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Canals of Venice on Trafalgar Tour


4.5 | Great
  • 91% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
  • Global Operator
  • 1947
  • London, UK
  • 2,236

Trafalgar Reviews & Ratings 91% Recommend

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Tour Reviews



A great tour with great people! January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just finished the tour of Italy with "Rosella" ending in Rome.
If you ever decide to come to Italy, come with Trafalgar!
Only negative I can think of is the long drives to some towns and cities. However, this was remedied by our tour director's amazing knowledge of the country and its many hidden treasures.
It was sad to say goodbye after such a great tour with such great people.
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I love how everything is planned for you. October 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned home from our 2nd Trafalgar Tour in 2 years. Trafalgar has been consistent throughout our travels and did not disappoint this time. I love how everything is planned for you and there is someone there to take care of any hiccups arise - if they do - it is usually hotel related and hardly and issue.
13 days and 9 countries - it was a go-go trip but I felt it was a great way to see all the places were went to. Arrived in London, then off to France and Belgium to make our way to Amsterdam. Then in Germany for a couple of night before heading to the Czech Republic. Then through Austria to Italy, to Switzerland then to Paris and back to London.
Out Tour Director - Andy - was really nice and was very knowledgeable about all the destinations we visited. I am not sure how many languages he can speak, but it seemed like it was never ending! And again Trafalgar always gets the BEST local expect guides to take you around the cities. One really sticks out with us - Jan in Prague. He was so dynamic, knowledgable and so passionate about his city. We could have listened / learned from him for days. We were sad to have to leave him and the beautiful city of Prague.
I cannot say enough about the wonderful people you get to travel with. I am so thankful that you get an opportunity to met other travellers from around the world and they became good friends. You share so many experiences with them - you miss them when you go home!!!
Trafalgar has been such a wonderful travel company for us that we are looking at out third tour for next June - we have 2 more tours on our list for years to come. We have priced out what lodging, taxi/transportation, food would cost and it just about the same, but you have none of the worry, it is all done for you. But most importantly, I cannot express this enough, you cannot put a price on the valuable experience and the history/local knowledge you get from your Tour Directors. We would have missed out on so much information if it had not been for them. I would like to think we are very experienced and adventurous travellers, but since travelling with Trafalgar, we always say ourselves; Yeah we could do it on our own, but how much would we miss by not knowing the area and who would drive us around?!?!
Thank you Trafalgar! For the lifetime of memories and new friends you have helped place into our lives. Hope to see you again next year! And the year after that!!
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Wow, what a trip. October 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Trip: Highlights of Eastern Europe 17 days.
Loved every moment of the tour all due to our magnificent Tour Director Kate. Kate is truly an asset to the Trafalgar company. Her wealth of knowledge of the countries we visited is amazing , her passion and drive was sensational. Coming from Poland Kate was able share some of her experiences growing up there. We have done 4 tours now with Trafalgar and this one is going to be hard to beat. If I could request a travel director for my next trip it would be Kate hands down. Loved the way she had little treats along the way to surprise us with in relation to the country we were visiting was fantastic. The hidden treasures were wonderful. Nothing was a bother to her, even if you had a question or a request. Kate made us feel like we were all family (43 people on tour).Both my husband and myself loved the fact that we had 2 nights in each city we went too and the locations of the hotels were spot on. At any stage if you wanted to go for a walk after dinner we were central to everything and always felt safe to do this. There was plenty of free time to do what you wanted and not feel rushed. Kate's superior organisation made this happen all the way through the trip. Congrats Kate on a very memorable trip, and sharing your wonderful country with us. P.S I pity the next tour director we get as they have big shoes to fill.
Our coach driver Atila was very warm and friendly and very professional throughout the tour. Always there to help you off the coach and kept his coach very neat and clean. Well done Atila
Cannot wait to booked another tour with Trafalgar
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Unforgettable vacation with unforgettable fellow travelers. October 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is a wonderful company with wonderful people who make their guests satisfied and wanting to come back for more. Excellent service. More power to Trafalgar Travel!

Tour: European Experience 2015 (July 19-July 30)

Hotels: 5/5
Food was excellent. Rooms were clean, spacious, and comfortable. Hotel staff was very nice and accommodating.

Travel Director: Howard Hazekamp
Howard was versatile, compassionate, professional, knowledgeable, generous, and very concerned about his guests.

Driver: Peter De Ryck
Peter was courteous and friendly. He always made sure our coach was clean. He was a very good driver.

Optional Experiences: 5/5
They were worth it. We didn't regret getting all the optional experiences. We enjoyed the destinations even more because of them--from historical places, scenic views, amazing dinner and entertainment.

Local specialists: They were very friendly and knowledgeable.

Overall comment: This tour was quite fast-paced but well-organized; early starts; It was packed in a good way--couldn't believe we could see and experience so much in just 12 days! We will definitely recommend Trafalgar Travel to family, friends, and co-workers.
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Best vacation ever! August 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Will only travel by trafalgar next time.

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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.

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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.


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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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  • City Tour of Yangon
  • Two cruises along the Ayeyarwady River
  • See Mingun Pagoda in Mingun, 'leg rowers' - the Intha fishermen at Inle Lake
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  • City tour in Amman
  • View the Roman amphitheatre and Citadel in Amman, Moses' Promised Land on Mount Nebo and the mosaic map of the Holy Land at Madaba
  • Visit the Greco-Roman city at Jerash, the unique ancient city at Petra and the Crusader Fortress at Shobak
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  • City Tour of Sapporo
  • See the TV Tower in Sapporo and the colourful flowers in Furano
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