Tauck is a family tour operator that aims to provide river cruises that go above and beyond expectations. This is achieved thanks to interesting itineraries, exclusive ‘behind the scenes experiences’, a dedicated crew, a fleet of well-designed vessels and an all-inclusive offering that means there are no hidden costs.
Starting in 1925 and now with 90 years of experience under their belt, Tauck provides river cruises along the famed waterways of Europe. River cruises were introduced in 1992 and since then their fleet of has grown to now number 7, including numerous ships that are chartered from Swiss company SCYLLA. These luxury riverboats are stylishly appointed both inside and out and contain an atmosphere likened to that of an intimate club.
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.