Tauck revealed Tuesday that it plans to resume full operations of all remaining 2021 itineraries during August and September, after announcing the restart of select tours and cruises earlier in June.
The full return includes Tauck’s Danube and Rhine river cruises, land tours in Italy and across Europe, and explorations of far-flung 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 expected in 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 travelers, and if it’s a place where Tauck operates, we’ll be bringing our guests there in the coming months.”
Newly added to Tauck’s restart plans for August are several itineraries in Italy, land tours in Switzerland, the popular “A Week in… Ireland” tour, and its exploration of Jordan and Egypt. Tauck will also resume operations on the Rhine with its Aug. 25 departure of “The Romantic Rhine” river cruise.
The remainder of Tauck’s 2021 tours and cruises, including the company’s river cruises on the Danube and its other journeys on the Rhine, will begin operating in September.
Mahar cautioned that while “the world’s return to travel has gone very, very well, and we have great cause for optimism… 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.”
Tauck has begun operating an increasing number of tour and cruise departures in the U.S. and elsewhere over the past weeks. Earlier this 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.
“The challenges of the past 15 months have been unprecedented in our 96-year history,” he noted, “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.”