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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Spend a week travelling with us for an escorted tour of Northern Italy, and let the landscape, art, food and wine transform you into an honorary Italian. This tour explores some of Italy’s most charming and iconic destinations, including Milan, Parma, Bologna, and Verona. Cosmos Lite is the first à la carte touring approach that lets you may explore as you wish—from active excursions, to gazing upon classic masterpieces, to full foodie experiences. So do as the Italians do… at your own pace to soak up the culture like a Northern Italy Explorer. From the fashionable city of Milan to the classic cuisine of Parma and Bologna, your days are yours to spend as you please. Ask your Tour Director for recommendations, or tap your CosmosGO app for directions to the best spots to eat. Your Cosmos Lite tour continues to the World Heritage Site of Mantua’s centre and the Gonzaga dynasty art collection. Next, get romantic in Verona, setting of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. You’ll travel to the heart of the Prosecco wine region in Treviso—the quintessential north Italian town—and just 45 minutes from Venice. You may choose to spend a leisurely day in Treviso, or take a complimentary round-trip train ride to explore the canals and classic architecture of Venezia. Your Cosmos Lite tour includes everything you love about Cosmos European guided tours—comfortable accommodations, deluxe transportation, expert Tour Director, and logistics handled. Without set itinerary schedules, you’re free to choose the excursions and activities that are perfect for you. Visit Manage my booking to pre-select your favourite excursions and enjoy your Northern Italy holiday 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 06 Oct 19
Your tour of Finland, Estonia, and Sweden traverses the Baltic Sea to show you some of the world’s most beautiful settings. What’s more, you’ll find fewer crowds along the way during this off-season tour. Begin in Finland’s southern capital of Helsinki—a modern metropolis with an historic richness you’ll discover on your guided sightseeing tour. See the city’s impressive sights, from the Presidential Palace to the Olympic stadium, and visit the impressive Lutheran Cathedral and Rock Church (subject to availability). Browse an indoor market to enjoy Finnish food, culture, and traditions. You’ll travel by ferry across the Gulf of Finland to Tallinn, Estonia. Here you’ll discover one of the “Pearls of the Baltic” with a Local Guide to show you the Hanseatic Old Town, and its domed cathedrals. Enjoy time to explore this ancient, cobblestoned city before boarding your Baltic Sea cruise ship sailing for Sweden. Arrive in Stockholm, settling on 14 islands between Lake Mälar and the Baltic Sea. Enjoy morning sightseeing with your Local Guide, featuring the Royal Palace and Ridderholm Church—the resting place of Swedish monarchs. You’ll also tour the Old Town and City Hall—site of the Nobel Prize ceremonies. Enjoy free time to explore Stockholm, and join in a celebratory farewell dinner to complete your guided holiday in Finland, Estonia, and Sweden.
Price based on 31 Mar 19
On this splendid Central Europe tour, you’ll discover the former Habsburg Empire. Your tour starts and ends in Munich. Along the way, you’ll overnight in some of Central Europe's most exciting cities: Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Salzburg. In Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, join your Local Guides—experts who will share with you the history and secrets in their cities—for sightseeing of the must-see sights. Among the sights you will see in Prague are Charles Bridge, dating to 1357 and one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe, and the Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 with a sinister medieval figure of death who emerges to pull the bell cord. In Budapest, see the Parliament building, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the world’s most beautiful parliament buildings, and Fishermen’s Bastion, which overlooks the city. In Vienna, view the Hofburg, the palatial complex and the political focal point for the Hapsburgs. You’ll have time on your own in Vienna to sit in a café with a piece of scrumptious Sachertorte while listening to a legendary waltz, or explore the inside of St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its Romanesque and Gothic architecture. In Nuremberg, wander through the charming, pedestrian Old Town with its impressive medieval ramparts. In Salzburg, you may want to walk through the quaint streets of the town centre and maybe visit Mozart’s house, or just browse through the typical shops to maybe taste some of the delicious chocolates. Vibrant cities and historic sights—along with some beautiful scenery of the Alps and the Danube River—make this a comprehensive tour through Central Europe for value-minded travellers.
Price based on 01 Dec 19
33 dates available
This northern France tour is the perfect way for value-minded travellers to see the highlights of Paris plus the Loire Valley and Normandy. Beautiful scenery combined with famous landmarks and fascinating history sum up this tour. You’ll visit some of northern France’s interesting and charming towns, including Rouen, best known for its connection to Joan of Arc. Here, step into the splendid Gothic cathedral, which was once the world’s tallest building and the subject of a series of Claude Monet’s paintings, just like the water garden in Giverny, depicted in some of his most famous canvases. Visit Honfleur, a romantic port city; Rennes, with its traditional, colourful timber-framed houses; Blois, a picturesque town with its renaissance castle located in the town centre; and Chartres, famous for pilgrimages to its 13th-century gothic cathedral. In Bayeux, follow the story of the Norman conquest of England in 1066 depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry, listed by UNESCO. Admire the cathedral, ramparts, and ancient walls in St. Malo, a fortified seaside resort. World War II history comes to life as you visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach and the landing beaches. Other highlights of this affordable France tour include picturesque Mont St. Michel, situated on a rocky isle with its world-famous abbey that has been a pilgrimage spot for centuries. Spend a day at leisure in the Châteaux Country with the opportunity to take an optional excursion to visit the Château of Chenonceau, a 16th-century, fairytale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers. From the historic sights to the picturesque scenery, this is a dream holiday!
Price based on 15 Nov 19
12 dates available
The Blue Danube is both the inspiration and the guide for your escorted European tour from Vienna to Budapest. As you follow the river’s path, you’ll discover the elegant beauty of imperial cities along with charming hidden gems of Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Your Cosmos Lite independent escorted tour is the perfect way to vacation your way—with à la carte optional excursions and loads of free time. Choose the optional excursions that interest you on MyCosmos, get pointers from your Tour Director, and never lose your way with the CosmosGO app. Step back into the time of imperial splendour in Vienna and the “Pearl of the Danube”—Budapest. We make it easy to see it all with complimentary 24-hour public transport cards in both Vienna and Budapest. Linger in one of Vienna’s countless museums, visit the royal stables, explore the famous Schönbrunn Palace, or spend some time at the nearby Prater amusement park. Customize your day with your activities or spend leisure time in a Viennese café. Next, stop in the Slovakian city of Bratislava on the banks of the Danube. History buffs can select an optional biking excursion to the Iron Curtain, or take in the incredible views and local libations at a traditional tavern or at Bratislava’s UFO bar. On your way to Budapest, you’ll have the chance to explore the Hungarian towns of Györ, Esztergom, and Szentendre—each with historic, artistic, and natural wonders to explore. Before your trip, check out MyCosmos for your optional activity selections. With your choice of excursions, you can trust the travel details to us each step of your European holiday along the Danube. MyCosmos gives you the freedom to schedule your days as you please—or explore with no schedule at all! 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 22 Sep 19
Breathtaking, lush landscapes combined with vibrant cities and historic attractions—all of this and more await you on this Irish Discovery tour, including Northern Ireland. Starting and ending in Dublin, explore Ireland in depth and hear exciting stories of its rich history, legends, and myths. On an Ireland tour, you expect to see amazing scenery, and this tour does not disappoint. See the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, offering breathtaking views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean. Join the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile drive with sparkling seascapes and mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses. In Northern Ireland, visit awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, basalt columns formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. On the amazingly green Dingle Peninsula—perched on Ireland’s westernmost tip and dominated by the range of mountains—enjoy one of Europe’s most dramatic drives passing seaside villages, ancient monuments, and views of the Blasket Islands. On your guided Ireland tour, you’ll also visit some of its vibrant cities—including Dublin, Belfast, and Galway—and charming towns, including Killarney. Stop in Adare, founded in medieval times and known today as one of Ireland’s friendliest and prettiest villages. In Waterford, enjoy a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal, where you’ll see the highly-skilled artisans at work in the production of this famous crystal. You’ll also see artisans at work on your visit to Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca. In Northern Ireland, visit Derry, one of Ireland’s best-preserved fortified cities, and Downpatrick, burial place of Ireland’s Patron Saint. This value-minded tour through Ireland is a dream holiday!
Price based on 21 Nov 19
58 dates available
This nine-day escorted tour of India takes you to see the iconic sites, rich history and warm hospitality of the Golden Triangle in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. If you’re looking to take an India tour without the high-season prices and crowds, you’ve found it! Begin in the capital city of Delhi, where included city sightseeing brings you to astonishing ancient sites including the famous Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (Delhi’s seminal Sikh house of worship). And then you’ll have the chance to connect with the vibrant society in Delhi on a rickshaw ride through the city’s colourful Chandni Chowk bazaar. Of course, you’ll visit the beautiful Taj Mahal, and we’ll take you there at its most quiet and calm moment of the day: sunrise. Hear the legends within its walls and uncover the love story that created it, while walking through its incredible grounds. In the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, you’ll love visiting the lavish City Palace museum and gardens, and the ornate Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’. You’ll see how the legendary Rajput kings lived in Amber Fort, where intricate carvings, mosaics, paintings and mirrors works of white marble and sandstone. This great-value tour to India’s Golden Triangle will leave you enlivened, enriched and with a lifetime of colourful memories to relive time and again.
Price based on 17 Sep 19
3 dates available
A rich cultural heritage, fascinating history, and beautiful landscapes make Poland an interesting place to discover. On this Poland tour, you’ll spend two nights in Warsaw and Gdansk, three nights in Kraków, and one night in Poznan. Along the way, learn about Poland’s history and visit some of its historic cities with their charming old towns, and some UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide—an expert in the city’s history, sights, culture, and secrets—in Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Poznan, and Kraków. Torun is the birthplace of Renaissance astronomer Copernicus and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Middle Ages, it was a prominent trade centre as a member of the Hanseatic League. Dating back to the 7th century, Kraków is known as Poland’s most beautiful city and cultural capital. Here, your sightseeing features the Market Square, one of Europe’s loveliest squares, along with Wawel Hill. Gdansk is a beautiful port city on the Baltic Sea which played an important role in recent history by facilitating the events that brought to the fall of the Berlin wall. On this Poland tour, you’ll visit Jasna Góra, the monastery near Czestochowa, an important pilgrimage spot. Its Black Madonna, a painting of the Virgin Mary, is a symbol of the country and venerated as the "Queen of Poland." You'll also visit what is left of the Auschwitz concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Enjoy a day trip to Zakopane, a mountain resort in the Tatras, a favourite holiday spot for locals and visitors. You’ll have a chance to do a little hiking or to relax taking in the spectacular views. You’ll arrive home from this value-minded tour through Poland with a new appreciation of Poland’s history, culture, nature and wonderful cities— an enriching holiday!
Price based on 18 May 19
4 dates available
Discover the beauty of the Italian Lakes on this magnificent vacation. With the Alps for a backdrop, you’ll enjoy nature at its finest—with overnights in Lake Garda, Lake Como, and Lake Maggiore. Plus, on this affordable Italian Lakes tour, you’ll spend one night in Milan, known as one of the world’s fashion capitals to visit medieval Verona, where you’ll see Juliet’s balcony of Shakespearian fame. Situated at the foot of the Alps, Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake. With a temperate climate, you can relax and restore harmony to your life, participate in optional excursions, and enjoy the local specialities, such as wine and extra virgin olive oil. With its cobalt-blue waters surrounded by majestic mountains, Lake Como is one of Europe’s deepest lakes. Lake Como is lined with elegant 17th-century villas and lush gardens; it’s the perfect destination. You will enjoy a scenic boat trip to Bellagio, known as the “Pearl of Lake Como.” In this wonderful town where nature and culture come together, explore the centuries-old buildings, cobbled stairways, and shops. Lake Maggiore is a paradise of crystal waters, backed by towering mountains and surrounded by lush countryside. With its prestigious Italian gardens, intriguing palaces, and scenic landscapes, you can choose to relax or enjoy some of the many activities available. On the way to Lake Maggiore, you’ll travel to Lugano, set on gorgeous Lake Lugano, a lake that lies between Italy and Switzerland. Here—with a Mediterranean ambiance—you can stroll along the lakeside promenade or simply unwind as you enjoy a delicious gelato.Over centuries, Italy’s lakes have been among Europe’s favourite vacation destinations, providing enchanting landscapes and a relaxing ambience; now’s your time to enjoy them on this affordable Italian Lakes tour. It’s a lovely vacation perfect for savvy, value-minded travellers.
Price based on 21 Apr 19
11 dates available
This budget-minded, faith-based vacation offers the opportunity to discover genuine alpine pilgrimage sites in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Travelling through spectacular alpine scenery, you’ll appreciate the gift of nature and life and reflect on the greatness of Creation, while visiting such inspirational sites as the baroque Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln—one of Switzerland’s most important pilgrimage resting sites on the Way of St. James. See the marble, black Madonna gracing the baroque monastery and chapel with the opportunity to join in Divine Office Vespers and the Salve Regina. Visit the Bavarian town of Oberammergau—site of the famed Passion Play, performed once-a-decade since 1634 and returning in 2020. Stay overnight in Altötting, a spiritual focal point of Bavaria for more than 1250 years. In Austria, visit the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, the magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and Vienna’s stunning Cathedral of St. Stephen. The historic and visually stunning sites of Alpine Europe are sure to inspire spiritual joy and reflection on your affordable European vacation in some of the world’s most renowned religious locations.
Price based on 15 May 19
2 dates available
Spectacular natural scenery, historical sights, and exciting cities await you on this fantastic tour through Mediterranean Eastern Europe, including Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Slovenia. If you’re fascinated by beautiful views, this Eastern Europe tour will delight as you surround yourself in the greens and blues of this exhilarating vacation. In Croatia, you'll visit Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its lakes, waterfalls, and forests. You'll experience Croatia's Dalmatian coast, with a beautiful coastline and dramatic limestone cliffs. You'll also visit the Postojna Caves in Slovenia, with its web of tunnels and stalactites, via a train ride and walking tour—allowing you to see what are possibly Europe’s most extensive and best-known caves. If you’re interested in historical sights and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you’ll be thrilled on this tour through Eastern Europe. Visit Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery, with a history dating back to the 1300s, and Rector's Palace, a gothic-renaissance palace dating to the 15th century. In Split, visit Jupiter Temple, built for worshipping the Roman God and the Roman emperor Diocletian, and the 4th-century Diocletian's Palace, a well-preserved fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Mostar, see the Old Bridge, the city's symbol built in the 16th century, and Turkish House, built in 1635 and one of the best-preserved residential structures from the Turkish period. Finally, in Sarajevo, visit Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque, built in 1530 and the most important architectural monument from the time of Ottoman rule. This value-minded Eastern Europe tour through Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Slovenia is simply a magnificent holiday!
Price based on 16 Oct 19
13 dates available
You’ve dreamed about Italy—its magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient ruins, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafés—and now it is your time to experience it. On this affordable Italy tour, explore its most famous cities and discover its unique sights as you overnight in Rome, Siena, Montecatini, and the Venice area. This affordable Italy tour offers you the opportunity to step back in time -- to imagine what life was like 2,000 years ago –– the political, social, and commercial centre during the Roman Empire. Imagine life during the Middle Ages as you explore San Gimignano’s medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers still standing from the Middle Ages. Visit Florence -- the Renaissance gem – with a walking tour featuring the beautiful Piazza Signoria, the centre of Florence’s social and political life since the 14th century. On this affordable tour of Italy, you’ll discover some of its magnificent cathedrals. In Vatican City, wonder at the masterful St. Peters Basilica and square. In Orvieto, the Cathedral is a great example of Gothic architecture in Italy. In Assisi, where St. Francis was born, visit the world-famous Romanesque and gothic Basilica, where the saint is buried. See Pisa’s Square of Miracles – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its three structures (Leaning Tower, Cathedral, and Baptistry) that have historically been central to religious life. You’ll also experience a wine tasting in Greve, the capital of Chianti, and a visit to Venice, including a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square. Witness Venetian glassblowers create works of art just as they did centuries ago, and spend some free time admiring the crisscrossing canals, the legendary gondolas passing under the arched bridges, the palaces, and the quaint piazzas. All of this and more—including views of the most scenic Italian landscapes—are included on this fabulous Italy holiday designed for the value-minded traveller!
Price based on 17 Nov 19
22 dates available
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