You’ve probably heard stories about high food prices when you travel on your vacation, and some are certainly true.
The Cosmos budget formula also works here to your advantage. We take care of a large portion of your meals, yet
leave you enough free time to sample the region’s gastronomic delights on your own.
A full cooked buffet breakfast is provided daily in Britain, Ireland, Central and South America, and Asia. On the
Continent, buffet breakfast is included daily and consists of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, orange juice, cold and hot
milk, cereals, yogurt, two types of bread, croissants, jam, butter, and cold cuts (cheese, ham, salami).
Most lunches are not included, and your Tour Director will prove invaluable in showing you where you can lunch
inexpensively. He or she will point out small cafés and restaurants where the locals eat. Perhaps you’ll want to sample
one of the local cheeses or sausages. Buy some crisp fresh rolls, and wash it all down with inexpensive local wines
and beers. Eating “European style” can be a lot of fun and a truly memorable experience.
Some dinners are also included in Europe, South America, and Asia. They are 3-course meals and feature perhaps
soup or pasta, a main course with vegetables or salad, and dessert. Regional specialties are often offered. We don’t
include hotel dinners where they clash with showtimes or where dining out at local restaurants is a major attraction.
We don’t want you to have paid for a meal that you then skip to take advantage of the best a city has to offer. Your
Tour Director knows the local scene and can guide you to affordable restaurants, nightclubs, and other places of
Breakfast, though not included in your tour price, is usually easily available across North America, and some of the
hotels you will stay at may offer it on a complimentary basis. As most of our hotels offer anything from coffee to a
full breakfast, you can start the day the way you like best. All provided meals are clearly stated on the itinerary pages.
When your itinerary includes a special event, such as a cruise on Prince William Sound, lunch will be included. Due to
limited facilities at national parks, it is unlikely that we will be able to arrange special or even vegetarian meals.
Dinnertime is your chance to sample local cuisine. Sometimes your Tour Director will offer an optional dinner outing
or recommend a restaurant that serves a good choice of dishes at down-to-earth prices.
Please note on Cosmos Vacations: Special meals, such as vegetarian, can be requested, and we will do our best to
accommodate the requests; however, we regret if your choice of meal is not available. While some hotels may be able
to provide for a special diet, including vegetarian or salt-free food, there is no guarantee. Special food may cost extra.Please ask your Tour Director for assistance and he/she will do his/her best to accommodate your request.
Since we try to show you the real destination, and cuisine forms an integral part of this experience, meals included on a Cosmos tour are never Asian/Indian. For a list of Indian restaurants you can try on the days that meals are not included in Europe and North America, please refer to pages 192-193 in the brochure.