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Tour Directors

TRAVEL WITH OUR EXPERTS—The Best in the Business

The person who will have the greatest impact on your Cosmos vacation is your Tour Director and we go to great lengths to find guides of the highest caliber. These friendly, articulate, and savvy world travelers are highly regarded within the travel industry. They often have bright, witty personalities, and love to share anecdotes and chit-chat with “their family.”

With Cosmos, you travel in the company of genuine experts who bring life to your destinations with unforgettable details about colorful historic characters and landmarks. These very knowledgeable, delightful professionals usually come from the regions they will guide you through, so they will show you the sights and sounds and you will experience the sights through the eyes of a seasoned traveler or a local. They can fill you in on a quaint little bistro just two blocks from your hotel or suggest a shop where you’ll find the best deals on Swiss watches. They handle the red tape with border guards and will clarify for you the nuances of Italian cuisine so that you don’t confuse spumoni with rigatoni!

They deliver commentary in English—and in multilingual Europe, they speak at least one other European language. It’s an expertise without equal, and the result is a truly authentic and memorable travel experience

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MARIEKE KOENDERS
Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Traveling through Greece, history and mythology come alive. You can smell the wild thyme, see the islands with their white-washed houses, taste the olives and sun-kissed tomatoes, listen to church bells in Meteora and touch the marble of a centuries' old monument. Greece is a country that awakens all the senses and it will be a pleasure to share my passion for it with you.

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SIMONA CIOCANEL
Escorting tours for more than 10 years

In my country, there is a saying that "Romanians were born poets." It is a great pleasure to present my country as a descendant of Dracula (though today we switched from blood to wine). Even more, I live in a country with a tremendous landscape of diversity, great inventors, history, and culture.

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GIUSEPPE MOZZONI
Escorting tours for more than 10 years

There's sage travel advice that "When in Rome, do as the Romans do!" That's my goal...to help every traveler experience Italy through an Italian perspective. We'll get to the heart and soul of each town-the sights, sounds, and flavors that make each place so unique. You'll definitely come away with a better understanding of why we say, "Italians do it better!"

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MARCO NOCI
Escorting tours for more than 10 years

Switzerland-where better to take a break than in this naturally stunning and peaceful country? On a tour of this remarkable place, I won't just show you the Switzerland that you will find in the guidebooks (chocolate, fondue, and clocks that go "cuckoo"), I will share with you the genuine "Swiss" experience. There's more to this unique country than meets the eye!

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SERENA CAMPBELL
Escorting tours for more than 15 years

As a small child I was fascinated when hearing my grandparents' travel adventures. I would listen to their stories for hours! Here I am, years later, taking passengers around, sharing stories and showcasing my beautiful country! Combining my love for working with people and traveling is a perfect fit. Seeing the fascination in passengers' eyes as they witness Western Canada's stunning and ever changing scenery is the part I love best. Bringing the world alive through stories is a privilege.

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JULIAN HIDALGO
Escorting tours for more than 20 years

After so many years in this fascinating land, I never get tired of showing people the wonders of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Every tour is an adventure...a unique cultural experience I share with my guests. Like a storyteller, I can´t wait to meet my audience and start the show. Introducing travelers to the people, colors, and flavors of the region is exciting-something you just can't get from a guidebook!

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LILI KOZANYI
Escorting tours for more than 5 years

A Tour Director can "make or break" a tour, and my goal is to help you experience the most comprehensive and memorable vacation ever. Let me show you how wonderful Scandinavia is. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy - everything else is taken care of!

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LISA PERLA
Escorting tours for more than 10 years

It's my passion for travel that led me into the Travel Industry in 1999. Originally from New England, I love sharing the area's historical significance and quaint appeal, especially when the Fall colors are at their most brilliant. My heart especially lies in the West, though, with the overwhelming beauty of our parks and canyonlands. I truly enjoy sharing what this wondrous country has to offer, and my goal is for our guests to leave with once-in-a-lifetime memories.

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ENRIQUE AQUINO LONGO
Escorting tours for more than 10 years

I originally came to Spain to discover the other half of my heritage. I'm still here! I just fell in love with it. The culture, never-ending history, breathtaking landscapes, delicious food, bright sunshine and friendly people make it fascinating. Don't be surprised if you'll be the next one to fall in love too. Nothing makes me happier than to show my guests what makes Iberia and Morocco my home.

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ANDREJ SCHERGIN
Escorting tours for more than 10 years

Join me in discovering the diversity and mysteries of Scandanavia, Russia and the Baltics. For me, the region is more than a destination full of culinary delicacies, fairytales, troubled pasts and bright futures. For me, a native of the area, it is shrouded in tales of escape and survival, family and social progress. At Cosmos, travel is more than a destination, it is a life experience!

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BARBARA BURYIAK
Escorting tours for more than 25 years

As a Tour Director for more than two decades, I've always had a passion for travel. At 18, I traveled solo throughout Europe. A few years later, I was one of three youth ambassadors on a cultural exchange to Burkina Faso. As a Tour Director, I enjoy showing off America's Heartland. I encourage my guests to talk to the locals and try the regional foods. Guests often tell me that their fondest memories are of their time spent in small towns with "real Americans.

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BRAM VAN DIJK
Escorting tours for more than 5 years

Being a tour guide to me is creating the most beautiful memories, a s memories are the most precious things we can own. It's an honor for me to show the prettiest places in Europe and explain the secrets and stories behind them. It's great to meet people from all over the world and to see people making lifelong friends. Every day there is a new highlight, a new memory and above all, a lot of fun. Hope to meet you in Europe!

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FERNANDO BORDALLO
Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, I speak English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. I became a Tour Director in 1986, and I love my work. It's so great to see guests engage with the diversity of South American countries -their traditions and contrasts. I love sharing the history of these countries, watching the group interact during the trip, and knowing I play a fundamental role in the success of the trip.

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

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TUNDE DALOS
Escorting tours for more than 10 years

Many people have ancestors from Central Europe. Maybe you do, as well! Come discover this unique part of the world. I love showing travelers the spirit of these countries-through history, culture, and lifestyle. Born in Hungary, I know this region well, and am sure you'll enjoy each moment. You'll return home with the greatest memories and a little piece of my heart!

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RANDY SCHUSTER
Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Being a Tour Director has afforded me the opportunity to travel more than I would have ever dreamed. During my many years as a Tour Director, I have had the opportunity to lead tours in Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and the Western U.S. I am extremely proud of my home state of California. Come with me on tour and I will show you the unique beauty, ethnic diversity, tempting local cuisine, and, hopefully, help you spot a celebrity or two!

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KEN HARTFORD
Escorting tours for more than 10 years

The West has been my home since I was born, and its incredible diversity has kept me engaged since my earliest memories. It is a world of iconic places and undiscovered gems waiting to be explored. Experience the bustle of its cities and the serenity of its open spaces, hear the stories of its people, and embrace the wonder of its beauty. No matter who you are or where you come from, there is something about the West that will never leave you.

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JOHN PLOSZAJ
Escorting tours for more than 15 years

My favorite things to do include travel and meeting wonderfully interesting people from around the world. Luckily, I get to do both as a Tour Director! What I love most about my job is the chance to be an ambassador for the United States. To see the smiles on my travelers' faces at the end of a tour and to know they had a great time and learned a little something about our country is priceless.

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TRUUS HUIZINGA
Escorting tours for more than 10 years

I enjoy sharing my stories about each country and city, and seeing travelers' reactions as they savor new cultures and experiences every day. Few other things in life make such a major impact in such a short time. It's so wonderful to meet a group of people who start the vacation as strangers but then often come away as lifetime friends. This gives me the passion to do what I do!

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FERNANDO CASARIEGO
Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, I studied English in London, French in Paris, Italian in Siena, and Tourism with the focus on the American market in Rio de Janeiro. I have been a Tour Director for more than 30 years, and enjoy helping guests better understand the customs, cultures, and people. The friendships that are created within each group lead to an energy that revitalizes me, bringing happiness and satisfaction to the end of each tour.

NOTE: The profiles above are given as examples and the Tour Director on your tour may be different from those mentioned above.

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