Brighter Days Ahead

A special message from Dan Mahar

 

Dear Tauck Family of Friends,

As the calendar pages are about to turn to 2021, there are brighter days ahead. We look forward to a new year of promise and hope, where the challenges and successes of past decades shine as a beacon of light for a new era of travel. The “Porchlight” namesake was chosen as a metaphor – the light that we leave on to welcome people home. In 2021 this beacon shines bright for our guests, signaling the time when we travel together again.

Travel is all about joy. The experiences, the special moments, the connections you make with the places you go, the people you meet, and the folks you travel with. It is a positive force for good in our world, making all of our days more memorable.

As this is our final 2020 edition of The Porchlight, I want to thank you for your faith and trust in Tauck. Here’s looking forward to a world of new travel possibilities.

Warm Regards,

Dan Mahar

Daniel W. Mahar, CEO

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  1. What a wonderful way to keep in touch with your Tauck travellers. Thank you for this email. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

  2. It is good to hear from you, Dan. I miss those days when you came to GFA in your Egyptian garb and showed slides of Egypt to my 5th grade students. I retired last year, hoping to travel more.

    We booked a wonderful River Cruise on the Rhone, and loved every minute of the cruise. It was the first time I was able to travel in the Fall rather than the summer when I had school vacation. Monte-Carlo and Paris were dazzling additions to this cruise, and we enjoyed the beautiful hotels and restaurants. OF course the food on the ship was outstanding, too. It was a delightful experience.
    We cannot wait until it is safe to travel again.
    Sincerely,
    Rose Ann Martinez

  3. Dear Dan and Family, We have traveled with Tauck many many times. When it is safe we will return, since your Truck is the BEST. Keep Safe have a wonderful New Year

  4. What a great Porchlight video! It is heartwarming to know that a light is left on for us travelers. Knowing that the light was always there while we traveled to distant lands or the same old place. I’m looking forward to following the light into future travels either by myself or with friends I’ve found along the way!

    May Tauck continue to bring great trips and friendships…

  5. Thank you so much for this light of hope .
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of peace and health to all of you .

  6. Congratulations for your very nice way to get in touch with us. You can’t imagine how encouraging are your words (and the “Caldwell-Letters) in this ugly times we are spending in our poor country (Argentina). We don’t give up our hope to join TAUCK as we did severel times. So, happy Christmas and a good New Year. Cordiales saludos.

  7. I have enjoyed several trips with Tauck from Australia, New Zealand, the Danube, France. Each so different with excellent guides, wonderful surprises, lovely travelers. How I hope to experience more in the future.

  8. A lovely message, thank you. I have moved two Tauck trips into 2021 that were originally booked for 2020 and they are what I look forward to more than anything when we get through this trying time. Thank you for all the pleasure I have gained in my 9 trips with Tauck since 1989. Keep them coming – I will be there!

  9. Thanks Dan- beautiful message and it is a pleasure to partner with Tauck to help our valued clients. Peace and health to you all. WE all indeed will keep the LIGHT on!

  10. I am now 94 years old and living in Assisted Living. However after around 30 trips with Tauck, I am still singing the praises of Tauck. There isnot a better way to go!!

  11. I have been on 2 Tauck tours with my mom and sisters and they were the most memorable trips I have every made. They were so much fun and we met interesting people and our tour guides were amazing!!! Thank you Tauck and may you have a blessed Christmas and a healthy New Year 💗

  12. Thank you for that positive and wonderful message. Loved the pictures as well. To all the Tauck staff I wish a beautiful and safe Holiday with your families. I just love working with all of you to help my members live their dreams. Happy New Year and be safe!

  13. Looking forward to Ireland in July!
    We haven’t traveled with Tauck before, but it comes with wonderful reviews.
    Happy 2021 to all!

  14. What a great message! We had 3 trips planned with you for 2020 and , of course, missed them all!! I hope and pray 2021will see us all recovered and travel back to normal!!
    Happy Holidays!
    Steve and Laraine Kendall

  15. My sister and I took a Tauck Tour this last
    February for 18 days to India
    Our return trip back to USA was March14th
    Two days after Our President announced
    For all USA citizens to return home.
    We were so lucky because we had finished
    Our more than fabulous trip with
    Our fantastic guide. I have to say
    I have taken many tours with Tauck
    And other companies, but Tauck
    Exceeds all expectations.
    India was my favorite trip ever.
    People are fabulous. Our Hotels
    Were the best ever. I can’t
    Thank Tauck enough for doing an awesome job.
    Now, my sister and I can’t wait until
    We can book Thailand , Cambodia and
    Vietnam. Hopefully soon!!
    Merry Christmas to everyone
    And let’s hope a great 2021

    • Thank you for your message We are scheduled to go to Iceland in July and sure hope we can. Our trip to Australia and New Zealand could not have been better. Wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas

    • Hi Dan. Thanks for the memories of all the wonderful trips we have on our TAUCK adventures. Keep wearing your TAUCK hat to the Boston College football games so that we can renew our friendship. Best Regards. Aryan

  16. Thank you very much for always taking great care of my clients. I look forward to having them be your guests in the coming year.
    Wishing everyone at Tauck a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

  17. Thank You, TAUCK!!! It has been a while for me, but you folks ARE THE BEST!!!

    I have great memories and photographs…of what I have seen. .and experienced… ..as well as the wonderful “folks-of-Tauck”..!!!

  18. I lost my wife and travel companion of 59 years in July. We were looking forward to another Tauck river trip. (this time Paris to Normandy). I appreciated your recent positive message and hopefully I will be able to participate in another journey with Tauck in the near future.
    Regards, Rich

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my husband in 2017, we were avid travelers. I hesitated to travel alone, decided to use TAUCK, a company I had known about for many years. My first solo trip since my 30’s was October 2018 to Japan. I found my fellow travelers were warm, kind, and very inclusive to me as a solo traveler. It was a life-affirming experience. I’ve since gone to Croatia and Sicily, am heading to Africa in 2021 after my 2020 trip was cancelled. I share this to encourage you to continue your travels when you are ready. I learned that “solo” does not mean “alone”. Best to you. Carol

  19. We have loved our 3 Tauck tours and look forward to traveling with you again. Australia/New Zealand was fabulous with Tom Bougers but we also loved Switzerland and Spain. Can’t wait to join you again for our next trip. How hard to choose?

  20. Thank you for a beautiful message ! So few remember the beginning of Winter actually means the beginning of more light ! I am glad you will be able to be there in the coming years for us. May you and all of Tauck have a blessed Holiday Season and Enjoyable New Year!

  21. I have enjoyed so many wonderful adventures with Tauck and it didn’t surprise me in the least that you found such a warm and entertaining way to keep this “family” together during these unique times.

  22. What a wonderful message! I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful the Africa trip was for our whole family. Watching my parents, in their 80’s, climb into a hot air balloon… seeing my mother’s face when giraffes and elephants were within an arms reach of the jeep are images I won’t forget. It was a trip that the 3 generations equally enjoyed.
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. We hope to travel with you again soon.
    Frances and Stan

  23. Thank you for giving us during this year the oportunidad it to virtually learn, experience and visit places we have not visit before, this virtual tours give us a preview of what we can look forward in our future travels
    Merry Christmas !!!!

  24. Thank you Tauck. Looking forward to a year of travel, can’t wait for 2021. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  25. Dear Mr. Mahar;

    Thank you so much for an uplifting and wonderful message; you’ve made my day and I’d say my week!

    No other travel company compares to Tauck in all! respects and I’m looking forward to a future trip. This too shall pass!

    All my best to everyone at Tauck and a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Yesr to a wonderful group!

    Luisa J.

  26. Our trip to Ireland in 2015 was so memorable in the experiences we had, the people we met, the food we ate and the sites we visited. I look forward to our next trip with Tauck!
    Merry Christmas and a happy new year!!
    Carolyn

  27. We are really looking forward to our cruise from bordeaux to Lisbon in the fall of 2021, thank you for the lovely message, wishing you all a happy holiday season and a much improved 2021!

  28. We are with you and we love working with Tauck. Our clients love you. I have the joy to sit on an Advisory Board with Jennifer Tombaugh your President and she has been amazing as well in all of this. We cannot wait to get back to doing what we love. Fulfilling dreams, making lifetime memories for people and connecting like minded people together around this amazing world.
    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you all …until better days ahead, soon in 2021!

  29. Hi Tauck
    Cannot agree more with what you have said .Lovely way to present your message regarding the experiences and joys of travel. Merry Xmas and stay healthy. Bob/Lily Bennett Sydney Australia

  30. Thank you for staying in touch ! Looking forward to traveling with great people again! My husband and I have been on 8 Tauck trips including once along with my adult children.
    Happy holidays! Stay safe!

  31. What a wonderful message to read this morning, we look forward to traveling with you in the near future
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
    Cam and Johnny

  32. Your December Porchlight special message was indeed very special,. You put into words hope and happiness for the future. More importantly, you made us aware of all that we have learned from our experiences (or lack of experiences) this past year and put them into a positive light.
    Thank you for the heartfelt, caring message for a brighter new year. Wishing Tauck and your families the same happiness and good health in the new year.

  33. Thank you for all your wonderful emails these past months. They have given us hope that we will travel with you again. Happy Holidays to all the so very special people at Tauck.

  34. Thank you for your lovely Christmas message. We started traveling with Tauck in 1998 and 16 trips later; we can’t wait to go on another adventure with you. Each and every trip with you has been absolutely wonderful. Tauck is by far the #1 tour company in the world. We can’t imagine traveling with anyone else. Stay safe and keep up the good work. Thanks again for all of our memories.

  35. Thank you for the lovely video. It brings back delightful memories of my first Tauck experience, which was the finest trip I’ve made. I have traveled in 50 countries and lived in 5, so I am an experienced traveler. Thank you again.

  36. Good morning Dan,

    Thank you for your encouraging words – what a positive industry we are a part of – and I know we will prevail. Hoping for future travel, I have clients booked on your Bellissima Northern Italy departure on
    06 September 2021 and I know we’ll be good. My clients are as positive as I – and TAUCK are.
    Sincerely, Gisele

  37. As always, your message was just what we needed and as uplifting as ever! HOPE for the days ahead and the promise of exciting new adventures to come. Thank You for all you’ve done in this last year to change our focus to one of the promise of what lies ahead. There is no doubt that this was a clear indication of why you are the #1 Travel c

  38. A remarkable message, so needed at this time. Thank you for these hopeful words and images from some of the places we’ve traveled with Tauck!

  39. Wonderful message and looking forward to our Rhine Enchantment trip next year. May all the Tauck employees remain healthy.

  40. Hi Dan,

    Thank you for the very encouraging and positive message! I felt uplifted after watching. It’s been a tough year for all off us in the travel industry. But your message has me looking ahead to wonderful things just around the corner. I can’t wait to get back out there exploring the globe myself, and to making my clients’ travel dreams come true as well. Tauck will be a part of that! I wish you and all the wonderful folks at Tauck a very Merry Christmas and a lots of love, good health, prosperity and . . . adventures . . . in the coming year! Kind regards, Micky Taylor, Courier Travel Inc.

  41. I am so looking forward to traveling once again with Tauck. I think that I have taken 20 or 21 trips and am so looking forward to beginning a new year of traveling. It sure has been a long year.
    Barbara D.

  42. Thanks so much for the message today. Wishing all of you at Tauck the best in this holiday season and
    throughout the new and improved New Year.
    Looking forward to Asia, sooner than later.
    Cheers,
    J

  43. I like the Tauck updates and spirit, and as soon as it is safe to travel again, I look forward to booking a trip.

    Best of luck to all the good Tauck people in the difficult months ahead and wishing you a healthy and happy New Year.

    Keep a light on!
    Barbara S.

  44. I can;t wait for my trip with Tauck next Oct.My sister and I are taking a river cruise from London to Paris it takes me 2 years to save my money and it’s worth saving for such a great time. So I will see you in Oct.
    thank you
    Peggy
    ps.I have been on about 7,or 8 trips and hope to keep adding to my list

  45. We feel fortunate to have done a bit of world travel on our own in the past but, hope to do a lot more over the next ten years with the help and experience of Tauck tours. Thanks for keeping in touch, happy holidays, and indeed, better times ahead to all.

  46. Thank you, Dan for this very warm message of hope and resilience. I pray we get to travel this coming year. I so want to take my daughter in law on the Christmas market tour I promised her last year. Tauck was kind enough to roll our reservations over to 2021, although we were unable to have our original single rooms but I am on a waitlist if there is a cancellation so we can each have our own cabin. Thank you again. Tauck is the only company I will travel with. Kudos to your great staff.

  47. Stay the course. We will be back. My husband and I have sorely missing traveling with you. Thank you for staying in touch.

    A merry, merry to all of you at Tauck and looking forward to a better New Year!

  48. Hi Dan, loved the video. Thanks for staying in touch with us who are so eager to travel. We have traveled with Tauck since 2013. We have done a back to back tour for 4 weeks & also a river cruise from Amsterdam to Bucharest 4 weeks. Being away from home on the two trips I thought I would have to be retrained on cooking & cleaning. Loved all our trips & looking forward to our Paris to Monte Carlo river cruise 2021. We have taken 8 tours with Tauck. Your tours are so well organized the only thing you have to do is show up, I love to be pampered. Like the song says Happy trails to you until we meet again. Happy Holidays to all, stay safe & healthy.

  49. Hopeful message and I have enjoyed several of the special offerings this year and hope I will be able to travel with you in 2021.
    May peace and health prevail

  50. Hi Dan,
    Thank you for your message for the holiday season. Here in New Zealand we certainly have the porch light on as we await the return of our Tauck friends in due course.
    From sunny Napier we send warm wishes to everyone in the Tauck whanau (Maori for family). Let’s count our blessings and look forward to enjoying each other’s company again soon.

  51. Enjoy your holidays as we enjoy ours remember with fondness the memories you have created for us. We look forward to the next ones.

  52. Dan, Great job and I’m sure that most of the family (travel agents, tour guides/host and passengers) are looking forward to 2021 when we can get back to creating those special memories that last a lifetime!

    God Bless

  53. Dan, thank you for your uplifting messages. And for the virtual tours. I especially enjoyed the Eastern Capitols of Canada, which I anticipate taking one of these years. I’ve been on your Japan land tour, Croatia, and Sicily land tours, and loved each of them. I have been very impressed with the tour leaders, the wonderful accommodations, and attention to detail in every aspect of these trips. I’m headed for Africa in 2021 after having to cancel the 2020 trip. I appreciate the sense of confidence your company provides to us in these challenging times. Happy holidays and hopes for 2021 being a great travel year for all of us. Best Regards, Carol G

  54. Dan, Thank you for the holiday message. I first met Tauck tour leaders in 1969 when I was a tour guide at the Old North Church in Boston. Tauck tour leaders were intelligent, articulate, knowledgable and savvy then. We hope to travel with Tauck in 21 or maybe 22. best steve

  55. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, and hopefully ready to travel again. Sure miss the fantastic
    Tauck Tours, ready to go.

    Marie

  56. We are traveling with you again on October 3rd for Classic Italy, Small Groups and so looking forward to our 2nd tour with you. In 2022 we will be doing A Week in… Tuscany & Umbria and were hoping to add on Authentic Italy: Venice to Rome by train. I do hope that you will once again be offering this tour. We were going to go on both of these tours last fall but Covid continued and we stayed home. Have you ever thought of combining these two tours? They are just so uniquely different and intriguing!

  57. We so appreciated your message. We have enjoyed watching several of the Tauck videos this past year. Whenever we travel with Tauck we have always felt completely at ease, knowing that our Tour Director with the support of the entire Tauck team will be there to handle anything unexpected. We are looking forward to traveling with you again.

  58. Lovely message. We have many fond memories of our Tauck trips. Our Kentucky trip this past Fall was postponed due to the pandemic. Our refund was prompt. We are still waiting for a refund from Crystal Cruises for a cancelled June trip. No need to wonder who will and who won’t get out future travel business!

    Thanks you Tauck for the memories and your financial stability.

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Lovely message. We have many fond memories of our Tauck trips. Our Kentucky trip this past Fall was postponed due to the pandemic. Our refund was prompt. We are still waiting for a refund from Crystal Cruises for a cancelled June trip. No need to wonder who will and who won’t get out future travel business!

Thanks you Tauck for the memories and your financial stability.