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Amazing winter view of Neuschwanstein Caslte
Premier

Tauck

4.8 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1925
Headquarters
  • Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Trips
  • 360

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Tauck Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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Tour Reviews

KK

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Our Fourth Tauck tour August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have just concluded our Fourth Tauck Tour. The Aegean-Athens to Istanbul was absolutely incredibly excellent. The history, the views, the PEOPLE, the tour director-Steve, the Windstar, and especiallly our fellow travellers all were magnificient. Thank you Tauck!
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TL

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Spectacular! August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We recently returned from Taucks two week tour of Italy. Words can't express how fantastic this trip was but I'll use one word and try, SPECTACULAR! I can't recommend this tour and its tour guide Florence Hory highly enough.
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GW

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Awesome time August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had an awesome time traveling with Tauck on the Blue Danube from Budapest to the Black Sea and Bucharest. Amazing July 4th celebration with all kinds of food (from Hamburgers to Jambalaya) and drinks, and surprise Fireworks from the dock in Cernavoda!
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DC

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There's a reason why travelers keep coming back to this company. February 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I've had the pleasure to travel with Tauck on their Grand Australia & New Zealand land tour and their Treasures of the Mediterranean Small Ship Cruise from Malta to Nice. Very different experiences in some ways, but absolutely first rate in every way.

I've never seen a program director as well organized as on the one to Australia and New Zealand. A graduate of the London School of Economics who gave up a six-figure income in international finance because she preferred the freedom and excitement of international travel, this was one guide who never missed an opportunity to make the most out of a tour for all of the members of the group. And with a rather large contingent of 32 to shepherd, that was quite an accomplishment. I don't know if Tauck itineraries are all accommodated as well, although I suspect from talking to passengers on the small ship cruise, it is likely they are.

Upon boarding the small cruise ship Le Ponant in Malta, I shortly discovered that my wife and I were the new guys aboard ship. When I asked my new fellow passengers if this was their first Tauck tour, the reply was always "oh no", followed by a number somewhere from seven upwards. I've never heard so many rave reviews from satisfied customers for a tour company and after the cruise I clearly knew why. How can you go wrong with a French crew serving the best in French cuisine and wine to complete satiation? And after enjoying numerous cruises aboard large ships, what a delight it was sailing on a three-masted, 32 cabin, "luxury yacht" that could duck into the smallest of harbors such as Corsica's Bonafacio and Sicily's Taormina and even stop for an impromptu swim off the back deck. This really was a cruise that gave new meaning to "all-inclusive," not the least of which were several shore excursions such as on the islands of Ponza and Lipari and along Italy's Amalfi coast. The guides for these tours ashore were, as to be expected, very professional, but I confess I did miss that remarkable economist on this one.
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I

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Still Spellbound by the Grandeur of Alaska May 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Focused on the amazing wildness of Alaska without worrying about the mundane details. Expert, low-key tour director made everything look easy. Excursions enhanced appreciation for the history, terrain, wildlife, peoples, boom and bust cycles that make Alaska so unique. Clear view of Denali, great weather, days 'at sea' with binoculars in hand!

Most Memorable Moment:
Flightseeing, Tundra Wilderness tour (clear Denali, rare wolf sighting and grizzlies in distance), crossing Prince William Sound (sea-otters, orcas, stellar sea-lions, and more), Hubbard Glacier calving, Glacier Bay entire day, Whale Watching out of Juneau, and bald eagles everywhere!
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Stride Review

Founded in 1925 by Arthur Tauck, the company has blossomed from a New England motor coach tour agency to offering trips throughout the world -- by land (including rail), sea, and sometimes by air (private air charters, helicopters). But it remains a Tauck family-run business, now in its fourth generation.

Quick Facts

Founded in 1925

Luxury travel with a friendly touch

Small groups, large groups, river cruises

Solo friendly

Average tour price is around $6,000 p/p

Unique partnerships: BBC Earth, offering science themed nature tours, Ken Burns journeys in the US

What Makes Tauck Stand Out

historic Fall foliage tours in New England with Tauck

“No grouches or pessimists” was the plea in a 1920s newspaper ad for a small tour group. From that small automobile taking curious, adventurous New Yorkers along dusty roads through beautiful New England, Tauck has come a long way, now offering guided tours throughout the world.

They look upon their legacy with immense pride, as well they should. Arthur Tauck was an immigrant who pulled himself up by bootstraps and engenuity, and his name represents a supreme, classic and classy tour experience.  

Tauck is a long-established high-quality tour operator with a strong reputation as one of the top companies offering upper-mid-range to luxury group travel and river cruises for the 50+ crowd. While its staple has been European and North American land tours, Tauck has been increasingly expanding into special family trips, exotic locations, and recent award-winning European river cruising.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Tauck?

Pricing is virtually all-inclusive -- no additional options that can run up costs are offered during the trips, yet this is not a place for the true budget traveler. Though they offering several different types of tours, from family vacations to river cruising, attracting and serving a diverse customer group, the legacy of tradition and comfortability appeals largely to older and middle aged travelers.

Small village in Austria with ancient church

Solo travelers are very welcome on Tauck trips, and pay a low single supplement. Numerous specifically solo friendly tours are offered. You’ll meet romantic singles, or simply independent minded travelers, of all ages.

Large family or friend groups could find a great fit at Tauck. Particularly because if your group is 11 people, the 11th travels for free! Because of Tauck’s impressively wide reaching themes and styles for families, having several different ages will be easier to entertain than they might be with other companies.

Young woman on river cruise with Tauck

They even have dedicated “family river cruises”. So if you’re considering a multi-gen family reunion or have a large group of friends with various ages, Tauck could be a good choice.

Top Destinations

Tauck destinations include all seven continents -- so whether you're trying to plan an Iceland vacation or looking to take a trip to Canada, consider Tauck!

Red canoe on bright blue lake in Canada national park

Special themes may include food and wine, North American national parks, fall foliage, solo travel, African safaris, “Culturious” travel (for culturally curious baby boomers), “Bridges” (for families), and “Events,” which are considered once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences.

These may feature a trip to the Kentucky Derby or journeys based around themes of Ken Burns films, with a chance to meet Burns himself.

Tauck Travel Style

Tauck’s travel style is all about seeing destinations in comfort, yet with a strong sense of adventure and desire to see different sides of the destination - from local life to culturally immersive activities.

Land tours are where they began, and they offer hundreds of different tours of various lengths around the world. Typically accommodations are in comfortable 3, 4, and occasionally 5 star hotels.

Enjoying breakfast and coffee on luxury river cruise in Europe

Tauck has an award winning river cruise line, covering a variety of European rivers. They strive to create an intimate setting, where customer service is not compromised. Small ship cruises use 40- to 264-passenger-size yachts and expeditionary vessels that can visit small islands and other locations that big ships cannot. The staff is known for its attentiveness and individualized service.

Among Tauck’s unique partnerships is a special connection with the BBC Earth, through which they offer what they call “Earth Journeys”. These explore the natural world with emphasis on being outdoors learning the fascinating earth science behind stunning nature and wildlife.

Small European village

Tauck is a luxury minded brand, and their prices do tend to sit in the upper budget range. Think an average price between $5,000 and $7,000 per person. That said, they strive to reflect a friendliness and openness, and steer away from any kind of “stuffy” feeling. Their trips are comprehensive and full of enriching cultural activities, while also appreciating the value behind enjoying a cocktail hour before heading into dinner.

Why Choose a Tour or River Cruise With Tauck?

Tauck has an impressive array of travel styles and tours, suitable to numerous types of travelers. They are especially popular with large family groups and corporate groups, as well as very friendly to solo / single travelers.

Tauck tour in France

A renowned, award winning, and well established company, they seamlessly marry innovation with legacy - sticking to their roots while continuing to create unique offerings. Some of its biggest growth has come on water, where Tauck operates a fleet of seven European river boats and a number of small ship cruises. Their customer service, attentive and knowledgeable guides are definitely a key component to their popularity.

Tauck offers something for just about everyone.

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From Tauck

It's easy to see the world's sights. To stand in long lines, push through the crowds, and generally have the same standard-issue vacation as everyone else. But that's not good enough for us, and it's not good enough for you. We believe that travel should be easy. It should be fun. It should be worth your time and the price you paid. It should re-energize and transform. And above all else, it should be beyond the ordinary. Because how you see the world matters.

In 1882, Herman Tauck arrived in New York City from Germany in search of the American dream. His determination and values were passed on to his son, Arthur Tauck, who would realize that dream. With ingenuity and an innovative spirit, Arthur started Tauck Motor Tours, a travel company that would give birth to a new industry. The first tour, through the back roads of New England, was created by this 27-year-old in 1925. It embodied the same successful formula used by Tauck today: do the right thing. Craft a life-enriching travel experience; provide it at a single all-inclusive price; ensure there is great value for money; and rely on recommendations of satisfied customers to build a following and grow the business.

Two elements that did change over the next 90+ years – and three generations of Taucks – were the scope of destinations served and the variety of modes of travel used. Today Tauck delivers life-enriching travel experiences to every corner of the globe, incorporating small cruise ships, premium riverboats, trains, helicopters and more. What started as a New England motor coach tour company has truly evolved into an extraordinary global travel company. The fourth generation of Taucks is now involved in the company. While remarkable in any business, this seamless continuity across generations speaks to shared vision and values.

Throughout its history, the concept of “family” at Tauck has gone far beyond those sharing the surname to include hundreds of valued employees, and hundreds of thousands of loyal guests. The story of Tauck is the story of a unique American family company celebrating a passion for travel – a story that will continue to inspire generations to come.


Associations:

American Society of Travel Agents; American Tourism Society; European Tour Operators Association; National Tour Association; Travel Industry Association of Canada; United States Tour Operators Association; U.S. Travel Association

Awards:

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World's Best Awards 2014 Winner

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10 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
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From: $ 5,595

Highlights

  • Earth Journey
  • created with BBC Earth. Private game drives in open-top safari vehicles; visits to Lake Manyara & Serengeti national parks; hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti; picnic in Ngorongoro Crater; 'spice' walking tour & dhow cruise in Zanzibar
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14 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 7,090

Highlights

  • Spend three nights each in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires and two nights in Santiago
  • explore Patagonia's Lake District in the Andes
  • spend two nights at Iguazú Falls
  • stay on Ipanema Beach
  • private tour of Rio's Samba City
  • private cruises
  • tour and gourmet lunch at a Chilean winery
  • choice of Patagonian national park adventures
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  • 9-night cruise of the Rhône and Saône wine country with vineyard visits and wine tastings; Provençal lunch & cowboy demonstration on a family-owned ranch in La Camargue; exclusive gala evening at the Duchy d'Uzès; tasting tour of local food shops in Chalon-sur-Saône; visits to Cluny Abbey
  • Palais des Papes
  • and Haras National de Cluny equestrian center; 2-night stays in Paris and Monaco
  • with choice of art museum visits in Paris and a farewell dinner at Fouquet's brasserie on the Champs-Élysées.
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  • Lecture by a Cheyenne artist on Native American art; visits to Pompeys Pillar National Monument and Little Bighorn National Monument; in Yellowstone
  • a wildlife photography discussion
  • exploration of Hayden Valley
  • nature trail walk to Fountain Paint Pot
  • and visit to Old Faithful; visit to Mormon Row Historic District in Grand Teton National Park; tour and cowboy demonstration at Snake River Ranch; river rafting adventure on the Snake River; guided walking tour of Jackson; exclusive visit and cocktail reception at the National Museum of Wildlife Art
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