Fascinating Sightseeing & Plenty of Leisure Time
Your Tour Director
Because the person you are most likely to remember from your Cosmos experience is your Tour Director, we go to great lengths to find the most professional guides. All natives to the areas through which you’ll travel, they deliver commentary in English but are also able to speak at least one other language, so that you’ll get around with ease.
These very knowledgeable, delightful professionals can truly make your vacation a breeze. They ensure that you not only see the sights, but that you experience your destination through local eyes. They often have bright, witty personalities, and love to share anecdotes and little-known facts. They can fill you in on a quaint little restaurant just two blocks from your hotel…or suggest shops where you’ll find the best buys.
On vacation extensions in North America, you will have local hosts to assist you and/or access to a 24-hour customer service hotline.
For all guided visits and included sightseeing in Europe, Cosmos will provide personal audio headsets. See tour itinerary for details.
Scheduled Group Activities & Free Time
The success of an escorted vacation depends largely on striking the right balance between scheduled group activities and free time. Cosmos planners give you the “must-see” sights and ample leisure time. Your Tour Director is always on hand with shopping tips and suggestions for optional side trips and entertainment.
Sightseeing & Highlights are Included in the Price
Our packages take in each region’s most popular highlights. Vacations are carefully planned to include visits to places of interest and panoramic drives through areas of natural beauty. There’s so much for you to look forward to!
In Europe, you can cruise down the Rhine River; visit Athens, Istanbul, Lisbon, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Venice, Vienna, and other great cities with knowledgeable Local Guides.
In North America, you can ride a snocoach on Alberta’s Columbia Icefield, tour Washington DC and Québec City with expert Local Guides, and cruise the swampy waterways of Louisiana’s bayous.
Please refer to the itineraries for a complete description of what is included in the vacation of your choice.
Optional Excursions of Unbeatable Value
In addition to included sightseeing, we offer a rich program of optional excursions, all very compelling and reasonably priced. You’ll particularly enjoy our optional nights out, such as a Swiss folklore evening in Lucerne, a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, a cabaret in Paris, dinner at San Francisco’s popular Fisherman’s Wharf, helicopter flightseeing over the Grand Canyon, and a narrow-gauge train ride in Skagway.
Optional activities can be conveniently booked through your Tour Director. Many optional excursions are mentioned in the package descriptions. Your pre-vacation literature will specify cost and content of the optional highlights that may be offered during your trip. This enables you to budget accordingly before you leave home.
Shopping While on Tour
For those interested in shopping, we recommend shops where we can vouch for the integrity of the owners.
The merchants we suggest offer an excellent selection of the best local products. The prices are reasonable. The staff speaks English and can efficiently dispatch bulky purchases to your home.
When necessary, our shops also provide reliable post-sale service. Shopping can be one of the great pleasures of traveling - and with Cosmos, it’s safe.