The value of guided touring: How a tour can actually help you save money

Recently updated on December 4th, 2023 at 03:36 pm

Guided touring is more than just a stress-free way to explore the globe. Beyond taking the hassle out of planning meals, organising logistics and giving you the confidence to get out there, guided travel can actually save you money while you explore far-flung destinations and get lost in the moment. 

With many of us feeling the rising cost of living pressure it might feel like your travel dreams could be in trouble, but what many people don’t realise is that guided touring can actually save you money. Let’s dive into why guided travel offers great value to travellers, and why the money-saving benefits could make group tours your top travel choice for 2023 and 2024.

The price you see is the price you pay

Is there anything worse than hidden costs? Whether it’s for secret taxes or compulsory tips, extra charges for an early airport transfer, or those cheeky fine print fees, hidden costs can really leave a sour taste in one’s mouth. With Trafalgar’s guided tours everything is paid upfront. Along the way there should be no nasty surprises or unexpected costs arising. What’s included in each tour is clearly described so you can come prepared with extra cash for souvenirs, a few solo meals, and any extra optional experiences.

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Most of your meals are included 

Ask a past Trafalgar guest about their favourite memories from a recent trip and most will say seeing the Eiffel Tower was nice… but the most memorable experience was that rowdy French bistro dinner where the night finished with plenty of singing, traditional dancing and silly fun. It’s these connections with locals and money-can’t-buy dining experiences that come included in the tour fee. Most meals on tour are included in the rate, and if there’s a free lunch or dinner you can always ask your experienced Travel Director for their favourite local cheap eats.

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No extra entry fees to the sights 

Just €15 here… £12 there… $18.50 over there… paying for entry fees can add up quickly. That’s not to mention the price you might pay for a day trip, which could be anywhere between $100-350 for a half-day or whole-day tour with a guide and transport. Entry fees, Local Specialists and transport are all included with Trafalgar. Plus, with group travel we’re able to access group rates – which we pass onto our travellers when pricing our great value, inclusive tours.

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Free airport transfer? Yes please!

Nothing says “welcome aboard” quite like when the shiny Trafalgar coach. Your friendly Travel Director and driver will pick you up from the airport on Day 1. Yes, there’s no need to pay for an expensive airport transfer or taxi when we can give you a personal ride. From there, the rest of your time on tour is covered. Wherever we go your personal coach driver will take us there (and become part of the tour family). Plus, our hotels are in great locations so you can explore on foot in your free time.

Local, knowledgeable guides

Don’t overestimate the value of having a local guide by your side. Your Travel Director is your almost like a personal concierge. Not only do they coordinate the logistics, but they share their secret spots, top tips and laughs along the way. How does that save you money? Your Travel Director can help you navigate bartering and tell you where to shop for the best souvenirs. If you have a free meal, they can share their favourite street food spots and cheap bistros. Tourist traps? Avoided when you have a local guide. Stuck with the language? They can play translator too.

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Freedom to discover, confidence to explore

Of course, there’s the less tangible ways that guided touring offers greater value than individual travel. Each Trafalgar tour is crafted as a whole experience that includes cultural connection, Be My Guest experiences, Stays With Stories, and ways to give back to the local community. Each trip is designed for your to live in the moment and experience the real depth of a destination. Leave the guidebooks at home and enjoy the ride as your Travel Director and driver make sure everything goes smoothly.

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Are you thinking about guided touring in 2023 or 2024? Leave us a comment and tell us where you’re planning on visiting and why…. 

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