14 Day Scandinavia, Naturally Charming

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Departure transfer is only included with departure from Gardermoen Airport (OSL).


Accommodation Details:
May 23, Jun 13, Jun 20 & Sep 3 departures will be accommodated at the Thon Europa in Oslo.


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 good amount of ground each day. We can spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. Please be aware that Scandinavia is an expensive destination. 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 Sydney-Stockholm, Oslo-Sydney
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Stockholm
    • 1 night Falun
    • 2 nights Lillehammer
    • 2 nights Geiranger
    • 1 night Flam
    • 2 nights Bergen
    • 2 nights Oslo
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 20 meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners with wine or beer (including welcome and 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.
  • At Stockholm's City Hall, visit the Blue & Gold Halls where the Nobel Banquet is held
  • Visit the unique Vasa Museum to view the Vasa warship, the only preserved 17th-century warship in the world
  • Visit a Dala Horse workshop - meet the craftspeople and watch as this folk symbol is carved and hand-painted
  • Explore the fascinating Maihaugen Open Air Museum, a living museum featuring over 200 buildings from different eras of Norwegian history
  • Ascend by chair lift to the Lillehammer Ski Jump Tower dating back to the 1994 Winter Olympics
  • Enjoy a fun-filled beer tasting and dinner at the Lillehammer Brewery's beer cellar that dates back to 1855
  • Travel on the thrilling Trollstigen Mountain Road - a day of dramatic and astonishing beauty!
  • Cruise the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord where mountainside farms and waterfalls dot the near-vertical cliffs
  • Visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum with its fascinating exhibits and informative audio-visual presentation
  • Travel into the high glacial region on the famous Flam Mountain Railway, a masterpiece of Norwegian engineering
  • Visit Troldhaugen, home of beloved Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, which served as inspiration for his music
  • In Bergen’s lively fish market, stop for a tasting of the freshest and most delicious smoked salmon
  • In the tiny village of Torpo view the wooden Stave Church, built during the Middle Ages
  • Tour unique Vigeland Sculpture Park with its astonishing life-size granite and bronze sculptures by Gustav Vigeland
  • In Oslo, visit the Viking Ship Museum to view three 1,200-year-old preserved Viking ships
  • Enjoy a private visit to the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, which celebrates the lives and achievements of Nobel Prize winners

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

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a good amount of ground each day. We can spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. Please be aware that Scandinavia is an expensive destination. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.


DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Sweden
Depart for Sweden

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Stockholm
Welcome to stunning Stockholm, spread across 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the many delights of this city of contrasts. This evening, your tour begins at 6:00 PM when you join your Tour Manager for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting which highlights the magnificent journey through Scandinavia that awaits you. Then, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Stockholm no later than 4:00 PM on day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Stockholm
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Tour Stockholm, Blue and Gold Halls, Vasa Museum
The discovery of Stockholm begins with views of the iconic Italian-Baroque Royal Palace and Riddarholm Church, burial place of Swedish monarchs. At the City Hall, visit the famous Blue Hall and glistening Gold Hall where the Nobel Banquet is held each year. A walk through the narrow streets of the medieval Old Town reveals rows of 17th and 18th century storybook buildings, 700 year old Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Nobel Museum and historic Stortorget Square. Then, a fascinating visit to the unique Vasa Museum, home of the restored royal warship that set off on a maiden voyage and sank to the bottom of the sea. The rest of the day is free to explore some of Stockholm’s distinctive neighborhoods, beautiful parks and world-class museums, including a fascinating and interactive museum dedicated to ABBA, Sweden's most famous pop singing group!
Overnight: Stockholm
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Uppsala Cathedral, Carl Larsson Garden, Falun
Depart Stockholm this morning and drive north toward the town of Uppsala, seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden to visit the gorgeous 13th century Cathedral, built in French-Gothic style. Several coronations of Swedish monarchs have taken place here. Then, travel to the picturesque village of Sundborn to visit the Carl Larsson Garden, home of the renowned artist and his wife. Their early 20th century home is preserved in its entirety and is an exquisite example of Swedish interior design. Continue to the town of Falun in Dalarna County, famous for its prosperous copper mines, once called "Sweden's Treasure Chest." Tonight, a lovely dinner together
Overnight: Falun
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Dala Horse Workshop, Lillehammer
Depart Falun this morning and then stop at a Dala Horse workshop. Here, you can meet the craftspeople and watch as this cherished folk symbol of Sweden is carved and hand-painted. Originally a children's toy, this famous horse is now popular worldwide. The drive then continues to Lillehammer in the heart of Norway, nestled at the northern end of Lake Mjosa. The city is most famous for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. In the evening, free time to stroll through the town with its trendy arts scene, lively cafes and shops
Overnight: Lillehammer
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - Maihaugen Open Air Museum, Olympic Ski Jump, Lillehammer Brewery
The exploration of Lillehammer begins at the expansive Maihaugen Open Air Museum, a charming living history museum arranged as a small village. View the collection of more than 180 buildings including a transplanted Stave Church, traditional Gudbrandsdalen homes, crafts shops, a postal museum and 27 farm buildings. Afterward, on to the Lillehammer Ski Jump dating back to the 1994 Winter Olympics. Ascend by chair lift to the ski jump tower where you can admire panoramic views of Lillehammer and Lake Mjosa from the tower terrace. Tonight, warm hospitality and lots of fun at the Lillehammer Brewery's beer cellar, dating back to 1855. After a tasting of their beers, enjoy dinner at the popular restaurant
Overnight: Lillehammer
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Trollstigen Mountain Road to Geiranger
A day of astonishing beauty as you travel on the thrilling Trollstigen Mountain Road on your way to Geiranger. View the dramatic fjords and towering mountain vistas. The view from Ørnesvingen down to the Geirangerfjord is truly spectacular! Tucked into the mountains with its eleven hair-raising hairpin bends, the road snakes its way along the steep mountainside - undoubtedly one of Norway's most mesmerizing sites. Stop for lunch in this breathtaking setting before continuing on your journey through the Norwegian countryside. At the village of Linge board a ferry and cross the Norddalsfjorden to the village of Eidsdal, then continue to the town of Geiranger at the head of the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord. Dinner together in this magnificent setting caps a breathtaking day
Overnight: Geiranger
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Cruise on the Geirangerfjord, Dalsnibba Lookout
Today is highlighted by a cruise on the wondrous Geirangerfjord, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Pass scattered cliffside farms that cling to towering, nearly sheer walls, majestic mountain peaks and lush green vegetation. Then, the boat twists and turns to the amazing waterfalls known as the Seven Sisters, the Suitor, and the Bridal Veil. The indescribable beauty of this fjord will be a lasting memory of your adventurous journey! Drive via the incredible Dalsnibba Pass where you will stop at the outstanding lookout, the region's highest point, for unforgettable views of towering cliffs, waterfalls and the valley below. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at your hotel
Overnight: Geiranger
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Norwegian Glacier Museum
Depart Geiranger this morning and head to the fascinating hands-on Norwegian Glacier Museum. The museum's exhibits offer a unique perspective of glaciers, their movements, crevasses and an informative audio-visual presentation. You can even experiment with 1,000 year old glacial ice! Afterward, take a ferry ride from Mannheller to Fondes. Dinner is at the hotel in Flam
Overnight: Flam
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Flam Mountain Railway, Farm Visit, Bergen
Board the world-famous Flam Mountain Railway, a masterpiece of Norwegian engineering, for a train ride into Norway's high glacial regions. View pastures, waterfalls and snow-clad peaks, all nestled beautifully into the surrounding mountainside. Ascend to 3,000 feet within 12 miles for one of the most splendid panoramas in Norway. After arriving in Myrdal, change trains and continue to the village of Voss where your coach will meet you. This afternoon's drive through the Norwegian countryside is punctuated by a stop at a local farm for conversation, coffee and cake. Then, continue to picturesque Bergen, Norway's second largest city and unofficial capital of western Norway
Overnight: Bergen
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - Grieg’s Troldhaugen, Bryggen and the Hanseatic Quarter, Fish Market & Salmon Tasting
Today, travel to Troldhaugen, home of beloved Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg. This lakeside home that served as inspiration for his music is now used as a music school and concert venue. Then, back in Bergen stroll through Bryggen, the city's old wharf district known for its busy harbor and gabled traditional wooden buildings and the Hanseatic Quarter, founded during the days of the Hanseatic League, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a walk through the popular fish market, linger for a tasting of the freshest and most delicious smoked salmon. Later, a ride on the funicular to Mt. Floyen for panoramic views of the city, a great finale to a beautiful day
Overnight: Bergen
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Saturday - Hardanger Bridge, Torpo Stave Church, Futuristic Oslo
Departing Bergen you cross the magnificent Hardanger suspension bridge, the longest bridge in Norway - even longer than the Golden Gate Bridge. Known as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, it's often called the Norway Sky Bridge when it disappears into the clouds. Passing through the tiny village of Torpo stop to see the stunningly well-preserved 12th century Stave Church. Learn more about how wooden stave churches were built - only 30 of these structures still remain. Arrive in futuristic Oslo, fringed with gorgeous forests, hills and lakes. Evening is at leisure to discover Oslo's night scene on your own
Overnight: Oslo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Sunday - Vigeland Sculpture Park, Viking Ship Museum, Private Visit to Nobel Peace Center
A drive in Oslo reveals its striking architecture. Begin at the magnificent National Theater, one of Norway's most prominent venues for performance of dramatic arts. View the 19th century Royal Palace as well as the main square with its ornate City Hall. Next, visit the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park with its astonishing 212 stark life-size granite and bronze sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. View the huge Monolith Column, adorned with 121 reliefs of human figures carved from a single block of granite. Afterward, visit the Viking Ship Museum to see three 1,200-year old Viking ships representing some of the best-preserved Viking ships in the world. Tonight, a specially arranged private visit and refreshments at the renowned Nobel Peace Center. Tour this state-of-the art museum that celebrates the lives and achievements of winners of the Nobel Peace Prize accented by compelling digital displays. Then it’s time to bid a fond farewell to Scandinavia and your newfound friends at a very special Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Oslo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Monday - Depart Norway
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Sweden
Depart for Sweden

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Stockholm
Welcome to stunning Stockholm, spread across 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the many delights of this city of contrasts. This evening, your tour begins at 6:00 PM when you join your Tour Manager for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting which highlights the magnificent journey through Scandinavia that awaits you. Then, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Stockholm no later than 4:00 PM on day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Stockholm
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Tour Stockholm, Blue and Gold Halls, Vasa Museum
The discovery of Stockholm begins with views of the iconic Italian-Baroque Royal Palace and Riddarholm Church, burial place of Swedish monarchs. At the City Hall, visit the famous Blue Hall and glistening Gold Hall where the Nobel Banquet is held each year. A walk through the narrow streets of the medieval Old Town reveals rows of 17th and 18th century storybook buildings, 700 year old Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Nobel Museum and historic Stortorget Square. Then, a fascinating visit to the unique Vasa Museum, home of the restored royal warship that set off on a maiden voyage and sank to the bottom of the sea. The rest of the day is free to explore some of Stockholm’s distinctive neighborhoods, beautiful parks and world-class museums, including a fascinating and interactive museum dedicated to ABBA, Sweden's most famous pop singing group!
Overnight: Stockholm
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Uppsala Cathedral, Carl Larsson Garden, Falun
Depart Stockholm this morning and drive north toward the town of Uppsala, seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden to visit the gorgeous 13th century Cathedral, built in French-Gothic style. Several coronations of Swedish monarchs have taken place here. Then, travel to the picturesque village of Sundborn to visit the Carl Larsson Garden, home of the renowned artist and his wife. Their early 20th century home is preserved in its entirety and is an exquisite example of Swedish interior design. Continue to the town of Falun in Dalarna County, famous for its prosperous copper mines, once called "Sweden's Treasure Chest." Tonight, a lovely dinner together
Overnight: Falun
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Dala Horse Workshop, Lillehammer
Depart Falun this morning and then stop at a Dala Horse workshop. Here, you can meet the craftspeople and watch as this cherished folk symbol of Sweden is carved and hand-painted. Originally a children's toy, this famous horse is now popular worldwide. The drive then continues to Lillehammer in the heart of Norway, nestled at the northern end of Lake Mjosa. The city is most famous for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. In the evening, free time to stroll through the town with its trendy arts scene, lively cafes and shops
Overnight: Lillehammer
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Maihaugen Open Air Museum, Olympic Ski Jump, Lillehammer Brewery
The exploration of Lillehammer begins at the expansive Maihaugen Open Air Museum, a charming living history museum arranged as a small village. View the collection of more than 180 buildings including a transplanted Stave Church, traditional Gudbrandsdalen homes, crafts shops, a postal museum and 27 farm buildings. Afterward, on to the Lillehammer Ski Jump dating back to the 1994 Winter Olympics. Ascend by chair lift to the ski jump tower where you can admire panoramic views of Lillehammer and Lake Mjosa from the tower terrace. Tonight, warm hospitality and lots of fun at the Lillehammer Brewery's beer cellar, dating back to 1855. After a tasting of their beers, enjoy dinner at the popular restaurant
Overnight: Lillehammer
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Trollstigen Mountain Road to Geiranger
A day of astonishing beauty as you travel on the thrilling Trollstigen Mountain Road on your way to Geiranger. View the dramatic fjords and towering mountain vistas. The view from Ørnesvingen down to the Geirangerfjord is truly spectacular! Tucked into the mountains with its eleven hair-raising hairpin bends, the road snakes its way along the steep mountainside - undoubtedly one of Norway's most mesmerizing sites. Stop for lunch in this breathtaking setting before continuing on your journey through the Norwegian countryside. At the village of Linge board a ferry and cross the Norddalsfjorden to the village of Eidsdal, then continue to the town of Geiranger at the head of the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord. Dinner together in this magnificent setting caps a breathtaking day
Overnight: Geiranger
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Cruise on the Geirangerfjord, Dalsnibba Lookout
Today is highlighted by a cruise on the wondrous Geirangerfjord, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Pass scattered cliffside farms that cling to towering, nearly sheer walls, majestic mountain peaks and lush green vegetation. Then, the boat twists and turns to the amazing waterfalls known as the Seven Sisters, the Suitor, and the Bridal Veil. The indescribable beauty of this fjord will be a lasting memory of your adventurous journey! Drive via the incredible Dalsnibba Pass where you will stop at the outstanding lookout, the region's highest point, for unforgettable views of towering cliffs, waterfalls and the valley below. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at your hotel
Overnight: Geiranger
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Norwegian Glacier Museum
Depart Geiranger this morning and head to the fascinating hands-on Norwegian Glacier Museum. The museum's exhibits offer a unique perspective of glaciers, their movements, crevasses and an informative audio-visual presentation. You can even experiment with 1,000 year old glacial ice! Afterward, take a ferry ride from Mannheller to Fondes. Dinner is at the hotel in Flam
Overnight: Flam
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Flam Mountain Railway, Farm Visit, Bergen
Board the world-famous Flam Mountain Railway, a masterpiece of Norwegian engineering, for a train ride into Norway's high glacial regions. View pastures, waterfalls and snow-clad peaks, all nestled beautifully into the surrounding mountainside. Ascend to 3,000 feet within 12 miles for one of the most splendid panoramas in Norway. After arriving in Myrdal, change trains and continue to the village of Voss where your coach will meet you. This afternoon's drive through the Norwegian countryside is punctuated by a stop at a local farm for conversation, coffee and cake. Then, continue to picturesque Bergen, Norway's second largest city and unofficial capital of western Norway
Overnight: Bergen
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Grieg’s Troldhaugen, Bryggen and the Hanseatic Quarter, Fish Market & Salmon Tasting
Today, travel to Troldhaugen, home of beloved Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg. This lakeside home that served as inspiration for his music is now used as a music school and concert venue. Then, back in Bergen stroll through Bryggen, the city's old wharf district known for its busy harbor and gabled traditional wooden buildings and the Hanseatic Quarter, founded during the days of the Hanseatic League, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a walk through the popular fish market, linger for a tasting of the freshest and most delicious smoked salmon. Later, a ride on the funicular to Mt. Floyen for panoramic views of the city, a great finale to a beautiful day
Overnight: Bergen
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Hardanger Bridge, Torpo Stave Church, Futuristic Oslo
Departing Bergen you cross the magnificent Hardanger suspension bridge, the longest bridge in Norway - even longer than the Golden Gate Bridge. Known as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, it's often called the Norway Sky Bridge when it disappears into the clouds. Passing through the tiny village of Torpo stop to see the stunningly well-preserved 12th century Stave Church. Learn more about how wooden stave churches were built - only 30 of these structures still remain. Arrive in futuristic Oslo, fringed with gorgeous forests, hills and lakes. Evening is at leisure to discover Oslo's night scene on your own
Overnight: Oslo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Tuesday - Vigeland Sculpture Park, Viking Ship Museum, Private Visit to Nobel Peace Center
A drive in Oslo reveals its striking architecture. Begin at the magnificent National Theater, one of Norway's most prominent venues for performance of dramatic arts. View the 19th century Royal Palace as well as the main square with its ornate City Hall. Next, visit the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park with its astonishing 212 stark life-size granite and bronze sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. View the huge Monolith Column, adorned with 121 reliefs of human figures carved from a single block of granite. Afterward, visit the Viking Ship Museum to see three 1,200-year old Viking ships representing some of the best-preserved Viking ships in the world. Tonight, a specially arranged private visit and refreshments at the renowned Nobel Peace Center. Tour this state-of-the art museum that celebrates the lives and achievements of winners of the Nobel Peace Prize accented by compelling digital displays. Then it’s time to bid a fond farewell to Scandinavia and your newfound friends at a very special Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Oslo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart Norway
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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It was fabulous. I’ve been hoping to get to Jordan for years. It did not disappoint. Awe inspiring sites, good weather, fantastic guide, great food and the warm and welcoming Jordanian people. Could not have been better.

Patricia D. Falmouth, ME
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, November 2018
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The trip was magnificent. Easily the most physically demanding trip I have ever taken (jungle treks) ... I am 72 years old and in good health but the porters made the gorilla trek possible! The Ugandan people seem naturally friendly and outgoing. I love them. Morris 1 and Morris 2 are exceptional guides and just great guys. I recommend this trip to anyone and everyone. All of my Gate 1 trips have been super. My wife and I have always been taken care of extremely well. We go with another couple ... A great time for us to get together and have a great time. Thanks Gate 1 for another fantastic adventure.

James A. Shreveport, LA
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, November 2018
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Fabulous. We couldn’t ask for anything better!! The tour guide Simon was the best and made us all feel welcome and special. Our bus driver Mottie was great and we felt very safe when he drove. He was very skilled. Simon’s knowledge was over the top. He explained so much to help us understand everything we saw and shared many personal stories with us. We were sorry to end our tour. This was truly a once in a lifetime adventure. Would recommend Gate 1 and Simon in a heartbeat.

Sheila S. Brooklyn, NY
Spiritual Southern India, October 2018
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It was a great trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable about everything which was appreciated. The accommodations and food were fantastic. The sights were wonderful. A fantastic trip in every possible way!

David O. Florence, MA
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.

Agamani S. Lawrence, KS
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, October 2018
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It was wonderful! What a surprise Uganda was. The gorilla tracking was harder than I expected (and I am pretty athletic) but I survived.

Ella S. Treasure Island, FL
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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The Morocco Allure Discovery was probably the coolest tour I have ever been on. It seemed there was always some fabulous activity next to go too. The food was very good and the hotels were exotic and comfortable. Amine our tour manager, well, you're very lucky to have him. Loved Morocco!!!!

Susan C. Chula Vista, CA
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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Our trip was fabulous. Morocco is a fascinating country. We saw wonderful sights and learned much about the culture, history, geography, and it’s people. Our guide, Amine, was top-notch. He was extremely organized, flexible, informative, and had a great sense of humor. Many aspects and activities were surprising like the cooking class, hidden Riad hotels, and the desert experience surpassed our expectations!

Bonnie M. Philadelphia, PA
The Wonders of New Zealand, October 2018
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It was spectacular. Unbelievable scenery. Food was excellent ... Both bus drivers were pleasant, safe and professional. Always felt at ease. Guide was very knowledgeable .. Will definitely recommend Gate 1 and especially the Discovery Tours.

Georgeann H. Gilbert, AZ
Namibia, Naturally, October 2018
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I loved Namibia! Belinda shared her love for her country. The country is beautiful, new looks around every corner. Keegan our driver handled all the bumps with ease and there were lots of bumps on the roads. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see a beautiful unspoiled country.

Susan W. Outlook, WA
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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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...

Julie M. San Diego, CA
Amazing China with Tibet, October 2018
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It was a fantastic trip. I cannot say enough about our experiences in China and Tibet. The cruise down the Yangtze river was also terrific. Our tour guide, Frank, and the local guides were knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. Looking forward to traveling with Gate 1 again.

Jim T. Newland, NC
Namibia, Naturally, October 2018
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Coming to Namibia has been a dream come true, and experiencing the beauty of its landscapes, wildlife, people and culture is all more than I could ever expect. Much thanks to our wonderful guide, David and our driver, Mojari - she was so fantastic, given the challenging roads throughout our trip. We were all so well taken care of every minute along the way. I am grateful for the warm hospitality everywhere we went, the many opportunities to learn about Namibia's history, the tribesmen's way of life, marvel at the stunning sand dunes, watching the gorgeous African sunsets every day...can't wait to share this amazing country with everyone back home!

Jingying C. Singapore, SG
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, October 2018
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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.

Dina K. Brooklyn, NY
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2018
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Wow...wow...wow! I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed Greece! What a perfect trip! I loved every minute! First, our guide Effie was amazing and made everyone feel at home! She was so informative about everything and the history was mind boggling! She made my trip even better by making sure my food was perfect and I felt even more special! The bus driver, George, was friendly and efficient ...The hotels were so first class and spectacular! The scheduled events included several new adventures everyday! ... The people of Greece were so warm and friendly and you should be so proud how Effie represents your company so wonderfully! We learned how to Greek dance and loved the food! Thank you for one of the best trips...they get better and better!

Linda M. Los Angeles, CA
Treasures of Provence, October 2018
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We had a great trip. France was beautiful, great food, people, weather and we visited some really interesting and unique places. Laura, our tour guide, was fantastic! The best I think we've ever had, and we've had a lot of great tour guides.

Druci R. SN LUIS OBISP, CA
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, October 2018
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Incredible doesn’t begin to describe it! From the moment we were met at the airport until the moment we left it just kept getting better. The accommodations were outstanding. The highlight though of course were the game drives. All of our drivers were so extremely knowledgeable which allowed us to track and see all of the Big 5. Don was our tour manager and he just made everything seem so effortless although I know there was a lot of coordination going on in the background. It won’t be our last visit to Africa or our last trip with Gate 1....thanks for the trip of a lifetime!

Margaret M. Ontario, Canada
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
Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan, October 2018
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Simply wonderful. Nepal is bustling with activity, with smells, with life! Most enjoyable were the walkabouts through Bhaktapur, and Tharu village in Chitwan National Park which allowed us to chat with the locals and have a closeup look at the way they live. The dinner, home visits and the conversations about life in Nepal were priceless. Bhutan is more than amazing! It’s pristine environment and culturally rich history is fascinating. I loved the dress-up in traditional Bhutanese dres. The hike to Tiger’s Nest, is wonderfully rewarding ... At first sight, Tiger’s Nest was blanketed with clouds, but as the clouds lifted it was breathtaking and hastened our steps. Thanks to our guides Rajesh (Nepal), and Dawa (Bhutan) and our drivers who did a stellar job in ensuring everything went smoothly!

Joy T. Sandys, BM
Discover Myanmar, September 2018
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I have taken several Gate 1 trips and am one of your cheerleaders- and the Myanmar trip was one of my favorites. To begin with, Mojo was a fabulous tour leader. We all loved him. He was fun- has a great sense of humor- and patient. He was interested in getting to know each of us, was interested in our purchases and impressions. He always made sure that our meals were served perfectly ..... It was clear that people he worked with also enjoyed him- even the cattle remembered and responded to him! There were several of us who are older and have minor challenges with ambulation. Mojo bent over backwards to make experiences comfortable, to help us off and on buses and boats, and to discuss with us in great detail what was coming up, how long it would take to walk to a certain point, how best to dress, etc. When people decided not to do certain activities, he would chase after them to see if he could accommodate them in some way. He could not have been more dedicated to our comfort, safety, participation and enjoyment. I really loved all the craft work on this tour. We were given great demonstrations on how things were made, as people actually made the products in front of us. They were all gracious with our fascinated observation and generously allowed us to take pictures. Often it was Mojo himself giving the explanation- I think he can do all those crafts! I really enjoyed bringing home some lacquerware afterward. I loved every stop, but Bagan was so beautiful - the sunset was spectacular. .....I was so moved by the organization that was teaching young people to be chefs, and the cooking (and eating!) was fun and interesting- including bringing the apron and recipes home! Thank you again for a wonderful experience!

Constance S. Santa Rosa, CA
Incredible India & Nepal, September 2018
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It was wonderful!!! The sites were beautiful, the guides were knowledgeable and the hotels were great!! My daughters and I really enjoyed the trip!!

Cecilia B. Palo Alto, CA
Spiritual Southern India, September 2018
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I have traveled on small group tours quite often, but this surpassed all expectations. Our guide in India was outstanding and the group I traveled with have all said they would travel again with her. I will certainly be booking through Gate 1 again.

Robert G. Vermont South, Australia
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

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