Air & Land: $949* Land Only:
3 Budapest, 3 Prague
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Oct '21 - Apr '22
Majestic Balkans, October 2021
Our trip really could not have been any better. Any superlatives are inadequate to describe how good the trip was. All of the sights, hotels and restaurants were terrific. Our tour guide Nikola was absolutely the best we have ever encountered, and any tour guide in the future will have to go a long way to measure up to Nikola. His knowledge of all of the countries along with his energy, enthusiasm and sense of humor made the trip very pleasant for all of the group. He is a real asset to the Gate 1 organization. Also kudos to our driver Michael; he maneuvered our bus with professional expertise throughout the small serpentine roads of the 4 countries. This was our first Discovery tour, and in one word it was fabulous.
11 Day Classic Poland, September 2021
Our tour leader, Jolanta P., was truly wonderful ! She was very helpful, caring, informative, and kept our group on track. She went above and beyond by providing us with maps, things to do, and local history, as well as providing treats to sample. This was a good tour, but Jolanta made it great !
Our bus driver, Andrej, was very skilled at operating the coach, and saved our group time by taking alternate routes when we encountered delays.
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2021
We were seriously hyped to make a trip during Covid-times. We specifically selected Switzerland to visit as a single, safe, superior, expensive country. Also, that major attractions are outdoors, free from Covid risk. Still, we were again seriously concerned about getting there dodging a phalanx of regulatory travel obstacles, and once there, how we would manage the bureaucracy of national medical rules. But, after the initial indoctrination of procedures by our trusted travel guide, Fred and seeing how easily we guests adapted, t'was smooth sailing on placid Swiss lakes and down-skiing on incredible snow-capped Alps.
What makes a tour of like this successful? For us: Obtaining a memorable impression of places during the limited time available. This tour succeeded excellently, a quick and spare overview of Switzerland. Our most wonderful surprises: the beauty of mountains and valleys, the power of money and industrialization. Our companions were uniformly a very experienced group which made our travels all the more stimulating.
The tour guide is key to obtaining a rapid cultural impression. Our very experienced guide was Fred (from neighboring Austria), an exceedingly personable retired-CEO who was a fountain of understandable history and geography enroute. For the safety and security of guests, he conscientiously repeated instructions and directions to shepherd us during peregrinations.
Regarding planning, we luckily benefited from rare perfect weather, especially in the mountains, and from strategically located, superior hotels selected for us by Gate1. The number and quality of included meals were just right.
I missed museums we normally visit. But wake-me-up! In Switzerland it's the mountains and nature that are de-rigeur! Riding the bus was a minor disadvantage, required to transport us from place to place, but was such delight to enjoy the beauty of the passing valleys, mountains, sky, lakes and scenery. A surprising aspect of this swift journey is how small Switzerland really is... we covered a mere 1100km or 680 miles during our sighting of 9 locales.
Perfect tours are those you perfect yourself. For us this 10-day excursion succeeded as a gem of an overview of Switzerland. We will travel with Gate1 again.
12 Day Classic Romania, September 2021
I had a marvelous time on the 12 Day Classic Romania tour 9/16-9/27. Both our guide Iuliana and our driver Radu were amazing. Iuliana was upbeat, knowledgeable and caring; I enjoyed her sense of humor and the stories she shared with us. I am very glad Radu was driving and not me on those curvy mountain roads! He also had an excellent command of the English language and was very friendly and willing to engage with all of the tourists. You have wonderful ambassadors for Gate1 in these two, and I hope you appreciate them as they deserve to be.
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2021
It was amazing voyage. As always Gate 1 provided excellent service. Monique, our tour guide made sure we were all safe. She and our bus driver Irene provided outstanding service. As always, I'd like to say thank you to Gate 1. You guys are amazing. We are looking forward to traveling with you, as long as we are going to travel. That was our 25th trip, looking for at least 25 more.
6 Day Prague Special, February 2020
We had a great trip to Prague. Beautiful city and great beer. Our hotel
through Gate 1 was nice and located next to the oldest brew pub in the
city that was established in 1499. We got lucky with the weather, it was in the 40s-50s.
Great trip at a very good price.
Steve P. Lansing, MI
9 Day Christmas Markets River Cruise, December 2019
Dan and I really enjoyed the trip. The cruise boat was clean and inviting. Loren was always informative and helpful to all of the group on the tours in each city stop. The crew on the boat was wonderful made sure all passengers were comfortable. The chef and kitchen staff were great serving the perfect portion of tasty food. We had a great and relaxing time. Would recommend this to friends and family.
Regina M. Lillian, AL
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, December 2019
We loved the experience, and Julian, our tour manager, was AMAZING! Cannot say enough great things about him and how organized and knowledgeable he was throughout the entire trip! This is my third time with Gate 1 and was yet again, a successful trip! It was our honeymoon and the way this was organized was perfect for us and still allowed for plenty of free time. My husband was very impressed and we are already starting to plan our next Gate 1 getaway!!
Abby L. Gilbert, AZ
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, December 2019
It was awesome and totally exceeded our expectations. Noel is a real asset to your company always congenial, patient and full of knowledge. Have been recommending Gate 1 to all of my friends and several are looking to plan trips with you!
Thanks again for this most wonderful experience.
Katherine D. Miami, FL
8 Day Budapest & Prague Special, October 2019
We had a great time! Loved Budapest and Prague. Hotels were great. Good that it’s close to bus and trains. We took advantage of them. My phone calls with your staff were always pleasant conversations and they always took care of my needs in a timely manner. I’m very impressed and would definitely use Gate 1 again. We got you through Groupon. Keep the prices affordable! Thank You Gate 1!
Jean D. Gainesville, FL
Swiss Alpine Jewels, September 2019
The Swiss Alpine Jewels trip was wonderful and so scenic. We really enjoyed ourselves and pleased with what we saw, stayed, and the schedule.
This tour exceeded our expectations in general, but even more so because of our Tour Director, Dennis, who was above & beyond his expected or required duties.
Bill B. Burlington, NC
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, August 2019
The trip was wonderful. Noel was amazing and took such good care of all of us. The rooms, the tours, the knowledge Noel had for his country and for Europe. The local tour guides and the introduction to their towns and the history lessons were fantastic. The bus driver was patient and kind. He kept that bus so clean and kept us all safe. Good job Gate 1!!
Linda J. Lakeside, CA
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, August 2019
The Germany, Switzerland and Austria trip was our 15th trip with Gate 1 Travel. Our tour manager Noel was by far one of the best. He was friendly and professional. He commanded control of the group from day one. He stressed safety repeatedly throughout the trip. He gave us plenty of information for each country without overwhelming us. He was able to create harmony among the group, which allowed the tour to be very enjoyable.
John W. Rancho Cucamonga, CA
11 Day Classic Poland, August 2019
We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed the experience. Our tour manager, Lidia, was wonderful. Her easy manner and smiling face made the hassle of early mornings and busy schedules worth the effort. This was our first Gate One tour, but, because of Lidia, probably not our last. Additionally, our bus driver, Andrew, was friendly, helpful and an expert in his field.
Steve H. Athens, TN
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague, July 2019
Our trip with Gate 1 river cruises was amazing. The boat, captain, staff, chef, and cruise director were professional, well-informed, and friendly. Lorin, the cruise director, really made our trip. All excursions, guided tours, and transportation were flawless. It was an incredible trip and we will be back. Way to go Monarch Princess!!
Gerald & Krista C. Beavercreek. OH
Swiss Alpine Jewels, July 2019
Our trip was amazing! Monique was an excellent tour manager and I would absolutely recommend her and want to experience other itineraries with her. Our driver, Remo, went above and beyond expectations, ensuring we arrived timely and safely at our destinations. The two of them made this trip an unforgettable experience and Monique truly brought our small group together into an impromptu family.
Selena W. Princeton, NJ
12 Day Classic Germany, July 2019
Very enjoyable. Charlotte, our tour guide, was the best guide we have had on our 11 Gate 1 trips. She made sure everyone had a good time. Charlotte was very organized and provided details such as next day weather, what to expect in the places we went to, and numerous options for our free time.
Francis R. Lancaster County, PA
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe, July 2019
The trip was excellent. Justin, the tour guide was superb. He helped my friend and I many times, was very knowledgeable and gave details of history wherever we went. The local tour guides were also fantastic. The location of the hotels were perfect and the quality of them was superior. Charles, our bus driver was wonderful. The bus was always clean, the water bottles were constantly replenished. He had a nice, kind personality. Would love to have Justin and Charles on another tour. It was a wonderful experience.
Marsha W. Howell Township, NJ
11 Day Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania, July 2019
My trip was wonderful! It surpassed any expectations I had. This was my 8th Gate 1 trip, and I want to especially acknowledge our guide, Georgi, who was truly outstanding in every way and a real asset to Gate 1. He made the history come alive and the current politics of each country fascinating. He was friendly and caring and so enthusiastic about everything. He was the best!
Antonia J. Glen Carbon, IL
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague, July 2019
The trip was fantastic- one of the best trips we ever took. The river cruise was terrific- the cabin, dining room and lounges were beautiful. The ship crew was so friendly. The food on the ship was excellent. Our cruise director, Katerina, worked so hard to make every one happy and she succeeded. The evening entertainment with Amir was so much fun. We are telling our friends to take a river cruise with Gate 1.
Amy Y. Scarborough, ME
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, June 2019
Our trip was great. Charlotte, our guide, was very special. I’ve taken many trips and all our tour guides were very good. Charlotte, however, was bubbly, very caring, always on top of things and personable with all her passengers. Our hotels were always in a good location and comfortable according to American standards. The breakfasts were great as always and the excursions and general timing throughout the trip was perfect.
Barbara F. Escanaba, MI
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, June 2019
Excellent, enjoyed it very much. Appreciated all the effort staff made right across the ship. Also the booking process, payment process - absolutely everything was easy. Thank you Gate 1.
We loved how organized everything was and big credit and thanks to absolutely everyone on that ship ...
Love you Gate 1.
You will be seeing us again.
Lyn Q. Parrearra, Australia
11 Day Rhine River Cruise with Lucerne - Amsterdam to Basel, June 2019
It was beyond our expectations!!! The ship was beautiful, all the crew were so friendly and Alex, our tour director, was fabulous. We had an absolute wonderful time. Already looking for next years vacation.
Frances K. Ruskin, FL
10 Day Classic Switzerland, June 2019
We would like to thank Gate 1 Travel and staff for a GREAT vacation. This trip to Switzerland was everything we had hoped it would be and much more. The itinerary was well planned and allowed for group and personal experiences. We will definitely be traveling with Gate 1 again!
Anthony and Kim D. Saltville, VA
12 Day Classic Romania, June 2019
Wonderful! All we have come to expect with Gate 1 and even more. We were blessed with a wonderful Tour Guide Iulianna who not only provided us with excellent information, but was kind, thoughtful, and a great communicator. Romania is a beautiful country that I would recommend seeing! Would go again!
Kathleen P. Ballston Lake, NY
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, May 2019
We had a great time on the Monarch Baroness. Arrived to an immaculately clean ship kept that way by hardworking house staff. Cabins were very comfortable with better storage than I expected. We were blessed with mostly good weather & no problems with low or high water levels. Special mention to our cruise director George. The guy has everything covered & does it with good humor. Ably assisted as he was by activities director Laura.
Would happily take another European River cruise with Gate 1.
John & Sharon N. Carlingford, Australia
Swiss Alpine Jewels, April 2019
The tour was GREAT, and made even more enjoyable because of the skill and local knowledge of our Tour Manager, Beatrice, and skillful careful driver Barnard. We have had a great time, saw incredible sights, stayed in wonderful hotels, and had one of the most enjoyable tours ever.
Charles M. Denver, CO
7 Day Germany Fly & Drive, April 2019
We had such an amazing trip! Everything was wonderful. The car rental experience was the most pleasant one I've ever had. The hotel was clean and located in a great location. ... We loved the bartender Mario and visited him every night! Whether we visited Heidelberg, cruised the Rhine, or hiked the Black Forest, we were never too far away and it was always a gorgeous, scenic drive.
We are all completely bummed about returning to work and school tomorrow, but we all agreed it was one of the best vacations of our lives!
Lisa K. Lyndhurst, NJ
Majestic Balkans, April 2019
The Majestic Balkans trip was terrific. Our tour leader Georgi was extremely knowledgeable about all 4 countries visited. The accommodations were excellent ... The dining experiences were also terrific. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and I will not hesitate to take another Discovery tour with Gate 1. Turkish Air was also excellent.
Charlotte E. Dennis Port, MA
11 Day Tulip Time River Cruise with Amsterdam, April 2019
Our trip was wonderful!
Our connections we're flawless, the hotel accommodations we're lovely, the ship was beautiful, our hotel manager/cruise director was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and efficient, the local guides were very good, the food and drinks were great as usual and the entire ship's crew were a joy to be around.
Thank you Gate 1!
Joe R. Weaverville, NC
Majestic Balkans, April 2019
Oh my this trip was so great. One of our best ever Gate 1 trips! The itinerary was perfect. Perfect pace, not rushed in any of the stops. Perfect amount of time on our own to explore. The food was so amazing! This trip made me want to go back to each of these four countries to explore more. Albania was a special treat because I had no idea of what to expect ...
Our Tour Manager, Ana was exceptional. She was knowledgeable, helpful and just fun to be around. I would highly recommend this tour!
Thanks again Gate 1 for keeping travel affordable and allowing us to see so much of the world.
Kimberly L. Fulton, MD
11 Day Tulip Time River Cruise with Amsterdam, April 2019
Our trip was great. Thank you Gate 1 for providing wonderful customer service and a delightful itinerary on which we felt safe and learned lots of information about the countries of Netherlands and Belgium. We will use Gate 1 again soon.
Sharon R. West Kingston, RI
9 Day Classic Russia, April 2019
The trip was wonderful. Galina worked very hard to give us excellent tours on everything. I am very impressed with her - she is a very knowledgeable and hard working guide ... I call her my Russian mother. The tour was the best I have had.
Carol S. Alexandria, VA
11 Day Classic Poland, April 2019
Our Poland trip was terrific! It far exceeded our expectations and I can’t talk it up enough to friends. That part of the world is so rich with history we loved it.
Debbie C. Oakland County, MI
8 Day Affordable Central Europe, March 2019
Awesome! This was the best guided tour we have ever done. We had a great travel group. Michael, our tour leader did a stellar job. Whatever you are paying him….double it. He’s worth it. We saw a part of the world that we knew little about but were fascinated to learn. We will have memories that will last a lifetime.
We are already encouraging our family and friends to take the same trip.
Keep up the great work. We look forward to our next Gate 1 Travel adventure!
Timothy R. Janesville, WI
8 Day Essential Germany, March 2019
Our trip was fantastic! We had a wonderful week in Germany (went by way too fast).
My wife and I were talking the other night while we were showing our parents some of the photos we took, and we were in agreement that we would both absolutely travel through Gate 1 again in the future. Our tour guide, Noel, did a wonderful job--he kept us on schedule and kept us engaged and laughing. Only wish I could have spent another week traveling around Europe with him.
Overall, I wouldn't have changed a thing about our time in Germany. It was a trip we will always remember.
Collin M. Glen Burnie, MD
10 Day Affordable Central Europe with Berlin, March 2019
I had a wonderful time on my trip. Everything was very organized down to the most minute detail. Our guide Fred and driver Atila were very professional and courteous and made sure all of us were well taken care of and comfortable. It was a lovely experience. I will definitely recommend Gate 1 to my friends.
Adalina M. Miami Lakes, FL
15 Day Barcelona with 11 Day Canary Islands & Morocco Cruise, January 2019
We had a great time while on NCL cruise visiting Barcelona, Morocco and all Canary Island ports. It went beyond our expectations and we are glad we took this opportunity to explore these places. The Norwegian Cruise was exceptionally nice and enjoyable in every respect. They were very precautionary of health & safety and well being of all guests and they provided us lots of choices for food, drinks and entertainment. We came home happy travelers and without any regrets. Thank you Gate 1 for making this trip memorable for us.
Atmaram C. Ontario, Canada
9 Day Alpine Christmas Markets, December 2018
The 9 Day Christmas Market Tour was amazing!
Claus our tour leader was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, he knew many interesting anecdotes about the places we were visiting as well as local dishes to try and where a good place was to try them. He kept us on track and was always thinking of our best interests regarding our experience on the trip. He even helped me get to the airport safely to go home by letting me know the right train station to get on at.
Konrad our driver, was equally excellent. He knows how to handle a big bus superbly and was always helping load and unload the bags as well as helping some of the older ladies out of the bus. Some of the roads we went down in the bus I would have trouble getting down in my car let alone a vehicle as large as the bus. He was also considerate of our comfort whilst traveling between destinations and would raise or lower the thermostat according to how everyone was feeling. He was also pleasant to talk to and it is nice to be around people who genuinely enjoy their jobs. The same goes for Claus as well.
I would definitely go on a Gate 1 tour again as this was such a wonderful experience.
Vicki G. Victoria, Australia
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, November 2018
It was SO great! Our tour manager Dominique took great care of us. She always had time for any questions we had, no matter what she was doing at the moment. She always had a smile and was so professional and pleasant. The accommodations were great. Meals were great. The bus was clean and we had a very good driver. Water was supplied every day. Gate 1 took great care of us!
Karen M. Seaford, DE
12 Day Affordable Central Europe with Warsaw & Krakow, October 2018
Our trip was wonderful ... As usual Gate 1 did a wonderful job. Our tour guide Neira was wonderful and so were the other day guides. They are amazing in their knowledge of the areas. The travel was flawless and the places we visited were amazing.
Michelle M. Ulster Park, NY
11 Day Classic Poland, October 2018
Exceptional!!!! Joanna our tour manager was outstanding. She made hand-outs, trivia contests, language lessons, tastings, DVDs, music and more. As a retired teacher, I appreciated all the extra time she put in to make her country shine. She even assisted us in finding our Polish roots. Now I know why I like to bake--my ancestors came from a town that perfected the art of making gingerbread.
My sister and I do an annual adventure. We are looking forward to #8 with Gate 1 next year.
Paula D. Toledo, OH
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague & Budapest, October 2018
Our Gate 1 trip exceeded all expectations. The guides and assistants were very knowledgeable and helpful. The Monarch Empress was a newer ship and the crew were superb. The chef and food was excellent. Tours, (both optional and included) were enjoyable.
Congratulations to Gate 1 tours.
Robyn K. QLD, Australia
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague - Budapest to Vilshofen, October 2018
We enjoyed our Danube River Cruise very much. We had been on the bus trip from Prague to Budapest, but this was a different experiencing being on the river and sightseeing some different cities and villages. Beautiful scenery, great accommodations and fabulous food! Lots of history and the day excursions on foot or by bus were very fun and enlightening. Our guides were very knowledgeable too. We plan to take more Gate 1 trips.
Thank you for a memorable trip!
Sue S. Luxemburg, WI
11 Day Classic Central Europe, October 2018
As ALWAYS, this Gate 1 trip was absolutely AMAZING. Our guide, Fred, was the BEST. Each time I travel with Gate 1, I think the tour guide has set a new bar. Fred has exceeded that standard of excellence! He was informative, always attentive to everyone's needs and requests, and funny....so funny. Importantly, he kept us safe. He made each and every city and country come alive. In addition, the tour guides in each city were phenomenal. I understand they have a rigorous course of education and testing to become a certified tour guide....well, they too outdid themselves. The history and information that they conveyed simply cannot be garnered from tour books.
The hotels were fabulous! I truly don't know how Gate 1 does it, but we could not have asked for better accommodations.
And I can't forget Bart, our bus driver. At all times Bart kept us safe. He is so skilled - what an amazing driver.
This was a "trip of a lifetime" for my son and I couldn't have been more pleased with the outstanding quality of the itinerary and especially of the tour guides and accommodations. THANK YOU again and again, Gate 1, for another amazing adventure! Looking forward to the next one.
Patricia S. Mesa, AZ
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe, September 2018
This trip was absolutely fabulous; saw and learned so much about Central Europe. What a memorable experience to help connect and visualize historical events. The people and places were all genuine, personable, positive experiences.
Sylvia K. Reston, VA
15 Day Classic Greece with 7 Day Aegean Cruise, August 2018
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our vacation trip to Greece and Turkey. The cruise for seven days was delightful and convenient for us. Loved the entertainment on board the cruise ship, the food preparation and Greek dancing lessons. We have told our friends to try Gate 1 Travel for their vacation trips.
Jay F. Detroit, MI
9 Day Classic Russia, August 2018
The trip was fantastic. We were with a great group of people and saw many wonderful sights such as the Hermitage museum, Red Square, and the incredible subway stations that had Statues, chandeliers, stain glass, and mosaics. The trip was made even more enjoyable by our guide Galina. She has an incredible knowledge of Russian history a good sense of humor, and took care of us like a den mother. All in all, a wonderful trip that I recommend to everyone. Gate 1 is the best!
Robert I. New York, NY
9 Day Classic Russia, July 2018
Our trip was amazing,Gate 1 organized the trip to perfection, our guide Galina was incredible, she was very knowledgeable, very considerate with everyone, she found a way to please us, this was one of the best trips with Gate 1 we ever had, thank you.
Alejandro P. Miami, FL
11 Day Classic Poland, July 2018
The trip to Poland was absolutely amazing! I know I can speak for my family and friends who accompanied me on the trip in saying the everything about the trip exceeded our expectations! We loved the food, the tours, the people, the arts and music! All were beyond wonderful! Our guide Jolanta P. was exceptionally well-versed in all things Polish and gave us an insider's view of the rich cultural heritage of Poland. We will definitely be planning another visit as well as tell all our friends about the fabulous time we had!
Catherine H. Buffalo, NY
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