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96% of travellers say guided tours make their holidays easier. Here's how

Going on a holiday is no small task. You’ve got to choose the destinations and the itinerary, and then you have to book everything from the flights to the accommodation and activities. And that’s before you even arrive and have to sort out navigation, currencies, and more. We absolutely adore travelling – but we know it can easily get overwhelming. So how do we simplify it all? Guided tours are the answer.

We put out a poll on our social channels to ask our past guests how they make their travels stress-free – and a whopping 96% said guided tours make their holidays easier. From taking care of everything to offering flexibility, we look at how guided tours make travel so much easier and worry-free.

Someone else does the planning with guided tours

A 2018 survey found that 82% of travellers do so to relax and reduce stress… So it’s fair to say that when you go on holiday, you want to relax. Yet so many people find the process of researching, planning and booking a holiday incredibly stressful – not to mention the trip itself, which can often leave you more exhausted than when you started! 

When you travel with guided tours, all that worry disappears. Everything is taken care of for you – and that means no more stressing about which train to take, or which hotel to book, or which activity is worth your time… It’s already sorted.

When you travel with Trafalgar, we’ll support you through every step of the process, from choosing your perfect tour to on-trip support. We plan and manage every detail, and can even organise custom, private tours for you and your group. All you have to do is show up and have fun? Yes, please! 

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You’ll travel in comfort – and someone else does the driving

Want to go on holiday but don’t want to deal with the stress of navigating new places and the rising cost of fuel? Guided coach tours are the perfect solution. You can get all the nostalgia of a classic road trip without the worry, plus it’s one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to take a holiday. 

Trafalgar’s guided tours let you kick back in a custom, luxury coach, while your Driver expertly handles the roads and drops you off in convenient locations. With comfy seats, WiFi, power outlets, air conditioning, and state-of-the-art air filters, plus your own private Driver, guided coach tours just makes sense.

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You get flexibility with guided tours

After living through the uncertainty of the COVID pandemic, we know that flexibility is more important than ever for travellers. A recent study showed that 50% of travellers say flexible cancellation and rebooking policies are the top factors in their 2022 travel decisions. But when you travel independently, you’re often at the whim of the cancellation policies for many different companies, from the airlines to the hotels. If you have to cancel or postpone your trip for any reason, it can be stressful having to contact each individual supplier and potentially lose your money. 

When you take a guided tour with Trafalgar, that problem disappears. With our risk-free and flexible bookings, we make it easy to book, change, or cancel your trip – without losing out on deposits. All it takes is one phone call with our friendly team and we can take care of everything for you. It’s the ultimate peace of mind and the best way to start a stress-free holiday. 

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You’ll have an expert team supporting you 24/7

Whether you miss your flight or get sick on your trip, anything can happen when you travel. But the difference between independent travellers and those who travel on guided tours is the support you get when things go pear-shaped. Independent travellers are left to deal with everything themselves, but guided tour travellers get the support of an expert team. 

Trafalgar’s exceptional tour teams are made up of a dedicated Travel Director and a Driver. You’ll also have a Wellbeing Director on any of our trips of 20 or more guests (excluding in Australia and New Zealand). And that’s just on your tour. If you need more support, you’ll also have access to a global team who are on call 24/7 to help with anything you need. We’re always working in the background to ensure your tour runs as smoothly as possible.

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You’ll see the best of your destination – without hours of research

Sick of Googling the top ten things to do in your destination and getting even more overwhelmed with all the information? We get it. You want your holiday to be absolutely unforgettable and make sure you don’t miss any ‘must-do’ experiences. But how do you know where to start?

As one of the world’s most loved and awarded travel brands, with over 100 years of experience exploring the world, we’ve got you covered. We’ve spent literal decades finding all the most iconic places and attractions you just can’t miss and put everything through a vetting process before you go. Our guided tours are constantly changing and evolving to reflect the very best travel experiences, so you know you’ll have an extraordinary trip. 

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You’ll have experiences you just can’t do on your own

Do you want to go beyond the icons of a destination and really get to know the people and culture? You’re not alone. A 2022 survey shows that about 20% of travellers around the world plan to do more guided cultural activities than in previous years. While it can be very difficult to organise these kinds of experiences on your own, a guided tour makes it so much easier. 

When you travel with Trafalgar, we’ll connect you with Local Specialists who will share stories, secrets, and insights you will never find in a guidebook. Whether they point you to the best restaurant in town or show you a hidden trail, waterfall, or food market, you’ll really get to know your destination with your Local Specialists. 

We also aim to give you an authentic insight into your destination with remarkable Be My Guest and Stays with Stories experiences which offer exclusive access into the homes of locals for unique stays and dining experiences. Time after time, our guests tell us these privileged experiences are the highlight of their trip and we can see why. Whether you want to spend the night in an ancient castle in Ireland or a château in France, meet a family of winemakers in a Tuscan villa in Italy, or learn how to find bush tucker with Aboriginal Australians, these are truly remarkable travel experiences.

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You can prioritise your wellbeing with guided tours

In our post-COVID world, there’s so much more to consider when you travel. You have to deal with issues like travel restrictions and hygiene and physical distancing regulations. You also might (understandably) worry about your wellbeing when you travel. It’s difficult to stay on top of everything when you travel on your own. But when you travel with a reputable guided touring company like Trafalgar, you can have peace of mind that your wellbeing is a top priority. 

We’ve implemented wellbeing procedures to maintain hygiene and physical distancing measures, which have been awarded the World Tourism & Travel Council (WTTC) Safe Stamp. Our 24/7 global support and incident report team also stay up to date on all the latest news and we can answer any of your COVID travel questions. It’s just another thing we take off your plate to make your trip more relaxing and enjoyable. 

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