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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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Trafalgar 


Rick Steves 

 

                  Overall Average Rating                       


4.5/5 


5/5

 

                  Number of Reviews  


118


8

 

                  Number of Tours


810


38

 

                  Travel Styles

 

Value, Comfort

 

Value

 

                  Average Tour Price

 

$3,156

 

$3,089

 

                  Average Tour Length

 

12.5 Days

 

11.9 Days

 

                  Tour Type

 

Group Tours, River Cruises     


Group Tours

 

                  Years in Business

 

70 

 

41 

 

Prague aerial view 

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             Destinations

 

Trafalgar 

 

Rick Steves 

 

                  Europe Tours

 

436

 

38

 

                  South America Tours

 

26

 

0

 

                  Africa Tours

 

15

 

0

 

                  Asia Tours

 

53

 

0 

 

                  Antarctica Tours

 

0

 

0

 

                  Australia & Pacific Tours              

 

104

 

0


                 Central America Tours 

 

16

 

0


                 North America Tours

 

151


0


                 Middle East Tours

 

0

 

0 

 

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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