It's all about the why, what, how and when, and it makes you feel like a VIP ("very important person" - or as we've been told, a "very inspired person") on this trip. It's riding in convertible cars on a magical island called Capri... special after-hours entry to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel - you and no crowds viewing Mr. Michelangelo's masterpieces... learning how to make Neapolitan pizza, olive oil and mozzarella cheese... stories about gladiators, volcanoes and a fountain that grants wishes... sweet.
Six nights at alpine resorts in Banff & Jasper national parks set the stage for... wildlife viewing of elk, deer, moose, bear, bighorn sheep and mountain goats that call the wilderness home... a guided hike around emerald lakes, bicycling, canoeing, boating, swimming and more in Jasper National Park, whitewater rafting down an alpine river, an Ice Explorer ride on a prehistoric glacier - and a gondola ride to a mountain summit, a mountie talk, a scavenger hunt, a bowling party in Banff National Park. The definition of family fun!
The legacies of long-ago empires are everywhere in and around the grand cities of Budapest, Vienna and Prague... centuries-old traditions that are still here to be explored and embraced on our weeklong trip visiting Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, once the heart of the old Habsburg Empire. Some are brick-and-mortar, like the Baroque splendor you'll discover at Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace, or the mysterious corners of Charles Bridge in Prague. Others are undying traditions that continue to define the culture long after the empire ceased to be... like the only way to make authentic Hungarian strudel. Discover all this and more on Tauck's Prague, Vienna & Budapest tours!
Our one-week Ireland journey includes some of the Emerald Isle's most intriguing places, from sophisticated cities to small towns throughout the quintessential Irish countryside. Attend a private recital at a cathedral in Cork. Explore the ruins of 6th-century Glendalough with a local guide, and see the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle and the Waterford Crystal Centre. You'll enjoy multiple-night stays in one of Ireland's finest castle hotels (Dromoland Castle), a country manor (Hayfield Manor Hotel) and a Dublin landmark (The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel)... because after all, a week in Ireland is... a week well spent!
Enjoy special presentations by Sir Winston Churchill's granddaughter, Celia Sandys, on most 2019 departures - and by former Royal Family chef Carolyn Robb, on select 2019 small group departures (specially priced). History and intrigue highlight Tauck's classic London and Paris tours, from jeweled crowns to garden mazes to ancient alleyways. In London visit Windsor Castle, the Tower and the British Museum; see the city from above aboard a private capsule on the London Eye; enjoy afternoon tea; dine at a top chef's London restaurant; and attend a theatrical performance in the West End. Cross the Channel Tunnel aboard Eurostar to Paris for visits to Versailles and Montmartre; a privately guided tour of Musée du Louvre; and a private farewell dinner cruise on the River Seine! And in 2019, all departures (except as noted) include a presentation by author, TV presenter and Churchill granddaughter Celia Sandys, while select, specially priced small group departures feature a dinner presentation by Carolyn Robb, co-founder of The Royal Touch and former Executive Chef to the royal household of TRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Other select, specially priced departures include an exclusive after-hours visit to the Louvre in Paris.
NEW for 2019! Rediscover the luxuries of Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast on a weeklong excursion that ensures an authentic look at la dolce vita. Featuring accommodations in the Leading Hotels in the World, this new all small group trip is a celebration of beauty and bounty that goes beyond the expected with insider opportunities to experience life in southern Italy and Campania as a local. Enjoy sea view rooms at a historic hotel in Naples that Enrico Caruso once called home, spend two nights living the high life in a villa on Capri, and stay in a cliff-side hideaway in Amalfi with the splendors of one of the most beautiful coasts in the world right outside your door.
Tauck's enticing weeklong tour of southern France takes you from the turquoise shades of the Côte d'Azur to the pastel palette of Provence to glittering, romantic Paris. Visit trendy Cannes and Nice; explore historic Avignon, Arles, and Aix-en-Provence, and see firsthand what inspired van Gogh in St-Rémy and Cézanne at Mont Ste-Victoire. Enjoy a tour and folkloric dinner at Moulin Castelas, an award-winning olive oil producer in Maussane les Alpilles; a guided adventure walk on the Pont du Gard; a locally guided visit inside Palais des Papes; and a high-speed rail journey to Paris for a three-night stay highlighted by a guided tour of the Louvre and dinner at a popular restaurant. There's no better way to experience France's many charms in one week!
Portugal may be small but it's big on vibrant culture, history, and natural beauty that invite intimate exploration. Discover the seafaring charms of the coast, the lush river valley vineyards, the hilltop castles and villages in its alpine interior and monuments to man-made achievements during stays in gracious palace hotels and pousadas. Spend two nights in the ancient port city of Porto with guided visits to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Douro Wine Region and the historic center of Oporto. Your unique accommodation in Évora is a converted, 15th-century convent, setting the scene for guided exploration of the Convent of the Order of Christ and the historic city, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites; and in Lisbon, a two-night stay in Portugal's capital city showcases Jerónimos Monastery on a city tour and includes a hands-on visit to the Tile Museum, and excursions to seaside Cascais and Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unique experiences include visits to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites on guided visits with local experts; private dinner at the National Palace of Queluz (Palacio de Queluz); guided visit to the Tile Museum for unique insights on the history and craftsmanship of this revered Portuguese art; and lunch at a renowned winery.
What is Scotland... The haunting skirl of the bagpipes during a private evening in Inverness... family tartans... wee drams of single malt whiskies on a distillery tour... clan traditions... a cocktail cruise on fabled Loch Lomond... history at Stirling, Edinburgh, Cawdor and Blair castles... scenery in the Highlands and along Loch Ness... Palace of Holyroodhouse and a Royal Mile of pubs, shops, and historical sites... Edinburgh culture lovingly preserved. This is Scotland.
While Spain imported many architectural styles - you'll see variations of North Africa's Moorish arcades in extravagant palaces, French Gothic and Romanesque arches dressing cathedrals, and columns and ornate detailing synonymous with Italian Renaissance and Baroque design in basilicas and plazas throughout the country. Spanish artists and architects made indelible marks with visions of their own. Antoni Gaudí i Cornet began the Modernism movement in Barcelona, surprising the world with wildly whimsical buildings. The works of Golden Age artist Velázquez and 18th-century painter Goya draw legions of visitors to Madrid's Prado Museum. And whitewashed Andalucían villages and flower-draped balconies in Seville never fail to inspire romance.
Tauck's 8-day Baltic States tours offer an insider's view of the Baltic countries and their "Old World" capital cities. Discover Vilnius, Lithuania; Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; and Helsinki, Finland - with their age-old castles, medieval lanes, and incredible architecture. In Lithuania, visit Old Town Vilnius, northern Europe's oldest and largest surviving medieval town, and 14th-century Trakai Castle. Explore Riga's treasure-trove of Art Nouveau architecture in New Town; its medieval Old Town featuring Riga Castle, the Swedish Gate and the Three Brothers Dwelling Houses; and its historic former Jewish Ghetto. En route to the Estonian capital of Tallinn, enjoy lunch in the summer resort town of Parnu; explore Tallinn's medieval Lower Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided walking tour; and visit historic Toompea Castle. Ferry to Finland for visits to Helsinki's Finlandia Hall, magnificent Tempeliaukio (Rock) Church and Sibelius Monument; attend a private concert of Sibelius' music, and much more!
Smaller groups, averaging 24 Tauck guests, enjoy an intimate travel experience on our weeklong Tuscany and Umbria journey. The sun-soaked hill towns of central Italy seduce the senses with a festival of daily life which Tauck guests experience firsthand: wine tastings in bountiful vineyards, a chef-hosted cooking class, ceramic making, hand weaving, medieval crafts... In Tuscany, spend two nights at a historic Medici estate-turned-luxury hotel in the Chianti countryside near Florence, with a cooking class at a farmhouse cooking school and a roof-top wine tasting lunch, a guided visit to a winery and a museum, and discovery of the ancient city of Arezzo, dating back to Etruscan times... Sightseeing delights during a two-night stay at a restored monastery in Umbria include a guided visit to medieval Gubbio, truffle hunting and ceramic insights... Two nights in Perugia at a palace hotel feature exploration of Assisi, an exclusive wine experience at a renowned vineyard, a hand-weaving workshop, a basilica visit, and special access to "Gaite" workshops in Bevagna... And in the magnificent city of Rome - an overnight is preceded by a visit to Spoleto and a guided tour of an ancient underground Roman church in Narni.
All Roads Lead to Rome...
They wind toward the Eternal City from Venice, labyrinthine city of art, romance, and palazzo-lined waterways... or to Florence, hip center of fashion, finance and culture, where Gucci, da Vinci, the Renaissance, and gold currency were born... They are the backroads that embark on a sojourn through the vineyards of Tuscany, sampling wine and local cuisine... They arrive at the hub of the Ancient World, in the heart of the modern metropolis, close to the Colosseum, the Appian Way and the Vatican, to discover the glories of Rome... And in today's modern Italy, the roads are joined by high-speed rail that closes the distance and makes the most of your time... a journey of timeless pleasures.
Very few places on Earth offer as much breathtaking beauty - and outdoor adventure - as the Alps! Come along with Tauck Bridges on a weeklong Switzerland family vacation filled with discovery and family fun... from Lake Lucerne and Mount Pilatus in Switzerland... across the mountains aboard the Glacier Express to famous St. Moritz... into the Austrian Alps and Innsbruck... and on to the Bavarian magic of Munich! Go whitewater rafting, mountain bicycling, rock and rope climbing... enjoy a look at Neolithic life and traditional Tyrolean fun and games... ride cable cars and the world's steepest cog railway at Mount Pilatus, more than 125 years in operation (summer only)... watch an exciting ski-jump demonstration and more!
Tauck treats you to a ringside seat for nature's spectacular annual springtime show on a memorable 8-day trip including a 7-night cruise through the inland waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium aboard a riverboat of our Destination Fleet. Everywhere, a spot of local color, from tulips, daffodils and hyacinths abloom in flower boxes or in grand gardens... in historic windmills preserving a vanished way of life... in gabled houses dressed in maritime lore along Amsterdam's tree-lined canals... in centuries-old Dutch and Flemish masterpieces. Check out Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands' bulb country. Take a scenic boat cruise through Amsterdam's canals. Discover the medieval treasures of Ghent and Bruges in Flanders. Visit a World Heritage Site showcasing 19 windmills from the 18th century - viewing them by boat or by bicycle. Tour renowned art museums and more. Explore Amsterdam, Antwerp, Dordrecht, Kinderdijk, The Hague and more on one of our most popular European river cruises... and enjoy Tauck Exclusives such as a memorable evening featuring dinner, live music and a tour at the famed Mauritshuis museum in The Hague.
Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure - Eastbound
Selected as one of the "10 Best River Cruises" by Fodor's Travel! And a two-time winner of "Top River Cruise Line" for families, as voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure! There is no better way to experience the heart of Europe with your family than on a leisurely Tauck Bridges Danube river cruise aboard one of Tauck's custom-designed riverboats ms Savor or ms Joy. Unpack only once as you travel from Vilshofen, Germany to Austria, Slovakia and finally to Budapest, Hungary, enjoying action-packed shore excursions specially designed for families. Make your own tasty marzipan creation in Passau, Germany. Soar over Vienna on the Riesenrad (giant ferris wheel) in the Prater, the city's famous amusement park. Learn how to make strüdel aboard the riverboat. Visit Schönbrunn Palace, which Empress Maria Theresa and her daughter Marie Antoinette once called home. Go bicycling along the Danube and discover magical secrets - and "The Sound of Music" locations - at Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg. Play medieval games on a visit to Devin Castle in Slovakia. End your family's fun Danube River cruise by exploring Budapest, Hungary - once two separate cities divided by the Danube - where you'll disembark your riverboat... and begin sharing memories of your unforgettable family river cruise!
Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure - Westbound
Selected as one of the "10 Best River Cruises" by Fodor's Travel! And a two-time winner of "Top River Cruise Line" for families, as voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure! There is no better way to experience the heart of Europe with your family than on a leisurely Tauck Bridges Danube river cruise aboard ms Esprit, ms Joy or ms Savor. Unpack only once as you travel from Budapest, Hungary, to Slovakia, Austria and Germany, enjoying action-packed shore excursions specially designed for families. Play medieval games on a visit to Devin Castle in Slovakia. Soar over Vienna on the Riesenrad (giant ferris wheel) in the Prater, the city's famous amusement park. Learn how to make strüdel aboard the riverboat. Visit Schönbrunn Palace, which Empress Maria Theresa and her daughter Marie Antoinette once called home. Go bicycling along the Danube and discover magical secrets - and "The Sound of Music" locations - at Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg. End your family's fun Danube River tour in Passau, Germany, where you'll make your own tasty marzipan creation! Disembark your riverboat in Vilshofen.
Our London & Paris family vacation is an exciting journey through the annals of time, where different chapters of history come to life around every corner. Picture yourself ruling England from inside Windsor Castle... but don't wind up a "prisoner" in the Tower of London. Take a bicycle ride through the Royal Parks, and stay stealthy on a spy walk. Ride a double-decker bus... the London Eye in a private capsule... and a speedboat on the Thames! Get a taste of London at restaurants in Soho. Cross the English Channel aboard the Eurostar. Step into the 17th century at the opulent Palace of Versailles... discover the Louvre's treasures on a scavenger hunt... see street artists at work in Montmartre... and visit Notre Dame Cathedral, from which Quasimodo gazed out over Paris in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and a "living" witness to over seven centuries of Paris' history... have lunch at the Eiffel Tower...
Tauck's river cruise along the Danube from Nürnberg to Vienna aboard ms Savor or ms Joy offers a new approach to discovering the magic of the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria... a 700-year holiday tradition! Enjoy Tauck's signature sightseeing and exclusive events... gain insights from the personal experiences of your local guides as they recall the Christmas Markets of their childhoods... and celebrate the holidays with special yuletide events on the ship and off! Aboard your riverboat, decorated in holiday style, you can sample glühwein and other seasonal goodies. Attend a holiday baking demonstration... a festive European Christmas dinner with all the fixings... and a performance by alumni of the Regensburger Domspatzen choir! Watch delectable gingerbread being made at Café Simon in Passau... explore the Baroque architecture of 900-year-old Melk Abbey... have lunch at Stiftskeller St. Peter in Salzburg and at the Palais Pallavicini in Vienna, and take a tour of the Thurn und Taxis family's Palace of St. Emmeram in Regensburg, with a visit to its private Christmas Market - one of the Christmas Markets Germany is famous for - and more!
Tauck's river cruise along the Danube from Nürnberg to Vienna aboard ms Savor or ms Joy offers a new approach to discovering the magic of the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria... a 700-year holiday tradition! Enjoy Tauck's signature sightseeing and exclusive events... gain insights from the personal experiences of your local guides as they recall the Christmas Markets of their childhoods... and celebrate the holidays with special yuletide events on the ship and off! Aboard your riverboat, decorated in holiday style, you can sample glühwein and other seasonal goodies. Attend a holiday baking demonstration... a festive European Christmas dinner with all the fixings! Watch delectable gingerbread being made at Café Simon in Passau... explore the Baroque architecture of 900-year-old Melk Abbey... have lunch at Stiftskeller St. Peter in Salzburg and at the Palais Pallavicini in Vienna, and take a tour of the Thurn und Taxis family's Palace of St. Emmeram in Regensburg, with a visit to its private Christmas Market - one of the Christmas Markets Germany is famous for - and more!
Tauck's Christmas market tours and river cruises along the Rhine, from Basel to Köln aboard ms Grace or ms Inspire, are perfect ways to capture all the magic of Christmas Markets in Germany and France. Along with all the inclusions that are part of every Tauck river cruise, Tauck's Christmas market tours wow you with special holiday touches like an onboard tree-trimming party... glühwein and other treats aboard the riverboat, decorated in a festive seasonal theme... a traditional European Christmas dinner with all the fixings... special evenings of onboard holiday-themed entertainment... visits to markets in cities like Aachen and Colmar that other holiday cruises don't visit... walking in the footsteps of celebrities at the Kurhaus casino in Baden-Baden... a lecture on Alsatian storytelling traditions in Strasbourg... a cookie-making demonstration and a visit to the fanciful Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett in Rüdesheim... a traditional German lunch in Heidelberg and much more!
Tauck's Christmas market tour and river cruise along the Rhine, from Köln to Basel aboard ms Grace or ms Inspire, is the perfect way to capture all the magic of Christmas Markets in Germany and France. Along with all the inclusions that are part of every Tauck river cruise, Tauck's Christmas market tours wow you with special holiday touches like an onboard tree-trimming party... glühwein and other seasonal treats aboard the riverboat... a traditional European Christmas dinner with all the fixings... special evenings of onboard holiday-themed entertainment... visits to markets in cities like Aachen and Colmar that other holiday cruises don't visit... walking in the footsteps of celebrities at the Kurhaus casino in Baden-Baden... a lecture on Alsatian storytelling traditions in Strasbourg... a cookie-making demonstration and a visit to the fanciful Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett in Rüdesheim... a traditional German lunch in Heidelberg with award-winning local beer, and much more!
There are no beaten paths when your road is the Blue Danube... on an idyllic 8-day trip featuring a 7-night Vienna to Munich river cruise. Your leisurely riverboat journey unfolds like a dream: dramatic river landscapes, fairy-tale castles, Roman ruins, and romantic villages...the epicurean delights of Wachau Valley, wine tastings, a private lunch at a Cesky Krumlov castle... a mountaintop abbey drenched in lavish Baroque art... a mad count's romantic vision of a medieval castle... the quirky, eclectic charms of Bratislava... and the magic of Vienna, capped by a sumptuous evening of dining and music at a Viennese palace. There's much to see and inspire in our Danube Reflections.
Holiday Magic: Danube Family River Cruise - Eastbound
RESERVE EARLY - Only 2 Sailings! Make the holidays even more magical for your family by joining our 8-day family river cruise departing December 23 (eastbound, from Regensburg) aboard ms Joy. Our weeklong celebration filled with European holiday festivities both onboard and ashore will delight both the young and the young at heart. Your family will discover Europe's 700-year-old holiday markets tradition in historic town centers, decorated, lit up, and brimming with the sights, flavors, scents, and music of the season. Magic's in the air along with the aromas of roasting sausages, gingerbread, cinnamon, hot gluhwein, crackling fires, and evergreens. Sightseeing is designed for all generations to enjoy together - in Oberndorf, home of "Silent Night"... at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna and magnificent Melk Abbey... in Old Town Bratislava with medieval games and a scavenger hunt... and in Budapest, "the Pearl of the Danube." Your family will toast the season during a Tauck Exclusive evening at a private palace in Vienna with dinner, a performance, and a waltzing lesson!
Holiday Magic: Danube Family River Cruise - Westbound
RESERVE EARLY - Only 2 Sailings! Make the holidays even more magical for your family by joining our 8-day family river cruise departing December 22, 2019 (westbound, from Vienna) aboard ms Savor. Our weeklong celebration filled with European holiday festivities both onboard and ashore will delight both the young and the young at heart. Your family will discover Europe's 700-year-old holiday markets tradition in historic town centers, decorated, lit up, and brimming with the sights, flavors, scents, and music of the season. Magic's in the air along with the aromas of roasting sausages, gingerbread, cinnamon, hot gluhwein, crackling fires, and evergreens. Sightseeing is designed for all generations to enjoy together - in Oberndorf, home of "Silent Night"... at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna and magnificent Melk Abbey... in Old Town Bratislava with medieval games and a scavenger hunt... and in Budapest, "the Pearl of the Danube." Your family will toast the season during a Tauck Exclusive evening at a private palace in Vienna with dinner, a performance, and a waltzing lesson!
Step dancers invite you to kick up your heels... a World War II amphibious vehicles makes it easy to explore must-see sites... a treasure hunt reveals secrets centuries old... and that's just in Dublin! Tauck Bridges Ireland vacation is irresistibly Irish and endlessly fun for families... from the heart of Dublin to Blarney Castle to the Cliffs of Moher... and more! Take a train into the country... learn to make pottery, Celtic jewelry and a great-tasting Irish meal... explore Killarney landscapes by bicycle... make yourself at home in a famous castle where you can walk a hawk... and discover what it's like to live on a farm with sheep, dogs, music, stories and family fun on this ultimate Emerald Island adventure!
Majestic California: San Francisco, Yosemite & The Pacific
California, here we come!
San Francisco presents... thrilling hills, amazing views, cable cars, a cruise on the bay, a walk across a world-famous orange bridge high above the Pacific Ocean - and street performers, sourdough bread and sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf. Yosemite shows off... roaring waterfalls, immense rocky cliffs, a moonlit train ride and a hike by flashlight through the nighttime woods. And Monterey portrays... seaside magic, seals, otters, tide pools, beaches, biking, kayaking and an unbelievable underwater world.
"The way to know life is to love many things." - Vincent van gogh. The way the Culturious get to know Provence is to live many things... like a guided stroll amidst sights in Aix that so impressed Cézanne, a visit inside an artist's studio, a tasting at an organic winery, market day in Gordes, a village picnic, a pétanque lesson, a hike in orchre-hued Roussillon, Michelin-starred dining, a tour of a paper mill, a walk atop a pont, a cooking class, a wine pairing lunch, a papal palace, a scholarly look at van Gogh's life and a Châteauneuf-du-Pape celebration.
Stories by Ken Burns... Share the wonders of nature's handiwork with your family on our popular western adventure. Tauck takes you behind-the-scenes with filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan - creators of "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" - who share personal stories of the dreamers, visionaries, and unsung heroes who shaped the preservation of three great national parks of the American West - Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Thanks to our travel partner, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, enjoy a complimentary night before your tour begins at this fabulous resort, one of the Southwest's finest (subject to availability, deposit must be made at time of booking); your complimentary night can be combined with other savings and promotions - ask for details! See the sun rise over the Grand Canyon with a stay at an inside-the-park lodge right on the rim, and walk along the South Rim with an instructor from the Grand Canyon Field Institute... discover classic Western towns like red-rock Sedona, Arizona and Kanab, Utah ("Little Hollywood")... head off into the Sedona hill country on an optional guided Pink Jeep off-road excursion... float along the Colorado River on a raft... flightsee over Rainbow Bridge... take a private lake cruise and guided tour to view colorful slot canyons in the Navajo Nation... view Bryce Canyon's famous hoodoos and ride a horse or mule along its scenic trails with a cowboy... and take a private tram tour at Zion National Park!
The Romantic Rhine: Amsterdam To Basel - Southbound
Discover the heritage and beauty of the River Rhine, on our 7-night river cruises from Amsterdam to Basel aboard one of Tauck's intimate riverboats. "From one enchanting aspect to another in ceaseless procession... Never an unlovely one..." - words written by Mark Twain, who settled his family in Heidelberg in 1878, of the River Rhine... where mountains rise abruptly from the water's edge, ancient castles perch aloft, keeping watch over comings and goings, gentle valleys and ancient winelands lure, spas give respite, cathedrals speak to powerful times, plains and woods catch the eye, and a river travels - connecting centuries of history, cities of the arts and crossroads of thought. Visit the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, exploring regional delights in the historic cities, towns and countryside linked by the Rhine. Set your own pace with choices along the way: castle visits, bicycling, mountain heights, a spa resort and more.
The Romantic Rhine: Basel To Amsterdam - Northbound
Discover the heritage and beauty of the River Rhine on our 7-night Basel - Amsterdam river cruise aboard one of Tauck's intimate riverboats. "From one enchanting aspect to another in ceaseless procession... Never an unlovely one..." - words written by Mark Twain, who settled his family in Heidelberg in 1878, of the River Rhine... where mountains rise abruptly from the water's edge, ancient castles perch aloft, keeping watch over comings and goings, gentle valleys and ancient winelands lure, spas give respite, cathedrals speak to powerful times, plains and woods catch the eye, and a river travels - connecting centuries of history, cities of the arts and crossroads of thought. Visit the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, exploring regional delights in the historic cities, towns and countryside linked by the Rhine. Set your own pace with choices along the way: castle visits, bicycling, mountain heights, a spa resort and more.
Travels off beaten paths experience an Italy most visitors seldom see, behind the scenes in three of its most beguiling cities... in Venice, find masterpieces in the bohemian backstreets of San Polo... on a Florence tour, get a rare look at Renaissance art restoration; wine and dine at a hilltop fortress that shelters the wine cellars of the Frescobaldi family (vintners since the 14th century); and visit the palazzo of a concert pianist in the heart of the city for an intimate evening of music, aperitifs, and an insider's look at local history... in Rome, tour the Vatican Museums, off-hours, including halls and rooms seldom open to the public; and visit Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Pope. Discover Rome, Florence and Venice the Culturious way... close and personal, outside the lines.
Sicily, layer by layer, reveals a multicultural heritage that dates back to the earliest civilizations. You'll find Greek theatres, Roman villas, Byzantine art, Norman cathedrals, Moorish markets, and Baroque churches, centuries old, mingling with masserias, wineries, pastry shops, palazzos, and olive groves that have been repurposed into modern-day pleasures, perfected from the past. Join us for an odyssey through time as you discover a history book of experiences, authentically engaging and always enlightening, as you become a part of Sicily's extended family.
Quintessential Italy Past meets present perfectly... along Alpine lakes lined with garden-graced villas and islands steeped in natural charms... in a Florentine city alive with art and architecture and local experts who know them best... throughout Venice where main street is a historic canal and where gondolas glide past squares built centuries ago and bustling with activity today.... amidst Tuscan and Umbrian landscapes draped with vineyards, olive trees and medieval towns welcoming with cultural traditions... and inside exalted places priceless with Roman antiquities and eternally awe-inspiring.
Your Parisian rhapsody... flows through the heart of the city of l'amour, meanders through painted landscapes and flowers with romance in seaside villages and exquisite gardens along the Seine on this Paris to Normandy river cruise aboard our ms Sapphire. Impressions of France... rendered on canvas on an after-hours private visit to Musée du Louvre, quickly captured by street artists in Montmartre, gilded into a golden palace at Versailles, indulged during a château dinner, distilled into apple brandy and cider, carved into a clifftop castle, and floating in a Water Garden... linger long after you return home. Follow the Seine to coastal Normandy on a 10-day journey that's sure to impress. Discover the art of Paris for two nights before a 7-night cruise to Rouen, Honfleur and Giverny, immortalized by Impressionist artists. Visit D-Day beaches, sample Calvados where it is made, dine at a private château and more before returning to Paris via riverboat.
One of our most popular river cruises along the River Rhine explores five countries and features a seven-night cruise from the Netherlands to Switzerland aboard ms Grace, plus three nights in the historic Italian fashion capital of Milan and a visit to glamorous Lake Como. Highlights include: Amsterdam - lunch aboard a private canal boat cruise. Dusseldorf - spend an afternoon discovering this riverside center of art and fashion, with a choice of visits and tastings at local breweries, or an architectural walking tour. Koblenz - choose a tour of this historic city's old town, or a bicycling excursion. Heidelberg - including a guided visit to legendary Heidelberg Castle, and a walking tour of Germany's oldest university town. Riquewihr - a walking tour of this tiny Alsatian wine village where French and German cultures blend; featured on the list of "The Most Beautiful Villages in France." Basel or Zurich - your choice of Swiss city walking tours in either Old Town Basel, a cultural mecca, or fashionable lakeside Zurich. Lake Como - a private boat ride on Lake Como, a stop at Isola Comacina for lunch at a famed trattoria, and a visit to Bellagio. Milan - three nights at Hotel Principe di Savoia, a historic landmark in the heart of the city, and sightseeing including an opportunity to view Leonardo's mural of The Last Supper. Tauck Exclusive experiences include a special evening at Schloss Johannisberg, a vineyard estate in Germany's Rheingau wine region.
There's no better way to cruise Italy and Sicily than aboard the three-masted yacht Le Ponant, on a 7-night voyage plus one night on Malta and two nights in the heart of Rome on the fabulous Via Veneto - featuring a Tauck Exclusive, an after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums. You'll call on the Amalfi Coast, remote Aeolian Isles and Sicily's historic treasures as your Tauck small ship cruises the southern Mediterranean. Explore Siracusa's Greek Theater... Segesta's unfinished temple... Valletta and Lipari... and one of the world's most breathtaking locales, the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy traditional Sicilian entertainment, a spectacular night sail past Stromboli, a visit to Herculaneum's ruins and so much more!
Tauck's 11-day Switzerland journey takes you from the soaring panoramas of the Alps to the serene beauty of her lakes, chic resorts, and four distinct cultures - plus a glimpse of northern Italy's fashionable lake district. Journey into the Alps in a domed observation car on the Glacier Express... climb mighty mountains by cogwheel train to Gornergrat to view the Matterhorn... stay in historic hotels in the heart of world-famous resort towns like Lausanne, Lugano, Interlaken and St. Moritz, including an overnight at Lausanne Palace in Lake Geneva-view guest rooms, and a two-night stay at Interlaken's Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in rooms featuring vistas of the Jungfrau... cruise aboard a private boat to the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore and on a wine-tasting cruise on Lake Lugano... attend a Tauck Exclusive, private reception at the Ice Palace on the Jungfraujoch followed by a private funicular ride for dinner at the Harder Kulm, and more. Stunning scenery, centuries of rich history and warm, welcoming people await you in Tauck's Switzerland!observation cars...
Iconic places in the sun...
Whitewashed villages clinging to cliffs high above the sea... medieval villas along the Amalfi Coast with views so breathtaking, they've inspired the work of writers, artists and composers for generations... rumbling volcanoes putting on a fiery nighttime show as you sail past... tiny islands dotted with weathered traces of temples and theatres that today only hint at the power of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that built them... and hidden coves that appear so pristine that you'll swear you're among the first group of travelers ever to lay eyes or set foot on them. This is the Mediterranean as you've always dreamed it should be, explored aboard a sailing ship small enough to reach those treasures that larger vessels overlook...
A Transylvanian Castle and a People's Palace,
just two of the architectural treasures, long hidden behind the Iron Curtain, that inspire as you cruise through countries just waiting to be rediscovered. Experience... an authentic taste of Hungarian culture in Budapest, graced with great architecture and music... the resilience and beauty of Croatia, recovering from a turbulent past... a king-sized royal welcome in Serbia... lively Bulgarian traditions and centuries-old traditions in Romania... memories of Dracula in Transylvania... and a huge dose of grandeur and gracious hospitality in Bucharest.
There are no beaten paths when your road is the Blue Danube. Begin in Prague, an enchanting medieval city of castles and spires, stunning palaces and cathedrals; the awe and wonder will carry you over land to the Danube, where your leisurely riverboat journey unfolds like a dream: dramatic river landscapes, fairy-tale castles, Roman ruins, and romantic villages...the epicurean delights of Wachau Valley, wine tastings, a private lunch at a Cesky Krumlov castle... a mountaintop abbey drenched in lavish Baroque art... a mad count's romantic vision of a medieval castle, and the quirky, eclectic charms of Bratislava. Our river odyssey winds its way to an idyll in the Viennese Woods and a sumptuous evening of dining and music at a Vienna palace. And a fitting finale? Two nights in the heart of city at the Grand Hotel Wien, a 5-star luxury landmark close to Vienna's State Opera House. There's much to see and inspire in our Danube Reflections.
You and your family are welcomed to travel experiences that are on world traveler's must-do list - inspiring, enlightening and fun, with lots of hands-on activities and opportunities to truly get a taste of local life. Stay at the hotel where "Sherlock Holmes" was written. Get an insider's look at Harry Potter's secret London, with an exclusive ride on the Knightbus... Take a spin on the London Eye, soaring high above the city in a private capsule... Visit a lavish 17th-century castle outside of Paris (where children dress in costume and learn about what life was like for a kid in the court of Louis XIV) and the top of the Eiffel Tower... Go on a scavenger hunt in Musée du Louvre, where the clues are famous works of art... Hunt for truffles in the hills of Umbria in central Italy, accompanied by dogs trained to find them... discover "chocolate art"... Learn the art of mosaics at a hands-on workshop in Rome... enjoy an after-hours guided visit through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel (without the crowds)... get a taste of the region when you dine at a private villa in Italy, an Alain Ducasse brasserie in Paris and a traditional English pub... stay in historic hotels deeply intertwined with their destinations... and much, much more.
All small group departures! This grand tour of Europe is perfect for first-timers and travelers who want to capture the flavor of three of the world's great capital cities and the Italian countryside - all on one trip. Our London - Paris - Rome journey with a sojourn in the heart of bucolic Umbria begins in London, with history and culture at Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London... a walking tour through Shakespeare's world ... a visit to the foodie haven of Borough Market... and a spin on the London Eye, soaring high above the city in a private capsule. The Eurostar whisks you across the Channel to Paris for visits to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower (with lunch in the tower)... a cruise on the River Seine... and a demonstration by a premier chocolatier. Spend a day at a magnificent château outside Paris... then fly to Italy for three days in the countryside, hunting for truffles with trained dogs, tasting local delicacies, and visiting an alpaca farm, a ceramics workshop, and a winery. Then it's on to Rome for an after-hours guided visit through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel (without the crowds)... dinner at a private villa, and much, much more.
Cruising the Danube River takes on new meaning when you join Tauck's "maestros" to walk in the footsteps of musical giants like Mozart, Beethoven, Bartók, Schubert, Liszt, Strauss, Haydn and others on a 12-day trip through the heart of Europe including a 7-night cruise aboard one of Tauck's custom-designed riverboats, ms Savor or ms Joy. Explore Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Bratislava, Budapest and more, visiting homes these musical greats lived and composed in, and concert halls and palaces where they performed... enveloped by their glorious music throughout a magical journey filled with Tauck Exclusives! Along with your Tauck Cruise Director and Tauck Directors, your cruise is accompanied throughout by Tauck's "maestros." Active music scholars and performers, our maestros include current doctoral recipients in music history who are passionate and knowledgeable about European music and the destinations you'll visit. They'll guide your explorations ashore and enrich your onboard experience with interactive music workshops, seminars and performances on this most musical of Danube River tours!
Take in the sweep of history from Scandinavian and Baltic capitals to glorious St. Petersburg on this Baltic Sea cruise aboard Le Dumont d'Urville, one of Ponant's new Explorer Class yachts. Enjoy a guided visit to The State Hermitage Museum; a choice between a tour of the Peterhof in St. Petersburg or Catherine Palace (the Summer Palace) in Pushkin; walking tours of Helsinki and Tallinn; and guided sightseeing during two-night stays at top hotels in Copenhagen and Stockholm!
Take in the sweep of history from Scandinavian and Baltic capitals to glorious St. Petersburg on this Baltic Sea cruise aboard Le Dumont d'Urville, one of Ponant's new Explorer Class yachts. Enjoy a guided visit to The State Hermitage Museum; a choice between a tour of the Peterhof in St. Petersburg or Catherine Palace (the Summer Palace) in Pushkin; walking tours of Helsinki and Tallinn; and guided sightseeing during two-night stays at top hotels in Copenhagen and Stockholm!
A Transylvanian Castle and a People's Palace,
just two of the architectural treasures that inspire discoveries of cultures little known and endlessly fascinating. Cruise through the ages... from modern-day Budapest, graced with architectural monuments, hilltop masterpieces and a legacy of music, arts and local spice... to Croatia, recovering from a turbulent past and poised for a bright future... to Serbia, where a royal welcome with a prince awaits... to lively Bulgarian traditions that dance into your memories of a land lush with history... to Transylvania, mysterious haunt of "Dracula"... and to explore centuries-old traditions in Romania.
Glide past fairy-tale castles and medieval villages on our popular Blue Danube River cruise. Explore Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Bratislava and Budapest - plus the castle-studded Wachau Valley - taking in views of the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Attend a private Imperial evening with dinner and music at a palace in Vienna... a wine tasting in Dürnstein... spend a day in Mozart's Salzburg or medieval Cesky Krumlov... take an exclusive private tour of Baroque monastery libraries in Prague... discuss contemporary issues and historic events in Slovakia with a resident expert... and enjoy evenings of cultural entertainment on and off your riverboat. In Vienna, see the Imperial apartments at the Hofburg or tour opulent Schönbrunn Palace. Admire frescoes, stained glass windows, and stunning architecture as you spend two nights each in Budapest and Prague in city-center hotels, checking out remarkable bridges, cathedrals, museums, and grand Habsburg palaces... it's a Blue Danube River cruise to remember!
Glide past fairy-tale castles and medieval villages as you cruise the Danube River aboard Tauck's ms Savor or ms Joy. Explore Budapest, Bratislava, Cesky Krumlov, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague - plus the castle-studded Wachau Valley - taking in views of Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Attend a private Imperial evening with dinner and music at a palace in Vienna... a wine tasting in Dürnstein... spend a day in Mozart's Salzburg or medieval Cesky Krumlov... take an exclusive private tour of Baroque monastery libraries in Prague... discuss contemporary issues and historic events in Slovakia with a resident expert... and enjoy evenings of cultural entertainment on and off your riverboat. In Vienna, see the Imperial apartments at the Hofburg or tour opulent Schönbrunn Palace. Admire frescoes, stained glass windows, and stunning architecture as you spend two nights each in Budapest and Prague in city-center hotels, checking out remarkable bridges, cathedrals, museums, and grand Habsburg palaces!
There's a reason why the Adriatic Coast is a must-go travel destination - and on our 13-day trip, you'll find history chronicled in medieval villages, Roman ruins and castle keeps; traditions you can taste at vineyards, markets and bakeries; and art you'll enjoy at workshops and presentations for Tauck guests only - and experience five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Three nights in Dubrovnik include an Old Town walking tour, a Croatian wine tasting and a visit with a local artist in the village of Gruda for a chat and a silk making demonstration; you'll also visit the Maritime museum in Kotor and spend time in Porto Montenegro. Meet the owners of a local farm house en route to Split where you'll learn about traditional olive oil production - and in the town of Mostar, ancient and modern history converge on a walking tour with a local guide. In Split, visit the Mestrovic Gallery to see the works of Croatia's premier modern sculptor and explore the island of Brac. En route to your flight to Zagreb for a two-night stay, take a drive through scenic Krka National Park, sail to Skradin, visit a farm for a taste of local Dalmatian ham and Croatian cultural traditions. Upon arrival in Zagreb you'll have cocktails with a former Minister of Tourism for a discussion about pre- and post-war changes; your visit also includes a walking tour, a market visit and funicular ride. Have lunch in Trakoscan castle - a Tauck Exclusive - before arriving in Ljubljana for a two-night stay; guided exploration includes a castle, gingerbread making and insights about printing and wine making in Bled Castle. Your two-night stay in Istria starts with an exclusive pre-opening visit to Postojna Caves and exclusive insights at the Karlic family truffle farm; olive oil tasting in the countryside; exploration of Rovinj; and a beer pairing dinner in a beer factory. This incredible week ends in Venice where an overnight stay includes a walking tour, a visit to the Doge's Palace and a very special farewell reception and dinner.
Your journey through Normandy tours Brittany and the lovely Loire Valley, capped off with three nights in Paris. Visit the Normandy beaches of D-Day. Magnificent châteaux built by kings and nobles and abbeys steeped in history open their doors to Tauck guests on insider tours both informative and inspired. Your accommodations are unique, including two nights at Château de Rochecotte - called "home" in the 1700s by Prince Tallyrand and the Duchess of Dino. At Château de Champchevrier, owned by the same family since the 1720s, Le Baron personally welcomes Tauck guests during a private reception and dinner that includes a hunting hounds demonstration in full regalia. Formal gardens inspire awe during your visit to Château de Villandry, and the Apocalypse and Bayeux tapestries mesmerize at Château d'Angers and Château Josselin near the Brittany Coast. Visit Normandy's poignant D-Day beaches, magnificent Mont-St-Michel, Monet's beloved Giverny and Chartres Cathedral. In Paris, Notre Dame Cathedral entices with Gothic wonders; explore Musée d'Orsay along with Paris' landmark sites, and bid Paris adieu with a private farewell dinner cruise on the Seine.
So many delights await you on our enchanting Moselle and Rhine river tours featuring a 12-night cruise between Basel and Amsterdam aboard ms Inspire or ms Grace. From the Netherlands to Switzerland, through Germany, France and Luxembourg, see the marriage of French and German culture in Strasbourg; mingle with jet setters in Baden-Baden; check out the ancient university town of Heidelberg and medieval masterpieces like Traben-Trarbach, Trier and Cochem. Pay tribute to those who fell in the Battle of the Bulge at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial; get a true taste of Europe with regional specialties, local wines and folk traditions; and enjoy an exclusive special dinner at a castle in Germany.
So many delights lie along the Rhine and Moselle rivers - let us share them with you on a 12-night Rhine cruise between Amsterdam and Basel aboard ms Inspire or ms Grace. From the Netherlands to Switzerland, through Germany, France and Luxembourg, see the marriage of French and German culture in Strasbourg; mingle with jet setters in Baden-Baden; check out the ancient university town of Heidelberg and medieval masterpieces like Bernkastel, Trier and Cochem. Pay tribute to those who fell in the Battle of the Bulge at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial; get a true taste of Europe with regional specialties, local wines and folk traditions; and enjoy an exclusive special dinner at a castle in Germany.
NEW FOR 2018! On our 13-day Austrian, Italian, Bavarian and Swiss Alps tour, you'll journey along Yellow Roads like the Grossglockner-Hochalpenstrasse through some of the most inspiring scenery on earth, and climb to mountain summits via aerial cable car for sweeping panoramas of alpine splendor. Explore the exciting cities of Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Lucerne, and colorful Alpine villages and towns like Oberammergau, Bolzano and Cortina d'Ampezzo. Savor a real taste of the Alps at a Swiss cheese-making demonstration, an Alpine evening in the mountains, lunch with a tour and schnapps tasting at a 400-year-old farm, a wine reception in a castle, dinner in Berchtesgaden's salt mines, lunch in the Dolomites with a Q&A with a noted Italian mountain climber, and adventure at the summit of Mt. Titlis in the Swiss Alps. Your spirits will soar as high as the mountains as you discover the Alps with Tauck!
Cruising The Seine Plus Versailles, Paris And London - Northbound
Riverboating on ms Swiss Sapphire from Paris to London by way of a round-trip Paris Seine river cruise filled with Tauck exclusive experiences... winding through fishing ports and medieval towns, tasting Normandy cuisine, visiting the D-Day invasion beaches of Normandy, finding the deep essence of calvados, pausing in ancient abbeys and the picturesque haunts of Impressionist painters, dining at a chateau in Rouen, exploring cobblestone lanes, walking in Monet's garden at Giverny, visiting Van Gogh's muse in Aubers-sur-Oise, a visit to a private castle, and incomparable Paris... well, riverboating seems like the only way to go! Private tasting tours, from wine to cheese to chocolate... a presentation by Sir Winston Churchill's granddaughter, Celia Sandys... Conclude in London, and you'll have a tale of two cities you'll want to tell over and over again...
Cruising The Seine Plus Versailles, Paris And London - Southbound
Riverboating to Paris by way of the Seine...
winding through medieval towns, tasting Normandy cuisine, visiting the D-Day invasion beaches of Normandy, finding the deep essence of calvados, pausing in ancient abbeys and the picturesque haunts of Impressionist painters, dining at a château in Rouen, exploring cobblestone lanes, walking in Monet's garden at Giverny, visiting van Gogh's muse in Auvers-sur-Oise, and finally, Paris... seems like the only way to get there. Start in London, and you'll have a tale of two cities you'll want to tell over and over again.
Our tours of England, Scotland & Wales feature the best that the British Isles have to offer: Scottish castles; tastings of whisky, ale and Welsh farm-to-table cuisine; Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford; lunch at The Pump Room in Bath's Roman-era baths complex; 3 nights at London's stylish The Savoy, dinner with a former member of Parliament and a choice of live theatre performances... just a few of the fabulous experiences you'll enjoy when you explore the British Isles with Tauck. Discover royal history & architectural treasures in Edinburgh, Stirling, Caernarfon, Blenheim & Windsor... ancient roots at Hadrian's Wall, Wales' walled cities, Stonehenge & Bath's Roman Baths... literary history and learned traditions in Shottery, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon... tasting discoveries such as Scottish whisky and a showcase of traditional Welsh foods... and multiple-night stays in each destination. Select 2018 small group departures, specially priced, include an exclusive farewell evening presentation in London by Carolyn Robb, co-founder of The Royal Touch and former Executive Chef to the royal household of TRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana; see Pricing & Availabilty for details.
French Escapade: Monte-Carlo To Paris - Northbound
On one of the most enjoyable river cruises in France, journey from the jet-setting capital of Monte-Carlo into Provence to Arles to board ms Emerald for a cruise along the Rhône River to Lyon and then along the Saône. Travel into the countryside past vineyards where some of the world's best grapes become some of the world's best wines, stopping to taste some of them. Discover river towns with Roman roots and lingering traces of medieval magic in their streets, experience the cowboy traditions and cuisine of La Camargue, and sample the pleasures of regional cuisine and wine throughout your trip. Explore a palace fit for a pope and an abbey that was once one of the most powerful in Europe. You'll find something new, something wonderful every day. And during two nights in Paris, you'll dine at chic Fouquet's on the Champs-Élysées!
French Escapade: Paris To Monte-Carlo - Southbound
If you're dreaming of a France river cruise, come along with us on our 14-day French Escapade: Paris to Monte-Carlo on the rivers Rhône and Saône... and visit Paris, Provence and Monte-Carlo as well. After two nights in the capital city of Paris - where you'll dine at chic Fouquet's on the Champs-Élysées - explore the countryside along rivers that meander past vineyards where some of the world's best grapes become some of the world's best wines, stopping for tastings. Discover river towns with Roman roots and lingering traces of medieval magic in their streets, experience the cowboy traditions and cuisine of La Camargue, and time travel in Avignon. Explore a palace fit for a pope and an abbey that was once one of the most powerful in Europe. You'll find something new, something wonderful every day. And then there are two nights in glittering Monte-Carlo to look forward to at the end of this France river cruise!
Explore capital cities and countryside throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. Travel from Edinburgh through the rolling Scottish moorland to York. In Ireland and Northern Ireland enjoy a guided tour of Killarney... a journey round the Ring of Kerry... a guided visit to Ballyvolane, a historic Irish country house... guided sightseeing in Dublin... a private visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, where you'll learn the six steps involved in pouring the perfect pint of Guinness and have lunch - Guinness is often a secret ingredient in Irish cuisine... a guided tour of Belfast... and more. Fly from Northern Ireland to Scotland where Scottish travels include two nights in Edinburgh with city sightseeing and lunch in Edinburgh Castle. On to England, and a visit to Alnwick Castle; owned by the Percy family for 700 years, you'll explore centuries of English history - the castle is recognizable as a filming location in movies such as Becket, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, and Elizabeth - as well as its illustrious "role" as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films - and in television shows such as Downton Abbey's 2014 Christmas special, where Alnwick Castle showcased its rich World War I-era heritage as "Brancaster Castle." Spend two nights in York, including a visit to York Minster... take a Cambridge city tour... visit Hampton Court Palace... and spend two nights in London highlighted by a city sightseeing tour and a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral... Multiple night stays include premier accommodations such as The Fitzwilliam Hotel, stylish, chic and comfortable in a perfect setting right in the heart of Dublin on magical St. Stephen's Green... Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, a historic icon in the heart of the city on Princes Street, embodying the best in Scottish hospitality for over 100 years... Rosewood London, combining a rich English heritage with contemporary sophistication, just steps from Covent Garden in the heart of London's West End... and more. Reserve your departure date early!
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.
Step back in Time... on a journey that spans centuries and borders. Art and architecture capture your whimsy in Gaudí's Barcelona, contrasting with the Gothic influences from its medieval days. Scenic roads wind through the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa, welcoming you at paradors steeped in authenticity and history. Basque country evokes images of bulls in Pamplona and pintxos and big waves in San Sebastián. Pilgrims seek miracles on El Camino de Santiago, finding hospitality still in a 15th-century hotel. Port wine, mysterious shrines, an esteemed university and monuments chronicle life in Portugal.
Explore a land of fascinating history, varied landscapes and diverse cultural traditions on our classic tours of Germany! There is a German royal wedding in 2018... and on a Tauck Exclusive shore excursion, Tauck guests ride in the same horseless carriages as the ones the Royal families of Belgium, Great Britain, Portugal, the Zar of Burgaria and other European royals rode in! Journey along the Yellow Roads - such as the scenic Black Forest High Road and the fabled "Romantic Road" - through fairy-tale forests and past medieval castles. Immerse yourself in history in Heidelberg, Munich, Frankfurt, Dresden, Rothenburg and Berlin. Take a private cruise on the Rhine; dine at a romantic Black Forest pudelstein hut; explore Bavarian King Ludwig's Linderhof Palace, inspired by Versailles; take a private tour of the New Green Vault in Dresden's Royal Palace, and enjoy special dinner atop the historic German Parliament building (Reichstag). Attend a cooking demonstration - or take a tour of the Mercedes-Benz Museum; enjoy a sparkling wine and picnic lunch featuring "horseless carriages," a choice of guided visits to select Berlin museums and more. From the Rhine River valley to the mountains of Bavaria, there is something exciting every day of this in-depth two-week trip that immerses you in Romantic Germany!
Culturally rich and welcoming, enjoy an insider's view of Old-World Baltic cities, as well as St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. Explore Helsinki, Finland; Riga, Latvia; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Tallinn, Estonia - with their age-old castles, medieval lanes, and incredible architecture - and experience a kaleidoscope of different views traveling by coach, train and high-speed ferry. Visit Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, with a private presentation by an insider from the Soviet era, and tour St. Petersburg's Peter and Paul Fortress. More special experiences include lunch in the celebrated Artist's Gallery restaurant and a visit to see works by Zurab Tsereteli in Moscow... and in St. Petersburg, an evening of Russian ballet, a gala "Tchaikovsky Night" dinner, and a Tauck Exclusive guided visit to The State Hermitage Museum when crowds are fewer!
Thrilling landscapes & culture-rich lands... Discover glacier-formed waterways, mountainous valleys, and inspiring wide-open spaces as you travel by ferry, train and a glacier-agile troll car... Experience the royal life of times past at Rosenborg and Frederiksborg palaces and the comforts of a lakeside manor-house inn... Admire the skill and artistry behind a Norwegian stave church and a 17th-century warship rescued from Stockholm Harbor... Sample crafted beers at your Norwegian inn and cruise stunning fjords via ferry... Go wandering at Edward Grieg's villa and Gustav Vigeland's monumental sculpture park.
Tauck's comprehensive Spain and Portugal tours reveal the scenic and cultural contrasts of the fascinating countries sharing the Iberian Peninsula. Explore Portugal's capital of Lisbon and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sintra and Evora, and savor the best of Spain in Seville, Toledo, Córdoba, Madrid and more. Special Tauck experiences include lunch at a sherry bodega, a taste of authentic Andalucían cuisine during a family-style dinner at a local restaurant, and a visit to the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art. Tauck's Spain and Portugal tours offer you a delightful and culturally enriching vacation experience!
The Emerald Isle bids you a hundred thousand welcomes on Tauck's most popular Ireland tours. Splendid scenery, fascinating history, a vibrant culture and warm, hospitable people all contribute to the great charm of Ireland, north and south. Feast your eyes along the Yellow Roads from the Ring of Kerry to the Cliffs of Moher to the Giant's Causeway. Learn the story of three centuries of Irish emigrants building a new life in North America at the Ulster American Folk Park. Get a little taste of the artistic side of Ireland on visits to the Belleek Pottery factory and a literal taste of Irish whiskey at The Jameson Experience. Enjoy the sophistication of Dublin and Belfast and the peaceful ambiance of small villages. Have lunch with a family who run a working dairy farm. Experience the award-winning, magnificent Titanic Belfast interactive museum and savor a special 9-course tasting dinner inspired by the great ship's menu in the city where it was built, Belfast. And find out what it's like to stay in country estates, lakeside resorts and a historic city-center hotel... all on an Ireland journey not to be missed.
All small group departures! Highlighted by a two-night stay at Ashford Castle, one of the world's top castle hotels, you'll get to know the real Ireland on one of most popular journeys - all departures are small groups averaging 24 guests. Splendid scenery, rich cultural traditions, centuries of intriguing history, warm hospitable people - all combine to create the eternal charm of Ireland, north and south. The Yellow Roads take you from the Giant's Causeway in the north to the Ring of Kerry in the south - and along the way you'll stay at luxury accommodations including grand hotels and elegant manor houses. Learn the story of three centuries of Irish emigrants building a new life in North America at the Ulster American Folk Park. Get a little taste of the artistic side of Ireland on visits to the Belleek Pottery factory. Experience past and present in Dublin and Belfast and the warmth of small villages. Have lunch with a family who run a working dairy farm. Explore the magnificent Titanic exhibit and enjoy a special 9-course tasting dinner inspired by the great ship's menu in the city where it was built, Belfast. Discover the centuries-old tradition of Irish Whiskey at The Jameson Experience. And explore what castle life is all about when you're a guest at Ashford Castle...
Speaking of Traditions... From castles to concerts to cafés, time-honored traditions are at the heart of cultural life you'll experience in the center of "Old Europe." Sip coffee in a city square surrounded by architecturally rich, medieval buildings in Cracow or Budapest or Vienna or Prague... enjoy a pastry known to Hungarians as rétes, to Czechs as závin, to Austrians as strudel... listen to local musicians play melodies by Chopin in Warsaw, Mozart in a private palace in Vienna, and Beethoven during a special evening at Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle... and immerse in history that changed the world.
Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna & Prague - Honoring The Jewish Heritage
Become immersed in the cultural legacies and poignant history of the Jewish communities of Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna and Prague on this special two-week Jewish heritage tour. Emotionally stirring, historic sites are inextricably linked to their Jewish heritage, offering guests a chance to explore them in depth, reflect and remember the sacrifices that were made there. Sites include the Ghetto Memorial, the Jewish Historical Institute, Nozyk Synagogue and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Polin Museum) in Warsaw; Kazimierz (the former Jewish Quarter) and Plaszów concentration camp in Crakow, with a stop at Oskar Schindler's factory; and the poignant museum and memorial in Auschwitz-Birkenau. In Budapest, visit Dohány and Kazinczy synagogues in the Jewish Quarter; the Holocaust Memorial; and enjoy private access, prayer and a Q&A with the Rabbi at the Frankel Synagogue. A walking tour of Old Town Bratislava offers insights on the Jewish Holocaust in Slovakia. Explore Leopoldstadt, the Judenplatz, the synagogue and the Jewish Museum in Vienna; and Terezin concentration camp, the Czech Republic's Memorial of National Martyrdom, the Museum of the Ghetto and Josefov, Prague's historic Jewish Quarter, during a stay in Prague.
Our two-week Danube, Main and Rhine river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam takes you on an amazing journey past grand cathedrals, medieval monasteries, castles and vineyards. Pass through five countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and explore legendary cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna, Köln, Nürnberg, Bratislava and Budapest. Tauck's all-included private shore excursions take you to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic districts of Budapest, Vienna, and Bamberg, and the Wachau and Rhine valleys. In Vienna, take your choice of visits to Schönbrunn Palace or the Hofburg's Imperial Sisi Museum, and attend a grand Imperial Evening in a traditional palace. In Amsterdam, tour the famed Rijksmuseum. Visit Köln Cathedral and Melk Abbey; medieval Regensburg; romantic Rothenburg or Würzburg; Budapest's Heroes' Square and much more!
A grand continental crossing, by river - nine countries, one remarkable riverboat cruise. Cruise through Europe's heartland - from the northern Rhine to the eastern Danube with discoveries at every bend - lunch on an Amsterdam canal boat, a trio of Franconian wines, a world of self-playing musical instruments, fairy-tale Rothenburg, medieval Nürnberg, a 15th-century rathaus, Melk's 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, an ultra-extravagant Habsburg palace, frescoes inside a Bulgarian chapel hewn from rock, a Black Sea resort & a lakeside monastery swathed in 18th-century icons.
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