If you didn’t know about the history of how the Globus family of brands came to be, we are here to share it with you as we celebrate turning 95 this year!  

Let’s rewind to 1928 and transport ourselves to Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Found on the border between Switzerland and Italy, Lake Lugano sits very close to its Italian (lake) sisters, Como and Maggiore. Its glacial waters stem from a number of small mountain streams that surround it.  

Humble beginnings

Antonio Mantegazza, a Swiss local, had a busy job transporting lumber across Lake Lugano using his family’s rowboat. It comes as no surprise that Antonio was so inspired by his surroundings. After all, Switzerland boasts some of Europe’s most picturesque scenes! He decided he would love to share stories of his home with visitors as he rowed them across the lake. Antonio’s venture was so successful that he outgrew his rowboat and expanded to bus touring from Switzerland to Europe and then, the rest of the world. And, as they say, the rest is history and we have been rowing toward awe and wonder since 1928.  


Fast forward 95 years later, Globus has become the go-to for travellers who want curated experiences and immersive adventures that take you behind-the-scenes. Our guests can pick from over 200 tours across the globe with 12 different touring styles for an easy, hassle-free holiday. 

Globus has since expanded to become a family of brands.  

Discovering the world with Cosmos


A Cosmos tour is the perfect answer for value-minded travellers who love to travel. Bringing the world and attainable wow within reach with over 100 tours, Cosmos caters for those who care more about spending an extra day in a new destination than having a fancy chocolate on their pillow.  

River cruising with Avalon Waterways

Video by @traveltk_ from Instagram

For something a little different to a guided coach tour, we have introduced Avalon Waterways. A relaxed luxury experience, there is nothing quite like discovering the world from its legendary waterways onboard our award-winning Suite Ships®. Our ships feature the largest staterooms, widest views, the most modern amenities, included shore excursions and much more for an elevated cruising experience. Sail away with Avalon in Europe, Southeast Asia, South America and Egypt.  

The Globus family of brands is backed by almost 100 years of experience in the travel industry. There’s no doubt that you will find your dream holiday with us! 

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