Tauck Sets Sail on New "Mediterranean Discovery"

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New Mediterranean cruise explores hidden gems and cosmopolitan cities.

Tauck World Discovery is launching a western Mediterranean cruise consisting of a 12-day land/sea itinerary that celebrates the area's remarkable diversity. The company's new "Mediterranean Discovery" explores the western Med's glamorous regions such as Costa Brava and Cote d'Azur, as well as its idyllic islands, its history, art and culture, and its ecological and man-made wonders, all set against the backdrop of an elegant small-ship cruise experience.

Prior to the 7-night Mediterranean cruise Tauck guests will first enjoy two nights at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo and an exploration of the French and Italian Riviera, before embarking aboard the intimate, yacht-like Le Ponant. Accommodating just 60 guests, Le Ponant pairs the assurance and reliability of motorized yachting with the romance and mystique of traveling under sail.

"Le Ponant's modest size allows us to visit smaller, more picturesque ports and harbors that are inaccessible to larger ships," said Tauck's president, Robin Tauck. "This is a great way to experience popular cities like Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, but it's also a rare chance to visit many 'off the beaten path' sites known primarily to locals."

During the cruise aboard Le Ponant guests will experience the natural and cultural wonders of Ile de Porquerolles off France's southern coast, as well as the intriguing wildlife in the vast ecological preserve of La Camargue. Other shore excursions highlight the French wine region of Narbonne and include a visit to the 12th-century abbey, Abbaye de Fontfroide, and the medieval Citadel of Carcassone.

In Spain, guests will visit Figueres, the birthplace of painter Salvador Dali, and the seaside resort of Cadaques where he also spent time. They'll also explore the island of Minorca, known for its beautiful beaches and archeological treasures, as well as nearby Majorca before disembarking Le Ponant in Barcelona. The journey concludes with an in-depth exploration of the city featuring a two-night post-stay at Le Meridien Barcelona.

Tauck will operate four exclusive departures of their "Mediterranean Discovery" cruise (from $6,790 per person, plus air) next June. Included in the cost are all shore excursions, most meals, scheduled pre- and post-stays, admission to all sites and attractions, airport transfers, gratuities to ship's staff, and more. Those interested in more information on Tauck's Mediterranean cruises can visit their local travel professional, call 1 800 468 2825, or visit http://www.tauck.com.


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