Tauck’s Travelogue

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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Tags: Travel

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
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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
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Tags: Africa, Travel

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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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

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
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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