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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.

Resolutions and Hopes for a New Year

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/3/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
At the end of the year, when the calendar turns over and it’s not just a new month but there is a new number on it, it’s hard to avoid taking a reckoning of the fact that another year has slipped into the past, never to return again. And there are only so many of them allotted to each of us. It’s always a reminder that whatever yo...
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Live Longer by Traveling

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/19/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
I came across an article the other day that caught my eye called “Advice From a 104-Year Old Doctor.”  Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara of Tokyo certainly had some interesting things to say, but the thing that struck me most was this: “Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot.”
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Traveling in the United Kingdom…
by Film

Posted by Amy Clyde on 12/6/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Film, Britain, British, England, Great Britain, Scotland
The history teachers who taught me revered accuracy. So it is with a certain rebelliousness that I now confess how much British history I actually learned from the movies. Subject to artistic license, society’s shifting attitudes, and the almighty goal of fast-paced storytelling, film has never been the most accurate art form. But there was n...
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Enchantment in India

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/5/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, India
I awake this cold morning in the Green Mountains of Vermont to thoughts of India, a sense of it hovering around me, as if I am stepping hazily out of a forgotten dream. Perhaps it’s something still reverberating on the mountain surfaces from when Rudyard Kipling wrote “The Jungle Books” in a house in Dummerston, Vermont, a few mil...
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Thanksgiving: Traveling with an Attitude of Gratitude

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 11/14/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Holiday, Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving weekend is considered to be the heaviest travel weekend of the year, but it’s different from most travel. For most people Thanksgiving is a special day once a year for spending time with family or close friends. It’s not necessarily a trip back home in the geographical sense, but it’s a journey back home for the ...
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Traveling in Italy… by Film

Posted by Amy Clyde on 11/10/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Italy, Film
In college, as soon as I saw Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, I knew I had to go to Italy. I was no princess like the one she plays in the movie, but I was almost as dutiful – and did I ever want to run away to the freedom and fun of discovering Rome on a Vespa with Gregory Peck! Italy has often been an escape for people who long to experienc...
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Lights. Camera. Action! Italy with PBS Music Voyager TV Series and Tauck

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 11/9/2017
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: Europe, Italy, Film, Vatican, Vatican Museums
When it comes to wowing our guests with movie-set scenery and scenarios they’ll long remember, our own Brenda MacKellar, tour architect for our Italy trips, is a magic-maker extraordinaire. So when the folks from public television’s Music Voyager series wanted to film the highlights of Italy for upcoming episodes for their eighth  ...
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The Traveling Perspective

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 11/8/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
In a materialistic society we are highly conscious of what we lose as we get older and see the physical perfection and vitality of youth slipping away. But there are gains, too, as we get older, though they are more inward and subtle.
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Traveling Back in Time – Exploring Your Roots

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/24/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
Most of my travel has been an outward reach, venturing farther and farther from home and the familiar. But recently I had occasion to return to the town I grew up in and left behind decades ago. Returning to a long-abandoned home is a different kind of travel, a different kind of discovery.
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The Authenticity Boom – The Evolution of a Trend

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/10/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Small Group Travel
In America we still have debates about biological evolution, but no one doubts social evolution. Looking back to the ‘80s, ‘70s, ‘60s and ‘50s or a hundred years before, the changes are too dramatic to deny. One field of activity that is particularly affected by the restless winds of change is travel.
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Vietnam – A Personal Reckoning

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 9/26/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Vietnam
If the purpose of travel is to expand the mind and enlarge one’s perspective, there is no more challenging destination for an American than Vietnam. If your purpose is to experience exotic beauty there is none more poignant than that of the ancient culture of Indochina. It requires a new definition of beauty. But Vietnam is unique even beyond...
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Why We Travel

Posted by Guest Blogger on 9/25/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Switzerland, Europe, Travel, River Cruise
As long-standing members of the United States Tour Operators Association, founded as a tour operator advocacy group to safeguard travelers’ interests, foster trust and encourage high standards of tourism around the world, we were invited to take part in their “Why We Travel” campaign.
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Intergenerational Trips - Travel Through Time

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 9/14/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Family Travel
I heard that being a grandparent was one of the greatest things that could happen to you, and I believed it because of how profoundly being a parent changed my life, and how fondly I remember my grandparents.
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Paris in the Footsteps of Hemingway

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/29/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Paris, France, Art Travel
I keep running into Hemingway. On a recent visit to Cuba, I discovered that Hemingway lived in Cuba for 20 years and wrote seven books there, including A Moveable Feast. That was the first Hemingway book I ever read, the first book assigned in my freshman English class, and is still my favorite Hemingway book.
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Last Chance Travel – Get There While You Can

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/16/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
As a child I came across a book in my mother’s bookcase that she had brought with her from England called “How Much Do You Know?” It was an old, tattered volume that she must have had since she was a child. It was a little treasure chest of questions and answers about all sorts of fascinating facts. It was there that I first encou...
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Discovering Service

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/1/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
My wife returned home the other day with a handful of packages, breaking into conversation as she came through the doorway. “I stopped at that store we don’t like,” she told me. I knew what she meant. The little convenience store a block from our home had been our go-to place for a generation. We saw it pass from father to son. We...
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Traveling in Ireland and Great Britain… by Film

Posted by Amy Clyde on 7/25/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Ireland, England, Great Britain, Film
When I was a child, my mother introduced me to Masterpiece Theatre, and I was hooked. The costume dramas, distant places, and different manners captivated me. My Brady Bunch-loving friends thought I was weird, but that didn’t matter. I was already discovering one of the happiest truths of my life, that the British and the Irish share an uncanny kna...
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Serendipity – Do You Believe in Magic?

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/20/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
While we were discussing travel, someone said “serendipity” and the word danced into the room like a melody. Serendipity – what a charming word! I had a feeling of the word from its context, but it’s mysterious. So I went in search of a definition.
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The Zen of Packing

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/5/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, packing
Traveling would be worthwhile if only for the fact that it is good discipline. No matter how many possessions you have accumulated, when you travel you have to leave everything behind except what you can carry from place to place. You must streamline your existence to a bare minimum. That is a huge accomplishment in itself and a major component of ...
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London Calls

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 6/21/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, London, England
No other place could possibly loom larger in my imagination. London is many worlds, layers upon layers, constructed over millennia. From its founding by the Romans as Londinium, London was never just an English city, but was a much larger entity that spread far beyond. It was the center of the largest empire in the world, and though it dismantled i...
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All-Inclusive Luxury on the Rhone River

Posted by Guest Blogger on 6/2/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, France, Europe, River Cruise
I have been forever spoiled. If I ever go back to France to explore Provence, it will have to be this way. It's all Tauck's "fault": The travel company ferried me along the Rhone River for my first experience (starting in Paris) in this French region, giving me such a unique taste of luxury, fun and adventure that I cannot imagine a better way.
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New England Spring Foliage

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/25/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, New England
On the morning of April 1 I awoke in my favorite part in Southern Vermont to find that it had snowed eight inches the night before, placing a soft, fresh layer on top of the crusty snow that had accumulated and hardened over the winter. Then when I returned to the same place in the last week of April, it had transformed almost beyond recognition. I...
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Is the GPS Making Me Stupid?

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/11/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
It was in the early days of having a GPS that I first noticed a change. I was on my way to a New Year’s party. I wasn’t familiar with the area, but I had typed it into the GPS so I was sure of making it. That thing would get me there one way or another. If I made a wrong turn, it would recalculate and get me to my destination from where...
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Keep Moving

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 4/20/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
After touring Cuba (and boy, was that great!) I returned to a pile of tasks that had to be done. The pile was messy and stale. So on Monday morning I launched into it, bore down and by the end of the day I was feeling pleased at how much I had gotten done.
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Discovering America: Where to Begin?

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 4/6/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, USA, National Parks
Some people say they have “done” France and cross if off their bucket lists after visiting Paris. I’m not a big fan of that kind of bucket list. By that logic, someone could cross the USA off their bucket list after visiting Los Angeles. And they would know about as much about America as an ant knows about an elephant.
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Traveling Ambassadors

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 3/23/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
Most of the people I know who work in the travel industry are fueled by a deep-seated belief that travel is good not only for yourself, but for the world.
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From Bookworm to Travel Butterfly

Posted by on 3/9/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Books, Reading
In my life books and travel have always been inextricably linked, so much so that it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Like length and width, they seem to be two essential aspects of the same thing.
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Discovering New York

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/23/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, New York City
People who grew up in New York City had it all, everything that self-contained wonderland had to offer. But a native New Yorker could never experience what I experienced coming from a small midwestern town to New York City, where practically everywhere I looked I found myself gazing upon some iconic monument that had lived in my imagination as long...
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Bad News – Turn It Off

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/9/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, News
Today some people get so depressed by bad news they barely want to get off their couches and go out into the real world anymore. And that’s really sad because one of the best antidotes to depression is to go traveling. The news ain’t what it used to be back in the day when Americans turned on the 6 o’clock news and there was Walt...
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Music: The Soundtrack of Travel

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/26/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Music
Everyone has certain affinities and personal interests they are drawn to, some of which seem to be inborn, others which are acquired along the way. Some human universals can be seen everywhere there are people. But food, clothing and shelter are never generic. They always appear through the respective cultural prisms of each place.
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Living History in Cuba

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/12/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Cuba
One of the most wonderful things about travel is that no place is ever quite what you expect when you encounter it for the first time. Our preconceptions are composites of impressions compiled over years, forming a mental model. But that model is only a mental construct and will shatter the moment we encounter the real thing. And what a glorious sh...
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Lessons from Scrooge

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/22/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
Every December I look forward to the time I can pull out the video of a 1951 English movie called “Scrooge.” It’s a cinematic retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” starring a charming Scottish actor named Alastair Sim as Scrooge. For those who don’t know the story, it’s about a mean old m...
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Geography: Where on Earth Am I?

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/8/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
In 2014 three countries in West Africa were struck with an epidemic of the lethal virus Ebola. Although it only took hold in three small countries, it devastated the tourism industry on the whole continent of Africa for more than a year...
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Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration Three Generations

Posted by Ann Kinner on 12/7/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hawaii, USA, Travel, WWII
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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A Thanksgiving Story

Posted by Amy Clyde on 11/10/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Norman Rockwell, Thanksgiving, Travel
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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Oberammergau: Passion for the Passion

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 11/1/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Oberammergau, Europe
A small town called Oberammergau has all the beautiful touches you might expect to see in a village in the Bavarian Alps: quaintly crafted alpine style chalets with flowers overflowing from their window boxes, ancient cobblestone streets lined with shops and cafes, and the misty silhouettes of the mighty Alps looming in the background. It’s a...
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Halloween spirits… past, present and paraded

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 10/27/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Tauck, Fall Foliage, Ireland, Holiday, history, tradition
It’s one of the oldest holidays in the world, one day put aside each year to honor deceased loved ones and their ancestors. Traditions vary from place to place depending on individual cultures and customs, but many include costumes, trick or treating, pranks and games. But no matter how different the Halloween celebration, there is one thing ...
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Expectations versus Reality

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/20/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
On some trips I like to travel independently, but when I want to really discover a new destination I like traveling with a professional tour operator who can take care of all sorts of things I know nothing about and guide me to the best possible experience of the place.
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Travel as Inspiration... whatever your "Muse" may be...

Posted by Rich Mancini on 10/13/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Museums, Art Travel
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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The Joys and Snares of Retirement

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/6/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
A friend from my high school days recently asked me on Facebook when I was going to retire. I said, “It should be soon. I want to retire so I can travel and write.” But that is mainly what I do now, so I’m not sure how it will be different. Am I retired now? I’m not sure.
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Riverboat Joy

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 9/29/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Tauck, Austria, River Cruise, escorted tours
Wow, when you talk to someone who absolutely radiates joy when you ask them about their job, that’s when I want what they’re having. And in this case, so do hundreds of others, guests and staff alike, who have experienced the passion and pride that Tauck employee, and recently anointed riverboat godmother, Kristin Robinson, instills in ...
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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

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/11/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Solo Travel
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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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

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/21/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
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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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

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/7/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
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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Family Travel: It's Back, But It Never Went Away

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 6/23/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Family Travel
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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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

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 6/9/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Tauck Events
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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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

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/19/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Africa, Safari
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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"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

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/5/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
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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"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

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/21/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: India, Photos, Tauck, Travel, history, tradition
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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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

Posted by Rich Mancini on 3/17/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, Tauck, Travel
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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Where the Sun Shines and You Are Traveling with New Friends

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 3/10/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
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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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

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/25/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Cuba
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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Alaska: Where Frontier Wildlife Live On

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 2/18/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Travel, USA, Wild Life
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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Anatomy of a River Cruise

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/11/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, 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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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

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/28/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel
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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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

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/14/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Photos, Travel Tips
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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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

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/10/2015
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: 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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5 Grand European Hotels
You'll Never Want to Leave

Posted by Amy Clyde on 12/10/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Austria, Europe, Hotels, Ireland, Italy, London, Tauck, Travel, Venice, Vienna
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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Hollywood Along the Danube

Posted by Rich Mancini on 12/3/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Austria, Europe, Tauck, Travel, Vienna
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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Born to Travel

Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/2/2015
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: 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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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

Posted by Guest Blogger on 9/3/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Tauck, How-To, Travel Tips
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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Tauck Returns to Nepal in October

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/27/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Asia, India
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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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

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 7/30/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Great Britain
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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Top Reasons Why Puglia
is a Must-See in Italy

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 7/23/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Hotels, Italy, Puglia
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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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

Posted by Amy Clyde on 7/2/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: history, Travel, Tauck, Paris, Museums, London, France, Art Travel
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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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...

Posted by Amy Clyde on 6/11/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Italy, Small Ship Cruising, Travel, Venice
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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Secret Tips for Winning Tauck's Photo Contest

Posted by Kathleen Whittaker on 6/4/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Photos, How-To
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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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

Posted by Amy Clyde on 5/14/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Art Travel, National Parks, USA, Wyoming, Yellowstone
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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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

Posted by Rich Mancini on 4/23/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Civil War, Ken Burns, Tauck, Travel
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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Meeting Celia Sandys, Winston Churchill's Granddaughter

Posted by Guest Blogger on 4/16/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags:
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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125 Years of van Gogh Inspiration

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/9/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: River Cruise, Tauck, Travel, Amsterdam, Europe
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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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

Posted by Amy Clyde on 3/26/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: River Cruise, Christmas Markets, Tauck, Travel
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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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

Posted by Art Cox on 3/13/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, London, British, Great Britain, WW1, history
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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Lasting Impressions from a First Time River Cruiser

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 3/5/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Travel
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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My Essential Travel Item Is...

Posted by Amy Clyde on 2/26/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Tauck, Travel Tips
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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Romancing the Senses…
The Most Unusual Places to Dine

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 2/20/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Cuba, Europe, Food, Food and Wine, France, Dining
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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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!

Posted by Ashley Castle on 1/29/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Manitoba, Polar Bears, Canada, Travel
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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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!

Posted by Ashley Castle on 1/15/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Manitoba, Polar Bears, Canada, Travel
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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New Year's Eve… Around The World

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/31/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Vienna, Holiday, tradition, New Years Eve
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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Warming Up Winter

Posted by Amy Clyde on 12/24/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Holiday
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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Living legends, meeting royalty and other Tauck treats

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/19/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Travel, Europe, Royalty
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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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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The Ultimate Jazz Experience

Posted by Rich Mancini on 11/21/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Food, Ken Burns, Museums, Tauck Events, Jazz, New Orleans
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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D-Day Veteran Returns to
Normandy with Tauck

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
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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Luxury Hotels with Everything – Including Ghosts

Posted by Amy Clyde on 10/29/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hotels, USA, Europe, Canada
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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Travel: A Gift the Family Will Always Remember

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/23/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, Tauck
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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Spooky & Other Hudson Valley Attractions

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/16/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hudson Valley, Tauck, Travel
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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Come with Us to the Must-See Gardens of the World [Part 2]

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

Posted by Tom Armstrong on 9/25/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Ken Burns, New York City
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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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

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/22/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel
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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A Fabulous First Safari Experience

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/15/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Safari, Africa, Travel
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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Unique Places to Travel in 2015

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/8/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Myanmar, Cuba, Puglia, Travel
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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River cruising in France - with the kids!

Posted by Guest Blogger on 8/1/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, France, River Cruise
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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Discovering Cuba’s Lively “Second City” – Santiago de Cuba

Posted by Rich Mancini on 7/25/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, 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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Fall for New England Fall Foliage

Posted by Amy Clyde on 7/11/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Fall Foliage, New England, USA
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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Savoring Northern Spain's San Sebastián

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 7/3/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Europe, Food
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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Yosemite Celebrates 150 Years

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 6/27/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Nature, Tauck, National Parks
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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Come with Us to the Must-See Gardens of the World

Posted by Amy Clyde on 6/20/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Nature, Tauck
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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Tribal Voices and the Power of Interpretation

Posted by Roger Saterstrom on 6/17/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Ken Burns, Travel
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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Heading to Cooperstown: Tauck’s Baseball Hall of Fame Event

Posted by Rich Mancini on 6/5/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Ken Burns, Tauck Events, Museums
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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Traveling the World & Appreciating Good Value – A Discussion with Tauck Travelers

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 5/23/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Travel
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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In The Steps of Lincoln and Grant at The Willard Hotel in Washington, DC

Posted by Tom Armstrong on 5/8/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hotels, Washington DC, Ken Burns, Civil War
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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Visit Hotel Traube-Tonbach in Germany: Nine Generations of Family History

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 5/2/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Germany, Hotels, Europe
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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Cruising Partners for 25 Years

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/25/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Small Ship Cruising, Travel
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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Italy’s Most Wondrous City: Florence

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/11/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Florence, Italy, Travel
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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Finding Love on a Trip to Hawaii

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/3/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hawaii, Travel
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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Why You'll Love Antwerp

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 3/27/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Antwerp, Belgium, Museums, Travel
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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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

Posted by Amy Clyde on 2/27/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: National Parks, USA, Travel, Nature
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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6 Surprisingly Romantic Cities

Posted by Amy Clyde on 2/14/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Vienna, Japan, India, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Charleston
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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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

Posted by Jessica Reaves - freelance writer for Tauck on 1/30/2014
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: How-To, Photos, Canada
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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Family Adventure in Spain:
Brave Bull Wins Against All Odds

Posted by Guest Blogger on 1/24/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Family Travel, Museums, Travel
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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In Delft tweaking a Tauck tour, continued…

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 1/8/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Art Travel, Europe, River Cruise
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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On Location with BBC Earth

Posted by Joanne Gardner on 1/2/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Nature, Wild Life
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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Tauck World of Giving

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/26/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel
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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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

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 12/13/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Art Travel, Europe, Museums, River Cruise
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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Oh the places you’ll go in Botswana!

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 12/9/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Nature
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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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

Posted by Jessica Reaves - freelance writer for Tauck on 10/25/2013
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: How-To, USA, Photos
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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Meet One of Tauck's Finest: Tour Director Peter Tanner

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/18/2013
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: Tauck Director, Canada, Food, Switzerland
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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The Magic of Holiday Travel

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 10/11/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: 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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Making sense of online travel reviews

Posted by Guest Blogger on 9/27/2013
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Travel, Tauck, How-To
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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Oh Susanna... A Taste of the Old South in Savannah

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 9/19/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Food, USA
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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Making a Difference in Africa, One Hand at a Time

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/13/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Travel, Safari
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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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

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/29/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Solo Travel, Europe, Food and Wine, Italy
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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Food for thought: Feed the senses on a France River Cruise

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/22/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Food and Wine, 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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Get What You Pay For and Then Some

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/8/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Food and Wine
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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Make Your Own History... On a River Cruise

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/2/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Food, 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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Tauck's Brand New Ship Sets Sail for the Arctic, Alaska & Asia!

Posted by Robin Tauck on 7/25/2013
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Italy, Travel, Small Ship Cruising
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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In Cuba, music says it all...

Posted by Rich Mancini on 7/19/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Cuba, Travel
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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Make yourself at home, anywhere

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 7/5/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Family Travel
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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There's Nothing Like Family

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 6/27/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Family Travel
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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Finding Life Anew,
Under the Santa Fe Sky

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 6/20/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, USA, Food, Solo Travel
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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Outtakes – Filmmaker Ken Burns and Hidden Gems of New England

Posted by Guest Blogger on 6/14/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Connecticut, Fall Foliage, USA
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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Eat, Drink and Be Merry... Aboard a Tauck Riverboat

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 5/30/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Food and Wine, France, River Cruise
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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Where it’s Memorial Day… 365 Days a Year

Posted by Rich Mancini on 5/24/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, USA
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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Five places in Europe where you can bring home some of the magic!

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 5/9/2013
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Europe, France, Belgium
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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Singapore, A Tiny Nation with an Outsized Passion for Great Food

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 5/2/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Asia, 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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Where Is Your Favorite “Cobblestone” Street?

Posted by Rich Mancini on 4/25/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Cuba, Europe, USA
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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What to do with free time in Florence... Springtime Spirit in Piazzale Michelangelo

Posted by Guest Blogger on 4/19/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Italy, Europe, Travel
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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To Africa With Love, Care of a Tauck Tour Director

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/10/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Travel
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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Traveling with Tauck Bridges... The Perfect Family Vacation

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/5/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, Italy, Europe
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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Packing with a Sense of Style: A How-To

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 3/28/2013
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Travel, 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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Music in the Air: Great European Cities for Classical Music Lovers (Part 2)

Posted by Rich Mancini on 3/21/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Europe
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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Music in the Air: Great European Cities for Classical Music Lovers (Part 1)

Posted by Rich Mancini on 3/14/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Europe
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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Hitting The Perfect High Note With Tauck

Posted by Guest Blogger on 3/8/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck Events, Travel, USA
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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How You See The World Matters...
Take a Look

Posted by Peter Tauck on 2/28/2013
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Travel, Tauck
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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Visit America's Top Presidential Places

Posted by Rich Mancini on 2/21/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: USA, Travel
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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5 historic places where romance is in the air

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 2/14/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Rome, London, Europe
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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Action! The World's Must-See Movie Locations

Posted by Rich Mancini on 2/8/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel
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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Single-Parents & Their Teens Connect on Guided Vacations

Posted by Guest Blogger on 1/31/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, Solo Travel
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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What to do – and savor – on your free time in Paris

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 1/25/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: France, Food and Wine, Europe
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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Winter in Yellowstone is Hot!!!

Posted by Guest Blogger on 1/18/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: National Parks, Nature, USA, Small Group Travel
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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Eataly - How to eat in Italy like you live there

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 1/10/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Italy, Food and Wine, Small Ship Cruising
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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Warm Up in These Winter Travel Hot Spots

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 1/3/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: National Parks, Tauck Events, Travel
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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A Twist on New Year's Traditions

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 12/27/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Asia, Africa, South America
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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What's hip to sip and where

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/19/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Food and Wine
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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Introducing Le Soléal – A New Ship is Launched

Posted by Dan Mahar on 12/13/2012
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Small Ship Cruising, Rome
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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Hawaii… Pearl Harbor… Three Generations

Posted by Ann Kinner on 12/7/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hawaii, USA
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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The Gift of Giving Back

Posted by Guest Blogger on 11/29/2012
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: National Parks, USA
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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A Tauck Tour Director’s Favorite Things to Do in Paris

Posted by Guest Blogger on 11/21/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: France, Travel, Europe
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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Stories from the Road – Researching and Developing Tauck Itineraries

Posted by Guest Blogger on 11/16/2012
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: Switzerland, Europe, Hotels
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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Hurricane Sandy Arrives. Tauck Keeps Rolling.

Posted by Robin Tauck on 11/8/2012
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Tauck Events, Rome, Italy
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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Celebrating 50 years of marriage with Tauck

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 11/1/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, USA, National Parks
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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These Tauck Luxury Hotels Have Everything – Including Ghosts!

Posted by Guest Blogger on 10/24/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hotels, USA, Europe, Canada
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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How we put the “family” in Ireland

Posted by Sharon Bell on 10/18/2012
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: Europe, Family Travel
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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Fall Foliage and its Mythical "Peak"

Posted by Guest Blogger on 10/11/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Nature, Fall Foliage, USA
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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Free Time in Brussels? Here's What to Do

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/4/2012
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Travel, Belgium, Europe
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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Being a Tauck Traveler,
Great Solo & With a Companion

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/27/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Solo Travel
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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Top Ten "Extreme Views" in the USA & Canada

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/20/2012
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Nature, Travel, 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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Romancing the Rhône... and April in Paris

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 9/13/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: River Cruise, Food and Wine
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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What I love about Amsterdam

Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/6/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Amsterdam, River Cruise
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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Classic Cars in Cuba

Posted by Rich Mancini on 8/30/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: 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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To Rome, With Love...

Posted by Brenda MacKellar on 8/23/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Rome, Tauck Events, Vatican
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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Arthur Tauck Jr. – Entrepreneur 

Posted by Dan Mahar on 8/16/2012
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Tauck, Connecticut, Revolutionary
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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Tips for Photo Contest Entries

Posted by Kathleen Whittaker on 8/9/2012
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Photos, How-To
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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Mercy, Paul Bocuse - Fine Dining on the Saône River

Posted by Rebecca Sellet on 8/2/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: France, River Cruise, Food and Wine
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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Tauck: Still Revolutionary

Posted by Dan Mahar on 7/26/2012
Posted in: Taucks on Tauck
Tags: Tauck, Connecticut, 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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Protecting the Unexpected Side of Travel

Posted by Karina Koscielny on 7/18/2012
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Travel Insurance, Family 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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Bear hugs in China, panda-style

Posted by Dawne Andrews on 7/12/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: China, Pandas, Sichuan Province
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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London - When to Go... That is the Question...

Posted by Brian Stacey on 7/5/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: London, Olympics, Shard
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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Greece - Don't Forget to Bring a Match

Posted by Rebecca Sellet on 7/3/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Athens, Greece, Museums
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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