Trafalgar vs Rick Steves

By Samantha Scott
October 18, 2017

Trafalgar and Rick Steves are among of the top tour companies to consider when traveling to Europe. Each crafts unique, well paced, and budget friendly itineraries.

Rick Steves focus is Europe, with an emphasis on walking tours, history and culture. Trafalgar has tours all over the world with a similiar focus on gaining insights through local interactions as well as classic sights. Groups are mid size (26 is the max for Trafalgar). Often compared, here are the facts based on all the trips from these companies on Stride, and their Stride profiles.

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Rick Steves 


                  Overall Average Rating                       




                  Number of Reviews  




                  Number of Tours




                  Travel Styles


Value, Comfort




                  Average Tour Price






                  Average Tour Length


12.5 Days


11.9 Days


                  Tour Type


Group Tours, River Cruises     

Group Tours


                  Years in Business






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Rick Steves 


                  Europe Tours






                  South America Tours






                  Africa Tours






                  Asia Tours






                  Antarctica Tours






                  Australia & Pacific Tours              





                 Central America Tours 





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                 Middle East Tours






What Makes Them Stand Out?

Trafalgar: Trafalgar is a premium group tour operator that features popular destinations on six continents and a wide range of ways to see them. Taking the motto “See the world from the inside,” it trumpets its “insider” approach, promising travelers that they’ll get to meet, talk and even eat and drink with the locals -- everyone from chefs and artisans to historians and farmers. Read More...

Rick Steves: Steves has parlayed a successful series of well-produced public TV and radio shows and guidebooks into a European tour business that thrives on his personal brand. His folksy, easy-going manner and easily digested practical advice breed trust, and the public has responded. (Don’t expect Steves himself to be leading the tours, however.) Read More...

Why Travel With Them?

Trafalgar: Extensive industry experience and a name known to travelers who enjoy local experiences, and prices kept low. Older travelers will enjoy their trips, as well as families. There are many choices of trips with Trafalgar, from slower paced to more quick moving, covering a lot of ground. Read More... 

Rick Steves: For the peace of mind that you’re traveling with an experienced guide who knows Europe inside and out. This provides a fun, informative, enjoyable experience with little to no worry about logistical headaches - you’re free to just have a splendid vacation. Read More...


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