Globus Exploring Australia
Tour Index Tour of The South Pacific

Great Adventure Down Under
2016/2017
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Great Adventure Down Under
Every journey tells a story 

Globus South Pacific
Great Adventure Down Under
Duration: 27 Days
Globus South Pacific Vacations
Land Tour w/deluxe motorcoach

Globus South Pacific Vacations
GREAT BARRIER REEF, AYERS ROCK, MELBOURNE, SYDNEY, CHRISTCHURCH, ROTORUA and MORE

Globus Exploring Australia
Specially-priced Air Rates Available: YES

Globus Australia - Milford Sound
If you like spectacular scenery, unique wildlife, and cosmopolitan cities this voyage to the South Pacific is the perfect vacation for you!

In Sydney, visit the Sydney Opera House, cruise on Sydney Harbour, and explore the cobblestone streets of the Rocks, the harborside area where the first convicts settled. In Melbourne, dine aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as it winds its way through the city streets, and explore the café lifestyle that the city is known for. Outside Adelaide, visit one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats—Kangaroo Island, where you’ll explore a sanctuary for native Australian animals and see colonies of rare Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area, and in Queenstown, enjoy the many activities offered in this “Adventure Capital of the World,” including a cruise on breathtaking Milford Sound.

You’ve seen photos of the Great Barrier Reef—now’s your chance to snorkel in it. You’ve seen photos of Uluru (Ayers Rock)—now’s your chance to walk around it. You’ve heard of Australia’s Ghan train, traveling through the very center of Australia—now’s your chance to ride it. You’ve heard of the famous Tasmanian Devil—now’s your chance to see one.

On this tour, you’ll also learn about the native cultures and way of life. See Aboriginal rock petroglyphs in Kakadu National Park; enjoy a Māori concert in New Zealand; and learn how education and medical services are provided to those living in the remote regions of the Outback.

This tour goes beyond the highlights to uncover the unique destinations often overlooked and is sure to be your vacation of a lifetime!


Globus Danube River

MELBOURNE
Welcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens;
GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch

HOBART
Guided
GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.
walking tour of the waterfront district; excursion to Port Arthur; visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park

ADELAIDE
Orientation tour; GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.
excursion to Kangaroo Island

AYERS ROCK
Sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas);
GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.
Outback barbecue

ALICE SPRINGS-DARWIN
Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan train


KATHERINE GORGE
GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
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Choice of included sightseeing

DARWIN
Orientation tour; visit the botanic gardens and art gallery

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing tour;
GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.
wetlands cruise; Nourlangie Rock; Windows on the Wetlands Visitor Centre
CAIRNS
Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Cairns Tropical Zoo

SYDNEY
Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and
GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
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Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club; Sydney Harbour lunch cruise; dinner at The Waterfront Restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

MOUNT COOKGLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
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Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center

QUEENSTOWN
Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; cruise on Lake Wakatipu; dinner & farm demonstration at Walter Peak High Country Farm

ROTORUA
Enjoy a Maori cultural performance and 
GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.
Hangi dinner; visit Te Puia, the Agrodome, and Rainbow Springs

WAITOMO
Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

AUCKLAND

Farewell dinner


GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.
LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.

INSIDE VISITS
Inside visits and special features are shown in the description, including admission charges when applicable.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING TRANSPORTATION MODES:
  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. Our custom of daily seat rotation gives everyone a variety of vantage points to see the passing countryside and city scenes.

HEADSETS throughout the tour
AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Airport transfers may be included when you make your flight arrangements.

 Globus First Class Hotels
MELBOURNE Novotel Melbourne on Collins (SF)
HOBART Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart (SF)
ADELAIDE Majestic Roof Garden Hotel (F)
GREAT SOUTHERN RAILWAY The Ghan train
AYERS ROCK Desert Gardens Hotel (F)

DARWIN Hilton Darwin (SF)
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (F)
CAIRNS Pullman Cairns International (F)
SYDNEY The Grace Hotel (SF)

MOUNT COOK REGION The Hermitage (MF)
QUEENSTOWN Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (F)
ROTORUA Novotel Rotorua Lakeside (SF)
AUCKLAND Skycity Hotel (SF)


SUPERIOR HOTELS - (D) Deluxe (SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class

  

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
American breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 11 dinners including an Outback barbecue at Uluru (Ayers Rock) and a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua

Pace of Tour: ON THE GO!
Globus Tour Itinerary

Day
1 Arrive in
Melbourne, Australia

G’day—welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

Day 2 Melbourne

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the city’s differing architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Enjoy a truly unique lunch experience on board the historic  GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.
COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3 Melbourne
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”

Day 4 Melbourne–Hobart

Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian Devil.  Enjoy a guided GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
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WALKING TOUR of Hobart’s historic waterfront district, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 Hobart. Excursion to Port Arthur

Today’s tour of the scenic Tasman Peninsula features the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit PORT ARTHUR, which began housing convicts in the 1830s. A guided tour of the penal settlement shows you the ruins of the 4-story penitentiary and the model prison—grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Also stop at the TASMANIAN DEVIL CONSERVATION PARK to see the famous Tasmanian Devil, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 6 Hobart–Adelaide

Today, fly via Melbourne to Adelaide. Upon arrival, take a brief orientation tour along the wide tree-lined streets and well-manicured gardens. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure. (Breakfast)

Day 7 Adelaide. Excursion to Kangaroo island

Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to  GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
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KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. Visit SEAL BAY with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Explore FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Stop here for a walk on REMARKABLE ROCKS, with stunning views of the sea. You will also take a boardwalk down a rugged cliff face to ADMIRALS ARCH, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals, which can be seen resting on the rocks and playing in the waves. Return to Adelaide late this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 8 Adelaide–Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Fly this morning from Adelaide to the “Center of Australia.” This evening, visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world’s most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a DRINK as you watch the sunset and the changing colors as they fall across the landscape. (Breakfast)

Day 9 Uluru (Ayers Rock)
For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Today, enjoy a TOUR around the base of Uluru, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of views of some 36 brilliant domes. This evening, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience—an OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10 Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Alice Springs-Ghan Train

Today, travel through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “brumbies.” Arrive in Alice Springs and board the historic GHAN TRAIN, a highlight of your vacation. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, the Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit. (Breakfast, Dinner)

NOTE:
Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Darwin.


Day 11 Ghan Train-Katherine-Darwin

This morning, the train stops in Katherine and there is time to visit nearby  KATHERINE GORGE. Located in Nitmiluk National Park, this is home to incredible scenery, Aboriginal history, and home to unique birds and animals. Choose between an included scenic CRUISE in the gorge, a HIKE with a local indigenous guide, or a CANOE EXCURSION. Arrive this evening in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 12 Darwin–Kakadu National Park

After time at leisure in the morning, depart your hotel for KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Stop at WINDOWS ON THE WETLANDS VISITOR CENTRE & BOWALI VISITOR CENTRE to see interactive displays on Kakadu habitats and fauna. Dinner tonight is at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13 Kakadu National Park

Explore parts of nearly 7,300 square miles of unspoiled waterways with a rich heritage of Aboriginal culture.  GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.
CRUISE the wetlands, where you may see crocodiles, and walk ancient trails to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at NOURLANGIE ROCK. An optional light-aircraft flight over the park should not be missed. (Breakfast, Lunch)

NOTE:
During the wet season (December through April) it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.


Day 14 Kakadu National Park–Darwin–Cairns

Return to Darwin for sightseeing. See the elegant colonial architecture of the city’s historic buildings that survived Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Visit the splendid BOTANIC GARDENS and beautiful East Point, an area rich in WWII memorabilia. Also visit the ART GALLERY to view fine collections of Aboriginal art. Later, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. (Breakfast)

Day 15 Cairns. Great Barrier Reef Excursion

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Cairns

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest. (Breakfast)

Day 17 Cairns–Sydney

This morning, enjoy a special visit to CAIRNS TROPICAL ZOO for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. You’ll also enjoy breakfast in the park, a talk by a wildlife keeper, and will have the opportunity to have your picture taken with a koala! Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia. (Breakfast)

Day 18 Sydney

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of  GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.
BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.
North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 19 Sydney

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join our optional excursions to the Blue Mountains or to Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at THE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of the highlights of Sydney. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 20 Sydney–Christchurch, New Zealand-Mount Cook

Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, then travel south to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Weather permitting, you may wish to join in a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky. (Breakfast, Dinner)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.

Day 21 Mount Cook–Queenstown

Start the day with a visit to the SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTER for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Then, time to explore on your own. You may wish to enjoy a scenic walk or perhaps an optional scenic flight that lands on the nearby Tasman Glacier. Continue to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” (Breakfast)

Day 22 Queenstown. Cruise on Milford Sound

Today, travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fjord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 23 Queenstown

A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. This evening, CRUISE across Lake Wakatipu on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and take in views of the rugged Southern Alps. Stop at Walter Peak High Country Farm for DINNER and a FARM DEMONSTRATION that provides a glimpse of life on the farm. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 24 Queenstown–Rotorua

Fly north to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional  GLOBUS LOCAL FAVORITE
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HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic MAORI CONCERT. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 25 Rotorua

This morning, start with a visit to the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the kiwi bird enclosure. Last stop is TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs, sumptuous spa treatments, and massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa. (Breakfast)

Day 26 Rotorua–Waitomo –Auckland

Leave Rotorua and cross the Mamaku Ranges to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Continue on to Auckland. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 27 Auckland
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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About Globus

and The Globus Family of Brands
About Globus

More than 75 years ago, Antonio Mantegazza bought a rowboat to transport commercial goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Who could know that rowboat would launch the world's leading escorted travel company? Today Globus is a global, family-owned company reaching every corner of the world. Globus is now the first choice among individuals looking for vacations with both domestic and international travel in a variety of styles to six continents and hundreds of itineraries to choose from (see Globus History video right).


Antonio's frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to consider opportunities in a different market - tourism. His entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. In 1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland.


By 1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites and the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class European tours to North Americans. By 1961, the company launched its Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring for the cost-conscious British traveler.


The coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline, Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets and its own engineering division.


Under the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president and son of Antonio, Globus began expanding its markets beyond Great Britain and North America. Since 1974, travel packages have been sold in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently in Southeast Asia. Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour operator with packages to Africa, South and North America, Europe, the South Pacific and Asia.


Today, the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated by a network of more than 32 independent tourism and aviation businesses, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals worldwide. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms carry over 500,000 passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of guided vacations worldwide. Globus attributes its success to the ideals of founder Antonio Mantegazza. For three generations, his vision, hard work, love for travel, and commitment have guided the company. These values are the cornerstone on which Globus was built and will continue to grow.


Touring Is Just Another Way To Say "Perfectly Planned"

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 we've come to know vacations like no one else. And we 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 - we'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 us – 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—we make 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, our vacations receive five times the recommendation rate as our nearest competitor, and we'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 our customers' post-vacation surveys.
  • More than 80 years experience showing people the world.
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 our superior, conveniently located hotels, you'll always feel well looked after because we know that relaxing in comfortable, clean, attractive accommodations at the end of a busy day of sightseeing is essential. The hotels we carefully select 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.

Superior Accommodation


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 we 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 our demand exceeds the supply, we choose 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.

We reserve 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 our 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, we 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 our expense.

As hotel space is limited, we 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.

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.


NO TIME WASTED with VIP ACCESS


A Minute Saved Is a Minute Earned

We've 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. We 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)

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 we do! At Globus, we believe getting from here to there can really add to the fun, so we 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 we pick you up at your hotel and deliver you right to each destination's world-famous attractions. Our 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!

Motorcoach Standards


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. Our custom of 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.

Globus MotorcoachesGlobus is committed to reduce transportation-related energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Globus utilizes motorcoaches that are 5 years or newer and equipped with the latest technology in emission control and reduction. In addition, the utilization of these modern motorcoaches provide 206.6 passenger miles per gallon and on averages, seven times more energy and fuel efficient than a single-occupancy automobile. Each motorcoach replaces as many as 55 passenger cars on the roads, slashing fuel usage and pollution emissions.

Free Wi-Fi on Your Motorcoach


Our state-of-the-art motorcoaches offer free Wi-Fi in North America and Europe, as well as video monitors. Once again, Globus has ushered touring into new territory, making it possible for travelers to stay connected with family and friends and browse online for free while touring. Most of our ultramodern motorcoaches now feature free wireless Internet connection. So, as you're enjoying your escorted tour, you can share your experience with friends and relatives back home...and it's all at no cost!


Please note that free connectivity features browsing only; downloading is not available. Some tour departures may not offer this service. Unfortunately, details regarding availability cannot be provided prior to the commencement of the tour. Some countries—such as Iceland, Israel, Jordan, Russia, and Ukraine—and certain regions of other countries do not have Wi-Fi service coverage, so free Wi-Fi is not available. When local coaches are used for transfers or occasionally for sightseeing tours, wireless service is not available.

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 we generally use motorcoaches with 53 seats.

Smoke-Free Coaches


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. We therefore do 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. Our travelers consistently lavish the highest praise on the person behind the wheel!


Emergency Washrooms


Motorcoaches in Europe are equipped with an emergency washroom. For transfers and sightseeing in London this amenity is not available. We deliberately use the term "emergency washroom," because this facility is not meant to be used regularly in lieu of the restrooms at our frequent comfort stops.


Sustainable Travel


Globus is committed to reduce transportation-related energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Globus utilizes motorcoaches that are 5 years or newer and equipped with the latest technology in emission control and reduction. In addition, the utilization of these modern motorcoaches provide 206.6 passenger miles per gallon and on averages, seven times more energy and fuel efficient than a single-occupancy automobile. Each motorcoach replaces as many as 55 passenger cars on the roads, slashing fuel usage and pollution emissions.


Flights and Airfare
Flights Coordinated With Your Vacation

With Globus, think of your entire vacation as one-stop shopping. Rather than spending hours researching flights to coordinate with your vacation start and end dates, let us handle the work. And when we book your flights, if there are any changes to your vacation schedule, we make the air changes for you. As a completely independent company, we have no ties to any one airline. We negotiate the lowest possible airfares with the world's finest carriers on your behalf.


Globus offers 2 air options - Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Flex Air allows flexibility if you want to make changes to your vacation schedule. Instant Purchase Air may offer additional airline options but has more restrictions. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option.

Low Air-Inclusive Prices

& Free Airport Transfers

Regardless which air option you choose when you book your Globus vacation air-inclusive, the transfer to and from the airport to your start and end hotel is included (on published departure and return dates). This can be a substantial savings and give you peace of mind.


Land-only vacation clients who make their own air arrangements on regularly scheduled direct or nonstop flights (not chartered flights) into terminals may purchase our airport transfer service.

Airport transfers can be arranged when you purchase extra nights before or after the vacation. Transfers cannot be provided when you join late or leave early. Flight information for air purchased separately from Globus will be required at time of booking the extra night transfers and must be provided to Globus prior to final payment.

Transfers will be provided only if confirmed by Globus. Look for confirmation of your transfer in the travel documents.

We Also Accept Your Reservation on a Land-Only Basis

While booking your vacation air-inclusive gives you all the advantages described, you can also choose the land-only option.


Book Early to Get Even Better Prices Than Those Listed

The earlier you book, the better the rates will be, as availability of the best airline rates is at its best. For up-to-the-minute air prices, look online or ask a Travel Consultant. Any changes and/or revisions to airline flights may affect your air-inclusive price.


Booking your Vacation with Air

Guaranteed air-inclusive prices - air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional non-refundable air deposit is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Globus in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus $30 per person non-refundable service fee. Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Globus has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.


How We Select Your Flights

Since seats for our low-cost airfares fill quickly, we urge you to book early. Air-inclusive reservations cannot be made later than 10 days prior to departure. Additional rules may apply. Ask our Travel Consultants for details. Although we will try, Globus cannot always honor carrier or flight preferences.


Air tickets will be received two to three weeks prior to vacation departure. For any late bookings, tickets are sent overnight after final payment is received. It is advised to contact your air carrier for special service requests, such as specific seat assignments and special meals, or, if applicable, to advise your frequent flyer number.

Upgrades

Business class and/or Premium Economy upgrades may be available for purchase. Please inquire with your Travel Agent at the time of booking for applicable price quotes. NOTE: U.S. connection flights typically do not have upgraded cabins available in conjunction with international upgraded service.


Air-Inclusive Vacations – Applicable Taxes & Fees

Air inclusive price quotes will include all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking and will be shown as a Total Amount. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. At the time of booking your air-inclusive vacation online, carrier Websites will be provided to check baggage fees, or you can visit www.iflybags.com for up-to-date baggage pricing/restrictions. The total airfare price, the base airfare price, and the applicable government taxes and fees are broken-out line-by-line and shown while booking online and on the invoice after your travel is booked. For return travel from some countries, international travelers are required to pay entry and/or exit fees at the airport. These fees will be collected by the local government and are payable by the traveler at time of travel. Your confirmation booking information will contain information about these fees.


Not Included In Your Vacation Price

Charges not included in the land vacation price: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; applicable cruise taxes, fees, fares and port charges; passports; visas and vaccinations; transfers; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships' crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); additional excursions and activities not listed as 'included' in the itinerary; porterage at airports or train stations; Travel Protection premiums; and all other items of a personal nature.


Taxes and fees

Taxes and fees are extra and subject to change and are not guaranteed until full land and air deposit are received.


Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Requirements

Travel Protection Plus offers comprehensive protection for your travel investment. In addition to excellent trip coverage and cancellation protection, the plan also includes a Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit that allows for cancellations up to 24 hours prior to departure (or prior business day, whichever is farther out) for any reason. In the event cancellation is for a non-covered reason under Travel Protection Plus, the cancellation penalty retained by Globus, minus the travel protection payment, will be reimbursed under the Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit, in the form of Travel Certificates valid for travel within two years from the original cancelled vacation start date. This Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit does not cover Instant Purchase Air or independently purchased air.

Travel Terms & Conditions
The purchase of any travel services offered by Globus, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and Globus, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.

Trust & Travel Insurance
For generations, Globus has worked hard to provide the best on-trip experiences, world-class customer service, and the best consumer protection plans available in the travel industry.
  • $11 Million of Travel Protection
  • Worldwide Scope
  • Travel Protection
  • Travel Protection Plus
  • Global Travel Community
  • Awards
  • Affiliations
$11 Million of Travel Protection
Globus has provided a $10 million letter of credit* issued by a leading bank to protect payments made by its customers for all 2005 vacation departures sold in the United States. "In these uncertain times, we feel it is important to assure our customers and our travel partners that we are financially secure and that we back our products 100 percent," said Phillip Gordon, chief executive officer and president. This is in addition to the $1 million traveler's assistance program maintained by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) in favor of Globus travelers. *The $10 million letter of credit has been issued by Credit Suisse S.A. in favor of PRO-CLAIM, INC. of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, acting as trustee of a trust for the benefit of Globus and Cosmos customers who advance deposits or payments for any Globus or Cosmos tour departure sold in the United States. PRO-CLAIM INC., as trustee of the trust, is responsible for refunding deposits or payments (excluding deposits or payments made by credit cards, since chargebacks are available), for Globus and Cosmos tours sold in the United States in the event Group Voyagers Inc., d/b/a Globus and Cosmos, becomes insolvent, bankrupt or ceases business


Worldwide Scope

Globus is truly a worldwide operation with 32 offices around the world to assist travelers. Booking Globus vacations is always simple due to a network of over 13,000 knowledgeable travel agencies offering Globus vacations.

Travel Protection

You're planning your annual vacation, or the vacation of a lifetime. Either way you don't want to think about canceling or interrupting your trip. Or getting sick. Or losing your luggage. We know these things can happen and we provide travelers peace of mind with a Travel Protection Plan. The plan costs from $79-$249 per person (depending on the vacation destination and price) and offers a wide range of benefits.

Please note that the Czech Republic now requires a minimum of $35,000 medical and repatriation insurance coverage. Our basic Travel Protection policy has a $25,000 limit, however will be increased to $35,000 while in the Czech Republic in order to meet Czech Republic requirements. There is no additional cost for this extra coverage. If you choose to purchase insurance independently, please know that the you may be required by immigration to produce proof of coverage while traveling in the Czech Republic.


Travel Protection Plus
Cancellation Protection

If you purchase the Globus family of brands Travel Protection Plan, you may also purchase the optional Globus family of brands Travel Protection Plus Plan at an additional cost of only $30.00 per person. This additional Benefit* (if purchased) allows you to cancel your vacation up to 24 hours (or the prior business day, whichever is farther out) before your scheduled departure for any reason not covered by the basic Travel Protection Plan provisions. Under this Travel Protection Plus Plan Benefit, Globus family of brands will reimburse the cancellation penalty amount, as retained by the Globus family of brands, in travel certificates, minus the insurance premium. Plus, now Travel Protection Plus extends your basic Travel Protection Plan benefits to include coverage of air penalties or change fees on air purchased outside of the Globus family of brands, when canceling for a reason covered by your basic Travel Protection Plan.
*The Travel Protection Plus Plan is provided by Globus family of brands and is not an insurance benefit and must be purchased with the initial payment for your Trip.

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Globus recognizes the importance of preserving the North American attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience, which is why Globus is donating generously to the Tourism Cares for Tomorrow for restoration and preservation of five "American Icons." The donations are going toward specific projects, rather than operational costs.

Awards

For thirteen years in a row, Globus has been selected by Recommend Magazine as the best Tour Operator to Europe, and a top finalist for North America, Asia, Latin America and Africa. The brand was also named in Travel Weekly's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards as Best Tour Operator - Europe and 2013 Reader's Choice Awards as Best Tour Operator - Europe, Best Tour Operator - International and Best Tour Operator - Asia and South Pacific.

 

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