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Cosmos

Cosmos

Headquarters in Littleton, USA

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195
Age Range
5-99
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696
Rating
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  • MS
    Written on May 14th, 2022
    Good trip, fast paced. Really enjoyed seeing the countryside. would not want to do any more days than the 12 unless had multiple day stops at some of the citi…
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  • DB
    Written on May 4th, 2022
    It was a great overview of many of the Wild West's natural, fantastic features.
  • Best of the Netherlands reviewer 3
    Written on April 26th, 2022
    It was so wonderful I'm thinking about going on the same trip again in about 2 years
  • Irish Discovery reviewer 4

    Irish Discovery

    5.0Excellent
    Written on April 20th, 2022
    The best tour! The guide and driver where outstanding! I learned so much about Ireland's history that I other wise would not have known. All the hotels, food an…
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  • B
    Written on April 1st, 2022
    Worst travel company I have ever used, absolutely ruined outer holidays, Overcrowded buses and a tour guide that would rotate other guests.myself and my wife …
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  • PD
    Written on November 11th, 2021
    We had a great time. I would recommend TourRader and Cosmos
  • VW

    Irish Discovery

    3.0Average
    Written on November 7th, 2021
    Overall it was fine. Did NOT like the guide as we found him to be polite enough but not a friendly person. It was not an energetic, fun kind of trip :( Given th…
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  • Rome, Florence & Venice reviewer 8
    Written on October 29th, 2021
    Overall, this tour was not worth the price we paid. Our tour guide (Flora) was very unorganized and unhelpful, not to mention short-tempered when group members …
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  • VJ
    Written on October 14th, 2021
    Great trip, beautiful, loved the people!
  • TG
    Written on October 8th, 2021
    We appreciated the number and quality of activities. Our bus driver was excellent. I felt badly for those with limited mobility because they couldn't enjoy ma…
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About Cosmos

The Cosmos Story. For nearly 60 years, Cosmos has done something remarkable: Bringing the world to people; and people to the world. By pioneering value touring vacations, we have a long history of turning travel dreams into reality. We make possible “never thought I would” or “never imagined I could” moments by making travel attainable and easy. And in doing that, we help travelers expand their horizons, clear their heads and open their hearts to the world around them. Cosmos understands that adventure is waiting for us – all of us – out in the world. And there simply is no better time than the present to discover new sights, new sensations and new experiences. That’s why we pride ourselves in turning “what if” moments into “I did” realizations. With our new look and feel, we’re celebrating this ideal and the unparalleled and attainable access we offer our travelers to the globe with value-centric vacations in 64 countries, on six continents. Let the unexpected begin. Let awe-inspiring take over. Adventure is knocking. As a Cosmos traveler, we know you will answer – as you always have – by finding adventure in the world around you.

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Transportation

Spectacular train rides, breathtaking cable car ascents, overnight cruise ships, scenic day ferries, private first-class motorcoaches (most with free Wi-Fi) - Cosmos offers a wonderful variety of transportation for a memorable travel experience. And you never have to worry about getting to the ferry on time, buying tickets for the train, or waiting in long lines to take the cable car.


Sightseeing

Our tour packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that reveal the best of Europe, the U.S., Canada, Asia, Australia, and South America. Bask in the beauty of Italy, America’s National Parks, the Canadian Rockies, the mysteries of the Inca Empire in Peru, and so much more. Enjoy inside visits of the must-see sites with knowledgeable Local Guides who bring each destination to life.


Personalization

We build free time into every Cosmos vacation, so you can eat, shop, and explore the way you want. Whether you’re into art, music, food, wine, or history, we give you the freedom to truly personalize your trip with optional excursions that are meaningful to you. Best of all, you can make your selections, and even prepay for most of them, in advance online. 


Meals

When it comes to meals, Cosmos strikes a perfect balance. We include some meals to save you time and money, yet we also leave enough free time so you can sample your destination’s gastronomic delights on your own.


Accommodations

Where You Stay Makes All the Difference.  After a day of traveling you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive hotel. We prescreen and select hotels with the best guestrooms (always with a private bathroom), service, and quality for the value. 


Guidance

At the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable folks who share their local destinations with you and help you maximize your free time with insights and recommendations. We go to serious lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and Local Guides who deliver commentary in English, but are multilingual so they can navigate Europe with ease and give you the richest experience possible. For all guided visits and included sightseeing in Europe, Cosmos provides personal audio headsets so you never miss a fascinating fact!


Discover the Undiscovered

With our history of introducing travelers to the world’s most beloved destinations, we’ve learned a thing or two about the undiscovered spots that tell the true story behind the country. Follow us to the off-the-beaten-path locations with the charm, tradition, and cultural beauty that can only be found in the authentic towns and landscapes of Europe. From undiscovered hamlets of Great Britain to the vineyards and hills of Italy and the whitewashed villages nestled against the sandy shores of the Mediterranean that only the locals know, we share our favorite, less-traveled treasures with you. 


Cosmos Lite

A whole new category of touring, Cosmos Lite presents the world’s first à la carte tour style. Combining the essential features of our award-winning Cosmos tours with an personalized approach to daily itineraries, Cosmos Lite offers hassle-free travel with the freedom to tailor your itinerary to your own interests, pace and budget.


Cosmos Lite vacation packages include city-to-city transportation, comfortable hotels, and daily breakfast to power your pursuits. What your days include, however, is completely up to you. With a range of MyCosmos excursions, you have the option to purchase only the tours and activities that strike your fancy. Need guidance on what to do? An expert Tour Director will accompany you as you travel between cities to offer suggestions for sightseeing, dining and entertainment. Or wander and wonder at your own pace, with the CosmosGo App, filled with a host of entertainment, sightseeing, dining and shopping suggestions at your fingertips. 


So, go ahead. Rise early or sleep in. Set out solo or join a group outing. With your logistics taken care of and no set itinerary, you can joyfully experience the captivating landscapes and cityscapes of Europe – on your terms and timeline. No other vacation package offers a bigger bundle of freedom, flexibility, affordability and fun!


Highlights

Budget Travel by Cosmos. Cosmos combines the freedom of independent travel with the benefits of group travel, all at an unbelievable value. Cosmos puts your travel dreams within reach. Whether you're a seasoned traveler looking to check another destination off your list or someone trying to make that once-in-a-lifetime vacation happen, Cosmos can help you get there.

Health & Safety with Cosmos

COVID 19 Health & Safety Measures

The following requirements are in place traveling Internationally and domestically beginning Sept. 1, 2021:

- Full vaccination against COVID-19 in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy), in English. Vaccination documentation must include information that identifies the person and vaccination date(s). Proof of full vaccination must show that official vaccination dose(s) were administered at least 14-days prior to the start of your first service purchased from the Globus family of brands. Globus accepts vaccines authorized or recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Travelers may encounter additional requirements if their vaccine is not recognized by the travel destination.

For children who do not qualify for vaccination, one of the two forms of documentation are required to travel:

1) Verifiable negative COVID-19 test result in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy), in English. Testing must be performed by an entity recognized by your government of residence, using a viral test (NAAT/PCR or antigen). The test result documentation must include information that identifies the person, a specimen collection date and the type of test. A negative test result must show the test was done within 72 hours before the start of your first service purchased from the Globus family of brands.
2) If you recovered from COVID-19 in the last three months, and have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of recovery, which includes a positive test result and a letter from your health care provider that states you have been cleared to end isolation (return to work, travel, etc.) The test result documentation and letter must include information that identifies the person, a specimen collection date and the type of test. A positive test result must show test was done within 3 months of the start of your first service purchased from the Globus family of brands.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME:
We will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE:
We will ensure safe distances for our guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for our guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology—including our Go Beyond Devices in Europe—enables safe distances between our guests and other travelers on excursions.

In Touring We Trust
Cosmos has always greeted the most fascinating places across the globe with unmatched intrigue, curiosity and wonder. Along the way, we’ve discovered the sights to see, encountered the people to meet, engaged in the customs to sample and indulged in the cuisine to taste. And we’ve done this while bundling unrivaled knowledge from Tour Directors and local guides with first-class accommodations and transportation to help you greet the globe on a journey that goes beyond the ordinary. In short, touring offers over-the-moon experiences without overthinking.

When travelers, like you, choose a Cosmos tour, you say “goodbye” to worry, leaving you free to wander and wonder about the world around you. And that idea – and promise – couldn’t be more prevalent and welcomed today. While today’s world has changed, what remains certain is Cosmos’ commitment to your safety, comfort and peace-of-mind.

Trust in Togetherness.
When you travel with Cosmos, you’re choosing to explore the world in a select group of like-minded travelers: People who stick together, from start-to-finish. Now more than ever, there’s great comfort – and extraordinary confidence – in that choice.

Small Groups, Big Experiences.
Cosmos makes it easy to explore the world with calm and confidence with Small Group Discoveries available in many destinations. With an average of 24 guests per departure (in some cases even fewer), there’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close to fascinating attractions and the stories that make experiences feel personal and connected.

Getting Around, Safe & Sound.
Rest assured our state-of-the-art coaches and vehicles have undergone thorough cleaning protocols between tours, and each day starts with a freshly-cleaned motorcoach and touch-ups at each stop. Before you board, we will provide hand sanitizer, luggage disinfection and assigned seating to prevent the spread of germs.

Our TDs are the Bees Knees.
No one knows the ins and outs of your destination like your Cosmos Tour Director And no one is better equipped to ensure your time with us is both happy and healthy. Their local insights and experience, along with support from our local operations offices, means there’s someone always looking out for you, 24/7. Enhanced health and safety training keeps them a step ahead of potential on-trip issues, and allows them to focus on your well-being and comfort throughout your journey.

Your Home Away From Home.
Cosmos has hand-picked each and every hotel we use, vetted to meet our standards of quality, cleanliness, service and amenities. Each hotel has been checked to ensure they are meeting or exceeding government-mandated standards, and each must pass our strict health and safety requirements before you set foot in the lobby.

The Lure of the Less Traveled.
While it might be the iconic sights of the world that first entice us to pack our bags for adventure, it’s often the tucked-away towns, lesser-known nooks and secluded seafronts that beckon us to return.

Our “Undiscovered” series of tours invite you to trade the Colosseum for the narrow lanes of Tuscan towns; the hustle and bustle of London for the quiet landscapes of the English countryside; Europe’s seas of tourists for the coastal villages of the Mediterranean and the crowded cities of North America for smaller, crowd-pleasing gems, from sea to shining sea.

Carefree Confidence.
The world has changed, but what remains certain is our commitment to guest safety and peace-of-mind while traveling. Not only have we enhanced our on-trip health and safety protocols with our new Assurance program, we are also offering you risk-free, hassle-free and strings-free bookings.

What to Expect When Traveling with Us
Cosmos is dedicated to giving our guests a safe, stress-free getaway. To that end, with help from our Global Health & Safety Team, we’ve established a set of enhanced pre- and on-trip protocols and procedures to ensure health – and happiness – throughout your journey with us. View On-Trip Protocols & Procedures: https://www.cosmos.com/user/images/protocols.pdf

Before You Go
We’ll take every step to ensure you and your traveling companions are ready for the journey. Along with a host of pre-trip information to help you prepare for your tour, you’ll have access to the CosmosGO App—a great resource for your tour schedule and details, your destination, and any updates related to your trip.

And as an additional assurance measure, we’re providing guests with a set of health and safety advice and instructions, ensuring that all health considerations have been taken into account before leaving home.

Care-Free Options
Cosmos offers Small Group Discoveries for many destinations, giving you the option to limit your fellow travelers to an average of just 24, or fewer, in some cases.

Plus, we’re here for you. Our Vacation Planners are available every day to answer questions and ensure you’re confident in your upcoming journey—we love to hear from you!

Welcome!
On arrival, you’ll receive a warm welcome by your Cosmos Tour Director. A travel expert who’s ready, willing and able to ensure that you have a healthy and happy journey with us—here’s how:

They’re trained on our enhanced health and safety protocols
They’re supported 24/7 by our local offices, who are well-equipped to handle on-trip issues
They have extensive local knowledge to help navigate your destination safely, including helping you avoid long lines and crowds, where and whenever possible
Tour Directors and local guides wear face masks when with guests, while drivers will have approved PPE headgear, ensuring the spread of joy, not germs
Cosmos’ enhanced welcoming procedures are in place, ensuring guests have a safe start to their journey. These procedures include:

Mandatory health screening, including touch-free temperature-check, for all guests, Tour Directors and drivers. If you have a high temperature or are feeling sick, your Tour Director will assist in finding local medical facilities.
Direction and details on social distancing throughout the journey.
Luggage disinfection each time it’s loaded or unloaded onto the motorcoach.

While Traveling
On tour with Cosmos, guests remove many “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, hotel check-ins and check-outs and the purchase of sightseeing tickets. All this ensures only hearts are touched, not hands. Even better? Our Tour Directors secure expedited entry into must-see attractions, which means no waiting in long, crowded queues of people.

And wireless listening technology – including our Cosmos Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between our guests and other travelers on excursions. For moments when touch is necessary, Tour Directors and motorcoaches are equipped with hand sanitizer at-the-ready.

Your Home Away From Home.
Cosmos has hand-picked each and every hotel we use, vetted to meet our standards of quality, cleanliness, service and amenities. Each hotel has been checked to ensure they are meeting or exceeding government-mandated standards, and each must pass our strict health and safety requirements before you set foot in the lobby.

Getting Around, Safe & Sound.
Rest assured our state-of-the-art coaches and vehicles have undergone thorough cleaning between tours, and each day starts with a freshly-cleaned motorcoach as well as touch-ups at each stop. Before you board, we will provide hand sanitizer, luggage disinfection and assigned seating to prevent the spread of germs. Additionally, we won’t seat you next to anyone outside your traveling party, which means for solo travelers, we’ll reserve an extra empty seat next to you.



Throughout your tour, our Tour Directors will keep an eye out for you, ensuring there’s appropriate social distancing, both while traveling and at attractions and restaurants, and making sure bags and coaches are sanitized each day.

And while you enjoy your vacation, we are working behind-the-scenes to offer you safety with hands-free services, as traditional self-services have been replaced by staff service, including self-served buffet meals.

Heading for Home
Our aim is that your tour leaves you as healthy—and happy—as when you left (we strive for happier!). Efficient and reliable airport transfers are available (and are included when you purchase flights with us), so that’s one less thing to worry about.

And, as you prepare for the journey home, If you need any assistance or are not feeling 100%, just let your Tour Director know and we can help find local medical assistance to get you ship-shape before your return.

Cosmos will continue to review and update Assurance initiatives as we make our return to the world, including adhering to – and building upon – the standards set forth by travel and health agencies across the globe, including the European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDC), the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

Sustainability

 From our inception, The Globus family of brands has cast a light on the world’s most fascinating places and people – inviting wayfarers and wanderers like you to bask in their glory, intrigue and wonder. Along the way, we’ve helped travelers uncover ancient traditions while meeting the locals dedicated to preserving them; to meander historic hallways while giving back to the societies that safeguard them; and to put down the guidebooks and pick up a greater understanding of the world and its people.

Immersed in enlightening experiences, we naturally gain a deeper appreciation – one that leads to greater compassion, consideration and curiosity as we ask ourselves, what else can we do to protect our planet, preserve our sacred places and help humankind?

Globus Lighthouse Project
Enter the Globus® Lighthouse Project - an illuminating initiative where we can all come together to tread lightly and give generously for the globe's greater good. Globus, along with sister companies Avalon Waterways, Cosmos, and Monograms, invite our travelers and partners to help us in supporting causes that provide for a more sustainable planet and a brighter tomorrow.

This op has the following sustainability certifications:
Sustainable Travel International & One Planet Network

These are the initiatives that this operator has in place to make your adventure more sustainable:

Sustainability Programs
- We host community-building or sustainability projects for tour-goers to partake in

Supporting Destinations and Local Communities
- Hires local guides
- Brings our passengers to locally run restaurants & businesses
- We consciously try to reduce over-tourism by taking travellers outside of the main visitor hubs

Reducing Waste
- Does not offer any single use plastic on tour
- Has a recycling program for our guests on tour

Animal Welfare
- Does not offer any tours that include elephant riding
- Does not offer any tours that use animals for entertainment
- We avoid places that sell/eat parts of endangered animals on tour

Transportation
- Uses local transportation while on tour
- Uses energy-efficient transportation while on tour

Accommodation
- Tours stay in locally run hotels/accommodations
- Selects accommodation providers that have sustainability programs in place
- Most/all of our suppliers have sustainability programs in place

Company Culture
- Hosts community-building or sustainability projects for staff to partake in
- Educates passengers about sustainability while on tour
- Educates people about sustainability through our marketing
 

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Our team of experienced tour specialists have travelled to hundreds of countries around the globe and have decades of first-hand travel experience to share. Contact us now to have all of your tour-related questions answered!