If you’ve only cruised the oceans, never cruised at all, or want to know more about what you’re missing, you desperately need an unbiased view of river cruising.
Tauck is thoughtfully designed for families to enjoy together. Wherever you travel with Tauck, their exclusive partnerships, hands-on activities, and enriching kid-centric tours connect families and create lifelong memories.
The difference with Tauck lies in the choreography – their effortless combination of personalized cruising with cultural land exploration - that ensures every moment of your ship experience and shore excursion is meaningful.
Get to know the locals. Experience a more authentic slice of life. Walk into places off limits to other travelers. Tauck's expert guides are hand-picked and have insider knowledge you can't get when traveling on your own.
How you see the world matters. And on Tauck's ships, you can expect to see the sights a bit differently than you would with any other cruise – the pace is relaxed, the conversations are richer, and the experiences are shared with like-minded travelers.
Who leads Tauck journeys?
Whether by land, by river or by sea, Tauck journeys are best seen through the experienced eyes of Tauck Directors, knowledgeable professionals whose expertise, wealth of information, friendliness, warmth and enthusiasm earn them the highest praise from guests. They are the personifications of the word "leader." Tauck Directors are passionate in their desire to deliver enriching, rewarding and memorable travel experiences – and they are with you through your entire journey.
What are Tauck Bridges journeys?
There really is no vacation like a family vacation, for the connections you make and the discoveries you share create cherished memories that last lifetimes. It is for this reason Tauck created ‘Tauck Bridges’ – journeys for the whole family to enjoy together.
Each of these kid-friendly family oriented journeys are designed to let you learn, see and do things together, sharing in the spirit of discovery that is geared toward the entire family. Travel with people of all ages and generations, from grandparents and grandchildren, parents and their children, aunts, uncles, and nephew and nieces. Tauck Bridges journeys offer a perfect mix of fun and relaxation, and provide pleasures aplenty for young and old.
Children age three and older at the time of travel are welcome on Tauck Bridges itineraries. In some cases there may be age restrictions on activities; all children must be accompanied on activities by a parent or guardian. At least one guest in the traveling party must be 21 or older to make a reservation. Note: Minimum age for Tauck Bridges river cruises is four years; minimum age for Tauck Bridges African safaris is five years; and minimum age for our Tauck Bridges Galápagos cruise is six years. Though children three years of age and older are welcome on Tauck journeys, we recommend children 8 and older, as they will get the most out of a Tauck Bridges trip.
Are gratuities included in Tauck's fare?
All appropriate gratuities for luggage handling, bellman, doorman, dining room servers, housekeepers, local city guides, ship and train crew are included in the price of a Tauck trip.
The customary gratuity to the Tauck Director and Driver is not included on most Tauck trips. Such gratuities should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not done as a group. As an exception, there are some Tauck journeys in which the Tauck Director gratuity is included and/or a Driver gratuity will not be applicable.
Can special dietary needs be accommodated on a Tauck journey?
Many special dietary needs can be accommodated on Tauck journeys with advance notice but cannot be guaranteed. Different destinations make some dietary needs harder to accommodate than others. Tauck will do everything possible in communicating your requests to hotels and restaurants.
Common dietary requests like ‘low sodium’ or ‘vegetarian’ are likely to be accommodated much easier than very special or unique dietary needs. Meals that are full a la carte offer more flexibility for special dietary requests as do some limited a la carte meals. For the occasional ‘set menu’ or ‘buffet meals’ on Tauck journeys, unique dietary needs may prove a bit more challenging.
What is the average group size of a Tauck journey?
The average group size of a Tauck journey varies depending on the trip that is selected. Most land journeys average 35 to 44 guests while some of Tauck’s cruise programs will average larger group sizes based on the capacity of a ship. While the group size can be larger for such cruise programs, the land touring and shore excursions are still orchestrated in smaller group sizes.
Can Tauck journeys accommodate triples in one room or cabin?
Yes, most every Tauck journey can accommodate three people in a room. Typical room accommodations for triples are two beds and a roll-a-way. Though very rare, there is sometimes an occasional hotel that must accommodate a triple by using two rooms. This cannot be requested and is only done out of necessity by the hotel for lack of rooms accommodating three beds. Most all cruise journeys have limited cabin types accommodating triples.
What is the typical attire on a Tauck journey?
Typical dress for any Tauck journey is casual attire. Some journeys may include a specific dinner function or an event in which gentleman may be required to have, or feel more comfortable wearing, a sport jacket or dressier clothing. But overall the rule of thumb is casual comfortable clothing.
What is included in the fare for a Tauck journey?
Just about everything! Virtually every travel expense is included in one up-front price – airport transfers as specified in the itinerary, all hotel and ship accommodations, entertainment, meals as specified in the itinerary, special dinner, land and cruise transportation, sightseeing, shore excursions, luggage handling, most taxes, concierge-style services Tauck Directors, services of local guides and more.
All appropriate gratuities for luggage handling, bellmen, doormen, dining room servers, and ship staff are included. Tauck Director and Tauck Cruise Director (if applicable) gratuities are included on all small ship and river cruises and all Tauck Bridges trips.
Over 100 cost components are included on every land trip and cruise – which means no hidden costs, no surcharges, no on-tour surprises!
Are meals included in the price of a Tauck journey?
Most meals are indeed included on Tauck journeys. Dining is a delightful and integral part of the Tauck experience – and that is why Tauck selects restaurants that offer a true taste of each region you visit. Enjoy Tauck’s “free choice” dining where you often dine when and with whom you wish; some meals are full a la carte, some may be limited a la carte, and some may be from a set menu or buffet.
How does Tauck choose their hotels for pre- and post-cruise or land tours?
When you travel with Tauck you can always count on the best available accommodations in great locations, from landmark city hotels to country hotels in areas of stunning regional beauty. Many companies use less expensive hotels to keep their prices down; they are often of lesser quality and poorly located in outlying areas. In contrast, Tauck hotels are selected for their central location, ambiance, service and value; most are conveniently located, close to key historic and cultural sights.