New European "Grand Tour" and African Safari Added to 2015 Tauck Bridges Portfolio

Safari and Selected Other Journeys Enhanced by BBC Earth Partnership

NORWALK, CT (July 29, 2014)  The Tauck Bridges collection of tours and cruises created specifically for families will include a new London, Paris and Rome tour and a new South African safari in 2015, Tauck announced today.  The two new land journeys, plus a new Tauck Bridges river cruise on the Rhine announced this spring, promise to fuel additional growth for Tauck’s already fast-growing collection of family travel experiences in the coming year.

New for 2015, the 12-day Tauck Bridges “Grand European Family Holiday” ($7,417 per person, triple occupancy, plus international and on-tour airfares) begins in London with a three-night stay at the iconic The Langham, London.  While there, Tauck guests will tour sites associated with the Harry Potter tales, traveling by special arrangement aboard the Hogwarts’ Knightbus (used to rescue stranded wizards in the Harry Potter stories).  Families will also join in for a sleuthing adventure involving fictional characters from Sherlock Holmes to the Tardis of the Dr. Who television series, culminating outside BBC’s London studios.  Other highlights include a tour of the Tower of London, dinner at a traditional British pub, and a trip in a private capsule on the London Eye.

After traveling to Paris through the Chunnel aboard the Eurostar train, Tauck guests will take a relaxing cruise along the Seine, and explore the worlds of fine art and fine chocolate with time at the Louvre and with renowned French chocolatier Jacques Genin, respectively.  Other highlights in Paris include a memorable dinner on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, and a fun visit to stunning Chateau Vaux le Vicomte (said to be the inspiration for Versailles) where younger guests will tour the opulent palace in 17th-century costumes.

Tauck guests will then fly to Rome and travel overland for a two-night stay in Umbria, where they’ll participate in a truffle-hunting competition using trained dogs, enjoy an authentic local lunch at a country home, and tour a farm that raises alpacas and angora goats.  In Rome, where the tour concludes with three nights at the Boscolo Exedra Roma, families will have an exclusive, after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and experience the majesty of the Colosseum.  After participating in a fun “sculptural safari” in the city’s main piazzas, searching for various animals on carved fountains, buildings and monuments, Tauck guests will enjoy a private farewell dinner with music at a villa outside of the city.

The new “South Africa: Epic Family Adventure” itinerary is limited to 34 guests per departure, and begins with a three-night stay in Cape Town at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa on the banks of the Liesbeek River.  Guests then fly to Plettenberg on the Indian Ocean for a two-night stay at the Conrad Pezula in Knysna, before flying to Kruger National Park for three days of game drives based at the Lion Sands River Lodge.  A third on-tour flight brings guests to Johannesburg for a day of exploration before their return flights home.

Throughout the 10-day journey (from $5,826 per person, triple occupancy, plus international and on-tour airfares), families will experience the natural wonders and engaging culture of South Africa.  Besides having the chance to search out the Big Five on game drives, Bridges travelers will get up-close with elephants, cheetahs, eagles, monkeys, ostriches and penguins, and they’ll look for marine mammals on a whale and seal-watching cruise on Plettenberg Bay. 

For an authentic taste of local culture, guests will visit a tribal village and rural school in Kruger National Park, visit the former home of Nelson Mandela during a bicycle tour of Johannesburg’s Soweto neighborhood, and enjoy a traditional braai barbecue.  And for fun and excitement, kids of all ages will enjoy a zip line ride over the Kruis River, travel by cable car to the  top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, and ride a funicular up to Cape Point lighthouse overlooking the Cape of Good Hope.

TRAVEL ENHANCED BY THE EXPERTS AT BBC EARTH
The new Tauck Bridges South African safari (like a number of other journeys in both the Tauck and Tauck Bridges portfolios) will be enhanced through Tauck’s new Earth Journeys partnership with the nature documentary filmmakers at BBC Earth.  Through the partnership, Tauck guests will gain insights and perspectives on tour as they view a number of short, destination-specific films produced exclusively for Tauck by the team at BBC Earth.  Guests will also employ a number of high-tech devices used by BBC Earth filmmakers to reveal the natural wonders of each destination, from underwater cameras that bring travelers face-to-face with marine life, to motion-activated infrared camera traps that capture videos and images of indigenous nocturnal animals that most travelers never see.

About Tauck Bridges.  Tauck offers 19 Tauck Bridges family itineraries in Europe, North America, Africa and Latin America.  Reflecting the company’s philosophy of “shared enrichment,” each trip is crafted so family members of all generations can experience the bonding (or “bridges”) that result when the fun and learning provided by travel are enjoyed together.  The approach, which is in marked contrast to cruise ships and all-inclusive resorts that emphasize kids-only facilities and activities, has been the guiding principle behind Tauck Bridges itineraries since their launch in 2003. 

Bridges journeys are virtually all-inclusive, with all gratuities, sightseeing, entertainment and activities included in the price (plus airport transfers, most meals, luggage handling and much more).  Bridges trips are also notable for the high degree of advance planning and on-site “do-it-for-you” service that Tauck provides, leaving families free to relax and enjoy their time together.  Tauck Bridges journeys average 40 guests, ages 8 and over, and each is led by an experienced, professionally-trained Tauck Director who handles all day-to-day travel details. 

Those interested in additional information may visit their local travel professional, call Tauck at 1 800 468 2825, or go to www.tauck.com.

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