Tauck Adds Four New Bridges Family Travel Programs As Bookings Soar

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New family vacation itineraries in Europe, U.S. and Canada for 2008.

In response to strong demand, Tauck is adding four new programs to its Tauck Bridges portfolio of escorted family travel packages for 2008. The new offerings include a second Bridges trip in Italy, "The Sweet Life: Rome & Sorrento" (7 days, from $2,780 plus air), plus its first-ever Bridges itinerary in Spain, "Spanish Adventure: Explorers & Conquistadors" (8 days, from $3,285 plus air). Other new packages include a 7-day "Canadian Rockies Family Adventure" (from $2,520 plus air) and "Patriots of America," an 8-day exploration of Philadelphia, Hershey, Gettysburg, Williamsburg and Washington, DC (from $1,945 plus air).

The collection of Bridges' family vacations have historically been among the fastest growing segments of Tauck's business since their launch in 2003. Year-over-year bookings for Bridges' itineraries increased an average of 16% in 2007, with volume to Europe, Africa and other destinations surpassing the company's projections. The coming year looks to be equally popular for family travel, and preseason bookings on Bridges itineraries are showing robust double-digit growth for 2008.

ENHANCED ITINERARIES AND "INSIDER" EXPERIENCES
Besides adding itineraries, Tauck has also enhanced its existing itineraries for 2008. For example, its Bridges safari program, "Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari," will feature superior accommodations, including two nights in a luxury mobile tented camp that can be repositioned throughout the Serengeti for improved wildlife viewing. Although mobile, the camp is nonetheless incredibly comfortable with gourmet food, fine linens, electricity, running water, en suite shower and bathroom facilities, and deluxe cots with comfortable mattresses. Tauck has also added additional "insider" experiences to the 11-day safari (from $5,185 plus air) for a greater immersion into native culture. Besides enjoying numerous game drives and other local experiences, guests will now visit with a matriarch of the Chagga tribe in a traditional Chagga home, tour a working coffee plantation, and enjoy an optional ½-day hike inside Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park.

Tauck's entire 2008 collection of over a dozen Bridges family trips on four continents is highlighted in a new 68-page brochure currently mailing to agents and consumers. Those interested in more information can visit their local travel professional, call 1 800 468 2825, or go to http://www.tauckbridges.com.

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