Whether it’s a fully escorted, premium, independent, or river cruise vacation; with Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways you will get unmatched value, insider knowledge, and world-class customer service with every journey.
MEET THE FAMILY!
With four brands to choose from – Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways – you can find a vacation to fit just about any group. Each brand offers a unique way to see the world but, with the same hassle-free logistics and stories behind the sites you’ve come to expect from the Globus family of brands.
For the Escorted Group that Loves Discovery
With 85 years of expertise, Globus has defined and refined the art of travel. We reveal the most sought-after sights as well as the hidden gems along the way, offering flexibility, choice, and a pace that best fits the way your group wants to travel.
For the Value-Seeking Escorted Group
For 50 years, Cosmos has been the style of choice for groups seeking the benefits of escorted with more independent-minded travel. With up to 40% free time and vacations for as little as $74 per day, Cosmos makes travel dreams a reality for savvy, value-minded groups.
For the Independent-Minded Group
Introduce your groups to independent travel made simple! Monograms handles air and hotel, airport transfers, and sightseeing, leaving travelers free to pursue personal interests. We also provide a Local Host (Service On Call in North America), an insider who provides guidance on everything from directions and optional excursions to theater reservations.
For an Intimate Group Cruise Experience
Avalon’s impressive fleet features the newest ships on the rivers of Europe, as well as luxury cruising on the Nile, Yangtze, Mekong, and around the Galápagos Islands. Outside staterooms are the largest on European waters, and most feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Backed by Globus’ many years of experience in land operations, Avalon is the new standard for river and small-ship cruising.
THE GLOBUS FAMILY OF BRANDS DIFFERENCE
More Selection – Our four distinct brands offer your groups a broad range of vacations to over 70 countries with more than 400 vacations—we offer more ways to travel than anyone else.
More Peace of Mind – We offer your groups the security of payment protection up to $10 million. And this is in addition to the $1 million traveler’s assistance program maintained by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). We are a partner you can trust now and forever.
More Included Features – When it comes to the must-see sites, we provide more included features and special inside visits than our nearest competitor.
More Quality – We never compromise on hotel quality. Our hotels follow standards set by the Hotel and Travel Index or national tourist boards, and we are a cut above the competition.
More Experience – With 85 years of experience, when you partner with the Globus family of brands, you partner with our unique network of global operators and ground handlers. Tap into our expertise and we can arrange for hard-to-get tickets, special dinners and behind-the-scenes access.
More Experienced Tour Directors – Rated the highest in the worldwide travel business, 9 out of 10 Globus customers rate the Tour Directors the best. They’re committed to the traveler’s experience—not the sale of excursions on tour!
More Value – Get more for less. Our volume buying power means more included features to the must-see sites and higher hotel standards at a lower price than our competitors.
More Service – We have YOUR needs in mind! Our specialized Groups Department includes account managers as well as river cruise, religious travel, and custom group specialists. Plus, our dedicated sales team is standing by and ready to help you market and promote your group.
More Choice – Our portfolio doesn’t stop at the vacations offered in our brochures. Our Custom Groups Department can put together a tailor-made itinerary just for your group.
Focus on Italy
Italy, a country filled with history, amazing art, delicious cuisine, remarkable architecture, and splendid beauty—you’ll see and feel it all on Cosmos’ The Splendors of Italy, an affordable tour through Italy. Explore the maze of streets in Venice, and discover hidden treasures and restaurants in their back alleys. Stand in awe as you admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a must-see sight in Italy. Did you know the tower was constructed in three stages over the course of 177 years, starting in 1173? Even though it was obvious in 1178 that it leaned, construction continued. You’ll see this architectural wonder as well as many other famous Italian sites.
Have your camera ready as you explore the historical sites of Rome, including the Colosseum, the amphitheater used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles during the Roman Empire. Sit in a café as you admire one of Italy’s most unique squares in Siena. Enjoy wine tasting in Italy’s Chianti wine region, and shop for local goods in Italy’s Tuscany region.
What do you want from your Italian vacation—amazing architecture, sumptuous food, delicious wine, breathtaking art, historical treasures, or scenic beauty? Whatever it is, this Italy vacation offers it to you!
Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 Rome
The ˝Eternal City,” Rome is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. (Breakfast)
Day 3 Rome–Orvieto–Siena
Journey northwest to the charmingly located city of Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone cathedral, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. By early evening you’ll be in Siena with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafés surrounding the Campo and admire one of Italy’s most unique squares, famed the world over for its Palio horse race. (Breakfast)
Day 4 Siena–San Gimignano–Greve–Montecatini
Drive this morning to San Gimignano, one of Tuscany’s greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers make it unique. Next, into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards; watch out for names such as Castellina in Chianti, Badia, Gaiole, and Brolio, where classical Chianti wines are produced. Stop in Greve for some wine tasting at a local wine producer. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the outing for an optional Tuscan dinner. (Breakfast)
Day 5 Montecatini–Excursion to Florence
This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Traffic is banned in part of the historic center so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6 Montecatini–Pisa–Venice Area
This morning, drive to Pisa for a visit to its Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 16 feet out of the perpendicular. Later, head across the wooded Apennine Hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley for two overnights in the Venice area. (Breakfast)
Day 7 Venice Area
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real live city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and little quiet piazzas. The included orientation starts with a boat ride and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 Venice Area–Assisi–Rome
An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po Delta, and then crossing the Apennines. Stop in Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. (Breakfast)
Day 9 Rome
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
INCLUDED VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Visits to Orvieto, Siena, San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti with wine tasting, Pisa, Venice, Assisi
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence. Services of a professional Tour Director while touring
To learn more, visit GlobusFamilyGroups.com, or contact our award-winning Group department at 866.821.2752.