Since inventing the budget vacation 50 years ago, Cosmos has offered savvy, value-minded travelers the most affordable travel packages to the world's most captivating places - from the City of Brotherly Love to the City of Light…from the Great White North to northern Africa…from tropical Hawaii to sub-tropical Lugano, Switzerland. Cosmos' incredible value helps travel buffs travel more often.

Cosmos understands that you want to get out and experience the world. And that you'd rather spend another day in London than have a chocolate on your pillow. That's why Cosmos vacation packages include comfortable, clean, and attractive pre-selected hotels; guided city sightseeing; a dynamic assortment of transportation…to make getting there half the fun; and many meals. Their clout with suppliers is concentrated…and they pass the savings on to you.

With Cosmos, you'll enjoy the benefits, security, and convenience of escorted travel, an expert Tour Director, a greater choice of activities and excursions, and longer stays in key cities so that you can truly immerse yourself in the local culture.

You can also personalize your getaway, thanks to well-designed itineraries that feature the must-see sites as well as significant free time to explore your destination the way you want.

Best of all, Cosmos getaways start as low as $77 per day. That's less than a night out at home… and much less than you could book the same vacation on your own.

So, start packing today and let Cosmos turn your travel dreams into reality.


History of Cosmos & the Globus family of brands

It all began more than 80 years ago when a young man purchased a rowboat to transport visitors across Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Who would have thought that this single rowboat would launch one of the world’s leading travel companies?

Today, the Globus family of brands is a global company reaching every corner of the world, yet remains family-owned and steeped in the values Antonio had when he set out across Lake Lugano—to enlighten travelers by showing them the very best of the destinations they know so well.

Globus was founded in 1928 by Antonio Mantegazza in Lugano, Switzerland. The Globus story goes back to 1928 in Lugano, Switzerland. Their founder, Antonio Mantegazza, had been fascinated with travel and the wonder he saw in the eyes of travelers to his home country. To pursue this interest, Antonio bought a rowboat (on credit) and began transporting visitors to the area across Lake Lugano, sharing stories of the local sights and stories along the way. This small enterprise grew quickly, motivating a young Antonio to purchase more rowboats, convincing his friends to join him as he expanded this budding business.

Rowboats grew to motorboats, then moved to land with a taxi service. Every good story has an element of luck, and their story is no exception. Antonio’s good fortune came in the form of a local sweepstakes, from which Antonio won the rights to operate a popular local route for the Swiss national postal and transportation service. To service this route, Antonio purchased his first motorcoach--the beginning of motorcoach touring as we know it today. Now in his 30’s, Antonio was at the helm of a full-fledged travel business—a company he named Globus Viaggi.

Globus grew its fleet to 33 coaches after World War II Through the 1930’s, this company grew to a fleet of 12 coaches, operating local tours for European tourists in Switzerland. Business remained strong, and after a hiatus during World War II, Antonio acquired two other competing coach companies and grew his fleet to 33 coaches (his nearest competitor had just five!).

Over the years, Antonio’s business dealings introduced him to another young man who shared his ideals and passion for travel—Werner Albek. Antonio and Werner partnered to operate popular excursions to St. Moritz, Milan, Venice, Rome, etc. Only later did Werner and Antonio discover that Werner’s fiancé, Eurosia, was the daughter of Antonio’s sister, Agnese. This family connection formed the foundation of the company for the decades to come.

As business grew through the 1950’s, so did the company’s scope. The Globus portfolio had expanded from Switzerland and Italy to the French Riviera, Scandinavia, Holland, Belgium and England. Innovation was a key ingredient in this success. Early in the decade, Globus developed the first “circular tours,” designed as a more complete travel experience and enhancing the convenience of motorcoach touring. Antonio and Werner also pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class European tours, which became the cornerstone of the company’s entry into the U.S. market in the late 50’s.

Now with his son Sergio by his side, Antonio and the company continued its rapid growth. In the 60’s, the company launched its Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring for the cost-conscious traveler. These coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon introduced another form of travel: air holiday packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. Then in the 80’s, Globus truly became worldwide, selling in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Destinations expanded, too, adding Africa, the South Pacific and Asia to its array of vacations in Europe, North America and South America.

The Globus family of brands is marketed and operated by a network of more than 32 offices around the world, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals.The spirit of innovation continues today. In 2003, both Avalon Waterways and Monograms were introduced, adding river cruising and independent travel to the expansive product offering. Today, the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated by a network of more than 32 offices around the world, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways carry over 500,000 passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of guided vacations worldwide.

At the core of the company are Antonio’s ideals of passion, hard work, innovation and love for travel. These values are the cornerstone on which Cosmos was built and will continue to grow for generations to come.

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What is Escorted Travel?

On a Cosmos escorted tour, you get to do more than just see a destination – you get to experience it! And you get to do it without all the worry and legwork involved with planning the vacation. That’s because they take care of the logistics, so you can sit back and marvel at the stunning scenery, distinct cultures, and great amenities - all at a remarkable price!

With Cosmos, you’ll enjoy a greater choice of activities and longer stays in key cities, so you can truly immerse yourself in the local customs and traditions. Best of all, you get the benefits of group travel with plenty of free time to explore at your own pace!

Cosmos packages include:

  • Transportation that may include a first-class motorcoach, rail, air, and/or cruise
  • Hotel accommodations with private bathrooms
  • A professional Tour Director
  • Guided sightseeing & inside visits of must-see sites
  • Some meals
  • Porterage

You can also personalize your getaway by adding optional excursions, flights, extra nights in your start/end cities on select vacations, and even a Travel Protection plan for your ultimate peace of mind. Simply select the where and when, then let 50 years of experience take you there.

Trip Scale

In order to give you an idea of the way time is planned on your Cosmos adventure, they feature a trip scale on each itinerary page. Scale indicators run the full range—from Leisurely and Plenty of Free Time to Nicely Balanced, Occasional Breaks, and On the Go—and are based on several factors, including the number of free days, the number of included activities in each itinerary, and the amount of time you’ll have at leisure. With a tool like this at your fingertips, you can choose the getaway that’s perfect for you!

Vacations to Fit Your Schedule

Want to see the world but have limited time? Looking for a quick yet refreshing getaway? Cosmos has the answer! When you only have a week to spare, traveling on weekends, you can take advantage of their exciting Escapes and come back home with a whole new outlook. And with Cosmos, you never have to compromise. Escapes vacations let you discover the destination of your dreams in a comprehensive way—with ample leisure time to explore on your own. Just look for the Escapes icon on select itineraries.

Comos Makes it Easy for Singles to Travel with them

More than one-third of Cosmos travelers are traveling independently; therefore, they accept reservations on a “guaranteed share” basis. Comos charges the basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded rooms.

For mutual comfort, they adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms. If no other traveler has booked on “guaranteed share” basis, they’ll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be accommodated in a single room at no extra charge.

“Guaranteed shares” are not available for extra nights before or after your vacation, or on overnight trains or cruises. “Guaranteed share” basis is also unavailable on certain vacations.

For single travelers who prefer the privacy of his/her own room, single accommodation can, of course, be reserved. Single room supplements apply.

Hotels are occasionally unable to provide all the single rooms Cosmos reserves. If this occurs, you will be asked to share a room with a traveler of the same gender, and the Tour Director will issue an immediate refund.

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