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Travel Blog

Welcome to the New Tauck travel blog! We hope you enjoy our weekly updates, photos, and special insider tips on some of the world's most popular destinations. Along the way, we'll also be bringing you stories from Tauck travelers and insights from the Tauck family. Have your own suggestion for a story? Just write to us at social@tauck.com.

Falling in Love with Foliage

AHHH! Fall has arrived, and what a relief! September has broken the iron grip of the Dog Days and brought in those moderate days when conditions seem perfect for human comfort. A cool breeze caresses your cheek. The sun has taken on a new, softer and lower angle, casting long shadows that emphasize the features of everything its oblique rays fall u...
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Vitamin N – Nature is the Best Medicine

My friend Dan Mahar, the CEO of Tauck, has a name for something that is very important to him, as it is to me. Dan calls it “Vitamin N.” Simply put, it refers to the health-promoting benefits of nature.
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All Inclusive – Awfully Confusing

Whoever invented the concept of “all inclusive” must have been a genius. Or maybe there was no single inventor, but it was just an idea that had to happen. In any case, the idea of an all-inclusive vacation experience has certainly struck a chord. Any travel product labeled “all inclusive” gets a favorable reception.
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Flying Solo

In a group of friends the other night someone raised the subject of solo travel and it led to a lively, extended conversation with a number of people chiming in with various points of view. I had not realized the extent to which traveling solo is becoming a very popular way to travel.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/11/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Solo Travel

Picnics Around the World

Making the most of the sunshine, the setting and seasonal ingredients, there’s nothing like a picnic to whet your appetite for discovery during your summer vacation – like pique-niques in France, a basket-packed lunch with the Big Five and friends in Ngorongoro Crater or a mid-day fresh air meal overlooking Yosemite National Park from a...
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Manuel and My First International Travel Experience

By the age of 14 I had never crossed an international border. The nearest one was hundreds of miles away and my prospects of getting there were not good. But fortunately for me the international travel experience came crashing into my world, into my own bedroom.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/21/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

What's Cooking This Summer
Around The World?

Summertime dining all over the world is synonymous with outdoor feasts, especially barbecues, aka South African braais, Australian barbies, Argentinian asados and Hawaiian luaus to name a few… And depending on where your wanderings take you, you can taste authentic culinary traditions in every sizzling bite.
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Off the Grid

Sometimes you just have to unplug! I am sitting by the Rock River in Vermont, and the water is so clear you can see the bottom of the swimming hole. No one filters the water, it just flows down the mountains that way. You can drink it. It’s a revelation for a city dweller to come out into the country...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/7/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Family Travel: It's Back, But It Never Went Away

Family travel is the most natural thing in the world. Before the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago, family travel didn't have a name. It was just "life." When we talk about family travel, we are getting very close to the core of human existence. We modern humans are evolved from people who traveled in extended family groups their whole live...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 6/23/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Family Travel

World Class Hotels with Staying Power

Where you stay when you travel is an integral part of the total vacation experience. Whether you are exploring wilderness wonderlands like our national parks, Europe’s sophisticated capital cities, Latin American villages paused in time or exotic destinations in far away lands, your accommodations can enrich or enrage depending on your intere...
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Tours, Events and Other Parties

A tour was never just a series of places on a map. In Arthur Tauck Sr.’s historic first classified ad for a tour of New England he used the word “party” three times in just a few sentences. He knew what he wanted.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 6/9/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Tauck Events

7 Top Places for Fall Travel

The summer crowds are gone. The fresh crisp air creates a new energy and a new sense of beginning. Much of Europe and the US is at its most scenic and most culturally exciting. Fall is simply a wonderful time to travel. For an unforgettable trip, here’s where you should go…
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Where it’s Memorial Day…
365 Days a Year

With all the parades, barbecues, holiday sales and general hoopla that has come to characterize the Memorial Day weekend as the annual kickoff to the summer season throughout the U.S., it’s become easy to lose sight of the true purpose of the observance… to remember and honor those Americans who have given their lives in the service of...
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Adventures in Africa

When we pulled up to the safari lodge and got out of the car, I found myself enveloped in a rich, fresh atmosphere, surrounded by green plants and trees, and a sense of calm and well being descended upon me. We followed a wooden plank walkway over a tiny pond to the registration desk at the main lodge. There was an instant change in my mood just be...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/19/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Africa, Safari

"Memories of Mount Rushmore"
by Tauck Director Elizabeth Goetsch

When I was 10 years old, my Girl Scout troop went to Mount Rushmore. I said “went” but the trip involved so much more. We had to plan the trip (each step of planning fueled my anticipation!). We had to read and research about where we were going (at a library, as nobody in my troop had heard of the internet then). We had to raise money ...
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Why I Don’t Fear Traveling

On a recent trip one of my fellow travelers asked me if I am afraid to travel to Europe now. At first I drew a blank, not understanding what he was talking about. But after a moment I realized he was referring to terrorist attacks that have taken place in Europe over the last year. And then I wondered to myself: Why is it that I don’t react t...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/5/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

"My Most Memorable Family Travel Moment” by Tauck Director
Elizabeth Goetsch

As a Tauck Director, I am incredibly familiar with the itineraries I run. I am often asked if I get bored running the same tour over and over. I don't get bored, as each week feels different than the week before. With all the familiarity of the tour I sometimes forget that I, too, can be moved by the same experiences as my guests.
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A Daughter’s Poignant Reflections
on India

Lisa Miller joined her parents on Tauck's journey through Northern India in late 2015. Her father's bucket list had long been topped by the Taj Mahal, the monument that also held a special place in her mother's memory. In 1967, Lisa's mother had visited the Taj Mahal with her own mother. It was now her turn to re-create that kind of touchstone mome...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/21/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: India, Photos, Tauck, Travel, history, tradition

Wildlife Viewing in the Yellowstone Winter

It was the week of the full moon when I took the tour of Yellowstone in winter, and with the moon reflecting brightly from mountains blanketed with snow, it was as exotic as any place I have ever seen. It was an enchanted world, so drastically different from my customary frame of reference it was as if I’d been transported to another planet, ...
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Small Ship Cruising: Good Things in Small Packages

Sailing aficionados love the meditative state of sailing, finding balance with the natural elements, attuning oneself to the rhythms of waves, gravity and wind. Sailing is one of the most ancient activities of humankind.
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Ireland & The Yellow Roads of Europe - After 25 Years, A Look Back

In 1989-90, as Tauck approached its seventh decade as a travel leader specializing in North American tours and cruises, Arthur Tauck Jr. and tour architects Scott Supernaw and Herbert Wiese headed off to Europe for on-the-road, hands-on, in-depth crafting of Tauck's first European itineraries – checking out cities, towns, villages and destina...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 3/17/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, Tauck, Travel

Where the Sun Shines and You Are Traveling with New Friends

The other day I asked my friend Arthur Tauck, the dean of escorted tour operators, the question he has no doubt heard thousands of times: What is your favorite destination? “Wherever the sun shines and you’re traveling with new friends,” he said.  
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 3/10/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Get a Taste of the
National Parks at Home!

It goes without saying that an escorted tour to America’s national parks is a visual feast. But while your eyes gorge on gorges like the Grand Canyon, a deep dish of layered sand and limestone cascading one mile down; rock candy landscapes peppered with a salt lake (think Utah, home to five national parks and dusted with deserts and an &ldquo...
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Cuba: Step into Hemingway’s World

There is arguably no more exotic destination for an American traveler than Cuba. You can get on a plane in Miami and in less than an hour step off into a world that is so removed from what you left behind it seems like another planet.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/25/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Cuba

Alaska: Where Frontier Wildlife Live On

When Disneyland shared the news that some Frontierland attractions would be closed in 2016, I began thinking about the changed nature of the Western frontier. The West is where young men were once told to go, with a promise of natural riches: abundant beauty, resources and wildlife. And the good news is that in Alaska, natural beauty, resources an...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 2/18/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Travel, USA, Wild Life

Anatomy of a River Cruise

If a tour operator could put wings, or wheels, or even feet on a hotel it would solve so many problems! A tour operator has to parcel out the 24-hour day so that it includes time for the necessary functions of sleeping, eating, bathing and transportation, and still have enough time to get an enriching experience of the travel destination.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/11/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, River Cruise

Romantic Getaways in Europe

Some couples really know how to live. Take my mother and stepfather. After they got married, in a garden in California, they went on a yearlong honeymoon in Europe. That’s right. An entire year. They sojourned at a 19th-century spa in Hungary, looked at art in France, investigated the pubs of Dublin, explored Loch Lomond in Scotland… a...
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The Eye of the Traveler

Traveling is good for the mind and soul. It affects you long after you get home. I believe my travels have fundamentally changed the way I experience life, even when I am not traveling. It’s as though I am always on a trip now, even when I am home. I had an experience that brought that home to me vividly a few weeks ago.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/28/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

The Kentucky Derby: Tradition Reigns at the “Run for the Roses”

To me, from the wonderful “big hats” worn – and Mint Juleps sipped – by spectators at Louisville’s Churchill Downs to the garland of red roses adorning the winning horse, the Kentucky Derby is all about tradition. Some of the Derby’s many time-honored traditions date all the way back to the famous annual thorough...
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Looking Beyond the Camera

I remember when taking pictures was expensive. You would buy the film and then would have to pay to develop it after you got home from your trip. You wouldn’t know if the pictures were any good until you got home. I would take a few rolls of 24 or 36 exposures on a trip and each frame was like gold. I took pictures very sparingly.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/14/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Photos, Travel Tips

Wishing a very happy birthday to America's National Park Service...

The National Park Service turns 100 in 2016, shining a spotlight on those national treasures gifted to us by statesmen and visionaries like John Muir who said: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” We believe that, and so do the thousands of guests who have not only visited the parks with us since 1925, but also helped us &ld...
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Holiday Cookies From Us to You

It’s a tradition that dates back centuries and one that never fails to bridge cultures and countries with a taste of good tidings and heartfelt holiday cheer. I’m talking cookies… spritzed, sprinkled, shaped, sugared and shared, neighbor-to-neighbor, in the spirit of the giving season. Christmas cookies, or biscuits as they are...
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The Power of Travel

Many people in Asia believe that the horn of the rhino ground into powder is good medicine for a variety of ailments. The belief goes back thousands of years, and though there is little scientific evidence to support it, it’s possible that rhino horn may have some health benefits. But there are four and a half billion people in Asia. If even ...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/10/2015
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

5 Grand European Hotels
You'll Never Want to Leave

Certain European luxury hotels are like a book you can’t put down – a world within a world so captivating that when the time comes you have to tear yourself away. I don’t just mean five-star hotels; I’m talking about five-star hotels in a class of their own – so atmospheric and rich with the personality, and fascinatin...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 12/10/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Austria, Europe, Hotels, Ireland, Italy, London, Tauck, Travel, Venice, Vienna

Hollywood Along the Danube

Exploring the Danube River on Tauck’s The Blue Danube river cruise a few years ago caused me to rapidly fall head-over-heels in love with some of the great cities I visited along the “River of Kings” – from Vienna to Budapest and beyond, as the Danube winds all the way to the Black Sea and Bucharest. And being the movie buff...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 12/3/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Austria, Europe, Tauck, Travel, Vienna

Born to Travel

I believe each person comes into the world with a unique purpose. We all have certain gifts, and in exchange for the supreme privilege of living we must use our gifts to bring something of value into the world before we pass on. We each discover our own purpose by listening to our own hearts, or as Joseph Campbell put it, 
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/2/2015
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Enjoy Delicious Holiday Recipes from Around the World

We’re dishing up some of our favorite around-the-world holiday recipes… so you can enjoy them at home! Travel is all about experiencing a taste of life in new destinations. So it comes as no surprise that, for many of us, food plays a big role in the memories we bring home with us after our travels afar. If you’ve been dreaming o...
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The Season of Giving

Sharing the gift of travel with family or a special loved one is a way to create a legacy of shared experiences. It means forging wonderful memories together, bringing families and dear friends closer together. Travel is a gift that leads to learning and inspiration. It sparks curiosity and deepens one’s appreciation for the world, which mea...
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13 Amazing Ways to See
Wildlife in the Wild

If you’re the kind of person who wants adventure… to get so close to a wild elephant that you can see her eyelashes… then you’re just like our Earth Journeys guests, who spend many hours learning about animals in the wild – as they hunt, feed, play, nurture their young. Truth is, to fully understand the motivations ...
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Along the Rhine

Just as in the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales… the half-timbered villages, looming castles and deep forests along the Rhine offer places with a sense of the magical. For me, the river’s magic is like a fairy tale, for along its path are places with stories that intrigue and landscapes that spark the imagination. There are towns and ...
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15 Halloween Costume Ideas... Think Travel!

If you’re like me, most years you scramble to come up with a clever Halloween costume at the last minute – an impossible task involving a lot of panic. But last year was different; the Creative team at Tauck planned ahead and dressed up as the first Tauck tour (1925) – complete with Studebaker; not bragging, but we won the office...
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Scenes from the Seine

Lovers know France best. What romantically inspired traveler has not dreamed of exploring a country where its rivers, like its wines, flow with irresistible invitations to drink in the intoxicating beauty of landmarks, landscapes and lifestyles that reward body, mind and soul.
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The National Parks and
the American Story

With only months away from the US National Park Service celebrating their Centennial year in 2016, I’ve been thinking a lot about America’s national parks and monuments, and what a treasure they are to we citizens of these United States. Because sometimes we might take them for granted, forgetting the often decades-long struggles that h...
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Considering Culturious? Consider This!

What makes Culturious group travel a different kind of Tauck experience? I thought it might be helpful to share the perspectives of some recent Culturious travelers who are also very experienced Tauck travelers.
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Coming Home to Italy...
For the First Time

Perhaps because I’m Italian-American (well, half, on my dad’s side) and in the travel field, friends and colleagues have always found it hard to believe that I had never visited Italy, the country that my grandfather Carlo left, on his own, at 17 to make a new life for himself in the United States. But I hadn’t… until just ...
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Meeting Royalty in Europe with Tauck

Before I travel to a new destination, I read about it. I learn about its history and culture. I research the food, traditions, and the weather. I look at pictures, seek out travelers’ reviews and talk to others who have been there. Then I daydream about it.
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Food for Thought... The Real Reason Why Those Irish Eyes are Smiling...

France has escargot, chocolate and baguettes. In Italy, it’s pasta and pizza perfection. Burgers and shakes are famous in the US. Spain has paella. Argentina has steaks… but Ireland? If you asked me when I was a college student living in Ireland on a semester abroad decades ago, I would have said potatoes, scones and Guinness in that ...
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Making Sense of Online Trip Reviews

The Internet has revolutionized the way we plan vacations, and nowhere is that impact more apparent than in the profusion of online, first-person traveler reviews of hotels, restaurants, guided tours, cruises and attractions. Consider this: One leading travel review website hosts 260 million unique monthly visitors and more than 100 million reviews...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 9/3/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Tauck, How-To, Travel Tips

Tauck Returns to Nepal in October

On April 25, 2015, during the off-season of our Northern India & Nepal itinerary, Nepal was struck early on a Saturday morning by a powerful earthquake. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, the quake’s epicenter was some 50 miles away from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. Images of crumbled buildings, dangling wires and cables, and ...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/27/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Asia, India

25 Places Around the World
With Jules Verne... and Tauck

Given the great speed at which we can routinely travel these days – by jet aircraft, high-speed rail, modern trans-oceanic cruise ships, etc. – the idea of circumnavigating the globe within 80 days may seem trite… and certainly not nearly as daunting as it did back in 1873, when the great science fiction pioneer Jules Verne's cl...
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Museums Kids Will Love – Really!

When families travel together, one of the big challenges is to make museums enjoyable for all ages – because, frankly, if the kids aren’t having fun, nobody’s having fun. But if just the mention of the word “museum” causes your children’s eyes to glaze over, you are not alone. Traditional museums tend to give my...
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Shear Entertainment:
Discover an Authentic Irish Gem

On the drive that circles Ireland’s Iveragh Peninsula, known affectionately as the “Ring of Kerry,” there is so much to please the eye. Dense forests, slate-colored loughs (lakes), rugged ocean views, picturesque towns, emerald pastures and rising mountains are the stars here in southwestern Ireland – making it one of the c...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 7/30/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Great Britain

Top Reasons Why Puglia
is a Must-See in Italy

The warmth and style of the Italian people, and their remarkable art, architecture, food and wine attract millions of visitors to Italy each year. In designing our Italy trips, we work hard to find ways to share this abbondanza authentically and personably.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 7/23/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Hotels, Italy, Puglia

Amazing Travel Takes an Amazing Team

Each year Tauck works with thousands of partners in the travel and hospitality industry who play vital roles in helping us to deliver extraordinary escorted tours around the globe. Our partners range in size from multinational companies to country-, region- and city-specific experts, and small local services and individuals.
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Arthur Tauck’s Memories of the
Road Trip that Launched a New Industry

No matter how often I tell the story of the first Tauck tour, I find myself chuckling at the image of my traveling salesman father, born Arthur Tauchnitz, taking my grandmother Theresa, my sister Meredith, a Bristol Myers employee who heard about the trip from my mother, a worker at Prudential who was recruited by another of our relatives who worke...
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A Mother and Daughter in Paris

My daughter, Isabel, gazes at the Eiffel Tower, all lit up and glittering against the night sky. She’s seventeen, but I’ve never seen this expression on her face before – the look of wonder mixed with joy. The light plays across her face. We stand on the deck of the riverboat on the Seine, arms wrapped around each other, looking u...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 7/2/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: history, Travel, Tauck, Paris, Museums, London, France, Art Travel

Exclusive Partners, Exclusive Places

Tauck’s partnerships with top venues around the world mean that our guests have access to places that others can only dream about – and to amazing privileged experiences on our travel tours. Here are our Top 5 Tauck Exclusives for 2015, accessible only with Tauck.
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Summer has just begun...
can't bear to see it end?

There’s nothing quite like a summer vacation to bring people outside to enjoy the warm weather. Days are brighter longer. Nights invite stargazing. Dining al fresco tempts with views and farm-fresh meals. Walks in the wilderness invite with wonders naturally inspiring, and garden strolls flower with possibilities. You can bike, hike and boat ...
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Lovely Ports Less Visited...

One of my great pleasures in life is discovering a secret gem – finding a treasure that’s new to me and known to just a lucky few. An out-of-the-way café where the food is delicious... an inviting trail I’ve never seen before... a good writer everyone isn’t talking about yet... and always, always places off the typica...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 6/11/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Italy, Small Ship Cruising, Travel, Venice

Secret Tips for Winning
Tauck's Photo Contest

For the past 10 years, I have had the pleasure of looking through the photography submitted for Tauck’s Travel Photo Contest. We edit the best of the authentic photography gifted by our guests for use in our brochures and on our website. Quite often I am asked what makes a winning photograph.Below are some basic suggestions from my expe...
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Posted by Kathleen Whittaker on 6/4/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Photos, How-To

Bringing “America’s Best Idea” to Life...

You don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool history buff like me to appreciate the work of filmmaker Ken Burns, whose acclaimed documentaries over the past 30+ years have transformed the way we look at American history, and at the nature of the American experience itself. Admittedly, I’ve been a fan of Ken’s work since his earliest do...
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Why I Have Fallen for Fall Travel

After the long hot days of summer, when high humidity can make you wilt and the heat literally takes your breath away, fall blows in with seasonal treats that chill with delights. For those of us over 40 folks, the term “chill” in hip, modern-day vernacular has taken on new meaning. Instead of portending ominous shivers and almost freez...
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Art in the Heart of
Grand Teton National Park

What do the Smithsonian Institution, Sir Paul McCartney, and Sir Elton John have in common? All three own works by artist DG House – known for her vibrant paintings of Western wildlife and one of the distinguished American Indian artists-in-residence in Grand Teton National Park whom Tauck guests are meeting at Tauck Exclusive private present...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 5/14/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Art Travel, National Parks, USA, Wyoming, Yellowstone

7 Must-Visit Destinations
for Families Worldwide

Among the countless places that Tauck visits around the globe, there are certain must-see destinations / experiences that light up the imaginations of kids, parents and grandparents alike. We’ve chosen seven of these top must-do’s for families, all of which inspire multi-generational fun and learning on Tauck Bridges family travel adven...
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"Horsing Around"...
The Equestrian World of Tauck

I am certainly no expert on horses. I appreciate their power and beauty, and enjoy watching them at races, rodeos, equestrian events and in Westerns. But the fact is that I’ve only been atop or in close proximity with horses a handful of times in my life. And I recently realized that most of those moments have occurred on Tauck trips. So I th...
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Observing the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War: Meet noted Lincoln scholar and author Harold Holzer

If you were looking for expert insights on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, you’d need go no further than Harold Holzer. A leading scholar on the 16th U.S. president and the political culture of the Civil War, Mr. Holzer has written over 500 articles and reviews for various magazines and scholarly journals, and is the author, co-author...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 4/23/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Civil War, Ken Burns, Tauck, Travel

Meeting Celia Sandys, Winston Churchill's Granddaughter

It hasn’t really soaked in yet, and perhaps never will. I can hardly believe that I actually sat in a room and had a conversation with Winston Churchill’s granddaughter. It’s as close as I could get to meeting Churchill himself, and something akin to having a conversation with Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain.
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 4/16/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
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125 Years of van Gogh Inspiration

In the Netherlands, Belgium and France, 2015 will be marked by a series of cultural events and unique exhibitions to honor the 125th year since the death of Vincent van Gogh. As a Tauck traveler, you’ll have opportunities to experience one or more of them on one of our European river cruises, or perhaps during a pre- or post-stay. Below are s...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/9/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: River Cruise, Tauck, Travel, Amsterdam, Europe

Exclusive Partnerships,
Personal Stories

When I travel, the reason I remember a place long after being there is that it represents far more than a place in my memories. It’s a place that brings to mind an experience. Perhaps I gained an understanding of the history that shaped its people, or truly connected with someone I met there, or identified with the story underneath.
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A Christmas Markets Cruise
to Remember

As the sound of children caroling on the steps of the Church of Our Lady filled the air, I sipped a mug of feuerzangen – Nürnberg’s signature hot wine-and-rum punch – nibbled a marjoram-flavored bratwurst, and plotted my next move.
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 3/26/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: River Cruise, Christmas Markets, Tauck, Travel

Only in Venice...5 Must-Have Travel Experiences

If Italian cities were meals, for me Venice would be a dessert – impossibly frothy yet perfectly rich – a place to get happily lost in, so far removed from the meat and potatoes of my home in New England that just strolling the picturesque streets or gliding down a canal gives me something like a sugar rush. I’ll never forget the ...
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Carlton House: The Inside Story
of a Royal London Address

As a Tauck tour architect, when I redesigned our “England, Scotland & Wales” trip for 2015, I wanted to provide our guests with special events that they would never otherwise have access to – events featuring remarkable people in quintessentially British places. Carlton House, in London, with its illustrious and royal heritage...
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Posted by Art Cox on 3/13/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, London, British, Great Britain, WW1, history

Lasting Impressions from a First Time River Cruiser

I had heard about the growing popularity of river cruising for years but as a first timer, until I stepped aboard my riverboat in France for a trip on the Rhône, I really didn’t know what to expect.  Did I have any preconceptions? Absolutely. I imagined a slow moving boat, confining cabin space and an older crowd among them, thinki...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 3/5/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Travel

My Essential Travel Item Is...

We’re always on the road at Tauck, and through trial and error we’ve each discovered the items we really can’t leave home without. Common travel basics, like power cords and universal adapters, are important, but we also absolutely need a few other small things that make a big difference to comfort and convenience when we’re...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 2/26/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Tauck, Travel Tips

Romancing the Senses…
The Most Unusual Places to Dine

Dining is a huge part of travel. Culinary specialties differ around the world, ensuring visitors an authentic taste of life in the places they’re exploring. But it’s not just the food that tempts my appetite for travel, it’s also the romantic “place settings” that make my mouth water for a unique dining experience I co...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 2/20/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Cuba, Europe, Food, Food and Wine, France, Dining

Grand Travel Events
for a Grand New Year in 2015

I wrote this on January 2nd from InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel, an icon of luxurious Parisian society since 1862 in the heart of the City of Light! Here in Paris, and in Yosemite in December, 300 Tauck guests and dozens of staff “rang in 2015 and our 90th Year” at two extraordinary Tauck Events – "The Tauck Yosemite Event...
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The Tauck Polar Bear Tour!

On our "Manitoba: Polar Bear Adventure", United States Tour Operators Association blogger Ashley Castle discovers the intrepid residents of Churchill, Canada... and gets up close and personal with a polar bear. This blog originally appeared on USTOA.com at https://ustoa.com/blog/touring-manitoba-with-tauck
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Posted by Ashley Castle on 1/29/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Manitoba, Polar Bears, Canada, Travel

Colorful Celebrations That
Brighten Up Wintertime Blues

If the mere thought of spending a long cold winter inside has you shivering with dread, consider making plans to join in one of the most colorful celebrations around the world that parade into February with all the heat and excitement of a summertime soiree.
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An Experience in the Polar Bear Capital of the World with Tauck!

United States Tour Operators Association blogger Ashley Castle travels with us to Churchill, Alaska on action-packed Manitoba: Polar Bear Adventure and tells all. This blog originally appeared on USTOA.com at https://ustoa.com/blog/an-experience-in-the-polar-bear-capitol-of-the-world
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Posted by Ashley Castle on 1/15/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Manitoba, Polar Bears, Canada, Travel

New Year's Eve… Around The World

It seems that as soon as you’ve made your holiday list and checked it twice, it’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions again. The annual ritual to mark the changing of the years with new wishes has become a tradition for so many of us – one that got its start long ago.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/31/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Vienna, Holiday, tradition, New Years Eve

Warming Up Winter

It’s been a busy month at Tauck getting ready for our 2015 travels, but we've also found time for lots of fun, celebrating the holiday season in the office and around the world – and giving back to our wonderful community.
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 12/24/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Holiday

Living legends, meeting royalty and other Tauck treats

Before I travel to a new destination, I read about it. I learn about its history and culture. I research the food, traditions, and the weather. I look at pictures, seek out travelers’ reviews and talk to others who have been there. Then I daydream about it.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/19/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Travel, Europe, Royalty

One of a very few...

We received this charming photo from the grandparent of a child who had visited the Sistine Chapel on a Tauck after-hours Vatican tour visit with her family. Absorbed in the moment, she is taking in Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoes above, while listening to Tauck’s local guide share their stories. To me, her image portrays what it me...
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Hawaii… Pearl Harbor… Three Generations

When you come from a landlocked city and state, the thought of a trip to Hawaii is ocean, white sand beaches, ocean, pink sand beaches, more ocean, tropical breezes, and did I mention the ocean… Throughout the years, my family thought of Hawaii as the ultimate destination for the ultimate dream trip to experience a magical tropical...
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Posted by Ann Kinner on 12/4/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hawaii, USA, Travel, WWII

A Thanksgiving Story

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love gathering with family and friends over wonderful food, and at my house, even though my teenagers think it’s a little hokey, we go around the table and say what we’re thankful for.  But until I went to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, I admit I hadn’t given a...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 11/26/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Norman Rockwell, Thanksgiving, Travel

The Ultimate Jazz Experience

Louis Armstrong once said, “Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine – I look right in the heart of good old New Orleans... It has given me something to live for.” Although he hit it big in Chicago in the 1920s and later became a legend throughout the world, Armstrong was a New Orleans native. To me, “Satchmo&...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 11/21/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Food, Ken Burns, Museums, Tauck Events, Jazz, New Orleans

D-Day Veteran Returns to
Normandy with Tauck

It was a great honor to have special guest D-Day veteran Lieutenant Irwin Stovroff sail with us to Normandy on "Rendezvous on the Seine" this summer; meeting him and hearing about his experiences was by far the highlight of the trip for guests and our team alike. The day before we arrived at the D-Day beaches, Irwin told the group his gripping stor...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 11/13/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, D-Day, Jewish, Normandy, Veteran, WWII, World War 2

Luxury Hotels with Everything – Including Ghosts

Luxury hotels offer many a worldly pleasure, but only a select few can be described as otherworldly.  With Halloween on the horizon, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite haunted luxury hotels… Read on, if you dare…
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 10/29/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hotels, USA, Europe, Canada

Travel: A Gift the Family Will Always Remember

I had the pleasure of speaking with Robert (“Bud”) Frame about his family’s Tauck Bridges experience in Italy. The trip was the culmination of two years of planning, the time it took to get 25 Frame family members aligned and ready to head to Rome as a single group last April. “Just finding the time to meet to talk about the...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/23/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, Tauck

Spooky & Other Hudson Valley Attractions

I’m not a scary movie fan, but come Halloween… I do love a good thrill, especially one with a sense of humor. And that’s just what comes to mind when I think of Ichabod Crane, plodding home alone on a dark autumn’s night, past a menacing swamp, across a haunted bridge, after an evening of ghostly tales… as he...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/16/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hudson Valley, Tauck, Travel

Come with Us to the Must-See Gardens of the World [Part 2]

The list of gorgeous and inspiring gardens that you will see on your world travels with Tauck continues!
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 10/3/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Nature, Tauck

Ken Burns New York City Event Spotlights the Roosevelts

With America enthralled by Ken Burns’s epic new documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," we’re proud to announce that during our New York City Event, an in-depth, five-day exploration of New York City, Burns himself will be there to provide insights on the Roosevelt family. The Event will take place October 1 – 5, 2015,...
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Posted by Tom Armstrong on 9/25/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Ken Burns, New York City

7 Favorite Inspiring Travel Stories

One of the best rewards of travel is how it can shake the cobwebs from your head, touch you deeply – and trigger a seismic shift in how you think about things, including yourself. A sudden revelation might be sparked by a wonder of the world or an encounter with a local or just something unusual that catches your eye. I’ve noticed that ...
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Must-See Local Markets: Feasts for the Eyes & Tastes of Real Life

I love to cook, to try new foods and to learn new ways to prepare them – so one of my favorite ways to experience someplace new is to go scouting in local outdoor markets. I also enjoy people watching, and local markets are a wonderful way to get a taste of unrehearsed life in a new destination.
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Ten Ways to Wow Your Kids on a Family Vacation

I recently sat down with my nephews’ children, ranging in ages from 14 to 8, to find out which of our Tauck Bridges family vacations appealed to them most. I was not surprised when they gravitated to the African safaris where photos of lions, elephants and giraffes captured their attention, or the Galápagos cruise, colorful with images...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/22/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel

A Fabulous First Safari Experience

Lora Schapiro, a Tauck employee who has worked in our Connecticut office, on the road as a Tauck Director, and remotely from the southeastern U.S., has traveled on more than 20 Tauck tours. They’ve included land tours, cruises and Events, but never a safari – which is why she flew to Africa this year to join South Africa: An Elegant Adv...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/15/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Safari, Africa, Travel

Unique Places to Travel in 2015

Travel writers like me share a common yearning to be among the first to discover places, the more exotic the better, untouched by crowds and commercialism, and ready to touch hearts. That’s the image that comes to mind when I think about setting off for unique travel destinations like Myanmar, which so entranced Marco Polo and Rudyard Kipling...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/8/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Myanmar, Cuba, Puglia, Travel

River cruising in France - with the kids!

I’m a kid at heart so I was excited as I headed to the lounge of the InterContinental Paris Le Grand to meet my fellow travelers on June 19th for Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise. This was going to be my first Tauck Bridges family river cruise vacation filled with families of various ages and sizes, and we were going to spend ...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 8/1/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, France, River Cruise

Discovering Cuba’s Lively “Second City” – Santiago de Cuba

After decades of staying largely “in the dark” about our Caribbean neighbor just 90 miles from the Florida coast, many Americans are finally getting to know Cuba through People-to-People cultural exchange trips licensed through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – like the one-week trip to...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 7/25/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Cuba

Fall for New England Fall Foliage

I was eighteen and ready for anything. But nothing had prepared me for my first sight of New England fall foliage aflame with colors, spread before me like an unexpected gift. Yes, I’d grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area and gone to school in the English countryside, so I was lucky enough to have always lived surrounded by natural beauty. ...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 7/11/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Fall Foliage, New England, USA

Savoring Northern Spain's San Sebastián

A highlight of Tauck’s Paradors of Northern Spain is visiting San Sebastian for a 2-night stay in the heart of Basque Country. Located on Spain’s quiet northern coast, this is a city that went from fishing village to a summer destination for Europe’s wealthy (the Spanish royal family, Maurice Ravel, Mata Hari, Leon Trotsky) at the...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 7/3/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Europe, Food

Yosemite Celebrates 150 Years

Half Dome, Glacier Point, El Capitan, Cathedral Rock, hundreds of wildflowers, the world’s largest living things (Sequoias) and the tallest waterfalls in North America are some of the incomparable sights that bring visitors from around the world to Yosemite each year. Thanks to the efforts of those who first began to think differently about h...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 6/27/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Nature, Tauck, National Parks

Come with Us to the Must-See Gardens of the World

Happily for garden enthusiasts like me, many Tauck journeys provide entrée to some of the must-see gardens of the world – masterpieces that inspire, astound, and perhaps arouse a bit of envy in the garden-variety gardener (also such as me).  Every botanical tour de force that we visit  – in Europe, North America, South ...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 6/20/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Nature, Tauck

Tribal Voices and the Power of Interpretation

In his role as Tauck’s Product Manager for North America, Roger Saterstrom designs and manages our tours throughout the U.S., including itineraries in the deserts, mountains and canyons of the West and Southwest, where we have the opportunity to highlight Native American history and culture. Roger recently spoke at the Nevada Tribal Tourism C...
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Posted by Roger Saterstrom on 6/17/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Ken Burns, Travel

Heading to Cooperstown: Tauck’s Baseball Hall of Fame Event

For Major League Baseball players and managers, “going to Cooperstown” – making it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame – is the absolute pinnacle of a career in our national pastime. Of approximately 17,000 ballplayers who’ve played in the major leagues since the 1870s, and thousands more from the Negro Leagues, fe...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 6/5/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Ken Burns, Tauck Events, Museums

Traveling the World & Appreciating Good Value – A Discussion with Tauck Travelers

As a company that depends on word of mouth to grow our business, we thrive on guest feedback. It’s how we make sure that we’re providing world travel that is truly beyond ordinary.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 5/23/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Travel

In The Steps of Lincoln and Grant at The Willard Hotel in Washington, DC

As you’d expect, Washington, DC is filled with historic sites boasting strong connections to the American Civil War.  Abraham Lincoln’s “summer cottage” still stands in the city, and he stayed there repeatedly during the war to escape the pressures of the White House.  Just across the Potomac River in Arlington, Vi...
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Posted by Tom Armstrong on 5/8/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hotels, Washington DC, Ken Burns, Civil War

Visit Hotel Traube-Tonbach in Germany: Nine Generations of Family History

In the heart of Germany’s Tonbach Valley, a place of low mountains and dense spruce, fir and pine, lies a pristine world of lakes, ravines, waterfalls and crisp air. Strasbourg lies to the west, Stuttgart to the east. In between are hillsides dotted with villages of clustered  tile-roofed homes, including Baiersbronn – a town calle...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 5/2/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Germany, Hotels, Europe

Cruising Partners for 25 Years

In April 1988, a Frenchman named Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée – a former officer in the French Merchant Navy – founded a cruise company with a unique mission: to transport travelers to “mythical destinations and secret ports” accessible only by small ship. With limited means, a single ship and big dreams, the company’s ...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/25/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Small Ship Cruising, Travel

Italy’s Most Wondrous City: Florence

Travelers from all over the world remember their trip to Florence as an experience of exceptional beauty and creativity. But as is often the case, it’s impossible to do the city justice on a two- or three-day stay. So going beyond the surface to explore the city’s wondrous layers with the help of charismatic locals - is the very mission...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/11/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Florence, Italy, Travel

Finding Love on a Trip to Hawaii

Linda and John Izzard recently celebrated 14 years of marriage – fourteen years that might never have come to pass had the two not traveled independently on a trip Hawaii with Tauck in 1999. Linda headed there from New York City, where she’d had a less-than-healthy winter: her boss had said, “Do us a favor; go someplace warm.&rdqu...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/3/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hawaii, Travel

Why You'll Love Antwerp

When Tauck’s riverboat docks alongside an Antwerp quay this spring, guests traveling on our Holland and Belgium in Spring cruise can take an easy stroll over to visit Antwerp’s historic district; if you are among them, you’re in for a Belgian treat.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 3/27/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Antwerp, Belgium, Museums, Travel

Tauck Baseball Event with Ken Burns Celebrates Baseball Hall of Fame’s 75th Year

Baseball lovers are in for a treat in 2014 as the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates its 75th anniversary. The Cooperstown, N.Y.-based museum will host a special Tauck event July 31 through August 3 where participants will have the opportunity to meet filmmaker Ken Burns (creator of the award-winning 1994 documentary&n...
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The Islands of Hawaii: America's Dream Vacation

It's hardly surprising that winter-weary Americans are pining for an exotic getaway. But their ideal destination doesn't require vaccinations or even a passport: according to a new poll, an overwhelming number of Americans dream of vacationing on the islands of Hawaii. And who can blame them? The 50th state – replete with a tropical climate, ...
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While Most Americans Vacation Close to Home, Their Dreams Travel Farther

America is, famously, a nation of dreamers. We play the lottery, design overly large houses and flock to movies with clichéd -- but happy! -- endings. It seems that our relentless optimism also extends into our leisure time:  According to a new poll, while many Americans are happily taking modest vacations relatively close to home, we c...
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Why We Love Wyoming – Yellowstone National Park and Beyond

Unbelievable scenery... majestic wildlife... real cowboys... The spirit of the American West is alive and well in Wyoming – and ready to be discovered. With spectacular Yellowstone National Park, authentic dude ranches, frontier cities, and much more, Wyoming offers visitors some of nature’s most miraculous gifts – and some o...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 2/27/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: National Parks, USA, Travel, Nature

6 Surprisingly Romantic Cities

With Valentine’s Day here, hearts and minds turn to love, and the world is full of romantic cities that set the stage perfectly. Some of our favorites may surprise you, but they’re all wonderful places to visit whether you’re planning a unique honeymoon, a memorable anniversary trip, an idyllic getaway... or simply love to be arou...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 2/14/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Vienna, Japan, India, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Charleston

The Pros of Traveling with the Pros

You may be longing for a perfect vacation, but don’t have the time to plan it or know exactly how to start. No worries. An escorted tour can be the ideal solution. A tour, complete with travel guide well versed in your destination’s culture, people and places, can save you time and stress – while immensely enriching your...
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7 Tips for Spectacular Nature Photos

It’s surprisingly easy to capture the beauty of the world’s great natural landscapes when you follow James Hutchison’s simple photo tips. A veteran landscape and nature photographer who has spent years in the shadows of the majestic Canadian Rockies, Hutchison often gives guests pointers during Tauck’s Canadian Roc...
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Posted by Jessica Reaves - freelance writer for Tauck on 1/30/2014
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: How-To, Photos, Canada

Family Adventure in Spain:
Brave Bull Wins Against All Odds

Imagine for a moment you are going back in time. You are in the Spanish town of Seville and the date is October 12, 1965. You find yourself surrounded by hundreds of locals present to watch the evening’s entertainment of bullfighting as you had many nights before. In the bullring all eyes are fixed on the young lad decked out in his Spanish a...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 1/24/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Family Travel, Museums, Travel

In Delft tweaking a Tauck tour, continued…

I recently wrote about a visit to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where I joined a Tauck crew working out changes to our “Belgium & Holland in Spring” river cruise itinerary. In the year ahead, guests will have the option of going on an excursion to the town of Delft for an experience of Dutch life outside the big cities. Here’s w...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 1/8/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Art Travel, Europe, River Cruise

On Location with BBC Earth

In my 20+ years with Tauck I’ve had some incredible opportunities to help develop new ways to travel.  None have been quite as exciting as our partnership with BBC Earth and our newest venture, Earth Journeys.
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Posted by Joanne Gardner on 1/2/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Nature, Wild Life

Tauck World of Giving

I was taught how to use a ratchet and an electric screwdriver recently during a work-facilitated volunteer outing in a nearby town, handy life skills I now deem critical for my survival tool chest. Our assignment was to build a community playground for a disadvantaged neighborhood, an initiative fostered by Tauck’s World of Giving program... ...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/26/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel

Seven Great Family Travel Adventures

Family travel is a wonderful bonding opportunity, and if you're adventurous, you're sure to hit on family activities that kids (not to mention their parents!) will remember forever. Of course, as anyone with a family knows, traveling together can also present some very real challenges. Chief among them: How do you find trips to suit all the adventu...
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In Rotterdam, Tweaking a Tauck Trip

I recently joined a Tauck crew charged with working out changes to our Belgium & Holland in Spring river cruise itinerary for the year ahead. A portion of the trip has been “tweaked” to forge a path that is exclusively Tauck: enriching the Lowlands experience to go beyond the major tourist sites, to add more opportunities to experie...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 12/13/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Art Travel, Europe, Museums, River Cruise

Oh the places you’ll go in Botswana!

After reading Tauck Traveler Reviews of our Botswana, South Africa & Zambia tour, I was intrigued to learn more about the experience of a stay in a bush camp. I spoke with a camp representative visiting our Tauck office and consulted with a tour leader familiar with this new-for-2013 tour...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 12/9/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Nature

Solo Travel a Breeze on River Cruises

River cruising is an incredibly popular way to see the world, especially if you are into solo travel. Trips consist of small groups (usually less than 130 people) and promote an intimate, sociable atmosphere among guests. Each ship is completely self-contained, making the experience seamless for a solo traveler and ensuring safety while traveling f...
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Cruising Italy's Amalfi Coast

Awash in history and natural beauty, Italy's Amalfi Coast is best seen from the water, where visitors are perfectly positioned to admire hillsides dotted with ancient villages, terraced gardens and cascading blooms. (Bonus: You won't have to face driving a rental car along the notoriously challenging 25-mile coastal drive).
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A Cruise to Iceland... Hot, Hot, Hot

Iceland is one of today's most popular vacation spots thanks to its ease of air accessibility (only a five hour flight from Boston) and breadth of geological diversity, with more than 10,000 waterfalls and 130 volcanoes (not to mention islands that resemble the surface of Mars with no trees in sight). According to the Icelandic Tourism Board, the n...
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New England Getaways: Hidden, Historic Gems

There is certainly no shortage of memorable New England getaways: You can pick ripe summer blueberries as you hike along the Maine coast, cast your fishing line into the Block Island Sound, walk in the footsteps of history on Boston's Freedom Trail, or spend an autumn weekend gazing at the region's colorful foliage. While every season is beautiful ...
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Niagara Falls:
How to Take the Best Photo

More than 13 million people visit Niagara Falls each year. They come from all over the world to see North America's largest waterfall, and they all have one common goal: Take a great - no, make that amazing! and unique! - photo to commemorate their Falls visit.
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Posted by Jessica Reaves - freelance writer for Tauck on 10/25/2013
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: How-To, USA, Photos

Meet One of Tauck's Finest: Tour Director Peter Tanner

One of Tauck’s “absolutal-ly” finest Tour Directors stepped down from the road in September, after 25 years of service. Born and raised outside Zurich, Switzerland, Peter Tanner trained to be a baker and pastry chef in his youth – having been directed at the age of 12 into the trades (rather than academia) on the basis of st...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/18/2013
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: Tauck Director, Canada, Food, Switzerland

The Magic of Holiday Travel

I will always remember waking up on Christmas morning full of anticipation about what gifts Santa Claus had left for us under the tree. Full of wonder, I could never figure out how he made it to children’s houses all over the world, making their holiday dreams come true with the exact presents they had wished for. It was magic, pure and simpl...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 10/11/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel

Making sense of online travel reviews

The Internet has revolutionized the way we plan vacations, and nowhere is that impact more apparent than in the profusion of online, first-person traveler reviews of hotels, restaurants, guided tours, cruises and attractions. Consider this: One leading travel review website hosts 260 million unique monthly visitors and more than 100 million reviews...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 9/27/2013
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Travel, Tauck, How-To

Oh Susanna... A Taste of the Old South in Savannah

Culinary celebrities describe southern cooking as “hospitality on a plate” alluding to the abundance of comfort food you’ll find on menus in the south. Accomplished chefs like Savannah’s own “caterer to the stars,” Susan Mason, author of the Silver Service cookbook, have created a banquet of recipes that make mou...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 9/19/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Food, USA

Making a Difference in Africa, One Hand at a Time

Africa amazes. Unspoiled wilderness… bountiful wildlife… up-close encounters with young lions, orphaned elephants and comical meerkats… walking safaris led by San Bushmen… tent lodges with jungle views and creature comforts… bathing hippos, graceful gazelles, lounging leopards… No wonder safari tours are am...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/13/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Travel, Safari

Create Your Masterpiece

Bringing local European culture to life – learning about it, understanding it, embracing it – is a big part of what Tauck’s luxury European river cruises are all about. That’s why your Tauck river cruise will have you experiencing great European art, music and more throughout your trip, whichever corner of the continent you ...
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Sicily, in the Eyes of a Seasoned
World Traveler

June Farrell, a long-time world traveler and a first-time Tauck guest, wrote to us about her recent experience on “Sicily: Culture through the Ages.” We were so impressed with her impressions of Sicily that we wanted to share them. I had the pleasures of speaking to her in June 2013.  
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/29/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Solo Travel, Europe, Food and Wine, Italy

Food for thought: Feed the senses on a France River Cruise

At any given point on a Tauck river cruise, at least four out of your five senses are stimulated. That’s one of my take-aways from my recent Tauck river cruise in France. The other manifested in a few take-home pounds, happily earned, around my waistline.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/22/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Food and Wine, France, River Cruise

Travel as Inspiration... whatever your "Muse" may be...

Inspiration can be a funny thing. It seems to come to us in as many different ways as there are people to be inspired in the first place. Sometimes, it’s experiencing a great work of art – like, say, gazing transfixed at Rembrandt’s The Night Watch in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam – that does it. Or maybe it's standing in rou...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 8/16/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Museums, Art Travel

Get What You Pay For and Then Some

From the moment you step onboard a Tauck river cruise tour to checking in for your flight back home, you won’t be searching in your pockets for tips, to purchase optional “extras,’ or to see the sights. Tauck river cruises tours are all inclusive and more!
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/8/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Food and Wine

Make Your Own History... On a River Cruise

If you've ever wanted to time travel through Europe without leaving all the modern-day comforts of home behind, then consider embarking on a river cruise where you explore history by day and make history, your way, onboard a luxury riverboat, at night!
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/2/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Food, River Cruise

Tauck's Brand New Ship Sets Sail for the Arctic, Alaska & Asia!

What an Event! Words cannot express our exaltation celebrating 20 years in our beloved Italy at a major milestone for Tauck’s Small Ship Cruising – the inauguration of Le Soléal; as she set sail in July from the canals of Venice, through the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas, headed to the ice-capped regions of Greenland, Iceland, ...
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Posted by Robin Tauck on 7/25/2013
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Italy, Travel, Small Ship Cruising

In Cuba, music says it all...

It has always seemed to this traveler (and music lover) that music is about as close to a universal language as the world will ever get. Think about it: wherever you might be, and whatever language it might be sung in, a good song can get you moving and “into it” whether you understand its lyrics or not… it just reaches out and g...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 7/19/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Cuba, Travel

Make yourself at home, anywhere

No matter which Tauck river cruise you choose, prepare to be introduced to places your teachers spoke about, sites that starred on film and in books, in European countries that you’ve dreamed about exploring, without leaving all the comforts of home behind.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 7/5/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Family Travel

There's Nothing Like Family

There are plenty of cruises on Europe’s waterways to choose from, but when you choose a Tauck river cruise, you are choosing to travel with the commitment of family. Tauck is a three-generation family-owned business based in Connecticut. Together with our family-owned Swiss partners, Scylla, we go to great length...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 6/27/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Family Travel

Finding Life Anew,
Under the Santa Fe Sky

What does it take to pull up roots – after 28 years – to move someplace new, all on your own? “Guts,” say some. “Really?” asked others. “Some are impressed, some are surprised and some are envious.” One daughter never believed she’d do it; the other said, “Sounds nice. Why not?”
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 6/20/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, USA, Food, Solo Travel

Outtakes – Filmmaker Ken Burns and Hidden Gems of New England

One of the things we like best about our partnership with filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan is crafting new tours. Hidden Gems of New England, debuting this month, is one of our newest – and we have to admit, one of our favorites. Travelers on this trip visit so many of the places intertwined with their films – Mark Twain, The Nati...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 6/14/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Connecticut, Fall Foliage, USA

Eat, Drink and Be Merry... Aboard a Tauck Riverboat

If you’ve ever traveled with Tauck before, you know we love to wine and dine our guests. We believe it's one of the best ways to truly showcase an authentic taste of life in the places you explore with us. For a closer look at an actual Tauck River Cruise cruise, feast your eyes on this video.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 5/30/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Food and Wine, France, River Cruise

Where it’s Memorial Day… 365 Days a Year

With all the parades, barbecues, holiday sales and general hoopla that has come to characterize the Memorial Day weekend as the annual kickoff to the summer season throughout the U.S., it’s become easy to lose sight of the true purpose of the observance, first established a few years after the end of the Civil War… to remember and hono...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 5/24/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, USA

Five places in Europe where you can bring home some of the magic!

Traveling is magic, inspiring lifelong memories of the experiences you have as you explore new destinations. If you want to bring home a piece of the place where you leave a piece of your heart, it can be helpful to know what to find, where. Let Tauck help you choose the best gifts from Europe for you and your loved ones.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 5/9/2013
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Europe, France, Belgium

Singapore, A Tiny Nation with an Outsized Passion for Great Food

Not unlike the profusion of cuisines to choose from in the USA, where dining out can mean Italian, Mexican, Mongolian or Greek… eating out in Singapore means choosing from a South East Asia culinary bazaar with an Eastern twist: Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian, Peranakan, Thai, Vietnamese and more.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 5/2/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Asia, Food

Where Is Your Favorite “Cobblestone” Street?

The name comes from “cob,” an Old English word that meant – among other things – “rounded lump.” But from the 15th century on, “cobblestone” has referred to the smooth, often rounded stones that were commonly used to pave roads centuries ago. Whether it’s tucked away in some out-of-the-way neigh...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 4/25/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Cuba, Europe, USA

What to do with free time in Florence... Springtime Spirit in Piazzale Michelangelo

As the days grow longer and warmer, the city of Florence comes together in a united sense of spirit. The beginning of primavera has brought an entirely new camaraderie to Florence, one I hadn’t previously seen in my three months studying here so far. During the first week of spring, everybody was enjoying the sunshine. Italians, often known f...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 4/19/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Italy, Europe, Travel

To Africa With Love, Care of a Tauck Tour Director

Meet Tauck Director Eric Croft, and his 89-year-old mother, Annie, ambassadors of transcontinental caring. Home for both is Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, a small town with a big role in the historic Atlantic fishing industry and in the life of several famous tall ships. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/10/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Travel

Traveling with Tauck Bridges... The Perfect Family Vacation

Debbie Perovich says that her teenaged sons love looking forward to new destinations; the family has traveled to California, Costa Rica, Las Vegas and Alaska – and Debbie has always handled the travel planning. This past year, however, set a new level of time demands on the family; so when it came to planning for a next new des...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/5/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, Italy, Europe

Packing with a Sense of Style: A How-To

When packing for travel, the thought of condensing your apparel down to a single bag can bring on a sense of dread. What to bring? How much? How to dress so that you don’t feel out of place? Here’s a rough guide to advice shared by a number of travel fashionistas, including one of our very own here in Tauck’s Connecticut office.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 3/28/2013
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Travel, How-To

Music in the Air: Great European Cities for Classical Music Lovers (Part 2)

Welcome back to our journey to some of Europe’s greatest destinations for lovers of classical music – places where many legendary composers lived and worked, and where some of the world’s finest orchestras and opera companies continue to feature their music today. Last time, we featured the Austrian cities of Vienna and Salzburg&h...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 3/21/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Europe

Music in the Air: Great European Cities for Classical Music Lovers (Part 1)

If you love classical music, there are many European cities to which a visit should absolutely be on your “bucket list”… but I’ve chosen a quartet of personal favorites where many of the world’s greatest composers of the last three centuries or so lived and worked at some point in their lives – and also happen t...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 3/14/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Europe

Hitting The Perfect High Note With Tauck

When CherylAnne Williams learned that Tauck had partnered with the filmmaker Ken Burns to produce travel experiences exploring the themes of his films, she was immediately intrigued. “I knew if you combined Tauck and Ken Burns you’d get something pretty cool,” she reasoned. The youthful and exuberant 64-year-old CherylAnne was alr...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 3/8/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck Events, Travel, USA

How You See The World Matters...
Take a Look

My grandfather Arthur Tauck Sr. loved to travel. As a salesman, it was part of his job. But it was the part he was most excited about. He couldn’t wait to get on the road to see what he’d find around the next bend, who he’d meet along the way, what new discovery he might make. He was so inspired by what he saw and did that he took...
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Posted by Peter Tauck on 2/28/2013
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Travel, Tauck

Visit America's Top Presidential Places

In honor of the recent observation of President’s Day, I thought I’d share some pretty cool Presidential places to visit inside, as well as outside, the U.S. They’ll take you into the lives of some of our nation’s Commanders in Chief, and really appeal to the history buff in me (and perhaps in you, too). Now, because it incl...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 2/21/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: USA, Travel


5 historic places where romance is in the air

While February 14 may be the one official day of the year dedicated to romance in the U.S., you’ll find travelers declaring their love for – and in – Europe’s most romantic cities every day of the year. Paris owns the title as the city of l’amour for many. Venice seduces with gondola serenades that make hearts flutter ...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 2/14/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Rome, London, Europe

Action! The World's Must-See Movie Locations

I’ve been a movie buff for as long as I can remember… back to my earliest memories as a kid of the “extra added late-night feature” from the back seat of the family car at a drive-in theatre. Ever since, I’ve loved visiting filming locations where movies were actually created – and I’m not alone. So for al...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 2/8/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel

Single-Parents & Their Teens Connect on Guided Vacations

As a family travel writer, I’ve traveled far and wide with my children as tots, grade school children and present-day tweens/teens. While we’ve never met a trip we didn’t like – now as a single parent – my desires for a family vacation differ greatly from when I was married. Plus now that I have a tween and teen, their...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 1/31/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, Solo Travel

What to do – and savor – on your free time in Paris

Thomas Jefferson said, “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”  Ernest Hemingway called Paris “a moveable feast.” In love with the city from my first trip there when I was 16, I find it all that and more. You must, of course, visit all the iconic Parisian landmar...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 1/25/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: France, Food and Wine, Europe

Winter in Yellowstone is Hot!!!

Last week we mused about the fun you can have outdoors when the temperatures drop and landscapes don their winter-white wear, when, much to our delight, we heard from Tauck guests Keith Harding and his wife who were writing to us from their first night on Wonderland: Yellowstone in Winter. We are happy to pass along their posts and photo tags&...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 1/18/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: National Parks, Nature, USA, Small Group Travel

Eataly - How to eat in Italy like you live there

Italy is one of those countries that literally tugs at your heart – and stomach. So strong is the pull of the people and places – and pasta – that travelers like me don’t want to be perceived as tourists. We want to drink it all in like a local. That means, of course, sipping the right beverage in the right place at the...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 1/10/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Italy, Food and Wine, Small Ship Cruising

Warm Up in These Winter Travel Hot Spots

Winter’s chill may be in the air but that’s no reason to head into hibernation. There are so many heartwarming, totally hot places to warm up to when the temperatures drop that chillin’ is something you can look forward to no matter what the weather!
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 1/3/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: National Parks, Tauck Events, Travel

A Twist on New Year's Traditions

New Year’s traditions may vary from culture to culture, but celebrating in the spirit of renewal holds universal appeal. Here’s how the holiday is observed in some of our guests’ favorite cities:.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 12/27/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Asia, Africa, South America

What's hip to sip and where

The Cuba Libre takes the gold in colorful Cuba, next to its mojito and cervesa counterparts. Tea is tops in China and Egypt, and in London, Vesper Martinis, shaken not stirred, get a star billing. To help you become familiar with what’s hip to sip, and where, we’ve compiled a Tasty Ten beverage list that pleases the palate in place...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/19/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Food and Wine

Introducing Le Soléal – A New Ship is Launched

Greetings from Rome: My wife Kiki and I traveled to Rome for the launch and coin ceremony for Le Soléal. Kiki was honored to be named Godmother of this exquisite new vessel as she joins her sister ships, Le Boréal and L’Austral. Thursday, December 6 was a special day. We headed east three hours from...
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Posted by Dan Mahar on 12/13/2012
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Small Ship Cruising, Rome

Hawaii… Pearl Harbor… Three Generations

When you come from a landlocked city and state, the thought of a trip to Hawaii is ocean, white sand beaches, ocean, pink sand beaches, more ocean, tropical breezes, and did I mention the ocean… Throughout the years, my family thought of Hawaii as the ultimate destination for the ultimate dream trip to experience a magical tropical...
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Posted by Ann Kinner on 12/7/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hawaii, USA

The Gift of Giving Back

I have always gotten great pleasure out of helping and doing for others.  It’s just who I am.   When I was growing up, my friends knew they could count on me.  When I was in college, it went beyond my friends to the community - I volunteered on a crisis hotline.  In graduate school and through the early part of my professi...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 11/29/2012
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: National Parks, USA

A Tauck Tour Director’s Favorite Things to Do in Paris

I love Paris. Who doesn't? And I love to share the places I find myself going back to again and again. Not surprisingly, all involve fabulous food! Join Parisians and tourists alike, any day but Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, for a stroll in the Marais. This lively, hip area is also a historic Jewish neighborhood. I like to shop at the small bo...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 11/21/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: France, Travel, Europe

Stories from the Road – Researching and Developing Tauck Itineraries

While doing our research for hotels for Tauck’s Switzerland tour, late one afternoon I found myself sitting on a bar stool, enjoying a draft beer in a perfectly frosted stein, in the very same bar in the Schweizerhof Hotel Lucerne that hosted not only Mark Twain and Leo Tolstoy, but other notable travelers such as Roger Moore, Richard Wa...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 11/16/2012
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: Switzerland, Europe, Hotels

Hurricane Sandy Arrives. Tauck Keeps Rolling.

When “Hurricane Sandy” roared up the Atlantic coast on October 29th, I was in Rome with my husband Peter hosting 180 travelers on our 2012 Roman Holiday Event. The news of impending disaster came as we were enjoying six action-packed days of Renaissance palaces, private operas, newly opened archaeological discoveries, and a private...
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Posted by Robin Tauck on 11/8/2012
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Tauck Events, Rome, Italy

Celebrating 50 years of marriage with Tauck

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tauck traveler, Mrs. Ginny Morin, regarding the recent trip that she and her husband, Jim, shared with their entire family, in honor of 50 years of marriage – Mary-Frances Walsh
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 11/1/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, USA, National Parks

These Tauck Luxury Hotels Have Everything – Including Ghosts!

With Halloween drawing near, we’ve surveyed our global team of Tauck Directors to get their suggestions for a list of the world’s “Top Haunted Luxury Hotels.”  Each year we have over 200 Tauck Directors traveling in some 70 different countries worldwide, and they average over 10 years experience with our company, so they’re uniquely qualifi...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 10/24/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hotels, USA, Europe, Canada

How we put the “family” in Ireland

If you are a mom like me, you are just getting over the back to school flurry, and the long days of summer seem like a much too distant memory! Back to school brings with it a sense of purpose and “moving forward” for all of us. As September rolls to an end, I turn my attention to how I want to make an impact on my kids’ lives beyond their ...
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Posted by Sharon Bell on 10/18/2012
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: Europe, Family Travel

Fall Foliage and its Mythical "Peak"

As a product manager charged with choreographing our New England itineraries, I can tell you with some authority that fall foliage is in Tauck’s blood.  Our founder, Arthur Tauck, Sr., was inspired to offer his very first tour (limited to six guests!) while enjoying views of fall foliage in 1924 along the Mohawk Trail in western Massachuset...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 10/11/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Nature, Fall Foliage, USA

Free Time in Brussels? Here's What to Do

Comic Brussels Among Belgium’s most famous exports is the work of comic artist and writer Hérgé, whose Adventures of Tintin introduced the button-nosed young detective in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (1930). In 22 more adventure books, Tintin ventured across the world, chasing villains and missing treasure from t...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/4/2012
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Travel, Belgium, Europe

Being a Tauck Traveler,
Great Solo & With a Companion

Kathy Colmorgen has traveled with Tauck since the early 1990s, after a scheduled trip to the southwest U.S, with another tour company, was cancelled. With her heart set on the Southwest, she decided to give Tauck’s America’s Canyonlands a try, and 18 tours later, hasn’t looked back since. What she likes about traveling with Tauck is “staying...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/27/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Solo Travel

Top Ten "Extreme Views" in the USA & Canada

Life-changing memories sometimes come from short-lived “highs” – or so many guests have told us… like the friendship born when two solo travelers met (over a fear of heights) on a tramway headed 10,000 ft.+ straight up over the Rio Grande. There are views that “wow” across North America, but experiencing them with fellow travelers can present l...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/20/2012
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Nature, Travel, USA, Canada

Romancing the Rhône... and April in Paris

If I really stop to think about it, my love affair with travel started at about the same time as my love affair with love did. Our family traveled a lot, moving from one far away city in South America to another before I finished the fourth grade; but it wasn’t until I was sixteen when love and travel became soulmates. It was Christmastime in G...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 9/13/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: River Cruise, Food and Wine

What I love about Amsterdam

The fortune of a six-year “stay” in Amsterdam afforded me the luxury of waking, walking, biking, and living in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities – set within a still vibrantly used trust of architectural history. As you experience Amsterdam, here are some of the touchstones that I found hardest to leave behind. Keep an eye out for the...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/6/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Amsterdam, River Cruise

Classic Cars in Cuba

Saying that Cuba travel is “all about the cars” may not be exactly accurate. After all, between the ever-present music, art and culture, the rich history, and the Cuban people themselves, there is so much to love about this enigmatic country next door that many Americans are just discovering for the first time on our People-to-People trips...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 8/30/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Cuba

To Rome, With Love...

You might think this post refers to the latest Woody Allen movie, but it actually refers to a very old TV show of the same title I used to watch as a child. It was a show about a father (John Forsythe) who took his daughters to Rome to live... I remember scenes of the kids playing ball in the cobblestoned streets in the center of this ancie...
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Posted by Brenda MacKellar on 8/23/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Rome, Tauck Events, Vatican

Arthur Tauck Jr. – Entrepreneur 

Two weeks ago I posted the first of two videos we produced for Connecticut's new "Still Revolutionary" marketing campaign. That video, "Foundations," covered the founding of Tauck and spoke to the core values and common purpose that have driven the company's success for 87 years.
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Posted by Dan Mahar on 8/16/2012
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Tauck, Connecticut, Revolutionary

Tips for Photo Contest Entries

For the past 10 years, I have had the pleasure of looking through the photography submitted for Tauck’s Travel Photo Contest. We edit the best of the authentic photography gifted by our guests for use in our brochures and on our website. Quite often I am asked what makes a winning photograph.Below are some basic suggestions from my expe...
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Posted by Kathleen Whittaker on 8/9/2012
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Photos, How-To

Mercy, Paul Bocuse - Fine Dining on the Saône River

Pardon the play on words here but after experiencing one of the most amazing dining experiences of my life at Michelin-starred Chef Paul Bocuse’s restaurant riverfront in Lyon, let’s just say that I am powerless to resist any of his culinary temptations. And judging by the expressions of joyful indulgence on the faces of my fellow Tauck “t...
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Posted by Rebecca Sellet on 8/2/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: France, River Cruise, Food and Wine

Tauck: Still Revolutionary

Connecticut recently launched an exciting new marketing campaign – "Still Revolutionary" – to promote the state. Part of the campaign profiles Connecticut-based people, events and places that are "revolutionary," unique and innovative... not just to the state but, arguably, to the world. Think Eli Whitney, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Noa...
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Posted by Dan Mahar on 7/26/2012
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Tauck, Connecticut, Revolutionary

Protecting the Unexpected Side of Travel

I am sitting at my desk this morning feeling nostalgic about my family’s journeys as I recall the stories my grandfather told me of a simpler, humbler life in Poland… a time when Grandpa Stanley did not need identification to make a withdrawal at the bank, where house doors remained unlocked, when family travel meant packing up the kids, taking...
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Posted by Karina Koscielny on 7/18/2012
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Travel Insurance, Family Travel

Bear hugs in China, panda-style

I travel for a living. In my role as a product manager for Tauck, I have the privilege of road-testing unique experiences for our guests in some pretty exotic locations. I am always delighted by the genuine hospitality I receive wherever I go, experiencing warm welcomes, even bear hugs, from the locals. I’m not talking about the kind of all-enc...
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Posted by Dawne Andrews on 7/12/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: China, Pandas, Sichuan Province

London - When to Go... That is the Question...

I have been spending a lot of time in London this spring and I was so impressed when I learned all of the Olympic venues were ready months in advance – including the amazing new skyscraper “the Shard,” opening July 5. What is the Shard, you say. Well, it is going to be the tallest building in Western Europe
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Posted by Brian Stacey on 7/5/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: London, Olympics, Shard

Greece - Don't Forget to Bring a Match

I’m nostalgic about Greece lately.  Having traveled and lived in Greece since 1986, I like to be current.  For the past few weeks, I’ve scoured the media for information about Greece, her current crises, whether or not the citizens of this ancient land would vote yes or no to the Euro. Not quite as far back as ancient times, but a long time...
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Posted by Rebecca Sellet on 7/3/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Athens, Greece, Museums

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