Once a bank teller, 27-year-old Arthur Tauck Sr. was fired for accidentally spilling a stack of coins down a chute. In turn, he invented a spill-proof coin tray and began traveling around New England trying to sell his new product to banks. As he became familiar with his routes, Tauck found that he enjoyed traveling -- from meeting new people to discovering new places -- and wanted to share his experiences with others.
So on July 12, 1925, Tauck led six paying passengers on a 1,000-mile, six-night road trip through the back roads of New England. For one all-inclusive price he would provide all the necessities. Guests would stay in the best hotels and see the top sights. When the customers were on their own, he would make his sales calls to local clients. Through dusty roads and scenic byways, Tauck entertained his guests with personal stories and lively commentary about the towns they passed through.
The next year, Tauck ran three more trips, and soon after he bought a tour bus. He would eventually acquire a small fleet of buses and expand his itineraries to include New York, Virginia, Nova Scotia and the Poconos as satisfied customers led to 75% repeat business and word spread favorably about his travel company. Tauck Tours was awarded the first Tour Broker License in the United States in 1935.
Tauck’s son, Arthur Tauck Jr., became president of the company in 1958. Under his leadership, Tauck Tours developed a global operation over the next several decades, offering a variety of trip styles in both domestic and international destinations. Today, Tauck offers enriching travel programs across seven continents through its six brands and more than 140 trips.
The Tauck Difference
Tauck vacations are highly inclusive as almost all travel expenses are covered in one upfront price: airport transfers, hotel and ship accommodations, entertainment, most meals, ground transportation, guided sightseeing, shore excursions, luggage handling, taxes and the services of a tour director and local guides. The company is known for top-notch service and expertly crafted vacations. Some Tauck tours offer exclusive content through ongoing partnerships with BBC Earth and filmmaker Ken Burns.
Here are a few of the vacation-enhancing features that are included in the price of your Tauck trip.
Relax and enjoy every moment of your vacation as your Tauck Director oversees the logistics of getting from one place to the next, all while sharing interesting facts about the places you visit. Tauck Directors are chosen for their knowledge and enthusiasm and are tasked with delivering a hassle-free, memorable vacation.
Tauck selects the best available accommodations in amazing locations, from landmark city hotels close to historic and cultural sites to boutique hotels off the beaten path. Each hotel is sure to have an upscale ambience and provide superb service.
Most meals are included on Tauck journeys. Dining is an integral and immersive part of traveling, so Tauck handpicks distinctive restaurants that reflect the taste of each region visited. The company also offers “free choice” dining where you eat when and with whom you wish.
Tauck Family of Brands
From family and holiday vacations to trips celebrating nature, food and art, there are many ways to travel with the company:
Tauck World Discovery
Travel primarily by motorcoach and enjoy in-depth exploration on these escorted land tours offered around the globe.
Tauck River Cruising
Sail along the world’s most renowned rivers and waterways aboard an elegant, well-appointed ship, taking in scenic landscapes as you glide past historic cities and delightful towns.
Tauck Small Ship Cruising
Discover secret harbors, secluded islands and exclusive ports of call on small-ship cruises. World-class yachts and expedition vessels travel to incredible destinations and far-flung locales.
Tauck Bridges: Family Vacations
These inspiring and fun itineraries are designed to connect families with the local culture and history of a destination. Trips are expertly arranged so both adults and children have a fantastic time. The minimum age for any Bridges trip is 3 years, though the minimum may be older for certain types of trips. For river cruises, the minimum age is 4 years; for Africa safaris, the minimum age is 5 years; for Galapagos cruises, the minimum age is 6 years.
Carrying an average of 20 guests per departure, Culturious itineraries are guided trips that immerse participants in authentic, engaging experiences.
These are unique, single-departure itineraries built around an iconic theme or event. Led by a Tauck Director, they feature special dinners, presentations or performances that would be difficult or impossible to set up on your own.
To get a feel for the Tauck experience, check out the video below.