Tauck is a company born out of the image of one family and created through a will to produce an excellent product. After moving to America in 1882, it was Herman Tauck's son Arthur who carried out the first tour in 1925 and things took off from there. The company have come a long way since that first trip through New England, but it is their mission and beliefs that have enabled them to become one for the most successful river cruising operators in Europe.
The ideals at the heart of a Tauck cruise include giving customers an exclusive and personalised experience, whilst offering everything they would expect to find all in one price. Their brand of all-inclusive river cruises includes shore excursions, meals, beverages on board and plenty more besides, to create an experience that will live long in the memory.
The ships they use are custom designed to suit Europe's most iconic rivers and the service offered aboard them is yet another plus. A full ship's crew, intent on making your travel experience as easy and enjoyable as possible, is joined by no less than four Tauck tour directors to establish an excellent staff to guest ratio.
In 2015, Tauck enter their 90th year of operating in the travel industry and throughout this time they have maintained the mantra'How you see the world matters'. As you sail on the Seine or drift along the Danube, you can't fail to notice that this is no ordinary river cruise.
There are seven different grades of cabin on board the Tauck ships which offer increasing levels of comfort and amenities. From standard cabins to luxurious suites you are sure to find the right stateroom for you at the right price. Some options will have balconies and the amount of space you have will obviously depend on which grade you choose.
Cabins are decorated in rich red and gold colours with high quality linens and Tauck’s exclusive offering of Molton Brown toiletries in each en-suite bathroom. The plush bedding will offer the perfect retreat at the end of a long day and the marbled bath found in each room is yet another excellent place to relax.
Mealtimes will feature excellent cuisine and dishes made using ingredients from the area in which you are travelling. There will be a choice to dine at a formal restaurant or in a more casual atmosphere, whilst guests can also be flexible with their dining times and where they would like to sit.
Meals are included as part of Tauck’s excellent all-inclusive packages, as are various different soft and alcoholic beverages. There is also the option to eat outside on most ships, as long as the weather permits it.
The facilities on all the Tauck ships are designed to make you feel as comfortable and welcome as possible. There are plenty of communal areas where you can get to know your fellow guests, as well as massage rooms, Jacuzzis and fitness equipment to help you unwind.
Excellent viewing areas mean that you can always keep track of the beautiful scenery and a fleet of bicycles on every ship will help you explore as far and wide as you wish.
Excursions will vary depending on the itinerary that you choose but Tauck have made it part of their mission to offer exclusive events that provide a ‘behind the scenes’ experience. Uncommon Access, as they call it, aims to make tours and excursions much more personal as well as offering guests the chance to fully immerse themselves in every destination that they visit.
Possible options include private dining experiences, horse and cart tours and the opportunity to meet performers of local musical productions.