Tauck Adds New European Trips for 2015

Puglia Tour and World Cities Trips in Paris and Rome On-Tap for Next Year

NORWALK, CT (September 8, 2014)  Tauck has unveiled its European trips for 2015, and among the company’s 40 land journeys on the continent are a new small-group itinerary highlighting Italy’s Puglia region and a pair of in-depth, six-day, World Cities explorations of Paris and Rome. 

The new “A Week in… Puglia” itinerary is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure, and it is Tauck’s first-ever tour of the region comprising the “heel” of the Italian “boot,” an area renowned for its unique architectural styles, culinary traditions and archeological wonders.  Tauck’s eight-day itinerary (from $3,990 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) begins in seaside Savelletri di Fasano with a four-night stay at a traditional “masseria,” a fortified country farmhouse converted into a five-star hotel.  While based in Savelletri di Fasano, Tauck guests will sample local vintages at an area winery and take part in a hands-on cooking lesson to discover other Apulian culinary traditions.  Guests will also visit the Paleolithic-era cave dwellings at Matera and 13th-century Castel del Monte in Adria (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites), and learn about Puglia’s traditional limestone “trulli” houses.

Guests will next enjoy a tour of the centuries-old cave village of Lama d’Antico, and a tasting of locally produced organic olive oils, while en route to the city of Lecce.  During a two-night stay there, guests will visit the studios of a Lecce-born sandstone sculptor and a local papier-mâché artist, whose detailed figures depict 18th-century life.  A chance to explore the whitewashed village of Ostuni precedes a final night back in Savelletri di Fasano, where guests will enjoy a farewell dinner and overnight accommodations at the Borgo Egnazia resort, a member of the prestigious “Leading Hotels of the World” collection.  “A Week in… Puglia” begins and ends in Bari, with departures operating from March through June and in September and October.

Following the successful launch of its World Cities itineraries in London and Florence in 2014, Tauck will double its World Cities portfolio next year with the addition of in-depth explorations of Paris and Rome.  Like the London and Florence itineraries, “World Cities… Paris” and “World Cities… Rome” are six-day, city-specific tours with daily sightseeing “tracks” that each explore a different cultural theme.  World Cities journeys also feature a small group size (an average of 24 travelers), and each operates with multiple departures per year.

“World Cities… Paris” (from $4,690 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) includes five nights accommodations at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel with 2015 departures from April through October.  Themed sightseeing tracks include “Paris for Insiders,” providing guests with behind-the-scenes insights during visits to iconic Parisian locations including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, and “Parisian for a Day,” which features a guided shopping experience along Rue Montorgueil, where guests will buy wine and ingredients for an hors d’oeuvres platter they’ll prepare under a chef’s guidance at Les Halles Bistro.  A “Vive la Revolution” track will explore sites central to the French Revolution, and the Day 4 “City of Art & Love” theme will be highlighted by a musicologist-led tour of the lavish Garnier Opera House, plus an enlightening discussion with an expat American artist in her studio. 

With departures from March through July and again from September through November, “World Cities… Rome” (from $4,290 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) has sightseeing tracks delving into the city’s history (“Many Layers of Rome”) and its importance as the seat of Catholicism (“Center of Faith”).  Tauck guests will also venture outside the city to Castel Gandolfo, Albano Laziale and Cisterna di Latina to explore “Myths & Legends,” and returning to Rome, a “La Dolce Vita” track contrasts the colorful working-class Monti neighborhood with insider visits to a historic palace and a private villa.

“World Cities… Rome” will provide unique perspectives on popular attractions, including after-hours tours of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, as well as an exclusive visit to the Colosseum that explores the underground chambers where gladiators prepared for battle.  Guests will also experience “insider” visits to lesser-known locations when they have dinner inside a 2,000-year-old home, during an exclusive visit to the medieval Garden of Ninfa, and when they enjoy their farewell dinner at Villa Aurora, the 17th-century home of Prince Nicolo and Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi, with a tour of the villa led by the princess herself. 

Like all Tauck journeys, the new European itineraries are fully inclusive, with accommodations,  sightseeing, admission to all attractions, ground transportation (including airport transfers), luggage handling, most meals and gratuities, and much more included in the price. 

Tauck is encouraging its past guests to make their 2015 European travel plans early with its Gift of Time offer.  This unique gesture lets returning Tauck guests extend their 2015 European journey with a complimentary hotel night added to either the beginning or end of their of Tauck itinerary, provided they book prior to Jan. 2, 2015 (new bookings only; other conditions apply). 

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Tauck’s “Yellow Roads” land journeys in Europe, named for the company’s explorations along the scenic, less-traveled byways marked in yellow on Michelin maps of Europe.  Full details on Tauck’s European land journeys (plus selected European river and small ship ocean cruises) are highlighted in the company’s new “Yellow Roads of Europe” brochure, currently mailing out to agents and consumers.  Those interested in learning more can contact their local travel agent, call Tauck at 800 468 2825, or visit www.tauck.com.

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