How We Perfected The Balance Between Sightseeing & Free Time.

There is nothing worse than coming back from a holiday more tired than you were when you left. With Gate 1, we believe in quality over quantity. This means that our tours go at a well-practised pace (after 35 years in the industry, we have our pacing down to a science). We know you don't want to be herded onto buses like other tour companies or rushed in order to cram every iconic sight. We want you to be able to see all the things you want to see without having to rush. Plus, have enough time by yourself or with you partner, so you don't feel like you need to run away from the group.


Here's How We Build Well Paced
& Exciting Itineraries with Enough
Free Time For Yourself

1.Using Our 35 Years Industry Experience

Whilst it might be tempting to try and cram as much in to your day as you can, we know from experience that it doesn’t make for a relaxing holiday. After 35 years in the business, Gate 1 has found the perfect solution to ensuring our tours remain exciting and valuable for travellers – listening to your feedback. Our tours are tried and true by 250,000 people every year, and every single traveller is given the opportunity to give feedback on all aspects of their tour, from their tour manager to the restaurants chosen to the places visited. Through this feedback we have tweaked each itinerary until it’s perfect, and we continue to tweak it as the feedback suggests. 

2.Curated By Expert Regional Managers

As you might expect, it takes a big team of people to keep our tours running smoothly. As the world changes and tourist attractions come and go, our Regional Managers are constantly reviewing the tour itineraries to ensure you see the best sights. It is their responsibility to stay on top of the restaurant choices, keep track of the optional tours available to give you the best experience abroad, all whilst ensuring you have enough downtime to do whatever you’d like.

3.Less Time Travelling, More Time Exploring

Seeing many countries means lots of travelling, but your time on the Gate 1 bus is short lived. We will not herd you back on the bus after mere minutes and drive you through the city, forcing you to watch through the window – you are out and about on walking tours with our skilled Tour Operator guiding you. You will smell, touch, and thoroughly enjoy every destination. Whilst our buses are fantastic, with cushioned seating, thick blinds, plus a bathroom on-board, we want you to spend your time enjoying the important things. This is what you came for, after all!

4.Extra Nights

In order for you to experience each destination to its fullest potential, we stay 2 nights in the most popular cities instead of the standard 1 night of our competitors. We guarantee that you’ll have a more enjoyable time and a smoother experience when you’re not rushing from one destination to the next.

5.Wide Range of Optional Tours

Every traveller is different, so we make a point to cater to every style of traveller. For those who enjoy their downtime, rest assured that there is plenty of it. Have a wander through the cities at your own pace and see where your feet take you. For the pedantic planners and the adventurous types, there are plenty of optional activities for you to enjoy on holiday at every destination. Our optional tours give you an insight as to what else the country has to offer besides the traditional tourist spots, which can often be overcrowded.

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Why Book With Gate 1

World Class Tour Guides

If there's one thing we guarantee at Gate 1, it's that our tour guides will bring each destination to life. You'll never meet someone as helpful, exuberant, knowledgeable and friendly as a Gate 1 tour manager.

Everything Done For You

Great hotels, scrumptious food, breathtaking sights, priceless memories and, of course, tipping is included in a Gate 1 tour. We handle all the details so you can focus on your much deserved getaway.

Well Balanced Tours

We know that a balance of free time and sightseeing is important to you. That's why we make sure you have enough of each! We want you to experience the very best a country has to offer at a smooth and comfortable pace.

Authentic Experiences

Make the most of your getaway! We offer a range of intriguing and exciting optional tours so you can explore as much as you want. There's always much more to do.

Value For Money

Choose from a select range of hotels at the heart of each location. Enjoy beautiful, comfortable rooms with great service. See package pages for hotel details.

More of the World For Less

Our mission is to help travellers from around the world explore more for less. As one of the largest escorted tour agencies in the business, we use our connections from around the world to provide you with the most affordable high quality tour packages.

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