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Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

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Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

Hello. I'm not too sure if it's the right place to post this. I've post a similar question in Paris Forum but it might not be the right place. In this Forum, I've found some posts with questions concerning tour companies.

My wife and I will take our 12-year-old son to Europe in June 2015. Since it's our very first time in Europe, we'd like to use a tour company instead of DIY. I've done some research and found popular companies listed on the subject. Is any of them dependable and worth the money?

If anyone has experience with any of those companies, please let me know. Thank you.

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1. Re: Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

Just type their names into the search box above your post - then click the magnifying glass. Tons of posts on the first 2, not sure about Insight, Rick Steve's is mentioned more in terms of his guides.

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2. Re: Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

Many people recommend Rick Steves, but I'm not sure if it's better than the other companies. Can anyone help on this?

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3. Re: Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

As stated, you really need to search - the Bargain Travel forum only has posts which refer to his guides. Try the search terms "rick steves tour" in quotes, type into the search box in the upper right corner of the page. Here are a couple local posts I got back - one in Italy, one in Greece. I saw a few others.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187791-i22-k42427…

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g189483-i1277-k739…

Maybe you can send a member who responded, a PM, by clicking their blue screen name and then send message.

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4. Re: Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

Easiest is to do an Internet search for ratings of the tour companies... that will give you some insight, but the main focus needs to be on finding the right tour to fit your needs and wants as that matters more than the company. Look at the hotels, the stops, the days in each place.

Also where in Europe? How many countries, etc? Some areas are better done yourself...

Edited: 15 August 2014, 02:48
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5. Re: Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

Do (re)consider DIY - that way you and your family get see just what you want to. And at a pace that suits you. Involve your son in the planning - he might not be so keen on what older people like and tours are designed for. Many tours involve early starts, miles and miles of coach driving and out of town hotels.

You posted this in Bargain Travel - tours rarely fit that description.

Edited: 15 August 2014, 08:40
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6. Re: Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

I'm not sure that a 12 year old would find an escorted tour interesting or enjoyable. As has been said, there is a great deal of travelling on coaches along boring motorways. My brother was certainly bored and fed up at the same age when he was taken on a coach tour to Italy and Switzerland.

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7. Re: Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

Beware of Trafalgar. Recently, we asked them to confirm a trip for us and we thought they did - they sent an invoice and we had ongoing communication about the trip we were going on. We booked air travel and then were told the tour was sold out. Also, although prices may be good - they PACK people in on these tours.

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8. Re: Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

My sister and brother-in-law used Insight for a 3 week European tour in late 2011 and found the schedule quite busy with very early morning breakfasts and departure times from each city, but the hotels were very good quality 4 star hotels. Any extra additional optional tours were clearly outlined for them to choose and budget extra for. The group on the tour was all older people, most were retirees. So a 12 year old may feel a bit bored amongst all the oldies.

You can easily do it yourself in Europe, but if you choose any tour then research it carefully, read the forums on the tour companies website. These are useful because past and potential tour participants discuss their experiences or seek information.

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9. Re: Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

Thank you, Bruce F and Avanti50, for your comments. They are helpful. Avanti, I think your sister took a trip in late fall or winter. That's why there were no kids. If it were in summer, I guess there were a few kids. Anyway, thank you for your help.

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10. Re: Globus, Trafalgar, Insight or Rick Steves?

They went in September/October.