Last week my wife and I returned from our fourth Gate 1 Trip. All our trips have been wonderful experiences, but our "Kaleidoscope of France" was exceptional. I believe all the credit starts with our guide and tour manager Craig. Craig was exceptional, and he made traveling to France most memorable in many ways. Besides the extraordinary sights we visited, (churches, castles, chateaux) our introduction to them was his insightful storytelling which prepared us for each individual site visit. We smelled the countryside, that was further highlighted by the colors of the landscapes and sky (example Giverny) of both northern and southern France. He helped us experience tasting local foods, with surprises and treats along the way. On our way to Normandy, Craig even arranged a montage of songs from the early 1940s WW II years and explained the inspiration our ancestors received from them during those challenging years by listening to these songs. His inspiration had been his grandfather who spent time with him explaining these songs to him years ago. This elevated the experience of that day and made our visit and our mood much more than we had ever anticipated. Finally, his humor added yet another dimension to our sightseeing, adding to each day and that day's local experience. He was even very courteous in answering all our many questions. We look forward to many more trips with Gate 1.Victor G.
We recently returned from a Seine Cruise. Having completed the evaluation form I wanted to mention how excellent I thought the entire staff of the Monarch Countess was. And beyond that - Bartel, the tour director and Nad, the activities director, were absolutely outstanding. We also had a remarkable guide on our tour of Auvers-sur-Oise, Audrey, who was perhaps the best tour guide we've ever experienced. Thank you so much!Deborah S.
I am a long time G1 customer. 29th. This trip was exceptional! Ann, the tour manager went over and above with information, tips and assistance. I REALLY appreciate our driver! He's absolutely the BEST employee. Cheerful, greets you with a smile while addressing you, assisting with boarding on/off, helps with luggage and makes sure you get your 2 bottles of water daily. A RARE GEM!!Rose L.
The trip was wonderful! From beginning to end all went well. The Pullman Hotel is situated at a central location for the metro and restaurants and shops nearby. The hotel itself is excellent, immaculate rooms and lots of things to choose from at breakfast. Hotel in Bayeux was at a good location for us to go into town to explore. Tours Hotel had beautiful old world charm and was in the center of anything you wanted. Our guide, Stephanie, was the best! She had a great depth of knowledge for the tour which made each place we visited more meaningful. For a young person to know all she did was impressive! She was very clear as to when to be back and where to meet, etc. She kept the trip running smoothly. The itinerary was good, too. We saw a lot in a short time and the weather was perfect! From beginning to end, flights included, it was the perfect trip!Janet C.
Thank you for your email. I had a great time ! The tour guide Edo was very professional. The itinerary was suitable to me and I learned about the French culture. My roommate was very satisfied for her new experience of Gate 1 Travel! Look forward to my next tour by Gate 1.Stella C.
This was my first trip with Gate1 and I was a solo traveler. This tour exceeded my expectations. One of the things I liked best about this tour is that I was able to be in one location for an extended period of time. This is my preferred way to travel. I hope that Gate1 will offer more tours like this.Marsha M.
Thank you for your email. Our trip was outstanding. Thank you for all your help with arrangements. Every single Gate One representative and contractor was exceptional! I am a 30 year travel industry retiree (travel agency owner, airline airport operations supervisor), I know a good solid product when I see it. Gate One is exceptional!! We have a Danube River Cruise booked for next year and I am looking into booking a River Cruise as a retirement gift for my brother. They are very lightly traveled and I know Gate One would be a good fit and they would be well taken care of.Margie L.
Our trip through France was amazing. We had the best tour guide in the world. Her name is Elsa . She handled everything in a smooth and professional manner. She had a very warm personality and connected well with all of our passengers. She had excellent historical knowledge of the places we visited and put personal stories into them to bring the places to life. We never had to handle our bags on the tour. Gate 1 took care of everything. I highly recommend this tour.Vicky H.
We loved the trip. Edo, our guide and Mo, our driver, did everything in their power to get us safely from Paris to all our lively destinations and back. Hotels were great, especially the Pullman Montparnasse. Perfectly located to walk everywhere or catch a quick cab out front. All the destinations were awesome, time very well allocated and Edo's timing to get us there and back was impeccable. We enjoyed the free ticket to the Tour de Montparnasse and also all the local guides, especially Nicolas in Paris. He is a gem! Days were broken up with frequen comfort stops. Thank you for that. Our group of 38 played very nicely together and we are happy to report a wonderful trip and thank you so much! I have attached a few pics, feel free to use them as you see fit.Sabine M.
I enjoyed it very much. Bartel is an excellent tour manager, calm and reassuring and always willing to help. And Jorge made the time on the ship a whole lot of fun! Thanks very much.Jeannine M.
Our vacation trip on the Monarch Countess was fantastic. We enjoyed everything about the trip. All our accommodations were excellent and the staff on the ship were all excellent. We loved all of the sightseeing excursions as well. The most noteworthy person was our Cruise Director, Bartel. He was outstanding in all respects. He was a complete professional who was prepared for any situation any tour member could encounter and made each of us feel we were the most important person on the trip. He was "everything, everywhere, all at once". I think he was the first one up in the morning, available to all of us at any time, and I am sure the last to get to sleep, if he had the chance. He has the perfect personality and temperament for an outstanding Cruise Director. His group presentations were excellent, interactions with passengers and crew always right, and always projecting positively in all situations. We hope that we have Bartel or someone just like him on any future vacations that we go on.Charles S.
We had a very good time. Everything went smoothly and on time: flights, able to check in early for the excellent hotel, and tour pkg. we especially liked our tour guide Anne. She made the tour very easy going, explaining in details what we would c, how long and how many miles, culture and discuss the Parisian and country people. Also comparing the providence. She also had a funny and joking personality, giving her truthful views. Our driver Peter was an excellent driver. I don't know how he can drive thru some hairy moments. He would always try to find some places to p/u and d/o us as close as he could. Very helpful, courteous, and keep the bus clean and offer us water. This was our 1st trip since COVID. We looked forward to our gate 1 trip to Israel Jordan and Egypt in February and many more to come.Teresa T.
Wow, great trip! Closer to hiking tour than walking tour, but still very enjoyable! Our two local guides were fantastic!Ann F.
I would like to start by saying that GATE1 Travel has excellent options that are carefully put together to give us, the customers, an excellent travel experience, and the customer service is excellent as well, please keep up the good job! Everything was as expected, with no problems with the dates, times, flights, and hotel. No words are enough to express how good was this trip because you don't want to experience any problems when traveling, right, THANK YOU! This whole package was really good starting with the selection of the airline, DELTA, which is one of the best. The hotel was good with the quality expected for a 3-star hotel, the most important part for me was price-value. Even though it was not in the middle of the action, it has a Metro station right in front of the hotel, this was very important since we moved through Paris mostly using the Paris Metro. Hotel breakfast was really good, with a special note about the Croissants, oh my goodness! What a delicious thing, they also offer a variety of other options to accommodate any diet, they offer eggs, bacon, ham, cheese, bread, cereal, fruit salad, yogurt, and even a good espresso machine. The room was good, not luxurious, but in good condition, the bed was comfortable enough to allow a good night's sleep, bathroom was good too. The hotel staff was friendly and willing to help every time we asked for advice or help with directions or any request we made. We are super happy with the whole experience, we had a great time visiting Paris, and everything was remarkably good, places, food, and people. We are planning to keep traveling, of course, using the services of GATE1 Travel, as much as we can and afford.Carlos G.
Our trip was OUTSTANDING, due in no small part to Tour Manager Simeon. He was absolutely perfect in every aspect of the trip. His background information on what we were to see, insights into French history, culture, and cuisine were all 5-star. Plus, his willingness to help travelers in every detail and thorough answers to every question was superb! Yes, the tour itself...sites, cities, chateaux, Normandy, food, all excellent. But, what makes my wife and I wanting more of Gate 1, is...Simeon.Robert G.
Wanted to tell you how delightful our tour agent was. Adoram he went above an beyond as a tour guide. He made our trip very memorable. He was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited, and added special little touches to make our vacation even more special. I can't say enough about him.Judy Z.
My mother and I had a fantastic time on the 12 Day Treasures of Provence tour. The itinerary was an exciting cultural mix that was very well paced. The food and wine were delicious. Our tour guide Siméon went above and beyond to make the trip comfortable, informative, and fun. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone. I've been on many Gate 1 trips and all of the guides have been terrific, but I can truly say Siméon is one of the best!Andrea R.
Our trip was unforgettable! France is a beautiful and amazing country. 14 days went by so quick. First of all, we couldn't ask for a better guide and tour manager. Elsa was not only very knowledgeable of her job, she has the nicest personality and can do anything possible to make every bodies experience a good one and smooth sailing. What I mean is aside from the tour itself, she passes out water to everyone in the am and pm while on the bus, helps out with luggage transfer to the rooms when there is short of staff, helps out in the restaurant with setting of our tables coz the restaurant was very busy with other customers and of course attends to our concerns. We were on the dot with our schedules because of her plus of course we overall were also very respectful of time slotted. It was very evident that Elsa was not only passionate with her job, she loves it and she loves people. Our driver, Vasco was a very skillful driver and he made us confident that we reach every destination on time as well as safe. Thank you Gate1 for a good experience with your company.Nancy E.
We had a very nice and beautiful Classic France Tour. This was made special by our Tour Director Ms Elsa and our driver Vasco. Ms Parent was the best Tour Director: she was very knowledgeable about the places we went to and much more. She was very caring and compassionate with her group. Always respectful of everyone. Very professional but with also a good sense of humor. We learned so much about France that we did bot know about. It made us want to go back to France and stay there longer. I want her to be our Tour Director again for our next trip. Such a very pleasant person and very knowledgeable about what she does. Couldn't have a better companion in our tour! Our driver Vasco was a very careful driver and knows his route. Very professional. Very knowledgeable about his route to places we went to. I have heard so many good things about Gate 1 Travel from our tour group that we plan on tours again with Gate 1 Travel.Monina E.
My wife and I would like to take this time to let you know how great our recent tour to France was, and that we believe it was largely due to our tour manager, Craig. From the first day we arrived, Craig went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and to accommodate us in any way that he could. He made sure that from the beginning everything was explained and clear, and he always made sure our safety was a priority. From his first introduction upon arrival, my wife and I knew that we were in good hands, and Craig never let us down one time throughout our 11-day journey. As this was our third gate 1 tour, we expected a good tour manager, but Craig simply blew our past experiences out of the water. He often provided samples of local foods and drinks to enrich our experience of France, and whenever we would stop at a restaurant he would never step away until he made sure that we were all taken care of first. He always provided maps and suggestions for us during our stops on tour, while also managing to ensure that we got to see everything that we intended to on the trip. He even made sure that my birthday - which was at the start of our tour - was celebrated not once, but twice during our journey! I know that most people may say that this was simply his job and that he was just doing what he gets paid to do. We, however, recognize that Craig went way above and beyond what was expected to make sure that our journey was as safe and enjoyable as possible. We hope that this email can shed some light on the true asset that Gate 1 has in Craig, and we both hope that he gets recognized for all his hard work and dedication to his craft. We simply can't say enough good things about Craig, and we can only hope that any future tours we take have a manager that comes close to being as awesome as Craig.Jonathan W.
We had a wonderful time during our trip in south of France with Ian our tour director!!! He welcome us in Paris and made us feel like he was escorting his personal friends through Provence. He was so knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor so our small group of seven people felt like being a family. We were entertained! We had a lot of fun! I would highly recommend him! Also the whether, the hotels and the itinerary were absolutely perfect. Thanks Gate 1!!!Margareta I.
Just returned home from French tour with Gate1 and a great tour guide, Adoram. We wanted to say how much we enjoyed the tour, but most importantly our Tour Guide, Adoram. He was exceptional in weaving the local history with its culture and really knew a lot about the architecture of so many different buildings. He was excellent at communicating with each moment of the trip that we had together. Like on the bus he would utilize time to clearly tell us what the history was, why events took place and how the people responded to historical current events. He was very aware of each of his clients needs and desires most the day long. He really helped us to know which sites we might have the most interest in and why. He was so very organized in most all aspects of his responsibilities. We essentially had no anxious moments. The food was wonderful and the hotels were excellent.Barry S.
My husband & I had a great time! We saw a lot in a short time as it was an express trip. Seeing the beaches & cemetery in Normandy fulfilled a life long dream for my husband. For me it brought a deep respect for the American troops & what they sacrificed. Trip manager Corina was terrific & so was our bus driver. Thank you again Gate 1! This was our 5th trip & have 3 more booked!!Joleen F.
Hi Daniel...France was great. I have to say after traveling internationally for 48 years, Anne was the best tour manager I have ever had. She is incredible. Organized, fun, happy, and somehow herds 40-60 people well. Caring and interested in people. This trip hit just the places that I wanted to see...Normandy, Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley Chateaus, Chartres Cathedral, Paris, Giverny...it was perfect for me. The places we stayed were wonderful...walkable to interesting sights and dinners. The farewell dinner and another dinner were so perfect. Also...the timing at each stop was adequate, not too long or too short. That is a feat in itself. Excellently done. Weather cooperated...and the group dynamics were excellent. We all enjoyed getting to know each other. I keep finding that on all the Gate 1 trips that I take...interesting people...their lives, purposes and travels. Thank you for creating this company and the tours! Looking forward to many more.Catherine R.
Wonderful experience. Thank you so much!Sun T.
My first time traveling with gate keepers, it was seamless. This will be my travel company of choice from now on!!!Christine D.
I just returned from our 8 day London/Paris trip, and as always, was very delighted !. The Gate 1 tour guides have all been exceptional, and Simeon was absolutely wonderful! Our group dinner the first night in Paris was THE BEST one so far!( THIS WAS MY FOURTH TRIP WITH GATE1) The food, local entertainment, and staff were all THE BEST and was the perfect evening to begin our trip. Our hotel in Paris was nice, but the one in LONDON was FIRST RATE ALL THE WAY!!! i ABSOLUTELY LOVE GATE 1 AND HAVE SUNG THE PRAISES OF YOUR COMPANY TO ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!! I look forward to many more trips with Gate 1.Gloria P.
This trip to France was the 13th time we have used Gate 1's services. Our Tour Manager Laura was fantastic. She has a welcoming, upbeat personality and a great sense of humor. She is extremely knowledgeable about French history, culture and politics, so we got a lot of great information all during the trip. The hotels we stayed in were all comfortable and in good locations. Bob and I have been to Paris many, many times, so we did not require suggestions and help from Laura while in the City - we actually came several days early to enjoy some museums and a Philharmonie concert before the trip even kicked off. Laura was extremely helpful to the other (24?) members of the group offering suggestions for restaurants and fun things to do and places to go. The visit to the Normandy Beaches was humbling and inspiring - especially the 2nd Ranger memorial at Pointe du Hoc ( my son, like Earl Rudder, Lt. Col who lead the raid is an Aggie) so we were very interested in that stop. Loved visiting and climbing to the top of Mount St. Michel, and seeing the four castles we visited in Tours and the Loire Valley. It felt like walking into the pages of history. Our two bus drivers did a good job. I took 2,000 photos and will have great memories for years to come from this trip. Our Tour Manager Laura was probably the best guide we have ever had. Anyone who has the opportunity to spend time with her, will count themselves blessed and very lucky. Thanks once again for a wonderful Gate 1 Experience. In all these years, we've never truly had a bad one.Mary
My sister and I recently traveled on the Christmas Markets trip to Switzerland and France. This was our first Gate 1 trip and we weren't sure what to expect, the trip was amazing! Our tour manager, Nadine, was there to greet us at the hotel the moment we arrived - and saw us off on the last day as we departed for the airport. Nadine was professional in every way and an expert in each of the towns/Markets we visited. Our 8 day trip was executed with precision so we were able to see and learn so much more than we would have on our own. I will highly recommend Gate 1 to my friends.Julie P.
First of all I want to say how much I was impressed with Gate 1 service and how efficient Gate 1 was. Our trip was not even an accompanied trip and despite the fact it was an "independent" trip, we received excellent service. The information we received before our trip was precise, complete, well organized, clear. Airline, hotels, train transfers from airport to hotel in Paris and hotel to airport in Nice, had been well planned and smooth. I also want to command Gate 1 for the two excursions tours we took in Nice. The company you chose was excellent. Our driver/guide was absolutely great. I have used several travel companies before. Gate 1 was the best and I want to continue using it from now on. You have gained my loyalty with your efficiency and service.Maggy M.
Wowsa !! I cannot stress how wonderful this trip was thanks to Jenny our tour guide. She went above and beyond to make this trip an experience I won't forget. My only wish would be that she did other trips. Alas, she does not otherwise I would be on that trip tomorrow!! Gate 1 had a great daily itinerary that covered big and small sites that Jenny gave us a history of before each stop. It really made you understand and get a feeling for the background of the people and the site. Our bus driver Yuris was an excellent driver and helpful to all of us and especially to anyone with mobility issues. Great guy !! A wonderful trip with amazing sites to visit, thank you !Donna C.
Fabulous. The only downside is the flight to and from our vacation and you had nothing to do with that. We had a small group. Only 14 of us. Everyone was just as invested as we were in our vacation. Everyone got along and our tour manager was the best. Robby was so good. Can't think of any negative. I liked his humor. I like that we had individual tour guides for some of the venues we went to. They seemed to be experts in their field. I got so much more out of the Louvre and Versailles with our tour guide. We feel like we really got our money's worth for this trip. It was a trip we had wanted to do for a long time. It was well worth it. France exceeded our expectations.Janet M.
Our trip to Paris and Provence was amazing. You go to Paris to fall in love, and we did. Craig was amazing, he opened our eyes and hearts to the love and joy that is France. His knowledge of the art and history was so informative. I could recommend this trip to anyone and hope they get Craig.Patricia S.
It was the most amazing experience we've ever had although this was my 3rd trip to Europe but this time, with my husband. Thank you Gate 1 Travel for the wonderful accommodation. Adoram was our Tour Director from Paris to London and he did a wonderful job. Kudos to him! I even left my sunglasses in the tour bus , the driver's name is Ashian, while on tour to Stonehenge. My husband told Adoram and the next day I got it back. We found out Ashian came back just to dropped it off to Adoram in the hotel. Thank you so much to Ashian! We were 3 couples that went together on this trip as well.Loida S.
We had a wonderful tour with Robby our tour director. The weather couldn't have been better and the itinerary was top notch. We especially were entertained and educated by Nicolas on our Versailles tour. Robby was a lot of fun and ran a tight ship. He would give us a lot of information before we got to our next stop and was very clear in his directions. I would highly recommend him. He really knew his stuff.Glenda W.
I was very impressed with the 9 day tour of France, the Loire Valley and Normandy. This was my first visit to France and I found the beauty and history captivating. Craig, the tour guide, was phenomenal! He was extremely knowledgeable about the destinations we visited and made everyone's safety a priority. Just walking inside the cathedrals and chateaus that were centuries old and seeing the workmanship and learning the histories was amazing. My only regret was not being able to spend more time at Point du Hoc, Utah and Omaha beaches. I felt things there were rushed. It was such an important part of American history but at least I had the opportunity to actually see and experience it along with the Normandy American Cemetery. I did have the chance to see the Eiffel Tower and travel up to the summit. The views of Paris at night were out of this world. I also saw the Rekindling Ceremony at the Arc d Triumph and actually got video of the ceremony and the band playing France's National Anthem! I can't honestly say what my favorite place was .The cathedrals, chateaus, gardens, the Abbey, the Palace, Normandy...it's a tough call. I highly recommend this tour. It was well worth it I also have to give credit to our bus driver, Conny. She made sure the passengers stayed hydrated and kept the coach immaculate. Excellent driver skills too! Also to Nicholas, the Paris and Palace of Versailles tour guide who was very knowledgeable and to Scandinavian Airlines.I was very happy with them!Joan J.
We had a wonderful time! The trip was spectacular, and we really enjoyed having Craig for our guide. He was very knowledgeable, warm, kind and funny. We hope to go on another Gate 1 trip again soon!Carol B.
Our trip was great, starting with you. You were outstanding answering all of my questions and assisting me whenever I needed help. Gate 1 really gives good value and takes care of all of our needs. The river cruise was wonderful and our hotel in Paris was two blocks away from the Eiffel Tower. Our tour guide, Kurt, took care of everything and the activities director, Nad, made sure we had fun. Normandy was impressive. Thanks again for your help!Linda S.
I would just like to add a little comment about our tour manager Craig. He is really one of a kind. He is not only knowledgeable, but also very passionate about what he talked about when he introduced and explained about those places we visited. He organized his narratives in a truly touching way, although he had the least dramatic tone compared to the local guides. He is extremely professional as a tour manager, and yet his narration of the history and facts about the spots we visited went beyond just being professional. His narration shines with his intriguing perspective, demonstrating that he really cares about French people and has intellectual concern about the society. He gave his narratives a soul. We are truly lucky to have him as our tour manager. He took care of us, and he also inspired us. He is our hero.Huazhi W.
Craig is by far the BEST tour guide I have ever had. I do not say that lightly, as I have been on more than 30 guided trips, from Tauck and Kensington, to lesser quality ones. Craig was seamlessly and impeccably organized, most friendly, and knew his history of the area. He taught us in a very understandable manner. He was always happy and availed himself 24 hours a day. His subtle humor was entertaining and he simply made everyone on the tour happy to be there. And, he was EXTREMELY PATIENT with all of us, yet managed time better than a Swiss clock maker. I would go far out of my way to take another tour with Craig. He made our vacation unforgettable.Thomas M.
I just wanted to write and say how absolutely IMPRESSED we were with our tour manager, Elsa. She is excellent at leading groups, she sets the tone really well. We never had anyone late for anything during our 13 day Kaleidoscope tour of France. We never had anyone complain in the group setting. Elsa was always two steps ahead while keeping her attention on the current activity. Just super. Her knowledge of France is great (as expected) but she isn't over the top with this date and that date and this king and that king; rather, she weaves in a nice story that is memorable.John M.
Our 8 day Paris/London tour was wonderful! Our tour manager Adoram was exceptional! Very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make our trip memorable. This was our first trip with Gate1 and it won't be our last. Gate 1 has fantastic service.Odalis G.
Our trip was outstanding! Our tour director Laura was smart, knowledgeable and took an amazing interest in us (passengers). Once again we're extremely pleased by choosing Gate 1 again!Marisa M.
Just came back from this Spain and southern France trip. It was tremendous and I just wanted to compliment you on our guide. This is our fourth trip with Gate 1 and was probably the best. Our guide, Victor, was the best guide we've ever had with you or on any of the other trips we've taken with other agencies over the years. He was extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to make this trip one to remember. Our bus driver, Julian, was also a pleasure to be with. With such a small group, it felt like we were traveling with family. Congratulations on the talent you employ.Ronald S.
I had a wonderful time. Everything was gorgeous! The tour guide Josep was incredible; very knowledgeable and well-informed on the sites, culture and he made sure every little detail was done to perfection so all guests enjoyed their visit to Spain & France. Josep made the trip a grand time for everyone. He has got to be one of the best tour guides in the world. I highly recommend him for Tour Guide of the Year!Michele B.
We recently completed the 9-day Paris, Loire Valley & Normandy tour and had a very positive experience. Simeon our tour manager, did an excellent job and is to be commended for his good work. This was our first time taking a tour with Gate1, and as a result of how impressed we were with Simeon, we plan to use Gate1 for future trips. He is a great ambassador for Gate1. Please convey our appreciation to him and also forward this message to his supervisors. Thanks.Darrell S.
Our trip was fantastic. Our tour director Simeone was exceptional. He was super accommodating, had exceptional knowledge of French history, and was just pleasant to be with. I will always stick with Gate one. Next stop Spain and Portugal. Thank you again for making this a dream vacation.John N.
We have just returned from an incredible panoramic journey of France. Our tour manager, Edo and our bus driver Kerry were among the best we have ever had. Our fellow travelers were respectful of one another, as highlighted by the fact that everyone was on the bus and ready to go early every single time. The tour itself covered over 3,300 kms, from Paris to the French Riviera to the Loire Valley. The hotels were superb as were the included and optional dinners. We came away with so many wonderful memories of the places we visited and the friends we made on our tour. We can hardly wait to explore more of the world with Gate 1.Valarie D.
It was excellent. We loved Paris. The food, the museums, the streets, well we just loved it. The high speed rail was very fun. South France was very interesting. Some of the foods were not our style but we were very happy to have experienced them. We are looking forward to our next Gate 1 tripSamuel B.
Such a good trip! Our driver, Shasha was the best ever! So smooth and expert a driver! Jordane was such a great guide with all his personal antidotes and knowledge of France and command of languages made it such a worthwhile trip. He gave us enough nap time but no one wanted to nap when he was recounting things. I really enjoyed his perspective and developed a real fondness for France during this trip. I would love to do a real food/wine tour of the country .Looking forward to our next Gate1 trip!Sharon R.