What's included on my trip?
On a Trafalgar trip, you'll unlock the best of the world's top destinations. Your tour includes:
- A knowledgeable Travel Director
- Hand-picked hotels
- All breakfasts and a selection of other meals detailed in your itinerary
- Must-see sightseeing as detailed in your itinerary
- Airport transfers in select destinations. See Airport Transfers for more information.
All trips include free time to explore destinations in your own way. Your Travel Director will be happy to make recommendations, or you can choose from a range of Optional Experiences.
Who will support me on my trip?
All our guests will have access to the personal service of a dedicated and knowledgeable Travel Director. They will be on hand to help guide & support you throughout your trip and are able to offer a true insider’s perspective of each destination.
What is a Travel Director?
Our Travel Directors come from a variety of backgrounds but they all share a passion for travel and their home countries. These experienced professionals show you what the guidebooks can’t – a true insider’s perspective of each destination. Each Travel Director has been through a bespoke training program and many have at least five years’ experience under their belt.
Where do I find which meals are included?
This information is included in the day-by-day itinerary for your trip.
Can I pre-pay gratuities?
On most trips, you have the option to pre-pay gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking. Alternatively, if you would like to show your appreciation to the team, gratuities may also be paid during your trip.
There is no option to pre-pay gratuities on our Asia and Africa trips. If you would like to thank your Trafalgar destination expert, this can be done on tour.
What else do I need to know about tipping and gratuities?
Tipping etiquette varies by country, culture and the situation and it is a gesture that shows appreciation for the quality of service that you received. When travelling with Trafalgar we have pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you. Baggage handling at hotels, service charges and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are however a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.
In general, if you’re unsure on tipping, don’t go any higher than 10% (unless of course that the service was so fantastic you feel you want to do so). Servers may not receive tips when left on a credit card, so always try to tip in cash whenever possible.
It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists.
Eating and Drinking
Tips and gratuities will be taken care of by your Travel Director for all meals included in your itinerary. When you are exploring on your own, it's helpful to know regional norms around tipping.
In North America, it is customary to tip for a variety of services. A restaurant is usually tipped 15-20% of the total bill before tax. Other services, from taxi drivers to hairdressers, normally receive 10%. Your Travel Director can also answer any questions you may have regarding when and how much to tip.
In Europe, there is no obligation to leave a tip, but between 5% and 10% is normal in most European restaurants. Make sure to check that a service charge hasn’t already been added on as this is becoming more common. Also, bear in mind that tipping is only necessary at a table service restaurant. When eating out at a pub or fast food outlet where you order your food from a counter, tipping isn’t necessary or expected.
What do I need to know about daily sightseeing, departure times and the words or phrases I will hear while travelling with Trafalgar?
At Trafalgar, we plan to show you a great deal and always endeavour to make the most of every day of your holiday. In order to make that possible, we thank you in advance for your punctuality, which affords all our guests the opportunity to enjoy their time with us to the fullest.
Departure time is the time when everyone is seated comfortably and the coach is pulling away from the hotel or rest stop. The savvy traveller will always allow themselves enough time for bathroom visits, settling bills and slow elevators. Your Travel Director will choreograph the day to enhance the itinerary and go out of their way to ensure that those all-important timings are clearly explained. They will also provide you with a contact number should you be in need of assistance.
Sightseeing is included in your itinerary and will generally involve a fair amount of walking and standing (as well as sitting). There are a number of terms used to describe sightseeing activities in the itinerary and there are slight differences in their meaning:
A day to relax – No planned activities; time for Optional Experiences or other independent activities. Your Travel Director will be able to assist you with providing ideas and suggestions to match your interests and get the most out of the day.
Orientation tour – Places of interest are pointed out, allowing you to go and explore them on your own.
See – Observe sights while passing by on your coach, cruise or train.
Sightseeing trip - A Local Specialist will accompany you on a trip of a city or site.
Time to relax and discover – Free time on your own.
View – A brief stop to enjoy the sights and take some photos.
Visit – A stop with time to enjoy a specific site.
“Why not see” or “perhaps enjoy” – These phrases refer to Optional Experiences not included in the trip package but which are available for an additional fee. Your Travel Director will be happy to provide you with information regarding these, or other ways in which to spend your free time.
What happens on day 1 of my trip?
All the information you need to join your tour will be provided in your trip documents, which you can find on the MyTrafalgar portal. These will be available approximately 3 weeks prior to your departure.
Your Travel Director will also be in touch a few days before your trip to introduce themselves and re-confirm your meeting point.
Is porterage included in a Trafalgar trip?
Yes, for your ease and comfort porterage is included throughout your trip (one item per guest). So you will only have to bring your hand luggage on and off the coach each day. On arrival at each hotel, your case will be delivered to your room by a hotel porter.
Your Travel Director will provide you with a red luggage tag, which helps with identification and security.
We recommend keeping any items you wish to access immediately in your hand baggage.
How can I stay connected on my trip?
Sharing your experiences with friends and family back home is an important part of your trip.
If you choose to bring a smart phone with you, ensure you contact your service provider to find out how much it will cost to use your phone internationally. You might consider disabling data roaming or purchasing a prepaid service or SIM to keep control of costs. Be mindful of other guests if you take a cell phone call on the coach.
Making telephone calls from your hotel room can be very expensive. A pre-paid calling card is an easy way to save money when making telephone calls. Calling cards are readily available for purchase in most stores - please ask your Travel Director for further information.
Complimentary WiFi is usually available on our coaches and your hotel will also provide complimentary WiFi access.