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Insight or trafalgar tours - which is best?

Old Feb 16th, 2010, 01:03 PM
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Insight or trafalgar tours - which is best?

Hi, Im a Kiwi (NZ'er) and am planning our first tour through Europe. My Husband and I are in our mid 40's. I have looked into Trafalgar tours and the Insight tours and are getting more and more confused as to which one is best. Both itineraries are very similar and seem to include similar excursions - we are looking into the 30 day Europe tours. The food doesnt bother me as I eat almost anything, the room size dosent bother me either but the location to the city centre (shopping) does. It seems that hotels get changed so it seems pointless counting on each hotel that they list as being the one that you end up in( having read through countless forums). Can anyone who has done both Trafalgar and Insight give me any advice! $are not a problem but I dont want to be stuck the H*** and gone from the heart of it all, and not be able to get to the shops and cafes on free time. Thanks
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Old Feb 16th, 2010, 06:44 PM
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Most tours stay in hotels on the outskirts - which are often larger, more modern and easier for the giant buses to get to and fro.

If you want a better quality tour look at Tauck - their hotels are (usually) closer to the center and they include fewer meals - so you can go to real local restaurants rather than eating faux tourist meals in hotel dining rooms.

Friend os my parents have done a couple of these when they wanted a tour with several places - since they don;t drive in europe any longer - and they said they're much closer to what yo can do on your own than most tour companies.
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Old Feb 18th, 2010, 07:44 AM
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My Mom has done a Trafalgar tour to Ireland, and a Tauck tour to both Australia and down the Danube. She loved both tour companies but found Tauck a little more top of the line- higher end hotels, etc. (and a little more $). She found with Trafalgar she sort of had to keep an eye on things (not the tour people themselves but something like luggage). With Tauck she had no worries whatsoever. She traveled solo with Tauck to Australia and with a companion on the Tauck on the Danube and the Trafalgar tour to Ireland. Overall, she loved both.
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Old Feb 18th, 2010, 07:46 AM
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Oops,forgot to say that New Zealand was part of her Aussie tour and she loved New Zealand. She thought it was the most beautiful country she had ever been to.
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