by Celece Krieger
It is hard to believe I have been employed in the travel industry for twenty-seven years. It seems like just yesterday I started answering telephones for a large tour company in Salt Lake City. When I started my job, there was one name that I heard frequently – Tauck. At the time, I did not know who or what a Tauck was. It did not take long before I learned that Tauck was a leading tour company that provided their guests the opportunity like no other to experience destinations throughout the world.
It all began in 1925 when Arthur Tauck, Sr. rented a 1924 Studebaker Touring Car and hosted six passengers on a 16-day vacation that covered over 1,000 miles of dirt roads in New England. Mr. Tauck drove the car, escorted the tour, organized the hotels and activities, and made the reservations. He wanted to share the back roads of New England that the average person would never see. In 1935, Mr. Tauck received the first tour broker license in the travel industry. He continued to set the bar high by being the first tour company to offer various vacation experiences. In 1958, Tauck won the Supreme Court decision to operate the first private air charter to Nova Scotia. They created some of the first air and land itineraries to the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, and pioneered the concept of heli-hiking in Canada. In 1998, Travel and Leisure voted them the “World’s Best Tour Operator,” and they have continued their reign at the top. Even though it has been 94 years since Mr. Tauck organized his first tour, his family-run company is still providing their customers with amazing vacation experiences throughout the world.
Tauck sets itself apart from other tour operators by offering an experience ” throughout their tours. From hotels to meals and activities, every aspect of your tour encompasses the destination. If you are fortunate enough to travel on a Tauck tour, you will stay at hotels like the Grand Hotel in Michigan, The Royal Hawaiian in Hawaii, and various castles, manor houses, and palaces throughout Europe. Can you imagine sleeping in a room at Dromoland Castle in Ireland or waking up in Agra to a view of the Taj Mahal? Samples of activities include a balloon ride over the Serengeti at dawn, private after-hours sightseeing through the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, and a tour that includes a rickshaw ride and visit with a Hutong family in Beijing. The meals are just as unique as the sightseeing. Have breakfast with koalas in Sydney, lunch in Stalin’s secret bunker in Moscow, and dinner at the Tower of London, ending with the 700-year-old Ceremony of the Keys.
Tauck offers unique journeys around the globe. You can explore North America with tours to the national parks, the Canadian Rockies, Hawaii, Alaska, and various destinations along the East Coast. Tauck also features “The Yellow Roads of Europe,” named after the colors of the roads on Michelin Maps. The autobahns are marked in red, while the less traveled, scenic routes are yellow. European tours are eight to fifteen days, and feature destinations throughout Europe that include trains, riverboats, schooners, and even a new yacht that made its debut in May. “The Exotics” feature itineraries throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Tauck limits some of their tours to just 24 passengers for a small group experience. Discounts are offered on various itineraries for solo travelers who often pay significantly higher prices with other tour operators.
A few years ago, Tauck received requests from their loyal customers to provide the same level of vacation experiences for families. Tauck responded with their Bridges product that offers tours for grandparents, parents, and children. Tauck Bridges helps families create vacation memories that last a lifetime.
During the past twenty-seven years, I have witnessed many changes in the travel industry, and through it all, Tauck has stood the test of time. They offer a level of service, value, and unique experiences that customers simply do not receive when they travel independently. If you are skeptical about traveling on an organized tour, or if you want to experience a new level of group touring, I encourage you to consider Tauck for your next vacation – you won’t be disappointed.