Tauck is a world leader in upscale, escorted travel. The company leverages its 84 years of experience to deliver over 100 distinctive and enriching land journeys, ocean cruises, river cruises, safaris and Tauck Bridges family travel adventures. New for 2009 are immersive Tauck Culturious trips designed for “culturally curious” boomer-age travelers.
Tauck journeys delight travelers in 60+ countries worldwide with exclusive, off-the-beaten-path cultural experiences and unique insider visits to popular “must-see” sites and attractions – all at incredible value. Tauck has been named the “World’s Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter” three times by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.
Tauck pays generous commissions to travel agents on tour prices, cruise prices, international and domestic air, and Tauck’s traveler protection insurance. And because Tauck’s tours and cruises are virtually all-inclusive, agents earn commission on each of the more than 100 travel components that typically make up a Tauck travel package.
Tauck’s Repeat Guest Rate
Tauck enjoys one of the travel industry’s highest guest-repeat rates. That’s why many of Tauck’s travel agents say, “I only have to sell a client on Tauck once.” In fact, each year more than 50% of Tauck’s travelers are repeat guests.
Tauck Tour Directors
Tauck’s tour directors, or “Tauck Directors,” aren’t freelance guides, as they often are with many tour operators. Instead, Tauck Directors are bona fide employees with an average tenure of over 10 years with the company. By attracting and retaining the best, Tauck has built a team of incredibly knowledgeable travel professionals who accompany every Tauck journey. Besides providing expert commentary in each destination, Tauck Directors serve as on-tour or onboard concierges to ensure that every guest enjoys a superior experience.
All-Inclusive Tauck Travel
Every Tauck land journey, ocean cruise, or river cruise is virtually all inclusive, with accommodations, transportation, most meals, entertainment, taxes, sightseeing, admission to attractions and much, much more all included in the tour prices. With everything paid for upfront, Tauck guests are free to enjoy their vacation without worrying about mounting out-of-pocket expenses.
Tauck: More Than Land Tours
Besides offering dozens of signature land journeys around the world, Tauck also offers a rich portfolio of small-ship and European river cruises. Tauck’s fleet of European riverboats is the newest on the continent’s inland waterways – each vessel in the fleet has been launched since 2006.
Tauck’s Hidden Gems
Besides visiting the iconic “must see” sights in each destination, Tauck also takes travelers off-the-beaten path to enjoy rich, revealing cultural experiences. These authentic and memorable experiences range from rustic (lunch at a family-run dairy farm in Ireland) to refined (dinner and a private concert performance in a historic Viennese palace).
Tauck packages incorporate the “best available” accommodations to help guests get the most from their time in each destination. Accommodations can include five-star, city-center hotels located near major attractions, rustic, historic lodges inside the U.S. National Parks, country estates and historic castles in Europe, and luxurious beachfront resorts.
Tauck’s Insider Access
The in-depth knowledge shared with guests by Tauck tour directors and local guides add perspective and understanding when visiting iconic, must-see sites like Egypt’s pyramids or the Taj Mahal. In many cases Tauck guests also enjoy special access or unique privileges. For example, Tauck guests enjoy private after-hours tours of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the customary throngs of tourists have left for the day.
Tauck has launched a new collection of tours for the culturally curious. The new “Culturious” trips are focused on authentic, in-depth immersion in more regionally-focused destinations. They also feature small groups (about 20 people on average), more free time for independent exploration, and more opportunities for “hands-on” engagement within the destination. Activities on a Culturious adventure can range from shopping in a traditional market, to taking a regional cooking class, to more active pursuits including kayaking, hiking or cycling.
By leveraging its purchasing power with hoteliers and other suppliers, Tauck is able to negotiate rates that simply aren’t available to the average traveler. Tauck delivers unsurpassed value by bundling these savings and passing them along to guests,. In fact, independent travelers attempting to duplicate a Tauck itinerary on their own would spend as much as 40% more than they would by traveling with Tauck.
Tauck Bridges Escorted Family Travel
Many family travel options today seem designed to segregate family generations with special “kids-only” areas on cruise ships and at all-inclusive resorts. The Tauck Bridges family travel packages to North America, Latin America, Europe and Africa instead emphasize shared enrichment, and are designed specifically to bring families together. Rather than separating family generations, Tauck Bridges trips allow them to discover the wonders of travel together and build the bonds (or “bridges”) that occur naturally when travel experiences are shared.
Tauck has won well over 50 awards for service and excellence over the years, including being voted the “World’s Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter” three times by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Tauck is also the only company to be included in the top-ten of T+L’s “World’s Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter” list in each of the past 11 years.