Tauck To Bring Travelers To Hartford Sites In 2013

Filmmaker Ken Burns And State’s still revolutionary Campaign Prompt Tour Operator To Feature Homes Of Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe

HARTFORD, CT (October 24, 2012)  Norwalk, CT-based Tauck, one of the world’s top luxury travel companies, announced today that it would be bringing travelers to the Hartford area next year on a newly redesigned tour of New England.  Tauck made the announcement jointly with Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and filmmaker Ken Burns at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, which will be featured on the new itinerary. 

When it officially begins operating next spring, Tauck’s “Hidden Gems of New England” tour will mark the first time the 87-year-old company has hosted guests for an overnight stay in Connecticut.   The tour will operate with departures from June through October, and Tauck president Jennifer Tombaugh said the company expects to bring several hundred travelers into the greater Hartford area in each of the coming years.

The redesigned Tauck tour will have the company’s guests arrive at Bradley International Airport and then begin their 8-day itinerary with an overnight at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.  During their first day in Hartford, Tauck guests will enjoy a catered dinner at the Mark Twain Museum and a private, after-hours tour of the Mark Twain House.  The following morning, guests will travel to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House for a guided visit.

According to Tombaugh, the inclusion of Hartford in Tauck’s itinerary represents the concurrence of three separate factors.  “We partnered with Ken Burns and his longtime collaborator Dayton Duncan two years ago to develop tours that incorporate the themes and topics of their films,” said Tombaugh, “and when we decided to redesign our tour of New England we approached Ken and Dayton for their input.”

“Ken and Dayton were insistent that we include the homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe,” continued Tombaugh, “and just as all of this was occurring, the state was launching its still revolutionary campaign to boost Connecticut’s appeal as a tourism destination.  Those three elements – our decision to redesign our tour, Ken’s and Dayton’s input on the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe sites, and the state’s tourism campaign – all made it an easy decision.” 

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy was quick to praise Tauck’s decision to bring travelers and additional tourism business into the state.  “The tourism industry employs about 110,000 people, generates more than $1 billion in state and local tax revenue and brings more than $11 billion in spending to our state,” said Governor Malloy.  “While our still revolutionary marketing campaign is already paying dividends, the addition of this overnight stop in Hartford demonstrates that there is still much untapped potential for tourism in the coming years.  Congrats to Tauck and Ken Burns for the inclusion of both the Twain and Stowe Houses in their latest tour of New England.”   

For his part, filmmaker Burns was particularly pleased about the cultural implications of Tauck’s decision to include Hartford in its tour.  “My mission in making films has always been to explore who we are as Americans,” said Burns.  “Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe had a similar goal, at a time when the experience and definition of ‘being an American’ was entirely dictated by the color of one’s skin.  These two remarkable individuals asked difficult questions of their country, and we became a better place for it.  I’m thrilled that Tauck is helping to keep the legacies of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe alive.”

Besides showcasing some of the Hartford area’s top tourism sites, Tauck’s “Hidden Gems of New England” also travels into Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont before concluding in Boston.  Along the way, Tauck guests visit other iconic New England locations such as Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, and they also gain special “insider access” to places and experiences they’d either be unaware of or not have access to on their own. 

For example, at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Tauck guests will gain perspectives on New England culture from Jere Daniell, who taught history at the college for 40 years.  In Boston, Tauck will provide its guests with an insider’s tour of famed Fenway Park.  And in tiny Walpole, New Hampshire, an exclusive visit to the studio of Ken Burns will provide insights into the filmmaker’s amazing career.  Tauck will operate departures of “Hidden Gems of New England” from June into October, with prices for the all-inclusive journey priced from $2,990 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare.

About Tauck.  Tauck is a world leader in upscale guided travel, with nearly 100 land and cruise itineraries to some 70 countries and all seven continents.  The company has been named to Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of the “World’s Best Tour Operators & Safari Outfitters” in each of the past 15 years, and it has also been named to the magazine’s list of the “World’s Best River Cruise Lines” in each of the past four years. 

About “Ken Burns American Journeys.”  Through its “Ken Burns American Journeys” partnership, Tauck is working with the award-winning filmmaker and his long-time collaborator Dayton Duncan to craft travel experiences that incorporate the themes of Burns’s films, including (among others) “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” “The Civil War,” “Mark Twain” and “Jazz.” 

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

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