Experience a world beyond your expectations. Choose from our award-winning vacations on virtually every continent with local favorites and off-the-beaten-path experiences only Globus can share.

We know why you travel. You’d rather have an extra day exploring than a fancy chocolate on your pillow. Enjoy VIP inclusions and world-class experiences at budget-friendly prices. Adventure is knocking!

Happiness flows on an Avalon river cruise. From Asia to South America and Europe to the Nile, you’ll cruise in relaxed luxury with river cruising’s widest views of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.







Our Story

  • It started with a rowboat. Antonio Mantegazza (the eventual founder of the Globus family of brands) bought a rowboat on credit and began transporting travelers across Lake Lugano, sharing stories of local sights.

  • Paid holidays begin to become standard, which was great news for travel providers like Mantegazza, who expanded his operation with more rowboats on Lake Lugano. Throughout the decade, he also added:

    • Taxis on land • A fleet of twelve motorcoaches operating in Switzerland • Operational rights to a popular local route for the Swiss national postal and transportational service

  • Mantegazza's son, Sergio, joins the company. They partner with Werner Albek, who helps Globus Viaggi operate excursions to St. Moritz, Milan, Venice, Rome, and other popular European destinations.

    • Globus Viaggi acquires two competing coach companies • Fleet of coaches grows to 33

  • In the early 50's, Globus introduces the "circular tour", offering a one price, all-inclusive vacation package. Later, Grand European Touring is launched, offering first-class tours around Europe.

    • European portfolio expands to Switzerland, Italy, the French Riviera, Scandinavia, Holland, Belgium, Britain, and Ireland. • Globus enters the U.S. tourism market.

  • With the Mantegazza family at the helm, the company's brands begin expanding their markets into countries around the world.

    • Globus launches its North American branch - Group Voyagers, Inc. to oversee U.S. operations. • Globus launches Cosmos, featuring affordable, value-priced European touring for the cost-conscious traveler. • Werner Albek's son, Mario, joins the company.

  • As planes, cruise ships, and travel agent associations grew in size, Globus did too. Globus and Cosmos opened distribution companies in Australia, London, and Canada.

    • The United States Tour Operations Association (USTOA) is founded by Globus and a small group of California tour operators. • Circuit Travel begins operation in Australia as a registered distribution company for the Globus family of brands. • Lontours Canada Ltd. opens in Toronto.

  • Globus is one of the world's most popular tour operators, offering vacations in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Africa, the South Pacific, Asia, and South America.

  • Globus is well-known for offering its travelers more - more vacations, more travel styles, and more included features - securing its position as the worldwide leader in escorted travel.

    • Globus and Cosmos grows to record volume and becomes the market leader in escorted travel.

  • The Globus family of brands with its sister companies is the world's leading tour operator with more than 30 tourism and aviation businesses around the world, and serviced by more than 5,000 professionals.

    • Globus launches Avalon Waterways, adding river cruising to its range of travel styles. • In response to Baby Boomers' desire for more independent travel, Globus launches Monograms. • The Globus family of brands begins offering Religious vacations through Globus Faith.


When you've been showing travelers the world for nearly a century, you know what makes for a rewarding vacation - from top-notch transportation to VIP access at the iconic sights. With our level of travel expertise, we also know what makes for a spectacular vacation. We put your needs first with the most experienced Tour Directors, Cruise Directors, and Local Hosts® as well as 50 offices around the world equipped to make your vacation unforgettable.

With our experience and trusted network, there's no reason to put off the vacation of your dreams. When you travel with the Globus family of brands, you're in good hands.