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margot“One of the highlights for me was the Tango show in Buenos Aires, really enjoyed that. The dinner and show in Cusco was a bit of a let down. I thought the accommodations were fine , nothing to rave about. I was not impressed with the Cusco hotel or the one ...“

Cosmos

Cosmos

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Headquarters in Littleton, USA
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283
AGE RANGE
8-99
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RESPONSE TIME
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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. In 1928, Antonio opened a compan...

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. In 1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland. Antonio's frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to consider opportunities in a different market tourism. His entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. By 1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites, and the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class European tours to North Americans. By 1962, the company launched its Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, budget-priced European touring for the cost-conscious British traveler. The coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline, Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets and its own engineering division. Under the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president and son of Antonio, the company began expanding its markets beyond Great Britain and North America. Since 1974, tour packages have been sold in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and most recently in Southeast Asia. Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its tour offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour operator with packages to Africa, USA, Canada, Europe, the South Pacific, and Asia. 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 we know so well. 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 and Avalon Waterways carry about 500,000 passengers a year making the organisation the leading operator of guided touring 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. If you have never taken a package holiday, consider this: travelling with Cosmos is less expensive, more comfortable and far easier than going it alone. For more than three decades, Cosmos has opended up the world for independent-minded, smart, practical travellers. Our expertly planned tour packages combine all the benefits of group travel with much of the freedom of an independent tour to create a balanced experience for each and every traveller. You travel hassle-free knowing that we’ve taken care of all the details. Once you have discovered the special advantages of Cosmos, you’ll never want to travel any other way again. Cosmos turns your dreams into reality. What is included? Our famous value: complete travel packages including hotel, transportation, sightseeing and services of a professional Tour Director Visits to major and must-see sights included in the vacation price Expert Tour Directors share their unique stories and knowledge of destinations Cosmos hotels are selected with care - three star or better hotels with private facilities, so you can relax in a comfortable, clean, and attractive environment Optional excursions at an unbeatable value - diverse enough for unique interests and at reasonable prices A dynamic blend of transportation, including first-class motorcoach, rail, air, and cruise - we make getting there part of the fun Plenty of leisure time to explore on your own or to sit back and take it all in More than 45 years experience showing people the world Porterage included - not handling your own bag really makes you feel like you are on a holiday Cosmos holidays are recommended by Budget Travel from renowned travel expert Arthur Frommer Cosmos budget travel packages receive a 93% satisfaction rating on our customer's post-vacation surveys Personalise your Cosmos holiday by adding extra nights

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384 Cosmos Reviews

Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Average
9%
Rather Poor
3%
Bad
1%
Accommodation
3.5 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
3.5 / 5
Value for money
4 / 5
Guide
4.5 / 5
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  •  reviewer 1
    Italy's Best
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on January 17, 2019
    The tour was absolutely amazing! Cristian was incredibly knowledgable and made sure we had a good time. I had some issues with documents getting to me for the r…
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  •  reviewer 2
    Highlights of Germany
    3.0 - Average
    Written on January 10, 2019
    The Rhine river cruise was cancelled and we were only told about that on the day of the cruise. I had to cut short another tour just to make sure that I join th…
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  • S
    Scenic Slovenia & Croatia
    4.0 - Good
    Written on December 30, 2018
    This tour needs to have better scheduling and preferable at least one extra day added. We decided to take this tour as it conveniently fitted into our itinerar…
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  • CC
    Prague, Vienna & Budapest
    4.0 - Good
    Written on December 28, 2018
    Comprehensive and inspiring comfortably paced tour of key European cities
  •  reviewer 5
    Irish Discovery
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on December 25, 2018
    A must do tour a top guide and experience. Top marks cosmos a job well done.
  • SD
    Heart of the Canadian Rockies
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on December 10, 2018
    Fantastic tour ,Sybille was so knowledgeable and helpful. We got to see places we never would have found on our own.
  • ML
    Ultimate South America
    4.0 - Good
    Written on December 9, 2018
    One of the highlights for me was the Tango show in Buenos Aires, really enjoyed that. The dinner and show in Cusco was a bit of a let down. I thought the accomm…
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  • A
    Rome, Florence, Venice
    3.0 - Average
    Written on December 9, 2018
    We are very upset disappointed with cosmos and their expertise.. we are due to travel in 6 days to Italy and have not heard anything from them regarding travel …
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  • RM
    Irish Discovery
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on December 9, 2018
    Great tour. Very informative friendly guide and well organised. great coach driver ,comfortable coach comfortable accommodation couldn't fault anything.
  • E
    Central Europe
    2.0 - Rather poor
    Written on December 4, 2018
    I was disappointed with my experience on the Prague, Vienna, Budapest tour. The hotels were average and in very inconvenient locations about a half hour/45 minu…
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About Cosmos

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. In 1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland. Antonio's frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to consider opportunities in a different market tourism. His entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. By 1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites, and the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class European tours to North Americans. By 1962, the company launched its Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, budget-priced European touring for the cost-conscious British traveler. The coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline, Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets and its own engineering division. Under the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president and son of Antonio, the company began expanding its markets beyond Great Britain and North America. Since 1974, tour packages have been sold in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and most recently in Southeast Asia. Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its tour offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour operator with packages to Africa, USA, Canada, Europe, the South Pacific, and Asia. 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 we know so well. 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 and Avalon Waterways carry about 500,000 passengers a year making the organisation the leading operator of guided touring 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. If you have never taken a package holiday, consider this: travelling with Cosmos is less expensive, more comfortable and far easier than going it alone. For more than three decades, Cosmos has opended up the world for independent-minded, smart, practical travellers. Our expertly planned tour packages combine all the benefits of group travel with much of the freedom of an independent tour to create a balanced experience for each and every traveller. You travel hassle-free knowing that we’ve taken care of all the details. Once you have discovered the special advantages of Cosmos, you’ll never want to travel any other way again. Cosmos turns your dreams into reality. What is included? Our famous value: complete travel packages including hotel, transportation, sightseeing and services of a professional Tour Director Visits to major and must-see sights included in the vacation price Expert Tour Directors share their unique stories and knowledge of destinations Cosmos hotels are selected with care - three star or better hotels with private facilities, so you can relax in a comfortable, clean, and attractive environment Optional excursions at an unbeatable value - diverse enough for unique interests and at reasonable prices A dynamic blend of transportation, including first-class motorcoach, rail, air, and cruise - we make getting there part of the fun Plenty of leisure time to explore on your own or to sit back and take it all in More than 45 years experience showing people the world Porterage included - not handling your own bag really makes you feel like you are on a holiday Cosmos holidays are recommended by Budget Travel from renowned travel expert Arthur Frommer Cosmos budget travel packages receive a 93% satisfaction rating on our customer's post-vacation surveys Personalise your Cosmos holiday by adding extra nights

Cosmos videos

  • Japan: The Ultimate Travel Guide
  • Ultimate Travel Guide: Canada
  • Undiscovered Britain
  • Cosmos Lite
Japan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Why Cosmos

Cosmos has truly paved the way for budget minded travellers and with over 50 years of experience, they continue to offer the most affordable packages. With focus on getting good value, Cosmos creates itineraries to combine the must-see sights all the while giving you significant time on your own. Travellers can choose from over 100 touring itineraries starting as low as US$77 per day. Expect more independence, hand-picked hotels, express attraction entries, luggage handling and first-class local knowledge. Cosmos recognizes that the best part of any travel experience starts with booking a hassle-free holiday at affordable prices. What are you waiting for?

Cosmos Ships

  • MS Noordam
    MS Noordam
    Launched in 2006, the ms Noordam is a member of Holland America's renowned Vista-class ships. Named for the Northern compass point, s… Read more
    Built
    2006 (refurbished in 2015)
    Guests
    1972
    Crew
    820
    Length
    285 m / 935 ft
    Staterooms
    986
    Gross Tonnage
    82897 gt
    Beam
    32 m / 105 ft
    Cruising Speed
    24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
  • MS Veendam
    MS Veendam
    The grandly proportioned ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence featu… Read more
    Built
    1996 (refurbished in 2016)
    Guests
    1350
    Crew
    588
    Length
    219 m / 719 ft
    Staterooms
    675
    Gross Tonnage
    57092 gt
    Beam
    30 m / 98 ft
    Cruising Speed
    21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
  • MS Nieuw Amsterdam
    MS Nieuw Amsterdam
    Delivered in 2010, the 86,000-ton Nieuw Amsterdam was built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard and its interior de… Read more
    Built
    2010 (refurbished in 2018)
    Guests
    2106
    Crew
    929
    Length
    285 m / 935 ft
    Width
    105.8
    Staterooms
    1053
    Gross Tonnage
    86273 gt
    Beam
    32 m / 105 ft
    Cruising Speed
    24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
  • MS Volendam
    MS Volendam
    Elegant and spacious, Volendam takes her decor cues from the garden. Her grand public spaces are graced with floral fabics and tapestries… Read more
    Built
    1999 (refurbished in 2016)
    Guests
    1432
    Crew
    647
    Length
    237 m / 778 ft
    Staterooms
    716
    Gross Tonnage
    61214 gt
    Beam
    32 m / 105 ft
    Cruising Speed
    23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
  • MS Eurodam
    MS Eurodam
    The ms Eurodam furthers the evolution of Holland America Line's sophisticated mid-sized ships with 11 passenger decks, a topside Pan-… Read more
    Built
    2008 (refurbished in 2016)
    Guests
    2104
    Crew
    929
    Length
    285 m / 935 ft
    Staterooms
    1052
    Gross Tonnage
    86273 gt
    Beam
    32 m / 105 ft
    Cruising Speed
    22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
  • Celestyal Olympia
    Celestyal Olympia
    Enjoy your drink at Thalassa and Horizons bar and watch the Aegean Sea shimmer before your eyes… Read more
    Crew
    540
    Length
    37.58m
    Suites
    9
    Staterooms
    724
    Electricity
    110V
    Draft
    7m
  • MS Westerdam
    MS Westerdam
    The MS Westerdam is the third in Holland America Line's series of Vista-class ships. As such, she embraces the latest industry and en… Read more
    Built
    2004 (refurbished in 2017)
    Guests
    1916
    Crew
    817
    Length
    290 m / 951 ft
    Staterooms
    984
    Gross Tonnage
    82348 gt
    Beam
    32 m / 105 ft
    Cruising Speed
    22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph

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