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Treasures of the Mediterranean Isles - Southbound 2024

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Tour Itinerary

Sail the Mediterranean to fabled islands of antiquity and romance... to turquoise seas, archipelagos, and out-of-the-way places where Jason searched for the Golden Fleece and Odysseus pursued Destiny. From the South of France to the island of Malta, enjoy world-renowned wine, local delicacies, and the cultural treasures of historic empires.Cruise on an elegant small ship  to the islands of Corsica, Sicily, Elba, Sardinia, and Malta, on a 12-day odyssey to medieval towns and baroque cities – including Catania, Noto, Valletta, Siracusa, Cagliari, and Taormina – where Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians, and Carthaginians have all left their mark. Discover ancient ruins and ornate cathedrals, palaces, monasteries, hidden gardens, coastal villages, and outstanding wineries. Admire the view from Napoleon's hillside villa in Portoferraio; immerse in the breathtaking panoramas at the top of Mount Etna; explore Bonifacio, a labyrinthine citadel perched on sea-cliffs above the dramatic Corsican coast; lose yourself in the rich Baroque art of Sicily, the intimate classical charm of Ortigia, and the  charming village of Aix-en-Provence. You'll also spend four nights on land, in luxury hotels in Marseilles and the island of Malta. Local guides and expert lecturers offer insights along the way, and your ship is designed to access small harbors and remote destinations where large ships can't go.

Countries Visited

France , Italy , Malta

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Marseille
    Tour begins: 6:00 PM. A transfer is included from Marseille's international airport to the InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu, near the historic Panier district, or the Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, overlooking the old harbor. Join us this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner at your hotel.
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Mediterranean Marseilles

    Settled by Greeks in 600 BC, Marseille has well over 2,000 years of history as a crossroads of cultural influences from Italy, Spain, Asia-Minor, the Middle East, and North Africa tucked in the colorful tangle of narrow streets and  eclectic architecture of its Old Port, which you'll explore today on a walking tour. Yachts and small fishing boats have replaced the big ships but the area retains much of its character as an old commercial port. Discover the heart of old Marseille in the picturesque Panier district, dense with cobbled lanes, immigrant enclaves, cafes, faded baroque palaces, and vest-pocket plazas. Visits include Quai de Port, the wide waterfront promenade; La Vielle Charité, a former almshouse, now a cultural center and museum; the spectacular Cathedral Sainte-Marie-Majeure, with Byzantine domes, belltowers, and arcades; and Fort St Jean, built by Louis XIV, a massive harbor-side fortress with all of its guns trained on the city and its restive populace. At the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, state of the art exhibits explore centuries of cultural exchange among Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean islands through history, art, anthropology, and archaeology.  Spend the rest of the day and evening as you please. Sophisticated dining abounds, multicultural choices are wide-ranging; and don't miss a chance to try Marseille's famous bouillebaise, described by one critic as "the city's turbulent spirit in fish-stew form."

    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Aix En Provence & Nice / Embark your Small Ship

    Arrive in charming Aix-en-Provence, set against the backdrop of Mount Sainte-Victoire; the mountain was the muse of Paul Cezanne, who painted it many times.  A university town of tree-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafes, baroque mansions, and elegant parks, Aix-en-Provence was once known for its thermal springs and Roman baths, which gave it the nickname City of a Thousand Fountains. A walking tour of landmarks includes the main plaza with its medieval belltower and astronomical clock; the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, a national monument; and the outdoor food market in Place Richelme. Enjoy free time to explore and lunch on your own; this was Cezanne's hometown, and there are numerous landmarks commemorating him; you might follow the golden Cs on the sidewalks and retrace his steps; or stroll the park; or look for a table at the Deux Garcons; or maybe go for a spin on the Paul Cezanne Carousel, in a blur of ponies, swans, and Cezanne landscapes. From here it's a short drive to Nice, where your ship awaits. Embark, settle in, and sail this evening for the isle of Elba in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Elba, an Island Paradise

    Legend says that the Tuscan archipelago was formed when the goddess Venus dropped her necklace into the sea, and Elba is the largest of the island jewels, set in turquoise waters, with white beaches, rocky cliffs and coves, green hills, pastel villages and lush vineyards. Elba was known throughout the ancient world for iron ore and excellent wine, but lately it's remembered as the little island paradise where Napoleon was exiled in 1814. A tour of Portoferraio includes the seaside promenade, Villa Mulini, Napoleon's clifftop winter mansion, and a charming theatre built by the emperor as a gift to his sister; in the piazza, enjoy a wine tasting with views of the harbor. Or drive to the resort town of Marciana Marina and travel aboard a "cable basket" to the top of Monte Cappane for the glorious 360-degree views. Or tour Villa San Martino, Napoleon's summer residence, and spend an idyllic afternoon in the dreamy fishing town of Porto Azzurro and visit La Chiusa Winery for a taste of some of the famous local wine. Most people who experience Elba never want to leave, but Napoleon only stayed a few months. He escaped at the first opportunity, returned to Paris, and took back his empire. This evening, you sail instead for the island of Corsica.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Corsica & The City of Cliffs

    Corsica is thought to be the mythical island of giants in Homer's Odyssey, where Laestrygonians hurled boulders down at Odysseus and his ship from the towering sea cliffs. The inhabitants today are much friendlier, and the island is strikingly beautiful, with rugged mountains that plunge to the sea, hidden coves, idyllic white beaches, and pastel towns that hug the coastline. Dock in Bonifacio – a medieval town that seems to perch precariously on a promontory thrust out above crashing surf and soaring white cliffs – where you have a choice of sightseeing excursions.  Discover the Old Town, a warren of winding streets, colorful houses, monasteries, and Roman cisterns, with Eglise St-Marie-Majeure, a Romanesque jewel of a church with a tall belltower in the heart of it all. Long before Corsica became French it was Genoese, and the 13th-century fortress here was built to defend the Tuscan coast from Saracens and Barbary pirates; a tour of the citadel's medieval defenses, towers, and cliffside Garden of Ruins is breathtaking. Alternatively, you can approach  from the shoreline and ride a mini-train up to the Old Town, ascending on a winding road with stunning views of the harbor, the cliffs, and the massive walls of the Citadel; you'll also see the St. Francois Convent; the Mariners' Cemetery, a walled village of flamboyant mausoleums; and the St. Dominic Church, a rare example of Corsican Gothic architecture, probably built by the Knights Templars. After a walking tour of the Old Town, ride back down to the marina and board a local boat for a cruise around the cliffs and sea caves, weather permitting. Following some free time on your own, attend a performance of polyphonic singers aboard ship. Dine at leisure as you sail for Sardinia.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Sardina, from the Bronze Age to the present day

    Arrive in Cagliari, Sardinia's capital city. Although the island enjoys a certain degree of autonomy from Italy, and its native language and customs are uniquely its own, Cagliari is thoroughly Italian in its laidback vibe and urban culture. Sightseeing choices include a locally-guided walking tour of the medieval Castello district, and a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, where impressive exhibits trace Sardinia's earliest civilizations from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine; view a recreation of a Phoenician village, and the Nora Stone, a stone tablet with the oldest sample of Phoenician writing found on the island. Winding alleyways lead you next to St. Mary's Romanesque cathedral, home of martyrs, relics, and the opulent mausoleum of King Martin the First of Sicily; you'll also visit Monte Urpinu (Fox Mountain), an urban park and nature reserve, for a chance to see swans, peacocks, and even foxes, as well as panoramic views of the city.  Alternatively, travel outside the city for a visit to a winery that produces award-winning native wines. Or venture further, to an open-air museum on the site of Nora, an ancient port established by Bronze-Age Nuragic people, later inhabited by Phoenicians and Romans; the ruins include a theatre, thermal baths, houses, a temple dedicated to the Phoenician goddess Tanit, and a sanctuary dedicated to the Greek god Asclepius. Whichever excursion you choose, everyone meets up in Cagliari later for a special Sardinian lunch at the Convent di San Giuseppe, a former medieval convent, now a family-run gathering place and local institution. This afternoon, sail for Palermo, Sicily.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7

    Steeped in Renaissance art and sumptuous Baroque architecture, Palermo is a glorious cultural melting pot with a North African flavor, full of hidden treasures. A walking tour of must-see landmarks takes you through Porta Nuova, a gate of the Old City, and along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele past the Cathedral; linger in the Piazza Pretoria, known as the Square of Shame for its fountain adorned with frolicsome naked figures; experience the eye-opening Santa Caterina Church, dripping with art and ornament, and the jaw-dropping Rococo ballroom of the Palazzo Gangi, made famous in a 1963 Visconti film, The Leopard, starring Alain Delon and Burt Lancaster; enjoy a drink with canapes under the painted ceiling and dazzling chandeliers. Tour Palazzo Mazzarino, a private residence of an aristrocratic family, opened exclusively for Tauck; view its arcaded inner courtyard, frescoed rooms, and hanging gardens, and enjoy a drink on the rooftop terrace. You'll also immerse yourself in the city's Botanical Gardens, built in 1789, with its baroque greenhouse, sculptures, lagoon, and exotic flora, one of the oldest places in Europe for botanical studies; visit the historic private villa designed by Beaumont Gardner, an architect whose prominent family goes way back in the city's history; his grandfather was the American consul in Palermo in 1825. Meet the owners of the villa and enjoy an aperitif in the luscious garden. Return to the ship for lunch and hear an expert lecture on Addiopizzo, an internet movement to end Mafia protection rackets in Sicily. Your next port of call is Taormina.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Etna & Taormina

    Catania nestles near the foot of Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, so huge that it dwarfs every other mountain on Sicily. Locals affectionately call it "Mama Etna", a majestic, living presence in everyday life. Meanwhile, you have a choice of excursions. Take a scenic drive to Taormina, a medieval town beside the Ionian Sea; Goethe praised Taormina for its beauty in his travel book, Italian Journeys, and ever since it has drawn generations of artists, composers, and writers to its romance and ruins. Tour the Palazzao Corvaia, a fortified villa of Moorish, Gothic, and Norman design, and a centerpiece of the Old Town; in the 14th century the great hall was a meeting place for the Sicilian Parliament. Visit the town's most famous landmark, Teatro Antico, a Greco-Roman amphitheatre set on a clifftop with breathtaking views of Mt. Etna and the Bay of Naxos; built in the 3rd century BC, the theatre is still used for concerts and theatre productions. Enjoy free time in town, then head out to the a winery on the slopes of Mount Etna for a tour and tasting, and a family style lunch featuring local cuisine. Alternatively, you can drive through verdant countryside and scenic villages to the Sapienza Refuge, and ride by cable car and all-terrain vehicle up to the crater of the volcano; here, a mile above sea level, you'll find yourself in an incomparable panorama, suspended over the sea, where you can appreciate not just the crater but the historic lava flows that have molded the landscape below; your experienced mountaineer guides will show you the best volcanic attractions inside the visitors' zones. Then take a walking tour of the city center that includes the fish market (for a taste of local culture), and the baroque cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, profusely decorated with art and statuary, built upon Achilles' temple and baths. You'll also have an opportunity to visit the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra). Aboard ship this evening, an expert volcanologist offers insights into earthquakes, eruptions, and the volcanic geology of the Mediterranean isles.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9

    Siracusa was once a city-state, and the center of everything in the Ancient World: learning, trade, art, geopolitics, architecture, and culture. At one time or another it was the premier city of Greece, the Moorish capital of Sicily, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and a hub of Christianity and Judaism. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so there is much to see packed into this corner of the island. Visit the Neapolis Archaeological Park with a local guide and peruse the largest Greek amphitheatre ever built, carved into the side of a hill in the 3rd century; proceed to the Latimo del Paradiso (Paradise Quarry) to see the catacombs and the Ear of Dionysius, a cave with an opening shaped like an elfin ear, 70 feet high; because of its amazing acoustics, the grotto may have been a theatre or a prison, depending on whether you believe legend or the rogue artist-rascal, Caravaggio; then take a guided walking tour through Ortygia, a romantic island in the heart of the city dense with palazzi, charming piazzas, ancient temples, Byzantine churches, sidewalk cafes, and seaside promenades, where your stops include the ruined Temple of Apollo, and the Duomo, a Baroque masterpiece built over the Temple of Athena. You'll also drive to the city of Noto, an enclave of antiquity as old as Siracusa; leveled by an earthquake in 1693, the town was entirely rebuilt in the 18th century, and is known today as the Capital of Baroque, a stately showcase of Sicilian Baroque architecture, operatic in its grandeur, adorned with carvings, columns, and statuary, and aglow in warm, honey-hued limestone; a guided walking tour will take you from the public gardens to the main attractions along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, including the Church of St. Dominic, the Church of St. Charles, the Ducezio Palace, and the centerpiece Cathedral of San Nicolo at the top of a grand staircase in the main square. Enjoy free time to explore on your own then return to your ship for lunch, and spend the afternoon at leisure in Ortygia. This evening join the Captain for a farewell dinner as you sail for Malta.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10

    In 1530, Charles V of Spain leased the island of Malta to the Knights of the Order of St. John. In lieu of rent every year, the knights gave the king a Maltese falcon – not a jewel-encrusted objet d'art like the one Humphrey Bogart was after, but an actual hunting bird that symbolized the knights' role as Christendom's loyal soldiers and birds of prey. The jewel they delivered in time was Malta itself, the prize of the Mediterranean, a treasure island of opulent palaces, monasteries, cathedrals, art, and culture, as well as its own style of Baroque architecture. Valletta, the capital city, is entirely a UNESCO World Heritage site for having one of the highest concentrations of historic areas in the world. Disembark your ship in the world-famous harbor of Valletta, the Fortress-City, for a day of sightseeing that includes a visit to St. John's Co-Cathedral, a High-Baroque masterpiece saturated with frescoes, gold ornament, and one of the world's most treasured Caravaggio paintings; and Casa Rocca Piccola, the elegant private home of a local noble family (who still reside there), where you'll have the unique opportunity to meet a Knight of Malta. Travel to the walled town of Mdina, another UNESCO World Heritage site, and a living gallery of meticulously preserved palaces, chapels, monuments, and cathedrals, intimate winding streets and alleys, and panoramic views from its ramparts. You'll also view a film, "The Malta Experience," that distills 7,000 years of Maltese history and tells how the Knights of St. John ushered in the island's second golden age. Stop at a restaurant in Mosta for a lunch of Maltese cuisine and folklore entertainment. Then return to Valletta for an evening on your own.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  11. Day 11
    Megalithic Hagar Qim

    Prehistoric stone enclaves and temples are scattered over the islands of Malta's archipelago. The earliest signs of civilization in the Mediterranean, some are older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids. Like Stonehenge, the temples are "megalithic", made of enormous stone blocks stacked on one another, so high that legends say they were built by giants; and considering when they were built (as early as 3600 BC), the builders had skills beyond their years. Visit the temple complex of Hagar Qim in Mnajdra, set on a windswept hill overlooking the sea. Tour the sprawling complex of chambers, altars, cisterns, carvings and statuary, and learn the best theories of who made them and why. Return to Valletta and join us this evening at the Sacré Infirmeria, an imposing 16th century building that was originally a hospital run by the Knights of St. John, (also known as the Knights Hospitallers) where we'll  celebrate the end of your Mediterranean odyssey with a farewell reception followed by dinner; the stunning medieval complex overlooking the harbor is renowned for its hospitality.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Journey Home

    Tour ends: Valletta. Transfers are included from your hotel, The Phoenicia Malta or Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port Hotel, to Malta's Luqa International Airport. Transfers are approximately 20 minutes depending on time of day and traffic. Please allow three hours for check-in at the airport.

    Meals:   Breakfast

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Sail the Mediterranean to fabled islands of antiquity and romance... to turquoise seas, archipelagos, and out-of-the-way places where Jason searched for the Golden Fleece and Odysseus pursued Destiny. From the South of France to the island of Malta, enjoy world-renowned wine, local delicacies, and the cultural treasures of historic empires.Cruise on an elegant small ship  to the islands of Corsica, Sicily, Elba, Sardinia, and Malta, on a 12-day odyssey to medieval towns and baroque cities – including Catania, Noto, Valletta, Siracusa, Cagliari, and Taormina – where Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians, and Carthaginians have all left their mark. Discover ancient ruins and ornate cathedrals, palaces, monasteries, hidden gardens, coastal villages, and outstanding wineries. Admire the view from Napoleon's hillside villa in Portoferraio; immerse in the breathtaking panoramas at the top of Mount Etna; explore Bonifacio, a labyrinthine citadel perched on sea-cliffs above the dramatic Corsican coast; lose yourself in the rich Baroque art of Sicily, the intimate classical charm of Ortigia, and the  charming village of Aix-en-Provence. You'll also spend four nights on land, in luxury hotels in Marseilles and the island of Malta. Local guides and expert lecturers offer insights along the way, and your ship is designed to access small harbors and remote destinations where large ships can't go.

  • Explore the Corsican citadel of Bonifacio, perched on soaring sea-cliffs, with its medieval fortress, maze of streets, churches, mausoleums, and unique history
  • Visit the prehistoric temple complex at Hagar Qim on Malta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site older than Stonehenge 
  • Discover Ortigia, a small island-city within the city of Siracusa - a romantic enclave of ancient temples and baroque architecture
  • Explore the summit of Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano, with an experienced mountaineer-guide, and savor some of the most dramatic panoramic views of Sicily and the Mediterranean
  • Visit the waterfront Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean in Marseille, chronicling centuries of Mediterranean cultural influences in Europe
  • Private Tauck Shore Excursions - $4,021 value!
  • Visit private villas and art museums in Palermo, drinks and canapes included

Health and Safety Protocols for Tauck Tours

Traveling with Peace of Mind
Our commitment never wavers – to earn your trust by always doing the right thing. As we explore the world together again, this will be more important than ever as we adapt to living and traveling in the presence of COVID-19.

Tauck is 97-years young this year, and our ability to weather many storms over the decades is a result of our values and beliefs – as a family and as a family-owned and led company. In addition to the guiding light of these values, our extensive experience, local knowledge and global support network help to ensure your safety on every Tauck journey. Building upon our bedrock of award-winning guest care, we have worked tirelessly to prepare for your return following the COVID-19 hiatus in travel. With guidance from leading experts, including the CDC and WHO, together with our internal Global Response Team and, most importantly, with feedback from thousands of our guests, we have redefined how we will conduct our experiences as we resume travel.

Tauck is Prepared for the Unexpected
For decades, Tauck has operated in over 70 countries in all 7 continents. Over this time, our staff and network of supplier partners have always been there to support our guests and team on the road. Our guests travel with a comprehensive, built-in support system that starts with the care and local knowledge of our Tauck Directors and extends to our network of partners around the world, including hoteliers and transportation companies.

At the core of our ability to quickly and effectively respond to the unexpected is our Global Response Team - a group of over 50 employees across all departments who stand ready to spring into action around the world. This team has plenty of experience, from weather events, high and low water on rivers, earthquakes, volcanic ash, civil unrest and work stoppages. They have also dealt with past virus outbreaks including the SARS and Zika viruses.

The Tauck Travel Well Pledge
Before we operate tours and cruises, all Tauck employees, our supplier partners and our guests will take Tauck’s Travel Well Pledge.

As a company, we will follow our enhanced protocols with diligence and rigor; review them frequently as the landscape changes and always make common-sense decisions grounded in purpose and pride. We embrace these new and necessary measures to combat COVID-19 and will do our very best to provide the Tauck care we have been honored to deliver for 97 years.

Consistent with our commitment to the well-being of our guests, we are implementing enhanced health and safety protocols. These protocols may vary by geographic regions and will certainly evolve over time, as science and society respond to new realities:

Tauck Staff
Prior to interacting with guests, each member of Tauck’s field staff is trained in enhanced protocols and participates in a personal health screening.

Once on tour, our Tauck Directors and supporting staff are responsible for maintaining these protocols with a special focus on cleanliness and physical distancing. They will relay critical information regarding requirements, advise when protocols are mandatory – such as wearing a face covering in group settings – and help facilitate guest care through communication with appropriate parties should a guest become ill on tour. All Tauck staff will adhere to the same requirements.

Guest Responsibility
When joining a Tauck journey, every guest is responsible for their own health and, in turn, the protection of their fellow travelers, the Tauck staff, our suppliers and the places we visit. Guests will pledge to follow the direction of the Tauck staff and adhere to health and safety protocols.

Guests are expected to wear face coverings in all group settings, to wash their hands frequently and to adhere to supplier and government regulations. While supplies of face coverings, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be available, guests are asked to bring such personal items for their own comfort.

Small is BIG
For many years, Tauck has emphasized and invested in more choices of activities, resulting in smaller groups for activities like sightseeing and events. This is consistent with our mantra that “Small is Big” – small groups and smaller ships with fewer guests.

We initially focused on these elements to improve the guest experience. Yet today they take on an additional dimension; small group experiences and more personal space are critical in providing the peace of mind our guests expect. Accordingly, we are offering even more small group experiences and limiting guest numbers across all of our journeys.

We have been working diligently with our partners to be prepared to welcome you back when the time is right.
Tauck has worked meticulously with our global supplier partners to plan for every itinerary following the hiatus in travel. All partners, whether they be a hotel, museum, small ship/riverboat, restaurant or other partner, have been thoughtful about how to provide a Tauck experience in this environment.

And while it's impossible to list all of the enhanced health and safety protocols for the hundreds of Tauck partners across the globe, we would like to share a representative sample of what you can expect:

Our hotel partners all have world-class health and safety protocols. However, these guidelines may vary depending on local situations and regulations. Here are some typical examples:

  • Upon-arrival, health questionnaires and temperature checks may be required. Some hotels may even require daily temperature scans.
  • Social distancing may be required in public areas, bars and restaurants.
  • High-touch areas such as railings, door handles and elevators will undergo enhanced cleaning.
  • In-room measures may include removal of tent cards and magazines. Common use items, such as coffee makers and minibar amenities may be on demand.
  • High-touch areas, such as light switches, thermostats, remote controls and door handles will be subject to enhanced and frequent cleaning.
  • Guests will have the option to determine housekeeping frequency.
  • All hotel staff will undergo daily health screenings.

Ships and Riverboats
We have worked closely with our cruise partners to ensure the best possible health and safety protocols and to ensure the care and service you expect from Tauck:

  • Guests on cruises and river journeys will be required to complete a health questionnaire and will undergo a temperature check prior to boarding. In some instances, our ship partners will conduct daily temperature checks.
  • Face coverings and physical distancing will be required in most public spaces for guests and crew alike.
  • Meals may be offered at staggered times and self-serve buffets will be eliminated.
  • In-cabin measures include removing common use items. Coffee makers, minibar amenities and housekeeping will be on demand at guest discretion.
  • Ship staff will undergo daily health screenings.
  • All vessels will have medical staff onboard.

Sightseeing and Local Activities
Many of our experiences are exclusive and/or private and that’s important in taking care of you. Whether it be a guided tour, a visit to an iconic museum or private home, a musical performance, or any other special Tauck activities, we are applying the same rigor to health and safety protocols:

  • Tauck listening devices will be sanitized thoroughly and frequently.
  • Sightseeing is being adjusted to ensure proper physical distancing.
  • Admission times at venues may be altered to ensure no crowding.
  • Paper tickets, handouts and the like may be eliminated.

Tauck has always been known for a la carte dining; having more freedom to decide when and with whom to dine now has more value than ever. Additionally, our partners whether they be hotels, ships, special venues or restaurants, are raising their already rigorous hygienic standards. Here are some examples:

  • Waitstaff will likely be wearing face coverings and gloves.
  • Seating will be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing.
  • Self-serve buffets will be eliminated. Common use menus will no longer be used unless sanitized.

On-Tour Transportation
Keeping on-tour transportation safe is a major focus of our team who has worked with hundreds of partners to ensure continuity in health and safety protocols:

  • On motorcoaches and other on-tour ground transportation, such as airport transfers, guest should expect physical distancing and will be required to wear face coverings.
  • Prior to each trip, our motorcoaches, vans, airport transfer vehicles and on-tour aircraft will undergo a deep sanitizing process.
  • Luggage may also be sanitized at each movement.
  • Drivers will wear gloves and face coverings during all guest-facing interactions.
  • Drivers will frequently clean handrails, door handles, arm rests, tables, seats, air conditioning/HVAC units, restrooms and overhead storage areas.

Our Supplier Partners are ready for you
Tauck is proud to have worked closely with our partners around the world, many of them for decades, to deliver the quality, comfort and safety you expect. Whether it be hotels and resorts, riverboats and small ships, restaurants, event venues or transportation companies, their meticulous health and safety protocols reflect their leadership and well-earned respect in the travel industry. The following are some select health and safety protocols. We will update these on a regular basis.

In addition to our supplier partners, we have also been actively engaged with global travel organizations to standardize health and safety protocols throughout the travel industry. TourCare is one example:

TourCare are health and sanitation guidelines developed by the tour industry's major global associations: the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), The Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO) and the European Tourism Association (ETOA). Tauck, and our supplier partners, meet and exceed these guidelines that require members to adhere to the highest standards in the industry.

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Mariott Malta Hotel & Spa
InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieux
Le Bougainville

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Can't go wrong with Tauck...outstanding!

We were very impressed with Tauck Tours and would book with them through you again!

We spent more money on this Tauck tour than a Luxury Gold trip to Spain and Portugal (top of the line) which required international travel and was for a longer duration. Also, I've said this before about Tauck. Although a good company, there is too much food offered and too much time spent sitting down to a meal when we could be sightseeing.

Our goals were met and exceeded by Affordable Tours.

Wonderful Tauck Tours..we will travel with them again..thank you for the suggestion..

This is our 7th Tauck tour/river cruise and they have never disappointed.

Our trip was amazing and we had to he most amazing guide Leah she went above and beyond

Ms Lawren Farias was our agent. She went out of her way to make sure that everything went smoothly and it did I would defiitely use her again. She was outstanding.

Maya was absolutely wonderful! I only want to book with her for any future travel.

The Tauck tour exceeded our expectations.Our tour director was exceedingly well informed and organized.She was the best.

The tour was one of our best. Tauck's attention to detail and covering nearly 100% of our costs or fees and booking 5* hotels is why we liked the trip.

Fantastic vacation! Exceeded all our expectations! Trip of a Lifetime!!!

Tauck delivered as promised and more. The tour director was very helpful and knowledgeable. We wouldn't hesitate to book with them again.

Tauck provides great tours. This is our 4th with Tauck. They provided transport for us even when our itinerary was different than usual. The Tauck tour director was wonderful.

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