Globus Launches Small Group Discovery Tours 2021 for Like-Minded Travelers

GLOBUS FAMILY OF BRANDS | July 14, 2020

Very few of us travel in isolation. Instead, when we explore the world, we share experiences with wayfarers from across the globe. We also share airplanes, town squares, markets and must-see landmarks. When travelers choose Globus or Cosmos, they’re choosing to explore the world in a small group of like-minded travelers: People who stick together from start-to-finish. Now more than ever, there’s great comfort and extraordinary confidence in that choice.

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I was in Edinburgh for about 7 days where we got a chance to get a feel of the wonderful city. Beautiful in every way, the people, the architecture, the historic sites and the greenery! It was absolutely mesmerizing. This Cinematic travel video represents how fun a week in Edinburgh can be. Hope you enjoy this travel video, and if you do then don't forget to like and subscribe!

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