Cosmos Bus Tour

Aug 20th, 2002, 08:32 AM
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Debbie
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Cosmos Bus Tour

I would love to hear some positive things about a European Cosmos Bus Tour!
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 08:48 AM
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IF THE COSMO YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IS THE PARTNER OF GLOBUS TOUR COMPANY,"GOOD LUCK" GLOBUS IS HORRIBLE, HOTELS ARE CHEAP AND LOCATION IS THE WORSE. I USED THEM TO GO TO ITALY AND I
LOST MY MONEY, I HAD ALWAYS TRAVEL W/FMLY. OR SOLO BUT MY MOM WANTED TO GO ON A TOUR - GLOBUS. BIG MISTAKE-BIG!!!!
HOTELS WERE DIRTY AND SMELL BAD-AND I
KNOW THERE IS GOOD HOTELS IN ITALY BECAUSE THIS IS NOT OUR 1ST. TRIP. YOU
ARE BETTER OFF GOING BY YOURSELF AND BOOKING DAY TOURS ON A DAILY BASES WITH
YOUR HOTEL.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 09:24 AM
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Several years ago, I took a Cosmos tour and we toured for 2 weeks throughout Europe. I found them to be very good. The guide and bus driver were very friendly and our guide knew the history, government, and culture of each country we visited.

The hotels were clean and no one in our group (53) complained about the accomodations. Even though we were outside the city limits, we managed to tour the city with the group and by ourselves.

Enjoy yourselves!
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 09:29 AM
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We had a different experience than the previous poster. We just got back from the Best of Austria and Switzerland with Globus and it was wonderful. We have traveled to several European countries before this trip and this was our best escorted tour.
Our Tour Guide had a great personality and we were offered many optionals. The hotels ranged from first class to superior deluxe. We were seated in the second row during the Vienna concert held at Liechtenstein Palace and had our own boat cruising Lake Lucerne etc. We would highly recommend Globus.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 10:51 AM
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Hi Debbie:

I've traveled with Cosmos twice and had good experiences both times. I recommend that you not take a tour that visits several countries in a short period of time. You would be better off seeing *one* or two countries. My son and I are scheduled on the Cosmos Jewels of France tour in the fall. This tour centers around northern and central France. I'll go back and see the South of France on another trip. I'm sure you know Cosmos is the budget company of Globus. I notice that Cosmos stayed at the same hotels as Globus. Cosmos does not include as many visits into museums, sights, etc. so it is an extra. Good luck. Rita
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 07:14 PM
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My Cosmos tour was much better than I expected from a budget trip and my Globus tour was more first class than I require. Both very good trips and they were very cooperative with my travel agent during the planning/booking.
 
Aug 20th, 2002, 07:40 PM
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I also took a Cosmos tour of Switzerland and Austria. The hotels in Switzerland were a bit too far off the beaten path for me. The hotels were clean and sufficient, but I would have preferred to be closer to a city. At times, I felt very trapped. When dinner was included for certain evenings, we were really out in the sticks, with no form of reasonably priced transportation into a city. But, you get what you pay for, and the price was right.

Read the itinerary very carefully, there is a big difference between the words seeing and visiting. "Seeing" you pass by on the bus.

Also, there were too many add ons for supplemental tours, that were included in the price of the Globus tours. If you're going to do the add-ons, then go with Globus.
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 01:04 AM
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I have done two Cosmos trips through Europe, the first to 12 countries and the second a 'tour and stay' where you tour on the way to a destination and then are based there for a week or more. That was excellent as you could either join your fellow travellers for day trips or go on your own to your own choices. To be honest the success of a coach tour depends on the passengers, we had some complete whingers and trouble makers who finally got ordered out of the restaurant in Paris on our final night so you can imagine how troublesome they were for it to go that far. Be prepared to take the bad with the good, but they are still the best value for money. We found that although you may be out of the centre of the city you stay in that there was always a train station within walking distance to get into the city at night. The hotels we stayed at both trips were excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to travel with Cosmos again.
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 03:41 AM
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Thanks a bunch guys. I have been hearing so many negative things about Cosmos it's great to get some positive feedback.
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 04:58 AM
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I also took a tour with Globus 2 years ago and have been on many other tours ...I do not like Globus at all..wake up time 6.00 a.m. return to the hotel ..allways very far away from the city center (hotels are cheaper)back at the end of the day to the hotel room 5.00p.m...I would like to know why don't they eat the same food we have to eat ?????wich is not in my opinion good....I understand that for some people tis is their first experience abroad but for me this is my 53 trip abroad so I can say that frankly ..Globus and Cosmos, suck!, there are much better tours and as one reader said you get what you paid for..touche.
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 05:02 AM
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Debbie..I would like to ask you something, please write your own personal opinion about this tour, when you return , we are planning on taking a tour , don't know yet with wich tour company, and would like to hear your opinion, thank you
 
Aug 21st, 2002, 05:04 AM
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I took the splendors of Italy tour with Cosmos last Nov (my second cosmos tour). The tour guide was superb. The hotels were ok. Other than Venice they were all easily accesible via train or bus. And I'd have to say for $565 you just can't beat em.
 
Sep 20th, 2002, 05:27 AM
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We took the Wonders of Europe/Cosmos Tour recently. This was our first tour. We have traveled Europe many times, however, independently. The positives are: you see alot in a short period of time, your given brief history lessons of each destination, you meet some genuinely nice people on your tour,and you have the convenience of not having to arrange your hotels, transportation and other optional tours. We found the tour to be constraining.I looked at my watch more on this tour than at work.Some of us joked and called the tour the "Indigestion Tour".Up at 6 am, luggage pick up at 7, breakfast at 7 and departure at 7:30-7:45.Lunch was usually at a highway restaurant in which you had approximately 45 minutes to an hour to eat and use the restrooms.
If you have a weak digestion system, I would not recommend a fast-paced tour like this one. Maybe a regional tour, where you stay a few days in one location would be more appropriate.They claimed to stop every two to two and half hours for the restrooms, however, we experienced more like three hours. Yes, they have a toilet on the bus, but they highly discourage using it.Cosmos makes up their money by encouraging you to buy the extra tours (optionals). We did sign up for a few of them, however, really enjoyed going on our own without watching the clock.Please note, the tour revolves around the optionals, so if you did not buy an optional, you were considered a second-class citizen.Yes, most hotels were in the outskirts, and many times you were brought back to the hotel early (3-5 in the evening) in order to get those back in time to take an evening optional.We caught on quick to this routine and would stay behind in the city and take a taxi or subway back to our hotel. The last item I would like to address was my airport transfer. We received it when we arrived in London, however not for our departure from Paris.We had booked the tour and opted to stay one additional day in Paris.Cosmos does openly offer this to the traveler. What we were not told was that when you do that, you do not get the airport transfer. Our tour director told us it's because they are not there when we leave, therefore they do not provide that service. My response was, I don't need Cosmos there to kiss me goodbye. If I paid for the additional day, I should have the same treatment as if I was leaving the day the tour ended.I gave them an extra day of business. Overall, I believe tours are a good value and a good way to have a "sneak preview" of countries. As I stated before, maybe a regional tour would have been less stressful, allowing us to see less but actually enjoy more. But I warn those who have been to Europe independently, think really hard before booking a tour. Ask yourself what is more important to you, your time and freedom, or someone's else's schedule and restrictions. Thank you. -dianne
 

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