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Trafalgar

4.5 | Great
  • 91% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1947
Headquarters
  • London, UK
Trips
  • 1,282

10,844
Trafalgar Reviews & Ratings 91% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 6,668 Great 3,159 Average 737 Disappointing 186 Terrible 94
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Tour Reviews

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Recommends

Best of China 2019 April 2019

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
The tour guide Hubert was wonderful, very detailed oriented and organized. And had such an extensive knowledge of all the cities and locations we went to. Truly excellent!

Personalized care and helpfulness was definitely offered throughout, very nice touch to the trip.

Overall a great trip, but some considerations below:

The hotel in Beijing – Novotel Peace and the hotel in Chengdu – Crowne Plaza were way below standard – maybe a rating of 2 stars. They were dirty, dark, stained and hot without air circulating in the rooms. After extensive days with waking up early and returning late, you just want to rest in a clean environment with cool air. I would never stay hotels like these.

This trip is not for people who cannot handle extensive walking and climbing. Trafalgar lists this as from 5 to 99 years old. Not possible. There were days we did 10 miles of walking, just a caution for anyone considering. We had someone in our tour that was 82 years old and we all took turns taking care of him.

Some aspects of the itinerary could be different, but think that is all based on personal preference; however my fellow travelers did feel the same way. The cruise down the Yangtze River was just ‘ok’, time could have been spent better elsewhere. Like Xian, truly amazing city but too short a time.

NOTE: Some were charged single supplement, others were not ... I paid for the single supplement and was none too happy about that!

Also note that you need to budget for the optional tours that are not included.
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Does Not Recommend

Superb, especially... November 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The part where Trafalgar sent us with a known sex offender for 2 weeks... https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16094579.Man_jailed_after_destroying_computer_on_which_he_watched_dog_porn/

Tour Trafalgar Company Reviews

K

Recommends

Excellent October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just finished our 8-day Britain and Ireland Delight Tour. We absolutely loved it. Everyday a different city/country or two with wall to wall options. There is generally one group meal and/or outing that is included daily and then the option for 2 or more additional outings every day. We chose to participate in most of the additional outings and just took a night off here and there for some r&r away from the group. There were 51 people on our tour from multiple countries, ages and backgrounds. There were some people who we formed strong bonds with and others who we barely talked to. This is a fast paced tour. Lots of early mornings after late nights. Travel time on the bus and ferries allowed for additional sleep. Can’t imagine spending a week in one destination, left to make decisions on our own. Trafalgar put together a trip better than anything we would have come up with on our own. Our guide was excellent. He was funny and personable and always willing to offer tips and advice for things to do in each city. We would do this type of tour again in a heartbeat.
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Recommends

Incredible October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have just been on our fifth Trafalgar tour and would really recommend traveling with this company. We went on the Scenic Scandinavia Tour from the 23 of Sept with the best tour director EVER, Catrin Griffiths. She really made the tour even more special. Thank you Catrin - your flair, incredible knowledge, treats, music, organizational skills and wonderful sense of humour will never be forgotten!!
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Tour Trafalgar Company Reviews

JG

Recommends

Extremely well September 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just completed our first tour with Trafalgar - 12 day European Whirl!! What an awesome and extremely well organised tour it was. Our Tour Director Peter was absolutely brilliant. Full of knowledge, very professional and well organised.....taking good care of the 49 of us!
We had Ivan driving us carefully and safely around Europe, something I would not attempt, especially in France!
Was the best trip to give us a good 'taste' of Europe including hidden treasures and front of line entries. Highly recommend Trafalgar and will definitely be booking again in the future. Thanks team!
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Wonderful September 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just got back from doing the London to Rome highlights for our honeymoon. This was our first time traveling abroad so we weren't sure what to expect. We are so beyond thrilled with our experience through Trafalgar. Our driver, Claudio, was a master at navigating the busy streets in Paris and Italy. He kept our coach well organized and clean, engaged with us, and made sure we were comfortable. Gerry, our travel director, deserves so much more than just 5 stars. He was incredibly knowledgeable and made everything come to life at each point of interest. His restaurant recommendations were always spot on and he took the time to make sure each and every person was comfortable and happy. Visiting 5 countries in 8 days with 40 people and keeping everything running smoothly is no easy job but Gerry conducted each step with finesse, humor, and patience. We always knew where to go, when and where to meet, and he taught us how to navigate the streets so we wouldn't get lost. He was unfailingly kind with those that had trouble understanding directions or just needed a little extra care. He was able to pinpoint immediately if someone was feeling lost, anxious, or confused and quickly come to the rescue. He informed us of all the pitfalls to watch out for (pickpockets, hockers, and the like) and how to be safe and we were then able to share that knowledge with other travellers we met along the way so they could be safe too. Seeing as it was our honeymoon, Gerry took it upon himself to make sure it was amazing, from setting up a wonderful accordionist and vocalist to accompany our gondola excursion in Venice, to notifying the waitstaff at dinner so we could have extra dessert and champagne, to providing us with a wonderful gift from one of the glassblowing shops that we visited. Please Gerry, don't ever stop doing what you do!
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Tour Trafalgar Company Reviews

Stride Review

Trafalgar is a name many seasoned travelers will recognize. A branch of the Travel Corporation, whose brands all enjoy stellar reputations, Trafalgar has been offering classic and affordable journeys for over 70 years.

What Makes Trafalgar Stand Out?

Trafalgar is a budget friendly group tour operator with premium tastes. Their motto is “See the world from the inside,” - this is the place to come for culturally rich and immersive travel experiences that don’t break the bank or the back.

Tours are comfortable, not too physically demanding, and offer the opportunity to meet, talk, eat and drink with locals. You’ll get to know chefs, artisans, craftsmen, historians, and farmers as you explore what makes each destination truly special.

Trafalgar has a strong reputation, having been around since 1947 - putting them right at the pinnacle of when many premier guided tour companies were established. You’ll meet groups of like minded travelers, enjoy cultural experiences, expertly crafted itineraries with local touches and experiences guides, while traveling in comfort and ease.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Trafalgar?

Winery in Europe tour with Trafalgar

If you are an active traveler, perhaps recently retired, eager to explore the world in comfort, visiting a nice combination of unique local spots and classic sites, then Trafalgar could be a great choice.

Possibly you are new to group tours and packages, having been used to creating your own travel experiences at a younger age - Trafalgar provides the perfect introduction to group tours. Or maybe you’re traveling with a family and interested in introducing a new generation of travelers to your favorite country - but don’t really have the time or patience to worry about planning out all the logistics.

Hiking in Mount Cook New Zealand trafalgar tour

While they offer many trip styles, suitable for travelers of all ages, their classic touch is popular among older travelers. Classic doesn’t mean old fashioned or tired - simply a bit less on the active adventure and more on the historic sights and cultural experiences. They have a number of family focused tours, as well as tailored trips for special interests.

Trafalgar trips are budget friendly, with most trips in middle to low range, including a “Cost Saver” feature that allows you to see more inexpensive trips broken down by ratings and cost clearly. They offer several deals throughout the year.

Trafalgar is a British brand, so many of the attendees on your tour will be from the UK.  

Top Destinations

Italy iconic cultural sites tour with Trafalgar

With Trafalgar, you can find trips to Europe, USA & Canada, South America, Asia, Australia & New Zealand. While the destinations are widespread, Trafalgar trips explore the culture and guides take you to hidden local spots without venturing too far outside the comfort zone. Tours in Europe and the UK are among the most popular itineraries.

In South America, Trafalgar travels to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. In Africa, they go to Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa. In Asia, it’s Cambodia, China, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. And in the Pacific, Trafalgar visits Australia and New Zealand. Wherever you go, you can expect high quality guides and accommodations, and smooth travels.

Croatia Dubrovnik tour with Trafalgar

They also have a number of religious themed tours, including trips that include excursions to Oberammergau, Bavaria. Once a decade this small town presents a Passion Play, and Trafalgar has had special access since 1970. The next time to experience this unique event is 2020.

Trafalgar Travel Style

The Trafalgar travel style is all about getting to know the culture through activities and connecting with locals. Their main tagline is “Discover the Good Life” meaning getting to experience the real thing, in a safe, escorted environment with knowledgeable guides there to help with the language and provide historical and cultural context.

Iceland Reykjavik city tour Trafalgar

Discovering the Good Life encompasses perks like skipping lines and private access to classic sites; and unique experiences that bring you to places and among people you’d never have the chance to meet traveling on your own. This kind of travel is local immersion, but not in the same way a 25 year old might interpret that idea.

Rather than bunking at hostels, going out late at night, and enjoying potentially questionable street food, you’ll stay in premium, centrally located and culturally significant accommodations - everything from bed and breakfasts in Ireland to hotels right on the banks of Norwegian fjords.  Learn cooking techniques in Italy, enjoy private winery tours at French chateaus, and touring a small olive farm in Spain are just a few examples of the kind of unique travel experiences you can expect with Trafalgar.

Groups are large, typically between 40-45 travelers, a max of 52 on trips in the USA and Canada. Primary transportation during the tour is in large coaches, equipped with WiFi (with the exception of Alaska) and featuring large viewing windows - ideal for taking in the scenery as you head to your next destinations.  

Most meals during Trafalgar tours are included. Trips often include free time during which you can explore on your own, with suggestions from your expert guides.

Why Choose a Tour with Trafalgar?

France castle tour with Trafalgar

Trafalgar has a solid reputation, and they stick to what they’ve done well for over 50 years. They focus on the classics, providing a culturally rich perspective as you meet locals along the way. Their experience has allowed them to cultivate relationships around the world with local businesses - quality control you can trust for every stop along the trip.

Niche tours based on specialized interests are also something they are proud to offer. Trafalgar is where you go to have the essentials and logistics take care of seamlessly while you sit back and enjoy. Do note that these tours can be quite large - 40 people traveling together in a tour group can be stifling for some.

While they appeal to an older crowd due to their history and recognizable name, Trafalgar has an impressively well integrated social media presence. Trips on their site are accompanied by instagram posts from real travelers who have been on the same tour, using the hashtag #SimplyTrafalgar.

Old or young(ish), couple or single, traveling Simply Trafalgar inspires confidence, comfort, and enjoyment.

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From Trafalgar

At Trafalgar, we passionately believe in the power of travel to broaden the mind and build bridges between people. By sharing with you the hidden places not mentioned in guidebooks, the local people you wouldn’t otherwise meet, and the traditions you may not have experienced by yourself, we ensure that you get the ‘insider’ view, an authentic and enhanced experience you simply could not have had on your own.

It is this dedication to taking our guests beyond the obvious sights that has helped us grow over the past 65 years into one of the most trusted and successful international guided vacation/holiday companies in the world. From Europe to the United States, South America to South Africa, and with the recent addition of Asia, we pride ourselves on uncovering the hidden gems, cultural highlights and not-to-be-missed attractions of the places you visit. We’ll help you delve deep into the heart of each city and capture the true essence of each new destination.

We are committed to establishing lasting relationships with our guests by exceeding their expectations the first time and every time, through consistently outstanding quality of service, experience and value.

We're proud to be the most globally awarded guided travel company. Every year, we win some of the most prestigious travel accolades around the world – from the Travel Globes to the Agents' Choice Awards. We've collected 46 major travel awards over the last five years alone, as well as the Gold Trusted Merchant Award from independent reviews provider Feefo.

Associations:

United States Tour Operators Association, American Society of Travel Agents

Awards:

 

Country Award  Category  Year
UK Telegraph Travel Awards 2015-16 Best escorted tour operator 2016
USA  Travvy Best Escorted Tour Operator, Europe  2015
USA  Travvy Best Escorted Tour Operator, Mexico & Latin America  2015
UK  Travel Weekly Globe Awards Best Mainstream Touring Company  2015
Australia National Travel Industry Awards Best Tour Operator - International: Trafalgar 2013
Australia Out & About with kids Best of Family Travel 2013
USA Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards Best International Tour Operator, Europe 2012
USA Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Award Best International Tour Operator 2007-2011
USA AAA Supplier Award Best in Sales Support 2011
USA TravAlliance Awards: Leisure Travel Leaders Award Best Tour Operator 2010
Canada Loyalty One - Package Vacation & Cruise Best Supplier of the Year 2009
UK The TTG Awards Rail, Road or Sea Operator of the Year 2009

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Highlights

  • City Tour in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Banff
  • Cruise across Maligne Lake to iconic Spirit Island
  • Scenic Drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Icefields Parkway
  • View Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Rogers Pass, Athabasca Falls, Sea-to-Sky Gondola, Butchart Gardens, a traditional kekuli built by the people of the First Nations
  • Visit Chase, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park
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Highlights

  • City Tour in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Banff
  • Cruise across Maligne Lake to iconic Spirit Island
  • Scenic Drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Icefields Parkway
  • View Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Rogers Pass, Athabasca Falls, Sea-to-Sky Gondola, Butchart Gardens, a traditional kekuli built by the people of the First Nations
  • Visit Chase, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park
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