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Cosmos vs Monograms

Compare the travel styles, pricing, destinations and popularity of Cosmos and Monograms.

The Low Down

Cosmos A lot of our clients aren't too fussed about their accommodation (as long as it's clean and comfortable) and are more interested in the destination. Over 1,200 past client reviews with an average 4.5 out 5 star rating, is impressive. Why? Great value and interesting itineraries. Part of the Globus Family, there are further great discounts to be had.

Accommodation is 3 to 3/12 star, but a lot of our clients are pleasantly surprised at the quality. Hotels are often located out of the city centre, so prepare your trip budget to allow for transfers or taxis if you want to explore the cities on your own. Allow extra funds for some meals and excursions not included in more premium inclusive itineraries. Like our past clients, we feel very comfortable recommending Cosmos.
Monograms Part of the Globus Family group of Brands (Globus, Cosmos, & Avalon Waterways), Monograms independent trips are designed for those that like to explore a destination by themselves, but don't want the hassle of organising their accommodation, or on multi-city itineraries organising how to get between them. There is also 'a Local Host' on the ground in each destination you can contact for information or advice at any point on your trip.

Monograms don't offer the cheapest deal around, and you should be able to organise accommodation and transport yourself directly to save some dollars. But if getting the cheapest deal is not a priority for you, and the idea of local support, with some included city sightseeing sounds good, then Monograms trips are a great addition to add to the beginning or end of your 'main' tour.

Stats

No. of Trips
165
No. of Departures
2,786
Avg. Trip Length
13 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
$291
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Budget
Affordable
Trip Styles Coach Tours
No. of Trips
218
No. of Departures
23,521
Avg. Trip Length
9 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
$351
Accommodation
4 Stars
Budget
Premium
Trip Styles Self Guided ToursShort BreaksCity Breaks

In Their Own Words We asked the travel companies themselves why you should travel with them

Cosmos
At Cosmos, we like to think of ourselves as experts in ‘thrillology’ – the art of bringing you an experience, time and time again.

With over 50 years of ‘wow’ under our belts and no sign of slowing down, we know how to curate value touring holidays that you’ll never forget; creating the experiences you’ve always dreamed of and showing you the ones, you never thought of.

Our job is to take care of the planning and logistics, so that all you have to focus on is living your dreams!
Monograms
In a world of travel options, there is nothing like Monograms. If you’re after independent travel, without the hassle of organising an itinerary, accommodation and food, this is the holiday package for you! With Monograms, we take all of the hours of organising a trip away from you. We do all the work to build the perfect all-in-one package for you – including your choice in hotels, duration, sightseeing, transportation, a Local Host and much more.

We take care of all of the details and provide local expertise so that you can feel comfortable and confident at your destination – even if it’s your first time visiting!

Recent Reviews

Moroccan Adventure   0 , QLD, Australia, Apr 2022
Everything went well. Thanks to Georgie we were still able to have our holiday in April as our original Globus tour of Spain, Portugal & Morocco was cancelled 1 month prior to us leaving. This was due to no ferries running between Spain and Morocco (not Covid related but due to political tensions between the 2 countries). Ferries are now running. Due ...read more to work commitments we still wanted to travel at a similar time. We managed to re-book to this tour and we received our Globus refund within a week which was excellent. Georgie did mention that Globus are good with refunds (something I will take into consideration for future tours).

This is a busy tour, we travelled 2,000km and saw a lot of Morocco. There were only 12 of us on the tour and we were the only Australians. Excellent Tour Director: Paulina from Spain and very safe driver Mohammed. Very windy roads through the mountains and some roads not in a great condition.

The 4 optionals were all very good though if you didn't do the extra camel ride on the sand dunes it's probably not worth doing the desert trip from Erfoud. It would be extremely difficult to visit the Fez medina without a guide. The 2 included dinners were very good.

Hotels were ok and you need to balance quality against the price of this tour. Most included meals were ok, sometimes breakfast was fairly basic. No hotels had tea/coffee making facilities, fortunately we'd packed our travel kettle and a supply of tea bags. My favourite hotel was in Erfoud, it felt like you'd stepped back in time.

Weather was excellent, blue sky and sunshine and quite hot - up to 33C. The heat is very dry away from the coast. You do a fair bit of walking on this tour and at times on uneven ground. You do get hounded by vendors but nothing that you don't experience in other parts of the world. Moroccans were friendly and helpful and wanted us to tell people to visit Morocco.
Simply Vietnam Tour   1 , New Zealand, Feb 2020
As usual we found this Cosmos tour excellent value for money. Our tour leader Viet was knowledgeable and made the tour easy and stress free. We were amazed at the little cultural extras that were arranged for the group that weren't on the itinerary. Highlights for us were the Ha Long Bay cruise, the Dragon Bridge at Da Nang and the fabulous food. A ...read more chance drop in to a Vietnamese wedding was an unexpected delight and was apparently culturally acceptable and gave the bride and groom good luck. We learnt a lot about the Vietnamese people and culture from Viet. He went out of his way to make the holiday fun and enjoyable. Booking with Global Journeys was easy even though we were a late booking. Overall this tour is highly recommended.
The Best of Europe   5 , Australia, Dec 2019
Tour leader and bus driver were exceptional, very helpful, informative, friendly, and professional. Tour bus was also very comfortable. The only downside was the Wifi was very slow, almost unusable. It would be more enjoyable to have proper Wifi in place. The first two days in London could have been improved by organising an excursion so that everyone ...read more could get to know each other from day one. We were unaware there was no program from Cosmos in London and struggled a bit with what to do at the time. The bus which took us from Novotel London West to catch the Euro train station was in fairly bad shape and broke down just as we were about to depart the hotel. We could not be impressed.
Europe tour   2 , QLD, Australia, Dec 2019
We had a wonderful tour, Anna the tour director was wonderful and knowledgeable. Nothing was too much trouble for her or the company. Saw many new sights and adventures this trip. Would definitely travel with Globus again. Thanks for a wonderful, memorable experience.
Stress free holiday   2 , QLD, Australia, Dec 2019
If wanting to visit Europe in the lead up to Xmas then this is the ideal holiday, Xmas markets at each destination. Fourth holiday with Cosmos, have no problems booking a fifth!!! Visited some great destinations, be sure to bring plenty of warm clothing.
Winter Wonderland   1 , NSW, Australia, Dec 2019
A wonderful Winter holiday highlighting the best of the Christmas markets in Europe. Helpful staff and great driver added to this fantastic experience!
Great short stay in Vienna and Prague     0 , VIC , Australia, Jun 2019
Great way to get a couple of days touring in a couple of the major European cities. No fuss travel, met by guides as required and ensured transfers all worked well. Local tours OK in Vienna & Prague. Hotels in good location to do own touring. Hotel in Vienna undergoing renovations so drilling started at 7am and didn't stop until 3pm. Only a problem ...read more if wanted afternoon nap.
Monograms travel to Rome & Venice     0 , VIC, Australia, Sep 2018
I took the Rome/Venice Monograms tour this September. They take care of all the transfers to and from hotels etc. There is a short guided tour of the city and the rest of the time you are on your own (which suited me as I had been to Rome & Venice before) otherwise you choose an additional optional tour. Happy with the hotel choice, and everything ran ...read more well. The local tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining.
Fabulous   0 , VIC, Australia, Jun 2018
Hotel accommodation was 5 star, spacious room & handy to everything. The guide was amazing & a very interesting man who gave so much information & he was a great lover of Berlin. Handy to all restaurants. Hotel staff very friendly.
Prague City Break   0 , VIC, Australia, Jun 2018
A great place to stay at Jury's Inn with trams & station right outside the front door. We were rather jet lagged so we really didn't make the most of it. Chose to buy a city tour & also a trip to Cesky Krumlov. City tour was fantastic & guide was very informative. Cesky Krumlov tour was disappointing the guide was not satisfactory at all.
Springtime in London and Paris   5 , QLD, Australia, Apr 2016
Our Monograms independent travel tour was a great way to start our holiday. The accommodation was excellent in both cities for location and service. Having a monograms representative in the hotel everyday if we needed help or advice was a bonus for first time travellers. They also were able to secure theatre tickets to see Matilda the Musical at the ...read more Cambridge Theatre in London and the spectacular Moulin Rouge in Paris both great highlights of our stay. The half day included tours in each city were a good way to see the main sights in a short time and we will go back for more sometime in the future.

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