By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva
You might have thought Tauck only did tours. Wrong. The 94-year-old company caters to every traveler’s taste from river cruises to ocean voyages. It’s a discerning traveler’s go to company for personalized travel.
During decades of operation the award-winning company amassed a loyal cultural-curious clientele who will follow them anywhere. The choices are endless from river boats in Europe to small ship voyages in the Arctic, Galapagos, Peru and other exotic destinations.
Tauck gives travelers what they like. Just about everything is included in the fare. We’re talking shore excursions, tips, beer, house wines and spirits, meals (and select meals ashore), airport transfers, port charges, luggage handling and more.
New Tauck tours and cruises
The company recently announced a new 13-day cruise itinerary highlighting cultural destinations in the UK, France, Spain and Portugal. The new “London, Bordeaux & Iberian Charms” journey is available in September and October of 2020.
The new itinerary begins in London with an included two-night hotel stay at guests’ choice of either the InterContinental London Park Lane or The Langham, London.
During the stop-over in London participants get a full day of escorted sightseeing, along with a tour and lunch inside the impressive 16th-century Hampton Court Palace the following day.
Then onto pulchritudinous Ponant
After they get their fill of London’s sights, the group climbs aboard the elegant Ponant ship Le Dumont d’Urville in Portsmouth for eight glorious nights. First stop is British island of Guernsey where a choice of shore excursions awaits.
In addition to sightseeing drive across the island, there’s a walking tour of Saint Peter Port, or a cliff-top hike from the coast to Moulin Huet Valley.
A wine-soaked dinner in France
Next comes Le Dumont d’Urville in France. Excursions here include wine tasting tours in Saint Emilion and Bordeaux. The highlight is a wine-soaked dinner at the renowned wine estate Chateau Kirwan.
There’s also a stop in Bilbao, Spain with several afternoon activities. And the following morning, a visit to the city’s famed Guggenheim Museum.
After a night at sea, the ship arrives in A Coruña, Spain. The journey retraces the route of religious pilgrims along the Camino of St. James en route to the Cathedral of Santiago. A lavish lunch is served at a restored 18th-century Franciscan convent.
Disembarkation happens in Lisbon. There guests get a two-night hotel stay at either the InterContinental Lisbon or the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon. And, of course tours of the town.
Tauck is offering cruises on nine Ponant vessels on 17 different itineraries next year. All you have to do is contact a skilled agent right here at Pavlus travel. For more information and lots of fine photos, visit the company’s website.
Food lovers might want to check out two Tauck Danube River cruises designed to delight the palate. One is on August 14 with celebrity chef Jacques Haeringer. The other happens on the Danube October 28.
All the meals dished out by Tauck are top drawer. Past passengers rave about the cuisine. You are well fed on any tour, river cruise or ocean voyage.