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Costsaver vs Trafalgar

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

The Low Down

Costsaver CostSaver is Trafalgar's affordable range of coach tours. Comparable to Cosmos in price and quality, their focus has always been on Europe and the UK, but have more recently launched a range of new itineraries in the US, Canada and South America. If you are looking for an affordable touring option, then CostSaver is a great option, and if you've travelled with any of its sister brands like AAT Kings, Trafalgar or Insight Vacations further savings are available.

The price for that affordability - while all the must-see sights are included, there are lot of optional excursions which can add up quickly if you choose to do them all. If that's likely, perhaps a more inclusive Operator like Trafalgar or Insight is best. However if you like the freedom to explore on your own, and are after a relaxing and hassle-free holiday, then Costsaver is a great option.
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.


No. of Trips
No. of Departures
Avg. Trip Length
12 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
3 - 4 Star
Trip Styles Coach Tours
No. of Trips
No. of Departures
Avg. Trip Length
11 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
4 Star

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

We know lasting travel memories don’t have to cost the earth. Our value tours cover all the essentials, while providing you the building blocks to tailor your dream holiday. We plan and include all the essentials – your quality transport, accommodation, sightseeing, many meals and the very best Travel Directors, leaving you the time to tailor your trip your way.

As an active founder and supporter of the TreadRight Foundation, you’ll travel confidently knowing we support the protection and conservation of the places we visit. We tread far, but always tread lightly. Having won the 5 star gold award for highest travel satisfaction, from the independent review provider FEEFO, you can be assured you’ll get an unbeatable holiday at an unbeatable price. Value is in our blood, and thanks to our Ready To Go Rate, you’ll be confident that when you book, the price you see is the best it’ll be. Travel the world without a hassle in the world.
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

European Experience   0 , WA, Australia, May 2024
I and the other travellers on the tour saw many amazing sites & had some fantastic experiences. My fellow travellers were friendly and easy to get along with. Our driver was clever, cheerful and helpful; nothing fazed him. The tour director was knowledgeable about the sites & places we saw. She was also efficient and kept good control of the group. ...read more I think she could have delivered the information she gave us better, i.e. not all at once shortly before we arrived at places but in shorter installments along the way. For most of each leg of the journey, there was complete silence with very few if any explanation of sites of interest along the way. I didn't find her particularly approachable, or patient at times. Often my (very few) direct questions to her were not even responded to.

I was also rather disappointed that too many of the experiences were optional extras, which were very expensive too, although most of those were great. I thought that for the price I paid, more experiences and meals should have been included. I would not use Costsaver again at this stage.
Panoramic Rocky Mountains Tour   0 , Qld, Australia, May 2024
Itinerary was perfect not rushed and covered all key places we wished to visit. Corey our tour guide and Chris our driver were first class - we would certainly recommend them.
Wonderful Trip     0 , NSW, Australia, Apr 2024
Booking through Global Journey is a nice and smooth experience. However, the Costsaver online customer service needs improvement. I contacted them many times in regards to the pick up location in London at the start of the tour and none of them could give me the answer! Some gave me the wrong location!
For the tour itself, it's a well designed itinerary. ...read more We were well looked after by our tour director John. Our driver (Steve) is THE BEST! The dinner at Torphichen Inn was very pleasant and fun. Dinner & Cabaret at Taylor's 3 Rock was excellent, strongly recommend (it's worth every cent !!!). However, there was too much free time at York and it was the Sunday so all the shops closed early, so we all wandered in the dark & cold waiting to go to the bus for the hotel. Also there should be less free time in Bath so we could have more time in Windsor Castle (it was too rushing). It would be good if we had two nights and free time in Glasgow, it was a vibrant city but there was no time to check it out. Thank you for a wonderful trip.
Glimpse of Europe - Fast paced trip but worth it   0 , QLD, Australia, Apr 2024
The trip did meet our expectations of seeing a glimpse of Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland and Paris. Some of the optional experiences are worth taking specially the Cabaret in Paris. All hotels were comfortable except the City Hotel Brunnen in Switzerland. Our room has a tiny bathroom with the wash basin in the bedroom. A hotel at Luzern would have ...read more been preferable. Special mention and thanks to the Restaurant staff at the Hotel NH Weinheim, Germany for preparing special gluten free meals for my coeliac condition.

Our Tour Director Steve is exceptional, sharing his knowledge of history of the countries and well-organised in making sure we make the most of our time in each city. The cold and wet weather in April did not dampen the mood of our small group and we still got to see the main attractions. We came home with happy memories. 😊
The Best of the Balkans     0 , NSW, Australia, Oct 2023
The title says it all!! The Best of the Balkans was thoroughly enjoyed! The coach and driver were professional and comfortable. The hotels were clean, comfortable and all staff welcoming and professional. The tour director, Jasmina, was the most amazing knowledgeable, helpful caring and genuine tour director I have ever met on all the tours that I have ...read more been on. She did have a few challenging moments that she handled professionally and with kindness. She is ! in a million!!!

I must add that some of the food that was served including breakfast and dinner, in the hotels were a little missing the target. There was a few gluten free passengers on my trip and there was little in the way of desserts, only fruit and more fruit and mostly only bread was offered at breakfast time. Maybe a small amount of cereal and pastry or sweet cake would of been a welcomed change .

The places we visited were amazing and if time had permitted, a longer stay would of been welcomed. Thank you to Tracey for all of your help booking this amazing trip for me!!
Wonders of the Canadian Rockies & Alaskan Cruise   1 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2023
Tracey Standing was excellent and we would travel with Costsaver again. Hotels were very good, clean and decor was lovely.
Beautiful Tuscany     0 , NSW, Australia, May 2024
Tuscany was stunning and the tour was really handy to be able to stay for 6 nights in one spot and go out to somewhere different everyday. The tour guide was very professional. I enjoyed the cooking class and would have preferred more time at Cinque Terra. It was spectacular. Had a great time all round.
Secrets of Greece   0 , WA, Australia, May 2024
This was fast paced but with our hilarious and caring tour leader Nikos, everyone had a ball! Corfu was a highlight and would love to have spent more time so as to visit the Durrell house. Lots of history shared and most of Greece's special places, included. Do it! Yamas!
Beautiful Japan     0 , QLD, Australia, May 2024
Beautiful is the first thought that comes to mind as I recall our time spent in Japan. From the Japanese people to the countryside, the culture, food, gardens and everything in between. Trafalgar looked after us well, with the amazing Yama as our tour director. She worked so hard to make sure everyone needs were met. We travelled with a great bunch ...read more of people and had lots of fun along the way. A couple of the meal experiences could have been explained better but other than that no complaints. I would happily recommend this trip to anyone seeking an overall experience of what Japan can offer. Georgie was very helpful with organising the trip.
Best of Greece with Celestyal cruise   0 , NSW, Australia, Apr 2024
Highly recommend to combine the best of Greece with a Celestyal cruise, ideally after but either way will be well worth it. Overall taste of Greece, by Land and Sea.
Amazing tour through Croatia and Slovenia   0 , NSW, Australia, Apr 2024
I would book future travels with Global Journeys again. Hannah was very helpful and always responds promptly. Always an easy and hassle-free experience when I book through Global Journeys.

The Trafalgar tour was also amazing. Our travel director (also named Hannah), was always very helpful and considerate of her guests. There were 39 people on the ...read more tour and we all generally got along and enjoyed each other's company. Would definitely book another Trafalgar tour, this was my 3rd one. It has always been an enjoyable and fun time.

The highlights for me in Croatia was Plitvice National Parks with its beautiful lakes and waterfalls. Definitely a spectacular place to visit. Opatija was a quaint and relaxing coastal town that is worth a visit to explore and enjoy great seafood. Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik were interesting cities with lots of history and great places to wander and get 'lost'. I travelled in April and the weather was interesting. Arrived in Zagreb to 30 degrees celsius, which is very hot for spring in Croatia but the rest of the trip was much milder temperatures below 20 degrees celsius with patches of rain.

The highlights in Slovenia was Lake Bled and the great food. Lake Bled is absolutely spectacular and the island in the middle of the lake with its cathedral is definitely worth a visit. The Bled cake is also one not be missed. The weather in Slovenia was also very interesting. It snowed the first night in Lake Bled but the next couple of days were 'normal' weather for spring.
Hassle free, everything's been taken care of for me!     0 , Auckland, New Zealand, Apr 2024
Will always travel with Trafalgar, one of the main reasons would be having a local as the tour director. I learn so much more. Ako san was an excellent guide. Very informative, patient, gentle and a genuinely super nice person. First time I used Global Journeys. Hannah Perry is so efficient and easy to work with, see you soon, Hannah! Arigato

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