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CIE Tours vs Trafalgar

Compare the travel styles, pricing, destinations and popularity of CIE Tours and Trafalgar.

The Low Down

CIE Tours CIE Tours are specialists in guided coach tours through Britain and Ireland. With over 80 years of history the team at CIE certainly have the local ties and experience to deliver you a top notch touring experience through Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. They have recently dipped their toes into new regions within Europe (like Iceland and Italy) but for now Global Journeys only sell their trips on the mainland of the UK.

CIE are relatively unknown in the Australasian market but are very popular in the rest of the world, so you're fellow travellers are likely to be from all around the world, but perhaps with more American's onboard than Antipodeans. With itineraries designed to be fully inclusive, putting your hand in your pocket for optional day trips and activities is not something you need to worry about.

Accommodation on each trips sits at the 3 to 3 1/2 star level, with breakfasts (along with many lunches and dinners) also included. There's a maximum group size of 44, but look out for selected departures on selected trips that are designed for small groups. Also keep a lookout for CIE's Tour of the Week Deal which runs year round and offers savings of up to 15% off the normal retail price.

Trafalgar Over 350 coach tours around the world, and one of our clients most popular Operators, Trafalgar is part of the Travel Corporation, which includes under its umbrella the sister brands of Insight Vacations, AAT Kings, Uniworld, Contiki & Costsaver. With a worldwide presence and local operations in Australasia for many years, you'll enjoy the company of many nationalities aboard your coach, including those from Downunder. Sitting between Insight and Costsaver, Trafalgar pride themselves in touring innovation, introducing 'Insider Experiences' (where you get to know and dine with the locals) and travel styles to suit those that prefer smaller groups or those that prefer a more leisurely itinerary.

Look out for Trafalgar's Early-payment savings where you can save up to 10% on your trip as well as further savings if you are a past passenger on any of the aforementioned sister brands.

Stats

No. of Trips
55
No. of Departures
1,700
Avg. Trip Length
9 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
$413
Accommodation
3.5 - 4 Star
Budget
Premium
Trip Styles Coach Tours
Regions Explored UK & Ireland
No. of Trips
410
No. of Departures
8,346
Avg. Trip Length
11 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
$419
Accommodation
4 Star
Budget
Premium

In Their Own Words We asked the travel companies themselves why you should travel with them

CIE Tours
When you travel with CIE Tours, you will get the warmest of welcomes and all the benefits of our 87 years of experience. The itineraries are locally crafted - we set our own high standards for delivering excellent holidays with state-of-the-art luxury coaches; the best hotels; carefully chosen authentic experiences and entertainment.

Our outstanding local tour directors are ready to share their knowledge, stories, passion for their home places - they are our greatest assets. Many of our tours spend 2 nights in each location, and our flexible itineraries include a great balance of escorted and free time. We include full breakfasts, most dinners and some evening entertainment. No one has to worry about paying for optional extras on the trip. It’s all included, no hidden extras.

We know how much these trips mean to you and we want to ensure that this is a trip you will treasure forever.
Trafalgar
We are the world’s leading and most awarded travel brand spanning all 7 continents of the globe. From the iconic to the unexpected our guests connect to the real depth of the places we go. They will break bread with the locals at our exclusive Be My Guest experiences and unlock local secrets of our Travel Directors and Local Specialists. Everything is taken care of, so they travel with true ease and get the real thing without worrying about a thing.

We consider how we can positively impact the communities we engage with. Through our JoinTrafalgar initiatives powered by TreadRight, guests don’t just leave footprints on the ground, but leave a lasting legacy for the betterment of locals and the future of their communities.

It’s 72 years of destination experience and feedback from over 5 million happy guests that fuels our innovation to continually delivery simply the best holidays.

Recent Reviews

Gems of Southern Ireland     0 , New Zealand, Sep 2022
The tour around the southern part of England was amazing. Highlights were Windsor Castle, Bath, Salisbury, Portsmouth and Canterbury Cathedral. Our guide Garth was very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend CIE Tours.
Great introduction to Ireland   0 , Australia, Nov 2019
Great trip, wonderful way of being introduced to Ireland. Special mention goes to Liam the driver/guide for very informative and friendly service and going above and beyond for retrieving a lost wallet of a fellow tour member, 5 stars!!!!
Amazing tour director   3 , Australia, Nov 2019
Pat our bus driver and tour director is amazing!!!! Our trip is not even complete and he has been very attentive and always concerned all are having a great time. He is so full of history informing all about the history of everything we are doing. Great singer to boot!!!
Exceptionally good tour   0 , Australia, Oct 2019
I thought the tour was exceptionally good. Michael (Mike) the driver was a very good guide and amusing.
Fantastic snapshot of Ireland   0 , Australia, Oct 2019
The six days touring Ireland was fantastic. Mike Walsh was our tour director and driver. Made all on tour very welcome and was very informative. Meals were good and most accommodation was of a high standard. Plenty to see in such a short time. Recommend this tour if you want a quick snapshot of Ireland. Well done CIE Tours.
Covered so many parts of Ireland   0 , Australia, Sep 2019
Great trip which covered so many parts of Ireland. Never having been there before and it was amazing. Tour Director Gerry was fantastic, he had such a vast knowledge of the history and was an amazing guy. Would definitely go on another CIE Tour. I was the only Australian in a group of Americans and Canadians. Was a bit concerned at first, but it was ...read more fantastic and I had a great time. Thankyou CIE and Gerry.
Rocky Mountain Splendor   0 , VIC, Australia, Aug 2022
This 17 Day Trip that we booked through Global Journeys was excellent. The trip consisted of two components, namely: (1) A cruise with Holland America to Alaska & back to Vancouver (8 days) & (2) A trip with Trafalgar Tours that took us to Victoria Island in British Columbia & the Rocky Mountains right up to Banff (9 days). The return journey from Banff ...read more to Vancouver was over a 2 day period by train with an overnight stop in Kamloops. The Rocky Mountaineer journey via coach & train was simply brilliant. We were able to see & walk on the 'glaziers' - something that Trafalgar Tours made possible. The hotels we were put up & food served was par excellence. There was a cross section of travelers from many countries with ages ranging from 45 to 75 years & everyone got along well and looked after each others welfare.

The pace of the tour was quite relaxed & good - we were never rushed. The Tour Director Allen Gibson was superb & knowledgeable, With COVID there was a Health & Wellbeing Official on the coach who took good care of sanitizing the interior of the coach at every turn, John our driver was very courteous & knew all the roads/short cuts and most importantly kept us safe. Travelling from Australia to North America in August was ideal as it was Summer over there & gave us every opportunity to be outdoors. The cruise to Alaska & back was good with just 3 stops at ports for a brief period of approx. 6.5 hours which did not leave you much time to explore the towns once you went on the pre-booked excursions. We felt there was too much sailing, would have liked more time at the ports. Internet was not complimentary on the ship & had to be purchased at quite a high price. Many people on the ship could not wait to get off the few port stops to go to local pubs & use the complimentary Wi-Fi.

Hannah Campbell was the ultimate professional who listened to what we wanted as regards to the tour & put together all the paperwork and followed up with Trafalgar Tours every step of the way & kept us in the loop. We had no worries as all the 'final' paper work was sent to us by Hannah well in time prior to departure from Melbourne. A very big thank you to Hannah for her efforts.
8 Day Amazing Britain   0 , NSW, Australia, Aug 2022
I booked a Trafalgar tour through Global Journeys and will certainly look to travel with them again, hopefully in the not too distant future. I hadn't done a tour on my own and must say I was a little anxious, but had absolutely nothing to worry about. The whole group ended up being like extended family, looking out for one another and we had a lot ...read more of laughs and fun during the tour. Some of us are keeping in touch now that we've all gone home. Accommodation was great and it was nice to be able to put your bag outside your door in the morning by the allocated time and not have to worry about it again until it arrived to your room at your next destination. Our tour director even threw in a couple of extra small stops along the way and his knowledge of the places we visited surpassed expectations. A great experience!
Beautiful tour   0 , NSW, Australia, Jul 2022
A wonderful tour through Austria and Switzerland and the Italian Lakes district. Nice bunch of people on the tour. Mostly Americans. Covered alot of ground. Michael the tour guide and Robbie the driver were great as was Isobel their well being director. Beautiful scenery
One of the great world cross-country adventures.   0 , SA, Australia, Jul 2022
This tour, with its comprehensive itinerary, had many highlights, including visits to Woomera, Coober Pedy, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta ( Olga's), King's Canyon Rim Walk -- which was the top attraction for me-- Alice Springs, Katherine Gorge cruise, Yellow River crocodile cruise, Kakadu National Park and flights, Litchfield Park and termite mounds, ...read more thermal springs, and cool swimming pools with crocodiles removed.

Tour director was Liz, who must be the most knowledgeable tour director regarding Australian fauna and flora. Excellent driver was Tom. We covered a number of days over 500km, so many early mornings. The food was good to very good but accommodation varied, however, I will travel with Trafalgar/ AAT Kings again.

Travelling in July meant it was freezing in the mornings for the tour up to Alice Springs, but shorts weather once we hit Katherine and beyond. Few optionals were available due to lack of staff in places and Covid, compared to what was originally listed in the itinerary. I was impressed with the efficiency of Hannah at Global Journeys throughout the booking process, and have booked another tour with them.
Best of Greece in July 2022   0 , QLD, Australia, Jul 2022
Again another wonderfully crafted tour operated by Trafalgar! Tour Director Nina and Well-being Director Mia did a fantastic job showing us the rich and diverse culture Greece has to offer. Would certainly tap the Greek Island portion on the end of the tour if we had our time again.
Great European Tour   0 , Queensland, Australia, Jun 2022
The tour began and ended at the Tower Hotel, London. We didn't stay at this hotel because it was very expensive! Other hotels on our journey were very good, though whenever we reached a significant city, the hotels were typically on the outskirts - a good reason for doing a small group tour. The first half of our tour ended in Rome, and we had a full ...read more coach of 42 passengers. In Rome, the majority of the tour completed their tour, and only 17 of us continued on to Amsterdam.

Australian tour members had the option of a free transfer to London. Only five of us did this, including the Tour Director. Our Tour Director was Kassie Jones. She was excellent - patient, understanding, empathetic, and amazingly knowledgeable about all aspects of the tour. Our coach driver, Antonio, was also excellent. He drove the coach like it was his own, which makes sense because his family did own the coach and many others. I loved the way Antonio cleaned the coach windows every morning, as well as keeping the inside immaculate. On the first half of the tour, we had a health officer, Sandra. She was very good also and helpful.

We went so many awesome places, including Paris, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Pamplona, Madrid, Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Venice, European Alps, Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, Munich, Lucerne, Boppard, Cologne, and Amsterdam. We especially liked the fact that many of the visits were of two nights duration. Over 27 day, a few of the passengers started to annoy, but overall we were a happy, cohesive group. We loved the trip, and we would certainly travel with Trafalgar again - especially if we could have the same Tour Director!

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