Tauck Brings Back Heli-Exploring Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

Tauck Enhances its U.S. and Canada Portfolio as it Reports Robust Grow in 2016 and Strong Preseason Bookings for 2017

WILTON, CT (November 9, 2016)  Tauck has announced that next summer it will again offer helicopter-assisted alpine explorations in the Canadian Rockies.  The company’s seven-day “Bugaboos Adventure” was last offered in 2015 during Tauck’s 90th anniversary observance, in celebration of the innovative spirit that led Tauck chairman Arthur Tauck Jr. to invent helicopter-assisted hiking, or heli-hiking, in the 1970s.

Tauck will offer three departures of “Bugaboos Adventure” as part of its recently-announced portfolio of 2017 North America itineraries, which will also feature three unique, single-departure Tauck Events as well as major enhancements to several other tours.  Tauck has seen its North America business surge this year, and the company is reporting exceptionally strong preseason bookings in North America for the coming year as well. 

In particular, the company has seen a large spike in interest in its National Parks tours due to 2016’s National Park Service centennial celebration, and the company’s ongoing partnership with the filmmaker Ken Burns.  Tauck’s National Parks itineraries (and many of its other domestic tours) are enhanced with content provided by Burns, whose film “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” established him as a popular authority on the parks. 

“Bugaboos Adventure” (from $5,990 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) begins with two nights at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park.  On Day 3, guests will be airlifted by helicopter to the Bugaboo Lodge high in the Purcell Mountains, where they’ll enjoy a three-night stay.  While at the lodge, guests will travel by helicopter to various locations in the Purcells, to explore on guided daily walks in small groups based on guests’ preference for easier or more challenging terrain.  (Hiking gear including boots, jackets and rainpants is available to use free-of-charge, or guests may bring their own.)

On Day 6 guests will be ferried by helicopter down from the mountains and transported to the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, where they’ll enjoy an afternoon of free time and an overnight stay.  Included in the price are all lodging, helicopter and ground transportation, airport transfers, most meals and gratuities, and much more.  Departures of “Bugaboos Adventure” are scheduled for July and August, and availability is limited. 

The coming year will also see the return of three unique and in-depth Tauck Events.  In March, Tauck guests will gather in New Orleans for “The Tauck Jazz Event,” a five-day exploration of America’s only truly native art form highlighted by tours of New Orleans’ historic neighborhoods, museum visits, exclusive jazz performances, and a keynote address by Ken Burns followed by a meet-and-greet reception with the filmmaker.  (March 29 – April 2; from $4,890 per person, plus airfare.)  In May, Tauck will host travelers on its five-day “Run For the Roses” event celebrating the traditions of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region and its thoroughbred horse racing culture, culminating with an all-inclusive VIP experience at Churchill Downs for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby.  (May 3 – 7; from $5,790 per person plus airfare.)

And in October, Ken Burns will again deliver a keynote address and meet Tauck guests at “The Tauck New York City Event.”  Also five days (October 5 – 9; from $7,290 per person plus airfare), the event in Manhattan includes a four-night stay at The Plaza, plus lectures by authors, historians and other experts, an exclusive visit to the city’s Tenement Museum, a guided tour of Grand Central Terminal, and a private “after-hours” gala farewell evening at Ellis Island. 

Each of the three events features specially themed, small-group sightseeing each day, with larger special gatherings most evenings.  And because Tauck only operates a single departure of each event, the company is able to include exclusive touches – such as the Ken Burns lectures and Ellis Island evening – that would simply be impossible to include on conventional tours operating with multiple departures throughout Tauck’s typical late-spring to early-fall travel season.

Tauck enjoyed robust growth with its North America tours this year, and preseason bookings for next year point to even stronger demand.  While Tauck is quick to credit this year’s National Parks Service centennial for some of the gains, the company has also been introducing new products and steadily enhancing its existing offerings in the U.S. and Canada.  For example, Tauck’s new-for-2016 “Blue Grass and Blue Ridges” itinerary in Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee proved so popular last year that the company was compelled to double its departures from seven to 14 tours mid-season.  For this year, Tauck has made major enhancements to a host of itineraries, including “California’s Gold Coast,” “The Best of Hawaii,” and “New Orleans and Mississippi River Plantation Country,” which now includes a two-night stay at Nottoway Plantation, a historic sugar cane plantation that is the largest antebellum mansion in the South.

Tauck’s entire 2017 portfolio of North America itineraries is contained in a new 148-page full-color brochure that has been mailing to travel agents, past Tauck guests and prospective future guests over the last several weeks.  Those interested in more information can 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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