Tauck adds Colombia, expands Japan program in 2025

In-depth exploration in S America, Tauck Bridges concept for booming Japan market

Tauck will introduce its first-ever tour of Colombia in 2025, with nine departures scheduled for an in-depth nine-day exploration of the South American country. The company has also added its inaugural Tauck Bridges family travel adventure in Japan, capitalising on the strong demand for the destination.

Tauck’s new Colombia: South America’s Eternal Spring itinerary (priced from AU$12,860* per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) begins with a two-night stay at the Four Seasons in Bogotá, followed by a three-night stay at the MedellínMarriott in Medellín and a subsequent three-night stay at the five-star Sofitel Legend Santa Clara in Cartagena. Guests’ time in Bogotá is highlighted by a visit to the Gold Museum, containing the world’s largest collection of gold artifacts (including many pre-Columbian pieces), and a guided tour of the Botero Museum, dedicated to the work of noted political critic, artist and sculptor Fernando Botero. The following day, guests travel by train to Zipaquirá to visit the Salt Cathedral, a working church carved from subterranean salt some 600 feet underground.

Medellin, Colombia | Credit: Saul Mercado/Unsplash

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After flying to Medellín, guests will enjoy a tasting of Colombian coffee before visiting the Normandia Equestrian Center to learn about the region’s renowned Paso Fino horses. Guests will also learn about Colombia’s emergence from its troubled past when they visit Comuna 13, a vibrant and colourful community that was once one of Colombia’s most notorious neighbourhoods. Tauck’s exploration of Colombia continues in Cartagena with a walking tour of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas (the largest fortress in South America), a visit to a local music school, and tours of San Pedro Claver Cathedral and the city’s popular Getsmani neighbourhood.

The itinerary concludes with a sunset cruise and reception along Cartagena Bay, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Included in the price are two on-tour flights, 20 meals, gratuities to all local guides, hotel staff and restaurant servers, all sightseeing and other activities, airport transfers, luggage handling, taxes and more.

Meanwhile, Tauck’s new 10-day Tauck Bridges itinerary, Journey Through Japan… A Family Adventure (from AU$14,560* per person, triple occupancy, plus airfare) has been designed specifically for families, and it begins with a three-night exploration of Tokyo featuring accommodations at the Conrad Tokyo. While in the city, Tauck guests will visit the ancient Asakusa Kannon Temple (circa 645 AD), and enjoy a sightseeing rickshaw ride before learning the ways of the ninja and visiting the Ginza shopping district. Guests will also visit the city’s innovative teamLab Planets TOKYO interactive museum, tour the Tsukiji Outer Market, enjoy a sushi-making lunch and visit the Meiji Shrine.

Guests next travel by high-speed bullet train to Hakone for a pirate boat cruise across Lake Ashi, a visit to the city’s Open Air Museum, and an overnight stay at the Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora. After travelling by bullet train the following day to Hiroshima (where they’ll enjoy two nights at the Hilton Hiroshima), guests will visit the city’s Peace Memorial Museum and Park, travel by ferry to the

island of Miyajima to see the Itsukushima Shrine, and participate in a hands-on okonomiyaki demonstration and dinner, featuring Japan’s traditional crepe-like dish with a variety of meat, seafood and vegetable toppings.

Osaka | Credit: AXP Photography/Pexels

The Tauck Bridges family exploration of Japan concludes with a three-night stay in Kyoto at the HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO. In Kyoto, guests will visit the Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple and Nijo Castle (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites), as well as the Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Market and the city’s geisha district. Guests will also enjoy fun cultural immersion as they learn the intricacies of a formal tea ceremony, take a calligraphy lesson, and try their hands at traditional Taiko drumming.

Included in the tour price are three on-tour trips aboard high-speed bullet trains, 22 meals, gratuities to all local guides, hotel staff and restaurant servers, all sightseeing and other activities, airport transfers, luggage handling, taxes and more.

The new Bridges trip joins Tauck’s two other itineraries in Japan, the 13-day Essence of Japan land tour and the 14-day Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun small ship cruise aboard the Ponant ship, Le Soleal. Essence of Japan (from AU$17,380* per person, double occupancy plus airfare) visits Tokyo, Hakone, Gero Onsen, Kanazawa, Hiroshima and Kyoto. Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun (from AU$22,300* per person, double occupancy plus airfare) begins with an included three-night hotel stay and exploration of Osaka, continues with an eight-day cruise aboard Le Soleal, and concludes in Tokyo with an included two-night hotel stay and Tauck-guided sightseeing in the city. Ports-of-call during the cruise include Uno Ko, Hiroshima, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Busan (South Korea) and Sakaiminato.

Significant growth in Japan bookings

The addition of the new Tauck Bridges family itinerary comes as bookings for Tauck’s two other journeys to Japan are experiencing rapid growth. Bookings for Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun are up by mid-double digits, percentage-wise, over last year at this time. Essence of Japan bookings have experienced even greater growth, and are up nearly triple digits, percentage-wise, this year over pre-pandemic levels.

For more information on Tauck, email SalesAUS@tauck.com or see www.tauck.com.au.

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