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PHeymont

Gate 1 Travel experience absolutely wonderful!

by PHeymont »

Interesting. This post follows the pattern of all the previous Gate 1 posts (ffirst-time and usually only-time poster, full of over-the-top praise, everything perfect, almost like filling a form) but it lacks one key ingredient that most of them have had: It doesn't mention where they went!

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nanat94

RE: Gate 1 Travel experience absolutely wonderful!

by nanat94 »

Well, I agree - meant to put the cities in the title.  

Our trip was a LandTour, flying from DFW through London to Budepest, Vienna and Prague.  One of the optional tours included a trip to Bratislavia, Slovakia, which ended up being quite a highlight.  Gate1 allowed us a stopover in London on the way home.   We were just a couple senior women a bit tentative about the trip and couldn't have been more pleased.  

Thanks for pointing my error out because it was good enough to share.

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nanat94

RE: Gate 1 Travel experience absolutely wonderful!

by nanat94 »

Gate 1 Travel provides a top-notch experience  through their tours.  

Our trip was fabulous!  This was our first experience with Gate1 and has some trepidation about an online company, but customer reviews were all positive so we tried it.  

We were so pleasantly surprised with the service and arrangements provided.  We had one guide, Michael, who met us at our hotel and stayed with us until the end of the trip.  He was invaluable for questions, information, arrangements, historic prowess.   As our constant guide, he was awesome and superior to all others experienced in personal trips.  He's to be commended.

The same bus and driver transported us the entire week, and suitcase handling was well-done.  The choices of hotels were both well-located and high-quality, including room and breakfast.  The optional trips were excellent, and no matter how many went on each, the same transportation got us there.  

Repeat travelers with us bragged about their other trips with Gate1 too.  We're ready for the next adventure with them!

 

 

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paweber

RE: Gate 1 Travel experience absolutely wonderful!

by paweber »

I'm almost tempted to book a trip with these guys to see if they are as good as the devotees claim. Emphasis on almost - I actually abhor the idea of an escorted trip but fully understand and appreciate that many people like the convenience and pricing.

 

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PHeymont

RE: Gate 1 Travel experience absolutely wonderful!

by PHeymont »

I'd guess your feeling is sort of like my occasional temptation to take the Hop-on/Hop-off bus tour here at home and find out what they're saying about us...

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arion

RE: Gate 1 Travel experience absolutely wonderful!

by arion »

Nanat's review of Gate 1 mentioned all the  items of praise required by that tour company's format:

1.  All arrangements were superb.

2.  The guide was wonderful.

3. The hotels were excellent

But he (she?) omitted to mention the food, which is generally part of the format.  What are we to make of this?  Was the food disappointing? Were the suggested restaurants unmentionably bad?  OMG!  Have we found a chink in Gate 1's armour, a blot on its escutcheon? 

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nanat94

RE: Gate 1 Travel experience absolutely wonderful!

by nanat94 »

To respond to Arion..... food was generous and excellent at each hotel.   The two dinners we chose on the optional tours were very enjoyable - food, wine, entertainment, company.  There is NOTHING about this trip we didn't appreciate and enjoy.  

What are we to make of this?   NO BLOTS!

One thing further, we were the last to arrive for the tour and they had a personal driver waiting for us as transportation to the hotel.  Once there, the tour guide spent extra time giving us all the particulars we missed from the beginning of the meeting.  Great customer service.

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paweber

RE: Gate 1 Travel experience absolutely wonderful!

by paweber »

Well since the OP has actually hung around - which is an exception to the usual Gate 1 drive by posters - perhaps the OP might be willing to answer a few questions I have about his/her tour:

- How long was the tour?

- How much was the cost exclusive of "optional" tours?

- Was airfare included or, if not, discounted? Did you have your choice of airlines/departures?

- How many meals were included? Were they hotel meals or outside restaurant meals? Were you able to order off the menu?

- Which hotels did they put you up in? Share names and cities, please. Want to get an idea of the quality versus cost.

- I see a lot of Gate 1 posters talk about optional tours. How much did they charge for yours and what was it?

- How many folks on your tour?

- How does Gate 1 incent clients to write reviews for them and post to various travel bulletin boards? Do they provide a list of suggested sites?

Thanks in advance for sharing.

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nanat94

RE: Gate 1 Travel experience absolutely wonderful!

by nanat94 »

To paweber,

There were about 40 travelers on one bus.  Gate1 invited comments on several sites; I choose this one and wanted to share experience so others might have confidence with this online company.  Here are itinerary facts...generous breakfast all three hotels on tour.  

Sun, 02 Mar 2014 8 Day Affordable Budapest, Vienna & Prague Based on Two Adults Sharing Room 2 Adult 8 Days 779.00 1,558.00   Electronic Documents - 1 Electronic Delivery Included   Travel Protection for Tours from $2001-2500 [Insurance Policy]   2 Passenger 129.00 258.00   The Deal - 131209 - 8 Day Affordable Budapest, Vienna & Prague   2 Passenger -160.00 -320.00   Airfare [7D8DF6] 2 Adult 1,288.04 2,576.08   Departure Flight From To Arrival Stops Seats 02 Mar 08:20PM [BA 1521] British Airways [DFW] Dallas/Ft.Worth, TX [LHR] London Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR) 03 Mar 11:25AM 0 27B,27A   OPERATED BY AMERICAN AIRLINES 03 Mar 01:50PM [BA 866] British Airways [LHR] London Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR) [BUD] Budapest, Hungary 03 Mar 05:20PM 0 15E,15F 09 Mar 08:45AM [BA 853] British Airways [PRG] Prague, Czech Republic [LHR] London Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR) 09 Mar 10:00AM 0 15B,15A 12 Mar 10:45AM [BA 193] British Airways [LHR] London Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR) [DFW] Dallas/Ft.Worth, TX 12 Mar 03:40PM 0 33D,33C Gate 1 Travel with Instant Purchase Requirement Mon, 03 Mar 2014 Budapest Transfer - Airport to Hotel   1 Vehicle Included   Mercure Budapest Metropol, Budapest, HUNGARY   Standard Room with Breakfast 1 Twin Room 2 Nights Included Tue, 04 Mar 2014 Parliament, St. Stephen's & Great Market Hall 2 Passenger 67.00 134.00 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 Austria Trend Hotel Ananas, Vienna, AUSTRIA   Standard Room with Breakfast 1 Twin Room 2 Nights Included Thu, 06 Mar 2014 Austrian Wine Tavern Dinner 2 Passenger 82.00 164.00   Half Day Bratislava 2 Passenger 64.00 128.00 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 Park Inn Prague, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC   Standard Room with Breakfast 1 Twin Room 2 Nights Included Sun, 09 Mar 2014 Prague Transfer - Hotel to Airport   1 Vehicle Included   Central Park Hotel, London, UNITED KINGDOM  ** 2star but next to Kensington gardens! Standard Room with Continental Breakfast 1 Twin Room 3 Nights 404.00 404.00  
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paweber

RE: Gate 1 Travel experience absolutely wonderful!

by paweber »

Thank you for taking the time to provide honest details. Appreciated!

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