5 Day New Year's Rose Parade



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5 Day New Year's Rose Parade



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Not Included:
Transfers, optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
For arrival and departure on North America packages with US gateways, transfers are not included with Air & Land packages nor available on an optional basis unless otherwise noted in your itinerary. See Trip Preparation -> Arrival & Departure for more information regarding options to transfer to your hotel.

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 program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, and steps. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. An early morning departure is necessary for parade day viewing. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

Accommodation Details

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Additional Nights

Flight Details

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Chicago-Los Angeles, Los Angeles-Chicago
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 4 nights accommodations in Los Angeles
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 7 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Embark on a city tour of Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Hollywood
  • Join your Tour Manager for a festive New Year's Eve dinner
  • Attend the famous 136th Rose Parade in Pasadena. From your specially selected grandstand seating marvel at the elaborate floats, decorated with colorful fresh flowers and other natural materials
  • Opportunity to view the Rose Parade floats up-close
  • Explore Santa Monica, the quintessential Southern California beach town

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, and steps. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. An early morning departure is necessary for parade day viewing. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
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All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable traffic and weather conditions. In those instances, and until the roads are available for travel, often unpredictable until the last moment, roads, routes and sites will be amended.

DAY 1, Monday - Arrive in Los Angeles
Welcome to the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles! Transfer independently to your hotel and spend the balance of the day at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 5 PM
Overnight: Los Angeles

DAY 2, Tuesday - Los Angeles City Tour
Begin the tour in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Marvel at the impressive skyline as you explore landmarks like the Crypto Arena, home to the Lakers and Clippers basketball teams, and LA Live entertainment complex. View Olvera Street and the historic center of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Next, venture to the Original Farmers Market, a maze of winding pathways lined with a wide array of stalls, shops and eateries. Later, proceed to Beverly Hills and Hollywood Boulevard to view the stars on the iconic Walk of Fame, the world's most famous sidewalk, featuring more than 2,690 stars. Return to the hotel with free time before your New Year's Eve dinner tonight
Overnight: Los Angeles
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Rose Parade in Pasadena, Santa Monica
Rise early this morning for a unique experience, to attend the famous Tournament of Roses Parade. Prepare to be dazzled and inspired by the extraordinary sights and sounds. As the sun rises on New Year's morning, the streets of Pasadena come alive. Admire the elaborate floats as they glide by, decorated with fresh flowers and other natural materials. Each float tells its own story. Some floats carry local celebrities, or dignitaries and others feature animated figures. Following the parade return to the hotel. After lunch, head to Santa Monica, the quintessential Southern California beach town. Stroll along the famous Third Street Promenade, buzzing with shoppers and street performers. View Santa Monica Pier, and the end of the historic Route 66
Overnight: Los Angeles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Thursday - Rose Parade Float Viewing
This morning, return to Pasadena with an opportunity to view the Rose Parade floats up-close. Find yourself captivated by the sheer artistry and attention to detail in every float. The vibrant colors of the flowers and the intricately designed sculptures create a sight to behold. In the afternoon, discover all the delights that Los Angeles has to offer on your own, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours,* The Getty Center Museum with lunch, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures or Warner Brothers Hollywood Studio Tour. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
*The Getty Center Museum with lunch, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, and Warner Brothers Hollywood Studio Tour operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours.
Optional: The Getty Center Museum with lunch (PM)
Optional: The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (PM)
Optional: Warner Brothers Hollywood Studio Tour (PM)
Overnight: Los Angeles
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Book your Optional Tours before you travel. See more, save time, save money.
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  • Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
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  • Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
  • Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
  • The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Warner Brothers Hollywood Studio Tour

Embark on an exciting tour of one of Hollywood's most iconic and historic studios. Begin with a comprehensive introduction to the rich history of Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood, highlighting its significant contributions to the entertainment industry over the years. Learn about the various stages of production, from pre-production and set design to post-production and special effects. Venture through working soundstages where you can witness firsthand the magic of filmmaking.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*Please note: Optionals "The Getty Center Museum with lunch," "The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures" and "Warner Brothers Hollywood Studio Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #4 20 Dec 2024 - 31 Jan 2025 $79.00
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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Tour the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a haven for film enthusiasts. This state of the art museum showcases a diverse range of exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays that celebrate the magic of filmmaking. Immerse yourself in the history of cinema as you explore the fascinating exhibits and collections. View iconic movie memorabilia, costumes, props, and set pieces from beloved films.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*Please note: Optionals "The Getty Center Museum with lunch," "The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures" and "Warner Brothers Hollywood Studio Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #4 20 Dec 2024 - 31 Jan 2025 $29.00
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The Getty Center Museum with lunch

Explore The Getty Center, a renowned art museum set atop a hill in the Santa Monica Mountains, offering breathtaking views of the Los Angeles skyline and the Pacific Ocean. Begin the tour with an introduction to the museum's history and architecture. Learn about the vision behind its creation and the unique design elements that make it an iconic landmark. Visit various galleries showcasing an extensive collection of European paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and manuscripts. During your visit, enjoy lunch at the museum.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*Please note: Optionals "The Getty Center Museum with lunch," "The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures" and "Warner Brothers Hollywood Studio Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #4 20 Dec 2024 - 31 Jan 2025 $59.00
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Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
ID Requirements for U.S. Flights
In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act establishing minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. The law prohibits federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these standards.

It is each traveler's responsibility to have valid photo identification for airline and security check-in. While US Citizens may currently use a driver's license, ID card or other TSA-approved form of identification to board a domestic flight, on May 7, 2025 the list of approved documents will change. Beginning on this date, domestic air travelers will need a REAL ID-compliant license (or other TSA-approved form of ID) to board a domestic flight. To determine if your driver's license or ID card is REAL ID-compliant, you will need to see a gold or black star in either the upper-left or upper-right-hand corner of the document. Non-compliant IDs will not have a star and may show the words "Not for Federal ID" or "Federal Limits Apply". Please note that some states will not automatically issue you a REAL ID-compliant document at time of renewal. You might need to specifically request it and pay an additional fee.

Beginning May 7, 2025, if you do not have a REAL ID-compliant document you may still board a domestic flight by showing an alternate TSA-approved form of ID such as a U.S. Passport, foreign Passport, Permanent Resident Card, Global Entry Card or U.S. Military ID. Please visit https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification for more details. Please note the TSA does not require passengers under 18 to have identification.

Important - This information is valid as of May 2023. Further updates from the DHS and TSA are possible prior to implementation on May 7, 2025.

Traveling with Friends or Family?
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log into https://www.gate1travel.com/reservations with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as "Traveling With" at the top right side of the display.

Trip Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver's license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. Lost luggage is common. We strongly urge you to consider carry-ons instead of checked bags when possible, and when checking a bag is necessary, choose a bag color and identification that stands out. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Travel Safety Advice: The safety of our guests is Gate 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Gate 1 will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Travel Protection
Even the best-planned trips can be impacted by the unexpected. And that is why we recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your Gate 1 trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit (CFAR) is a non-insurance feature that allows you to cancel up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason not otherwise covered in the Travel Protection Plan. CFAR must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan as well as within 21 days of the original booking date. Independent or escorted tour reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to the full cost of your trip, less the cost of initial deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. Sea or river cruise reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to 50% of the cost of your trip, less the cost of initial trip deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. All CFAR credits are valid for a period of two years from the original date of travel. CFAR Credits have no cash value and are not transferrable. Airline-assessed fees are generally $300 per person, but may be as much as fully non-refundable. Some non-refundable airline tickets may retain value, less airline-assessed fees. Your future air credit must be used to book with the same airline. Deadlines to rebook and complete travel vary by airline and may be as early as 12 months from when the tickets were originally issued (not the date of travel). For details, www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

This program does not apply to custom groups and Antarctica cruises. Residents of New York, Missouri & Minnesota may purchase this Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit separate from Travel Protection. Call to speak with a reservation agent for details. This Cancel for any Reason Wavier Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.

Mobile Phones
Mobile networks differ from country to country. We recommend you check with your provider to see if your wireless plan will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. To avoid possible roaming charges, you may want to consider purchasing an international plan. With most major phone companies, for a modest fee, you will be able to use your domestic plan's talk, text, and data allowances just like you do at home. If you can access the internet while you travel, you can also take advantage of services such as WhatsApp or Skype.

WiFi Access
WiFi is available in most airports, hotels, and cruise lines, as well as on some flights, trains, and buses. There may be a fee for access and service quality and speed may vary greatly especially while on moving vehicles. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable, and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries.

Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.

Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
  • Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
  • No Smoking of any kind (medical or recreational) is allowed on any transportation that is exclusively provided by Gate 1. This includes e-cigarettes, e-cigars or any other smoking device. Furthermore, some countries heavily regulate the public use and possession of cigarettes (including e-cigarettes and vape pens) which could include their complete ban. Please check the regulation for the destinations you plan on traveling to prior to departure.
  • Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
  • Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
  • Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
  • Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
  • Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
  • Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
  • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities

Climate & Clothing
United States - The weather in the United States varies according to geographical area. The hottest period is from June to August and the coolest from November to February. Bring comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses are also recommended. You may encounter mosquitoes during warm and hot weather. Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellent and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs. For winter programs, come prepared for cold temperatures, icy trails, and short daylight hours. The National Park Service recommends bringing over-the-shoe-traction devices, extra snacks and layered clothing that can easily be added or removed to adapt to a variety of weather conditions

USA Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/americas/default.aspx#usa-weather

About Drones
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or "drone" technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones.

Preparing for Your Trip
Reconfirming Flights
It is not necessary to call your airline to reconfirm your flights. However, we do recommend that you check your airline’s website 24 hours prior to your flight to ensure that your flights remain on schedule and that flight times are unchanged.

Seat Assignments
As a courtesy service, complimentary airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. Some airlines offer preferred seating for an additional fee; these seats may only be purchased directly from the airline. You will need your family name and the 6-digit airline “Record Locator” which is displayed with the flight details on your reservation. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on your invoice or documents. At the time that Gate 1 travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please write to us at www.gate1travel.com/contactus.

Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual. Some private airfares, such as a “Gate 1 Travel Airfare”, are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage. Gate 1 Travel will record frequent flier numbers when provided by the passenger prior to travel documents being issued. However, the addition of frequent flier numbers to airline records does not guarantee mileage eligibility which is at the sole discretion of each airline. Airline schedule changes may result in flights which were originally eligible for mileage accrual no longer being eligible. We highly recommend passengers to provide their frequent flier account information whenever checking in online and/or at the airport check-in desk. After travel has commenced, it is often not possible to apply for frequent mileage credit. Passengers are also responsible to determine whether previously earned mileage may be applied to flights to secure upgrades.

Known Traveler Number (KTN)
If you have a KTN number, you are normally able to join the TSA security line for expedited processing at the airport. Prior to check in, you should go online or call your airline and add your KTN number to your reservation record. In most cases, you will then see the letters "TSA PRE" printed on your boarding pass. If these letters are not printed, you will not be permitted on the TSA line. Please be aware that some airlines do not participate in the program and therefore even if there is a TSA line at the airport, you will not be given TSA PRE status. Sometimes you may not be selected by TSA (even if you entered a KTN number) and even a minor name discrepancy can result in TSA PRE being denied. It is your responsibility to register your KTN number with your airline and Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for denial of expedited security. Note: KTNs are issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after completing a background check through TSA's PreCheck® program. Global Entry members may also enjoy expedited customs processing.

Luggage & Packing
Checked bags are typically limited to a total dimension of 62 inches by adding length + width + height (example: 26"+26"+10" = 62”), and a maximum weight of 50 lbs (23kg). Smart Bags with a USB charging port, GPS tracking device and other high-tech features are prohibited as checked or carry-on baggage unless the bag is made with removable batteries and the batteries are removed and stored separately. Many airlines charge for checked bags including flights which begin and end within the USA. The most inexpensive airfare options commonly known as Basic Economy airfares do not include any checked bags nor seat assignments before the day of departure. However, for some airlines, other airfare categories also do not include checked baggage. This will be clearly displayed in our airfare selection and on your invoice. Where available, we highly recommend selecting airfares which include at least 1 piece of checked baggage. Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline. Checked baggage allowances displayed on reservation details and invoices reflect the applicable allowance at the time of booking but are subject to change by your airline(s). For your airline’s requirements and fees, visit www.gate1travel.com/baggagefees.aspx. For important baggage information, visit www.gate1travel.com/luggage.aspx. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft in your luggage, your carry-on or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Check the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) website www.tsa.gov to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing. We recommend that you use brightly colored luggage tags, straps or other identifiers to help you locate you luggage upon arrival or to describe it in the event that it is lost.

Carry on Luggage
Missed connections and lost luggage are more common than ever. We strongly suggest you use your carry on bag for those necessities you would miss if your checked bags went astray. Items to consider, but not limited to, are prescription medicines, eyeglasses, a change of clothes, mobile phone and charger, valuables (including jewelry and cash), passport, keys, insurance cards, local contact information. Refer to the TSA website for a complete list of items and their sizes which may be carried on board. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost.

North America Intra-flights - If your program includes intra-flights, Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for any checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline on those intra-flights.

E-Tickets & Advance Check-In
Review the flight itinerary included in your documents. Print and carry a copy of the air itinerary which contains the 6-digit airline "Record Locator" and e-ticket numbers. Advance online check-in is available on some airlines. If available, you may enter your name and 6-digit Record Locator or Flight Ticket Number at the airline's website, and print the boarding pass on your home printer within twenty-four hours of departure. You may check-in online, even if you plan to check luggage at the airport. Airlines without advance online check-in require you to present your identification and e-ticket numbers at the airport self-service kiosk or check-in counter. Paper tickets will be provided in the rare instance when e-tickets cannot be issued.

Day of Departure
Arrive On Time
Due to increased security measures, you should plan to check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for all scheduled flights. Enhanced security procedures, including passenger screening, canine inspection, and inspection of personal electronic devices, have been implemented for all flights into the United States, and therefore security procedures may take longer than normal.

If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings. At check-in, be prepared to provide your government issued identification (valid passport required when traveling internationally) and your e-ticket itinerary/ticket numbers to the agent. Once you've checked in and received your boarding passes and luggage claim tickets, proceed directly to the security check. Security lines are often backed up and can take time to get through. Once you've completed security check, proceed directly to your gate and check the large electronic flight screens for your flight time and departure gate for schedule and gate changes. Airport desk clerks will assist with unexpected changes. Once you are in the gate area you can relax, shop or buy a snack before your flight.

Connecting Passengers
Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage “interlining,” and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. When connecting between flights in major airports, you may need to pass through multiple security checkpoints. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed immediately to the gate area for your connecting flight to avoid any unexpected delays which may cause you to be late. Passengers returning to the USA may need to collect their luggage at the first airport of entry and recheck their luggage for their connecting flight.

Flight Services
Avoiding Jet Lag
In order to minimize fatigue and general restlessness caused by jet lag, there are a few steps you may take including switching to your destination time zone when you board the plane, by sleeping and eating according to the new schedule, avoiding heavy eating, caffeine or alcoholic beverages before or during your flight, and by drinking plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying. Try to sleep on overnight flights and then, upon arrival, avoid the temptation to nap until nighttime.

Airline Food
Unless you are a first or business class passenger, you will likely receive a mediocre culinary experience. Reasons for this range from airline budget constraints to the logistics of high altitudes, low humidity and air pressure, small galleys, tiny ovens and precooked food. We suggest simple options, carry a few granola bars, and don't expect this to be your best dining experience.

Premium Economy or Business Class
Service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Premium Economy or Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive.

US Customs & Immigration for Return Flights
In most cases, passengers with return flights that include a connection in the US will need to complete customs and immigration formalities in their first port of entry, requiring them to collect their luggage and check-in for their onward flight. However, there are some exceptions: certain airports in Canada and Ireland (Dublin), allow US Immigration formalities to be completed in the overseas airport at the gate area.

Foreign Domestic Flights
If your tour program includes foreign domestic flights, and those tickets are not included together with the e-ticket itinerary in your travel documents, you will receive those tickets at your destination from our local representative.

What to do if You Need Assistance

Whether you purchased your airfare from Gate 1 Travel or from the airline directly, please bear in mind that Gate 1 Travel does not own nor operate the airline(s), nor the airport facilities where they operate. At times, flying can be a frustrating experience, especially when things do not go exactly as planned, and airline explanations can be confusing or even misleading. Should you face a problem, remain calm and seek assistance either from the airline directly or from Gate 1. Please be aware that in most cases, on the day of your flight(s), airlines pass responsibility for your reservation to their staff at the airport and it is not always possible for Gate 1 Travel to intervene on your behalf, either through our reservations system or directly with your airline.

Emergency Assistance
The Gate 1 emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676. From overseas, call: 001 215 572-7676. Outside office hours, listen to the prompts, then press 3. You will speak immediately with a representative, or you may be asked to leave a detailed message including your name, your booking number, and most importantly the telephone number where you can be reached. Your message will be forwarded immediately to a representative who will contact you at the telephone number provided.

Last Minute Schedule Changes & Flight Delays
On the day of travel, check the flight schedule and advise Gate 1 by phone, 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676, of any significant changes that might affect your arrival transfer or hotel reservation. Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for affected land services, including arrival and/or departure transfers should flights be changed without our knowledge. Gate 1 will make every effort to inform passengers of schedule changes and cannot be held responsible for changes in routing and/or the number of stops in the itinerary. Nor will Gate 1 provide compensation for changes or cancellations implemented by an airline.

Missed Flights
In the event that you miss your flight which departs as scheduled, for any reason, your airline will consider you a "no-show” and may resell your seat(s) to other customers. This will also result in the cancellation of any later flights in your itinerary. Similarly, if you voluntarily decide not to use any of the flights on your itinerary, the airline will consider you a “no show” and cancel remaining flights on your itinerary. In this case, please contact your airline immediately for assistance in getting you to your destination. Missed flights are typically fully non-refundable and you may be required to purchase new flights from the airline at your own expense. Once your alternative arrangements have been confirmed, please contact Gate 1 with your new flight details.

Missed Connection
If you are connecting from a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares which carry restrictions and penalties if changed, it's the airline's responsibility to make alternate arrangements on your behalf as Gate 1 has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

Lost Luggage
If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider. You may be required to return to an airport to retrieve your luggage personally.

Arrival & Departure
Arrival Procedures
Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Gate 1 Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The company's name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Gate 1 Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher. If you are delayed due to lost luggage, phone the number on the voucher or have a companion exit the Customs Area to advise the transfer representative.

Be wary of airport scammers who offer unwanted assistance. If you are arriving without a pre-arranged transfer, we strongly recommend going to the Tourist Information Desk to ask for a licensed taxi or transfer service. You may be asked to pay for the transfer at the desk prior to the trip, this will ensure you are not charged extra during the trip.

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed
Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Please refer to the Emergency Assistance instructions on this same document. Gate 1 Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon you return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

Departure Procedures
If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.

Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date.

The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Gate 1 transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or 'dead-leg'. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money.

USA Airport Transfers - USA programs do not offer airport transfers. There are various options you may book to suit any budget and service level. Here are a few options that may be available as well as more info about the cities you will visit.

Hotel Shuttles - Some hotels offer complimentary or fee based shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. Many times these require long wait times and shared service with other clients of the hotel.
Taxi - Taxis are readily available at the exits of airports for reasonable rates. Little or no service with bags can be expected from the drivers
Ride Share Services - Using these apps makes for an easy and affordable option to transfer to the hotel. Little or no service with bags can be expected from the drivers
Shared Shuttles - Local companies may offer shared shuttle transfer services for affordable rates. This offers convenience of pre-booking transfer service however many times these require long wait times and mediocre service.
Private Car Transfers - while expensive, provides excellent door-to-door service and hassle free experience.

Los Angeles
* Distance from Hotel to Airport: 18 miles
* Approx. Taxi Cost: $67
* Approx. Ride Share Cost: $33-38
* Approx. Airport Shuttles Cost: $19-21
* Approx. Private Car Cost: $125

About Your Escorted Tour Participants
Please note that the number of participants may vary during your tour as we accommodate travelers arriving and departing at different points in the itinerary. Your tour guide will contact you upon arrival at your first hotel.

About Your Accommodations
Gate 1 Travel has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often 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. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, the use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States, and is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. Some lodges and accommodations in remote regions may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer, alarm clock and room service, that you might find in a larger hotel located in a city center.

United States - Hotels in the United States are generally local or international chains of standard quality with a variety of amenities. Locally owned properties may have features that encompass the style of the region. Hotels in the National Park regions often provide limited amenities and due to limited outdoor lighting in the evenings, a flashlight is recommended. Many hotels require a credit card at check-in to cover incidentals.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

At Your Destination
Eco & Sustainable Tourism
We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping: North America

Tour Manager (Coordinator; may or may not act as a guide): US $12 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage) : US $5-7 per person per day, US $3 per half day
Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $3 per person per day of sightseeing, US $2 per half day
Hotel porters: Included

About Your Sightseeing
To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. On river cruises, color-coded group splits may be used for shoreside included and Optional tours. Some buses are equipped with toilet facility, however they are strictly intended for emergency use only and often require the vehicle to stop for safety reasons before use. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations, however Gate 1 will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary. To respect the privacy of all tour participants, your tour manager will not organize a group photo or collect passenger email addresses for a group list.

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)
Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Gate 1 Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

Purchasing Tours Locally
On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Gate 1 Terms & Conditions for more information. https://www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#optional

Independent Activities - Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Gate 1 is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses

We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country you're visiting before you depart (except India). It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash, please note that exchange at banks is typically more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. However, bank hours are limited to Mondays through Fridays and sometimes only morning hours on those days. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.

Credit Cards
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.

While most US-issued credit cards have the embedded microprocessor chip, there are still some that have the magnetic-strip technology. The "chip-and-PIN" cards require users to punch in a personal identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don't accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit card. ATMs typically recognize and accept US issued debit cards. For travel to Europe, should you anticipate using ticket kiosks or purchasing train tickets locally, you may consider buying tickets and other basic purchases prior to departure.

Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities.

We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find on your own. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. All shops want your satisfaction, and therefore in case of any misunderstanding they ask that you kindly submit your claim to us within one week of the item's receipt. Claims submitted later will be subject to each store’s policies.

While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Your Safety is Very Important
Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit.

It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

  • Always use seat belts (if provided)
  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Don't put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room or on the bus as Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for any loss. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • When possible we suggest traveling in pairs or groups when moving about independently
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard to replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash
  • While in destination, you may encounter local wildlife. Please refrain from touching any animal as they may carry diseases or harm you.

If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Gate 1 Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Gate 1 Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Tourist Street Scams
Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed:

  • Remain alert and cautious. Be wary of any unusual contact or commotion in crowded public places, including train stations, markets, subways and tourist sites;
  • Be especially careful when traveling independently, or leaving your tour group to explore on your own. Try not to travel alone, especially at night. Avoid narrow alleys and poorly lit streets;
  • Use only official taxis and check the change you receive from all taxi drivers and vendors;
  • Beware of pickpockets often working with an accomplice who will distract you by spilling something on you, dropping a wallet or other seemingly valuable object, or tripping and falling down in front of you;
  • Beware of aggressive street vendors who may approach you offering a demonstration which may end with you being pressured to purchase an item or act as a distraction for another pickpocket;
  • Don’t tip beggars;
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest;
  • Carry modest amounts of cash (US dollars) in small denominations so that you can avoid flashing large bills when paying for small items;
  • ATM machines can be a convenient way to carry less currency. However those machines too can be used for robbery. Be wary of anyone who can look over your shoulder when inputting PINs. Another scam involves rigging the machine with a plastic insert which makes your card retrieval difficult; the thief then removes your card after you walk away;
  • If you are confronted, do not fight back - give up your valuables. If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police and keep a copy of the official report for insurance claims.

Local Emergency Phone Numbers
United States
  • General Emergency: 911

United States - English is the local language.

Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

United States - No converters or transformers will be necessary for US residents when traveling anywhere within the United States.

Code of Conduct
United States - Americans tend to be very friendly and informal, even with strangers. Greetings are usually casual and speaking on a first name basis is common. A handshake is the customary greeting, especially upon first meetings. Casual attire is generally expected unless in a formal situation.

Meals & Dietary Requests
Included meals are based on the restaurant's set menu or buffet and usually represent local cuisine. Vegetarian meals are available in most locations, while vegan, protein-rich or gluten-free menus are rare. Special dietary requests, which must be selected in the passenger details section of your reservation, cannot be guaranteed. We are unable to provide meals in accordance with strict religious requirements, such as Kosher or Halal, nor can we accommodate specifically salt-free, high-protein or low-carb meals.

On public holidays, there may be reduced public transportation, as well as limited hours or closures of attractions, shops and restaurants.

Holidays - United States

Holidays 2024

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb 19: President's Day
Mar 31: Easter Sunday
May 27: Memorial Day
Jun 19: Juneteenth Holiday
Jul 4: Independence Day
Sep 2: Labor Day
Oct 14: Columbus Day / Indigenous People Day
Nov 11: Veteran's Day
Nov 28: Thanksgiving Day
Dec 25: Christmas

Holidays 2025

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb 17: President's Day
Apr 20: Easter
May 26: Memorial Day
Jul 4: Independence Day
Sep 1: Labor Day
Oct 13: Columbus Day / Indigenous People Day
Nov 11: Veteran's Day
Nov 27: Thanksgiving
Dec 25: Christmas

8 Day Musical Journey Through the South, March 2024
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This trip was fantastic and our tour guide, Michelle, was fantastic! She took care of everyone and was the most informative I have had! I am going to book another trip today. My friend who came with me for her first Gate 1 trip loved it and will be booking with me again!!

Paula D.
7 Day Affordable Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches & Grand Canyon National Parks, March 2024
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I just wanted to add that the trip was great. I haven't travelled in 5 years, so I was obviously hoping for the best. Kerry provided a great deal of background information and context to every location, making the trip more interesting and relevant. We didn't just get off the bus, see another (amazing) state/national park, and then drive to the next site. The bits of history, science, anthropology, and geography he threw in made the trip more meaningful. He answered our questions, was organized, friendly, and professional. Although he and our bus driver, Walter, did not know each other initially, they got along wonderfully and had obvious respect for one another, which helped the trip run smoothly. Walter was great; one day, he navigated a very curvy, two-lane road and another night, when we entered Grand Canyon, he drove slowly and carefully on a pitch-black road to the hotel. (It would have been stressful for me.) We saw extraordinary landmarks, travelled with a bus group that got along, and had a great tour guide and bus driver. In fact, if possible, I would like to do another trip with Kerry and Walter.

Maxine B.
7 Day Affordable Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches & Grand Canyon National Parks, March 2024
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Kerry was the most knowledgeable and professional tour guide we have experienced with Gate One. His pass for the national parks enhanced our experience. He is a true asset to Gate One.

Joanne S.
7 Day Affordable Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches & Grand Canyon National Parks, March 2024
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We have traveled with Gate 1 before, and the trips have been good. This trip was excellent, mainly because of the excellent director, Kerry. His enthusiasm made us excited about each and every location. His knowledge base helped us learn not only about the highlights of each spot we visited, but also about the history, what to specifically look for, and surprising things that only an experienced guide would know. He made efforts to bring outside literature and personal photos and videos, and walked around the bus making sure we each got any questions answered. He took us to spots not on the original itinerary which added 'local color' to the trip. His dry humor kept things light and brought the group together as we made fun of his jokes. He somehow made the trip great for the more adventurous hikers and also for the less active of us. I would be way more likely to take another Gate 1 trip if Kerry were the guide. He made the trip special for both my husband and me.

Leila C.
7 Day Affordable Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches & Grand Canyon National Parks, February 2024
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This trip definitely exceeded my expectations. Kerry is a fantastic tour manager and goes above and beyond. He made the trip even more enjoyable by adding stops at Capitol Reef National Park and Tuba City, AZ. This trip was well organized, and I enjoyed seeing so many parks in a short amount of time. This was my 12th trip with Gate 1 and I have 4 more booked. Gate 1 is the best travel company I've used.

Lacy G.
7 Day Affordable Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches & Grand Canyon National Parks, February 2024
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Again, as with all my other trips with Gate 1, I had a fabulous time. I went on the 7 day Affordable Zion, Bryce, Arches, and Grand Canyon. Because of your tour guide Kathryn and driver Steve we all had a great time. We saw such magnificent beauty. Kathryn was so informative at each location, and even took us to additional stops of such beauty. She made our trip beyond expectations for us all. Steve, the driver, always drove so safely in the snow. I can't wait to go on my next sensational trip with Gate 1!

Sharon W.
7 Day Historical South, December 2023
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We enjoyed our tour very much. Our tour guide Mary Ann did an outstanding job. She was very engaging, informative and fun. We felt the value to price was amazing. This was our third Gate 1 tour and again, were not disappointed.

Sandra N.
7 Day Affordable Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches & Grand Canyon National Parks, November 2023
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The trip was excellent. Vladimir and I had a great time exploring Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches and the Grand Canyon national parks. And thanks to our guide Mr. Timothy . He is very knowledgeable and made us very comfortable and well organized trip. The same goes to our driver Brandi, she made the driving very safe. Also many many thanks to Gate ! for the wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner. Everybody in the group had a great celebration. Big cheers to Gate 1. Can't wait for the next one.

Marvie T.
8 Day Musical Journey Through the South, November 2023
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This trip exceeded our expectations. Very rich in the history of music and very fun. Both our tour guide and driver, as well as the half day tour guides were thorough, fun, accommodating and flexible where needed. The New Orleans School of Cooking was a real highlight! Our tour guide even added a few prizes and birthday gifts for those with a birthday in the month we traveled. I am a travel agent and my clients have requested Gate 1, which I had never used. I will be using Gate 1 more in the future. This was a great value for all that was included.

Renita C.
9 Day Classic Hawaii with Kauai, November 2023
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I am writing to express my heartfelt appreciation for the outstanding service provided by Charles, our tour guide during the recent Hawaii trip. Having embarked on more than five Gate1 tours, I can confidently attest that Charles stands out as an exemplary guide, surpassing all my previous experiences. Charles demonstrated unparalleled organization and thoughtfulness from the moment we gathered in the lobby. His meticulous attention to detail was evident as he efficiently distributed itineraries, facilitated food orders, tagged our bags, and recorded our TSA PreCheck numbers. His professionalism set the tone for the journey, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for all guests. During our orientation meeting, Charles gracefully guided us through the itinerary, fostering a warm sense of community among the group. His commitment to transparent communication was exceptional, promising daily printed itineraries and sending updates via text messages-a level of engagement I have not encountered in previous Gate1 trips and greatly appreciated. What truly sets Charles apart is his unwavering dedication to guest satisfaction. He patiently and courteously addressed repetitive questions, going above and beyond to accommodate the needs of our sizeable groups. Despite encountering challenges with certain individuals who struggled to adhere to safety guidelines, Charles remained composed and focused on ensuring everyone's well-being. Charles professionalism, attentiveness, and exceptional communication skills greatly enhanced our Hawaii trip. His unwavering commitment to guest comfort and safety exemplifies the highest standards of tour guiding. He is a true asset to Gate1 and contributed significantly to making this journey a memorable and enjoyable experience for all.

Teresa S.
8 Day Musical Journey Through the South, October 2023
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The 8 day musical journey itinerary is outstanding; full of information and fun; a quality tour. Tim is an exceptional tour manager - he is a natural - personable and professional, organized, informative, caring and the knowledge he brings to the tour about music, history, the locale/geography, and the professional relationships he has with local guides, hotel and event staff is impressive! I would choose a Gate1 tour facilitated by Tim even if it wasn't a tour I'd be naturally inclined to take because he would make it interesting and fun regardless. My brain is on overload with everything I learned and experienced. The tour driver Jimmie was personable, professional; he was engaging with the group; caring and I felt completely safe with him at the wheel and that's saying a lot for me as I don't like to "ride" with anyone LOL Five Stars for Tim and Jimmie as a team, they work beautifully together; what a blessing. It was easy to like these gentleman.

Susan N.
9 Day Eastern USA: Colonial, Revolutionary & Civil War History, October 2023
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My trip was wonderful! The tour manager, Joan, did a great job keeping us informed and on time for all events. She and the bus driver, Louis from Anderson, worked extremely well as a team. I saw everything promised and it was a great experience. I'm already spreading the news about Gate1's expertise - I want all my friends to register for a Gate1 tour.

Kathryn M.
10 Day Classic New England Fall Foliage, October 2023
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We both enjoyed our recent trip through New England with group leader Kristi and driver Emil. We saw a variety of places historical and interesting, and even a touch of fall color. We must say Kristi was remarkable in her knowledge of the areas and places to see and even a bit of history. She was kind and very friendly and accommodated us older folk beautifully. I would travel with Kristi anywhere! Driver Emil was relatively quiet, but drove professionally and all aboard appreciated his smooth transportation. Emil knew the area well, too, and even made a quick stop here or there for a pretty view or interesting site.

Dennis F.
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, September 2023
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It was a great trip! Our guide Michael was GREAT! Our driver Nathan was the Best driver we ever had! They both made our trip fun and memorable Nathan was always cleaning the windows making sure we could see all the amazing sights and Michael told us great information and stories and was always eager to help us all.

Tamara B.
8 Day Canyonlands, Arches & Mesa Verde National Parks, September 2023
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Adrienne was our tour director for the recent: Canyon Lands, Arches and Mesa Verdi tour. This email is to say that she was an outstanding, friendly, knowledgeable and detailed director and travel companion. She was able to let her personal excitement and experiences shine through every aspect of our trip. My wife Robin and I will sign up immediately for another tour with her as we enjoyed her style immensely and are so appreciative of her involvement in our Gate One experience. We were able to attend a Pueblo Field day experience where we were treated to visiting and talking with and observing a wide range of native arts, crafts which I believe was an extra she took advantage of one afternoon. She prepared us fully for our experience in communicating and enjoying this memorable visit. She was generous with her personal time, taking the time to get to know Robin and I and what we, in our backgrounds, brought to this experience from our individuals careers. I even had the time to tell her about my career as an American History teacher and the unique challenges of instructing today's students and had an opportunity to reflect on how this tour enhanced my career. She was personally interested in what we had to relate. I say Bravo to this tour and our especially cordial guide. I wanted you to know some specifics beyond any brief reflection of this venture. Thank you.

Eugene B.
8 Day Musical Journey Through the South, September 2023
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Our trip was made especially perfect because of Jane. She was so organized and helpful and had a great sense of humor along with a very infectious laugh. She took the time to accommodate everyone's needs and wants and never seemed to be impatient with any request. She thoroughly researched every place we went to and explained the history of each place. We went to excellent places of interest and I truly believe it was because of Jane that the trip was so great. We are new to Gate1 Travel but we intend to keep traveling with your company hopefully for a long long time.

Concetta H.
9 Day Classic Hawaii with Kauai, September 2023
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My trip to Hawaii (Oahu, Kona, & Kauai) was fantastic! Our tour guide, Kaleo, was outstanding and took care of us and made sure the trip was smooth and fun. He was always available if we had questions and became a friend we could enjoy throughout the trip. He was very knowledgeable and always had a smile to greet us. Loved his personalized "Treats" for us during the bus rides. The side trip were outstanding and the bus drivers were wonderful. I learned so much about the Islands and their culture and history. The group was warm and friendly and everyone enjoyed themselves. This was my first time to travel alone and I found other ladies that welcomed me in their group and we looked out for each other. I am looking forward to booking another trip with Gate 1.

Linda S.
9 Day Classic Hawaii with Kauai, September 2023
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It was great! It was awesome! Beautiful weather and love looking at the palm trees! Our tour guide was KALEO, he was great! Joe and I enjoyed every place we went, the hotels were very nice too! Our meals that were included were delicious!

Mary W.
9 Day Classic Hawaii with Kauai, September 2023
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After the Maui fire, Gate 1 did a fabulous job of contacting us, giving us our options regarding cancellation of the Maui tour segment and refunding the 3 day Maui portion was quick. Kaleo, our tour guide in HI was exceptional. He had several snack items for us with Hawaiian words for us to learn. He serenaded us with his wonderful singing. He was very detail oriented and gave us all the information we needed and so much history. He was very knowledgeable and a caring and genuine guy. He is a treasure for Gate1. We had a wonderful trip and we will use and recommend Gate 1. The accommodations, food and inter island transfers and bus rides were top notch. Thank you so much for making this a wonderful memory.

Paula P.
11 Day Pacific Northwest with Columbia River Gorge & Seattle, September 2023
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I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful trip I had. I had the best time. My tour guide Bobby is the one who makes this vacation in the Excellent category. He is very knowledgeable about the areas we are touring. He gives us recommendations on where to eat and what to see on our time on our own. I highly recommend Bobby to anybody who is going on a tour. He keeps the entire bus engaged and laughing. This was the 3rd trip with him and I am looking to going on my next vacation with Gate 1 travel with Bobby as the tour guide. You can't ask for a better person, tour guide for your company. Thank you for 3 wonderful vacations in the last 3 years and I am looking forward to more to come.

Gwyndolyn B.
8 Day Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef & Zion National Parks, September 2023
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Our trip was great! Everything went as planned. The flights were on schedule and the tour was fabulous. Even the weather cooperated. Barbara, our tour guide and Bill, the bus driver were both outstanding. We couldn't have asked for a better trip. Visiting the national parks, Sedona and Monument Valley was awesome. Thanks to Gate 1 Travel for a most enjoyable trip.

Larry H.
8 Day Canyonlands, Arches & Mesa Verde National Parks, September 2023
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I would like to further comment on Dani and Amanda, our bus driver. Dani is an outstanding tour guide and person. We were all impressed with her knowledge of the area and her knowledge in general. She has an infectious positive and sunny personality. She and Amanda were good in solving any problems. I can't say enough good things about both. Amanda is an outstanding bus driver. She navigated the twisting, narrow roads expertly and handled the small-town roads really well in the large bus. She was always pleasant and friendly. They made a great team! It was a wonderful experience and trip.

Charles P.
7 Day Classic Wyoming & South Dakota Parks Including Yellowstone, September 2023
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I'm writing to give kudos to our tour coordinator, Adrienne. My wife and I just completed your 7 Day Classic Wyoming & South Dakota Parks tour. It was a wonderful trip and great experience. We were very impressed with Adrienne's exceptional knowledge of the area and the history of the struggles of the native Americans. Her knowledge clearly rivals that of local historians. Her sparkling personality enhanced the bountiful information she provided and her organization kept the tour on track and on schedule. Additionally, her harmonious interaction with our driver, Grace, created an exceptionally pleasant atmosphere. She did Gate 1 proud. This was our first Gate 1 trip, and we are already planning our next Gate 1 adventure.

Claude S.
7 Day Classic Wyoming & South Dakota Parks Including Yellowstone, September 2023
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Our trip was great! Adrienne P. was a fabulous tour guide. She told great stories, knew the history, was very knowledgeable about Yellowstone. She was well organized, and always gave ample time at our stops. I don't know of any issues, so she must have handled anything that came up! Grace, our bus driver was fabulous too. She was a careful driver, always felt safe as a passenger. She was good about making sure we all had water, and there was a bowl of candy available as we entered and left the bus!

Donald J.
13 Day Classic National Parks, September 2023
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I loved our Classic National Parks Tour! The Parks were breathtaking, as expected. But what made the trip outstanding was our tour manager, Elias Klenner. This was our first trip with Gate 1, and we are impressed! Eli was both low-key and completely professional. This is a rare combination, and it was perfect four our group of 41 travelers. He was a always available, always helpful, and always cheerful. We especially appreciated the many videos about the parks we were to visit, shown to us in the comfort of our motorcoach. He gave us a wealth of additional insights into the parks, and into the communities we passed through on our way to, and between, each park. Even the musical CDs he played on occasion were perfect! Gate 1 receives an A on our report card!

Norna R.


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