Guatemala, Belize & Mexico
We had a great time; Gate 1 Travel came through for us again. Our guide Francis was the best, he is a credit to his profession. He was very personable, knowledgeable and took care of all the small details. He made the long bus trips pleasurable, entertaining and informative. He provided us with perfectly timed breaks, special treats and stops to show us breathtaking views. The hotels we stayed in were very nice. This is something Gate 1 could have easily cut corners on to save money, but you did exactly the opposite and put us up in first class hotels that were situated in the heart of the cities we visited. I was a little concerned living in and out of a suitcase and staying only 2 days in 4 different cities, but that also turned out well and gave us a good taste of each city we visited. We will come back to Gate 1 Travel for any future vacations.John H.
It was great and wonderful! I loved Copper Canyon and liked the itinerary and Raul was an excellent tour manager! This was my 22nd trip with Gate 1 and I told everyone that we have 4 more trips with Gate 1 for this year!June V.
We completed our fifth G-1 tour, Colonial Mexico, on Apr 17 and I wanted to tell you what a wonderful guide Liliana was. She was absolute perfection-- always there for us, super-informative, helpful at every turn, cheerful and informative, hard working, and genuinely concerned that we understand and enjoy her beloved country. She and our coach driver Aurelio were an absolutely delightful team. You are fortunate to have her as a guide-- she's a great ambassador for Gate 1 and Mexico. I would gladly recommend her by name to my friends. It's people like her who keep us coming back to Gate 1.Boyd B.
I just wanted to add, Gate 1 you knocked it out of the park regarding the Guatemala trip!! Everything was top notch!! I want to return in the near future. Thank you for your great service!!Mary K.
On this trip through the colonial cities of Mexico's highlands, we truly felt lucky to be traveling with our guide Liliana. Liliana managed our huge group of travelers from so many backgrounds with relaxed, graceful humor and finesse. Her attention to individuals' and the group's details were effective, efficient, and enabling. What a joy to travel with a woman who possesses such a wide range of customer service skills.Christopher S.
My boyfriend, Larry, and I traveled on our first guided bus tour with Gate 1 to the Copper Canyon, Mexico, Feb 9-18, 2022. Our guide, Manuel , made the trip very memorable and special. He is knowledgeable about the local history and customs, he provided excellent suggestions for meal choices, he treated every traveler with respect, our time each day was wisely used, and Manuel displayed his wonderful sense of humor daily. I would not hesitate to travel with Manuel again on other trips he directs. Our bus driver (can't remember his name) was an excellent driver and I highly recommend him as well. Gate 1 Travel is a wonderful tour company and I will be traveling with Gate 1 in the future as often as possible. Thank you also for the patience and capability of your telephone representatives. They have been extremely helpful when we had questions.Susan W.
Carlos' way of leading the group was exceptionally good because: a) his ability to respectfully lead the group, cordially demanding order, empathetic, knowledgeable, optimistic, ready to help; b) he enforced the systematic daily change of sites; c) his total fulfillment of the daily program; d) he is the best tour guide I have met during my 16-year experience in traveling with Gate1. Carlos' driver matched Carlos' excellence, not only in his driving expertise and human nature, but in keeping a 100% helpful attitude towards each and every one of the tourists. His respect, enthusiasm, and efficiency were all the time present in the whole trip.Antonio M.
Excellent trip. Guide Estuardo & driver Manuel were wonderful. Hotels and meals were great. A wonderful trip. 10 out of 10 in my opinion.Mauricio L.
This trip was an amazing experience for us. It has been a while since our last trip due to the Pandemic, but this Kaleidoscope trip to Guatemala and Honduras Mayan sites were both spectacular and the small towns we visited were the icing on the cake. Our guide and driver, Estuardo and Manuel, were a superb team who made the trip wonderful and fun as well as safe and together we built memories that will last a lifetime. We would like to recognize both for their commitment to everyone in the trip and their attention to the smallest of details that made the traveling and hotel transitions go very smooth. I would highly recommend this tour to Gate 1 to everyone who wants to relax, learn about new cultures, and enjoy a wonderful gastronomy and the colorful people of Guatemala.Edna M.
This was our first experience with GATE1 TRAVEL and i just wanted to express my gratitude for a wonderful vacation we had during 8 day colonial Mexico trip. I want to recognize our trip manager/guide Liliana for her exceptional organization and problem solving skills as well as her friendliness. Every day she went above and beyond to please everyone on the trip. She is a true value to GATE 1. We will miss her. Our trip driver Aurelio was our guardian for sanitation and cleanliness during long hours on a bus. Thank you Gate 1 for a great time and see you soon. We already booked two more trips with you for upcoming year.Elizabeth A.
So nice to be "on the road again" after the Covid shut down. Had a great time on our recent early September tour of the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Excellent work by our tour guide Julia and Bus Driver Steve made the tour very memorable. Julia assisted with the additional Covid testing requirements and made the processes as painless as possible. So many places we visited were thrilled to have American bus tours operating again. The people were all so welcoming and gracious. The scenery, food, drinks and Hotel accommodations were beyond expectations. For anyone thinking of traveling again, we highly recommend this tour. We have another Gate 1 Tour scheduled next month and can't wait.Donald M.
Our trip to Guatemala was fantastic. Even though it was called an independent tour, by choosing all of the optional day trips it was like being on a guided/escorted Gate 1 tour. Every day we had a new and exciting place to visit and explore with our tour guide. Our guide picked us up at our hotel everyday right on schedule. The trip was a little shorter than a normal Gate 1 tour, but it was a well balance view of the history, life style and culture of Guatemala. Our guide Willie was great and very knowledgeable of the history of Guatemala; plus he spoke English very well. We received a great overview of Guatemala; both visual and spoken history. This independent tour was like being on an escorted/guide tour; a lot to see and do. Another great tour by Gate 1.Larry G. Elkins, WV
Absolutely great! In particular, our trip director, Esturdo, was an outstanding representative for Guatemala & Gate 1. He knew “his stuff” which made for an interesting and enjoyable time in Guatemala. His work for Gate 1 deserves special recognition.Dennis W. Clemson, SC
The trip was great! Loved the lush greenery, flowers and other vegetation in Guatemala and Honduras! Birds and monkeys too! All the hotels were top notch and the food delicious. Our guide, Estuarto, was wonderful and very knowledgeable about all the culture, customs and sites in Guatemala and Honduras. He took good care of the group and made sure we were safe and had what we needed. The bus was great too as was the driver Saulo. Loved the markets, museums and Lake Atitlan, the ruins at Copan and Tikal were marvelous too. All in all, I feel like I got to know lots about Guatemala and Honduras and I would recommend the trip to others interested in Central America.Celia S. Louisville, KY
My trip was incredible thanks mainly to Marco for his excellence as a tour guide. You all are lucky to have him. He is one of the best guides I ever have had.Dorian G. Miramar, FL
"Bacho" (Bonifacio) was the best guide I've ever had. In addition to being a really fine human being, his organizational ability was beyond reproach, even somehow managing to make it seem low-key despite all that went into it. Gate 1 is very fortunate to have him.Catherine B. Montague, CA
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip...I found a love for Mexico, the land and the customs of the people...I met people who became friends in one week...our guide Ivan was the most caring, helpful , well informed person imaginable...he went so far beyond his role to help us in any way, share his knowledge and love of his country and his huge , giving person...it was one of my favorite tripsKathrynne F. Flanders, NJ
Great coach tour, very organized with plenty of attractions. Tom was the best tour guide we have experienced. Your Company will find it hard to replace him! Betty is an excellent driver, often in difficult little streets to navigate as well. Always with a friendly manner, she is good fun. Hotels all good, great locations & amenities.Peter & Mary D. Bentleigh, Australia
Trip was very good. All accommodations were comfortable and offered good amenities. Tour bus was luxurious. Driver Patrick was flawless. Tour guide Andrea was awesome. She had covered and explained in great details about points to see, joking at many occasions. Waterton, Banff and Jasper were all worth visiting. Wish had more time to see city of Calgary. Weather was generally cooperative except on two occasions it rained. Will recommend to anyone without hesitation.Ramesh C. Orland Park, IL
The trip was very nice and covered a lot of places. Our guide Sandra and driver Betty were terrific. Did above and beyond. Little surprise tastings every day on the bus. The transfers went smoothly and the hotel locations were really handy to everything. I was traveling alone and felt included. This was my first experience with Gate 1. My friend and I have booked a trip next year with you folks to Southeast Asia. I hope that trip is as good as this one was!Solange Q. Port Orange, FL
Our trip was fantastic!!! Andrea is the best!!! We have been in several Gate 1 tours... and Andrea is the BEST! She made the Canadian Rockies come alive!!!Robin C. Rock Hill, SC
This trip was great, Gary was so great, humorous and knowledgeable. We didn’t know what to expect but we’re still in awe of the experience. From our arrival to departure not a flaw or problem. Schedule was great as well as pace. Lake Louise was beautiful as expected, but other lakes were another nice surprise. Gary took us to some nice side scenery. All travelers (23) was a good number and group.Walter B. Beecher, IL
We enjoyed the trip very much. The tour leader, Kathryn was wonderful, and fun to be with. The bus driver, Darren, was excellent, kept the bus immaculate, and was very personable. We loved seeing all the special sights in Newfoundland/ Labrador and the boat trips to see icebergs, Puffins and whales. Thank you for your help Gate 1.Sheryl and Bob S. Upland, CA
Wonderful! Full of many memorable activities! It went too quickly.Julia R. Berne, IN
The trip was wonderful! My husband and I enjoyed it very much. As always, we appreciate the high quality of service that Gate 1 provides.Kathy R. Goose Creek, SC
The trip was great with only 16 people in the group. The tour director Tony was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information on Mayan civilization. Also the tour guide in Copan, Honduras was very good. We were lucky with weather and accommodation was good. Overall we like the tour and would recommend our friends and relatives to take this trip with Gate 1.Lev A. Santa Monica, CA
The trip was great. Very impressive of the boat ride at Marina San Carlos, and the train ride from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas and the two day visit at the Copper Canyon. I learned a lot of Tarahumaras people and their community. The Mexican food was very tasty. It was a very good trip arrangement. Thanks again to Gate 1 for providing high quality, and affordable trips. I really enjoyed it.Greta L. Tallahassee, FL
We had a wonderful trip to Mexico. We have taken about 10 Gate 1 tours and liked them all. Our tour manager, Douglas, made this trip special. He is knowledgeable and careful with details to make sure that all of us were pleased. He has a great personality and went out of his way to get to know all of us on the tour, providing us with little extras to make us feel welcome and valued. I can't say enough to praise Douglas. He is a real asset to Gate 1, which he praises regularly, telling us about his training and how Gate 1 goes to great lengths to make sure the meals and accommodations are the best possible. I want to mention Panchito, our bus driver, also. He is a cheerful person and a highly skilled bus driver. We were all impressed by how he was able to maneuver the bus in tight quarters and keep us all safe.Kathryn R. Fallon, NV
The trip was wonderful. We were so fortunate to have Raul, the perfect guide! He obviously was so pleased to know we were enjoying ourselves, and we could totally depend on him to look after us. Very sincere, so knowledgeable. I’ve been to Mexico many times, but this was the first time I experienced the range of socioeconomic citizens and learned so much about the history of the country.Judith S. Langley City, Canada
This trip was fabulous. I'm really thankful for Gate 1 for providing such an interesting journey.Valeri V. Richmond Hill, Canada
Our Mexico trip was our 14th Gate 1 trip and it was perfect as usual. Baccho, our tour manager, was excellent, attentive to our needs, and filled almost every minute with great activities and additional optional walking tours.Kenneth M. Bay Village, OH
The trip was GREAT. The tour guide "Tony" was very knowledgeable and really cared about us. We had a good group of people. The hotels, food, sightseeing was all wonderful.Lee O. Fort Dodge, IA
The trip to Mexico was amazing. As were the warm and welcoming people of Mexico. Each & every city we visited offed something unique & delightful. And the Gate 1 hotels, once again, were outstanding. And...once again our tour bus driver was THE BEST - I always felt safe! ...Susan W. Laguna Beach, CA
Our guide Tony was wonderful and knowledgeable. Tony explained the history of each and every place we visited and was able to answer everyone's questions and concerns. I thought the hotels chosen were the best and the restaurants were excellent. Restaurant service was excellent and the food was delicious. Guatemala-Honduras were never on my bucket list. I am very happy I chose to visit there. I made a great choice. Thank you Gate 1 for another great tour!Susan T. San Francisco, CA
Colonial Mexico was my 31st trip with Gate 1 and I always love it when a trip exceeds expectations in every way, as this one did! I knew little about Mexico outside of a visit to Cancun and Mexico City, and this exploration of its Colonial Cities was marvelous. Everything started with having a superb tour manager, Bacho, who was personable, extremely kind, knowledgeable, funny and so organized. He was always there for us, whether it be having Pesos for bathroom stops or treating us to candy or prizes for quizzes, and even organizing a special double decker bus tour of Guadalajara, plus so much else - he is one of the very best! Our driver Aurelio was also skilled and safe and very pleasant. The itinerary was perfectly timed, with the right balance between time spent on walking tours of the cities and free time to explore. The hotels were all really lovely and well situated. The restaurants we went to for group meals were uniformly excellent. The dinner at the #1 restaurant in Morelia - San Miguelito was fantastic, as was the farewell dinner at El Sacromonte in Guadalajara. My personal favorite cities were the stops in Queretaro and Guanajuato and favorite city that we stayed in Morelia - I loved it so much that I am looking at spending a week at a language school there later this year! Can't say enough good things about this trip - safe, fun, interesting, cultural and very highly recommended. Thank you again!Lorraine P. Stamford, CT
My trip to Quebec City was absolutely excellent. I really enjoyed every aspect of the trip: The booking process was smooth, efficient, accessible for questions, and the website was easy to navigate. Our Tour Manager, Francis, was just great- very helpful, organized, nice that he was based at the hotel.. all around great person. The bus tour guide, Francois - his commentary was really excellent and so interesting! I give him 20 out of 10! He is also an excellent driver. I learned so much about Canada. Thank you, I will use Gate 1 again and will recommend it to friends.Patricia O. New York, NY
The trip to the Copper Canyon was wonderful. The trip by bus showed us an extensive area of Sonora and Chihuahua. The vast canyon was beautiful to see in the varying light from morning to evening. The train ride from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas was spectacular with the mountains and changing vegetation as we climbed higher. Douglas was an excellent tour leader. On the long bus rides, he told us about the economies of the states, the history of the areas and the history of Mexico ..... He kept us informed about the daily schedules and helped to make sure that everyone was having a good time.Loretta G. Minneapolis, MN
We had the best time...The tour guide Edel was very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and overall a great guy...The bus driver Panchito as well was a real professional..We felt very safe traveling through Mexico with him as our driver...Visiting the Copper Canyon is truly a highlight of this vacation..We made new friends, enjoyed the food we ate and took lots of pictures to enhance our memories of this fabulous trip...Thank you for making this excursion possible Gate 1!Joyce O. Carmichael, CA
We had a fantastic trip, the tour included very beautiful cities in Mexico and our tour manager, Ivan, was excellent. I would definitely recommend this trip.Samuel B. New Iberia, LA
Our trip to the Maritime Regional of Canada gave us a new respect for the vastness and beauty of this area. Our Tour Manager Sandra and Bus Driver Roy were fantastic and provided great insight into the culture and traditions of this area and went out of their way to get the Tour Group to experience them. The accommodations provided exceeded our expectations, the food was excellent and the scenery breathtaking. The people of this area of Canada were delightful, friendly and very engaging as were the members of our Tour Group. Once again Gate 1 delivered on a great tour of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island.Thomas O. Katonah, NY