12 Day Heart of Central Europe: Slovakia & Czech Republic



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12 Day Heart of Central Europe: Slovakia & Czech Republic
Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel Bratislava
Hotel Grand Matej Banska Stiavnica
Hotel Solisko Strbske Pleso
Grandhotel Stary Smokovec Vysoke Tatry
Hotel Pod Zamkom Bojnice
Barcelo Brno Palace Brno
Hotel Cosmopolitan Prague
Hotel Imperial Prague

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Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information::
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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 trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Vienna, Prague-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Bratislava
    • 1 night Banska Stiavnica
    • 2 nights Strbske Pleso
    • 1 night Bojnice
    • 2 nights Brno
    • 2 nights Prague
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • A walking tour of Bratislava's historic Old Town with its winding lanes and medieval courtyards
  • Enjoy a home-hosted visit in Bratislava, a unique opportunity to learn about the local values and traditions
  • Explore the striking medieval town of Banska Stiavnica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Banska Bystrica, a copper mining town, nestled in the Low Tatras Mountain range
  • Ride a cable car to the second highest point in Slovakia - Lomnicky Peak, at an altitude of 8641 ft
  • Marvel at the tallest wooden altar in the world, housed in the Basilica of St. James in Levoca
  • Tour fairy-tale Bojnice Castle, one of the most romantic castles in Central Europe
  • Discover the history, modern architecture and culture, during your city tour of Brno
  • Explore the sprawling Punkva Caves, one of the best-known of the Moravian Karst
  • Visit Porta Coeli Convent, a unique Cistercian convent from the 13th century
  • Tour the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague - "The City of a Thousand Spires"
  • Pay homage to the victims of the Holocaust during your visit of Terezin Concentration Camp

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Austria
Depart on your flight to Vienna, Austria

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Vienna and Transfer to Bratislava
Arrive in Vienna and transfer to your hotel in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, set on the Danube by the border of Austria and Hungary. The city has undergone a major revitalization and now flourishes as one of Europe's newest capitals. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight at approximately 6 pm, meet your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at an orientation meeting about the delightful journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Bratislava
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Bratislava City Tour, Home Hosted Visit
This morning's sightseeing will include a walking tour of Bratislava's historic Old Town, nestled between the steep Castle Hill and the Danube River. View the elegant pale pink and white Primatial Square, with its Renaissance fountain and the Old Town Hall, dating from the 15th century. Learn about Bratislava’s long and turbulent history, as you stroll along the Old Town. Continue to Franciscan Square, named after its 18th century Franciscan church and monastery. Pass by Mirbach Palace, a Rococo style residence dating from 1770 that houses permanent exhibitions of the Bratislava City Gallery. Afterward, visit the 15th century St Martin's Cathedral, Bratislava’s biggest church. During the Ottoman occupation of Budapest, the church served as the coronation site for Hungarian kings. In the afternoon, travel by public tram to a residential area for a home hosted visit. Sip coffee or tea with your hosts and experience a unique opportunity to learn about their values and traditions. Afterward, take a tour of the neighborhood to observe local life. Tonight, explore Bratislava's nightlife on your own and treat yourself to a delectable Slovak dinner
Overnight: Bratislava
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Medieval Banska Stiavnica
After breakfast this morning, head east to the historic mining town of Banska Stiavnica in central Slovakia. The town was established in the 13th century, although evidence of mining dates back to the Neolithic period, making it the oldest mining town in Slovakia. Upon arrival, embark on a walking tour of the striking medieval town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the Holy Trinity Square, the Gothic style St. Catherine Church, and the impressive Holy Trinity Column, built as a gratitude for the retreat of the plague epidemic in the years 1710 – 1711. Learn more about the town’s fascinating history and discover its rich mining heritage. Afterward, check into the hotel and spend time at leisure before tonight's dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Banska Stiavnica
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Banska Bystrica, 'Krcma' Slovak Pub, Strbske Pleso
Today, drive northeast towards Banska Bystrica, a copper mining town, that was part of the exclusive trio of the richest central Slovakian mining towns, nestled in the Low Tatras Mountain range. Explore the town's important historical, and cultural centre. View the central SNP square, the pride of Banska Bystrica, the slender Clock tower, that was built in 1552 as part of the town prison and St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. On the southern end of the square, admire the well preserved Thurzo’s House, a nobleman’s mansion, with an architectural mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style. Proceed to the Namestie Stefana Moyzesa square flanked by buildings that once formed the town castle, built in the 12th and 13th centuries. Later, meet with a local student and hear about the education system and life today in Slovakia. Continue the tour with a tasting of locally produced beer during your visit at a local 'Krcma' Slovak Pub, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, head to picturesque Strbske Pleso, a village located on the southern bank of a glacial lake of the same name in the High Tatra Mountains. After checking into your hotel, take an orientation walk of the village followed by dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Strbske Pleso
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Tatranska Lomnica, Cable Car Ride to Lomnicky Stit, Spis Castle, Levoca
A spectacular drive this morning to Tatranska Lomnica, a recreational town, located in the heart of the High Tatras Mountains that form a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. It is the tallest mountain range within the Carpathian Mountains with 25 peaks often called "the smallest alpine mountains in Europe". Ride a cable car all the way up to the second highest point in Slovakia - Lomnicky Stit at 8641 feet above sea level. Weather permitting, experience a unique panoramic view of the area. In the afternoon, journey to the charming 13th century town of Levoca, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Slovakia. En route, view Spis Castle, Slovakia's largest medieval fortress. The 12th century castle, a UNESCO's World Heritage Site is considered to be one of the most significant historical monuments of the Spis region. Upon arrival in Levoca, embark on a walking tour of the historic center. Stroll along the narrow cobbled streets, view the old city walls, the Renaissance Town Hall, and striking townhouses of the local nobility in the late Middle Ages. Visit the 14th century Roman Catholic Church of St. James. Its interior features the tallest wooden altar in the world standing at 61 feet high, carved by Master Paul of Levoca. Afterward, return to Strbske Pleso
Overnight: Strbske Pleso
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Bojnice Castle
Depart Strbske Pleso for the small spa town of Bojnice with its picturesque wooden cabins and paintings on the walls. Here, visit fairy-tale Bojnice Castle, perched on a travertine hill above the town. From the original 12th century fortification, only the foundations remain. A reconstruction during the early 20th century by the Palffy, a Hungarian noble family that drew inspiration from the castles of France’s Loire Valley, transformed Bojnice Castle to its present Neo-Baroque splendour. Light pink sandstone towers and crenellated turrets make this romantic castle the most visited in Slovakia. Currently the castle houses a museum of art and history. The exhibition contains the original furniture, various artifacts and paintings like the most valuable late Gothic alterpiece of Bojnice collection by Italian artist Nardo di Cione Ortagna from the mid-14th century. Afterward, spend time at leisure. Tonight, a unique and authentic experience awaits you. Take a short drive outside the town of Bojnice to a small village where you will meet and chat with locals during your barbecue dinner. Listen to local musicians perform traditional music
Overnight: Bojnice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Explore Brno
Today’s journey takes you to Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, and former capital of Moravia, located on the eastern foothills of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. Discover the history, modern architecture and culture of Brno during your city tour. View Spilberk Castle, dominating the skyline of Brno, built on a hill directly above the city's historical centre in the mid 13th century as a seat for rulers of Moravia. In the heart of the city admire the imposing Neo-Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul, the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, an unusual clock that commemorates a historical victory over the Swedes. Continue to the Jewish Cemetery and the 364 foot tall AZ Tower, the tallest building in the Czech Republic. After, check into your hotel and spend time at leisure. Gather together for dinner tonight
Overnight: Brno
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Punkva Caves, Porta Coeli Convent, Pernstejn Castle
Early in the morning depart Brno for a drive north to the Punkva Caves, one of the best-known of the Moravian Karst. Delve into the sprawling caves, a protected nature reserve with more than 1100 caves and gorges. Take the shuttle to reach the cave entrance. Journey inside the caves and board a boat to float down the underground Punkva River. Pass through narrow caverns that open into rock pools accented by rising stalagmite columns and hanging stalactite composed of limestone. After your boat ride, take a cable car and ascend to viewing platforms for a peek into the 450 foot deep gorge of the Macocha Abyss. After lunch, drive to Porta Coeli, or Gateway to Heaven Convent, a unique convent complex from the 13th century, where a community of Cistercian nuns still lives. View the richly decorated Gothic portal of the Basilica, the chapter hall, and cloister. Continue with a visit to the impressive Pernštejn Castle*, one of the best preserved castles in the Czech Republic, known as the marble castle because of the marble-like stone used to frame its doors and windows. It was founded in the 13th century and served as the seat of the powerful lords of Pernštejn. Return to Brno and spend your evening at leisure
*For October departures, the visit to Pernstejn Castle is not available
Overnight: Brno
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Saturday - Prague City Tour, Cooking Lesson
Travel through Southern Bohemia to the Czech capital, Prague - "The City of a Thousand Spires". Upon arrival, take a walking tour of Prague to the picturesque Lesser Town (Malá Strana) also known as the Little Quarter, with its ancient burgher houses and quaint side streets. Enjoy breathtaking views as you cross the 14th century Charles Bridge, with its 30 Baroque statues of various saints, one of Europe's oldest stone bridges, to the Old Town, the medieval center of Prague. Explore the cobbled streets around Old Town Square and stroll into the Jewish Quarter, once the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe. View the white stucco St. Nicholas Church, the world-famous Astronomical Clock, and the Town Hall. Tonight, participate in a culinary lesson led by a skilled chef. Follow a step-by-step preparation of your dinner and savor the delectable results together
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Terezin, Farewell Dinner
Morning visit to the site of the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin, a place of suffering and inhumanity for over 150,000 prisoners. Upon arrival, walk to the camp’s ghettos where more than 35,000 Jews lost their lives and learn the history behind one of the largest camps in the Czech Republic. Afterward, pay homage to the thousands of the camp’s victims at the Terezin Memorial. Continue to the Ghetto Museum, which was originally built as school to view historical exhibitions that will enhance your understanding of the Holocaust. Share memories of your trip, during your Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant tonight and bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Depart the Czech Republic
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Explore Dubai & Oman, December 2018
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Jordan, Tradition & Inspiration, November 2018
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Jordan, Tradition & Inspiration, November 2018
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I wasn't sure what to expect and honestly was a little nervous to go to that part of the world. But I was pleasantly mistaken! This trip to Jordan was wonderful and such an eye-opening experience. The country is beautiful, safe and full of history. Our tour guide was exceptional! He knew so much and was a lot of fun! I'm grateful that Gate 1 created this tour and did it completely in Jordan (instead of a combo with another country). It really gives the traveler time to fully enjoy and appreciate Jordan. Yet another great trip with Gate 1! :)

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Amazing China with Tibet, October 2018
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My trip to China and Tibet was great. Our tour manager Ivy was exceptionally good and made this trip even more special. Her attention to details was amazing. This was the smallest group I have ever traveled with and I loved it as it allowed us to experience many things that wouldn't have been possible for a large group. Loved all the local guides as well. Loved the country, food and all the accommodations .. Would love to go back and experience more of this amazing country.

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It was a wonderful trip. Our guide was the best, he knew people everywhere. You can tell he really enjoys his work.....I would travel with him again in a heartbeat. The hotels were great and of course the Sahara was the highlight of the trip. This trip will be hard to beat...

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Our trip was amazing. Our guide Giovanna was so professional, knowledgeable, polite and willing to help in any way she could. We fell in love with Ecuador. It was perfectly planned. The best trip we ever had.

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Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan, October 2018
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Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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It was probably one of our best trips ever!! Morocco was absolutely beautiful. The size of our group was perfect. Our group itself were very cohesive, it was amazing. Our guide Mohammed was so kind and thoughtful that I think we all came back spoiled rotten. So much fun!

Yvette F. Los Angeles, CA
Kenya Safari Exploration, September 2018
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I have traveled a lot but never with a tour. Our trip to Kenya was spectacular and unlike any place I have ever been. Our guide was Yusuf. We could not have had a better guide ... Yusef is a very special man who made the trip even more amazing. I fell in love with the people and their spirit, the land was so beautiful and wild, and of course the animals were so up close and free. This experience will be the one that will thrill me for a lifetime. The experience could not have been better. Thank you Gate 1 for just the greatest experience. Also thanks to our booking agent Donna for advice on the time of year to make the trip and invaluable tips. And thanks to Yusuf for teaching us the language, educating us on the animals and of Kenya, and for his gracious company and friendship.

Nancy H. Lexington, KY
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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We had a great trip to Morocco! Ali, our guide was a gem! We are very impressed! All of our city guides were excellent, too! This was our 1st Discovery trip (out of 4) and we plan to use this experience as our template for future Gate 1 trips. We felt very well cared for!!!

Bill B. Ossining, NY
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2018
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FABULOUS!! Sophia was absolutely wonderful & a wealth of knowledge. We all were amazed at her abilities regarding all the history at each location we stopped at, including the Acropolis Archaeology Museum. You are very fortunate to have her as your guide. Also, Christos is an excellent driver. He is very skilled at getting into surprisingly small spaces with our huge bus. We all appreciated his assistance with our travel around Greece. Great trip.....many highlights!!!

Cheryl H. Lakewood, CO
The Serengeti & Beyond: A Tanzania Safari, September 2018
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Our trip was fantastic, everything went smoothly, all of the connections, transfers, etc. were perfect. I cannot say enough positive things about Gate 1 and the travel guides for both tours. We are looking forward to our next tour and will be contacting you sometime early next year.

Thomas L. Florence, SC
Japan, Then & Now, October 2018
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The trip was excellent ... Our guide, Hiroko, was fantastic - knowledgeable, caring, and funny - with many tips, tricks and stories to help us appreciate the Japanese country and culture.

Jonathan K. Plainsboro, NJ
Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan, September 2018
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The trip was wonderful. Our two tour managers put their hearts in it and made our trip a life time experience ....The tour guide in Nepal was very thoughtful to prepare the masks for us when walking through the dusty city ...

Christine L. Augusta, GA
Swiss Alpine Jewels, August 2018
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Our tour was well researched and well planned, and our Tour Manager Dennis was very knowledgeable, organized, and had a wonderful personality. I've been on a dozen or so guided trips all over the world, and this was one of the best yet. This trip was fabulous! I'll definitely travel with Gate1 Travel Discovery again.

Linda R. Powhatan, VA
Japan, Then & Now, July 2018
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It was awesome. This was my first tour with Gate1. I was not disappointed. It was well planned, there were variety of things to do, places to visit. Our dietary need as a vegetarian was taken care of! I loved the tour guide, Yumi. She was great.

Abirami K. Cupertino, CA
China & Tibet Discovery, June 2018
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Without a doubt, the China/Tibet trip that I participated in was FANTASTIC! ... I am recommending them to family and friends. Having been on larger trips over the years, I must say that accommodating so few travelers afforded us greater mobility, and many chances to interact with each other ... Special, special thanks to Jenny and Frank for answering my neverending questions, offering so many local tidbits and gems, and enduring my versions of the languages. This trip was one that I wanted to experience for years, and it was everything that I expected and more ... Thanks again to everyone for my Chinese/Tibetan memories.

Julianna B. Westerville, OH
Kenya & Tanzania Safari Exploration, June 2018
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We had such a wonderful experience on the Kenya Tanzania Safari ... Especially I want to extol the wonders and praises of our driver guides ... All the while they are safely and carefully negotiating the rutted roads in the conservation areas and national parks ... noticing all those subtle signs that indicate wildlife that my eyes would never see. They have so much knowledge and understanding of the animals, the vegetation, the ecosystems, the interactions between animals! I especially commend Yusuf in Kenya and Nurdin Mohammed in Tanzania. Not only do they know the biology and zoology, they are completely conscientious about all of us as passengers and clients ... I want to make sure the company understands what treasures the driver/guides are and how important they are to your customers’ feeling of safety and comfort, but also they obviously enjoy the natural environment and the thrill of showing us these wonders of nature in their homeland. And as we drove through the villages and towns they were able to explain much about the local customs and people. This wonderful experience was made even more wonderful because of Yusuf and Nurdin!

Janell L. Nashville, TN
Kenya Safari Exploration with Zanzibar, June 2018
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Kenya and Zanzibar were spectacular! It was a great way to relax after the many amazing game drives through Kenya. Our guide, Daniel, was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. He explained the culture of Kenyans, the landscape of Kenya along with the habits and habitats of the many animals during the game drives. The itinerary was well planned (time/place), the Land Cruisers were perfect for the drives, the hotels and the "tent hotels" and food was excellent. Zanzibar is an idyllic island with its own history and culture, a learning experience. I would highly recommend this trip, but wait for the direct flights into Nairobi.

Constance I. Brooklyn, NY
Swiss Alpine Jewels, June 2018
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One of the best we’ve taken ... I attribute the success of the whole experience directly to our tour manager, Dennis Albright. While the itinerary was perfect, it was his preparation and attention to details that made it more than a wonderful holiday. Thanks to you, Gate1 for hiring the best and encouraging them to ensure the customer experience is the highest priority. Thanks and you will definitely seem us again. We’ve raved to friends and family and recommended Gate1 for all their travel needs now and into the future.

David G. Cardiff, CA
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Our Japan trip was excellent & very enjoyable. Tokyo & Kyoto hotels were very centrally located, convenient and excellent. I will give them A+. Our tour guide/ Manager Mr. katsumi was the best ... Wish we had manager like Mr. katsumi on all our tour. Very down to earth person.

Jash P. Indianapolis, IN
Discover Northern France, May 2018
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It was fantastic! Anne was an amazing guide. She was so attentive to everyone’s individual needs and request. I really enjoyed the small group. The itinerary was excellent. We learned so much about WWll in Normandy, experienced the beauty of Monet’s house and garden, and stayed at a gorgeous Chateau in Loire Valley, it was a perfect trip that I will be recommending to everyone!

Allison S. Ann Arbor, MI.
Amazing China with Tibet, May 2018
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I would like to add that EVERYONE on our trip to China was over-the-top crazy about our tour manager, Louise. She could not have been more professional or more caring ... She never seemed to tire of our endless questions! ... Another guide was taking us to the airport for our trip home, but when Louise's flight was cancelled, she made a point to find us in a very busy airport. I can't say enough wonderful things about her. I consider her a friend and tears were shed when we had to say good-bye!

Elizabeth G. McDonough, GA.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, May 2018
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Trip was great, greatly organized, very nice hotels, great food and our driver Plato was outstanding and who really made this trip superior, was our tour guide Chris. He is so knowledgeable a good storyteller. Altogether wonderful experience.

Zdena V. Fair Lawn, NJ.
The Wonders of New Zealand, May 2018
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We enjoyed everything about our tour of New Zealand. We felt it was well thought out. The hotels were very good. The itinerary was excellent, as were the dinners. Our guide, Malcolm, was superb. He was so knowledgeable about NZ and tied in the Maori culture whenever possible which made the tour that much more interesting. Thank you for an excellent tour of NZ.

Frances R. San Jose, CA
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, May 2018
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Hi Caitlin, Our Adventure to Uganda was awesome! Thank you!! We had a great time, everything went really well. Visiting gorillas in the rainforests of Bwindi was of course THE highlight of the trip. We saw chimps as well in their forests and that was thrilling! Our guides Morris and Jonah were exceptional, they took such good care of all of us. Thank you again Gate 1 for an another amazing trip!!! Looking forward to another destination with you guys!!!

Larry K. Westmount, QC, CA
Majestic Balkans, May 2018
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It was fantastic. Both drivers Peter and Leonard were super. Bus was always clean. Windows always clean. And then there’s Ana. One of best guides we’ve had. Always smiling. Never flustered. Humour galore. Great travel mates. Rate the trip as a 10+. Hang on to Ana. She was super

Susan M. St. Peters, NS, CA
Dalmatian Isles, Croatia & Slovenia, May 2018
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This trip was fabulous. Croatia and Slovena are beautiful and relaxing places. This was a small group of 20 people who were very friendly...Gate 1 allows for just enough free time and unlike other tour companies we did not spend a majority of the vacation on the bus getting from one place to the next. 2+ nights in some places added to the feeling of seeing a place. Hotels were all really close to center of things. Our hotel in Venice was literally a 3 minute walk to St. Mark’s Square. Our tour guide was funny, friendly and had a wealth of knowledge about all the places we went to. Local guides added variety to the tours. Even our bus driver engaged with us in a funny and friendly way. Great trip!

Patrice G. New City, NY
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Great! Japan is very clean. I like Kyota best. Tokyo is a so big that it would be very scary if you got separated from your guide. Very interesting country

Fay S. Pittsburgh, PA
Amazing China with Tibet, April 2018
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Trip was great - our guide Jason was fantastic - loved all of tour - only wish it would have included one more day in shanghai for individual time, shopping etc think everyone in our group felt like they would have liked to stay in shanghai one more day for some free time!! Love it - great accommodations, local guides, travel - very happy with trip - but especially loved our guide - he made trip fantastic!!

Ann B. Edmonds, WA