Globus Introduces Cosmos Lite, New A La Carte Touring Product
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
The Globus family of brands has launched Cosmos Lite, a new a la carte touring style that combines the essential features of Cosmos tours with a personalized approach to daily itineraries. Cosmos Lite gives travellers the freedom to tailor their itinerary based on their own interests, budget and pace.
New for 2019, Cosmos Lite is unveiling 10 itineraries that combine major cities with undiscovered, lesser-known destinations across Britain, Ireland and Europe.
Cosmos Lite vacation packages include:
City-to-city transportation via deluxe motorcoaches with complimentary Wi-Fi
Comfortable hotels (a base for independent exploration)
Daily breakfasts (to power travel pursuits)
Professional Tour Director (to point out the best sightseeing, dining and entertainment)
MyCosmos optional excursions (available for purchase)
CosmosGo mobile app (fuel for free time with suggestions to make the most of each day)
“This is a great combination of the ease and convenience of an escorted motorcoach tour and the freedom of independent touring,” says Stéphanie Bishop of the Globus family of brands’ Canadian office. “We take away all the hassle of trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B and let clients decide how they wish to fill their days, whether they want to plan their sightseeing well in advance, or on the fly with new friends in the group.”
With a range of MyCosmos optional excursions – such as a cooking class in Lisbon, a guided tour of Genoa or a bike tour of the Iron Curtain from Bratislava – Cosmos Lite travellers have the opportunity to purchase only the day tours and activities that they find appealing. Or none at all. And, if they need guidance on what to see or do, a Tour Director accompanies the tour to offer suggestions for sightseeing, dining, shopping and entertainment.
For travellers who want to wonder and wander at their own pace, the new CosmosGoapp ia filled with entertainment, sightseeing, dining and shopping suggestions. Another change from the typical tour? Most Cosmos Lite excursions start later in the morning.
“We like to call the itineraries ‘free time, me time or see time’,” says Bishop. “We’ll get your clients there and book their hotel: it’s totally up to them how they spend their days discovering some of the highlights of Europe.”
In 2019, Cosmos Lite is introducing the following 10 packagesin Europe (all prices land-only):
Spanish City Explorer (9 days, priced from Cdn$1,189)
Spanish Heritage Explorer (8 days, priced from Cdn$929)
Portugal Explorer (7 days, priced from Cdn$989)
Italian Explorer (8 days, priced from Cdn$1,189)
Northern Italy Explorer (8 days priced from Cdn$1,189)
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.