When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?
Final tour documentation is sent after final payment is received, and will include additional information about clothing and packing, weather and more, along with the day-by-day itinerary of your journey.
What is the age group of the people who take your journeys?
Tauck land trips and cruises are enjoyed by people of all ages, by anyone who has a passion for enriching, rewarding and memorable travel experiences. Our Tauck Bridges family adventures are designed for family travel and attract people of all ages and generations; Tauck Culturious trips appeal to "boomer" travellers looking for culturally immersive, active, small group travel.
What is the average group size of a Tauck journey?
The average group size of a Tauck journey varies depending on the trip that is selected. Most land journeys average 35 to 44 guests. Some of Tauck's cruise programs will average larger group sizes based on the capacity of a ship. While the group size can be larger for such cruise programs, the land touring and shore excursions are orchestrated in smaller group sizes.
How do you choose your hotels?
When you travel with Tauck you can always count on the best available accommodations in great locations, from landmark city hotels to country hotels in areas of stunning regional beauty. Tauck hotels are selected for their central location, ambiance, service and value; most are conveniently located, close to key historic and cultural sights.
Who leads your journeys?
Tauck journeys are seen through the experienced eyes of Tauck Directors, knowledgeable professionals whose expertise, wealth of information, friendliness, warmth and enthusiasm earn them the highest praise from their guests. They are the personifications of the word "leader." Tauck Directors are passionate in their desire to deliver enriching, rewarding and memorable travel experiences – and they are with you through your entire journey.
What's included in the price of a Tauck journey?
Just about everything! Virtually every travel expense is included in one up-front price – airport transfers as specified in the itinerary, all hotel and ship accommodations, entertainment, meals as specified in the itinerary, special dinnerw, land and cruise transportation, sightseeing, shore excursions, luggage handling, most taxes, concierge-style services, services of local guides and more.
All appropriate gratuities for luggage handling, bellmen, doormen, dining room servers, and ship staff are included. Tauck Director and Tauck Cruise Director (if applicable) gratuities are included on all small ship and river cruises and all Tauck Bridges trips.
Are meals included on Tauck journeys?
Most meals are included on Tauck journeys. Dining is a delightful and integral part of the Tauck experience – and that is why Tauck selects restaurants that offer a true taste of each region you visit. Enjoy Tauck's "free choice" dining where you often dine when and with whom you wish; some meals are full a la carte, some may be limited a la carte, and some may be from a set menu or buffet.
What if I have special dietary requirements?
Many special dietary needs can be accommodated on Tauck journeys with advance notice but cannot be guaranteed. Different destinations make some dietary needs harder to accommodate than others. Tauck will do everything possible in communicating your requests to hotels and restaurants. Common dietary requests like ' low sodium' or 'vegetarian' are likely to be accommodated much easier than very special or unique dietary needs. Meals that are full a la carte offer more flexibility for special dietary requests as do some limited a la carte meals. For the occasional 'set menu' or 'buffet meals' on Tauck journeys, unique dietary needs may prove a bit more challenging.
How much luggage can I bring?
Due to motor coach space limitations, most Tauck journeys only allow for one normal sized suitcase per individual. Tauck also encourage just one carry-on bag per individual (for carrying items that might be needed during the day's sightseeing excursions or camera/video equipment). Dimensions for carry-ons should not exceed 17" x 12" x 10", allowing it to fit under the seat or in the overhead rack of most motor coaches.
Are tips included?
All gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides and luggage handling are included on river cruises. Gratuities to the Tauck Director and Driver ares not included on most Tauck land jounreys. Such gratuities should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not done as a group. As an exception, there are some Tauck journeys in which the Tauck Director gratuity is included and/or a Driver gratuity will not be applicable. Information about Tauck Director and Driver gratuities specific to a destination is included within final tour documentation sent after a reservation has been paid in full. All appropriate gratuities for luggage handling, bellman, doorman, dining room servers, housekeepers, local city guides, ship and train crew are included in the price of a Tauck land journey.
Are there age restrictions for children?
Children age 3 and older at the time of travel are welcome on Tauck Bridges itineraries. Based upon our experience with family travellers, for each itinerary we have a minimum recommended age to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all of our guests. In some cases there may be age restrictions on activities; all children must be accompanied on activities by a parent or guardian. At least one guest in the travelling party must be 21 or older to make a reservation. Note: Minimum age for our Tauck Bridges river cruises is 4 years; minimum age for our Tauck Bridges African safaris is 5 years; and minimum age for our Tauck Bridges Galápagos cruise is 6 years.
Tauck ask that you use good judgment if considering bringing a young child on a Tauck journey. Many itineraries do not cater to young children's interest, patience or stamina, and therefore aren't really suited to children of too young an age. Young children's behavior can be unpredictable, and with consideration for all fellow travellers wanting to enjoy their holiday to its fullest, it is important to know and understand that Tauck has the right to ask any tour member who is disruptive to a group to leave the tour whether they are 6 or 96 years of age.
Are you able to tell me if there are other children and their ages on the journey on which I am travelling?
Yes. Just ask your Global Journeys Consultant at the time of booking. Please bear in mind that bookings, and thus the number and age of children travelling, may change.
Can my child stay alone in his/her room?
In compliance with our partner hotels and for the safety and security of our guests, children under 18 years of age must be booked into the same room as an accompanying adult.
Can you give me an example of the types of activities you have for children?
We have so many activities for active feet and curious minds that it's difficult to know where to begin! Here are just a few examples for families of all ages: a trail ride with a cowboy at Bryce Canyon, a walk with a hawk at an Irish castle, whitewater rafting in Peru's Sacred Valley, a gondola ride in Venice, mountain bicycling in the Alps, learning about bullfighting on horseback in Seville and a speedboat adventure on the Thames in London.
Do you have special prices for children?
Yes! Special rates are available and vary by journey. Children under 11 or 12 (depending on the journey) are eligible for the special rates on all of our family adventures.
Do you offer children's meals?
In most cases, there are menus available for children. Please note that in destinations such as Europe and Africa, these options may not be typical "kids' meals." Tauck also include authentic regional dining experiences and culinary discoveries that keep kids' needs in mind – like cooking classes with Irish chefs and Austrian strudel bakers and marzipan makers, a pachamanga barbecue in Peru, a picnic in an African crater, cheese making in Switzerland, chocolate tasting in France and pizza making in Italy – for a real taste of family life around the world.
What are the rooming options for my family?
Tauck accommodate single, double and triple rooming arrangements on all itineraries. In some instances a triple room accommodation may have a rollaway bed. On 6 of our US. itineraries for example, 4 people – including a maximum of 3 adults – may stay in one room. Please note that our ability to accommodate different rooming options varies by hotel and location. For example, rooms in Europe may be smaller than those in the US., and thus a rollaway may be difficult to place. Quadruple accommodations are available only on select itineraries and in Europe often require two double rooms.
What is the difference between taking my family on a Tauck Bridges journey compared to a normal Tauck journey?
Tauck Bridges journeys differ in that all of the journeys' components are designed to best suit "family" travel. Our itineraries, hotels, meals and activities are specially planned to thoroughly compliment our loyal family travellers. However, Tauck Bridges and Tauck World Discovery's journeys both are designed and delivered by the same devoted and experienced staff, whose expertise and love of travel have brought numerous awards throughout the company's history. Do note that Tauck World Discovery experiences are designed primarily for adults, although children are certainly welcome. We do not offer child rates on Tauck World Discovery itineraries.
Can I add extra nights before or after my trip?
Guests often ask us about extending their stay at either the start or end of their Tauck holiday – and special Tauck prices at our selected hotels make it more inviting than ever! When you arrive early, you become better acclimated to any time changes, so you're truly refreshed and relaxed. You'll eliminate the stress of worrying about getting to the starting point of the first day of your journey on time. And you'll have some additional time to explore on your own. If you want to spend more time in cities where your journey ends, we can also extend your stay by one or two nights – it's a great way to make your holiday last a little longer!
Where will we stay?
As a service, your Global Journeys Consultant wil orgnaise with Tauck hotel reservations before and after your journey. Rooms are reserved at the first or last night's hotel property of any Tauck journey so there is no worry of having to change hotels or rooms at the start or end of your trip. Rooms are reserved on a space-available basis, and the cost will be added to your tour cost.