Tauck will be resuming full operations of all remaining 2021 itineraries during August and September. The announcement includes the return of Tauck’s Danube and Rhine river cruises, its land tours in Italy and elsewhere across Europe, and its explorations of destinations ranging from Morocco to Machu Picchu. Tauck expects to operate more than 80 percent 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, in a press statement. “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.
“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.”
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 Islandsand its guided safaris in eastern and southern Africa. However, Tauck had yet to confirm restart plans for the bulk of its 2021 itineraries prior to today’s announcement.
Newly added to Tauck’s restart plans for August are several itineraries in Italy, land tours in Switzerland, the company’s popular A Week in… Ireland tour, and its exploration of Jordan and Egypt. Tauck will also resume operations on the Rhine with its August 25 departure of The Romantic Rhine river cruise. The rest of Tauck’s 2021 tours and cruises, including the river cruises on the Danube and its other journeys on the Rhine, will begin operating in September.
“To date the world’s return to travel has gone very, very well, and we have great cause for optimism,” said Mahar. “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.
“Restarting operations across the globe isn’t as simple as flipping a switch, of course,” Mahar added. “Visiting the Open for Travel and Travel Updates pages at Tauck.com continues to be the best way for our guests and travel advisors to stay fully informed on where we’ll be traveling in 2021, and the travel requirements in place for those specific tours and cruises.