Postings For 2015


Holiday Cookies From Us to You

It’s a tradition that dates back centuries and one that never fails to bridge cultures and countries with a taste of good tidings and heartfelt holiday cheer. I’m talking cookies… spritzed, sprinkled, shaped, sugared and shared, neighbor-to-neighbor, in the spirit of the giving season. Christmas cookies, or biscuits as they are...
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The Power of Travel

Many people in Asia believe that the horn of the rhino ground into powder is good medicine for a variety of ailments. The belief goes back thousands of years, and though there is little scientific evidence to support it, it’s possible that rhino horn may have some health benefits. But there are four and a half billion people in Asia. If even ...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/10/2015
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

5 Grand European Hotels
You'll Never Want to Leave

Certain European luxury hotels are like a book you can’t put down – a world within a world so captivating that when the time comes you have to tear yourself away. I don’t just mean five-star hotels; I’m talking about five-star hotels in a class of their own – so atmospheric and rich with the personality, and fascinatin...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 12/10/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Austria, Europe, Hotels, Ireland, Italy, London, Tauck, Travel, Venice, Vienna

Hollywood Along the Danube

Exploring the Danube River on Tauck’s The Blue Danube river cruise a few years ago caused me to rapidly fall head-over-heels in love with some of the great cities I visited along the “River of Kings” – from Vienna to Budapest and beyond, as the Danube winds all the way to the Black Sea and Bucharest. And being the movie buff...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 12/3/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Austria, Europe, Tauck, Travel, Vienna

Born to Travel

I believe each person comes into the world with a unique purpose. We all have certain gifts, and in exchange for the supreme privilege of living we must use our gifts to bring something of value into the world before we pass on. We each discover our own purpose by listening to our own hearts, or as Joseph Campbell put it, 
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/2/2015
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Enjoy Delicious Holiday Recipes from Around the World

We’re dishing up some of our favorite around-the-world holiday recipes… so you can enjoy them at home! Travel is all about experiencing a taste of life in new destinations. So it comes as no surprise that, for many of us, food plays a big role in the memories we bring home with us after our travels afar. If you’ve been dreaming o...
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The Season of Giving

Sharing the gift of travel with family or a special loved one is a way to create a legacy of shared experiences. It means forging wonderful memories together, bringing families and dear friends closer together. Travel is a gift that leads to learning and inspiration. It sparks curiosity and deepens one’s appreciation for the world, which mea...
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13 Amazing Ways to See
Wildlife in the Wild

If you’re the kind of person who wants adventure… to get so close to a wild elephant that you can see her eyelashes… then you’re just like our Earth Journeys guests, who spend many hours learning about animals in the wild – as they hunt, feed, play, nurture their young. Truth is, to fully understand the motivations ...
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Along the Rhine

Just as in the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales… the half-timbered villages, looming castles and deep forests along the Rhine offer places with a sense of the magical. For me, the river’s magic is like a fairy tale, for along its path are places with stories that intrigue and landscapes that spark the imagination. There are towns and ...
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15 Halloween Costume Ideas... Think Travel!

If you’re like me, most years you scramble to come up with a clever Halloween costume at the last minute – an impossible task involving a lot of panic. But last year was different; the Creative team at Tauck planned ahead and dressed up as the first Tauck tour (1925) – complete with Studebaker; not bragging, but we won the office...
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Scenes from the Seine

Lovers know France best. What romantically inspired traveler has not dreamed of exploring a country where its rivers, like its wines, flow with irresistible invitations to drink in the intoxicating beauty of landmarks, landscapes and lifestyles that reward body, mind and soul.
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The National Parks and
the American Story

With only months away from the US National Park Service celebrating their Centennial year in 2016, I’ve been thinking a lot about America’s national parks and monuments, and what a treasure they are to we citizens of these United States. Because sometimes we might take them for granted, forgetting the often decades-long struggles that h...
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Considering Culturious? Consider This!

What makes Culturious group travel a different kind of Tauck experience? I thought it might be helpful to share the perspectives of some recent Culturious travelers who are also very experienced Tauck travelers.
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Coming Home to Italy...
For the First Time

Perhaps because I’m Italian-American (well, half, on my dad’s side) and in the travel field, friends and colleagues have always found it hard to believe that I had never visited Italy, the country that my grandfather Carlo left, on his own, at 17 to make a new life for himself in the United States. But I hadn’t… until just ...
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Meeting Royalty in Europe with Tauck

Before I travel to a new destination, I read about it. I learn about its history and culture. I research the food, traditions, and the weather. I look at pictures, seek out travelers’ reviews and talk to others who have been there. Then I daydream about it.
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Food for Thought... The Real Reason Why Those Irish Eyes are Smiling...

France has escargot, chocolate and baguettes. In Italy, it’s pasta and pizza perfection. Burgers and shakes are famous in the US. Spain has paella. Argentina has steaks… but Ireland? If you asked me when I was a college student living in Ireland on a semester abroad decades ago, I would have said potatoes, scones and Guinness in that ...
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Making Sense of Online Trip Reviews

The Internet has revolutionized the way we plan vacations, and nowhere is that impact more apparent than in the profusion of online, first-person traveler reviews of hotels, restaurants, guided tours, cruises and attractions. Consider this: One leading travel review website hosts 260 million unique monthly visitors and more than 100 million reviews...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 9/3/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Tauck, How-To, Travel Tips

Tauck Returns to Nepal in October

On April 25, 2015, during the off-season of our Northern India & Nepal itinerary, Nepal was struck early on a Saturday morning by a powerful earthquake. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, the quake’s epicenter was some 50 miles away from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. Images of crumbled buildings, dangling wires and cables, and ...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/27/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Asia, India

25 Places Around the World
With Jules Verne... and Tauck

Given the great speed at which we can routinely travel these days – by jet aircraft, high-speed rail, modern trans-oceanic cruise ships, etc. – the idea of circumnavigating the globe within 80 days may seem trite… and certainly not nearly as daunting as it did back in 1873, when the great science fiction pioneer Jules Verne's cl...
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Museums Kids Will Love – Really!

When families travel together, one of the big challenges is to make museums enjoyable for all ages – because, frankly, if the kids aren’t having fun, nobody’s having fun. But if just the mention of the word “museum” causes your children’s eyes to glaze over, you are not alone. Traditional museums tend to give my...
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Shear Entertainment:
Discover an Authentic Irish Gem

On the drive that circles Ireland’s Iveragh Peninsula, known affectionately as the “Ring of Kerry,” there is so much to please the eye. Dense forests, slate-colored loughs (lakes), rugged ocean views, picturesque towns, emerald pastures and rising mountains are the stars here in southwestern Ireland – making it one of the c...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 7/30/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Great Britain

Top Reasons Why Puglia
is a Must-See in Italy

The warmth and style of the Italian people, and their remarkable art, architecture, food and wine attract millions of visitors to Italy each year. In designing our Italy trips, we work hard to find ways to share this abbondanza authentically and personably.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 7/23/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Hotels, Italy, Puglia

Amazing Travel Takes an Amazing Team

Each year Tauck works with thousands of partners in the travel and hospitality industry who play vital roles in helping us to deliver extraordinary escorted tours around the globe. Our partners range in size from multinational companies to country-, region- and city-specific experts, and small local services and individuals.
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Arthur Tauck’s Memories of the
Road Trip that Launched a New Industry

No matter how often I tell the story of the first Tauck tour, I find myself chuckling at the image of my traveling salesman father, born Arthur Tauchnitz, taking my grandmother Theresa, my sister Meredith, a Bristol Myers employee who heard about the trip from my mother, a worker at Prudential who was recruited by another of our relatives who worke...
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A Mother and Daughter in Paris

My daughter, Isabel, gazes at the Eiffel Tower, all lit up and glittering against the night sky. She’s seventeen, but I’ve never seen this expression on her face before – the look of wonder mixed with joy. The light plays across her face. We stand on the deck of the riverboat on the Seine, arms wrapped around each other, looking u...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 7/2/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: history, Travel, Tauck, Paris, Museums, London, France, Art Travel

Exclusive Partners, Exclusive Places

Tauck’s partnerships with top venues around the world mean that our guests have access to places that others can only dream about – and to amazing privileged experiences on our travel tours. Here are our Top 5 Tauck Exclusives for 2015, accessible only with Tauck.
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Summer has just begun...
can't bear to see it end?

There’s nothing quite like a summer vacation to bring people outside to enjoy the warm weather. Days are brighter longer. Nights invite stargazing. Dining al fresco tempts with views and farm-fresh meals. Walks in the wilderness invite with wonders naturally inspiring, and garden strolls flower with possibilities. You can bike, hike and boat ...
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Lovely Ports Less Visited...

One of my great pleasures in life is discovering a secret gem – finding a treasure that’s new to me and known to just a lucky few. An out-of-the-way café where the food is delicious... an inviting trail I’ve never seen before... a good writer everyone isn’t talking about yet... and always, always places off the typica...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 6/11/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Italy, Small Ship Cruising, Travel, Venice

Secret Tips for Winning
Tauck's Photo Contest

For the past 10 years, I have had the pleasure of looking through the photography submitted for Tauck’s Travel Photo Contest. We edit the best of the authentic photography gifted by our guests for use in our brochures and on our website. Quite often I am asked what makes a winning photograph.Below are some basic suggestions from my expe...
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Posted by Kathleen Whittaker on 6/4/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Photos, How-To

Bringing “America’s Best Idea” to Life...

You don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool history buff like me to appreciate the work of filmmaker Ken Burns, whose acclaimed documentaries over the past 30+ years have transformed the way we look at American history, and at the nature of the American experience itself. Admittedly, I’ve been a fan of Ken’s work since his earliest do...
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Why I Have Fallen for Fall Travel

After the long hot days of summer, when high humidity can make you wilt and the heat literally takes your breath away, fall blows in with seasonal treats that chill with delights. For those of us over 40 folks, the term “chill” in hip, modern-day vernacular has taken on new meaning. Instead of portending ominous shivers and almost freez...
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Art in the Heart of
Grand Teton National Park

What do the Smithsonian Institution, Sir Paul McCartney, and Sir Elton John have in common? All three own works by artist DG House – known for her vibrant paintings of Western wildlife and one of the distinguished American Indian artists-in-residence in Grand Teton National Park whom Tauck guests are meeting at Tauck Exclusive private present...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 5/14/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Art Travel, National Parks, USA, Wyoming, Yellowstone

7 Must-Visit Destinations
for Families Worldwide

Among the countless places that Tauck visits around the globe, there are certain must-see destinations / experiences that light up the imaginations of kids, parents and grandparents alike. We’ve chosen seven of these top must-do’s for families, all of which inspire multi-generational fun and learning on Tauck Bridges family travel adven...
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"Horsing Around"...
The Equestrian World of Tauck

I am certainly no expert on horses. I appreciate their power and beauty, and enjoy watching them at races, rodeos, equestrian events and in Westerns. But the fact is that I’ve only been atop or in close proximity with horses a handful of times in my life. And I recently realized that most of those moments have occurred on Tauck trips. So I th...
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Observing the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War: Meet noted Lincoln scholar and author Harold Holzer

If you were looking for expert insights on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, you’d need go no further than Harold Holzer. A leading scholar on the 16th U.S. president and the political culture of the Civil War, Mr. Holzer has written over 500 articles and reviews for various magazines and scholarly journals, and is the author, co-author...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 4/23/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Civil War, Ken Burns, Tauck, Travel

Meeting Celia Sandys, Winston Churchill's Granddaughter

It hasn’t really soaked in yet, and perhaps never will. I can hardly believe that I actually sat in a room and had a conversation with Winston Churchill’s granddaughter. It’s as close as I could get to meeting Churchill himself, and something akin to having a conversation with Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain.
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 4/16/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
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125 Years of van Gogh Inspiration

In the Netherlands, Belgium and France, 2015 will be marked by a series of cultural events and unique exhibitions to honor the 125th year since the death of Vincent van Gogh. As a Tauck traveler, you’ll have opportunities to experience one or more of them on one of our European river cruises, or perhaps during a pre- or post-stay. Below are s...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/9/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: River Cruise, Tauck, Travel, Amsterdam, Europe

Exclusive Partnerships,
Personal Stories

When I travel, the reason I remember a place long after being there is that it represents far more than a place in my memories. It’s a place that brings to mind an experience. Perhaps I gained an understanding of the history that shaped its people, or truly connected with someone I met there, or identified with the story underneath.
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A Christmas Markets Cruise
to Remember

As the sound of children caroling on the steps of the Church of Our Lady filled the air, I sipped a mug of feuerzangen – Nürnberg’s signature hot wine-and-rum punch – nibbled a marjoram-flavored bratwurst, and plotted my next move.
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 3/26/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: River Cruise, Christmas Markets, Tauck, Travel

Only in Venice...5 Must-Have Travel Experiences

If Italian cities were meals, for me Venice would be a dessert – impossibly frothy yet perfectly rich – a place to get happily lost in, so far removed from the meat and potatoes of my home in New England that just strolling the picturesque streets or gliding down a canal gives me something like a sugar rush. I’ll never forget the ...
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Carlton House: The Inside Story
of a Royal London Address

As a Tauck tour architect, when I redesigned our “England, Scotland & Wales” trip for 2015, I wanted to provide our guests with special events that they would never otherwise have access to – events featuring remarkable people in quintessentially British places. Carlton House, in London, with its illustrious and royal heritage...
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Posted by Art Cox on 3/13/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, London, British, Great Britain, WW1, history

Lasting Impressions from a First Time River Cruiser

I had heard about the growing popularity of river cruising for years but as a first timer, until I stepped aboard my riverboat in France for a trip on the Rhône, I really didn’t know what to expect.  Did I have any preconceptions? Absolutely. I imagined a slow moving boat, confining cabin space and an older crowd among them, thinki...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 3/5/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Travel

My Essential Travel Item Is...

We’re always on the road at Tauck, and through trial and error we’ve each discovered the items we really can’t leave home without. Common travel basics, like power cords and universal adapters, are important, but we also absolutely need a few other small things that make a big difference to comfort and convenience when we’re...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 2/26/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Tauck, Travel Tips

Romancing the Senses…
The Most Unusual Places to Dine

Dining is a huge part of travel. Culinary specialties differ around the world, ensuring visitors an authentic taste of life in the places they’re exploring. But it’s not just the food that tempts my appetite for travel, it’s also the romantic “place settings” that make my mouth water for a unique dining experience I co...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 2/20/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Cuba, Europe, Food, Food and Wine, France, Dining

Grand Travel Events
for a Grand New Year in 2015

I wrote this on January 2nd from InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel, an icon of luxurious Parisian society since 1862 in the heart of the City of Light! Here in Paris, and in Yosemite in December, 300 Tauck guests and dozens of staff “rang in 2015 and our 90th Year” at two extraordinary Tauck Events – "The Tauck Yosemite Event...
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The Tauck Polar Bear Tour!

On our "Manitoba: Polar Bear Adventure", United States Tour Operators Association blogger Ashley Castle discovers the intrepid residents of Churchill, Canada... and gets up close and personal with a polar bear. This blog originally appeared on USTOA.com at https://ustoa.com/blog/touring-manitoba-with-tauck
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Posted by Ashley Castle on 1/29/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Manitoba, Polar Bears, Canada, Travel

Colorful Celebrations That
Brighten Up Wintertime Blues

If the mere thought of spending a long cold winter inside has you shivering with dread, consider making plans to join in one of the most colorful celebrations around the world that parade into February with all the heat and excitement of a summertime soiree.
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An Experience in the Polar Bear Capital of the World with Tauck!

United States Tour Operators Association blogger Ashley Castle travels with us to Churchill, Alaska on action-packed Manitoba: Polar Bear Adventure and tells all. This blog originally appeared on USTOA.com at https://ustoa.com/blog/an-experience-in-the-polar-bear-capitol-of-the-world
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Posted by Ashley Castle on 1/15/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Manitoba, Polar Bears, Canada, Travel

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