9 Day Michigan's Lakes & Mackinac Island with Chicago

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9 Day Michigan's Lakes & Mackinac Island with Chicago
Best Western Greenfield Inn Allen Park, MI
Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge Frankenmuth, MI
Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Mackinac Island, MI
Park Place Hotel Traverse City, MI
Palmer House A Hilton Hotel Chicago, IL

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Additional Information:
Passengers arriving in Detroit should select flights that arrive no later than 5 PM.


Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Passengers interested in going to the Lighthouse Tower in Mackinaw City, during their free time, at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse should be prepared to walk up 4 flights of stairs with narrow steps. They will then encounter a 11-rung, 8 foot ladder through a narrow hatchway. Persons with heart conditions, physical ailments, fear of confined space or heights, should not climb the tower. Mackinac Island has no vehicle transportation. Please wear comfortable shoes during your stay on the island. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Newark-Detroit, Chicago-Newark
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Detroit (Allen Park)
    • 1 night Frankenmuth
    • 2 nights Mackinac Island
    • 1 night Traverse City
    • 3 nights Chicago
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 14 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Tour the Henry Ford Museum that commemorates the achievements of American inventors
  • A delightful visit to the "Little Bavarian" village of Frankenmuth founded in the 1800s
  • Mackinac Island, a wooded paradise encircled by pristine waters
  • Sightseeing tour of peaceful Mackinac by horse-drawn carriage reveals grand Victorian cottages
  • Visit Fort Mackinac, built by the British to guard the Straits during the American Revolution
  • In Traverse City, tour the Music House Museum’s rare collection of antique musical instruments
  • Stop at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences
  • Dune ride through the wild and untamed dunes of Michigan's western shores
  • Chicago, a sensational city boasting some of the world’s best architecture and museums
  • Gaze at the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome inside the Chicago Cultural Center
  • A sensational visit to the 360 Chicago, formerly Hancock Observatory, that soars 1,000 feet above the skyline

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Passengers interested in going to the Lighthouse Tower in Mackinaw City, during their free time, at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse should be prepared to walk up 4 flights of stairs with narrow steps. They will then encounter a 11-rung, 8 foot ladder through a narrow hatchway. Persons with heart conditions, physical ailments, fear of confined space or heights, should not climb the tower. Mackinac Island has no vehicle transportation. Please wear comfortable shoes during your stay on the island. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.


DAY 1, Friday - Arrive in Detroit, Continue to Allen Park
Arrive in Detroit. Continue to your hotel in Allen Park. Time to settle in at your hotel before tonight's Welcome Drink and briefing with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive at your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Detroit (Allen Park)

DAY 2, Saturday - Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, City Tour of Detroit, Travel to Frankenmuth
This morning, visit the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, a National Historic Landmark that commemorates the achievements of American inventors. Here, see historic trains, automobiles, and airplanes that clearly define the innovation from 1800 to 1950. This inspirational collection contains rare exhibits, including Kennedy, Reagan and Roosevelt's Presidential Limousines, Abraham Lincoln's chair from the Ford Theatre, a replica of Thomas Edison's laboratory and the Wright Brothers workshop. After, depart for a city tour of Downtown Detroit. Driving past the major sites, see a combination of theaters, a thriving cultural art district and live entertainment venues that showcase artistic genius and diverse history of this unique city. Continue to "Michigan's Little Bavaria," Frankenmuth, founded in the 1840s by German immigrants. See the Holz Brucke, a replica of an authentic 19th century covered bridge and view the enchanting horse-drawn carriages. This evening's Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival
Overnight: Frankenmuth
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Travel to Mackinaw City, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Ferry to Mackinac Island
This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Mackinaw City. Visit the historic Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse**, a guiding beacon since 1889 that helped passing ships navigate the treacherous waters of the Straits of Mackinac. In the authentically restored quarters, exhibits include the original lens of the lighthouse and an audiovisual glimpse into its past history. After lunch on your own, a ferry transports you back in time as you arrive at delightful Mackinac Island where no cars are permitted on the island! Dominated by Mackinac State Park, Mackinac Island is a wooded paradise encircled by the pristine waters of Lake Huron. Dinner together at the hotel
**The visit to Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is subject to change based on the seasonal opening and closing
Overnight: Mackinac Island
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner*

DAY 4, Monday - Mackinac Island Carriage Tour
This morning, a horse-drawn carriage tour reveals the history and beauty of this peaceful island. Enjoy a leisurely visit to Surrey Hills Carriage Museum displaying historic carriages. Stop at Arch Rock, natural limestone formation set against striking views of Lake Huron. See the sights and sounds of living history preserved at Fort Mackinac Avenue of Flags. Continue to Fort Mackinac, the oldest building in Michigan, with 13 other historical structures and exhibits explaining everything from military training and battles to medical treatments to family life within the fort. Afternoon at leisure to explore the island and Downtown, brimming with unique specialty shops and art galleries. Dinner together at the hotel
The 15 Jun departure could be affected by the Lilac Festival activities on Mackinac Island. Details to be advised locally
Overnight: Mackinac Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner*

DAY 5, Tuesday - Travel to Traverse City, Charlevoix's Mushroom Houses, Music House Museum
Early morning departure from Mackinac Island by ferry. Travel to Charlevoix. Enjoy a guided tour of renowned Earl Young's Mushroom Houses. Each of Young’s houses is unique and was designed to blend in with its surrounding landscape, and feature indigenous materials, like stones found along the shores of Lake Michigan and hand-selected by Young. Continue past the stunning Victorian summer resorts, across the famous drawbridge, and into the heart of the bustling community. Lunch at leisure before departing for the Music House Museum. On the site of a historic farm, view a rare collection of antique musical instruments and music-making machines from 1870 to 1930. At the press of a button the nickelodeons, music boxes and pipe organs come alive! Arrive in Traverse City for an evening at leisure to independently explore the area
Overnight: Traverse City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Travel to Chicago, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Dune Ride
Depart Traverse City for the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. One of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, Meijer Gardens includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory and works of art from renown artists like Dale Chihuly, Joan Miro, and Augustin Rodin. Continue to Saugatuck for a dune ride. Enjoy history and nature while cruising through the sand dunes in an open-air vehicle. After, depart for Chicago. You'll be greeted by some of the city's most impressive architecture along the Lake Michigan waterfront. Tonight, the options are endless for nightlife and fine cuisine in this "foodie" capital of the Midwest
Overnight: Chicago
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Thursday - Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center, 360 Chicago
Journey to Millennium Park and see the elaborate city skyline with one of Chicago's most popular outdoor sculptures. Created by a seamless series of highly polished steel plates, it has been nicknamed "The Bean" by locals who think it looks like a giant chrome bean. Cross over Michigan Avenue, known as the Magnificent Mile, and enter the Chicago Cultural Center. Gaze at the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome, as well as beautifully ornate multicolored mosaics, marble, and molding. Continue on a panoramic tour of the city, by bus, that takes you along sights and sounds of the city's signature lakefront before a lunch a leisure. Afterward, continue to 360 Chicago, formerly Hancock Observatory, that soars 1,000 feet above the city's majestic skyline with breathtaking views of downtown, the lakefront and four neighboring states (on a clear day). Tonight, a Farewell Dinner to share wonderful stories of your journey with new found friends
Overnight: Chicago
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Architecture River Cruise
This morning, embark on a cruise along the Chicago River. See a insider’s glimpse into the buildings, architecture, and engineering that made Chicago famous as the birthplace of the skyscraper and home of modern American architecture. Disembark and continue to the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Beginning at river level and spiraling five stories up, enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridge house. Remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Chicago
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Return Home
Depart Chicago to return home
Meals: Breakfast

*Please be aware, that evening wear is required in all areas of the Grand Hotel after 6 PM

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9 Day Classic Alaska, August 2018
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It was an excellent trip!! Absolutely beautiful scenery, and incredible wildlife sightings! The trip of a lifetime! Our guide, KariLynn, and our driver, Crystal, were both fantastic! Very knowedgeable. 5 stars!

Allison B. Carlisle, IN
9 Day Classic Alaska, July 2018
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Our trip was wonderful! Every part of it was positive and memorable ... Keri-Lyn F., our guide handled every detail of our trip in the most professional manor, kept the group in beautiful harmony with a personality that all the group were extremely pleased. Her knowledge of Alaska and her presentation was not only informative, but was laced with delightful stories of her own experiences as a native Alaskan ... But honestly, she is almost impossible to describe...she's that amazing! We appreciated her and respected the job she did beyond words. We hope that our attempt to let you know what a special tour guide you have in Keri-Lyn will be passed on to the upper management at Gate1.

Claudia M. Fallbrook, CA
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, May 2018
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Our trip was FABULOUS! Dani Moore is an excellent tour guide. The long days of Travel were filled with beautiful sights and Dani has so much knowledge to share with her travelers ... The hotel accommodations were nice ... Liked the park ranger spending the day with us in Yellowstone. Looking forward to our next trip and getting ready to book a couple more!

Christine F. Santa Cruz, CA
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, May 2018
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Good excellent , Pam is one of the best guides I have traveled with. The Bus driver was also Excellent always on time, kind, courteous. He drove smoothly and safely . The coach was always clean. The Parks were awesome and travel in the bus was nice everyone got along very well. The hotels were good

Gordon A. Houston, TX
7 Day Essential Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, May 2018
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Thanks to our guide, Rick Williams, it was superlative in every way. He went above and beyond in advising and assisting the travelers, a super knowledgeable and interesting man! Our tour to Yellowstone and Wyoming was fascinating in all respects + a great value for the money!

Linda S. Saint Louis, MO
9 Day Classic Alaska, June 2018
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Our Alaska trip was flawless! ... Our Tour Director, Keri-Lyn F., was an Alaskan native who was well versed on the many attractions we saw and was able to give us a personal account of growing up in our 49th State. We all also agreed that the accommodations and the itinerary were superb. The Denali train ride, the Tundra Wilderness Tour and the Seward boat trip were the favorite part of our visit.

Bruse S. Orlando, FL
14 Day Ultimate National Parks, May 2018
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The National Parks tour was one of the best we have ever taken, with any company. The tour director, Tim Miller was outstanding as was the coach driver, Shannon Romero. I could not have improved anything on this trip. Excellent, all around!

John W. Canton, CT
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, May 2018
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Thoroughly enjoyed it! Very beautiful sights & great guide, Sabrina, good hotels, very comfortable bus, friendly group, nice weather & constantly on the go!

Patrica C. Louisville, KY
8 Day Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks , May 2018
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Our trip was totally amazing! Saw some incredible sights, just stunning beauty. This was our second trip with Gate 1. Again, Gate 1 did an amazing job. Everything was so well organized & coordinated. We had an incredible tour guide in MaryAnne. She kept things interesting at all times, took great care of us, very upbeat and personable, and we absolutely loved her! Looking into an Alaska trip next year with Gate 1. Keep up the great work!!

Bob B. Ansonia, CT
8 Day Texas: The Lone Star State, May 2018
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I was extremely happy with our trip to Texas. It was my first trip with Gate 1. Most of the rest of the group were seasoned Gate 1 travelers who assured me that I was experiencing a typical Gate 1 tour. I am looking forward to my Gate 1 travel to Spain and Morocco in October.

Kathy O. Pleasant Hill, CA
8 Day Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks, May 2018
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My Mom and I had the best trip. We had so much fun exploring the parks and enjoying the beauty, Bryce was our favorite but we made great memories every day. Marianne, our tour manager, was incredible. She gave us plenty of knowledge and every day made sure we had what we needed for our hikes. Marianne was friendly, accommodating and beyond helpful. She and Lee, our driver, made our vacation.

Skye M. Rochester, NY
8 Day Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks, April 2018
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Our trip was outstanding! We loved every minute of it. Our guide, Tim, did an exceptional job with his talks, DVD's and handouts. We will certainly be using Gate 1 for future vacation plans.

Joe M. Narragansett, RI
7 Day Historical South, March 2018
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The trip was very well organized. We were treated fantastic. The tour guide and the tour bus driver were more than we could have asked for.

Rick W. Sandy, UT
7 Day New Orleans & Cajun Country, February 2018
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It was fantastic! My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Louisiana trip. Our tour guide Karen Armagost was OUTSTANDING! Can't say enough about her and our great bus driver, Jimmie. We will definitely be touring again with Gate! Travel.

Peter K. Cedar Hills, UT
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson , October 2017
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It was a great trip. The selection of stopping points, Hotels and pit stops, was very good if with great variety. The driver was excellent. He knew his route and handled the vehicle extremely well under all conditions. The guide Juan was exceptional. Although he was from Mexico his diction was flawless. Many times accents make comprehension difficult. This was NEVER an issue with Juan. He knew every location and could provide details of every area that we traveled through. He was able to present the itinerary in a clear concise and entertaining manor. We enjoyed the trip immensely and would recommend it.

Frederick M. Dix Hills, NY
9 Day Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks , September 2017
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This was our first guided tour, and we were somewhat nervous, however it was a perfect vacation. Our guide David, affectingly became known as "Uncle Dave", was amazing and went over and beyond. He was extremely informative and was always available for any questions. Uncle Dave used his own personal time on our days and evenings of leisure to ensure that we had a great time. He took a group of 40 people that were strangers and of varied cultures and somehow made everyone feel that they were family and connected. Lee, the bus driver, was amazing. I am terrified of curvy mountain roads, however I felt safe with Lee. Lee was very friendly and polite, as well as informative. The hotels and meals were all very good for the price that was paid. My husband and I will be using Gate 1 again, and are recommending Gate 1 to all our friends. Every aspect of this vacation was wonderful, reservations are very easy to make, the trip itself was fantastic and the price was very reasonable. Thank you Gate 1 for providing such a great experience. Looking forward to our future adventures with Gate 1.

Phyllis J. Almo, KY
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton , September 2017
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We enjoyed our trip to Mount Rushmore, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Jackson, and Salt Lake City. Kelly was a great Tour Director. He passed out plenty of handouts and gave a lot of information of each site. It was very educational. He was very organized and kept the group together and on time. It was nice that we beat some of the crowds. John was also a great driver. Everyone felt safe with him driving. Very personable and friendly.

Marcia K. San Francisco, CA
13 Day Classic Alaska with 7 Day Cruise , August 2017
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Our guide, Ashley was fantastic. She knew Alaska, she knew our route and she was able to prepare us and point out things of interest. She was very personable, looked after each of us, listened, answered all questions, never got flustered. She had a great sense of humor and told us some great personal stories. Seeing the top of Denali was very exciting and emotional and she understood that. You have a great tour guide in her.

James R. Gainesville, FL
10 Day Classic Alaska, August 2017
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We had a great time. The hotels were excellent. The sights were spectacular. The group on the tour were a lot of fun to be with and our tour guide, Keri, was amazing. She was tireless, always upbeat, attentive and had an incredible amount of knowledge about Alaska. We have had many tremendous tour quides on previous Gate 1 tours, but Keri was the absolute best ever!

Kent L. Parrish, FL
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton , August 2017
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The trip was Spectacular!!! Everything went perfect! I have told everyone who asks me about it how great it was and how wonderful Gate 1 was. Dani, our tour Manager was Awesome!! She made our trip so great. She was a wealth of information. She thought of everything. Your company is lucky to have her!! I would go on a trip with her anytime and anywhere! First time with Gate 1 and I will use you again!

Kenneth W. Atkinson, NH
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton , August 2017
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From start to finish this was a wonderful and thoroughly enjoyable vacation. Our tour guide Danielle (Dani) was a delightful, super efficient, tour guide who always had a smile on her face, could fix any issues or problems quickly while making it all look effortless. She was extremely well versed on information on all aspects of the sights we were seeing or going to. We learned a lot of facts and history while journeying along from stop to stop. We had a fresh supply of cold water available each and every day, as well as snacks for longer times on the bus, before meal destinations were reached. She was a true gem. Our bus driver John, was a super bus driver, and drove the mountain roads with skill and care always with his passengers safety first and foremost. Our day in Yellowstone with our Park Ranger, Kimberly, was yet another information packed day. We never would have learned so much and seen so much without her. It was a great addition to our tour. This was our first “bus tour”, and would take another with Gate 1 again. The ease of entering and exiting all the parks and venues was again, one of the highlights. Parking, entrance fees, etc. was all handled as we watched single cars search for parking spots and wait in line to pay fees. All and all, it was truly one of our best vacations and we look forward to joining another Gate 1 tour in the future.

David S. Strongsville, OH
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton , August 2017
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The trip was great and we had a lot of fun. Dani Moore, our tour guide, is a class act! She was wonderful, knowledgeable and fun. We definitely had a memorable experience. Our driver, John, was great as well and just as agreeable and friendly. Terrific driving and parking skills!

Linda M. Syosset, NY
10 Day Classic Alaska, August 2017
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We had a great trip! Our tour manager Keri was excellent. The bus driver Mark was Excellent. We would recommend this trip to anyone. Gate 1 Travel does a great job.

Susan G. Charles City, IA
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, July 2017
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Leslie made this one of the most memorable trips that we have ever taken. She was absolutely fabulous and amazing! She was so full of information that we would have never known about our sights. All the hotels, meals, bus, bus driver, and sights were awesome!! NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT ANYTHING!! We are already thinking about another trip with Gate 1 for next year! I would not hesitate to recommend your company at all!! Thank you for a great trip!!

Carla R. Adams, MA
10 Day Classic Alaska, July 2017
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It was our first group trip and we really enjoyed it. Our tour director and driver (Liz and Jim) did a great job of looking after us and showing us the sights. We would definitely recommend the Gate 1 Alaska tour we did to anyone.

Nicholas A. Redmond, WA
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton , June 2017
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The trip was great and our guide, Kelly, was exceptional. I was very impressed with his wealth of knowledge as well as his efforts to accommodate and please everyone no matter what the situation. We couldn't have been more satisfied with the trip and our guide. Plus the weather was perfect and the animals throughout Yellowstone were extremely cooperative by appearing frequently. Will definitely travel with Gate 1 in the future.

Kathleen W. Saint Johns, FL
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton , June 2017
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My travel partner and I had a great trip. This was our fourth with Gate 1 and was again a fantastic and enjoyable trip with our great views of Yellowstone, Old Faithful, and an abundance of wild animals. The tour guide was well informed and had good control of a large group of diverse people. I'm sure we will take another journey with Gate 1.

James M. Portland, OR
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, June 2017
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The trip was great. I really appreciated our tour manager Timothy. He went over and above to make our trip the best. His personality is perfect for a tour manager. Chris our driver was good also. Always there with a bottle of water. This was our fifth Gate 1 trip and we will be using you guys again. The dinners that were either included or booked as an extra were also great. Good job Gate 1.

William C. Granbury, TX
14 Day Ultimate National Parks, June 2017
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Trip was fantastic, made so by our tour director, Kerry. He was very organized, enthusiastic,knowledgeable and always went above and beyond to show us everything he thought we might be interested in, and made everything we did fun. He is passionate about the outdoors and the parks and that made the trip. In our opinion we could not have had a better leader. He organized speakers that were extremely interesting, especially Peter the Navajo Code Talker, as well as a dutch oven lunch and picnic lunches so we could spent more time seeing everything. Our bus driver was amazing as well. She handled that bus with amazing expertise, and was always happy.

Phillip B. Woodland, CA
14 Day Ultimate National Parks, May 2017
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Trip was great and we had a fantastic time. From the red rocks of Sedona to Old Faithful and Mt. Rushmore, to the bison and bears we saw, we were constantly in awe of things we had previously only seen in pictures. We even got to watch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir practice for their broadcast. Our guide, Leslie, was terrific, so personable, organized and informative on the areas we visited. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone considering seeing the national parks. So many natural wonders out there!

Marion W. Delran, NJ
8 Day Musical Journey Through the South, April 2017
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It was wonderful. The tour guide (Kelly) and the bus driver (Jimmy) were great and went far above duty for all of us.

James H. McKinney, TX
7 Day Historical South, April 2017
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We had a wonderful time on our trip. Our tour manager Pam was very helpful, organized and informative. Our bus driver Terry was very friendly and he always greeted everyone with a friendly smile. We would highly recommend Gate 1 Travel to our family and friends! Thank you for making our trip so enjoyable!

Bernadette Y. Bedford, TX
7 Day New Orleans & Cajun Country, April 2017
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It was wonderful. No complaints whatsoever. Loved our guide, Karen, and our motor coach operator, Jimmy. Both were very professional and fun to be with.

Carol B. Pevely, MO
8 Day Texas: The Lone Star State, April 2017
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It's a great trip, we loved it, and a good experience. 1st time with Gate 1. The manager and coach driver were very nice and friendly. Thanks for providing us a wonderful trip.

Xinqun Z. Yorba Linda, CA
8 Day Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks, April 2017
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The trip was wonderful. The weather was great, and the tour guide was efficient, informative, interested, and caring. We look forward to thinking about our next trip in the future.

Michael D. Woodhaven, NY
8 Day Musical Journey Through the South, April 2017
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It was a great trip; one of our best. Kelly was a superb leader and very knowledgeable about the areas we visited. Great group and wonderful that it was only 19 people.

Charles M. Parker, CO
8 Day Musical Journey Through the South, April 2017
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Our trip was wonderful and very informative. Kelly made it very enjoyable and interesting knowing the history of all the places. This was our 3rd trip with Gate 1 and I have not been disappointed with any.

Joyce W. Westbury, NY
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix , March 2017
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We had a very wonderful tour to Copper Canyon in Mexico. Sergio, our tour director, was not only knowledgeable with Mexican history and indigenous cultures but he was also a fantastic singer! We really enjoyed his singing with the Mariachi and other performers. It was another great tour with Gate 1.

Susanna M. Alexandria, VA
8 Day Musical Journey Through the South, March 2017
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We both had a wonderful trip. I definitely would recommend this musical tour of the South trip and would do another trip through Gate 1.

Patricia M. San Diego, CA
7 Day New Orleans & Cajun Country, March 2017
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Our, guide, Kris, was knowledgeable, caring, and had a sense of humor. Our local guide, in the French Quarter, Karen, was fabulous. We learned so much of the history of Louisiana. Hotels were fine. The meals on Gate 1 were excellent, and gave us a good taste of Cajun cooking. The farewell dinner, at The Creole School of Cooking, was good, and the Chef was not only a good chef, but a really good entertainer. Enjoyed the other local guides also.

Judith G. Great Neck, NY
7 Day New Orleans & Cajun Country, March 2017
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We had a great time in New Orleans. Our tour guide Kris did an all around great job. She was attentive, helpful, knowledgable, entertaining and a pleasure to be around.

Leroy L. Portland, ME
7 Day New Orleans & Cajun Country, March 2017
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Our trip was just wonderful!! Probably one of the best we have been on including Gate 1. The hotels were just great & your Tour Manager Kris Kimball & bus driver "T" could not have been better. Took care of everything from start to finish. She was so helpful & the Gate 1 Team had really done their homework of all the Great & Unusual places we visited & ate our meals. New Orleans was great-only place we would have added was visit to WWII museum, Baton Rouge was marvelous but our favorite was Thurs. March 23-Cajun Country-places we visited like McGee's Landing, Vermilionville, Martin's Accordion Center, and dinner at Randol's ALL VERY UNUSUAL & A REAL TREAT, Of course the Tabasco factory a must (main reason we went, just sorry they were not bottling on our day & wish we could have had a guided tour); New Orleans Cooking School & Farewell dinner with Kevin Bolton a real treat!!! he was marvelous & the food just great!!! All in all beyond our expectations!!! Again Kris was GREAT & "T" marvelous...Optional tours were just grand!! Laura Plantation & Nottoway Plantation well worth the cost!!!

John W III. Charlottesville, VA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix , February 2017
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Fabulous, we had a great tour guide and each town was better than the next ! Thanks for all your help.

Deborah I. St James City, FL
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, February 2017
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The trip was great, the tour manager, driver, hotels and itinerary arrangements are excellent, it was nice, thanks!

Ellen W. Ontario, Canada
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix , February 2017
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It was a terrific trip. All the accommodations and activities were great. Bacho, our tour leader, did a very good job. The biggest bonus that I enjoyed was all the meals that were included. I'm already looking forward to my next trip in June!

Terry S. Everett, WA
11 Day New Orleans with 7 Day Western Caribbean Cruise, February 2017
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It was AWESOME! The Hotel Provincial was spectacular - and we really enjoyed the NCL cruise (we have cruised many times, but this was the first time on NCL). Everything that Gate 1 arranged, including the transport to the ship and the walking tour of New Orleans French Quarter, worked out perfectly... Thanks again. You guys have done right by us four times now... and we're planning another big vacation through you/Discovery Tours!

Jeffrey F. Seattle, WA
11 Day New Orleans with 7 Day Western Caribbean Cruise, January 2017
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It was another incredible trip arranged by Gate 1 Travel; and felt we got two vacations for the price of one - 3 nights in New Orleans and 7-day cruise to the Western Caribbean. It was such a great contrast to combine both. The Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans was perfect - close walking distance to French Quarter, restaurants and sights. Thank you!

Nancy W. Mercer Island, WA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix , December 2016
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It was absolutely wonderful. The scenery was stunning. The hotels were great. The best part of the whole trip was the tour manager, Bacho. He handle everything that was thrown at him in a very professional manner and is very knowledgeable and proud of his country and it showed. This makes me want to go on another Gate 1 tour. Please send him a job well done from me.

Wanda B. Cleveland, OH
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix , December 2016
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I had a great time and I believe most of it was due to Bacho our tour guide! He really made the trip for us. He is so knowledgeable, so organized, so polite and I felt very well taken care of. He's the best tour guide I've ever experienced.

Elana L. San Francisco, CA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix, November 2016
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The trip to Copper Canyon exceeded our expectations. At the top of the list of excellence was the Tour Manager, Bacho, who handled all details of the trip from start to finish with efficiency and attention to detail. The hotel rooms were above expectation; the meals were delicious; the itinerary was spectacular, the motorcoach was comfortable, and the interaction with other travelers was delightful. (The weather was a bit colder than expected … but that was the only downside to the trip.) We’ve done a lot of traveling around the United States and the World … and this trip was one of the best. The scenery was breathtaking as we rode the train through this section of Mexico and it was fascinating to interact with the native Tarahumara people in the Canyon region. All other activities on the tour were meaningful and worthwhile. What a marvelous way to celebrate our 48th Wedding Anniversary. Thanks to Gate 1 for their coordination of the trip and thanks to Bacho for his knowledge, his enthusiasm, and his personality.

Jon R. Cary, NC