The 2016 NY Times Travel Show buzz was all about family river cruises. Venerable group tour operator Tauck just announced its fourth river cruise itinerary specifically for families as part of the Tauck Bridges collection. Tauck’s family itinerary on the Seine will be their fourth family trip on a European river. “Travel is part of life’s curriculum,” said Chris Greco of Tauck River Cruises, and these river cruises are created specifically with fun, enriching and engaging activities for all family members in mind. Continue reading for more details on the newest Tauck Bridges family river cruise in the press release below.
From Tauck’s Press Release
After pioneering the first family-specific river cruises with an itinerary on the Danube in 2010, and after expanding with new family cruises on the Rhone and Rhine in subsequent years, Tauck is set to continue its leadership in the category in 2017 when it introduces a fourth family river cruise on a fourth European river. The company’s new eight-day Family Fun Along the Seine: Paris to Normandy will debut next year as Tauck doubles its family river cruising capacity, expanding from 10 departures this year to a total of 20 departures in 2017. In all, Tauck will offer over 20 different river cruise itineraries next year aboard nine vessels on Europe’s Danube, Rhône, Rhine, Seine, Saône, Moselle and Main Rivers.
Tauck’s new family itinerary on the Seine (from $4,290 per person, plus airfare) begins with an included two-night hotel stay at the Paris InterContinental Le Grand. While in Paris, Tauck guests will participate in a scavenger hunt at the Louvre, have dinner high above the city inside the Eiffel Tower, and enjoy their choice of a panoramic city tour or a guided bicycle tour along the Seine, past the Musee D’Orsay, Tuileries Gardens and Eiffel Tower.
Guests will then board Tauck’s ms Sapphire riverboat for their five-night cruise along the Seine, enjoying a guided excursion to Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, a walking tour of Les Andelys (or an optional hike to Chateau Gaillard, perched on a hillside above the village), and a visit to Versailles where guests can opt to tour the palace’s interior, or choose between a walking or biking tour of the palace’s gardens. A particularly unique and memorable experience is a full-day excursion from Caudebec to the D-Day Beaches of Normandy, where guests will visit the American Cemetery and tour an innovative museum offering hands-on encounters with World War II-era military vehicles, weapons, communications equipment and more.
Tauck’s 2016 line-up of family river cruises includes its eight-day “Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure” from Budapest to Regensburg (from $3,690 per person plus airfare). In France, Tauck’s “Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise” (10 days, from $4,690 per person plus airfare) begins with an included two-night hotel stay in Paris complete with guided city sightseeing. Guests then travel via high-speed train to Lyon for a seven-night cruise along the Rhone that includes a private visit to a working ranch in the Camargue, a cycling excursion in Lyon, and a lesson at an award-winning French cooking school. New in 2015, Tauck’s “Castles on the Rhine: Family Riverboat Adventure” begins with a ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel train to the 7,000-foot summit of Mt. Pilatus in the Swiss Alps, then sails from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, the Netherlands (8 days, from $3,790 per person plus airfare).
Tauck Bridges river cruises have twice been honored by the readers of Travel + Leisure with the magazine’s “World’s Best River Cruise Line for Families” award, and Tauck’s overall river cruising efforts have been awarded with the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” title three times, including twice in the past three years. Like all Tauck river cruises, the Tauck Bridges family cruises are fully inclusive with all shore excursions, gratuities, unlimited onboard beverages for adults and children, airport transfers and more built into the price.