Tauck has unveiled its 2016 collection of small ship ocean cruises, and next year the Connecticut-based company will offer 15 cruises aboard nine ships in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, Australia, Alaska, Antarctica and Latin America.
Tauck is now taking bookings on all 2016 cruises, and a new four-color, 84-page brochure highlighting the cruises is now mailing to Tauck travel agents and consumers.
Added to Tauck’s portfolio for 2016 is the 13-day “Treasures of Southeast Asia” itinerary, which begins with an included two-night hotel stay and guided sightseeing in Hong Kong, where guests will enjoy views from Victoria Peak and tour Stanley Market and the Hong Kong Museum of History.
A nine-night cruise along the South China Sea aboard the small ship L’Austral follows, with ports of call including Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Da Nang, Chan May and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).
Along the way, guests will tour the 11th-century Temple of Literature and enjoy lunch at the Press Club in Hanoi, cruise Ha Long Bay and tour Hoi An and Hue (all UNESCO World Heritage Sites), and sail up the Saigon River to Ho Chi Minh City. There guests will enjoy an overnight stay at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, tour the city, and have a choice of included excursions to visit either the Mekong Delta or the extensive tunnel complex at Cu Chi, used during the Vietnam War to shelter and support Viet Cong forces. Tauck will offer three departures of “Treasures of Southeast Asia” in October and November, 2016, and the itinerary is priced from $8,990 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare.
A second Tauck itinerary, “Cruising Down Under” (from $12,340 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) has been enhanced for 2016, and now pairs a seven-night, land-based exploration of Australia with a nine-night New Zealand cruise aboard Le Soleal. The itinerary concludes with an included two-night hotel stay in Auckland along with guided sightseeing in and around the city. The newly revised itinerary replaces three days at sea with a four-hour flight from Australia to New Zealand, and now features a more comprehensive experience in New Zealand with visits added to Queenstown, Dunedin, Akaroa and Napier. Tauck was also able to add an additional night’s stay in Melbourne, Australia while reducing the itinerary’s duration from 21 days to 19. Tauck will operate three departures of “Cruising Down Under” next year, all in January.