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See the world with our Tauck Directors and local experts... insiders who are focused on your travel experiences every step of the way

Our land journeys span the four corners of the Earth – they are fully guided, seamlessly orchestrated, and often feature special small-group departures. Enjoy unique experiences on and off the beaten path, Tauck Exclusive after-hours and pre-opening visits to iconic landmarks, local cuisines, insider perspectives from local experts who share their life stories, premier hotel stays... Every journey is a perfectly choreographed series of moments that together reveal the heart and soul of the places explored.

South Africa:

An Elegant Adventure

In the heart of the reserves, spot leopards, lions, elephants, impalas, and zebras… attend wine tastings, special presentations and lectures with local experts... and experience the vast legacy of cultural and natural history that makes up South Africa!

DAYS                : 12
FROM               :
USD 9,990 per person
TIME OF YEAR : Feb-Dec 2020; Jan-Oct, Dec 2021
CITIES & LANDMARKS: Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserves, Victoria Falls

SOUTH AFRICA

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 | LAND

Tauck's South Africa tour begins in Cape Town
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Cape Grace. A transfer from Cape Town International Airport to the Cape Grace is included; the hotel, found on the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List is perfectly situated right on the waterfront in the heart of the city. Meet your Tauck Director and your fellow travelers at our welcome reception in Bascule Bar followed by dinner in the Conservatory.

Meal :Dinner
Hotel:Cape Grace

DAY 2 | LAND

Explore Cape Town and the Winelands
Explore Cape Town today on an orientation sightseeing tour in and around the city including views of City Hall, Parliament and St. George's Cathedral (where Desmond Tutu was inaugurated as Archbishop). Following a journey by rotating cable car, you’ll find yourself atop famous Table Mountain. Enjoy magnificent 360-degree views of the city and bay during the ride up and on a walk at the top. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of Kirstenbosch Gardens, the national botanical gardens on the eastern slope of Table Mountain highlighting the unique plant life of southern Africa. Back on the mainland, spend some free time in Cape Town before a drive to Constantia in the Cape Winelands for a memorable wine-pairing dinner. Please note – the order of sightseeing on days 2 and 3 is subject to change

Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Cape Grace

DAY 3 | LAND

On and around the Cape Peninsula
First up today, travel to Cape Point and take a funicular up to the historic lighthouse. The views are outstanding, and you'll overlook the Cape of Good Hope – and the point that is thought to be where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. Meet African penguins in a boulder-strewn coastal park before returning to your hotel. This evening, enjoy the dining and entertainment options of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront at leisure. Please note: the order of sightseeing on days 1 and 2 is subject to change.

Meal :Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel:Cape Grace

DAY 4 | LAND

Kruger National Park, Africa untamed
Fly from Cape Town to Skukuza airstrip and the incomparable Kruger National Park for a two-night safari stay; Lion Sands-Kruger National Park is set in the South African lowveldt in Kruger, thought to host more mammal species than any other game reserve on the continent. Home to Lion Sands Tinga Lodge and Lion Sands Narina Lodge, Lion Sands is located in a private riverside setting inside the park. The river is home to many endangered and rare animals, birds and reptiles – be on the lookout for them on an afternoon game drive before dinner.

Meal :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel:Lion Sands-Kruger National Park

DAY 5 | LAND

A riverside retreat in Kruger National Park
Wildlife viewing is at its best on our South Africa tour here at the Lion Sands-Kruger National Park Concession, which covers 12,000 acres and boasts one of the highest recorded densities of predators – and especially of leopards – in Africa; guests have spotted elephant, cheetah, rhinos, wild dogs and, of course, leopards in Kruger during their stay. You’ll have ample opportunity to spot the animals who live here on two game drives today. Tonight, feast on regional culinary specialties at dinner.

Meal :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel:Lion Sands-Kruger National Park

DAY 6 | LAND

Game drives in Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Enjoy a final game drive at Lion Sands this morning before moving on to Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, situated within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve bordering expansive Kruger National Park. Comprising five smaller private game reserves set along the Sabie River, the Sabi Sands reserve is home to a great biodiversity of habitat and wildlife, including Africa’s iconic “Big Five” – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard; wild dogs, cheetahs and over 300 species of birds can also be spotted here. An afternoon game drive is your introduction to life in the African bushveld.

Meal :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel:Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

DAY 7 | LAND

At home on safari
Morning and afternoon game drives aboard four-wheel-drive, open-top Land Rovers make your South Africa tour come alive with up-close sightings of African game. Expert Shangaan trackers and experienced rangers help you spot the animals who migrate through the reserve, including gazelles, antelopes, kudu, impalas and giraffes. They are well-versed in the geography of the area, the wildlife and the efforts being made to conserve these living treasures and eagerly share their knowledge with you. Enjoy afternoon coffee, tea and biscuits, or perhaps a swim, between game drives, and a traditional braai barbecue at dinner tonight.

Meal :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  
Hotel:Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

DAY 8 | LAND

A day in Johannesburg
Return to Skukuza airstrip and fly to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city and commercial hub, for a two-night stay. Johannesburg is the world’s biggest city not situated on a river, lake or coastline. Among the most modern and prosperous cities in South Africa, “Jo’burg” has derived much of its wealth from the major gold- and diamond-mining industries based here. Learn about the history of apartheid at a special presentation early this evening. Your hotel, 54 on Bath, is centrally located in the lovely Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank; dine at your hotel restaurant this evening.

Meal :Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel:54 on Bath

DAY 9 | LAND

The sights of Soweto, past and present
During today's guided tour, you’ll experience the diversity of Soweto, from its thriving business environment of today to its historical importance as a residential township in the time of the apartheid. You’ll see the homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Visit the Apartheid Museum, acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th-century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story; the museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is free to spend as you please in Johannesburg. 

Meal :Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel:54 on Bath

DAY 10 | LAND

Experience the grandeur of Victoria Falls
Fly to Victoria Falls today, regarded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Zambezi River plunges more than 300 feet into the Zambezi Gorge, often creating rainbows in the spray; the cataracts are nearly twice as wide and twice as high as Niagara Falls. Enjoy elegant accommodations at The Victoria Falls Hotel, established in 1904; in your free time, stroll the hotel’s private pathway atop the gorge for inspiring views of the Victoria Falls Bridge crossing into Zambia. Nowhere is the hotel's gracious service more welcomed than at traditional afternoon high tea, which you experience during your stay. A local historian offers insights into the life of the famous Dr. David Livingstone aboard a private sundowner cruise on historic Zambezi River this evening – watching the setting African sun is an added bonus on this South Africa tour. Tonight, dine at your choice of restaurants in the hotel.

Meal :Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel:The Victoria Falls Hotel 

DAY 11 | LAND

The falls & elephants in Zambezi National Park
First up this morning is a privately guided walk around Victoria Falls, stopping to view its thundering waters from various vantage points including the Devil’s Cataract, Rain Forest, Main Falls and Danger Point. You’ll gain some amazing insights about African elephants from a naturalist during a hands-on visit to an elephant sanctuary where you’ll interact with the elephants and watch them as they feed, play, and socialize. Majestic, wise and very intelligent, they have earned their nickname “gentle giants” as they are thought to be the largest living mammal on Earth today. Join us this evening for our farewell cocktail reception and dinner, where you'll have a chance to share memories and stories from this enriching South Africa tour with your fellow guests, now friends.

Meal :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel:The Victoria Falls Hotel

DAY 12 | LAND

Journey Home
Tour ends: O.R. Tambo International Airport. Enjoy a final morning at leisure in Victoria Falls before your flight to Johannesburg at the conclusion of your South Africa tour. You should allow a minimum of three hours from the time of arrival in Johannesburg for check-in for your flight home.

Meal :Breakfast

Tour prices include: 
All hotel accommodations, porterage, safari expenses and adventures, entertainment, land transportation, admission fees, and the services of the hotel and restaurant staff, local guides and drivers Tauck Director are included. Transportation from Cape Town International Airport to the Cape Grace are included, regardless of the time you check in to the hotel, provided you have furnished us with accurate flight information at least three weeks prior to the start of your tour. Air transportation from Victoria Falls Hotel to Johannesburg Airport is included.Transportation to and from airports and train stations may be shared with other Tauck guests. All customary gratuities for bellmen, luggage handling, dining room servers, safari guides, and drivers
are included.

Tour prices exclude: 
International flight, travel insurance, personal expenses, any other services not specified above.

ITALY

 

Tuscany & Cinque Terre

SMALL GROUP ACTIVE JOURNEY | ALL DEPARTURES AVERAGING 18 TAUCK GUESTS

DAYS                : 8 
FROM               :
USD 4,390 per person
TIME OF YEAR : Apr-Jun, Aug-Oct 2020;
 Apr-Jun, Sep-Oct 2021
CITIES & LANDMARKS: Florence, Cinque Terre, Siena, Monterosso al Mare, Lucca, Carrara

Itinerary

DAY 1 | LAND

Reliving the Renaissance in Florence
Tour begins: 3:00 PM, Hotel Plaza Lucchesi. A transfer is included from the Peretola Airport to the elegant Hotel Plaza Lucchesi, a historic property overlooking the Arno River in the center of Florence since 1860... where your room will have a view featuring the river or the Duomo and Santa Croce. A twisted maze of narrow alleyways... and your Tuscany travel adventure begins. Florence’s Renaissance heart makes yours beat a little faster as you ramble through it with your Florentine guide. Stroll along the Arno and check out Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo. See, touch and feel the mark of Michelangelo and Brunelleschi in stately palazzi and beautiful basilicas, and tour the new Opera Duomo Museum. Cocktails and canapés on your hotel's rooftop terrace (weather permitting) offer a warm and tasty welcome tonight... along with 360-degree views of the city! Then it's a short walk to a local Florentine restaurant for a true Tuscan welcome dinner. The venue is lively, the conversation stimulating... you have arrived in Italy!

Meal :Dinner
Hotel:Plaza Hotel Lucchesi 

DAY 2 | LAND

Inside Florence – Santa Croce to the Uffizi
Michelangelo's shadow looms large in Firenze. But how... why... where? You'll get a few answers on today's first stop – an early-opening, private morning visit of the 15th-century Basilica di Santa Croce. Dubbed the “Temple of Italian Glories,” Florence’s answer to London’s Westminster Abbey is filled with the tombs of major Italian legends – including Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, Machiavelli, and more, along with a statue that inspired the Statue of Liberty.  Then discover some of the city's masterpieces on a guided visit to the Uffizi – Europe's oldest art gallery, founded by the Medicis to display their countless treasures – revealing a few secrets of its own. Getting up close and personal with Botticelli’s Birth of Venus or Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, in a frame designed by the Master himself, can’t help but touch your soul… and the artist lurking within. By midday you'll understand how art and history are inextricably intertwined in Florence. We've all got passionate interests, and you'll have the afternoon and evening free to explore yours in Florence today... as well as check out some of the city's culinary offerings on your own... perhaps appreciate more Renaissance art, and all things Florentine… bellissimo! 

Meal : Breakfast
Hotel: Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

DAY 3 | LAND

Living the Florentine life
Take a walk along the cobbled streets of the Oltrarno, its Renaissance palaces harboring salacious scandals and murky intrigues... You're in the thick of Florentine life in the old San Niccolo district's bustling squares and artisans' workshops. Restoration specialist Bettina Schindler-Pratesi shares the secrets of her work… giving new life to old ivory, bone and mother-of-pearl... during a visit to her workshop. After visiting another restoration workshop in the area, discover the rich history of Florentine artisans and their guilds as you walk with your local guide over the Ponte Vecchio, with its famous shops, to the Orsanmichele facade featuring sculptures dedicated to the guilds. Wind up your tour at a building in the Piazza della Signoria that once housed original leaders of the guilds. Following an afternoon exploring as you wish, join concert pianist Gregorio Nardi at his Palazzo Bargellini, where you'll enjoy a personal tour, a recital on a Steinway grand piano, lively discussions on history and local politics, and an aperitivo. Later, dine as you please on your own, perhaps a taste of vino and local cheeses at an enoteca... now that's amore...

Meal :Breakfast
Hotel:Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

DAY 4 | LAND

Carrara marble to Cinque Terre National Park
The road winds and twists and turns as you travel toward the Gulf of Genoa. Take a winding road deep into a mountain aboard a 4x4 to see where celebrated Carrara marble, considered the finest on Earth, has been quarried since Roman times, at what is the oldest industrial site on Earth. After stopping for a simple lunch in the village of Colonnata, continue to Portovenere on the Gulf of Poets, where you’ll instantly get why this stunning Roman-Byzantine town was named for the goddess Venus. Colorful houses cascade along a hillside against the azure sea… the black-and-white-striped Gothic church of San Pietro perched above... images captured as your motor boat (weather permitting) navigates the Mediterranean waters along Cinque Terre from Portovenere to the village of Monterosso al Mare for a two-night stay with sea-view rooms at Hotel Porto Roca inside Cinque Terre National Park. Dine this evening at your hotel overlooking the harbor... images not soon forgotten...

Meal :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel:Hotel Porto Roca 

DAY 5 | LAND

"The Five Lands” of Cinque Terre National Park
Gazing over the sea from your hotel perched above Monterosso al Mare, life is beautiful. Perhaps a dip in the sea from the private beach of Porto Roca? Monterosso is one of five remote fishing villages strung like jewels along the coast – Cinque Terre National Park, “the five lands.” They’re now linked to the outside world by rail, but for centuries were accessible only by sea… or on foot, the best way to appreciate life in what is truly a world of its own. If you wish, join us for one of the world’s most spectacular coastal hikes, through terraced vineyards overlooking the sea from Monterosso to Vernazza – the “pearl of Cinque Terre.” If not, you'll travel by train, which is an experience unto itself. Fall in love with village life… indelible seascape memories… and lunch on your own in a sidewalk café, alive with the flavors of local wines, citrus, olives, and the catch of the day. The remainder of the day is free to do as you please, find your own pursuits... and what could be better than that?

Meal :Breakfast
Hotel:Hotel Porto Roca

DAY 6 | LAND

Cycling & cooking in Lucca & on to Siena
A jog, or a swim, is an excellent way to start the day before a drive through the Tuscan hills to Lucca. This medieval city's surviving Renaissance-era, red-brick walls shut out traffic and the modern world… leaving a peaceful community that still revolves around its original Roman street plan, encircled by a delightful, tree-lined promenade. And because it’s topographically flat – unlike most Tuscan towns – Lucca is a cyclist’s dream. One of the best ways to explore this historically powerful and culturally rich city is by bicycle... and, led by your local guide, you'll do just that – zipping down its narrow lanes… across its ancient piazzas… even along the top of its massive walls! Guests who choose not to join the bicycle excursion can spend the time walking and exploring the center of Lucca as they please. If you’re wondering if Tuscany is all about the food, a hands-on lesson with experts in the art of making fresh pasta at Fattoria Colle Verde, one of the region’s foremost wineries and olive oil producers, may shed some light. After a little testing and a little cooking, cap your pasta-making debut with a little virgin olive oil tasting… a little Tuscan wine tasting… and more than a little pasta tasting at lunch. Then it's on to the historic Tuscan city of Siena for a two-night stay.

Meal :Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel:Grand Hotel Continental

DAY 7 | LAND

Siena's many treasures & a Tuscan farewell
Awaken in beautiful Siena and spend the morning exploring as you wish; your Tauck Director can suggest museums, galleries and other points of interest, as well as great spots to enjoy lunch on your own. Or you can rise early and join us for an optional hot air balloon ride over the lush Tuscan landscapes, followed by a champagne breakfast (for an additional charge; see Pricing & Availability for details). Later, accompany your local guide to discover Siena's many architectural treasures on a walking tour – including its black-and-white Duomo, one of Italy's great cathedrals, with scenes inlaid in the marble floors and sculpture by Michelangelo. You'll see the Piazza del Campo – where the famous Palio bareback horse race has been held twice every year for centuries – Palazzo Salimbeni, Palazzo Tolomei, Torre di Mangia, Santa Maria della Scalla and more. After some time to explore on your own, cap your Tuscany travel adventure with cocktails and canapés in an ancient wine cellar, followed by a memorable dinner of Tuscan specialties in an absolutely magical spot… under the setting Tuscan sun.

Meal :Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel:Grand Hotel Continental

DAY 8 | LAND

Arrivederci, Tuscany
Tour ends: Florence. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Grand Hotel Continental in Siena to Peretola Airport in Florence or the Florence main train station. As you return to the birthplace of the Renaissance through those magical hills for your journey home, the rich flavors of Cinque Terre and Tuscany linger in your memory. And there they’ll stay… warm and inviting… until your next visit.

Meal :Breakfast

Tour prices include: 
All hotel accommodations, mini coach transportation, admissions, entertainment, special dinners, sightseeing, porterage, and the services of hotel and restaurant staff, local guides and drivers are included. Transportation from Peretola Florence Airport or Firenze Santa
Maria Novella train station to the Plaza Hotel Lucchesi in Florence is included, regardless of the time you check in to the hotel, provided you have furnished us with accurate flight or train arrival information at least three weeks prior to the start of your tour. Transportation from the Grand Hotel Continental to Peretola Florence Airport or Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station is also included when you check out of the hotel. Transportation to and from airports and train stations may be shared with other Tauck guests.

Tour prices exclude: 
International & domestic flight, travel insurance, personal expenses, any other services not specified above.

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