Costsaver by Trafalgar

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Choose from 63 Costsaver coach tours and read 157 in-depth Costsaver reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. When you book your Costsaver tour with us you'll enjoy exclusive online savings, a dedicated travel consultant to look after your booking and the best price guaranteed!
Costsaver Reviews: (157)
Tours on Sale: 63
Accommodation: 3.5 Star
Average Age: 40-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours
Max Group Size(s): 49
Budget: Low Cost
Destinations: Europe, UK, USA & Canada

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Costsaver Canada & Alaska Tours
Canada & Alaska (8 Trips)
Costsaver Europe Tours
Europe (30 Trips)
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South & Central America (11 Trips)
Costsaver UK & Ireland Tours
UK & Ireland (4 Trips)
Costsaver USA Tours
USA (10 Trips)

157 Costsaver Tour Reviews

Read the reviews for Costsaver from Global Journeys' past Aussie & Kiwi clients

Summary

Average 4.3 out of 5 based on 157 user reviews.

Overall Rating
Value For Money
Accommodation
Coach Quality
Tour Guide
Included Excursions
Optional Excursions
Tour Pace
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Australia
  “Wonderful trip to the Balkans”
Trip:    Trip Date: 09/09/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
Very informative tour, and well priced. Our tour director was exceptional. Thank you Yvonne for your assistance in booking our trip.
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Australia
  “Britain and Ireland Explorer - Trafalgar Costsaver ”
Trip:    Trip Date: 03/09/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Excellent tour and good value for money. Early September meant school holidays were over so little overcrowding. Weather not terrific - drizzled most days although a few fine days towards the end. However, rain rarely affected what we were doing. Colder than I expected - range mostly 10-14 centigrade during the day (but after all it's autumn in the UK!). Did not wear any of the lighter clothes I had packed.

Accommodation quite satisfactory and sometimes really good - mostly outside town as one might expect for a Costsaver tour. In the Scottish Highlands we stayed in two different hotels in the same area on consecutive nights and this meant some unnecessary "doubling back". Assume this was due to a hotel booking issue. Inclusions good.

Optional Excursions OK. Did not think optional cruise on Loch Lomond had much going for it but others enjoyed it and I found cruise on Lake Windermere really worthwhile. Highlights York, Edinburgh, Lake District, Bath, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher. Pace, as expected, lively. Mostly 7 am breakfast/bags out and on the coach at 8. Tiring at times but one or two easier paced days. Global Journeys staff very helpful and efficient - highly recommended.
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Australia
  “Great trip shame about the tour director”
Trip:    Trip Date: 03/09/2017    Overall Rating: 2/5
The trip was great and we were blessed with exceptional weather. I did find some of the stops were too short and some too long e.g. St Andrews golf course. Overall however the trip was great. My biggest complaint would be the lack of information provided regarding places of interest and history and many times we passed or stopped at places of interest but were not provided any or very little information. The tour director lacked knowledge, professionalism and seemed very disorganised. A real shame as it would of put the icing on the cake. I have been on alternate tours (not Trafalgar) and the tour directors were excellent.
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Australia
  “Exceptional tour plan”
Trip:    Trip Date: 26/07/2017    Overall Rating: 0/5
We were a bit fearful of any punishing daily program, and so were pleasantly surprised that we had options not to go on all the activities. That was really good for us, as I twisted my foot the night before the start of the tour. The tour director was exceptionally good, and restored our faith in a conducted tour program. He gave a very balanced humorous and interesting background to all the sites we visited. Will happily go with Trafalgar again.
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New Zealand
  “A memorable European tour that ticked our boxes. ”
Trip:    Trip Date: 05/07/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
The tour has covered a lot of amazing things and places we wanted to see and experience. The duration totally suits to our preference as well - anything would be too long. I would have wanted to have at least 2 nights per major location but in the end the timeframe still works excellently considering the amount of coverage we had.

Most of our fellow travellers were great - with a good laugh to share with considering that we are from different corners of the world. Jonathan our Travel Director was awesome and helpful who made things easy with a good sense of humour, an outstanding organisational skills and a wealth of knowledge. Tamas was a very skilled driver and managed to get us through a few potentially traffic issues without causing any trouble. The weather was a bit hot but couldn't complain much as we haven't seen a bad weather except for one where we were comfortably sitting in our coach. Good if the coach wifi can be improved. Hotels are okay but the one in Lucerne is charming and exceptional with great views and ambience. Definitely lots of beautiful experiences. The optional activities are mostly well worth it. Certainly recommend Global Journeys and Trafalgar.
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Denise & Adrian's Trip

Australia
  “Amazing 24 days in Europe”
Trip:    Trip Date: 25/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
We have had an amazing time exploring Europe. Starting from day 1 we were impressed, our tour director Javier knew so much about every country and took us to many extra hidden treasures that we would not of known about otherwise. We did the optional extras, which were superb and great value for money. Most of our accommodation was excellent, only a couple were average but still served the purpose. Will definately highly recommend Costsaver by Tafalger and will use them again. We would also book future holidays with Global Journeys, we used Yvonne and she did the "leg" work and kept us informed. Looking forward to our next trip already.
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Australia
  “Jewels of Italy”
Trip:    Trip Date: 19/06/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
This was a good tour professionally handled by Costsaver. Really another name for Trafalgar who are very efficient in what they do. Tour was are fairly full on and had to be to cover all the ground we travelled over. Our fellow travellers blended quite well and our tour leader Jeff was highly qualified in his approach and his knowledge of our journey. Coach was comfortable and our driver Pio an excellent person to have behind the wheel. A lot of ground is covered and a lot of history revealed. It was good having the 2 night stays in the hotels which we found to be satisfactory. Good tour at a good price.
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Julianne's Trip

Australia
  “An amazing week in Spain”
Trip:    Trip Date: 17/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
This was my second tour with Costsaver by Trafalgar and yet again it delivered on a fuss-free holiday that provided me with an experience I will never forget. These tours are great for solo travellers like myself as it gives you a sense of security while touring unknown areas and provides opportunities to meet new people and perhaps even make lifelong friends on the way!

Being Costsaver, the accommodation was high quality (generally 4 stars?) but often a fair way out of the city centres. This is not a huge problem as the coach normally does a drop off and pick up that you can make use of if you are not keen to try out the public transport system or pay for a cab. Some Costsaver experiences are not included as standard and need to be paid for on the way, but being aware of this prior to the trip and factoring it in is advisable. I have done all the optional extras on both of my trips and found them worthwhile and recommend doing them if you can.

These tours are not for the selfish or the single-minded - the best interest of the group is always foremost in the mind of the tour director and the company. That being said, in free time, the tour director (ours was the wonderful Alberto Gobicchi) is always willing to help you get to whatever it is you want to do! These short tours provide an awesome taste test for the areas visited and, for me, provide me with inspiration for the time I get to come back and explore at my leisure!
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Australia
  “Great holiday. Care free & easy travels. Seen so much of every where travelled.”
Trip:    Trip Date: 17/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
I really enjoyed traveling through Eastern Canada. The tour was excellent with very knowledgeable director & tour guides. The hotel quality was excellent of all. No complaints at all. All information described was spot on. Food was available throughout & stops were regular. Great trip. Thank you.
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Australia
  “Highlights of Bohemia”
Trip:    Trip Date: 10/06/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
Overall the tour was excellent value for money, accommodation was very good, a complaint would be the location of hotel in East Berlin, should be closer to Berlin. We travelled almost 4,000 kilometres, so some days were long days spent on the coach.

We had a wonderful tour guide - Emmerson Laing who had been working for the company for 12 years, extremely knowledge, put 100% effort in every day to ensure we were entertained and informed. He made a video of the hightlights of our tour which was a small donation which is fantastic for us to keep and enjoy. The coach driver Christian was did a fantastic job, spoke several languages and worked extremely hard with his daily duties.
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About Costsaver

Why you should choose to travel with Costsaver on your next holiday
All The Essentials Without Compromising On Quality
All The Essentials Without Compromising On Quality

With CostSaver tours you'll enjoy a great value holiday, without compromising on quality and still benefitting from award-winning service. All the must-see sights are included, and you can choose what to add from a range of Optional Experiences. You'll travel with Trafalgar, a name you can trust, along with our expert Travel Directors. Not only are they there to make sure your trip runs smoothly; their local knowledge in each destination is unsurpassed. CostSaver trips have fewer inclusions than regular Trafalgar tours, so you have more flexibility and free time. And they include a selection of Local Specialist Insider Experiences.

Quality Accommodation
Quality Accommodation

Our established reputation means we have the expertise to source the best value, quality accommodation throughout Europe, so you can look forward to a relaxing and hassle-free holiday. CostSaver tours feature the best First Class or Superior Tourist Class hotels, including trusted and renowned brands such as Mercure, Holiday Inn and Jurys Inn. All hotels have been selected for their superior standards in comfort, service and value for money.

We Take Care of Everything
We Take Care of Everything

From start to finish, your Travel Director and Coach Driver will look after you. Our dedicated team will check you in, distribute your room keys and ensure your luggage is delivered to your room, all while you relax in the lobby and anticipate the next exciting day on your itinerary. On the day of your departure your Travel Director and Coach Driver will bring the coach right to your doorstep, load your luggage and check you out, leaving you sufficient time to enjoy a wholesome buffet breakfast before continuing on your journey. Forget lugging heavy bags on public transport, up staircases or over long distances– leave it in the capable hands of your Trafalgar team.

The Most Relaxing Way to Travel
The Most Relaxing Way to Travel

Relax in comfort and safety onboard our modern coaches and you can rest assured you’re in good hands with Trafalgar. You’ll be chauffeur-driven by one of Europe’s top Coach Drivers from your hotel to the heart of the city and the major attractions. And with a Trafalgar coach carrying an average of just 40 guests, you’ll have a pleasurable and relaxing journey. Travelling by road also affords you the opportunity to see the countryside as you wend your way through picturesque rural landscapes, stopping at charming villages along the way. Best of all, we make sure that getting there is just as enriching and fun as the destination itself.

Costsaver FAQ's

Some of the frequently asked questions Costsaver receive from their clients
What is the difference between Trafalgar's First Class and CostSaver European tours?

Both provide exceptional value for money, with the same professional service of a Tour Director and Driver and comfortable coaches. First Class tours include First Class Hotels, buffet breakfast daily and more sightseeing inclusions. CostSaver hotels are guaranteed Superior Tourist class or better and continental style breakfast daily.

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Travel documents, including any air tickets, tour itinerary, hotel lists, and helpful hints and other information are sent approximately 20 days prior to your tour departure. Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant can organise these earlier if you are travelling before your holiday starts.

How many people will be on my trip?

You'll find an average of 40 to 45 guests on trips throughout Europe, and a maximum of 52 guests on trips throughout the United States and Canada.

Will I have free time?

Each itinerary offers the perfect balance of downtime and discoveries. We also give you the opportunity to tailor your trip with Optional Experiences. You might choose to enjoy some of the best seats in the house at the world-famous Moulin Rouge in Paris. Or maybe take a magical early-morning balloon ride over the Napa Valley. Trafalgar's At Leisure tours offer a more relaxed pace, with later starts and longer stays in each place.

What are the coaches like?

We pride ourselves on having the finest fleet of fuel-efficient, fully air-conditioned coaches – all with reclining seats and on-board restrooms. The high vantage point from your coach's window means you can take in all the glorious scenery, whether it's a vast rural landscape or an urban city centre. We also have on board WiFi.

Are the hotels air conditioned?

We select our hotels for their quality, impeccable service and comfort, with the majority of them having air-conditioning. Few hotels in the northern Alps or Europe have air conditioning due to the colder climate.

Can I book a group of friends?

Global Journeys take the hassle out of booking a group holiday - and we offer some great discounts for five or more people. Groups of five to eight people will receive 5% off the land-only part of their trip, and larger groups will save even more.

What is the single traveller supplement?

If you prefer the privacy of your own room, you can opt for our single supplement. The cost will depend on your trip and can be found in the pricing section of the itinerary. On many of our trips we offer discounts on the standard single supplement. If you'd rather not incur the additional expense, consider our single traveller room share option. We'll accommodate you with a fellow guest of the same gender, on a twin-bed basis.

What if I have special dietary requirements?

We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking. Unfortunately, we're unable to supply meals in accordance with strict religious requirements. We can't provide salt-free, Kosher, Halal, requests for specific dietary supplements such as soya milk, and high protein or low-carb meals.

How much luggage can I bring?

You can bring one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 76cm x 46cm x 25cm (30" x 18" x 10") and weight not exceeding 23kg (50 lbs) due to the limited space on the coach. You can also bring one piece of hand luggage, provided it is small enough to take on the coach and does not have telescopic handles. All baggage handling is provided at no extra charge. One suitcase per person will be brought to your hotel room.

Are tips included?

We'll check you in, look after your luggage and take care of all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities - whether it is for restaurant staff, chambermaids or porters. The option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver is available. Please request this at the time of enquiry and your Tour Consultant will include it in your quote.

What is Gold Seal Protection?

Gold Seal Protection is designed to provide you with peace of mind. For $99 should you choose to cancel your guided holiday for any reason, prior to departure from Australia , Trafalgar will refund your deposit and/or guided holiday payment. Gold Seal Protection must be paid with the deposit and cannot be added at any later date. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completing your 'Quote Request'.

Will I need to pack formal clothes?

This will depend on not only your personal preference, but the destinations you're visiting and the time of year you'll be travelling. We'd recommend bringing at least one smart outfit for special evenings.

What are Optional Experiences and when can I book them?

We realise that everyone likes some time to themselves, which is why we've left free time on all of our itineraries. If you want to get the most out of your destination, our Optional Experiences let you tailor your trip. Your Travel Director will tell you about all of the Optional Experiences available on the first day of your trip. Payment can be made by credit card or cash.

Will I need electrical adaptors?

Electrical plugs and outlets differ throughout the world. We recommend bringing a universal travel adaptor that's suitable for the countries you are travelling to.

Will I be able to get laundry done?

Most hotels do offer a laundry service and in some cities Laundromats are also available. However, it's sensible to try and pack enough clothing to avoid having to do laundry, as it can sometimes be costly or inconvenient.

Is there seat rotation on the coach?

Yes, your Travel Director will implement a seat rotation system, whereby all guests will rotate their seats on the coach daily. This allows for everyone to experience the spectacular views from different seats, and you'll have a better opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

What if I become ill on my trip and am unable to continue?

Your Travel Director will assist you with a doctor's visit or hospitalisation should you require. Trafalgar has a dedicated Customer Care Department in Europe, or our Operations Department in the relevant country will contact you to offer assistance and advice, coordinate with your travel insurance company and keep in touch until you are able to re-join the trip or return home. This service is included in the cost of your trip; however it is not a replacement for travel insurance, which we strongly advise you to purchase.

Why is my contact information collected when I book?

There may be times when unforeseen events beyond our control impacttravel schedules and potentially disrupt cruises, tours, or packages. These include, but are not limited to, severe weather conditions, acts of nature, and government travel advisories. Under such circumstances, it is critical that Trafalgar be able to contact you immediately and reliably - including nights, weekends, and holidays - to make sure we've informed you of any possible changes to your travel.

Arrival & Departure Information

What happens when you arrive at your destination, including information on airport transfers with Costsaver
Airport Transfers in Europe

All Trafalgar guests receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by shuttle coach on the arrival and departure day of their guided holiday at specified times. Any guests whose flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings may choose to book and purchase a transfer. Additionally, guests arriving before or leaving after the scheduled holiday may also book and buy a transfer providing they also purchase the additional pre and post holiday hotel night(s) through Global Journeys & Trafalgar.

Airport Transfers in East Med

Trafalgar is pleased to offer complimentary airport transfers at any time either on the first or last day of the holiday or on other days in conjunction with pre and post trip accommodation booked through Global Journeys & Trafalgar.

Transfers in London

Transfers can be expensive, particularly between the airport and your London hotel. Trafalgar has negotiated special group transfer rates from London's Heathrow Airport to the door of your Trafalgar London hotel - $75 per person per single trip to/from Heathrow Airport. For passengers flying into London's Gatwick Airport, Global Journeys & Trafalgar recommend the Gatwick Express, for details visit the Gatwick Express website at: www.gatwickexpress.com

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