Tauck will resume full operations of all remaining 2021 itineraries in the coming months to almost all global destinations, barring Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand due to those region’s current travel restrictions.
The US-based company is recommencing Danube and Rhine river cruises, its land tours in Italy and elsewhere across Europe in August and September, as well as its explorations in destinations ranging from Morocco to Machu Picchu. In all, Tauck expects to operate more than 80% of its pre-pandemic portfolio of tours and cruises this year, with a full return of all itineraries slated for 2022.
“We are absolutely thrilled to announce the global restart of our 2021 journeys,” said Tauck CEO, Dan Mahar. “If a destination is welcoming American travellers, and if it’s a place where Tauck operates, we’ll be bringing our guests there in the coming months.”
Mahar said the past 15 months have been unprecedented in the company’s 96-year history.
“But the loyalty of our guests and travel advisors, the skill, dedication and hard work of our employees, and our bedrock philosophy to always ‘do the right thing’ have brought us to this day. We’re humbled and grateful, and we’re incredibly excited to move forward.”
Tauck began operating an increasing number of tour and cruise departures in the US and elsewhere over the past few weeks. Last month the company announced the August resumption of a few select land tours and cruises in Europe, its cruises in the Galapagos Islands and its guided safaris in eastern and southern Africa.
However, and even with the resumption of those itineraries, Tauck had yet to confirm restart plans for the bulk of its 2021 itineraries prior to the latest update this week.
Newly added to Tauck’s restart plans for August are several itineraries in Italy, land tours in Switzerland, the company’s “A Week in… Ireland” tour, and its exploration of Jordan and Egypt. Tauck will also resume operations on the Rhine with its 25 August departure of The Romantic Rhine river cruise.
The balance of Tauck’s 2021 tours and cruises, including the company’s popular river cruises on the Danube and its other journeys on the Rhine, will begin operating in September.
Mahar did however sound a note of caution for the resumption.
“To date the world’s return to travel has gone very, very well, and we have great cause for optimism. However, some restrictions remain in place for destinations like the UK and Canada, and we know that as our industry recovers, there will be twists and turns along the way.
“We’re as prepared as possible, but we know that the best attitude is to expect the unexpected and to stay flexible.”
Locally, Tauck has shelved all inbound trips to Australia and New Zealand until 31 December 2021. Guests booked on trips in the region from 1 January 2022 are able to take advantage of flexible payment terms and no change fees should they choose to move to another departure date.
To keep up to date with the latest availability on Tauck trips, see tauck.com.au/travel-and-health/travel-updates
Lead image: Rome, Italy | Photo: Courtesy of Tauck