Local Favorites


Every journey tells a story! When you travel the world, you meet interesting people, delve into incredible cultures, seek new experiences - and a story is born. A piece of personal history that will become your favorite anecdote for years to come. So, what’s your story?

A remarkable flavor adds to this narrative when you have multi-cultural companions to live these moments with. You can further enhance it with the new found knowledge gained from a local expert who belongs to the destination and tells you the tales of the land. That’s where Local FavoritesSM come into the picture. This new year, let’s travel around the world and collect little gems so you can discover your own travel stories! Stay tuned, we will bring the hitherto unknown treasures to you...

It could be said that our Local FavoritesSM tour component is Globus’ secret ingredient that makes our tours so unforgettable. Seeing the major sights at a destination is only part of the equation. Doing what the locals do is what journal entries are made of.

Can you imagine taking part in a Buenos Aires tango lesson? Trying your hand at ancient calligraphy in Japan? Interacting with cigar rollers in Cienfuegos, Cuba? These are the types of activities that make up our Local FavoritesSM. These exclusive experiences introduces you to a destination’s hidden gems with behind-the-scenes activities.


National Parks of USA & Canada are home to the most amazing and unique natural wonders with exquisite rock formations and magnificent forests. With Globus, see the national parks like no one else! At Monument Valley, go on a 4-Wheel Drive tour with a Navajo guide who shows you the valley’s most incredible scenery and shares their local legends and lore. Join in a Stargazing Program and hear ancient stories about the constellations at Sequoia National Park. At Denali National Park in Alaska, enjoy dinner at the Murie Science Centre with an exclusive presentation by a local naturalist. Sample an original Huckleberry Ice-cream at Glacier National Park in the Canadian Rockies. With Globus, you stay right inside the parks to get the most authentic experience!


Think Spain and images of bullfighters, colorful flamenco dancers, and Don Quixote spring to mind. From world-class art, historical sights, magnificent cathedrals to sunny climate and unique cuisine, Spain is full of highlights. Savour such experiences and authentic local favorites on a Globus tour led by our Spanish Tour Director. Head to Ribera del Duero for a ‘wine tasting’ accompanied by tapas at Bodegas Portia, designed by the world-famous architect Norman Foster. At Pamplona, walk along the Calle Estafeta, where the famous "running of the bulls" takes place. Visit Valencia’s oldest Horchaterias to savor a traditional Horchata drink. Drive to vibrant, festive Seville, with an exclusive visit to the famous Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla, the royal ‘bull ring’.


When we envision the perfect vacation with our loved ones, we imagine great hotels, amazing food, incredible sightseeing, and, above all, we hope to create memories through immersive experiences. On a Globus tour, experience the destination like an insider with our exclusive Local Favorites. Visit Claude Monet’s house and stroll through the magnificent, romantic gardens on your French holiday. At Gretna Green in Lake District, take part in a wedding re-enactment with its history of runaway couples. Enjoy romantic cruising along the most scenic parts of the Rhine river to Rudesheim, with traditional wine tasting! Your expert Tour Director will introduce you to more such hidden gems and traditions with behind-the-scenes activities. We will make you fall in love with travel, yet again!


Peru is a unique destination with epic views and colorful landscapes. It offers grand experiences to travelers with the majestic Machu Picchu, the magnificent Peruvian Amazon river and more. When you travel with Globus, you’ll discover Peru’s archaeological treasures, visit its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. All this with your expert Globus Tour Director who belongs to the region takes you through the country showing you the hidden gems. Get awed by the amazing ruins of the lost Inca city at Machu Picchu. Experience an authentic Mother Earth ceremony performed by a local shaman at Sacred Valley. Fly above the enigmaticNazca lines with precise geometric shapes that number in hundreds at Paracas. And best of all, indulge in local delicacies in the Peruvian food market at Lima. Trust us, epic adventures await you at Peru when you travel with Globus.


Perhaps you have already stood inside the Colosseum or marvelled at the chiselled statue of David. Cruised through the romantic canals of Venice! But there is also beauty in the less-traveled regions of Italy - quaint, charming and full of Local Favorites. And there is no better way to experience these picturesque towns than on a Globus tour with your expert Italian Tour Director. With its white-washed walls and sparkling blue waters, Bari, is a hidden gem waiting to be uncovered on the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea. Visit the Castellana Grotte caves - largely a “locals only” secret with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites. You must have heard of Lake Como (thanks, Deepika & Ranveer), but a must-visit is Lake Como! Surrounded by mountains and dotted with several small islands, Lake Como is extremely picturesque with stunning landscapes and charming, red-roofed towns. Located in Cinque Terre, Monterosso is the perfect vacation spot with a spectacular beach where you can enjoy famed white wines. And the best for the last - San Gimignano gives you the Tuscany that you have been dreaming of, with rolling vineyards, sunflower fields and a charming and well-preserved red-roofed village and a Tuscan sun!


You may fancy seeing the smashing sights in Britain, but it is truly beyond London & the London Bridge. From winding paths to windswept cliffs, see Britain’s authentic places beyond the London Bridge with Globus. Discover destinations you might not yet know about, or places you wouldn’t think of visiting on your own. Set out and explore the legendary Cotswolds’ dramatic hills and sweeping meadows dotted with stately castles, honey-colored villages, and charming thatched-roof-cottages. Get on board to witness the spectacular scenery of the Scottish highland village of Glenfinnan. Your expert Globus Tour Director will show you the famous viaduct that carried the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. Stand in awe in front of the Tudor-style birthplace of the greatest writer, William Shakespeare, at Stratford-Upon-Avon. First enjoyed by the Romans, then the dandies of 18th-century London, the curative mineral waters of Bath and its splendid Georgian architecture is still a treat for today’s travelers. Home to the famed university, Oxford has given rise to many elite scholars, including Albert Einstein, David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch. With many quintessential pubs, Oxford is a destination where the present is shaped by the past and where work and play collide.

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Traveling to a new place is exhilarating but seeing through the eyes of a local who knows the secrets of the destination opens so many doors! After all, travel is about meeting the natives and seeking authentic experiences, MORE than viewing awesome sites, clicking photos, and checking off bucketlist items. As a traveler on a Globus vacation, you can look for immersion, wisdom and better understanding of people and thus, the places. On a Globus Peru Splendors tour, VISIT A LOCAL PERUVIAN HOME with guinea pigs, meet the locals and experience their way of life Sacred Valley, Peru. How about becoming a part of the local tradition of a WEDDING RE-ENACTMENT at Gretna Green, Scotland, where the local blacksmiths wed runaway couples in 1700s? Globus’ Discover Japan offers an exclusive peak into the local culture through special experiences – TAKE PART IN A TRADITIONAL TEA CEREMONY HOSTED BY A TEA EXPERT, and also learn HOW TO WEAR A KIMONO in an authentic way. Such local favorite experiences teamed with a local tour director from the region will enhance the holiday memories on your Globus tour.

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For up-close views and behind-the-scenes glimpses of famous celebrations, Globus Special Event vacations are the way to go. From Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Parade and Alaska’s Iditarod race to Albuquerque's famous Balloon Fiesta, you'll not only witness exciting events, you’ll take part in them as well. See the ceremonial start of Alaska’s most famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Experience the thrill of witnessing the mass ascension of hundreds of hot-air balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, where the sky turns into a virtual rainbow of spectacular colors. Step into a world of “Wild West” and catch world-class rodeo action at the Calgary Stampede in the Canadian Rockies. Experience an exhilarating Sleigh Ride at National Elk Refuge and enjoy winter activities at the Yellowstone National Park. Or attend the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to indulge yourself in the best of jazz music. Globus doesn’t just bring you to the special events, we also include special treats, such as special authentic Southwestern dinner in Santa Fe; or dinner on board the historical RMS Queen Mary in Los Angeles. These are just a few of the highlights offered to Globus travelers!

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Travel is all about authentic and local experiences. It allows you to indulge in the destination with all your senses – of sight, of touch, of sounds, of smells and ofcourse, of taste! When you travel on a Globus vacation, let the aromas envelope you, let the flavors titillate your tastebuds, and delve into the culinary delights of the destination. Try your hand at Scone Baking at Rathbaun Farm in Ireland. Treat yourself with local delicacies like Caviar & Blini at St. Petersburg. Enjoy a traditional pizza party in Florence at the fashionable Finisterrae restaurant. Take a break in Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere and sample the world famous Gingerbread, invented way back in 1854. Explore a local fruit orchard in Michigan, US and enjoy a delicious piece of Michigan Cherry Pie. Visit a Maple Syrup Farm in the US and learn the art of making maple syrup. Visit a local Peruvian food market to taste some typical Peruvian fruit & experience a bit of everyday life in Lima. Participate in a Special Japanese Cooking class at Kyoto. Relish a delicious Bush Breakfast in Kenya as you sip on mimosa! You get these delectable experiences among others, when you travel with the world’s largest escorted travel company – GLOBUS!

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All along their lifespan on earth, humans have proved time and again their mettle by masterminding phenomenal creations. Imagine the ingenuity of the Inca civilization that created the grandiose Machu Picchu. Get overwhelmed on your Globus Peru vacation as your legendary Tour Director takes you back in time to discover Machu Picchu or the Nazca lines! At Brazil, every traveller gets awe-struck by the dominating statue of Christ the Redeemer. Learn in-depth stories of the past from a Globus local escort about the Leaning Tower of Pisa – a must-see on everyone’s itinerary to Italy. A couple of hours away from London is the Stonehenge which has mystified mankind for ages about its origin and purpose. Your expert Globus guide will introduce you to some intriguing theories about it. Visit China and walk on the most expansive piece of architecture, the Great Wall of China and let it enamour you with its magnificence. The tales of your prodigious Tour Director will reveal little known secrets of these well-known architectural marvels. So, get on a Globus tour, what are you waiting for?

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There is something truly magical about a vacation on a train! With memorable journeys, idyllic vistas and pristine moments, you get transported to a simpler time where life was at an unhurried pace. Globus handpicks the perfect train journeys to enhance your travel experience. On your Canadian Rockies trip, there is no better way than to take the Rocky Mountaineer as you travel from Calgary to Vancouver with the scenic views of one of the world’s most majestic ranges. How about travelling onboard Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad, an inspiring jaunt across Copper Canyon, Mexico, which took over 100 years to build? Famously known as the world’s most stunning train journey, travel on the bewitching Flam Railway passing through 20 tunnels with picture stops at waterfalls and valleys on your spectacular Globus Scandinavian vacation. Dare we miss a mention of Europe’s highest railway station, Jungfraujoch, located at 13642 feet - a mandatory experience on your Swiss sojourn?! Far East in Japan, experience the swiftest way to travel on the high-speed Bullet Train as you go from Kyoto to Hiroshima! Travel with Globus on your next vacation to indulge in many such quintessential escapades around the world.

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Museums bring history to life. They display treasures and timeless masterpieces and help preserve mankind’s rich heritage which might otherwise be lost. World over, you get some of the best experiences of the bygone era from a visit to a museum. Visit the fabulous RIJKSMUSEUM in Amsterdam with its priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters. Step into the legendary LOUVRE with its glass pyramid against the background of its ancient architecture. A tour of the VATICAN MUSEUMS & SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgment’ is a mandatory experience when you visit Rome. The palatial PRADO MUSEUM in Madrid takes you back in time with the priceless art treasures, while the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM is an amazing feat of construction of the modern times. At Mexico’s CHOCO-STORY MUSEUM, you’ll learn the history of cocoa, its importance to the Mayans, and see chocolate being prepared using an ancestral recipe. The LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM in Lima houses the largest private collection of Pre-Columbian Peruvian art. SHANGHAI MUSEUM on the other side of the world, features stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. And who better to do this with other than Globus! With Globus, you see more of the museum from the inside because your tickets are pre booked, while the others wait in serpentine queues, sometimes for hours!

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Celebrations and festivals bring out the best of a destination - decked in all their splendor, appearing their attractive best and the most interesting part – everyone’s invited! Take a leap of faith at the Oberammergau’s Passion Play which takes place only once in ten years to celebrate the story of Christ in the quaint German village of Oberammergau. Get awed by the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Scotland. View Canada’s Lake Louise at its finest during the Ice Magic Festival. Indulge yourself in The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as an enraptured music lover, or be a part of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax, Canada where Tattoo is one of the world’s premier events! Capture America in all its splendor at the nation’s capital, Washington DC, as the country celebrates the American Independence Day. Witness the breath-taking parade of balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, where the sky transforms into rainbows with balloons in every color and hue. Come winter, revel in the Québec Winter Carnival, with numerous thrilling events that you can be a part of. Choose from the world’s most famous revelries when you travel around the world with Globus Special Event vacations. Remember, we always have your tickets pre-booked, so you do not have to struggle your way in to the venue or to your seat!

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While we would want to leave this interesting quote by Chef Anthony to your personal judgement, It is true that a drink is often an integral part of any travel experience. Almost every country or even some cities are known for their own specialty brew & “spirit”. Whether its Sangria in Barcelona, Limoncello in Positano, the traditional Ouzo in Santorini or the good old single malt Whisky at Glengoyne in Scotland, a drink is one of the most tangible representations of a culture, and the most resilient too.

When you travel, trying a local drink is one of the most direct ways to interact with a new place. Picture yourself around the wine regions, or such local specialties and you realise it is true they taste the best when you consume them on the very land that produced them! Be served with a dinner paired with Chianti wine on your memorable overnight in Tuscany’s Chianti hills, take a guided tour of the wine cellars and a toasting at the Award winning Gloria Ferrer wine caves & Vineyard in Sonoma California, visit the famous Sandeman & Co. Cellars in Oporto & taste port wine or enjoy a wine tasting at The Pere Auguste Wine Cellar in Civray De Touraine & many more…

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Wherever you travel, on the dance floor, all that matters is the dance! Dance forms one of the most intrinsic part of any culture, along with the food, language and the stories of the destination. It elevates your travel experiences. Consider the Latin American dances - the flamboyant Brazilian SAMBA, the Columbian SALSA or the Andean dances of Peru. Learn to swing your way with an elegant TANGO lesson in Buenos Aires. Up north in USA, enjoy the performances of the indigineous tribes at Alaska or the extremely fleet-footed polynesian dancers in Hawaii. Across the oceans, you have the high-energy Scottish Highlanders at Edinburgh, Scotland. WHO can say no to a vibrant FLAMENCO Show, the pride of Spain which revves you up with the colors and the exuberance? Get introduced to the delightful SIRTAKI dance of Greece, a modern folkdance, taught by experts. The Orient boasts its own forms of dances – from the APSARA dance at Cambodia to the dance and show by KUNGFU performers at Beijing and the FINGERNAIL DANCE by the Thai!

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All of us have grown up with fairytales of princesses in flowy dresses and a tiara and princes fighting fire-breathing dragons. Now all grown-up, in our secret moments, we still dream of those fascinating storybook wonderlands with magnificent castles!! Well, they really do exist. In Europe, hundreds of well-preserved castles dot enchanted landscapes, some more unique than the others. The most popular must be the picture perfect image of a fairytale castle, the magnificent NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE located at Bavaria, Germany. It is also the inspiration of most famous Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Travel further east to visit Dracula’s BRAN CASTLE, built in 13th century. Located dramatically atop a hill, it has attracted people from all over for its fascinating, if morbid legends. Go up north to Scandinavia to view a completely different architecture at King Gustav’s GRIPSHOLM CASTLE with its huge round towers, complete with onion-dome tops, high brick walls and lush lawns!

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Picture yourself sitting in Schonbrunn Palace, the former imperial residence at Vienna and getting enveloped by musical notes of the best of western classical music! All that in your own private concert! When music and travel come together, they transcend you to a higher plane of true living. If you are a music aficionado, make sure to intersperse your journeys across the world with the musical elements and enhance your vacation. Visit ABBA museum at Stockholm, get awed by the street musicians at Prague, witness performances of bagpiper music by the highlanders of Scotland, get serenaded by a gondolier in Venice and more…

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Italy - the closest to heaven when it comes to food! A vacation to Italy becomes experiential and takes on many more layers as you travel across the country. Starting from the north, indulge in the famous Parmesan Cheese Tasting at Parma or enjoy a Balsamic Vinegar Tasting session near Modena. Visit Vercelli to taste the Risotto right across the fields where it is harvested! Olive Oil Tasting at an authentic oil mill at Frantoio of Spello will have you in raptures. Sip daintily on a glass of Chianti or a Brunello as you look across the spectacular vistas of Tuscan country-side and discover the best of the Italian wines. And who says you can’t learn a thing or two on your vacation – like the art of home made Manfricolo pasta from a chef during a PASTA DEMONSTRATION at Umbria. As you descend to the south of this country, your palate discovers even more delights – the Foccacia from Bari, Sicilian Panelle and Cannoli or a slice of the Neapolitan Pizza!!

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Here’s an idea of the unique experiences you can look forward to when you book a tour with Globus:
  • Stay overnight at an authentic French château
  • Toast jolly old England with a glass of champagne as you soar over the city on the London Eye
  • Take a Tyrolean horse-drawn carriage ride through the Alpine splendor near Innsbruck
  • Meet Iditarod champion Martin Buser and his sled dogs at Happy Trails Kennels in Alaska
  • Enjoy a traditional lobster & seafood bake on Cape Cod
  • In a small Andean village, spend time with a local family in their home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life
  • Enjoy a bush breakfast in the Maasai Mara of Africa
  • Cape Malay cooking class and a walking tour of Bo-Kaap area in Cape Town
  • Participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony
  • Take a trip to Kangaroo Island, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats, to see Australia’s wildlife up close
  • Visit a working coffee and macadamia nut farm in Hawaii to see daily life of harvesting their largest exports
At Globus, we’re very proud of our Local FavoritesSM, since a lot of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking had gone into their creation. You will never have to settle for a cookie-cutter itinerary when you book one of our escorted tours.