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Cosmos

4.2/5 - Excellent
Headquarters in Littleton, USA
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TOURS
278
AGE RANGE
8-99
RESPONSE RATE
100%
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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656 Cosmos Reviews

Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Average
9%
Rather Poor
2%
Bad
1%
Accommodation
4 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
3.5 / 5
Value for money
4 / 5
Guide
4.5 / 5
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  • PO
    Biblical Israel with Jordan - Faith-Based Travel – Protestant Itinerary
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on December 1, 2019
    I enjoyed the tour very much. The guide was very knowledgeable of places we seen and toured. We asked questions and he answered very intelligently.
  • EP
    The Best of Europe with London
    4.0 - Good
    Written on November 27, 2019
    Well planned out tour with most of the popular sites included. Only downside was some of the accommodation was not close to the city centre
  • A
    Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland
    3.5 - Good
    Written on November 24, 2019
    We felt there was too many places and not enough time Plymouth was a waste of time and Cardiff.we didnt see any thing of Fort William or Inverness and as for Ha…
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  •  reviewer 4
    Irish Discovery
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on November 23, 2019
    Fantastic tour covering the highlights of Ireland. Our tour guide Liz was fantastic and she made the tour interesting and really enjoyable!
  • RT
    Italy's Best
    4.0 - Good
    Written on November 20, 2019
    I enjoyed the tour, the tour guide and driver were excellent. In future I will look for tours that have more included excursions.
  •  reviewer 6
    Highlights of Australia
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 19, 2019
    It was a great tour and offered some great options for the optional tours. Love that it touched all the highlights of Australia.
  • AS
    Simply Vietnam
    4.0 - Good
    Written on November 16, 2019
    Very good look at the country
  •  reviewer 8
    Spain, Portugal & Morocco
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on November 14, 2019
    I could not fault this tour and having returned home sit back and think wow the places I visited, the people I met, the cultures I experienced. Great value for …
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  • SL
    Eastern US & Canada Grand Vacation
    4.0 - Good
    Written on November 13, 2019
    Compared with some tours I have been on this tour was magic The places visited the Autumn colour and the great local guides driver and Director made it a succes…
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  • AK
    Western Wonders
    3.0 - Average
    Written on November 10, 2019
    We did actually get a tour but the whole thing was beset with problems even before we went. The tour we originally wanted to go on was cancelled by the company …
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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
  • TourRadar presents Alberta in Summer
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  • TourRadar presents Alberta in Winter
  • TourRadar presents Ganga Aarti at Varanasi
  • TourRadar presents The Sorrento Peninsula
  • TourRadar presents Aït Benhaddou
  • TourRadar presents The Imperial Cities
  • TourRadar presents Ha Long Bay
  • TourRadar presents The Dambulla Cave Temple
  • TourRadar presents Sigiriya Rock
  • TourRadar presents Chiang Mai
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

  • Celestyal Olympia
    Celestyal Olympia
    MS Celestyal Olympia cruise ship (previously “Louis Olympia”) was built in 1982 as “Song of America” for RCCL (Ro… Read more
    Built
    1982 (refurbished in 2016)
    Guests
    1611
    Crew
    540
    Length
    215 m / 705 ft
    Suites
    9
    Staterooms
    724
    Gross Tonnage
    37584 gt
    Electricity
    110V
    Beam
    28 m / 92 ft
    Cruising Speed
    21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
    Draft
    7m
  • 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
  • Celestyal Crystal
    Celestyal Crystal
    MS Celestyal Crystal cruise ship (previously sailing as “Louis Cristal”) was built in 1980 as Viking Saga ferry ship for Rede… Read more
    Built
    1980 (refurbished in 2014)
    Guests
    1200
    Crew
    406
    Length
    158 m / 518 ft
    Staterooms
    476
    Gross Tonnage
    25611 gt
    Beam
    25 m / 82 ft
    Cruising Speed
    21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
  • Galapagos Legend
    Galapagos Legend
    Enjoy a cruise in the in the most extraordinary wildlife sanctuary of South America. The Galápagos Legend expedition-style ship offers you… Read more
    Capacity
    Built
    Refurbished: 2017
    Guests
    100
    Crew
    60 and 6 multilingual naturalists
    Length
    300 ft / 91.7 m
    Width
    47 ft / 14.3 m
    Suites
    Staterooms
    56
    Registry
    Gross Tonnage
    2890 gt
    Electricity
    Beam
    Cruising Speed
    15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
    Generators
    Engines
    Draft
  • 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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