Trafalgar European Cavalcade Tour Review

If you are traveling in Europe for the first time, I highly recommend Trafalgar Guided Tours. For our honeymoon, Hubby and I chose the European Cavalcade Tour, which allow us to see a lot of Europe in a short span of 17 days.

Our tour director, Bernie, was fantastic and engaging. He shared a lot on history of Europe, as well as things to look out for such as pickpockets, gypsy scams and free toilets. Toilets are expensive, about Euro 0.70-1.50, which cost SGD $1-2.25.

The tour was fast paced, we felt tired at the end of the tour but I like it because it is “efficient” and value for money. We spent a lot of money just on the air ticket to Europe and I want to cover and see as much as possible, rather than relaxing. I can relax anytime in nearby Asian country, during a hotel staycation or even at home!

The hotels we stayed at were better than expected (3-5 stars) while the food was acceptable, with some exceptional dinners and breakfasts.

I am the sort of person that lose interest to travel once I get tired, hence following a tour leaves me no choice but to push on and not lose the opportunity to sight see. I appreciate the time on the coach to nap, rest and recharge before arriving at the next attraction.

Another benefit of following a tour is that you don’t have to queue to enter into attractions such as The Vatican, The Colosseum and The Palace of Versailles. This is because the Trafalgar has already made bookings with these attractions and we just waltz straight in. For tourists who travel on their own, the queue is quite a horrendous 2-3 hour wait for EACH attraction.

A plus point about Trafalgar is they operate differently from many Singapore tour companies. Trafalgar is very organized, professional and they do not waste your time bringing you to shops and expect you to buy stuff there so they can earn commission. There is little time for shopping during the tour; in fact I was rushing to shop(much to Hubby’s delight as he does not need to wait for too long). If you wish to shop more, you can extend your stay in Paris at the end of the tour.

The package includes 16 buffet breakfasts and 7 3-course dinners. We extended 1 night stay before and 1 night stay after the tour in London.

The Itinerary

The Optional Excursions

The tour director would list the optional excursions available. Hubby and I attended all of them which cost us a total of 1862 Euros. Payment for the optional excursions can be done by cash, credit card or with cash and credit card. The coach has a credit card machine on board.

Check out Trafalgar homepage here and how to book the tour here

I would spend the next few months blogging about my Europe honeymoon. Stay tuned!

22 thoughts on “Trafalgar European Cavalcade Tour Review

    1. Madame Chewy Post author

      I went for all the optional tours… felt that all were fantastic and cannot be missed as they gave me an experience I cannot find in Singapore,except the Roman evening with dinner(ROMT04).

  1. Vito

    Last Year I went on a smaller 10 day European tour with Trafalgar which was great . This one has many of the same places I visited which I don’t mind seeing again at all ! This tour has about 5 other different places which look very cool indeed . Thanks very much for your keen insight .

  2. Kaleigh

    Hi there!

    My boyfriend and I are 25 & 26 years of age. We are planning on taking a trip to Europe this summer. One thing we have heard is that Trafalgar is mainly people aged 50+. Would you be able to elaborate on this? What was the age span on your trip?


    1. Madame Chewy Post author

      Hi Kaleigh,

      20% were 60+yo
      60% were 50+yo
      15% were in their 30s or 40s

      My hubby(28yo) and I(25yo) were youngest; the age gap didn’t bother us as all the people in the group are lovely folks 🙂

      1. Madame Chewy Post author

        oh i forgot, there were another 4 people in their 20’s too! They were having a family holiday with their parents. Very nice people 🙂

  3. Adrian

    Hello, I am thinking about doing this tour in the summer but have limited funds for the optional tours. What are the top ten optional tours you recommend in order of your preference?

    1. Madame Chewy

      Hi Adrian,

      These are the top 11 (sorry, I know you want only 10) optional tours that are a MUST to go. In no order of preference(because all are just as good):

      No code: Amsterdam canal cruise(According to the brochure, its either AMST06 or AMST08, but our tour director took out the dinner option, just Canal cruise and red light district tour, so the price dropped to 15 Euros. )

      LCRTCH19 Mount Stanserhorn and Lake Cruise

      VCEET87 Venetian magic

      ROMT22 Roman highlights with the Colosseum

      SRRT08 Positano and the Amalfi Drive

      SRRT04 Pompeii

      PART07 Versailles-The palace and gardens

      PART02-Seine cruise and paris by night

      PART01 The Louvre and Eiffel Tower

      PART24 Moulin rouge Carabet and dinner OR PART09 Nouvelle Eve carabet and dinner (The tour director will only give you one option, because its subjected to availability).

      When I took a look at my optional tours, I noticed that I have went a tour which is not in the Trafalgar brochure, Rome Intro(Trevi fountain, Pantheon, Piazzas). If you have this option, that will add up to 11.

      Hope this helps!

      1. Karen

        Thanks for your insight and detailed information on this trip~
        I was looking to just go to Italy, but now may be interested in this trip!

      2. Madame Chewy Post author

        Hi Karen,
        Glad that my post helped you!
        Have fun planning your vacation 🙂

  4. cindy

    Hi there!
    We’re planning to go for this tour in January 2014, do you have to go to Dover from London by yourself or someone’s gonna pick you up from London?

    1. Madame Chewy

      Hi Cindy!
      The tour bus would pick you up from the designated hotel, which is mostly likely Jurys Inn Islington, do double check the Trafalgar brochure. The bus comes very early 5-6am. The drive to the port takes about 2hrs.

  5. elzbthy

    Hi there! Thanks for the informative review. My hubby and I are also planning to go for this European Cavalcade Tour. Did you extend your stay in Paris? We are considering to fly back to Singapore from Paris instead. By the way which travel agency did you sign up the package with? Thanks in advance! 🙂

    1. Madame Chewy

      Hi Elzbthy,

      We extended our stay in London, but not Paris, which I kind of regretted. The tour had only 3d2n in Paris which was way too short.

      I booked with EuroAsia as my friend was working there. I believe you can easily book with any of the major tour agencies in SG 🙂

  6. Ange

    It sounds like you had an awesome time, my family and I are thinking of doing this tour. I had a question regarding the optional extras. What happens if you don’t want to attend all the optional extra, is that free time to explore the city instead? Sorry I’m a first time traveler. Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Madame Chewy

      Hi Ange,
      Its a wonderful tour and also one of Trafalgar’s top 5 tours, according to our travel director. If you do not wish to join the optional extras, there is free time to explore, but the hotels(where you will be left at) are usually not in the city centre (30-40 mins away), so there is not much to see.

  7. Evelyn Dieno

    It was indeed a fantastic tour!! And what an exceptional group of people to travel with!! Bernie is an excellent “leader” and we really enjoyed his knowledge of the history and how all these countries were tied together in one form or another over the centuries. His “thinking outside the box”, his sense of humour and willingness to accommodate everyone went a long way to make this trip so memorable.

    1. Madame Chewy

      Yes indeed! All our tour-mates were pleased the whole experience. There is lots of time to interact and dine with our lovely tour-mates and we made many friends during our holiday 🙂


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