Tauck Named Travel Industry's Best Tour Operator To Europe

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Tauck World Discovery, the Norwalk-based leader in upscale escorted tours and cruises, was recently voted the "Best Tour Operator - Europe" by the readers of TravelAge West, a leading travel industry journal.

Rick Baron of Tauck World Discovery accepts the 2009 WAVE Award

We specialize in going off-the-beaten path to uncover the authentic places in Europe

Tauck World Discovery, the Norwalk-based leader in upscale escorted tours and cruises, was recently voted the "Best Tour Operator - Europe" by the readers of TravelAge West, a leading travel industry journal. Tauck was honored for the achievement during the magazine's black-tie WAVE (Western Agents' Votes of Excellence) Awards celebration held June 4th in Beverly Hills.

Tauck CEO Dan Mahar was particularly pleased to have the company's efforts in Europe singled out for praise. "Europe is our most popular destination and it's a very competitive market," said Mahar, "so it's especially gratifying to be recognized as the best tour operator there." Tauck operates nearly 50 different Europe Tours, including land journeys, small-ship cruises and riverboat cruises, where it showcases the continent's iconic attractions and hidden cultural gems to tens of thousands of travelers each year.

Tauck launched its first Europe tour program in 1991, with a series of land journeys it dubbed "The Yellow Roads Of Europe." The name refers to the scenic backroads and byways highlighted on Michelin's European maps in yellow, and Tauck's Europe tours continue to travel these more picturesque roadways today. "We specialize in going off-the-beaten path to uncover the authentic places in Europe," added Mahar, "while at the same time we provide a more enriching experience when we visit the popular 'must-see' sites there as well."

The WAVE Awards honored over 110 companies, destinations and individuals in 44 categories spanning the cruise, tour operator, airline, hotel, resort and destination fields. "The WAVE Awards are a celebration of excellence in travel products, services and destinations," said TravelAge West publisher Michelle Rosenberg. "This year's WAVE winners have consistently demonstrated excellence within the travel marketplace."

Tauck World Discovery offers over 100 upscale land journeys, ocean and river cruises, safaris and family travel adventures in more than 60 countries worldwide. The company has been family-owned and operated since its first tour in 1925, and it has been honored with more than 50 awards over the years.

Those interested in learning more about Tauck's Europe tours can visit their local travel professional, call 1 800 468 2825, or go to http://www.tauck.com.

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