European Tours-Globus vs. Trafalgar

Feb 7th, 2000, 04:51 PM
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European Tours-Globus vs. Trafalgar

We are planning a trip to Europe in Sept. We have decided to take a tour. Now for the hard part! We have narrowed it done to two companies, Globus and Trafalgar. If anyone can give us any imput on either company, it might help us with our decision.
 
Feb 7th, 2000, 08:44 PM
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What tour are you considering?
 
Feb 8th, 2000, 03:26 AM
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We have decided on either the Globus European Horizons which is a 19 day tour going to 10 countries from London to Paris or Trafalgars Scenic Europe which is a 16 day tour going to 7 countries from London to Paris. The cost is about the same (aprox $200 more for Globus but you get 3 more days)I have read negative posts on both groups. I would like to hear something good about either one of them since we have already decided on one of them.
 
Feb 8th, 2000, 05:02 AM
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Hi Tobi:

 
Feb 8th, 2000, 07:00 AM
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Globus has gotten several terrible reviews from Fodorites recently. After reading them I'd never use Globus. My experience with Trafalgar was that there were probably a dozen "optional" excursions which you pay for during the trip. They cost $50-$90 per person per excursion. If you read the brochure carefully, they're included in the itinerary descriptions as optional--but they're usually so attractive that you want to go on them.
 
Feb 8th, 2000, 09:16 AM
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Hi again, Tobi:

It appears that something in this website doesn't want me to do anything more than greet people. As I said in my "unpublished" post above, we took a Globus tour to Turkey in 98. It was really a good tour. The guide was good and very accomodating. The hotels were also qood, in two cases too good, because we felt like we weren't even in Turkey. The only negative, and it was a minor one, was that most of the included evening meals were buffet style, and, IMO, not as enjoyable as sit down and be waited on type of dinners. I think that the varying reactions people have to a tour frequently revolves around the tour guide.
 
Feb 8th, 2000, 01:47 PM
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Hi Tobi,

As I recall, the Globus problems involved more than bad guides--do a search on this site for "Globus" and read the comments for yourself.
 
Feb 8th, 2000, 06:00 PM
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Tobi, We have toured with both companies, an escorted tour with Globus and an independent tour with trafalgar. We are joining Trafalgar for a hosted tour in May in Italy. Guides assigned to both tours were great. Our independent tour with T.T. in Paris involved no meals. In Italy, many meals were included. Indeed, some of these meals were not the best. Food was good, but more geared to please an American diet than traditional Italian food. An easy solution to this, is that you certainly can dine on your own. If you stay in a certain town, especially if it is a one nighter, we skipped out on our own, ate where we chose and did what we wanted to. I enjoyed both tours we took and have no regrets. Our G.T. was in Italy, our first trip to Europe. We wanted to see alot, and we did. I researched every place we went (even though we were on a tour) so that we made the most of every minute there. Our hotels, with the exception of Rome, were local and more costly than we could have afforded on our own. Most important is to have 2night stays as frequently as possible and search the locations of the hotels before you book. Just because you choose to tour doesn't mean you are lazy or stupid. I ate at many back street tratorrias etc and mingled with "locals" I also made some great friends on our tour. Many of my memories involve that bus load of people that I mingled with for two weeks. Both companies are decent, granted tauck tours is superior, but many can't afford them. Even with the "extras", which we were never pressured to take, it was still reasonable. I talk too much. Hope this helps. P.S. Maybe you should consider a tour that covers less area, so that you are not spending so much time on the road...
 
Feb 8th, 2000, 06:48 PM
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We took a 3 Week European Trafalgar Tour two years ago and found them to be excellent - our only criticism was that the majority of hotels were in the suburbs rather than the CBD and this made any sightseeing at night etc. difficult, even though in the Brochure they were described as city centre.
Our Guide was wonderful and very efficient.
 
Feb 9th, 2000, 07:34 AM
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I've travelled with both, the most recently Trafalgar to Ireland which included Northern Ireland (wild and primitive--a must see). Globus and Trafalgar are very similar, both with 'optionals'. For me, it's a toss-up, depending on the itinerary. They're both very typical middle-class tours.

Have a great time!!
 
Feb 9th, 2000, 06:10 PM
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I just wanted to thank everyone for responing to my post.
We have decided on the Globus tour.
I went to a Globus presentation at a travel agency today. I had alot of questions and concerns. Most were answered. I wanted to know about the Hotels/they are centrally located. The meals/are for the most, off of a menu. The optional tours/we can get a printed copy from our agent telling us what, where, and how much, so we can decide what to do before we go and how much extra we will need. The only thing that I'm not sure about is computer/internet access. About 40 people attended and out of the whole group myself and one other couple had never toured with Globus. Everyone else had at least 2-3 times, one couple was about to book their fifth tour. I wished I could have each one of them post their experiences on this forum.
Thanks again
tobi
 
Feb 9th, 2000, 08:21 PM
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Tobi, Hope you have a great time! Research all the places that you will be visiting, it'll add to your enjoyment...
 

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