Cosmos vs Monograms

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

The Low Down

 
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.
 
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.

Reviews

Reviews rated out of 5

 
4.4 out of 5
1,746 Reviews
Value For Money
4.4
Tour Guide
4.6
Accommodation
4
Tour Pace
4.1
Included Excursions
4.1
Optional Excursions
3.9
 
4.3 out of 5
5 Reviews
Value For Money
4.3
Tour Guide
4.5
Accommodation
4.8
Tour Pace
4.3
Included Excursions
4
Optional Excursions
1.8

Operator Details

 
No. of Trips
206
 
Departures
2,196
 
Avg. Length
13
 
Avg.
$252
 
180
This Month
Guided Tours
Trip Type
Independent Tours
Trip Type
Trip Budget
Budget
Affordable
Accommodation
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
Max. Group Size
50
 
No. of Trips
117
 
Departures
1,459
 
Avg. Length
8
 
Avg.
$319
 
91
This Month
City Breaks & Short Breaks
Trip Type
City Breaks & Short Breaks
Self Guided Tours
Trip Style
Self Guided, Independent
Trip Budget
Budget
Premium
Accommodation
Accommodation
4 Star
Local Hosts
Guides
Local Hosts

Regions Explored:

Europe, UK & Ireland

In Their Own Words

We asked the travel companies themselves why you should travel with them.

 

Peter Douglas, Head of Sales - 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!
 

Peter Douglas, Head of Sales - 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

 
Simply Vietnam
5 Star Review from Charles & Rosalind.

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 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
4 Star Review from Darwin.

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 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.
Central Europe
5 Star Review from Neil.

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.
Central Europe
4 Star Review from Garry & Maria.

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.
Prague, Vienna & Budapest
5 Star Review from Tina.

A wonderful Winter holiday highlighting the best of the Christmas markets in Europe. Helpful staff and great driver added to this fantastic experience!
 
Vienna & Prague
4 Star Review from Kaye.

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 if wanted afternoon nap.
Rome & Venice
4 Star Review from Donna.

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 well. The local tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining.
Berlin
5 Star Review from Dianne & Neville.

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
3 Star Review from Dianne & Neville.

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.
London & Paris
4 Star Review from Robyn & Alan.

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 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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