My husband and I have been on numerous other tours on five continents as well as small boat cruises, all of which we enjoyed.We will not be repeating the Trafalger experience.
Trafalger says the hotels are 4 or 5 star which they are not. Three hotels were Holiday Inn level, which we expected, one was very nice although the room was small, and three were lower level, including two in out of the way locations. The tour itself usually took us to one main sight in a city, and often we would not say was the major attraction, the other museums, churches, castles, forts, etc. were "on our own." The tour director did not inform us about the other possibilities in many cases, nor did she make recommendations for restaurants when we were on our own.
Trafalger bills itself as a lower cost alternative, but when you include the cost of Optional Experiences and entrance fees for other sights (not included in the tour), the cost rapidly escalates.We did a walking tour on our own, The Belfast Experience, one of the highlights of our trip, with a guide and full tea for GBP 15 per person while the Trafalger Optional Experience for a walk with fish and chips was GBP 45.