Welcome to our 2019 collection of tours and cruises across the world. Here you’ll find many new tours to the world’s most inspiring and emerging destinations, alongside our most popular ones. You’ll find our affordable Cosmos tours alongside those from our sister company, Globus – our first-class range of touring. So whether you want to explore the narrow canals and cafes of Venice, grab a bite to eat in Elvis's favourite Memphis diner or compare the futuristic cities and ancient traditions of Japan, you’ll find the perfect tour for your budget here.
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Join us for à la carte touring on your escorted vacation in Portugal—home to many of history’s great explorers. With so much to see and do in this beautiful country, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would leave to discover the world! From the international flair of Lisbon, to the cobblestone charm of Obidos, to the history of Coimbra, and the wine cellars of Oporto, your Tour Director will point you in the right direction to discover a new world of your own! Your escorted tour of Portugal begins in the capital city of Lisbon. Enjoy three nights in this dramatic seaside city, with lots of free time to dine, explore, and enjoy its nightlife. You can also choose an optional walking tour of the cobblestone streets, or find other excursions on MyCosmos. Travel along the Atlantic coast to stop within the medieval walls of Obidos on your way to lively Coimbra. Your CosmosGO mobile app is full of directions and recommendations for the best eateries and bars. On to the artistic city of Oporto, an artist’s haven and colorful ceramic tilework to the city’s famed street art and prolific graffiti. The real star of this region, of course, is its Port wine. You can reserve your space on our optional walking tour of Oporto, with lunch and wine-tasting in a local winery. Tap your CosmosGO mobile app for the best eateries and libations with optional guided tours of Portugal’s colorful and culinary delights! This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more
Price based on 29 Sep 19
4 dates available
Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid are spectacular Spanish cities: Barcelona, home of great artists Gaudi, Picasso, and Miro; Valencia with its contemporary architecture matched only by its fantastic food, fun, and beach life; and Madrid, the elegant city of sophistication and lively atmosphere. Begin your escorted vacation in Spain with two nights in Barcelona with your days free to discover and enjoy. Cosmos Lite gives you à la carte options to spend your vacation the way you want. Maybe select an optional tapas walking tour or a wine tasting to sample Spanish fare and vintages. Your Tour Director is on hand to point you in the direction of the best sights, food, and attractions. On your way to Valencia, you’ll see the Peñíscola coastline and castle—a filming location for Game of Thrones. Continue on while admiring the magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea, to visit Valencia and Madrid. Lovers of art, food, and colourful history are sure to find lots to discover—with optional excursions in the heart of Spain’s most fascinating locales. Your guided tour of Spain is yours to shape each day with Cosmos Lite optional excursions. With MyCosmos, you’ll find the perfect way to experience Spain’s legendary cities just the way you like—from museums and markets to cathedrals, coastlines, and fantastic Spanish cuisine. Explore the treasures of España your way, every day! This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more
Price based on 12 May 19
6 dates available
Your exciting Iberian adventure introduces you to fascinating cities and cultural discoveries on your affordable tour of Spain and Portugal. You'll stay three nights in Madrid, two nights in both Seville and Lisbon, and one night in Coimbra. Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide—an expert in the city’s history and sights—in Lisbon, Seville, and Madrid. The included city tour focuses on the must-see sights, including Seville's 15th-century Cathedral of St. Mary, built on a former mosque and housing 80 chapels and the longest nave in Spain, and Lisbon's Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built around 1514 to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama and to defend the port of Lisbon. Today, it is a reminder of Portugal's Golden Age. In Madrid, you will see the Puerta del Sol – the “gate of the sun” – and admire the impressive architecture of the wide alleys crossing the city centre. Other visits of this affordable Spain and Portugal tour include the Marian Sanctuary at Fátima, a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary appeared to three local children in 1917; Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills: Moorish Cordoba, and Salamanca, where you can wander around Salamanca's Plaza Mayor, considered the most beautiful square in Spain. From the larger cities to the differing countryside and landscapes, this value-minded tour through Spain and Portugal is sure to delight.
Price based on 01 Nov 19
20 dates available
From the capital city of Madrid to charming towns in the Castile & Leon region, you’ll discover stunning Spanish culture and history, from its plazas to the countryside. Sample local wine, jamon, and tapas—with direction from your Tour Director and CosmosGO app! Your escorted tour of Spain is yours to plan each day—with exciting à la carte optional excursions on MyCosmos. Begin by exploring Madrid—made easy with your CosmosGO app. Choose a local restaurante, an authentic tapas bar near your hotel, or visit one of Madrid’s many world-class museums. Discover Segovia with its fairytale fortress, an inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s castle. In Avila, one of the best preserved medieval bastions, take advantage of our complimentary tickets to walk the bastion wall for a bird’s eye view of the city below. Reserve your spot on MyCosmos for a cooking class in a castle in Salamanca, or to attend an optional wine tasting in Valladolid. In Burgos, consider visiting the majestic gothic cathedral or walk along the Duoro River. Reserve the activities you’ll love, including a visit to the fascinating archaeological site in Atapuerca. On the way to Madrid, enjoy an included stop at the scenic Castillo de Penafiel to visit its wine museum. Once you reach Madrid, the Tour Director will help you choose from the city’s many restaurants and bars. You can choose to visit the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium or attend a flamenco dance performance. Cosmos Lite lets you fashion your escorted vacation in Spain in the way that fits you best. Choose from our array of optional excursions, get expert recommendations from your Tour Director, and take CosmosGO along to point you in the right direction on your guided vacation in Spain! This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more
Price based on 01 Sep 19
2 dates available
Your dream of visiting the shining cities of Italy with budget travel in mind is easy to reach. With seven days to see the sights from Rome to Venice – including Pisa, Verona, and Florence – your guided Italy tour is waiting. Majestic Rome, with its historical sites beyond compare, is your first discovery on your affordable Italy holiday. From St. Peter’s Square at the heart of the Vatican, to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, you’ll see why this “eternal city” is a must-see on every traveller’s list. From Rome, your escorted Italy tour takes you to Pisa and Florence through a gentle landscape of exquisite vineyards, olive groves, and the rolling hills of Tuscany. In Pisa, you’ll see the famed leaning tower and visit the Square of Miracles before heading to Florence – “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Take a guided walking tour of Florence to soak up the world-famous squares and palazzos of the ornate city, including the Duomo and the Baptistry’s bronze door (“Gate of Paradise”). Off to Venice via Verona – the setting for Shakespeare’s fabled tragedy of Romeo & Juliet. You’ll see the ancient Roman Arena where gladiators battled – but today serves as the home of the magnificent Arena Opera Festival. From Verona, you’ll continue to romantic Venice, the city of unparalleled beauty. Take a boat to St. Mark’s square and gaze upon the canals with their gondolas and bridges. You can visit an original glassblowing workshop, discover the narrow alleyways of Venice’s Calli, or its ornate palaces at your leisure for the perfect end to your inspiring Italy tour.
Price based on 01 Dec 19
32 dates available
On this faith-based tour, spend five nights in Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Here, in 1858, a 14-year-old girl named Bernadette saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary 18 times. Today, pilgrims from all over the world flock to Lourdes for its spiritual powers. On this tour to Lourdes, you’ll learn about St. Bernadette. You’ll visit her birthplace, her family home, and the Grotto where she witnessed the apparitions. A local religious expert will explain to you Bernardette’s life and visions, and explain the miracle of the healing waters. At your own pace, you can visit the Basilica, attend the Sanctuary’s official celebrations, pray, meditate the Rosary, attend Mass, visit the Grotto, follow the Way of the Cross, and visit the baths where the Holy Virgin asked Bernadette to “go drink at the spring and wash yourself there” and that are believed to have healing waters. Every evening, you can join other pilgrims in the Candlelight Marian Procession and attend the 11 pm Mass in the Grotto. On this spiritual journey to Lourdes, you’ll also enjoy a guided visit of Chateau-Fort, a fortified castle built during Roman times and perched on a rocky outcrop with remarkable views. With its drawbridge, watchtowers, and walls, it is now a museum telling the history and culture of the area. Accompanied by a dedicated Tour Director and other savvy, value-minded travellers desiring an inspirational journey, this pilgrimage to Lourdes is the perfect way to reaffirm your faith.
Price based on 13 Sep 19
3 dates available
This escorted European holiday takes you through the Veneto wine region of Italy, through the Austrian Alps, and the Danube Valley. Find countless ways to explore these fabulous destinations of Italy and Austria with help from your CosmosGO app, and your Tour Director is happy to share expertise on each destination’s highlights and out-of-the-way local spots. With the first à la carte touring approach, Cosmos Lite lets you spend each day, your way. Begin with an overnight stay in the charming Italian town of Treviso, with its medieval walls and canals. The following day is yours to choose—a complimentary round-trip train ride to Venice, or more time in Treviso’s Prosecco wine region to soak in the authentic Italian countryside. Cross the Alps into the Austrian mountain town of Villach—a sight to see with picturesque shimmering lakes. The options are yours for the choosing—from bike rides to an exhibition in falconry at the lofty Landskron Castle. Then, it’s off to Salzburg. You might recognize the settings where The Sound of Music was filmed in the city of Mozart’s birth. Optional activities and excursions are easy to find on MyCosmos to make the day your own. Join a guided walk from Krems to Mautern a.d. Donau to experience a bit of the Wachau World Heritage Trail along the Danube River. Next, travel to the City of Music, Vienna, where you’ll find a wealth of sights, sounds, and tastes by taking in the many museums, contemporary art galleries, and traditional cafes to sample Sachertorte. Your Tour Director can share lots of suggestions to truly enjoy beautiful Vienna, so you can forget about rigid itinerary schedules. We share wonderful optional excursions to suit every interest and budget on MyCosmos for the ease of having the best experiences without the hassle. Enjoy the expertise of escorted touring of Italy and Austria—your way, every day. This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more
Price based on 28 Apr 19
2 dates available
Exotic and fascinating, the Kingdom of Morocco is rich in history and culture, offering travellers intriguing historic sights, authentic cuisine, and changing scenery that is perfect for value-minded travellers wanting to explore and learn about a new destination. This Morocco-focused itinerary takes in the Imperial cities of Morocco, Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat as well as some more inspiring cities, such as Ouazarzate, Casablanca and Erfoud. In the red city of Marrakesh, step back in time as you wander through the Jemaa-el-Fna, a square and exotic bazaar offering some of the greatest open-air entertainment. Listen to the storytellers—an integral part of the culture—and browse for handicrafts. In Fez, take an optional tour to see the ancient medina. Founded in the 9th century, it is one of the largest medieval cities in the world and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this comprehensive and affordable tour of Morocco, you will also be enchanted by beautiful landscapes, stunned by the beauty of the desert, and surprised by the mountain scenery of the Middle Atlas. You’ll also visit Casablanca and its newly built great Mosque; Meknes, where you'll visit the royal stables built to house 12,000 of the royal horses. Your tour also takes you to Ouarzazate, where you'll visit the Kasbah de Taourirt, built in the early 19th century and used as a base for the powerful el Glaoui tribe, who controlled the caravan route through the region. See the mountain resort of Ifrane; Erfoud, the gateway to the Sahara desert; and Rabat, Morocco’s vibrant capital where you'll visit the relics of Chellah, a city built by the Romans in 40 AD. From the Middle Atlas mountain range and Ziz Gorges to arid desert, this budget-minded Morocco holiday will amaze you with spectacular scenery. This affordable tour of Morocco truly is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Price based on 28 Nov 19
30 dates available
Why is Ireland such a special place in the hearts and minds of travellers? Sure and begorrah, the answer is the stuff of Irish legend and lore. From Limerick to Killarney to Dublin—take plenty of free time to connect with Ireland at your own pace (with the wind at your back). Choose à la carte optional excursions on MyCosmos to help you explore the Emerald Isle, with your Tour Director‘s tips and your CosmosGO app keeping you on the right path to find that wee bit of Irish in us all. Your escorted vacation in Ireland with Cosmos Lite is an Irish blessing of abundant free time, optional excursions, your CosmosGO mobile app, and a hands-on Tour Director ready to assist with directions, suggestions, and local lore. Start with two nights in Limerick, known for its warm, authentic Irish personality—as well as the famed poetry of the colourful Limerick. An ideal walking city, Limerick is the perfect place to explore with your CosmosGO app to discover the sites—from castle to cathedral to museum to pub. There’s an optional opportunity to visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher and the lively city of Galway. Next, set off for one of Ireland’s loveliest towns, Adare, with stone buildings, thatched cottages, medieval ruins, and the real treasure—freshly baked scones. Spend two nights in Killarney—the Town in the Park—and enjoy the Irish shops, Killarney National Park, or any of your MyCosmos optional activities including the beautiful Ring of Kerry drive. Pass through the splendid scenery of the Kerry Mountains on the way to County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its “Stone of Eloquence” that promises the Irish gift of gab. Share photos of your Irish adventure with your friends and family back home with your CosmosGo app so they won’t think you’re full of Blarney! On to the fair city of Dublin with its statue-lined O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. You’ll soon discover that Dublin is as intimate as a village and as friendly as your favourite pub. Walk the streets that gave us the literary works of Yeats, Beckett, and Joyce. Maybe reserve a spot on MyCosmos for a tour of the Guinness Storehouse to sample a pint of the “black stuff” or an evening of the best of Irish music, song and dance at Taylor’s Irish Cabaret. Your Cosmos Lite guided tour of Ireland is packed with free time and optional excursions to make it your lucky day, every day—like a pot-o-gold to spend just as you please! This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more
Price based on 16 Jun 19
3 dates available
Experience the Italian icons you’ve always wanted to see. With an à la carte touring style of Cosmos Lite, you see and do only what you want each day of your escorted tour of Italy. With Cosmos Lite, you can set out with the activities and pace just perfect for you to explore the eternal city of Rome, picturesque Tuscany, spectacular Cinque Terre, intriguing Genoa, and the fashionable mecca of Milan. With two nights in the “eternal city” of Rome, there are unending possibilities to explore this ancient yet modern city. Your Tour Director can point you in the right direction to discover the best eateries, sights, and museums. Reserve your excursions in advance on MyCosmos, or tap your CosmosGO mobile app for a wealth of information in Rome. You’ll travel to the lovely Tuscan countryside to Grosseto to stroll through its charming piazza and indulge in pizza and gelato. Spend time in the village of Bolgheri for traditional Italian fare and wine before staying the night in the charming seaside town of Marina di Cecina. Discover the stunning seaside villages of Cinque Terre by train and ask your Tour Director for suggestions on shopping and culinary treats. Next stop is the colourful seaport of Genoa. Take an optional tour to explore its narrow streets for a Genovese lunch before heading for the fashion mecca of Milan. Your CosmosGO app will guide you to the boutiques and bars along the Navigli canals, and your Tour Director will recommend the best eateries and sights to enjoy. The day is yours to plan—perhaps an optional culinary walking tour. The possibilities are endless on your Cosmos Lite Italy holiday. With seamless travel and accommodation arrangements taken care of, you’ll love the freedom of planning each day to do as much or as little as you like. This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more
Price based on 16 Jun 19
2 dates available
Your 8-day affordable escorted tour of Andalucia begins in sun-kissed Mijas, where you’ll begin by exploring the village and resort towns on the coast. You’ll also visit the beautiful port city of Málaga – the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Your guided tour of Andalucia offers an affordable holiday in some of the most stunning architectural and natural surroundings in southern Spain. From Málaga, you’ll travel inland to Granada. Your visit to Granada is full of exciting discoveries, including the exquisite example of architectural beauty – the Alhambra Moorish hilltop complex. From Granada, you’ll travel through Andalucia’s renowned vineyards for wine tasting at a Montilla wine bodega. Next, your guided budget tour of Southern Spain will take you to Cordoba – considered one of Europe’s largest “old towns.” You’ll notice the exotic Moorish architecture and can opt to tour the Cathedral of Cordoba for a sterling example of this ancient design. You’ll continue further into the heart of the Andalucian countryside to visit the dazzling “City of Towers” – Ecija – before venturing on to colourful Seville. Your local sightseeing guide will show you all the highlights of Andalucia’s capital city – alive with music and the passionate art of flamenco. You may choose to attend a live flamenco performance, indulge in delicious cuisine, explore the famous Calle Sierpes shopping district, or visit the exquisite Alcazar palace. Returning to Costa del Sol, you’ll journey through the whitewashed villages of the scenic Ruta de Los Pueblos Blancos and Ronda’s dramatic cityscapes and bridges that span the deep El Tajo gorge. Your Spanish tour through Andalucia is a budget trip through Southern Spain that offers new experiences and priceless memories to last a lifetime.
Price based on 08 Mar 20
4 dates available
Famous for its tulips, windmills, and wooden clogs, Holland is a delightful country with scenic landscapes, historic monuments, and vibrant cities. You’ll get to know the country on this affordable tour of the Netherlands starting and ending in Amsterdam. Amsterdam, Holland’s capital, is a pleasant, 700-year-old city whose elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, renowned museums, and picturesque canals—not to mention the bike paths throughout the city—make for a pleasurable atmosphere. Here, your city tour includes a cruise—the best way to see Amsterdam—through the elegant canals lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” On this Holland tour, you’ll also stay in Rotterdam, a young city with the world’s busiest port and known for its modern architecture and design, as well as in some of the minor but interesting towns where you’ll discover the rural atmosphere of this country. The Netherlands are known for their flower production, which you will experience on the visit to the fascinating Aalsmeer flower auction, where over 20 million plants and flowers are sold daily, however, from April to mid-May, the Aalsmeer flower auction visit will be replaced by the spectacular visit 70-acre Keukenhof garden, to see the incredible display of colours from seven million flower bulbs. You’ll also enjoy a visit to the Royal Delft Pottery Factory to see how this precious pottery is made. In Groesbeek, dive into the history of Holland’s occupation and liberation during WWII at the National Liberation Museum. Take a stroll in Volendam, known for its old fishing boats, characteristic small houses, drawbridges, and canals. Additionally, drive over the 19-mile Barrier Dam, constructed to protect the part of Holland that is below sea level. For the value-minded traveller wanting to have an in-depth experience of the Netherlands, this is the perfect Holland holiday!
Price based on 05 Oct 19
9 dates available
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