Both are good companies but Cosmos is definitely tourist class in terms of hotels and meals, while Trafalgar is moderate first class. You might want to look at Cosmos parent company, Globus Tours, also first class. The differnce is often location of hotels, ie. central city vs outside of town. A consideration on the evenings when dinner is not included in your tour and you want to stroll and look for restaurants. I am a travel agent with no ties to any company, but rely on feedback from clients. No complaints ever about Globus or Trafalgar.
Thanks so much for your reply, it has been very helpful. We were leaning towards Trafalgar but will now have a look at Globus as well.
I have done a cosmos tour and it was great, originally I had booked a trafalgar cost saver tour but it was cancelled six weeks out. Trafalgar cost saver and cosmos are very similar both in price and hotel location/ standard. Globus and trafalgar first class are also very similar. Just remember not to get trafalgar and trafalgar cost saver confused. Also one more consideration, historically trafalgar cancel more tours at the 6 week mark than cosmos/globus, always have a back up plan
We have just done (July 2010) a GLOBUS Tour of southern 'Spectacular Spain ' and cannot speak highly enough of it.
Having previously done a Trafalgar tour we found Globus to be a superior product. The hotels were excellent 4 star centrally located which makes for easy independent exploring in free time.
The tour was well paced without rushing and included the major highlights of each city. The breakfasts were excellent and our only criticism would be that the welcome dinner in Madrid was quite ordinary however, the dinners in other places were very good.
We went on Trafalgar cost saver tour this summer and it was the worst trip we have ever been on. I would not recommend Trafalgar. If you do go with them, ensure you have insurance as my husband fell on one of their recommended excursions and since we never purchased our insurance throught them (as we already had coverage), they said they could do nothing for us. He was left behind in a hospital in Switzerland for a week. We heard they tried to call him, but he never heard from them.
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