It all began more than 80 years ago when a young man purchased a rowboat to transport visitors across Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Who would have thought that this single rowboat would launch one of the world’s leading travel companies?
Today, the Globus family of brands is a global company reaching every corner of the world, yet remains family-owned and steeped in the values Antonio had when he set out across Lake Lugano—to enlighten travelers by showing them the very best of the destinations we know so well.
Globus was founded in 1928 by Antonio Mantegazza in Lugano, SwitzerlandThe Globus story goes back to 1928 in Lugano, Switzerland. Their founder, Antonio Mantegazza, had been fascinated with travel and the wonder he saw in the eyes of travelers to his home country. To pursue this interest, Antonio bought a rowboat (on credit) and began transporting visitors to the area across Lake Lugano, sharing stories of the local sights and stories along the way. This small enterprise grew quickly, motivating a young Antonio to purchase more rowboats, convincing his friends to join him as he expanded this budding business.
Rowboats grew to motorboats, then moved to land with a taxi service. Every good story has an element of luck, and the Globus story is no exception. Antonio’s good fortune came in the form of a local sweepstakes, from which Antonio won the rights to operate a popular local route for the Swiss national postal and transportation service. To service this route, Antonio purchased his first motorcoach--the beginning of motorcoach touring as we know it today. Now in his 30’s, Antonio was at the helm of a full-fledged travel business—a company he named Globus Viaggi.
Globus grew its fleet to 33 coaches after World War II Through the 1930’s, this company grew to a fleet of 12 coaches, operating local tours for European tourists in Switzerland. Business remained strong, and after a hiatus during World War II, Antonio acquired two other competing coach companies and grew his fleet to 33 coaches (his nearest competitor had just five!).
Over the years, Antonio’s business dealings introduced him to another young man who shared his ideals and passion for travel—Werner Albek. Antonio and Werner partnered to operate popular excursions to St. Moritz, Milan, Venice, Rome, etc. Only later did Werner and Antonio discover that Werner’s fiancé, Eurosia, was the daughter of Antonio’s sister, Agnese. This family connection formed the foundation of the company for the decades to come.
As business grew through the 1950’s, so did the company’s scope. The Globus portfolio had expanded from Switzerland and Italy to the French Riviera, Scandinavia, Holland, Belgium and England. Innovation was a key ingredient in this success. Early in the decade, Globus developed the first “circular tours,” designed as a more complete travel experience and enhancing the convenience of motorcoach touring. Antonio and Werner also pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class European tours, which became the cornerstone of the company’s entry into the U.S. market in the late 50’s.
The Globus family of brands is marketed and operated by a network of more than 32 offices around the world, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals. Now with his son Sergio by his side, Antonio and the company continued its rapid growth. In the 60’s, the company launched its Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring for the cost-conscious traveler. These coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon introduced another form of travel: air holiday packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. Then in the 80’s, Globus truly became worldwide, selling in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Destinations expanded, too, adding Africa, the South Pacific and Asia to its array of vacations in Europe, North and South America.
The spirit of innovation continues today. In 2003, both Avalon Waterways and Monograms were introduced, adding river cruising and independent travel to the expansive product offering. Today, the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated by a network of more than 32 offices around the world, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways carry over 500,000 passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of guided vacations worldwide.
At the core of the company are Antonio’s ideals of passion, hard work, innovation and love for travel. These values are the cornerstone on which Globus family of brands was built and will continue to grow for generations to come.
Why Travel with Globus
Think about all the great things you plan to do on your vacation. Now picture it going perfectly. That's what it feels like to tour. Bypassing the waiting lines at attractions, enjoying the company of your fellow travelers instead of driving on your own, walking into your hotel lobby and loving it every time. Not a moment of your priceless vacation wasted.
With Globus, it goes beyond planning perfection. After more than 80 years they've come to know vacations like no one else. And can't wait to share its stories with you. Those unforgettable details about the colorful characters and places that will transform your visit into a lasting memory. Throughout your Globus tour your destination will be brought to life by expert Tour Directors who will share those stories and their intimate knowledge of every location and landmark.
- With more than 225 guided vacations to more than 70 countries on six continents, Globus gives you choice to ensure you'll see the world the way you want.
- VIP Access - skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.
- Central Hotels - they've done the work to find just the right hotels in the heart of the city.
- Tour Directors - take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.
- Transportation - leave the navigating to Globus – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.
- Inside visits to major and must-see sites are included in the vacation price.
- A variety of travel styles and specialty travel includes Cruise & Tour, Family Travel, Religious Vacations, and more.
- As you encounter famous sights, you don't just view or drive by—you visit, taking the time to go inside and learn the stories that bring them to life.
- The ideal combination of free time and planned activities results in the perfect getaway.
- Portage is included! Not handling your own bag really enhances your vacation experience.
- A dynamic blend of transportation includes deluxe motorcoach, rail, air, and cruise—Globus makes getting there part of the fun!
- Many great meals are included in the package price—for a great value plus freedom to experience the local fare as you wish.
- As the most recognized Tour Operator in the industry, Globus vacations receive five times the recommendation rate as their nearest competitor, and they're the escorted travel provider of choice by Travel Weekly, Recommend magazine, and Travel Age West.
- Globus escorted travel receives a 97% satisfaction rating on their customers' post-vacation surveys.
- More than 80 years experience showing people the world.
A Minute Saved Is a Minute Earned
Globus has spent more than eight decades creating and finely honing vacations that strike the perfect balance between included planned activities…and leisure time to explore on your own. They actually take you inside the world's most awe-inspiring places, where your expert Tour Director and Local Guides reveal the little-known facts and colorful tales about the destination. This very special VIP access means you'll have a richer overall experience, and will spend less time waiting in lines so you can enjoy the unique flavors and customs of each stop along the way. Plus, Globus offers more included features than our nearest competitor—at no additional cost to you. And all of our planning adds up to great value—a Globus tour can save you up to 40% versus traveling on your own.
We Handle the Details
Seeing the world doesn't have to be a hassle—and with Globus, it isn't! Our escorted vacations come with ultimate peace of mind as you travel without worrying about the details. Because of Globus' buying power, you enjoy unmatched value when it comes to your hotels, transfers, inside visits of must-see attractions, and flight prices. You even have the option to personalize your trip with extra days and additional excursions.
Standard Amenities & Services
- Discounts available for early bookings, frequent travelers, second tours within the same year, group travel, young travelers, and triple rooms
- Expert Tour Directors, Cruise Directors, Hosts, and Local Guides
- Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower (hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling included)
- Private deluxe touring motorcoaches equipped with air-conditioning, extra leg room, and emergency restroom
- Helpful travel documents
- In Europe, Hosts, Tour Directors, and Cruise Directors at airports greet and assist you with the transfer to your hotel (applicable for air inclusive vacations, and land-only clients who have purchased transfers through Globus)
- In Europe, high-speed Eurostar train rides on all vacations traveling between London and Paris (or Brussels)
Hotels & Dining
Great Hotels in the Heart of the Action
When you travel with Globus, even the places you lay your head at night have their own intriguing histories and captivating stories to uncover—because many Globus hotels are legendary places in their own right. At their superior, conveniently located hotels, you'll always feel well looked after because Globus knows that relaxing in comfortable, clean, attractive accommodations at the end of a busy day of sightseeing is essential. The hotels Globus carefully selects have mastered the fine art of handling group check-ins and baggage, and of balancing efficiency with the individual attention you deserve. You won't be surprised by any hidden check-out charges, either. And with your hotels often within mere steps of the world's greatest sites and attractions, you'll never waste precious vacation time getting to the sights you want to see most.
Globus uses chains such as Crowne Plaza, Forte, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Inter-Continental, Jolly, Queens Moat Houses, Marriott, Mövenpick, Radisson SAS, Renaissance, Scandic, Sheraton, Sofitel, Thistle and Westin.
The specific hotels they have selected for you are listed separately for each tour. The vast majority of our hotels are rated deluxe (D), superior first-class (SF), or first-class (F). In overnight places where there is no hotel in these categories or where demand exceeds the supply, Globus chooses the best available superior tourist-class (ST) or tourist class (TC) hotels.
Most hotels have amenities such as satellite TV, mini-bar, a cocktail lounge, a restaurant, room service and concierge services. Many also have a swimming pool, health club, shops, and dry cleaning and laundry services.
Globus hotel ratings follow standards set by the independent Hotel & Travel Index and by national tourist boards. The specific rating for each contract hotel is determined by our quality controllers.
Globus reserves the right to substitute hotels listed on the itinerary pages with hotels of equivalent standard. With your Globus travel documents you’ll receive a list of hotel addresses, telephone numbers, and fax numbers for your vacation.
Why Globus is Better
Even though their main competitors use hotels with comparable quality, none of them has mastered the art of creating vacations that will enthrall you and enrich you, with lots of side trips, adventurous optionals, and many other memorable experiences.
Dining in Style
With Globus, even meals are designed for your convenience and to help you make the most of your vacation. Start each day with a hearty included breakfast; take advantage of free time to sample the local fare on your own; and discover culinary highlights through food and wine tastings, and traditional meals at local restaurants.
Extra Nights Before and After Your Vacation
If you require extra nights at the first and/or last vacation hotel, Globus will make reservations for you at the rates quoted, provided you request them at the time you book your vacation. Rates are per person, per night, and include room with private bath, breakfast, service charges, and taxes.
Extra nights are only available immediately prior to or after your vacation. Every effort will be made to reserve extra nights at the hotel where your vacation stays. If space at the hotel is not available, alternative accommodations will be reserved at a hotel of equivalent standard. When this is the case, the transfer from and to the vacation hotel is at Globus' expense.
As hotel space is limited, Globus cannot reserve more than two extra nights before and/or after your vacation, unless they are needed to bridge the gap between two Globus vacations. During particularly busy periods, hotel space in certain cities can become so tight that we may be unable to sell extra nights.Back to Top
Experience the World Through The Eyes Of A Local Expert
One of the biggest benefits of a Globus escorted vacation is getting to experience the very essence of your destination in the company of Tour Directors and Local Guides who are actually from the region. Year after year, these experts are rated the best in the industry by travelers and travel agents—and our perfectly planned itineraries incorporate their feedback so that you can get the most out of every stop. All along the way, they share their vast knowledge of the areas, offer special recommendations, and tell colorful stories about each historic landmark to help bring your journey to life in a powerful, memorable, and enriching way.
In Europe, included headsets for sightseeing on the Continent give you the freedom to roam through some of the world's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary by your expert Tour Director or Local Guide.Back to Top
Transportation to Suit Each Moment of Your Vacation
The Best Way to Go
No other Tour Operator offers as many means of included transportation as Globus does! At Globus, they believe getting from here to there can really add to the fun, so they employ a wide range of transportation. From trains and luxurious cruise ships to planes and canoes, your magical journey will deliver you to encounters with fascinating people and places, where you can create lasting stories of your own.
Seeing the World in Ultimate Comfort
On your Globus escorted tour, getting around in each city is completely hassle-free. You never have to worry about searching for some ill-defined shuttle meeting place—because they pick you up at your hotel and deliver you right to each destination's world-famous attractions. Private deluxe motorcoaches include all the comforts you'd expect, including air-conditioning, an emergency restroom, and extra leg room, comparable to the airlines' upgraded "plus" seating so there's plenty of room to stretch out and relax!
Ride in Comfort
Each Globus motorcoach has upholstered, reclining seats with headrests and individual air-conditioning vents. A high-fidelity sound system broadcasts professional Tour Director's commentary to every seat. Daily seat rotation gives everyone a variety of vantage points to see the passing countryside and city scenes. All Globus touring motorcoaches are fully air-conditioned.
Limited Group Size for Extra Comfort
The length and width of modern motorcoaches is standard, prescribed by law. The difference among tour operators is in the number of seats installed and actually sold. While it is customary to install and sell 53 seats, Globus installs fewer seats for extra leg room, and limits group size to a maximum of 44 tour members (Europe vacations only). The extra space contributes enormously to your comfort. For airport and port transfers in Britain, Globus generally uses motorcoaches with 53 seats.
For non-smokers and moderate smokers an otherwise perfect vacation can be spoiled if they are forced to inhale other people's smoke on a motorcoach. Globus therefore does not allow smoking on the coach. There are plenty of opportunities to smoke during the frequent stops.
Experienced & Professional Drivers
Globus drivers take pride in driving and in their vehicles, keeping them in great shape and spotlessly clean. Your driver will help you on and off the motorcoach with a smile and load your bags with care. Travelers consistently lavish the highest praise on the person behind the wheel!
Motorcoaches in Europe are equipped with an emergency washroom. For transfers and sightseeing in London this amenity is not available. Globus deliberately uses the term “emergency washroom,” because this facility is not meant to be used regularly in lieu of the restrooms at frequent comfort stops.Back to Top