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Taking a holiday in an exotic destination like Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Argentina, Patagonia, Peru or South Africa is an incredibly exciting adventure. For some, it can also seem like a daunting endeavour. Discomfort with the language, customs, exchange rates or even transportation from point A to Z and everywhere in-between can be a barrier for travellers. That’s where a tour comes in. And for 2020, Globus and Cosmos are unveiling spectacular touring holidays to Asia, Africa and South America including a new Cosmos itinerary: NEW Discover Southern India & Kerala.

“On a touring holiday, travel professionals handle the details, logistics and scheduling before and during each trip, taking away the hassles and worries of travel,” said Gai Tyrrell, Managing Director Australasia of the Globus family of brands. “But that’s not all. Tours provide travellers with an on-site travel expert – a Tour Director – who wears several hats on each journey. A Tour Director is a concierge, a problem-solver and a storyteller rolled up into one. These travel experts provide a priceless service, especially for travellers in exotic destinations.”

As part of each Globus itinerary, travellers are also treated to Local Favourites, giving them a chance to see how the locals live while also encouraging travellers to get off-the-beaten-path for hands-on, in-depth local experiences. Some Local Favourites include a sake tasting in Takayama, Japan; enjoying a performance of the famed water puppets in Hanoi, Vietnam; visiting a local tea farm in Guilin, China; making traditional empanadas in Buenos Aires, Argentina; getting up close to Magellan penguins near Ushuaia, Patagonia and spending time with a local family in an Andean village in Peru.

“Every day on a Globus or Cosmos tour, local guides provide immersive opportunities and the stories behind the sites,” said Ms Tyrrell. “This local insight helps connect people to places, giving each and every holiday more meaning and lasting memories.”

Further, Globus travellers need not waste time waiting in lines. Instead, they’re privy to VIP access into major sites. And because travellers are not waiting in lines, they have more time to experience each destination.

As a result, some of Globus’ most popular tours are to exotic locales across the globe. In fact, the company has grown its brand-wide exotic travel portfolio by 20 percent in the last five years to cater to increased demand. Cosmos too has re-emerged in exotic destinations with value-centric holidays like Timeless Japan, providing incredible opportunities for travellers to experience destinations that, to some, might seem unattainable. For 2020, Cosmos is also unveiling a new India itinerary.

Cosmos’ NEW tour to India for 2020 invite travellers to:

NEW Discover Southern India & Kerala

Explore the ancient city of Chennai; take in incredible sites like Fort St. George, the historic city of Mahabalipuram and the temple and palace of Tanjore; spend time on a spice plantation in Thekkady and enjoy an overnight cruise on the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. This tour concludes with two nights in Cochin.

Other exciting touring holidays, exploring exotic destinations include:

Globus’ Discover Japan (10 days):

From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, this holiday invites travellers to experience the distinct flavour of Japan, including many of its castles and shrines like the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, the Tadaiji Temple and Meiji Shrine. But that’s not all. Travellers on this tour will also discover Japan’s culture through extraordinary experiences like partaking in a traditional tea ceremony, tasting sake and participating in a Japanese cooking class. They can also learn the art of calligraphy and the Yuzen dyeing technique used on kimonos.

Globus’ Treasures of China (11 days):

Delve into the unique world of China during this magnificent tour as travellers explore Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, and Shanghai. As if walking along the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors wasn’t exciting enough, travellers on this tour will also experience a dance show from the Tang Dynasty, cruise the stunning Li River and visit a local tea farm.

Globus’ Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond (10 days):

Discover India, a diverse country filled with a long history, a variety of languages, amazing monuments and a rich cultural heritage. On this spectacular holiday, travellers will not only spend time at Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, the Amber Fort and Jaipur (known as the “pink city”), they will also take part in an Indian cooking demonstration, a home-hosted dinner with an Indian noble family, and game drives through Ranthambore National Park.

Globus’ Legacy of the Incas (12 days)

Peru is one of the great originating centres of ancient culture and on this holiday, travellers will discover its archaeological treasures and ancient ruins in Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Other incredible sites include the Uros Floating Islands and the Nazca Lines. Travellers on this adventure will also get a glimpse into local, rural Peruvian life and take part in a Mother Earth ceremony. It’s a trip of a lifetime.

Globus’ South American Odyssey (16 days):

Travellers have the opportunity to sample the unique cultures of South America on this thrilling holiday to Brazil, Argentina and Chile, including stays in Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Bariloche and Santiago. This tour features amazing scenery and natural wonders as well as vibrant city life in addition to taking a memory-making tango lesson, visiting an estancia (ranch) and spending time in famous vineyards in Chile’s wine country.

Globus’ Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls (12 days):

Travellers will visit the fascinating cities, enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery that can be found in the spectacular country of South Africa. The diverse itinerary has travellers exploring beautiful Cape Town, visiting a colony of African penguins just outside the city, taking part in game drives near Kruger National Park where they’re given the opportunity to see the big five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo. This tour also includes a visit to the former home of Nelson Mandela and Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) aka Victoria Falls, which is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls.

Cosmos’ On Safari in Kenya (8 days):

This once in a lifetime holiday has travellers experiencing magnificent wildlife and heart-pumping adventure. Beginning with a visit to the country’s most famous game area, Maasai Mara National Reserve, travellers can spot elephants, rhinos, giraffes, topi, hyenas and lions, before exploring other incredible national parks including Mount Kenya National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha National Park; where they can get up close and personal with giraffes and zebras.

Similar, value-focused holidays from Cosmos include: China Experience; Brazil, Argentina & Chile Unveiled and Mysteries of the Inca Empire.

BOOK EARLY & SAVE: SAVE 5% on a Globus Asia & Africa holiday, or 10% on Globus’ South America itineraries. For details, visit www.globus.com.au or www.cosmostours.com.au. Travel agents can visit www.globusfamily.com.au for more information.

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