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Travel Directors in Europe & Britain

When you travel with Trafalgar to Europe and Britain, our Travel Directors will show you the unexpected, provide local insights and share unique experiences you could not have on your own.

Want to know a little bit more about our ultimate insiders?

Meet some of our Travel Directors below.



  • Sasha Rojnik
    • How long have you been a Travel Director?
      11 years.

      What region/s do you cover?
      Italy, Croatia, Eastern Europe, the Baltic States, Russia.

      Tell us a bit about yourself and your background...
      I am 33 years old and live on the Slovenian Mediterranean coast (where I was born), right on the border of Italy. It is a bilingual area, a great mixture of Italian and Slavic cultures. I have studied business and before starting my career as a Travel Director I worked for my parents business in marketing and IT.

      I have many different passions, the biggest one is photography, languages (I speak five of them fluently), reading books, healthy lifestyle, discovering new things and places, meeting new people, going on adventures on my motorcycle. I am married to a Travel Director, which makes life easier.

      What do you love most about your job?
      Really getting to know the many different places I visit in depth and from "behind the curtain", then sharing this with my guests. Meeting new people is just as exciting as discovering new places. I try to treat people as they are my family who have come to visit me
      from overseas.

      What's your best Hidden Treasure?
      Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia: the most beautiful cemetery I have ever seen, so serene and feels like walking through an
      art gallery.

      "Buza", Dubrovnik, Croatia: Buza in a dialect means a whole and in deed, there is a whole in the majestic Dubrovnik city walls and once you walk through, there are big rocks, the wall from the outside and a bar. The best place to take your partner for a glass of wine in the evening or go for a swim.

      Art Nouveau, Riga, Latvia: The amazing Brivibas Street in Riga. Some of the finest Art Nouveau buildings in Europe.

      Where do you most like to take guests?
      San Gimignano, Tuscany. Although it is on the tourist track, it is the one city that amazes me each time I go there. The medieval streets, the towers, the surroundings, the atmosphere, my favourite gelato on Piazza Cisterna... simply magical!

      What is your most memorable moment on the road?
      I was with the group in Riga, Lativa, during the Hockey World Championships. We had to go out for dinner and as we left, the game just finished. The Lativans won, so there was this huge crowd and our bus was blocked. Our restaurant was located a few hundred meters through the park, so I decided to get off the bus with the group and simply walk there. Since I didn’t want to walk with my clip board high in the air, I decided to put one of our guests on my shoulders (she bought the Lativan hockey dress that day) and marched through the crowds, while everyone was cheering.

      The one place you should take a photo?
      Ravello, Italy: The iconic picture high above the Amalfi coast. In the foreground the cypress trees, double church dome and in the background the stunning Amalfi coast. Also the vineyards of Tuscany.

      What are your travel 'must haves'?
      Camera, laptop, flash drive.

      What's your tip for feeling like a local when you travel?
      Try new things, listen to the advice your Travel Director gives you about how the locals do things. For example, when in Italy, forget about take away coffee, sit down in a nice little square, have a cappuccino and watch the world go by. Don't be afraid to try new food. No problem, if you don't speak the local language, a smile will get you a long way. Explore the back streets, which are sometimes more interesting than the main sights.

      Talking the lingo – what should every guest know?
      Greece: Siga, siga (Slowly, slowly meaning don't stress, enjoy life)!

      The best food you've ever tried during your travels?
      Pasta in every way.

      If you had to buy one souvenir what would it be?
      The Matrioshkas in Russia. Your children or grand-children will love you for it.

      What or who is your biggest inspiration?
      Photography.

      What is your best travel tip?
      Keep an open mind.

  • Travel Director Eva Eggar Eva Eggar
    • How long have you been a Travel Director?
      30 years

      What region/s do you cover?
      Russia, Italy, now mostly Eastern Europe.

      Tell us a bit about yourself and your background...
      I am of Polish origin, have studied languages and art history. I lived in Warsaw, Florence and London. I am a mother to a 17 year old girl named Ola and I take interest in interior design. I like cinema and experimental cooking!

      What do you love most about your job?
      Sharing my personal experience of my young life spent under the communist system with our guests who know it only from TV and books.

      What's your best Hidden Treasure?
      The stained glass windows of St Francis Basilica in Krakow.

      Where do you most like to take guests?
      Bled in Slovenia

      What is your most memorable moment on the road?
      Having the coach stopped by 'Checkpoint Charlie' in Berlin in 1982, all cameras confiscated and all passports taken away and then to finally get them back, all film removed but free to carry on.

      The one place you should take a photo?
      Lake Bled photographed from the higher terrace of the Castle.

      What are your travel 'must haves'?
      Small plastic bags for foreign coins, a Chinese fan, a swimming costume and dry shampoo!

      What's your tip for feeling like a local when you travel?
      Master some basic greetings and politeness phrases in every language. Visit a local grocery store, even just to have a look.

      Talking the lingo – what should every guest know?
      “Have your breakfast like a king, share your lunch with a friend; give up your dinner to your enemy!" (Polish, but less and less practised)

      The best food you’ve ever tried during your travels?
      A delicious Slovenian cake called 'Kremna Rezina' or 'Kremschnitta' in German.

      If you had to buy one souvenir what would it be?
      Amber jewellery in Krakow.

      What or who is your biggest inspiration?
      The values of my upbringing, the conviction that you have to share and give back to society; the sense of duty.

      What is your best travel tip?
      Even the most troublesome moments become important parts of the 'Great Adventure' after a few weeks back home... what kind of a holiday would it be if everything was 100% predictable?

  • Travel Director Paul WormsbaecherPaul Wormsbaecher
    • How long have you been a Travel Director?
      9 years

      What region/s do you cover?
      Europe (Western, Central and Eastern)

      Tell us a bit about yourself and your background...
      I started working in the hospitality industry in 1999 (hotel management). I have a degree in hospitality management.

      What do you love most about your job?
      Meeting people. Love it

      What's your best Hidden Treasure?
      My best Hidden Treasure is the Hilton Munich City. It’s on the same spot that the famous Munich Putsch started and there's also a memorial dedicated to Georg Elson for trying to assassinate Hitler. It’s very obscure and you'd never find it if you did not know it was there.

      Where do you most like to take guests?
      Berlin, such a vast history and amazing sights, i.e. Brandenburg gate, Reichstag, East Side gallery.

      What is your most memorable moment on the road?
      My most memorable on-the-road moment is taking a guest, George, who was wheelchair-bound, on a train journey through Switzerland. Challenging but rewarding.

      The one place you should take a photo?
      Without a doubt, standing at Brandenburg gate.

      What are your travel 'must haves'?
      Berocca (vitamins), iPad and possibly a book written about or of the city/place you are visiting.

      What's your tip for feeling like a local when you travel?
      Firstly, try and learn the basics of the language and lastly, never try to compare.

      Talking the lingo – what should every guest know?
      "Vielen Dank!!"

      The best food you’ve ever tried during your travels?
      Jagerschnitzel (Schnitzel with wild mushroom sauce)

      If you had to buy one souvenir what would it be?
      In Germany: Stein (with a pewter lid) In Austria: Manna wafers – mmmmmmmm!

      What or who is your biggest inspiration?
      Thor Heyerdahl : "Borders! I've never seen one, but I've heard they exist in the minds of some people."

      What is your best travel tip?
      Never be afraid to ask someone if you are lost!

  • Travel Director Peter Rosenthal Peter Rosenthal
    • How long have you been a Travel Director?
      28 years

      What region/s do you cover?
      Western Europe

      Tell us a bit about yourself and your background...
      I am from Perth Australia, after university I decided to travel in Europe and applied for a company called Contiki as a Travel Director. After 6 years with Contiki I moved to Trafalgar. I am married with 1 daughter and live in London on the western side in an area called Richmond.

      What do you love most about your job?
      Showing my clients the most wonderful  sites in the world.

      What's your best Hidden Treasure?
      A view over the Roman Forum at night

      Where do you most like to take guests?
      The Pantheon, Rome.

      What is your most memorable moment on the road?
      Taking a NZ elderly man to a Commonwealth War Cemetery in Italy to pay respects to his brother whom he last saw when he was 8 years old. His brother fought for 5 years and died 8 days before the war was over.

      The one place you should take a photo?
      The Swiss Alps

      What are your travel 'must haves'?
      Sunburn cream, hat, sunglasses, walking shoes, carry bag.

      What's your tip for feeling like a local when you travel?
      In any town go down the side street, find a café/bar, order a drink and watch the world go by.

      The best food you’ve ever tried during your travels?
      The cakes in Austria

      If you had to buy one souvenir what would it be?
      Murano Glass from Venice

      What or who is your biggest inspiration?
      History, what we are, is shown in every corner of `Europe

      What is your best travel tip?
      Trust the experts

  • Marie Dubois
    • How long have you been a Travel Director?
      12 years

      What region/s do you cover?
      Mostly France but also a bit of Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

      Tell us a bit about yourself and your background...
      I studied Languages and European studies at University specialising in Art and History which enabled me to travel a lot through Europe during my studies. Above all I love travelling as it broadens my horizons and it is through my extensive travelling that I have had the opportunity to meet incredible people and to discover fabulous cultures. I especially love hiking in the Andes, the Himalaya or the Alps & the Pyrenees.

      What do you love most about your job?
      Getting to meet and know many fantastic people from such different parts of the world, as well as travelling and speaking foreign languages.

      What's your best Hidden Treasure?
      My handprints in Cannes! There is a famous actress in France called Marie Dubois whose hands are facing the red carpet!

      Where do you most like to take guests?
      Our Be My Guest venues in Aix en Provence or Villandry, as the guests are so impressed by the fact they get to see a place they would never have discovered themselves. Beatrice in Villandry is such a lovely host – they are all touched by her story.

      What is your most memorable moment on the road?
      This year I took a group to St Emilion on a Sunday and did not tell them there was a special festival in the town. I gave them more time than usual and some of them seemed surprised to spend so much time in what they expected to be a small village. In fact they were so pleased when I walked with them through a cloister out to a view point where they saw all the villagers (and other visitors) dancing, playing typical regional music and jumping on stilts with their sheepskins and berets.

      Some of my group danced with some of the locals and some tried some of the French I taught them on the coach to try and communicate which was a truly unique experience for them. The group mentioned it during the whole trip and one guest even wrote a poem on how they spent a Sunday in France!

      The one place you should take a photo?
      A photo with a person they met during their trip. It will always remind them of a special moment they shared on holiday.

      What are your travel 'must haves'?
      Music, maps, scarves, sunglasses and an alarm clock.

      What's your tip for feeling like a local when you travel?
      Interacting with locals, eating and trying local food, asking for recipes, sitting on a main square watching people and if someone seems to have time to try and start a conversation with the locals. Ask for local restaurants and cafes to be among locals, take public transportation.

      Talking the lingo – what should every guest know?
      Vive le voyage, c'est la liberté!

      The best food you’ve ever tried during your travels?
      A great French cheese board. Also Magret de Canard duck breast with a delicious caramelised sauce and vegetables. Oysters and all the pastries France can offer!

      If you had to buy one souvenir what would it be?
      A French recipe book, a CD of local music or a painting made by a local artist you meet during your travel, so you can bring a little bit of France back home!

      What or who is your biggest inspiration?
      Ella Maillart – a great female traveller!

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