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(Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Latin America, Middle East) From exploration of Chile, Argentina and Brazil to Taucks private tented camp in Africa to visits to exclusive Hayman Island and Hong Kong, Tauck opens up a new world of exotic adventures.
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Until recent years, few U.S. citizens have been able to experience Cuba travel. But under a licensed granted by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, Tauck has been providing People-to-People educational exchange travel to Cuba since 2012. Meet face-to-face with local residents from different professions, share thoughts, gain knowledge, and connect with Cuba's cultural heritage on our 7-day, Havana-based Cuba: Connecting with People and Culture. Around key themes of Cuban culture and the arts, history, architecture, entrepreneurism, agriculture, baseball and more, travelers interact directly with the people of Cuba. Meet Cuban students, teachers, architects, artisans, dancers, musicians, coaches and ballplayers... learn about Ernest Hemingway's Cuba... discuss art and private enterprise at the studios of community artists... visit with agricultural workers to talk about agrarian reform and organic farming... interact with members of community and charitable organizations about their work... learn about Cuban cultural traditions... have meals at paladares (small, privately operated Cuban restaurants)... and connect with Cuba and Cubans on Tauck's cultural exchange.
Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth! Active volcanoes, misty cloud forests, inland rivers, coffee plantations, tropical gardens and the mysterious jungle - all on an eco-rich Costa Rica travel adventure! One of our most popular trips immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes and when the opportunity arises, the use of field equipment. Visits to a butterfly garden within Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a float trip along an inland jungle river, and sightseeing excursions with expert naturalists offer insights into the region's unique ecosystems, birds and wildlife. Stays at acclaimed eco-resorts... a guided tour of a working coffee plantation... a zip line adventure in the rainforest canopy tour... a stay at a thermal resort featuring volcanically heated hot springs... a visit with a farm family that has lived on a jungle river for many generations... close-up views of a dizzying array of native flora and fauna... and a farewell celebration at an artisan chocolatier in San José are all among the highlights of Tauck's Costa Rica travel experience!
Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth! Life is pretty colorful on a Costa Rica vacation, where even butterflies like the electric-blue morpho make visitors gape in awe. More than 850 different species of birds make their homes here, from emerald-green parrots, scarlet macaws and bright-billed "flying banana" toucans to purple-throated hummingbirds, orange-bellied trogons, and red and green plumed quetzals. Green turtles and iguanas, red frogs and white-faced monkeys are also a big draw too, as you'll find out when you explore tropical rainforests and jungles on a rafting trip and a nature hike during overnight stays in riverfront lodges. One of our most popular trips immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring on-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches. Want to get the ultimate hands-on Costa Rica vacation experience? Soar on a zip-line adventure through the rainforest, learn all about living along a jungle river, take a pineapple tour, and see - as well as taste - how the cacao fruit is transformed into chocolate. And the best part - share it all with your family on Costa Rica: Jungles & Rainforests.
You and your family have an opportunity to discover wildlife found nowhere else in the world with Tauck and BBC Earth! Join us for an Earth Journeys family travel experience highlighted by BBC Earth on-tour films and a specialist wildlife filming kit. Set sail for amazing tropical islands, truly a land that time forgot, on Tauck Bridges' family Galápagos tour that features a four-night cruise aboard Santa Cruz II. Have you ever seen birds wearing bright red or blue "shoes"? You will during this eco-cruise because the Galápagos is one of their favorite places to kick up their heels. How about prehistoric-looking iguanas? Or penguins and sea lions so friendly that they might swim right alongside you in brilliant blue water? Even the crabs are different here, with their bright red and yellow shells that provide quite a contrast to the black-lava rocks of these volcanic islands. Parabolic microphones bring the voices of nature to your ears... learn from Galápagos naturalists who travel with you... take walks on lava terrains... travel ashore via pangas... swim and snorkel... and spend two nights in colonial Quito.
Swim with sea lions... wander through catacombs lined with colonial bones... meet llamas and alpacas and more... as the height of adventure, the thrill of discovery, and the hunt for centuries-old mysteries old come together for your family on Tauck Bridges' Peru vacation adventure! As you discover the secrets of this ancient land from today's capital, Lima, to its original Incan capital of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and mysterious Machu Picchu, you'll paint pottery, get blessed by a shaman, go horseback riding or river rafting (or get a massage!), see Peruvian Pasos dance, weave bracelets with schoolchildren, ride the rails to a lost city, take a chocolate-making class, meet endangered spectacled bears, play a pan flute and much more. It's the perfect Peru vacation for your family!
NEW! Earth Journeys... Created by Tauck and BBC Earth. Small group departures limited to 18 guests! Follow wildebeest and zebra on their annual trek from Tanzania's Serengeti National Park to Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve in search of greener pastures on this nine-day safari - to witness this Great Migration is a unique experience that should be at the top of the bucket list of every safari enthusiast. Spend two nights in Ngorongoro Conservation Area with a game drive and picnic lunch in the wildlife-rich crater... fly from Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park where overnight stays in a mobile camp enable timely sightings of migrating wildlife on private safari game drives with expert trackers... a flight from the Serengeti to wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve is followed by two nights in a safari camp with daily game drives... and a morning flight touches down in Nairobi for a day in Karen with visits to the Giraffe Centre, home to endangered Rothschild giraffes, and to an elephant orphanage dedicated to rescued baby and teenage elephants. Unique experiences include custom film vignettes created by BBC Earth exclusively for Tauck; a stay in a mobile safari camp designed to move with wildebeest, zebras, eland and gazelle as they migrate to grassier plains, usually followed by natural predators such as lions, hyenas and leopards; a hot air balloon ride with breakfast in either the Serengeti or Masai Mara; and a private visit to Sheldrick Animal Orphanage with exclusive viewing of baby elephants at feeding time. Accommodations include intimate lodges with stunning views in Arusha and Ngorongoro, a mobile tented camp in the Serengeti for optimal wildlife viewing, a tented camp in Masai Mara selected for comfort and luxury in the bush and day rooms and dinner at a gracious hotel in Nairobi before flights home.
Experience the heart of Morocco, Africa at Europe's doorstep... ancient cities, medinas, kasbahs, and souks... windswept coastline and desert treasures... on a 10-day journey that includes premier hotel stays - four nights in the melting pot of Marrakech, three nights in spiritual Fes, and one night in both Imperial Rabat and fashionable Casablanca, where ghosts of Bogie and Bergman still linger. Magic of Morocco starts in Imperial Rabat with royal sightseeing at the palace and the mausoleum of Mohammed V. Continue to Fes, where you'll take your choice of walking tours - a culinary tour for sampling traditional elements of Moroccan cuisine... a walk in the medina for an insider's look at artisan wares from rugs to metalwork... or a stroll in the Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis, and have lunch in a private home in Moulay Idriss with a professor who shares thoughts on the life of women in Morocco. Head for Meknes, renowned for olives, wine and mint tea, where you'll visit a madrasa and Sultan Moulay Ismail's stables that once housed 12,000 horses. En route to Casablanca, see the movie to get in the mood for what comes next! Visit Casablanca's Hassan II Mosque, the world's third largest, and see the city's famed watermen decked out in red, before lunch at Rick's Café. In walled Marrakech, explore Jemaa el-Fna Square in Old Town, the Gardens Majorelle (once owned by Yves Saint-Laurent), the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, and the Saadian Tombs. Venture into the desert via 4x4 for camel riding, a tea ceremony, a taste of Berber culture, and traditional music and entertainment in a tent. On your last full day, take your choice: a cooking school experience... an excursion to the seaside town of Essaouira with a photographer as a guide... or pampering at a hammam.
Tauck's New Zealand-only trip offers an in-depth look at this beautiful country from Wellington to Auckland. As a Tauck Exclusive, travel aboard our exclusive air charters as you experience the North and South Islands as only Tauck can. Make cultural connections as you explore Maori traditions; explore your adventurous side on a jet boat cruise; travel by helicopter to the top of Bob's Peak in Queenstown; pamper your palate on a green-lipped mussel and wine cruise in Marlborough Sounds, lunch at a winery known for its Pinot Noir and lakeside views, and a wine tasting on Waiheke Island; and view some amazing natural wonders from the glacier-carved cliffs of Milford Sound to stunning Lake Wakatipu.
Your family experiences the safari of a lifetime... Tauck Bridges' amazing family Africa tour is a safari adventure unlike any other. Wake up to views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from your African lodge... and discover who lives on the slopes of this mighty mountain. Experience the real life home of Maasai warriors and Africa's Big Five. Get a true taste of daily life in the African bush when you learn how to make beaded jewelry and throw a spear, and go inside a village school. You may see lions resting under enormous baobab trees... wildebeest making their way past herds of elephants and gazelles... elephants, up close. Travel aboard our open-top Africa safari vehicles where everyone has a great view of Tanzania's amazing wildlife during morning and afternoon game drives. Your Tauck Director provides a window into an unknown, unseen world that introduces Tanzania's nocturnal society, revealing what would normally be hidden in darkness... And from your tented camp in "the place where life began".... to your lodge next to Africa's "Garden of Eden"... to your safari lodge in the Serengeti, your family becomes part of the unbelievable wilderness pageant that comes alive right outside your door!
Embark on a grand safari within Tanzania's most renowned game reserves and enjoy the safari experience of a lifetime. You'll have an opportunity to observe Africa's Big Five - elephant, leopard, lion, rhinoceros, and buffalo - where they live, in their natural habitats. One of our most popular trips immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes and when the opportunity arises, the use of field equipment. Following your African safari, your journey concludes on the tropical island archipelago of Zanzibar. Enjoy many different types of experiences on this journey, from soaring high above the Tanzanian savannah aboard a hot air balloon to sailing aboard a traditional dhow on the Indian Ocean off the coast of Zanzibar. Experience ancient, stunning landscapes, the spice bazaars of Stone Town and one of mankind's most important archaeological sites... travel by safari vehicles within Serengeti National Park, plus Ngorongoro Crater... and stay in luxury safari lodges, tented camps and a resort overlooking the sea for an in-depth, up-close African safari experience.
In the southern Andes mountains lies one of the most beautiful places on Earth... Patagonia. Astonishing landscapes of jagged Andean peaks and deep fjords carved by glaciers... panoramic vistas of living ice that changes shape and color by the angle of the sun, amid deep water lakes of emerald and turquoise. No wonder some local legends hold that extraterrestrials once lived here. A journey to the end of the earth, where sea lions, condors and penguins share the landscape with pink flamingos... gauchos drive herds across the pampas... and the essence of life is in the passion of a tango. Join us for a remarkable 11-day Patagonia travel adventure through stunning fjords, glaciers, turquoise lakes, jagged, dramatic mountains valleys populated by exotic wildlife - with an opportunity to experience a slice of daily life in the Patagonian outback. Experience the exotic flora and amazing wildlife of Torres del Paines National Park; Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the wonders of the world; cruises on the Ultima Esperanza Fjord and the Lago Argentina; a private visit to one of the world's most famous silversmiths; a private lunch at a ranch where gauchos demonstrate their skills; a private wine pairing dinner in Puerto Natales; excursions led by local guides and naturalists, and so much more... on a Patagonia travel experience that's second to none.
If you are looking for an Australia-only trip, this 11-day tour - featuring private charter flights throughout the country - is just for you! Begin with two nights in Melbourne at a top hotel in the heart of the Victorian city; guided sightseeing offers an insider's perspective on Melbourne life and landmark sights. Our Australia tours include a night at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the desert Outback, and three nights at a beachfront resort in Queensland featuring a cruise to Agincourt Reef in the Great Barrier Reef, a rainforest gondola ride and a "crocodile" tour! On your final four nights in Sydney you'll tour the iconic Sydney Opera House, take a private Sydney Harbour luncheon cruise, go on a "Foodie Tour" of the city's culinary highlights and more.
Timeless cities... thousands of years of compelling history. Breathtaking architecture, like the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Dramatic, sun-drenched landscapes... a rich mix of local cultures and cuisines... and age-old spiritual traditions on the ghats along the River Ganges. From bustling Delhi to mystical Varanasi and the "Pink City" of Jaipur, to Udaipur, the "City of Lakes," northern India invites you to discover these treasures on an 11-day trip perfect for the traveler with less time to spend. Experience contrasting images of the capital, Delhi, old and new. Sail on the Ganges in Varanasi to witness holy men "putting the river to sleep." Travel to Agra to visit the famous Taj Mahal... which you can see from your hotel room! Celebrate India's culture and cuisine among Jaipur's pavilions and palaces at a special Maharajah evening in Jaipur. Spend three nights at The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, voted Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Hotel." Throughout, you'll enjoy accommodations in some of the world's top-rated hotels... dine on local specialties... and discover the heart and soul of India in a way you never dreamed possible!
Welcome to a celebration of Southern Africa's natural world... specifically the national parks of Botswana and Zambia, which together are amongst the largest concentrations of unspoiled wilderness and wildlife left on the planet... One of our most popular trips immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes and when the opportunity arises, the use of field equipment. If you want to get closer than an open-air safari vehicle can take you, you've come to the right place. One of our most compelling trips in Botswana and South Africa tours some of the continent's most spectacular wildlife reserves. Start with a two-night stay in Livingstone, Zambia - where you'll embark on a "Rhino Walking Safari," visit remarkable Victoria Falls, and begin a safari adventure that takes you through the awe-inspiring national parks of Zambia and Botswana, home to some of the largest concentrations of big game on the planet, including Mosi-oa-Tunya, the Okavango Delta, and the Makgadikgadi Pans on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. Your journey concludes with three nights in Cape Town, South Africa, at the continent's southernmost tip - a dazzling metropolis of exotic urban life, art, history, and culture. The landscapes you'll visit (from rainforests and marshlands to savannahs, salt plains and desert) are as diverse and fascinating as the wild creatures that inhabit them, and the variety of means you have to meet them: including safari vehicle, motorboat, 1920s vintage steam train and on foot, in the company of a Bushman guide and tracker. Stay in luxury tented camps and five-star luxury hotels, view the Okavango Delta by mokoro canoe and helicopter, enjoy sundowners under a blazing African sunset, dine at private homes, in elegant hotels and under the stars in the bushveld... this is the Africa you've been looking for.
Explore the world of the ancient Incas on our popular 12-day tours of Peru and Bolivia, and witness the impact of the Spanish conquistadors on cultures from out of the mists of history... from Pizarro's colonial Lima and Cusco, to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca to La Paz. Discover Inca strongholds and sacred sites surrounded by the Andes... admire the skill and craftsmanship of ancient artisans whose true medium was gold... learn the secrets of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, and have your journey blessed by a local shaman. Attend a folkloric performance based on Inca mythology... take a boat to meet locals living like their ancestors did on floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca... see famous Peruvian Paso horses demonstrate their skills... and discover the cultural and architectural diversity of La Paz, highest capital city on Earth.
Your 12 days in South Africa go beyond the ordinary with amazing travel experiences that include game drives in two of the most sought-after private game reserves - stay in the heart of the reserves, where you just might spot leopards, lions, elephants, impalas, and zebras. Attend wine tastings, special presentations and lectures with local experts... and experience the vast legacy of cultural and natural history in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Soweto. Learn more about the struggle against apartheid, travel up Table Mountain for extraordinary views of "the end of the continent," and meet some elephants during your two-night stay at Victoria Falls. And when you cruise the Zambezi River at sunset... you know that South Africa has a place in your heart forever more. You'll find yourself immersed in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring on-tour films by BBC Earth natural history experts and when the opportunity arises, the use of field equipment such as night vision goggles and FLIR® thermal camera imaging that reveal the secret nocturnal life of South Africa's wildlife, providing a rare look at what is normally hidden in darkness.
Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth! The Panama Canal & Costa Rica joins our Earth Journeys collection featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes plus other select BBC Earth touches. Combine the magic of a Panama Canal crossing with a Costa Rica cruise on our 12-day The Panama Canal & Costa Rica and enjoy up-close discoveries of amazing wildlife, fascinating centuries-old cultures and man-made marvels, and two-night stays in Panama City and San José. A 7-night voyage aboard one of Ponant's new Explorer Class yachts - the sister ships Le Champlain or Le Dumont d'Urville - features a complete transit of the Panama Canal, and an opportunity for cultural exchange with locals in Panama and along Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Explore the rich interior and its abundant wildlife with our expert naturalists. Go swimming or snorkeling, land on islands via tender or Zodiac craft, visit a gold museum in San José and learn how coffee beans are harvested and brewed to perfection. Experience the pleasures of Tauck small ship cruising on a Panama Canal and Costa Rica cruise!
Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth! The Panama Canal & Costa Rica joins our Earth Journeys collection featuring on-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches. Combine the magic of a Panama Canal crossing with a Costa Rica cruise on our 12-day The Panama Canal & Costa Rica and enjoy up-close discoveries of amazing wildlife, fascinating centuries-old cultures and man-made marvels, and two-night stays in Panama City and San José. A 7-night voyage aboard one of Ponant's new Explorer Class yachts - the sister ships Le Champlain or Le Dumont d'Urville - features a complete transit of the Panama Canal, and an opportunity for cultural exchange with locals in Panama and along Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Explore the rich interior and its abundant wildlife with our expert naturalists. Go swimming or snorkeling, land on islands via tender or Zodiac craft, visit a gold museum in San José and learn how coffee beans are harvested and brewed to perfection. Experience the pleasures of Tauck small ship cruising on a Panama Canal and Costa Rica cruise!
Floating castles of ice glisten in the warmth of the austral sun... glacial mountains rise from the sea, framed against a radiant sky... in an instant, a bright sun illuminates a floating regatta of ice formations... Explorers throughout the centuries have been captivated by the ice... Today, you are that Antarctic explorer. Few experiences can compare to the feeling you'll have as you head off on an expeditionary Antarctica cruise and immerse in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes. Your adventure begins with two nights in amazing Buenos Aires, Argentina. Then it's all aboard your Ponant sister ship for a 10-night cruise to a magical wonderland where the locals, from penguins and seals to seabirds, welcome you ashore with friendly curiosity. Learn about their life and icy habitats from onboard naturalists who educate and inspire. And at night, enjoy informal chats, onboard lectures, documentary films and warm camaraderie with fellow explorers, captain and crew.
Inspirational, innovative and intriguing, Japan has always been a favorite Tauck destination, where gilded temples and glittering skyscrapers reign over streets steeped in history and tradition. Discover the revered customs and unique sense of beauty that infuse life here... On the main island of Honshu, from Tokyo to the hot springs resort town of Hakone and on through the "Japanese Alps" to Kanazawa and the cultural treasure trove of Kyoto, visit a private home, shoes off, for a tea ceremony and Origami... explore castles, temples, shrines, a samurai home, and world-class gardens... spend a night at a ryokan with traditional Japanese cultural experiences... make sushi, taste sake, cruise Lake Ashi to see Mt. Fuji... enjoy a taiko performance, Shinto music, Kagura dancing, a sumo wrestling demonstration... and meet a geisha expert. Join us for a Japan trip to remember.
Imagine an exclusive nighttime game drive where FLIR® thermal imaging reveals the nocturnal activities of wildlife that would normally be hidden in darkness. That's just what you'll experience on this classic Tauck adventure in Kenya and Tanzania... evoking safaris of yesteryear while offering an opportunity to get to know the "Big Five" in their natural habitats... One of our most popular trips immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made film vignettes by BBC Earth natural history experts and, when the opportunity arises, the use of field equipment. Return to a time when the Great Rift Valley held the secrets of the origins of mankind... Observe huge herds roaming the Serengeti, the "lost world" of Ngorongoro Crater, and free-ranging elephants in Amboseli National Park. Ride in a hot air balloon over the Masai Mara at dawn - capped by a champagne breakfast in the bush... view rescued chimpanzees and protected black rhinos on an excursion to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy... enjoy a special barbecue dinner accompanied by Maasai dancing at your lodge in the Serengeti... visit the William Holden Wildlife Education Center during a two-night stay at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club... meet the weavers of a local village... travel in exclusive open-top safari vehicles, and stay in luxurious tented camps and safari lodges - an unforgettable safari!
Earth Journeys... Created by Tauck and BBC Earth. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities abound on this 13-day small group Earth Journeys safari. Intimate game drives in wildlife-rich national parks promise up-close animal encounters. A private ocean safari and spice tour in Zanzibar reveal cultural treasures. And a gorilla trek in Rwanda is a true bucket list experience! Unique experiences include custom film vignettes created by BBC Earth exclusively for Tauck; all small group departures, limited to just 24 guests for more intimate exploration; a private lecture at Oldupai Gorge where the remains of early man were found; a hot air balloon ride at dawn over the Serengeti followed by breakfast; ocean safari on a private dhow boat with lunch on a secluded beach; and a one-hour interactive visit with a silverback gorilla family in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park accompanied by an expert guide and a personal porter in small groups of just 8 guests. Experience the following... in Tanzania, visits to a Maasai village and primary school, a picnic in a prehistoric crater, and a private lecture in Oldupai Gorge precede four nights in the heart of Serengeti National Park, with a hot air balloon ride and daily game drives... in Zanzibar, spend two nights at a beachfront hotel with ocean view rooms in Stone Town include a walking spice tour with a coconut harvester, a cruise aboard a traditional dhow with swimming and snorkeling, and free time for exploration; and in Rwanda, enjoy a Kigali tour, coffee experience, visits to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Museum and Kigali Genocide Memorial, and a trek into Volcanoes National Park with expert guides to spend time with a gorilla family in the wild. Accommodations feature Serena Safari Lodges in Ngorongoro, with views of the crater, and in the Serengeti, where a Maasai-village inspired lodge overlooks the vast grasslands; Kirawira Tented Camp, combining colonial elegance with modern-day amenities - ideally located to overlook the great migration in the Western Serengeti; Park Hyatt Zanzibar, beachfront setting in the heart of historic Stone Town; and three nights in boutique hotels in Rwanda. Please note: You should expect your gorilla trek to be strenuous. As the mountain gorillas' habitat can only be reached by hiking up into the mountains (there are no roads), your inbound trek may range from 40 minutes to 4 hours, at a beginning altitude of approx. 7,000 feet (approx. 2,130 meters) above sea level, and increasing from there. See the special notes in Pricing & Availability for further details.
Three Countries, Three Distinct Cultures
Discover a trio of South American gems in the countries of Chile, Argentina and Brazil where spectacular nature combines with soulful culture. Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago... spend multiple nights in three of the world's favorite cities. Be dazzled by volcanoes, lakes and forests with abundant wildlife. Hear the crash of cascading waterfalls and walk in the cloud-spray at Iguazú. Travel past snow-capped peaks and cruise emerald waters to a Patagonian resort. Learn about Chilean wines, and experience the truly sultry art of Argentinian tango and the rhythmic beat of Brazilian samba. And in the cities, discover unique places - Ipanema, La Recoleta, San Cristóbal Hill - names rich in sound and richly fascinating in person.
When you travel to Israel and Jordan with Tauck you explore all the threads - civilizations, cultures, history, traditions, religions and the arts - that are so intricately woven together throughout this compelling area of the world. Gain special insights into its diversity from knowledgeable local guides and experts in their fields as our multidimensional Jordan and Israel tours take you from bustling modern-day Tel Aviv to ancient sites such as 4,000-year-old Jaffa, King Herod's port city of Caesarea, mountaintop Masada and Jerusalem's Old City. Expand your understanding of the religions that have so much to do with Israel and Jordan, past and present, during a Tauck Exclusive private panel discussion. Sail on the Sea of Galilee, relax at a resort along the Dead Sea, travel on Jordan's King's Highway to the fabled pink city of Petra, and dine Bedouin-style at a traditional feast. Privately guided tours and special cultural experiences for Tauck guests only bring it all to life, and accommodations at superb hotels - including premium rooms at Movenpick resorts on the Dead Sea and in Petra - put you in the best locations throughout this extraordinary trip.
NEW for 2019! All departures are small group departures limited to 24 guests. Past, present and future blend into an unforgettable 14-day small group journey in a tropical paradise, steeped in culture and nature as you stroll through gardens of tomorrow in Singapore, explore ancient kingdoms in Java, visit flower-filled temples on Bali, and see dragons of yore on timeless Komodo Islands. Unique experiences include a sunrise visit to Borobudor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; an evening visit with a ballet performance at Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a chef-led cooking class on Bali; private boat rides to the Komodo Islands to see Komodo Dragons; Sundowner kite flying; a Balinese dance and more. In Singapore, enjoy three nights at a luxury hotel with guided city sightseeing of landmark sites and a visit to the ecologically advanced Gardens by the Bay... On Java, stays at Borobudur and Yogyakarata include visits to a sultan's palace; Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist temple; a rural village; and a ballet performance at Prambanan. Highlights of Bali include a monkey forest, village traditions, temple blessings, a cooking class and a choice of a rice field hike or a factory visit during a three-night stay at a luxury riverside resort in Bali's cultural heart. Two days of exploration on the Komodo Islands feature private boat rides, Komodo Dragon sightings, snorkeling, diving and beachfront dining... and at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, seaside delights during a two-night stay at a luxury resort include kite flying, Balinese dance, a temple visit and farewell festivities. You'll stay at luxury hotels and resorts... enjoy a three-night stays at luxury hotels in Singapore and Ubud... two nights at Amanjiwo resort in Java with spectacular views over Borobudur... an overnight stay at a historic century-old colonial landmark hotel in Yogyakarta... two nights at a beachfront resort adjacent to Komodo National Park... and two nights at a Four Seasons resort in Bali's tropical Jimbaran Bay.
Picture a China travel adventure that takes you behind the scenes at ancient treasures, exotic gardens, architectural masterpieces and compelling UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors... includes a memorable cruise through the Yangtze River's Three Gorges aboard the newly renovated Yangzi Explorer... and is filled with exclusive experiences such as an insider experience in Beijing's hutongs - including a visit with a local family. Throughout China travel is unique - by rickshaw in Beijing, by sampan in Shennong Stream, via funicular up Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, and by gondola and on foot along the Great Wall. Meet a conservation expert at the Terra Cotta Warriors museum in Xi'an, and families at a Three Gorges Dam relocation village along the Yangtze. There's no end to the enriching discoveries you'll make on this comprehensive China travel experience!
Stories by Ken Burns A kaleidoscope of traditions... A wondrous rebirth of once war-torn lands - a peaceful countryside dotted with tropical orchards and rice paddies, gleaming new buildings reflecting now-thriving economies... Mekong villages bustling with floating markets and artisans' workshops... mystical islets of Ha Long Bay on an overnight cruise... ancient Khmer temples defying time and the Cambodian jungle... underground tunnels and "killing fields" chronicling past turbulent times... hearftfelt prayers of Laotian monks receiving daily alms... and an inspiring new perspective of life in Indochina.
Earth Journeys... Created by Tauck and BBC Earth. From the Big Five to silverbacked Mountain Gorillas, wildlife is the draw on this 16-day safari in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda where game drives and mountain treks reward with once-in-a-lifetime encounters with animals, both endemic and endangered. All departures are small groups, limited to 24 guests. Special experiences include custom film vignettes created by BBC Earth exclusively for Tauck; a private catered lunch in Ngorongoro Crater; private lecture on famous elephants of Amboseli and anti-poaching efforts; a hot air balloon ride at dawn followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush; and a guided gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park for a one-hour gorilla family visit and a private lecture on conservation programs underway in Rwanda. Highlights include: Tanzania - An overnight stay in Arusha, two nights overlooking Ngorongoro Crater and two nights at a safari lodge in the heart of the Serengeti set the stage for morning and afternoon game drives with ample opportunity to spot the Big Five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and the endangered rare black rhinoceros. Kenya - A two-night stay in Amboseli National Park, two nights at an elite safari club straddling the Equator and three nights in luxury tented accommodations in Masai Mara National Reserve include game drives, Maasai traditions, orphaned chimps, elephant insights, a hot air balloon ride, and a boma dinner. Rwanda - A strenuous but exhilarating trek in Volcanoes National Park leads to encounters few will ever have when silverback gorilla families share their natural habitat with the privileged few for a limited time. Visits to the Dian Fossey Museum, the Genocide Museum and a coffee cooperative and a lecture by a gorilla conservation expert enrich a three-night stay in Rwanda. Accommodations include Serena Safari Lodges in Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park; Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, ideally located in the heart of the park; Fairmont's Mount Kenya and Masai Mara Clubs - elite, luxury accommodations; and two nights in Ruhengeri, Rwanda, at the base of Volcanoes National Park, for easy access to the gorilla trek and the Dian Fossey Museum. Please note: You should expect your gorilla trek to be strenuous. As the mountain gorillas' habitat can only be reached by hiking up into the mountains (there are no roads), your inbound trek may range from 40 minutes to 4 hours, at a beginning altitude of approx. 7,000 feet (approx. 2,130 meters) above sea level, and increasing from there. See the special note in Pricing & Availability for further details.
NEW for 2019! The journey of a lifetime... 16 days exploring the best of China, filled with ancient treasures, a look at modern life, and discovering the world of the panda! Spend three nights in both Beijing and Chengdu, and two nights each in Xi'an, Yangshuo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, where travels take you from the Great Wall to the dynamic cities that define China today. Visit a breeding facility for giant pandas with an opportunity to hold a panda... enjoy a private talk with a conservation expert at Xi'an's Terra Cotta Warriors Museum... go on a private tour, a rickshaw ride, and a visit with a family inside one of Beijing's disappearing hutongs... and attend a magical "face-changing" Sichuan Opera performance. Featuring stays at world-class hotels throughout, Odyssey in China: Beijing, Chengdu and Hong Kong includes three nights in Beijing for a guided walk along the Great Wall and visits to the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the mausoleum of Mao Zedong; Xi'an, with visits to Han Yang Ling Underground Mausoleum, the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, and Shaanxi Museum as well as a dim sum lunch; Yangshuo, where a traditional boat cruise takes you along the tranquil Li River and you attend an interactive cooking demonstration; Chengdu, for a visit to Chengdu Panda Base; a hot pot lunch; and an excursion to Leshan to see the 233 ft.-tall Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Shanghai, where you'll visit Yu Gardens, the Urban Planning Center, and Shanghai Museum; take a walk to see historic shikumen homes; and view an acrobatic performance; and marvelous Hong Kong for rides on the Star Ferry, a private double-decker bus, and a funicular tram to the top of Victoria Peak.
Stories by Ken Burns Tauck's 16-day Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam travel adventure encompasses the best of Southeast Asia as you explore the legendary cities of Hanoi, Hué, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Discover golden Buddhas, ancient kingdoms, inspiring temples and lush landscapes, and experience the unique cultures and traditions of this fascinating area of the world for yourself... from a water puppet performance to ornate pagodas and soaring temple spires to gilded palaces and bamboo stilt houses. Explore Chiang Mai and cruise on the klongs of Bangkok. Discover poignant reminders of war in Vietnam like the Cu Chi Tunnels and notorious Hoa Lo Prison, and see the legacy of peace as you visit a kindergarten in Da Nang. Experience the grandeur and archaeological significance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Angkor, Hoi An and Hué, and stay at the finest city hotels and word-class resorts.
Earth Journeys... created by Tauck and BBC Earth. From the Arabian Sea to the Himalayas, from the ultramodern architecture of New Dehli to the forests of Bandhavgarh National Park in India and Chitwan National Park in Nepal, our unique experiences show you the incomparable cultural diversity, compelling history, and spectacular natural beauty of the subcontinent - Nepal and Northern India amaze you. One of our most popular trips immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes plus other select BBC Earth touches. Set off on game-viewing safaris in search of the elusive tiger... fly over the landscapes of Mt. Everest on a flightseeing tour... visit a Buddhist monastery in Kathmandhu... discover the architecture of Bhaktapur, along the ancient trading route from Nepal to Tibet... feel the spiritual passion of the Taj Mahal, poetry in marble... explore the Heritage section of Mumbai... wander awestruck among the eye-opening Hindu temples of Khajuraho... and enjoy an unusual opportunity to join in hands-on community projects as a volunteer in places where there is need, working with local villagers to improve their lives, forging friendships across cultures.
India, Past and Present, plays out in architectural wonders, royal feasts, ceremonies steeped in age-old traditions and opulent palaces, some reborn today as luxury Oberoi hotels unrivaled anywhere... Indulge in services and sights reserved for royalty as you explore New Delhi... experience sacred rituals of Varanasi on the river Ganges... find eternal love at the Taj Mahal and a fairy-tale city at the Red Fort of Agra... be mesmerized by Marahajah gems in Jaipur, a jeweled lake in Udaipur, the art of living in Kerala and Mumbai's multi-faceted modern-day metropolis.
A feast for the senses... this is what you'll discover throughout Australia and New Zealand. Witness the red rock monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) rising out of the desert Outback... bask in the pale glow of Sydney Harbour at sunset and sunrise... revel in the impossibly blue sky above Milford Sound and the green forests blanketing the ground below... go on a "foodie tour" for an Australian cuisine tasting experience, complete with multi-cultural influences... and then there are green-lipped mussels...
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