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Tauck Small Group Trip Reviews

Want to get a feeling for what it’s like to travel on a Tauck small group journey? Read the following guest reviews, arranged by category – special small group departures of regular trips, African safaris, journeys designed just for small groups, select departures of Tauck Bridges family adventures, and Culturious journeys...


Monet's Gardens


Small Group Departures (Tauck World Discovery)

Normandy, Brittany, Paris & the Loire Valley

 “This trip was a winner from start to finish. I can't say enough good things about touring with the small group option. We got to know everyone and had a better time because we all bonded. The guides were fabulous, as usual, and made each stop more meaningful with their local knowledge. Scenery, food and wine all fabulous! As a gardener, the stop at Monet's gardens was beyond anything I could have imagined. But standing on Omaha Beach, where my favourite uncle had landed on D-Day, was emotionally the signature event.”

– Robert Parmelee, New York


England, Scotland & Wales

“This trip was beyond outstanding. We were on the small group tour. There were so many extras and so many personal touches. We usually had two local guides, so just 10 to 12 guests per guide. We never had to wait in line! Our Tauck Director was knowledgeable, funny, and talked just the right amount!”

– Robert Mulch Jr., Illinois


The Ultimate Alps & Dolomites

“Not only did we discover the Alps and the Dolomites but we discovered a whole new family. From the outset the many personalities of the small 24-member group seemed to bond and that just added to the enjoyment of the entire trip. The Tauck Director was exceptional in his compassionate guidance as well as trip knowledge. The salt mine slide was the most exhilarating moment, and the entire salt mine tour was very well done. A close second was the Tyrolean evening with live accordion and guitar music... the musicians had as much fun as we did.”

– Tracy Hanning, Ohio


Classic Italy, Small Groups

“What a great trip! The small group was well worth the extra money. The group was congenial, and our Tauck Director was outstanding. Tauck absolutely goes the extra mile – great hotels, knowledgeable tour guides, wonderful food. Can't think of a better way to see Italy.” 

– Suzanne Owen, North Carolina


Best of Ireland

“This trip was one of the best we have ever taken. The sites and hotels were excellent as were the Tauck Director and driver. The trip pace was well thought out, with enough leisure time to catch our breath. The small trip format was outstanding. The stay at Ashford Castle was a high point for us. As far as scenery, the Giant's Causeway and the Ring of Kerry were outstanding. Hearing Ireland's history described by the Tauck Director in relation to the sights we were seeing over the whole trip was truly enlightening.”

– Diana Nevitt, Illinois


A Portrait of India

“For anyone considering travel to this vivid and remarkable country, I would definitely recommend going with Tauck. Our Tauck Director was wonderful and set the tone for the entire trip. He helped turn a group of 18 strangers into friends on a wonderful adventure. So many things come to mind… the Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur, the spirituality of Varanasi, but it is the welcoming friendliness of the Indian people that remains most memorable to me.” 

– Jeanene MacKinnon, Washington


Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand

“Fabulous experience. Amazing Tauck Director. I was dreading the six internal flights, and he made them flawless. Each day was better than the last, and the hotels were all 5 star plus. Loved the Small Group experience.”

– Dr. Jeffrey Blank, Pennsylvania


A Week In…  Puglia

“A dream trip to paradise. Puglia is certainly the best of Italy, and Tauck chose just the right amenities for every occasion. Truly unique sights and experiences. Every aspect was managed expertly without making one feel managed. I've never felt so pampered. This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. No one moment can be singled out. Perhaps it was the expert guidance of our Tauck Director, who was so knowledgeable, personable, and ever filled with enthusiasm that brought everything to life. And then there was the awesome, unmatchable food, well chosen, well executed, and unbelievably delicious. Loved our masseria.” 

– John Chaney, Maine


Wild Alaska

"WOW!!!!! This was my 11th Tauck trip, and, without a doubt, one of the best. For me, this land tour was the most comprehensive way to see Alaska. The places, the activities, the pace of the tour, and size of the group were ideal. Our Tauck Director was experienced, organised, enthusiastic, and caring. We loved it all, but the ski-plane to Denali on a bright blue sunny sky day was one of the most incredible moments of my life. Landing on a glacier with the pinnacle in front of us was breathtakingly beautiful. Of course, also a highlight was the seaplane into Lake Clark National Park. Few people ever get to see its magnificent splendor!” 

– Lucille McKenna, Illinois


Legends of the American West

“We found every moment to be spectacular. Even though we live in the Western US the scenery on this tour can only be appreciated in person; the scale is so big photos can't do it justice. The openness and big skies let us breath fully and made our souls sing. Here are some highlights: we enjoyed the Buffalo Safari in the Black Hills, and the Horse Whisperer at the TA Ranch was a special treat, not to be missed. Yellowstone is spectacular, but the Snake River Float Trip was a showstopper! As usual, the Tauck Tour Director was so knowledgeable and personable.” 

– Jerry Whitten, Washington


Tauck Safaris


African Safaris

Botswana, South Africa & Zambia

“It was a wonderful variety of experiences - we flew in small planes, and in a helicopter, took a canoe ride, rode an ATV and, of course, went in safari vehicles! There was a nice variety in the camps, too - different activities and different terrain. Our Tauck Director was excellent as were the local guides. Was nice having laundry included! There were so many memorable moments – open-door helicopter ride, seeing a baby leopard, having an elephant within 10 feet of our tent, riding an ATV over the salt pans, and seeing the BIG 5 in one day.”

– Betty Loveland, Virginia


Tanzania: Serengeti to Zanzibar

"Everything I hoped for. Our Tauck Director was incredible... her depth of local information, her obviously close and affectionate relationship with our guides and lodge employees, and her caring attitude and desire to provide camaraderie among our group, were awesome. The guides were exceptional... the game drives... elephants, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, warthogs, hippopotamuses, lionesses, baboons, gazelles, incredible birds… the balloon ride at dawn over the Serengeti. I want to go back!!!” 

– Michelle Pivar, Florida


South Africa: An Elegant Adventure

"Fabulous trip, great people, right amount of guests – 24. Tauck Director outstanding. We loved everything from Cape Town thru Johannesburg and Victoria Falls (don’t miss). This trip hit all the highlights including the Big 5. The most memorable moment was walking back from a Jeep safari and happening upon a rhino. Oh my, talk about up close.”

– Roberta Appelbaum, Illinois


Tauck Culturious


Culturious Journeys

Provence

“Our Small Group Culturious tour in June was our best trip ever. We loved being part of the smaller group, our Tauck Director was outstanding, our bus driver a delight, and all of the accommodations were wonderful. Seeing Provence with the lavender in full bloom, shopping in small town outdoor markets for a picnic lunch, wine-tasting in a remote winery, brilliant blue skies and a soft breeze – there were many memorable moments that we will never forget, and we loved every one!”

– Carolyn Nolan, Virginia


Yellowstone & the Tetons: American Safari

“This trip is amazing. Grizzlies, wolves, elk, moose. I learned so much about the animals, about the geysers, pools and the geology of the area. The rafting trip is wet and lots of fun. Horseback riding, the trip to the ranch, the waterfalls. Our Tauck Director gave us a "back stage tour" that I think is unique. We went out to see the geysers with a naturalist at 6:30 in the morning. We were the only people out there. Very memorable morning. I was a solo traveller and it was nice to be part of a small group, wonderful people.”

– Barbara Westerbeck, Illinois


Tuscany & Cinque Terre

“Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Fantastic itinerary, excellent Tauck Director, pleasant and interesting folks travelling with us. I think we were able to see and do things that we would not have done without Tauck. It was a fabulous week! We had the opportunity to visit a 16th-century palace in Florence, owned by a world-renowned concert pianist and his family. He spoke about the history of the place, and then played a private concert for us. I could barely breathe – I felt so honoured to be in that moment, in that space so filled with music and history. Incredible.”

– Jeane DeVries, New Jersey


The Heart of Italy: Venezia, Firenze & Roma

“From the small group to the Tauck Director to the itinerary, this was the perfect trip. We got to experience things we could not have on our own – a visit to a Contessa's palazzo in Venice, the Art Restoration Institute in Florence, and our after-hours tour of the Sistine Chapel. Our Tauck group of 20 was alone in the chapel for 15 – 20 minutes to soak in the absolute wonder of the art. Factor in the excellent food, wine and shopping for perfection.”

– Lon Blake, Pennsylvania


Wonderland: Yellowstone in Winter

“Yellowstone in the winter was a fabulous trip, a small group, wonderful white landscape and very quiet surroundings. The animals were very close. We spotted 4 wolfs, 6 coyotes, 4 foxes, lots of bison and elks. Due to very few visitors, we could see ‘Old Faithful’ pumping water 150 feet high. Once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

 – David Kreutzer, Arizona


Private Departures


Private Departures

Ireland Forever

“My family of 39 has travelled with Tauck Bridges numerous times over the last 11 years, and we treasure the memories we have made during these holidays. I have only the highest praise for Tauck, from the first class accommodations, to the unique local experiences, to the top-notch, enthusiastic Tauck Directors that often become part of the family for our time together. I highly recommend Tauck Bridges for family travel. 

– Rita Driehaus, Ohio


Tauck Bridges


Tauck Bridges Family Adventures

Castles & Kings: London to Paris

"So well planned. Great group (only 19 of us). We had the best guide ever!! He is so good with the kids!! I really loved the location of the Royal Horseguards Hotel. I think that my granddaughter really loved the day spent at the Tower of London, the boat ride and the London Eye – that is a great day for the kids. See you in June for the Ireland trip with another granddaughter!!” 

– Jean Brackett, Illinois


Italia Bella: Venice to Rome

“The whole trip was really fabulous! There was just the right mix of planned activities and free time. The hotels in all the cities were wonderful, and the locations could not have been better. We had so much fun travelling with the other families on the trip that we are even meeting up for another trip together this summer! The private mask-making demonstration in Venice was incredibly interesting and my teen girls had a great time trying on all the beautiful masks!” 

– Susan Kindig, Indiana


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