Be tantalised by the seductive aroma and warm, buttery taste of freshly baked croissants in Paris, feel the exhilarating icy wind on a dog sled ride in Norway, or the electricity of dancing the Flamenco in Spain. Europe is big, but we make it easy. From St Paul’s in England to St Peters in Italy, if you adore the explore, make a beeline for Europe on a Cosmos tour.
Mind the gap! We love an icon, and we love to explore. Britain and Ireland are a gold mine of “pinch me” moments. From visiting Buckingham Palace in London to kissing the Blarney stone, Cosmos Britain and Ireland Tours offer many experiences that are sure to surprise and delight. Take a break in Adare, known for remarkable thatched cottages, and wander the medieval market towns and cities of York and Stratford-upon-Avon. With so much to see and do, take advantage of your freedom and our flexibility. Our Great Britain Tours conquer the must-see’s, with a generous serving of new discoveries for good measure.
Where your travel dreams come true. Nestled in Central and Southeastern Europe, your holiday to Croatia will be the one you’ll forever be sharing stories about. From UNESCO World Heritage-listed Split and Dubrovnik, to awe-inspiring Plitvice Lakes National Park and multiple glistening ports dotted with yachts, Croatia is not-to-be-missed.
Ah France, je t’adore. It’s the ultimate country where the simple is made special with typical French flair. Daily rituals are transformed into stories you’ll share forever – a morning coffee taken on a Parisian boulevard, sunrise overlooking Mont Saint Michel, a treasure found fossicking in the markets of Aix en Provence. Dive in with our knowledgeable insiders will help create the experiences you’ve always dreamed of, and show you ones you never thought of. Come alive with art d’vivre, the art of living and come home with stories you’ll re-live forever.
For culture buffs, look no further than a Cosmos Germany tour. From Roman ruins to Beethoven and the Brothers Grimm, Germany is not only full of historic splendor, but also a major cultural centre of contemporary Europe. Your inner explorer will be awakened by the romance of half-timbered houses in picture-postcard Rothenburg, fairytale-esque Bavarian medieval castles and the electric atmosphere of creative Berlin. Say “Prost” to the ever-evolving personality of Germany.
Greece and Turkey: two vivacious Mediterranean countries. White-washed buildings and dazzling sapphire hues where the sky bleeds seamlessly into the ocean – these are the colourful calling cards of iconic Greek islands like Santorini and Mykonos. The Cosmos travel palette includes the golden hues of Athens Acropolis and the red ochre around the extraordinary rock-top Meteora monasteries; these tourss will paint pictures that bring the legends of Greece to life. The enthusiastic Turkish hospitality awaits, in the seaside town of Kusadasi, home to the 3,000-year-old Ephesus archaeological site. Be embraced by the warmth of the Aegean Sea and inspired by legends, myths and magic.
Live it easy on a Cosmos tour in Holland, a country where classic beauty meets contemporary culture. Dive under the skin of vibrant cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, to discover how local city life is done, then delve further than tulips, windmills, and wooden clogs. Those who like to explore will find Holland is full to the brim of winsome allures, from the Dutch Masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh, to the bustling Aalsmeer flower auction, elegant canals, and modern architecture of Amsterdam.
Italy, a hearty slice of heaven in the Mediterranean. Sip on tangy home-made limoncello in a ristorante in Capri. Marvel at the architectural elegance of Florence, or awake to magical morning mist blanketed across the vineyards of San Gimignano. Drool at the smell of an original Neapolitan pizza, and savour historic Rome. Whether a gelato in Genoa or putanesca in Palermo, a Cosmos Italy tour will give you a taste of la dolce vita.
For an entirely unique European experience, you need to head East. Central and Eastern Europe are some of the most culturally diverse areas in the world, preserving an abundance of deep-rooted tradition. From island escapes, to bohemian nightlife and brusque metropolis’, there’s something for everyone in Central and Eastern Europe.
When it comes to cultural mileage, The Balkans offers unbelievable value for seriously efficient travel. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are micro-nations, with unique languages, traditions and markedly different personalities. From Finland’s medieval cousin Tallin, to the Germanic art nouveau city of Riga, these countries have been tangled together and ripped apart at different stages throughout history -- yet they remain the triplets of the Baltic Sea, having only recently escaped from the shadow of their big, intriguing brother - Russia. You’ll find this area of Europe beguiling and fascinating. If you’re looking for a Russian Tour, but are open to exploring an entirely unexpected area of Europe, Cosmos is for you.
Trend setting Scandinavia needs to be on your bucket list. This ice maiden of an area is melting visitors’ hearts and is more popular than ever. Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland manage to be simultaneously conservative and innovative. Scandinavia is the mystical land of Northern Lights, the wilderness where huskies howl and Sámi campfire smoke curls into almost perceptual winter twilight. It’s also where you’ll find musical festivals under the midnight sun, cosmopolitan night-life and imaginative solutions for 21st-century urban living. Scandinavia is way more than flat-pack Ikea, and on a Cosmos tours of Scandinavia, we'll show you why Scandi-chic is so in vogue.
Olé! Passion lives here, and a Cosmos tour will take you direct to the heart of spirit-enriching Spain and Portugal. Feel the blood heat in your veins while exploring Spain’s dynamic capital Madrid, or be rejuvenated by the cool air in Grenada’s Alhambra gardens. Soak up the sun in Malaga and prepare to re-live vibrant Lisbon moments, over and over again. From little known charming hillside towns like Coimbra, to charismatic Seville, you’ll find the Spanish and Portuguese really know how to live.
Travelling on a Cosmos tour in Switzerland is a euphoric journey that will transport you to heady heights -- figuratively and literally. This chocolate box of a country has delights far beyond yodeling clichés. Breathe in Zermatt’s pure air at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn, bike by glistening lakes with snow-capped vistas, feast on fondue in Gruyère and be impressed by Zurich’s urban cool. To soak up the magical natural matrix, take the entire trip by train, guaranteed to run like clockwork.
If awe-stonishment was a location, you’d be drawn between Israel and Jordan. Travel back in time as you explore Caesarea and its ancient Roman Theatre or discover the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem which was built over the birthplace of Jesus Christ in Israel. Marvel at the ancient stone-carved cities and walk along the ancient trails in the Jordan Valley. Or lure in the sun and sea in stunning Tel Aviv or drink in the salty air of the Dead Sea. With a Cosmos Tour Director providing all the intel to these ancient lands, we make the simple special, giving you the freedom to create your own adventures and make memories that will last a lifetime.
At Cosmos, we’re experts in ‘thrillology’ - the art of bringing you an experience, time and time again. With over 50 years of ‘wow’ under our belts and no sign of slowing down. We know how to make tours that you’ll never forget; creating the experience you’ve always dreamed of, and showing you the ones you never even thought of. Our job is to take the planning and logistics off your hands, so you can live your dreams.