What started as a New England motor coach tour company 90+ years ago, has truly evolved into an extraordinary global travel company, with a fourth generation of Taucks now involved.
Today, with six brands and more than 140 trips across seven continents, Tauck delivers life-enriching travel experiences to every corner of the globe, incorporating small cruise ships, premium river cruises, trains, helicopters and more.
On Tauck's river cruises, you can expect to see the sights a bit differently than you would with anyone else. We explore Europe's great waterways from the Rhine and the Danube to the French Rivers, Rhône and Seine. Tauck's custom-designed river cruise ships are spacious and comfortable, welcoming you to an onboard experience characterized by the Tauck Difference.
All-inclusive river cruises featuring personalised cruising enhanced by those "little Tauck touches;" our intimate, club-like atmosphere onboard, and the uncommon access to exclusive cultural experiences on our included excursions ashore, ensuring experiences as memorable as the places you visit, not simply what other travellers see and do.
Since Taucks first sightseeing excursions on the country roads of New England in 1925 Tauck has pioneered the best ways to discover landmark sights around the world. Today they offer guided sightseeing adventures filled with in-depth cultural exploration in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa...to give their guests a comprehensive, insider look at the places they've dreamed of exploring.
Whether you choose our a short week long journey, pairing city sights with country delights, or a longer trip of 9 – 20 days, you'll experience more of what you want to travel for in one inclusive, up-front price. Let Tauck handle the cumbersome work of planning and organising so you can relax and truly enjoy your journey, start to finish!
The difference in Tauck's small ship cruising lies in the choreography – the combination of personalised cruising with cultural land exploration. From the moment you step ashore, Tauck's 90+ years of expertise on land ensures that on every moment of your shore excursions (all included in the price) count!
Small ship cruising means more personal attention from the captain and the crew – you'll find the on-board atmosphere to be both club-like and comfortable. The pace is more relaxed, the conversations are richer, and the day-to-day experiences are shared with like-minded travellers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 journeys. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Travelling solo doesn't mean travelling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie, travelling with like-minded travellers who share similar interests, enjoying the spirit of travel that makes exploring the world a necessary part of life – and sharing the special experiences found on Tauck's guided land trips and cruises that create lifetime memories. Tauck offer special Solo Traveller Savings on all of our European river cruises and on select departures of many of our land trips.
Tauck offer a airport or railway station transfers at the start and end of your tour, or in-conjunction with any pre or post accommodation booked with Global Journeys. All flight information must be given to Global Journeys at least 6 weeks prior to departure so that transfers can be arranged. If you book your own pre or post accommodation then transfers cannot be included.