In 1928, Antonio Mantegazza purchased a rowboat to take passengers across Lake Lugano in Switzerland, sharing stories along the way. His small but growing business later won the rights to a local route for the Swiss national transportation service, so he bought his first motorcoach. This fleet of one grew over the following years as his company, Globus Viaggi, guided tourists from elsewhere in Europe who came to see the marvels of Switzerland. Globus soon expanded its offerings to include tours in Italy, France, England and other European countries.
In 1961, the company introduced Cosmos -- affordable, value-priced tours in Europe for the cost-conscious traveler. The motorcoach tours of Globus and Cosmos were very successful and the company added tour options around the world over the next several decades.
Today, Cosmos and its sister brands operate in more than 32 offices worldwide, carrying more than 500,000 passengers each year!
Cosmos offers budget-friendly escorted tours that combine a mix of included excursions to must-see sights with free time to explore on your own. Tour directors and local guides offer travel advice and share insider knowledge that bring the sights and scenes to life. Plus, with hotels, transportation and sightseeing bundled together in one low price, Cosmos travelers enjoy a savings of up to 40% compared to booking a vacation on their own.
Here are a few of the vacation-enhancing features that are included in the price of your Cosmos tour.
Experienced and knowledgeable tour directors will advise you about daily itineraries, help you maximize your free time and introduce you to Cosmos’ local guides in each major city. They take the hassle out of traveling, so you can relax and enjoy new experiences.
Guided sightseeing reveals the best of the regions explored. See Italy’s amazing art and architecture, take a train through the magnificent Canadian Rockies or explore the mysteries of the Inca Empire in Peru. Enjoy inside visits to famous attractions with knowledgeable Local Guides who share their extensive knowledge about each location’s culture and history.
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To get a feel for the Cosmos experience, check out the video below.
Globus Family of Brands
In addition to Cosmos, the Globus family of brands includes Globus, Monograms and Avalon Waterways. Click any brand name to view itineraries, dates and prices.
Globus: hassle-free escorted tours with VIP access to top attractions, guided sightseeing led by an experienced tour director and unique, behind-the-scenes experiences
Monograms: independent vacation packages that include hotel stays and transportation and offer maximum flexibility in how you spend each day; a local host will offer sightseeing suggestions and help you plan activities, but there will not be a tour director traveling with you each day
Avalon Waterways: upscale river cruises packed with inclusions such as guided sightseeing ashore and meals, beer and wine aboard the ship; Avalon ships are designed to highlight passing views with Panorama Suites that boast wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open to let in the fresh air