Profile of Trafalgar Tours

Tour guide, Mayan ruins, Uxmal, Mexico
Mayan ruins in Uxmal, Mexico. Dennis K. Johnson / Getty Images

Company Information

Trafalgar Tours, which bills itself as “the world’s best-selling tour company,” has almost 70 years of experience connecting travelers with their dream destinations.

Trafalgar has won numerous awards, including Best Escorted Tour Operator from the Telegraph Travel Awards 2015 - 2016, the 2015 Travvy award for Best Escorted Tour Operator for Europe, Mexico and Latin America and the Flight Centre Awards' 2016 Guided Vacations, Mainstream Operator of the Year award.

Trafalgar also operates CostSaver, a tour operator focusing on "value tours without compromise." CostSaver tours include fewer meals in their tour prices, but promise the same high-quality travel experience that Trafalgar has always striven to provide.

Mission

Trafalgar provides “exceptional value and quality holidays” to the world’s most popular destinations. The company believes that the diversity of its customers, who come from many countries around the world to participate in Trafalgar’s escorted tours, enhances each traveler’s experience. Trafalgar is a member of TreadRight, a not-for-profit foundation that encourages the development of sustainable tourism.

Destinations

North, Central, and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Tour Participant Demographics

Trafalgar offers Family Experiences tours to destinations such as the American Southwest, Costa Rica, South Africa and Europe. These tours are geared toward families, but younger travelers may go on Trafalgar's other trips. Children must be at least five years old to go on a land tour and eight years old to go on a river cruise. Children under five are not permitted.

Solo Traveler Information

Trafalgar has a room matching service that will pair you with a roommate of the same gender. If you use this service, you won’t pay a single supplement. Occasionally, Trafalgar discounts its single supplement or waives it altogether. 

Trip Cost

Varies widely. Tour costs begin at approximately $435 and go up to $8,600, plus port charges (cruises only) and fuel charges. Airfare is not included in many of Trafalgar’s tour packages. 

Trip Length

Varies from approximately five to 31 days.

Quick Facts About Trafalgar Tours

Over 50% of Trafalgar’s tour participants are repeat customers.

Trafalgar offers land excursions, river cruises and rail itineraries. Many itineraries give you the option to purchase additional Optional Experiences, which range from gourmet dinners to dance performances to camel rides.

You should assume transatlantic airfare is extra unless you are buying a land and air package. You can book your air travel through Trafalgar if you wish.

You are responsible for acquiring any required travel visas for your trip. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date your trip ends.

Trafalgar offers themed tours, such as “WWI and WWII Battlefields,” which visits cities and battlefields in Europe, and ”Edwardian Lords and Ladies including Downton Abbey,” a five day trip to several locations in England where the "Downton Abbey" television series was filmed.

You may bring a folding wheelchair on most Trafalgar tours, but you will also need to bring an able-bodied companion to assist you.

Trafalgar offers travel insurance, or you can purchase your own policy.

It is important to read your itinerary carefully to see which meals are included. Some itineraries include only breakfasts and a few lunches and dinners.

Trafalgar has partnered with ME to WE to offer trip extensions in India and Ecuador. On these extensions, participants volunteer on sustainable development projects.

You will receive a discount of up to 7.5% on the cost of your tour if you pay for your trip well in advance. Contact Trafalgar Tours for assistance. Not all itineraries qualify for this discount.

Trafalgar offers a Young Traveler discount on some of its trips. This discount applies to a traveler under age 18 who shares a room with two adults.

River cruises are operated by Uniworld River Cruises.

Trafalgar Tours Contact Information

Trafalgar Tours West, Inc. (US office)

801 East Katella Avenue

Anaheim, CA 92805

(866) 809-8246

 

Trafalgar Tours (Head office in the UK)

5 Bressenden Place

London SW1E 5DF

United Kingdom

0800 533 5619