamlessly. We could always turn to them for whatever we needed. I highly recommend them.
Thanks again for ANOTHER fantastic memory Gate One!"
Amanda H. - Sep 2021
"Our trip to Peru was supposed to be a girls trip to Amsterdam but COVID hit and that trip was canceled. So the 3 of us kept looking for another Gate 1 trip and the 10 day Peru trip popped up on the Gate 1 site. We decided YES this will be our girls trip. What a great vacation and outstanding tour guides. Our guides were so knowledgeable and made us feel very comfortable. The activities were the best. The hotels were OUTSTANDING. As 3 ladies leaving our husband's at home we requested 3 beds and each hotel accommodated us. The food in Peru was delicious as it was fresh daily. Of all the places we went I personally loved the floating islands at Lake Titicaca best. Yes we went to Machu Picchu and that too was amazing. I can't say enough about Gate 1 and our 10 day trip. You made each of us feel like family and met all out needs. We were pleased to see that Gate 1 helps a school in Peru. This is another reason they are #1."
Ann V. - Sep 2021
"It was amazing voyage. As always Gate 1 provided excellent service. Monique, our tour guide made sure we were all safe. She and our bus driver Irene provided outstanding service. As always, I'd like to say thank you to Gate 1. You guys are amazing. We are looking forward to traveling with you, as long as we are going to travel. That was our 25th trip, looking for at least 25 more."
Regina R - Sep 2021
"So nice to be "on the road again" after the Covid shut down. Had a great time on our recent early September tour of the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Excellent work by our tour guide Julia and Bus Driver Steve made the tour very memorable. Julia assisted with the additional Covid testing requirements and made the processes as painless as possible. So many places we visited were thrilled to have American bus tours operating again. The people were all so welcoming and gracious. The scenery, food, drinks and hotel accommodations were beyond expectations. For anyone thinking of traveling again, we highly recommend this tour. We have another Gate 1 Tour scheduled next month and can't wait."
Donald M - Sep 2021
"Our 11 day Pacific NW tour was great! Yes, there were Covid related challenges, but our tour manager did a great job navigating them. Favorite restaurants were closed or only doing carry out service. Some information spots were closed, but she secured Park Rangers to speak with our group, or show videos on the bus. Hotels and many other places are short staffed, so patience is a virtue. We are so glad we were on the tour, even with the challenges. And as always, we met so many wonderful people."
Jane F - Sep 2021
"We had a wonderful vacation in Sicily with Gate1 Travels! Just wanted to say that our Tour Manager Antonella Dicarlo was awesome & is truly an asset to your organization. She is a lovely, kind, helpful person with a bright, sunny personality and extremely efficient, professional, knowledgeable, which made every aspect of our trip such a smooth, enjoyable, memorable experience! We wish her a very Happy Birthday & many Happier, Healthy returns of the day!! Our driver Raymond was exceptional too, not only is he a safe driver but always courteous, helpful, punctual, professional in his dress and attitude! We hope that we can have Antonella & Raymond on other European tours in the future!!!"
Gabi T - Sep 2021
"I had such an amazing time and experience during my trip to Peru. The program itinerary was immersive and very engaging. Many thanks to our extraordinary and exceptional tour manager, Raul Fernando and his team, Julio, local guide in Cusco, Broz, local guide in Puno and our super driver, Ernesto. The entire team, with Raul Fernando's leadership, was exemplary. They made sure that everyone was safe, especially during this time of pandemic and constantly reminded everyone to be careful and sanitize our hands everywhere we go. Each tour member was provided hand sanitizer as we board the bus and required to wear masks. Each hotel has mats entrances to sanitize footwear. Some of the hotels sprayed alcohol on our clothes (front & back) and anything else we are carrying as we enter the hotels. Hotel restaurants have tables set far apart. The government of Peru requires masks even outdoors and double masks in all indoor places, with some places requiring face shields in addition to the double masks. I felt safe the entire trip and truly had a memorable experience. Many thanks to the local team for also having a very organized Covid testing for our return trip.quot;
Livia L - Sep 2021
"The trip was phenomenal, amazing! Felt very safe about Covid protocols 24 of us were on the trip 24 received negative Covid test before we left to come home. Wearing a mask inside was the only inconvenience for the trip. There were no incidents we only had to show our US government vaccine card when entering museums and if we ate inside. However we almost never ate inside, because we were in Italy. Our guide was the typical amazing Gate One tour guide. The day guides were also really great. Though I have been a bit unhappy with some of the planning of this trip, sticking with Gate One was the right thing to do. I will continue to tell everyone about how great Gate One does! I will also be booking some more trips."
Scott W - Sep 2021
"My wife and I recently completed the Gate-1, National Parks 8-Day tour which included Mt Rushmore national park, Crazy Horse memorial, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons national parks. The trip was absolutely amazing. We’ve already booked more Gate-1 tours. Yes, we were apprehensive just as everyone in traveling during these trying times. However, Gate-1 did an amazing job from start to finish. Thanks Gate-1. All of the featured hotels were spectacularly clean and near all of our scheduled stops. The coach driver was very meticulous in keeping surfaces clean, ready with water and sanitation wipes at every rest point along our travels. The itinerary was expertly arranged to keep the group actively engaged and to add enjoyment to long stretches of coach travel. Our Tour Director was superb. Lesley has such a vast knowledge of the history, the trials and tribulations of the early settlers, and she knew how to add the right dialog to a story to grasp and hold the interest of the group."
Harold H - Aug 2021