Travel closer and explore more!
If your family is thinking like most of us, our next vacay out of the house will be one close to home, or at least within North America.
With that trend, tour operators Globus and Cosmos have introduced a series of eight- to 14-day “Undiscovered North America” tours, which will explore national parks, up-and-coming cities and historical towns in 2021. Go down less-traveled highways and legendary lanes, and to secluded seafronts, tucked-away towns and scenic country roads and parks other tour companies don’t visit.
Here’s just a sampling of the new guided group tours include the following (per person rates, based on double occupancy):
The eight-day Globus Bourbon, Bridles & Bluegrass itinerary will visit a venerable Kentucky distillery; George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate in Asheville with a farm-to-table lunch; and Chattanooga. Rates start $2,549.
The 10-day Globus Southern California Charms tour explores Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara. It will also include a jeep tour through Joshua Tree National Park. Rates start at $3,699.
The 10-day Globus New England & The Hudson Valley program will delve into the history and legends of the region, exploring coastal Maine; rural New Hampshire; the mountains of Vermont; Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains; and New York’s Tarrytown and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Rates start $3,299.
The nine-day Cosmos Exploring the Pacific Northwest tour will transport travelers through Washington and Oregon. In Washington, explore the Bavarian village of Leavenworth; and in Oregon the coastal city of Astoria, Bend’s breweries, Mount Hood’s Multnomah Falls; and Crater Lake National Park. Rates start at $1,929.
Additional Undiscovered North America tours include the 11-day Globus Quebec In-Depth with the Gaspe Peninsula, with rates starting $2,764; the 12-day Cosmos Alaska & the Yukon, with rates starting at $2,709; the 14-day Cosmos Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains vacation, with rates starting at $2,379; and the 13-day Cosmos Western Canada with Inside Passage, with rates starting at $2,660.
Airfare from your home town is additional.
These tours come with a 2021 Peace of Mind Travel Plan which allows travelers to move a booking to another destination, vacation, brand or a different date free of charge. Changes need to be made before the final payment is made.
What’s the difference between these two sister tour companies? Globus offer a premium guided touring experience all over the world, catering mainly for the 55+ market – but open to all ages. Cosmos leans toward a more budget traveler and offers value rates. Accommodations are 3 to 3/12 star often located out of the city center. Also, some meals and excursions are excluded.
(Editor’s note: The travel industry is currently under great stress, and the money you pay now may be lost if companies go out of business. See more here.)