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Cosmos vs Trafalgar

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

The Low Down

Cosmos A lot of our clients aren't too fussed about their accommodation (as long as it's clean and comfortable) and are more interested in the destination. Over 1,200 past client reviews with an average 4.5 out 5 star rating, is impressive. Why? Great value and interesting itineraries. Part of the Globus Family, there are further great discounts to be had.

Accommodation is 3 to 3/12 star, but a lot of our clients are pleasantly surprised at the quality. Hotels are often located out of the city centre, so prepare your trip budget to allow for transfers or taxis if you want to explore the cities on your own. Allow extra funds for some meals and excursions not included in more premium inclusive itineraries. Like our past clients, we feel very comfortable recommending Cosmos.
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
183
No. of Departures
3,605
Avg. Trip Length
13 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
$308
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Budget
Affordable
Trip Styles Coach Tours
No. of Trips
405
No. of Departures
9,711
Avg. Trip Length
11 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
$441
Accommodation
4 Star
Budget
Premium

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

Cosmos
At Cosmos, we like to think of ourselves as experts in ‘thrillology’ – the art of bringing you an experience, time and time again. With over 50 years of ‘wow’ under our belts and no sign of slowing down, we know how to curate value touring holidays that you’ll never forget; creating the experiences you’ve always dreamed of and showing you the ones, you never thought of. Our job is to take care of the planning and logistics, so that all you have to focus on is living your dreams!
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

Interesting Tour   0 , NSW, Australia, Dec 2022
A really good tour and our tour guide, Graham, was a gem. He was full of information and helpful tips, ensured that all went well and looked after us all from start to finish. The accommodation was a mix of room styles and a few were that small that a prison cell would have been larger. However, that is Europe and that is the way it is. The plumbing ...read more in Morocco is definitely something to behold. There were some long days on the bus but it gave you a chance to catch up on some sleep.

The cities we visited in Spain and Portugal were all very interesting and there was sufficient free time to enable you to explore. Morocco was neither here nor there and for me, I would have been happy to give Morocco a miss and spend the extra time in Spain and Portugal. I was a solo traveller but found that I was with a good group of people and we had lots of fun and laughter on the tour. All in all I had a good time and would repeat the tour again but without the Morocco part.
This trip was amazing     0 , QLD, Australia, Nov 2022
This trip was amazing. The Tour Director and Driver were very professional. Roxanne our Director was very knowledgeable with in-depth information at each destination. Felt very safe with driver Antonio.This was a bucket list tour and all my expectations are were achieved. All aspects of the tour were great. Even the three long drives appear to go quickly ...read more with plenty of two hours stops to refresh.
Spain, Portugal & Morocco     0 , BC, Canada, Oct 2022
It was my first bus trip and found it to be way more bus time then I thought. Lots of 11 hour days. Got to room so late couldn't enjoy the pool or amenities. Adding Morocco just made it too much travel. I was left to figure out visas and got a health card entry for $36 and didn't even need it for Morocco. Felt the company Cosmos could have stated what ...read more I needed for each country without me having to do it on line myself. A bathroom on the bus would have been so great. Couldn't drink the water I wanted. On a good note. Tour director was awesome. Very knowledgeable and great stories. Bus drivers were amazing. Saw a lot. Food for most part was good. Buffet breakfasts were great. Found out as they say “its a bus tour not a vacation. “ No sleep in days and tour in afternoon.
National Parks     0 , CT, United States, Oct 2022
Breathtaking experience of the National Parks with an unbelievable tour director, Steve Osten, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the National Parks and driver Gerry Rodriguez, who was a safe, experienced driver who took meticulous care of his bus!!! Both were exceptional!! I would take a tour with these guys anywhere!!!!!
Interesting trip of much of France     0 , WA, Australia, Oct 2022
I really enjoyed seeing so much of France until I became ill and had to leave tour. The countryside was so pretty and we saw so many interesting sites. It was nice to go out independently and sample local meals at restaurants or at patissieries etc. I met so many nice people on the tour and I missed them all when I had to end tour early. Only real ...read more complaint besides one not very good included meal was it got a bit hectic at times though there was time to rest on coach or at the hotel. Also I was prone to getting lost but once I got local SIM card I had Google maps which helped. I have a lot of great memories of the tour.
Focus on Scandinavia 2022   1 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2022
Our 5th European trip and our last bucket list in the European continent after traveling to the other parts of Europe and once again Cosmos delivered, You get what you pay for and I can't complain about the quality of the hotels, etc. We went late September and it was a bit cold and raining sometimes but it did not stop us from enjoying on what Cosmos ...read more offered on their tour, You will spend more days in Norway as you will visit a lot of sites and driving in mountainous winding roads with breathtaking views of the mountains, fjords, and lakes plus short cruising. You will see most of the highlights in Copenhagen, Denmark and our favorite Scandinavian city is Stockholm, Sweden, very European with lots of museums with free entrance. 41 in our group with mostly Americans, some Canadians, Indians, and Australians. I always booked with Global Journeys because they are top notch, best price and Professional service from start to finish.
Christmas Markets   0 , QLD, Australia, Dec 2022
Great experience, travelling through Austria, Germany and Switzerland in winter. Important to pack for the cold temperatures of -11 degrees C. Global Journeys are our preferred travel agent.
Scandinavian Northern Lights   0 , QLD, Australia, Dec 2022
Great experience, should be aware there is no guarantee on seeing the Northern Lights. Global Journeys are a delight to deal with and highly recommend them to book your travel.
Very well run tour   0 , VIC, Australia, Dec 2022
This tour was our first with Trafalgar. We were very happy with our guide Colette and the way she ran the tour. Super organised and fun. Absolutely no complaints about accommodation or time spent on the coach. My only comment would be that this is definitely a case of getting what you asked for. Every day several markets were visited and in my opinion ...read more they were all rather similar; different towns but same vibe and stock. Also unfortunately a high proportion of mass produced items that were most definitely not locally made. After the first 2 or 3 days I was all "market-ed out". I would have preferred to have more time spent exploring the wonderful towns/cities that we visited. But that is purely my opinion. The markets were extremely picturesque and the setting sublime. Perhaps just not a good fit for me. I have rated this tour as excellent as it ticks all the boxes for the true Christmas fan.
European Whirl   3 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2022
Warning: this is definitely only a tour for those happy to get up and moving early day after day! Because it covers a huge amount of ground in a short amount of time, this is the only way this tour can operate. That said, the trip was superbly organised, the tour director was fabulous and the coach driver was amazing...especially in Paris! You see many ...read more major cities in a very short amount of time, not much of them but certainly the iconic parts....giving you a good idea of where you might like to spend more time in the future. I would thoroughly recommend it. Lucerne and Switzerland in general was definitely the highlight for me...SO beautiful.
Beautiful scenes, not too hot or cold   0 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2022
November was a good time to visit with pleasant weather and beautiful scenery. Would recommend others to use Trafalgar as they were well organised with transfers.
European Whirl     0 , QLD, Australia, Oct 2022
What a way to see some lovely cities across parts of Europe! I went on this tour with no expectations other than to open my eyes to to new places and people and was not disappointed. There were far too many highlights to name however Venice and Lucerne took my breath away. The accommodation in each city was sufficient with some being a lot better ...read more than others but you have to expect that when travelling in a large group. Autumn in Europe is a beautiful time of year to travel with the beautiful colours and pleasant weather. As as a person who lives alone and likes being on their own, I was so pleased to have 48 others to travel with and would highly recommend booking a Trafalgar tour through Global Journeys. Took all the hard work out of doing everything myself.

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