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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 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. 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.
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.
Cosmos offers an affordable way to travel and as such the size of the Cosmos group can vary from departure to departure. A Cosmos coach can carry up to 51 passengers however on many tours the number of passengers is below 50 people.
Cosmos attracts a wide range of clientele of many ages from all over the English speaking world.
˙ Depending on the itinerary and your destinations this will vary. Longer trips may have breaks in between for passenger comfort and to view attractions in between
˙ Time on the coach gives you the opportunity to meet new friends
˙ Coaches are all air conditioned for passenger comfort
• Cosmos offers more independent free time to explore on your own, at the same time there is a wide range of optional tours that you may choose to purchase
• Depending on your tour, this will vary. At times you'll have the opportunity for a picture stop and talk by your tour director other times you'll have a number of hours to visit inside key attractions
• On some of our tours we'll have multiple night's stays in the one destination giving you ample time to explore in your own time
The tours departures marked are guaranteed to operate. Furthermore, Cosmos guarantees most European tours that are still in operation 35 days prior to the published departure dates, UK tours 45 days prior, and USA & Canada tours 30 days prior. Throughout our European peak periods, from 1 May to 15 October, Cosmos guarantees most UK tours that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure. Throughout our American peak periods, from 15 May to 15 October, Cosmos guarantees most USA & Canada tours that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure.
PLEASE NOTE: This guarantee does not apply in any situation where the safety of clients is at potential risk (any act of terrorism or war, political unrest, global health warnings or Force Majeure*, etc); or when the operation of a tour is not possible for reasons beyond our control (such as industrial action/strikes and operational restrictions); to multiple coach departures (i.e. "A" coach) or late cancellation of group parties.
*Force Majeure: French for "act of God; an inevitable, unpredictable act of nature, not dependent on act of man. Used in insurance contracts to refer to acts of nature such as earthquakes or lightning."
Because Cosmos offers so many vacation options, we've added a Trip Scale to our itinerary pages. The scale is based on several considerations, including the number of free days and the number of activities in each itinerary, The trip scale gives you an idea of how much time you'll have at leisure so you can choose the perfect trip to meet your needs.
Have you considered pre or post tour accommodation? We offer fantastic rates hard to find elsewhere and this may enable you to select sequential tours with minimal disruption to your intended travel plans
Your tour director will accompany you from the start to the end of your tour, educating you on the places and the history of the destination. Local guides are included in many cities to give you in-depth information on the culture, history and attractions of the city. Both Tour Director and Local Guides have a passion for travel, people and the destination and look forward to sharing their passion with you. If you chose to book either a "pre" or "post" - tour extension, please note that your Tour Director may not escort you during this part of your tour. However, in such cases, a Local Host will be available should you require any assistance.
Yes, we operate only English speaking tours
Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to Cosmos by you or your travel agent at the time the reservation is made. Cosmos will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of disabled tour participants, but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so, nor is it responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a tour member for walking, dining, and getting on and off motorcoaches and other transportation vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified companion must accompany travellers who need such assistance.
Prices are per person, based on two persons sharing a room. Single room supplements and triple room reductions are listed where available.
Save $100 per couple (AU $50 per person) for every second or subsequent tour booked in the same calendar year. The more tours you book the more you save!
An adult must accompany travellers who are less than 18 years old on the tour departure date; the child receives a 10% discount on the land tour price. We do not accept children under the age of 8 on escorted tours, because we have found they are too young to enjoy these holidays.
On our independent tours, there is no minimum age requirement. Land arrangements for infants under two are free of charge, providing parents pay directly to the hotels for food, crib, etc. Infants sometimes fly free of charge if they do not occupy a seat, while some airlines charge 10%. An airline ticket is always required for the child. Please arrange for this ticket directly with the airline.
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Cosmos is dedicated to ensuring your trip is worry and hassle free, even when booking. Should you be uncertain what your commitments will be leading up to your departure, Cosmos offer a SafetyNet Protection policy*, for AU$75 per person.
The SafetyNet Transfer Protection* enables Cosmos passengers to amend their tour up to 24 hours prior to the tour departure date to another tour departing in the same calendar year, (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.
The SafetyNet Cancellation Protection* enables Cosmos passengers to cancel their tour in full - up to 30 days prior to the tour departure date, without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.
*Conditions apply, please see below.
Conditions of the SafetyNet Protection policy
The AU$75 SafetyNet Protection must be paid at the time of the tour deposit and is payable per person per booking (not per tour) and is non-refundable.
The SafetyNet Transfer Protection and SafetyNet Cancellation Protection applies to the tour, associated pre/post accommodation and transfers booked directly with Globus Family of travel brands. The SafetyNet Protection does not apply to any airfares booked and ticketed via the Globus Family of travel brands, or any products purchased via another wholesale or retail supplier.
Passengers can only use "one" of the two SafetyNet Protection Policies; choose either the SafetyNet Transfer Protection, or the SafetyNet Cancellation Protection, not both. For example: if a passenger uses the SafetyNet Transfer Protection to amend their tour (say 48 hours prior to the original tours departure date) to a later Globus Family of travel brands tour departing in the same calendar year, they then cannot use the SafetyNet Cancellation Protection to cancel their Globus Family of travel brands tour in full without incurring the applicable cancellation charges or penalties - as per the Globus Family of travel brands brochure terms and conditions.
If the SafetyNet Transfer Protection is applied, and the booking is subsequently cancelled by the passenger the original booking and transfer date will be reviewed, the transfer date of the original booking will then be taken as the tour cancellation date. Cancellation penalties that apply to the original booking will be compared with the cancellation penalties to that of the tour transferred booking, the higher penalties will be applied.
Please Note: The SafetyNet Protection must be purchased for each individual passenger and the purchase covers an individual passenger's Globus Family of travel brands tours booked at the same time the SafetyNet Protection is purchased.