Tauck Adds New Baltics Itinerary Plus Ireland and Great Britain Tour to its 2016 European Portfolio

Lower Prices Mark 25 Years Along “The Yellow Roads of Europe”

NORWALK, CT (September 17, 2015)  Tauck has unveiled its portfolio of European land year, and its 2016 collection of 35 tour itineraries will be highlighted by a new exploration of Ireland and Great Britain, plus a new journey through Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.  Besides adding the two new journeys, Tauck has also made enhancements to additional itineraries while simultaneously reducing prices.  By passing along savings garnered through favorable currency exchange rates, Tauck has been able to lower its 2016 European land tour prices across the board by an average of seven percent, with a high savings of 10% for the coming year.

2016 will also mark Tauck’s 25th year operating land journeys in Europe, and since its 1991 debut on the continent, the company has marketed its European tours under a “Yellow Roads of Europe” banner.  Named for the scenic byways marked in yellow on Michelin’s European road maps, Tauck’s Yellow Roads tours typically avoid major thoroughfares and instead explore those scenic byways and the picturesque towns and villages along the way, as well as Europe’s larger, iconic cultural cities. 

In 2016 Tauck guests will be able to travel along those Yellow Roads on a new 14-day “Ireland & Great Britain” itinerary.  The tour begins in Ireland with an overnight in Ennis, followed by two-night stays in Killarney and Dublin, with a subsequent overnight in Belfast.  Following a ferry ride to Scotland, guests then spend two nights in Edinburgh before traveling south into England, where a two-night stay in York, an overnight stay in Cambridge, and a final two-night stay in London await. 

Highlights of the journey (from $6,390 per person, double occupancy, plus air) include a visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin to learn about the Emerald Isle’s favorite elixir, a demonstration by a world-champion sheep shearer in Derreen, Ireland, and lunch at Trinity Hall at Cambridge.  Guests will also enjoy a guided tour and medieval lunch (with costumed interpreters and a weapons demonstration) at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, and a tour of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace.

Tauck’s other new European itinerary, “A Week in… the Baltics,” begins with a two-night stay at the Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania.  The eight-day itinerary (from $3,690 per person, double occupancy, plus air) then proceeds to Riga, Latvia for a second two-night stay.  Following an overnight in Tallinn, Estonia (and a ferry crossing to Finland the following day), the tour concludes with two nights in Helsinki.  Along the way, Tauck guests will enjoy in-depth guided sightseeing in each city, as well as other enriching cultural experiences that include visits to Riga’s 19th-century Opera House and Tallinn’s historic Toompea Castle, as well as a private concert in Helsinki celebrating the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. 

Besides developing new tours for the coming year, Tauck’s product managers have also been busy enhancing the company’s existing European itineraries.  Tauck’s two-week “Scandinavia” exploration of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, for example, now begins in Copenhagen and concludes in Oslo, and an overnight ferry trip has been replaced with an included flight from Stockholm to Bergen.  While in Stockholm, Tauck guests will enjoy a Tauck-exclusive tour of the city’s Royal Opera House followed by drinks and dinner inside the historic venue, which dates back to 1773.  In addition, Tauck has also arranged an early-admission, private visit for its guests to 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle, home to the Danish National History Museum, outside of Copenhagen.

Tauck’s “Ultimate Alps & Dolomites” itinerary, meanwhile, has been lengthened from 12 days to 13, with a second night added in the alpine village of Cortina d’Ampezzo.  Guests will spend their additional time in the region with local guides exploring the scenes of heavy, sustained fighting in World War I, and they’ll later engage in an informative question-and-answer session with a highly-regarded Italian mountaineer.

Each of Tauck’s 35 Yellow Roads European land tours is detailed in a new 136-page brochure now mailing out to past and prospective guests, and those interested in learning more may contact their local travel professional, call Tauck at 800 468 2825, or visit the company’s website at www.tauck.com.

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