Tauck's CEO Dan Mahar is looking forward to kicking off the new itinerary. “The silver lining to this year’s economic landscape is that our suppliers have been more eager to work with us and secure our business, and the dollar has also regained some of its strength, that means we’re able to improve the pricing on many of our Exotics trips without impacting the quality of the guest experience," he said. "To the contrary, we’ve actually been able to enhance the guest experience by adding a host of interesting and engaging new features."
The new itinerary, "China, the Yangtze River & Hong Kong” will join the director of Beijing’s Cultural Heritage Protection Center for a visit to a “hutong,” a neighborhood community and Beijing cultural tradition. Guests will view Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an and learn about the famous statues' historical background directly from the museum's conservation director.
In Shanghai, Tauck travelers will receive an introduction to the city from the vantage of the VIP viewing terrace at the city’s five-story Urban Planning Center. Later, guests will travel aboard the world’s fastest train when they ride the 268-mph Maglev.
A total of 14 journeys provided by Tauck's exotic collection will begin in 2010 with prices ranging from $200 to $1600.