Roman Holiday Event Returns For 2012

Rome Event With Gala Dinner Inside The Vatican Highlights 2012 Portfolio Of Over 50 Tauck Journeys To Europe

NORWALK, CT (May 2, 2012) As Tauck begins the first full month of its 2012 operating season in Europe, the Connecticut-based company is rolling out an extensive portfolio of more than 50 all-inclusive itineraries. Highlighting Tauck’s 2012 lineup of European tours and cruises are the return of its exclusive “Roman Holiday” event as well as a new 10-day itinerary in Sicily and a new 12-day exploration of Turkey.

“Europe is our most popular destination, and we’re excited to offer our guests and agents an incredible range of experiences to choose from,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. “From our classic land journeys to river and small ship cruises, and from our active, small-group Culturious trips to our Tauck Bridges family adventures, there’s a Tauck trip to Europe for everyone.”

Returning to Tauck’s European collection this year is its “Roman Holiday” event, last offered in 2010. The one-time, five-day event (October 25 -30; from $4,990 per person, double occupancy, plus air) features a rotation of themed, small-group, sightseeing “tracks” that each explores a different element of Rome’s history or culture. Tracks include “Ancient Rome: From Romulus to the Caesars,” “The Eternal City: Geniuses of Rome,” “First Families, Private Palaces & Movie Sets,” and “Caput Mundi: The Middle Ages.”

Event attendees will reconvene at the end of each day for special gala evenings, including a private fashion show highlighting Italian designers and a performance of Italian opera inside a privately owned palace. The event’s signature evening, however, is an exclusive after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, followed by aperitifs and a private dinner inside the Vatican Museums’ stunning Braccio Nuovo gallery, a venue normally reserved for Vatican state dinners and other official functions.

NEW JOURNEYS IN SICILY AND TURKEY

Tauck’s new “Sicily: Culture Through The Ages” tour (from $4,990 per person, double occupancy, plus air) explores the enduring influences that have shaped Sicilian culture, including those of the Greeks, Romans, Normans and even the Mafia. The tour also introduces guests to the island’s diverse artisans and their various crafts, including a chocolatier, a maker of Majolica ceramics, a chef specializing in traditional pastries, and the vintners at a family-owned winery where Tauck groups will enjoy a tasting. Another Tauck-exclusive highlight is a reception and dinner at the home of La Principessa di Raffadali in Palermo, along with a tour of her 14th-century palazzo. “Sicily: Culture Through The Ages” includes multiple-night stays in Palermo, Siracusa and Taormina, as well as overnight stays in Sciacca and Ragusa.

“Turkey, Land of Contrasts” features three on-tour flights that allow Tauck’s guests to experience a wide range of locations, from a three-night stay in Istanbul with an in-depth exploration of the city, to the coastal cities of Izmir, Ephesus and Antalya, to the interior cities of Konya and Cappadocia. Among the highlights of the new Tauck itinerary are an included hot air balloon flight above the “fairy chimney” rock formations of the Goreme Valley, private instruction in the preparation of authentic Turkish coffee, and a traditional dance performance by a troupe of “whirling dervishes.” Other special experiences include time at a “caravanserai” or roadhouse inn on the ancient Silk Road, a private home visit with an artist in Istanbul, and a visit with a family in their modern “cave home” carved into a bluff in Cappadocia. “Turkey, Land of Contrasts” is priced from $4,990 per person, double occupancy, plus roundtrip airfare to Istanbul.

About Tauck’s European journeys:

Included in Tauck’s 2012 European offerings are its classic Tauck World Discovery land journeys, including nine of the company’s popular “A Week In…” itineraries. Also included are 10 river cruises, six small ship ocean cruises, five Tauck Bridges family adventures, and four active, small-group Culturious trips.

Tauck began operating in Europe in 1990, when Arthur Tauck, Jr. introduced his first “Yellow Roads of Europe” itineraries. Named for the scenic byways highlighted in yellow on Michelin road maps, Tauck’s trips travel off-the-beaten-path to reveal authentic European history and culture, while also providing insider access at iconic sites. Each Tauck journey, in Europe and elsewhere around the world, is fully inclusive and delivers strong value. In fact, an independent traveler attempting to duplicate a Tauck experience (to the degree they’d be able) would spend up to 40% more than they would traveling with the company.

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