Families can bike alongside the river. // © 2012 Tauck
Tauck, which has again has been named the World’s Best River Cruise Line for Families by the readers of Travel + Leisure, has announced its 2013 portfolio of Tauck Bridges family itineraries. Launched in 2004, the Tauck Bridges collection is comprised entirely of land journeys and cruises designed specifically for families traveling with children. Rather than dividing families with age-specific activities or facilities, Tauck Bridges trips are crafted to deliver shared enrichment through common experiences that allow family members to build intergenerational bonds (or bridges).
The 2013 Bridges collection introduces a new river cruise itinerary in July and August, the 10-day Bon Voyage: France Family River Cruise, priced from $4,690 per person, plus air. It begins with an included two-night hotel stay with guided sightseeing in Paris that highlights the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and a special dinner at Fouquet’s. Guests then travel on the high-speed TGV train to Lyon, where they will board Tauck’s Swiss Emerald for a seven-night cruise on the Rhone.
Tauck is including activities for families throughout the itinerary, including a scavenger hunt in Paris’ Louvre, a lesson in petanque (a ball game similar to bocce) in Viviers, a hayride in the Camargue, bicycling in Avignon, and a hands-on French culinary experience in Tournon.
Each Bridges trip is fully inclusive, with all accommodations, ground transportation, entertainment, sightseeing, gratuities, most meals, airport transfers, luggage handling and more built into the price. Returning travelers can also benefit from the company’s Gift of Time offer, which allows them to extend their 2013 journey with a complimentary hotel night. Guests can choose to redeem their free night at either the beginning or the end of their trip at the hotel normally featured on the first or last night of their itinerary. To qualify for the Gift of Time, returning guests must have their 2013 Tauck Bridges trip booked and under deposit by Dec. 28.