5* Great heritage trip
Both of us have ancestral history that came from Norway and Iceland. It was such a great trip to go and see the places where our ancestors came from. And our Tauck tour guide was fantastic! Having lunch in the valley where my maternal ancestors came from, and visiting the area where my wife's paternal ancestors came from.
An exciting part of the world. Unbelievable sights to see, interesting religions, delicious food, kind people and wonderful guests to share the experience with. The streets of Saigon are a constant buzz of commotion as thousands of scooters, bikes, cars, buses, trucks weave, bump, honk, sway, rattle together as we sat and watched this sea of chaos. Navigating the crossing of the streets is most memorable and we laughed all the time holding our hands as we ran across the streets.
5* A Very Complete and Enjoyable Tour of Iceland
My husband and I and four other friends just returned from the Iceland tour. We could not have been more pleased. The new Ponant ship, in partnership with Tauck, is beautiful--the cabins are spacious with excellent storage; the crew and food are excellent. The itinerary is well thought-out. We loved the Icelandic landscape, the people. It is difficult to say what stands out. It is mostly the range of experiences that we think about. We came away feeling we knew Iceland.
4* Iceland:Land of Fire and Ice
We had a wonderful time in Iceland. There is so much to see. Tauck has chosen a terrific itinerary to see as much as possible. We spent our 55th anniversary at the Arctic Circle, seeing thousands of puffins. Each land tour on very comfortable buses allowed us to experience the flavor of each city/town. Loved the trip! World of Fire museum in Heimaey-very moving to see what happened when the volcano erupted. Also the Arctic Circle and all the beautiful waterfalls.
4* Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice
Perfect ship, wonderful services, good food and a marvelous and educational adventure to some of the most amazing natural, geological sights, on this tiny island that sits in a very unique place on our Earth. We are SO glad we went. Amazing place. And as always on Tauck Tours, we met some exciting and interesting people. Too many to list ... each area had it own special identity, and was beautiful, awesome and educational ... volcanos, lava flows, hot bubbling mineral springs, puffins, whales, gigantic waterfalls .....
5* Great trip to Iceland
We had a wonderful trip from beginning to end. The ship was beautiful. The food was amazing. The tours were excellent, and the tour directors were so knowledgeable and helpful. The local guides were superb. Our friends traveling with us felt as we did and love touring with Tauck. We loved the extra treat to the Iceland horse farm. And we loved seeing the puffins & Arctic terns on Grimsey. And entering the harbor on Heimaey was spectacular.
5* What I thought it was going to be like and what it was really like.
We decided to go on the Southeast Asian trip after many of our friends traveled there. I had my reservations since my brother served in Viet Nam in 1970. I had my reservations totally disappear because of the QUALITY of the Tauck Team that led us through Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Thailand. our Tauck Director was OUTSTANDING. The local guides, A+. There were many. One was meeting the pre school children. I sat down with one of our local guides and said to him that the children are our future. He looked at me and said that over the entrance to the school it said, The Children Are Our Future. Our Tour Director and local guides took us to many historical places. I took over 1200 pictures!
4* Fabulous trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand
What an amazing trip! [Employee Name], our tour director, did an outstanding job. Visiting the temples in Angkor Wat; this place was in my bucket list.
4* IC 7116057 Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand 16 January, 2017
A wonderful trip. A complex itinerary that required well planned timing, coordination and contacts in country. We feel fortunate to have had a wonderful leader. He and his in-country local guides facilitated our movement and enjoyment of each experience on our smoothly executed daily activities. We were taken care of very well. Our Tauck Director's briefings, insight and informational handouts prepared us well for all locations and and tours. Excellent accommodations and dinner planning. Excellent inside and country to country coordination and movement thanks to our Tauck Director and his local contacts. His personable nature and experience are great, and we can't thank him enough! Well done!
5* Fascinating SE Asia
Exquisite planning and execution of this itinerary. Tour Director and local guides were the best. Our 6 internal flights were smooth and trouble free. It was hard to see some of the living conditions of the people but everyone expressed hope that things would improve. A great mix of history and modern. Chiang Mai Four Seasons ?????????? Visit to the Elephant Sanctuary
5* Love Tauck!!
This was our first small ship experience and it was wonderful! Terrific service from all Tauck directors and the ship's crew! We loved having your very experienced and knowledgeable Tauck directors with us all week to provide support and information. They were so much fun to be with! Very personal experience! On the morning of my birthday, we were sitting alone at the back by the swimming pool having coffee. No one else was there..suddenly, the captain appeared and walked up to me to wish me a "Happy Birthday"!!! Astounded, I said "how did you know it is my birthday and how do you even know who I am?" It made my day!!!
5* Best Tauck Tour Yet
We've been on seven Tauck tours so far, and this one was the best ever. The group was relatively small (about 20) and our tour director was fabulous and because he lives in Thailand, was able to give us deeper insights into what we saw. Felt unexpectedly welcome in Vietnam, and were impressed by economic contrasts between 3 countries. Elephant camp in Chiang Mai was an experience of a lifetime. It totally changed our view of these incredible animals as we saw them paint, play soccer, throw darts, and most importantly got to ride them for almost an hour.
We covered a lot of territory (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand) requiring several flights and Customs scrutiny, but it was worth it. The hotels were all top shelf and the people on the tour were great travelers. The native food was excellent. Our tour guide did a great job keeping everyone organized and having fun. The Elephant Camp at ChiangMai Thailand was outstanding. I will never forget being kissed by an elephant!
4* Minimal "wow" factor from Tauck
Good hotels for the areas visited. Very educational. Approximately half the local guides were superior, while the other half were less (attitude, command of the English language, etc.) than we expected. But, what surprised us the most was that Tauck provided very limited "wow" experiences on this trip as compared to previous Tauck experience. 1) elephant camp, 2) Four Seasons Chiang Mai, 3) boat tour of poverty of the floating village in Cambodia & 4) Tauck requiring for us to pay for some of the most memorable experiences on the trip (Vespa foodie tour, Kick boxing match, etc.)
4* SE ASIA small group
Fabulous experience. Chuck was an amazing tour director. I was dreading the 6 internal flights and he made them flawless. Each day was better than the last and the hotels were all 5 star plus. Loved the Small group experience The elephant camp in Chang Mai
5* Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia
Wonderful and extremely well organized trip. We saw so many places and participated in so many activities. We felt like we managed to see most of the highlights of these countries and learn about their culture. Visiting the children in their school in Vietnam.
3* Iceland Fire & Ice
This was a very different kind of Tauck tour. I have taken 7 now. Although it was a large group we were broken down into 32 people. There was no group photo and no names on the seats inside the bus. We had a list outside the bus. I was disappointed in the attentiveness of the guide too, No input from him or enthusiasm . He needs a vacation. Vigor Island, seeing the puffins and meeting the owners of the island.
4* Great cruise on the Le Laperouse
This ship was fantastic, better than the others in the fleet. Service was impeccable. Regarding the itineraries. Tauck should try to eliminate the choices on day 2,6 & 8. Eliminate one item and include two trips each day. We felt like we missed out on the other daily tours. So much to see. Tour Directors did a super job, well organized. Vigur Island, Heimaey & the Golden Circle (Guilfoss waterfalls & Geysir). Overall scenery of Iceland
5* Vietnam Cambodia Thailand
This was our 18th trip with Tauck and it was one of the best trips we ever experienced. It is hard to pick just one thing. We enjoyed all three countries. The Four Seasons Hotel was fantastic. The food throughout the trip was very good. Uur tour guide did a great job getting the group from place to place. He made traveling very easy. The Temples that we visited were amazing.
5* Temples and Elephants
We just returned from VietNam, Cambodia & Thailand. We experienced beauty, education, fellowship and fun! Our guide, Tom, was excellent. The tour hits all the high points in the 3 countries, from not-so-happy war memories to ancient temples like Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom,and, of course, beautiful palaces and pagodas. The hotels were fabulous, also It's hard to choose a most memorable moment, but it had to be the day with the elephants in Chiang Mai. They are such incredible, gentle giants, and to think that we rode on one! Returning afterwards to the amazing Four Seasons Hotel was the frosting on the cake. Traveling with Tauck makes us feel like VIP's wherever we go!
This trip was not up to Tauck standards. The Grand Hotel was not first rate. It was impossible to stand in the shower without slipping. The food on the ship was mediocre. The farewell dinner was not served until almost 10PM and the beef was inedible. Visiting Iceland was a wonderful experience. We had an excellent guide.
4* SE Asia - the people, their history, and their culture
The trip is a wonderful mix of historical and cultural activities. The people of SE Asia all seemed so friendly and courteous. When you take the trip is critical from a temperature perspective. It can be extremely hot and humid. I would give all of the hotels either 4 or 5 stars. It's tough to decide between the kindergarten visit, the temples of Cambodia and Thailand,and the elephant camp in Thailand.
4* Truly A Land of Fire and Ice
A great tour of Iceland to experience its people, its culture, its history, and the flora and fauna. The wildlife was fantastic. The puffins seemed to be everywhere, and the encounters with the orcas was truly amazing. Traveling by small ship was an excellent way to see this country and island. And, the ship had excellent food, and staff. We enjoyed the adventure to the Blue Lagoon especially. Though the entry to the pool is cool, the waters were warm and relaxing. We even got to try the mud facial. And, the lunch provided was an outstanding array of varying meats and vegetables before looking forward to the flight home.
5* Southeast Asia
Our trip was wonderful, start to finish, thanks to Tauck! Our Tauck tour director, [Employee Name], was fantastic and all of the local guides were very knowledgeable. My husband and I feel that Tauck's tour directors are the best in the business as are the local guides. That makes such a difference. We loved every part of the trip. Riding elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand and the tunnels outside of Saigon.
5* Iceland is Awesome!
As usual, Tauck did an outstanding job of selecting all the best of Iceland for our tour, making it interesting and altogether charming! Our tour director was personable and an excellent guide. The Naturalist was great! All guides were experts in their fields and eager to share their knowledge. The ship amenities and staff were superb! It would be hard to choose between Gullfoss Waterfall and the view of the volcanic islands from our balcony as we sailed by. Only disappointment was not getting to Grimsey Island due to the weather.
5* Great Trip to South East Asia
Out trip was first rate as always with Tauck. This was our fourth Tauck trip and we have already scheduled our fifth. The trip was exciting, with many interesting events and managed extremely well by our tour leader. He was undoubtedly the best tour leader that we have had yet with Tauck. Our trip to Hue City, Cambodia and Chiang Mai stand out as the most memorable aspects of this trip.
5* Trails of Indochina...Vietnam Cambodia and Thailand.
First of all our tour Director [Employee Name] was great..knowledgeable..more than efficient..very caring and worked hard to make our trip the best possible. The sights were amazing. I feel we covered all of the hot spots and Chuck provided us with more opportunities if we choose to do so. I think we rode on every type of transportation possible. Vietnam (American) war areas as well as Cambodia.
5* Trip of lifetimek
Like a fined tuned watch, our Tauck guide led us thru 3 countries, internal air flights, no hassle airport going or coming, luggage never touched by us and in our rooms when we arrived. All meals and hotels were of excellent caliber, the busses waiting for us ,mostly wi fi, and of course air conditioned. The itinerary exciting saw Asia as we should By far,the elephant experience Enough said
5* Vietnam ,Cambodia&Thailand
We had a fantastic holiday in these diverse countries. The internal flights made it so easy to see so much of these fascinating destinations. The hotels were generally of a high standard,the most enjoyable being:FuramaResort,Sheraton Saigon and Four Seasons Chiang Mai. Our Tour Director did a first class job,nothing was too much trouble. Drive to Da Nang, Cu Chi Tunnels, Siem Reap Cambodia. The highlight has to be our stay at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai with it's beautiful grounds and excellent staff, the visit to spend time visiting the Elephants of the North and our visit to the Hill Tribe Villages was a very memorable occasion. The weather was excellent throughout.
5* Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand
Each country was unique. Our guide Chuck was so knowledgeable, helpful and efficient. The hotels were luxurious especially the Four Seasons. Being hugged by an elephant!
5* Fantastic trip; wonderful first experience with Tauck
We had a fantastic trip... In large part due to Tauck. The organization was outstanding and the level of service was spectacular. Every detail was anticipated! The itinerary was exceptional, the hotels first rate and the transportation flawless. The local guides were helpful and the Tour Director quite diplomatic in addressing varied needs! Elephant rides in Chang Mai; Tunnels n CuChi; Grand Palace in Bangkok
5* A fabulous trip!
Went with 4 friends met on China trip. Unbelievably education! These people are so friendly. Great food. VERY hot, but well paced with touring in the am and rest time in the afternoon. Plan to return sometime in the future! The Elephant Camp and the private "foodie" tour by motorbike in Hanoi (not included in tour).
5* great all around trip
From logistics, to hotels, to guides, places visited, people on trip made for an excellent time. the total package
5* s.e. asia. Vietnam, Cambodia , and Thailand
From the moment our trip began we knew we were in good hands with Tauck. They handled all our travel plans, we never had to move a bag, they did everything for us. From years of experience Tauck knew what travelers wanted and needed for a long trip with many different countries and cities. Our group leader made the entire experience wo Each day was better than next, the flavor of each country different. Chang Mai was special because of the elephant ride , and then staying at the luxurious 4 seasons resort.
5* Don't miss an incredible trip to Southeast Asia!
Excellent tour director-wealth of information, fun, organized! Suggestions for free time made by tour director were outstanding. Size of tour group was perfect, pacing of activities and days in each location were well timed. Attention to detail incredible. Well thought out itinerary. Will recommend Tauck and this trip to everyone. There were many but probably most memorable was Cambodia and Anghor Wat.
A great trip on a brand new small ship the "Le Laperouse" with a wonderful staff. Wonderful excursions inland with great tour guides. The Godafoss-waterfalls.
5* Review of IC (Vietnam, Camodia and Thailand)
Caren and I wondered how it would be possible to undertake three countries, five flights, seven hotels, innumerable guides, coach rides, boat excursions and all without fuss. Only Tauck could have managed this trip. It was superb. [Employee Name], our guide, was wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble. He is warm, engaging, and superbly organized. The Four Seasons resort in Chiang Mail. After a whirlwind tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, the resort became a wonderful relaxing home for three days. An incredible setting and a beautiful, luxury spot for site seeing and dinners with our new Tauck friends. And, to top it off, an elephant tour in the jungle!
3* Perhaps we were expecting too much
given the reputed top quality of Tauck. The itinerary was great-visiting the most interesting Icelandic areas. As with all cruises tho, we never had time to explore areas deeper so left feeling as tho we really didn't know the country. The Grand Hotel Reykjavik was very disappointing-barely better? than a Motel 6. Our up-graded ship cabin was no larger than the lower levels and with a locked connecting door-had less convenient storage space than lower levels. Our transfer to the airport never arrived so we lost valuable time in arranging alternates on our own and were unable to finish souvenir shopping at the airport. Our Director did not appear to be very engaged with our group.
5* Great way to see Iceland.
Booked this one because a friend took it last year and loved it. Our Tour Director was great. The local guides good too. Four (or 5) lectures by a local expert were very informative and entertaining. Weather was great, nothing that could be predicted, but we got lucky. Accommodations and meals on Le Soleal very good. The 2018 tour will differ. Can't pick among the tour activities. Enjoyed our pre-trip day when we stayed downtown and experienced the rainy Iceland weather while doing shopping etc. Really enjoyed the mix of geology, scenery, technology, history, etc. and the talks by a local guide which helped us understand it all.
1* My family was put in Harm's Way
Our trip was marred by a very bad experience described below. Originally I was not going to write a review. However, my Travel Agent contacted a Tauck Representative and described our experience. The agent said she would get back. It has been over two weeks since then and there has been no response, and I doubt there ever will be. Unfortunately it was not a good memory. In Heimaey,we went up a mountain to see the view from the top. Right before the top the road became very steep, followed by a hairpin turn that was even steeper. Our bus driver couldn't get our bus into gear twice, and we started to roll backwards . We were perilously close to going off the side of the mountain
We had a great time on our small ship cruise and tour of Iceland. As usual, the Tauck people were excellent. They were very informative, friendly and helpful. Before we went on our trip we had very little information about Iceland. We barely knew where it was. Now we can talk knowledgeably to our friends.
1* How you see the world didn't matter to Tauck on this one
On page 41 of our “Documents For Your Journey” booklet the section “Reserved Seat Plan” describes how the Tauck Director will assign seats on a daily basis so there is “no need to rush” for a preferred seat. That never happened. “How you see the world matters” and it disappointed us that Tauck let the same greedy people always get the front seats. Our added free day after the Tauck tour ended. We got to enjoy a little bit of Iceland then without craning our necks to see what the guide in the front of the bus was talking about.
5* Iceland 2017
This was my first trip with Tauck and hopefully not the last. I chose Tauck because I liked the idea of a small ship cruise, rather than a bus tour. We were able to see lava formations, the new island Surtsey, whales, many birds, etc. The naturalist on board was very knowledgeable. And it was nice being able to sleep in the same bed every night! There were so many it's hard to choose. It's such a unique country. I loved the waterfalls, geysers, birds and so much more. If I had to chose one I guess it would be the Blue Lagoon.
3* NOT UP TO USUAL TAUCK STANDARDS
BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, SPECTACULAR SCENERY. TRIP WAS OVERPRICED FOR WHAT WE RECEIVED. FOOD ON BOAT WAS GOOD AND CABINS WELL LAID OUT. WAY TOO MUCH DOWN TIME ON THE BOAT. DISAPPOINTED WE DIDN'T GET TO GRIMSEY ISLAND. WASN'T MUCH CAMARADERIE IN THE GROUP OR EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE IT. COULD HAVE OFFERED MORE EXCITING EXCURSIONS. VIGUR ISLAND AND SEEING THE BIRDS; GOLDEN CIRCLE ATTRACTIONS
5* Raw Earth, the Forces of Nature, and Incredible Bird Life
There is a wonderful neat orderliness in Scandinavian,Iceland.This is in contrast to the forces of nature around the residents. Ash and lava flows sprawling across the plains nearly burying one town. The earth is alive and changing here. Fascinating Viking history. Wonderful majestic flocks of birds. Well appointed ship, excellent food,and service. 1. Visiting the museum in Heimaey which housed two homes that had been buried in ash and were uncovered to reveal the damage. Also the videos of the volcanic eruption with the horrific sounds. 2. Viewing The tremendous numbers of birds such as the adorable Puffins and Arctic Terns -they wanted us off their island, away from their nesting site.
4* Iceland Fire and Ice
Superb trip. New ship, great crew and superb food. Tauck team of four did an awesome job. Extremely educational. If you have not been to Iceland, our bet is that you know little about the people, culture and topography. Very impressed. The horse show.
Simply gorgeous country with lots of diversity: geysers, geothermal sites, lakes, basalt beaches, every kind of bird imaginable, waterfalls, mountains, volcanoes you name it. Ship was nice with excellent food but had a little bit of the French snotty attitude especially in the dining room. Overall great trip Blue Lagoon
5* Iceland: Fire and Ice
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic trip. We have taken many trips with Tauck and this has been one of the best. As usual, Tauck took care of everything to make our trip worry free. We spent seven days aboard the beautiful Le Laperouse, enjoyed great food and saw wonderful sights in beautiful Iceland. This trip is a must! Thanks Tauck! Walking across the Artic Circle on Grimsey Island
4* Almost great!
This was our first Tauck tour. This trip seemed fascinating. The hotels, food, and guides were outstanding. The pace was slower than with other premium travel organizations, like Lindblad. We hit the highlights, with unstructured options for more. Five stars were achievable, with much better personal contact to make sure we were fully prepared. Visually, the temple complexes in Cambodia (including Angkor Wat) were unsurpassed. We have been to nearly 100 countries and this was amazing. Northern Thailand was terrific. The economic development and growth of Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) and Bangkok was very surprising. It changed our view from "backwater countries" to "growth economies."
Saw, learned, experienced, relaxed. A combo of planned activities beyond what we could have coordinated on our own and free time to strike out to pursue our individual interests. Our tour director was informative, calm, competent, fair with a dry sense of humor. The guides were subject experts and informative about their backgrounds and da Weekend night walk around Hoan Kiem Lake in central Hanoi
4* Vietnam Cambodia and Thailand
The trip was wonderful and exceeded our expectations. We fell in love with Vietnamese cuisine with our first dinner at a local restaurant in Hanoi. The Vietnamese and Cambodian culture is interesting and enjoyable. Our stay in Chaing Mai Thailand was exciting. Looking at Da Nang beach from the hotel balcony. Receiving a hug from an elephant. Loved the markets. The klongs of Bangkok. Vietnamese coffee and Pho.
3* Iceland follies
This was our second Tauck vacation. Africa with you was a solid 5 star event. We found Iceland astounding! It was all we heard it was. Your people were wonderful. That is where the good news ends, because the ship and the ship’s crew were not ready for prime time. At times I didn’t feel safe. Boarding the tenders was simply scary. The people on the ship were 95% Americans. The crew was very French as was the food. I asked for a grilled cheese sandwich and they did not know what it was. I could go on and on as to why I was disappointed, but what I really want to know is; do you recognize the problem and can I be assured that our planned trip to Kenya will be different.
3* Iceland Fire and Ice
I was very very disappointed. We planned the trip with our dear friends. We travelled on the same flights and we were put into different hotels. After asking a number of times to be put together on tours- we were never ever on the same tour. We were not even on the bus to the airport on the final day even though we were flying out together. I loved the blue lagoon but was unhappy it was the last day on the way to the airport. 80% of our group did NOT go in, including my husband, because they did not want to travel home after going in the lagoon. Very bad planning. The excursions were disappointing. we spent most of the time in a bus or on the ship. The ship was beautiful
1* Not Enough Words
Not enough words to describe the complexity and diversity on all levels. The Tauck guides, the local guides (absolutely incomparable and so knowledgeable). The ship and all water experience was wonderful, food beyond description. Seeing the young man singing in the small church. He spoke perfect English, sang as professional (I'm a musician), also played piano. This speaks to the fact that in Iceland the musical training in the public schools is far beyond anything that currently is present in USA. Our students now have to go to private lessons or music schools.
5* First trip with Tauck
Travelled to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand . The trip was very well organized. The tour director and the local guides were awesome and very helpful. Enjoyed the company of fellow travelers and made many friends. visit to Angkor Wat.
5* Outstanding Tauck Iceland trip.
The scenery was very beautiful, clean, and impressive. The culture of the Country is very unique and interesting. We happened to hit a week of beautiful weather during the last week of July 2015. Most days were mid 50s, either cloudy or partly sunny. Very little rain. We were told the week before it poured. Definitely need layers. Loved Grimsey Island crossing the Arctic Circle. Great pictures. The Puffins are fun to watch along with the Arctic Terns.
Having traveled with other companies, I am so impressed with Tauck. Our tour director, [Employee Name], left no stone unturned to make our trip so fantastic. From now on, I will travel with Tauck. We took an extra night in Hanoi to start. I suggest a day trip to Ha long Bay. I wish we had taken an extra night in Bangkok at the end. Amazing trip. So many but Angkor Wat ranks right up there.
4* Iceland was beyond expectations....dramatic scenery and wonderful, friendly people....
Everything was so interesting - guides were knowledgeable and shared information about their country with such pride and love....we were fascinated by the drama of the land - volcanoes, mountains, rifts, geysers, waterfalls, lava - such a harsh landscape but so beautiful. Icelanders are exceptional people! Trip to the Artic Circle - even though the wind was blowing very, very hard and it was, of course, cold! My wife enjoyed the tour of the Blue Lagoon where an actual, handsome Viking was the guide!!!
5* Wow! Wow! Wow!
Iceland is a beautiful, breathtaking country. Every place we went was a "Wow" moment. The people, their lifestyles and customs are so unique and at the same time so much like the rest of the world. The ship is great with friendly and helpful staff. Our butler was fun and personable. Crossing the Artic Circle on my 60th birthday!
4* Very well organized and interesting itinerary
Tauck did a good job - tours were good. Ship was good. Staff was excellent. Major problem was the way the Internet was accessed on board. Tauck gives free unlimited Internet access but access was connect time limited which caused problems. I blogged the trip - http://www.mikeandjudytravel.com/2016Iceland-01.htm Internet access was a problem because it was time limited. A better approach would be to give each passenger one ID and password that could be used for the entire trip. Then you wouldn't get dropped in the middle of work. Limiting Internet access by time is old thinking- back to dial-up modem days.
5* Southeast Asia experience
We had a wonderful, pampered taste and tour of Indochina with a great group of people and tour guides. My only regret is that we did not have a few extra days to savor the trip. I would do a similar trip in a NY minute. Hard to pick out the best. Angor Wat and Ta Prohm probably would top the list, but my afternoon in the Tiger cages comes close.
5* Another winner!
I have taken ten tours with Tauck outside the US and each one has been outstanding and each one has been the best ever. Beautiful hotels, excellent cuisine and knowledgeable local guides complete the experience. Tauck always arranges something quite particular to the area -- in this case it was an elephant camp. A lovely humane retreat for these gentle giants. It was an opportunity to interact with these animals who are as charming and smart as they are big.
5* Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand - What a great time!!
My wife and I took this trip in December, 2016. The trip was informative, with outstanding local guides and a well thought-out itinerary. And the trip was fun, with lots of "Tauckian" moments - stuff that can only be fund on a Tauck tour. Lots of early mornings and lots of walking, so it may not be for everyone, but it was certainly for us! Too many to count. Among them: -- Preparing our own dinner with gregarious and experienced chefs. -- Riding an elephant. -- Roaming the streets of Hanoi and Bangkok at dawn to catch some of the real local flavor. -- Seeing wondrous temples in Cambodia.
Vietnam was OK but Cambodia was very good and Thailand was excellent. Hotels other than the 4 seasons were not as good as I expected. The Palace in Thailand
5* Asian Immersion
Our trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand was an awesome expereince. It provided a profound understanding of the culture, people and issues of Vietnam. Our expereince in Cambodia at Angkor Wat and the other temples was incredible. Perhaps the highlight of the trip was the Elephant camp and ride in Thailand. The tour and exploration of the Cu Chi Tunnels outside Saigon. An uforgettable experience,illuminating what the expereince must have been like in the Viet Nam War. The brief time crawling through the tunnels,observing the exhibits of the war and walking the trails in the jungle ove the tunnels was incredible.
5* Iceland small ship cruising
Excellent trip, this is our second Tauck tour, there is no question about the quality and service level of Tauck tours. The Tauck directors are the best, they thought of everything. The scenery of Iceland is unique, the weather is unpredictable. Be sure to bring good walking shoes, dress in layers, and a rain coat.
We loved our Tauck Small-Ship Cruise around Iceland!! We experienced the most incredible weather the entire time -- no rain at all and we even got sunburned!! We also met great friends on the trip and will definitely keep in touch with them. Our favorite days were to Grimsey and Vigur Islands. Both provided us with thousands of puffins and other native birds. Also, the captain's maneuvering into the passage of Heimaey was incredible!! Our tour guide in Heimaey was terrific, as he lived through the 1973 volcano and lived to tell us all about it.
5* Fabulous experience
[Employee Name], the tour director, was excellent. He handled every issue with participants very well and with deliberate speed. The local guides were great. Accommodations were excellent. I do not think the trip could have been better. I especially liked the opportunities to support local microbisuneses to buy wonderful souvenirs.
1* Doesn't Live Up to Tauck Standards
If this had been our first Tauck tour and not our 13th tour with Tauck, including two small ship ocean cruises and two riverboat cruises, we would be asking ourselves why Tauck Tours. This was NOT a small boat tour. There were four, mostly separate, large Tauck groups, passengers not part of any group, and lots of very rude French passengers. Our self booked post tour stay in down town Reykjavik was the best part of this trip with lots of opportunities to meet with Icelanders, other tourist and several members of the same Tauck Tour we had been on but never met aboard ship. By the way they had all been on several other Tauck Tours and felt the same disappointment with this tour as we did.
5* Iceland - Land of Fire and Ice
Unbelievable - the experience of people living in a country without any trees, many different birds, daylight for more than 20 hrs. at a time, being on a small cruise ship and seeing icebergs, whales, dolphins - the waterfalls, lava fields, geysers - so much to learn about the ways they heat their homes, etc.! I must say after watching the weather in this area for 3 months and seeing rain, rain, rain - I experienced 8 days of mostly sunshine & clouds! And waking up at midnight to see an iceberg next to the ship!
4* Great Experience
First Tauck experience w/ friend. No worries,Tauck takes care of everything. We saw both cities, jungle, + village life. Visiting Cho Chi and Hanoi prison made us question our history choices. We saw government bldg. + cultural treasures. Thailand had fascinating architecture in gold + temples like Ankor Watt provided photography treasures galore. Too many to name. Great food + hotels. Dress for heat.
4* Iceland Fire and Ice
This was my 9th Tauck Tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ship was only 4 weeks old and beautiful. The crew did a wonderful job. The weather was not that good but it did not deter us at all. After all, we were in Iceland ! Crossing the Arctic Circle
5* Iceland July 18-27, 2017 A 10 rating
Trip details were handled professionally by the Tauck tour guides. French ship Le Soleal was clean and food service and crew very accommodating. I'd give a 10. Onboard entertainment was quite good with lectures handled by competent Tauck people. Weather was perfect each day and the guest guides that went along on bus tours knew their subject well. Getting my wife's lost purse back from the Reykjavik Airport thanks to help from the Tauck hotel greeters.
5* Asia - Honeymoon
It was fabulous! The services you provided and the people were outstanding. Couldn't have been better. The ONLY thing I would suggest is that in the locations where we have 3 nights, maybe plan 1 temple each day so that we could take a full day to ourselves and do what we want. That would be it for constructive criticism. The local people first and foremost. No matter what their living conditions they were ALWAYS happy. This was something I tell many of my friends and it gives them something to think about. Look what we have, why are we unhappy or complaining? 2nd, was the elephant camp. I loved that and will NEVER forget them. I told my husband I was staying. :)
4* Wonderful country, unique, stunning people, great food
Tourism: 2 mil and 3 mil people vs the population of approx 350,000... biggest industry passing fishing. People are very friendly, speak English, stunning food. Many small towns visited along coast, ship was very comfortable; some struggles handling volume of guests in only one dining room. Very capable tour directors. Weather cold; 50 max July Two small boat cruises during various day tours. One to see puffins (A MUST); other to see working farm & native birds. Make sure you elect BOTH of these small boat cruises. Botanical gardens in Akureyri were quite special and unique. Stunning plants growing in climate similar to Alaska.
4* Indochina March 2017
Well organized, effective planning, leadership, transportation, flights. Two recommendations that might improve the experience. 1. Hanoi is a logistical challenge to get to, therefore recommend we spend more than one full day in Hanoi.2. From Siem Riep to Chang Mai, we fly through Bangkock, recommend we stay there and COMPLETE TOUR in Chiang Mai. Cu Chi tunnels, Remnants Museum, Tiger Kingdom, elephant walk, temples in Cambodia, sunset at Ankor Wat, Thai culture and people. I understand the issues of International travel. Above suggestion about completing tour in Chiang Mai...fly to Bangkcok after 3 days up north have final dinner at Bangkock airport and fly out early the next morning
5* Our trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand
So enjoyed our trip! Fully met our expectations - great tour director, Les Martin... superb hotels... excellent local tours... pleasant, well seasoned, group of fellow travelers. Everything seemed to happen flawlessly. Everything had a "touch of class." Many memorable moments: the elephant ride in Chiang Mai was a delight... and the "street scenes" in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. And, the historic Metropole Hotel in Hanoi was most interesting, and the grounds of the Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai were gorgeous. The dinner/buffet presentations were often a "work of art."
5* The amazing South East Asia
Thank you Tauck for the incredible Southeast Asia trip. The accommodations and the organized trips in each city was incredible. Our tour director made sure that everything went like clockwork. The ruins in Angkor Wat,the Ta Prohm and Bayon Temples,the Royal Palace and the Temples were unforgettable sites. This trip will stay in my memory for ever! It will be unfair to pick just one memorable moment. Starting with walking inside Cu Chi tunnels, the Vespa ride at night in Saigon and tasting street food at each stop stand out in my memory. And who can forget the elephant ride in Maesa elephant camp, the visit to the Hill tribe camp in Chiang Mai to learn about their culture and their custom.
Great experience. Loved the country for its scenery and animals. Seeing the Icelandic horses, Puffins, Arctic Tern and Eider ducks.
5* My First Tauk Trip
This was my first Tauk trip. The trip turned out to be a great experience. We met the nicest people and everyone was helpful and friendly. As a single traveling with a friend we were a bit anxious but our group leader made us very comfortable. He was superb. All the hotels were top notch as were the accommodations. I hope to go again. There were many. I had not been to any of these countries before so each day was a new experience. The pace was a bit too fast for me and too many stops but we saw world class monuments which I will remember always. I have traveled to many places and these were some of the more interesting ones.
5* Celebrate Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand
This 16 day trip was fantastic and I had no recommendations at the end to alter the itinerary or anything else. The hotels were fantastic but the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai topped them all and may be the best we've ever stayed in. The local tour guides were all informative but told us of personal experiences as well as local cultural issues. Visiting Angkor Thom and the Elephant Ride visit
5* Vietnam, Cambodia, & Thailand
We had a great time. Our tour leader was superb, a real pro. The group was larger than we anticipated (34) but that turned out not to matter at all. Our fellow travelers were wonderful. We were concerned about taking so many intra-trip flights but that turned out to be much less of an issue than anticipated. Great opportunities for photography The elephant camp at Chiang Mai. Unforgettable. A must. Our entire group was enthralled.
4* SE ASIA TRIP
I had a wonderful time. I cannot say I liked one country over the other. Hotels where we stayed was absolutely beautiful. Staff members in all hotels were very kind and hospitable. My tour Director was excellent. He is very funny smart and addressed all my dietary issues and other issues when needed. Angkor Wat was Breathtaking. Elephant ride in Chiang Mai was very nice.
5* A perfect itinerary
It is impossible to do justice to this trip's itinerary. Historically and culturally rich. Some of the accommodations, particularly in northern Thailand had significant WOW factor. Way too many -- some unusual one's: Hanoi Hilton (the prison, not the hotel); sitting with and petting a fully grown non-tranquilized tiger.
5* Wonderful trip
We loved everything about the trip. The elephant ride was a one of the high points of the experience. Another was climbing to the top level on Angkor Wat. Everyday just seemed to get better. We loved the sequence of the trip, starting in Hanoi and ending in Bangkok was a perfect way to go. The Four Seasons Chiang Mai was FANTASTIC. Everything!
Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand are places I never thought I'd visit, but so glad I did, and so glad I did it with Tauck. They really do take care of everything. All you have to do is show up (albeit early) and just enjoy. Treated like royalty from start to finish--the food, the hotels! And I had best tour director EVER! Hard to choose, there were SO many. Riding an elephant in Thailand, or hanging on for dear life on the back of a Vespa in Saigon are two that immediately come to mind. Both scary, but so worth it!
5* Iceland-- Land of Fire and Ice. Outstanding Tauck experience.
Brilliant, exciting, scenic land topography. Very attractive new ship, La Laperouse. Food was fair. Not a French food fan and found that the kitchen took on more than it was capable of. Another flaw was dining room service. The staff is overwhelmed, not enough waiters and menus and wine are boring. Iceland guides were amazing. One of our favorites So many because Tauck provided us with an amazing itinerary and guides who taught us so much. The 15 Westman Islands and Heimaey. Viewing the newest island of Surtsey. Watching the Orca and Humpback whales swim and play around our ship. Visiting the puffins and learning about them. Excellent experience. Thank you Tauck!
3* I think I paid too much
First let me say the positives: The Tauck Director did a fine job, he was there whenever he was needed and knew his stuff. The tour itself was handled very smoothly. The negative was that the boat was apparently quite expensive, hence the price of the tour, and the food was poor. I thought we spent a lot of time in free national parks. Hotel was poor Thinking..........lava fields on last day
5* Amazing History, Culture and People
Traveling through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand is an experience we will never forget. This was the kind of trip where everyday just got better and better!! Starting in Hanoi, we were NEVER bored!! Our tour guide was extremely professional and knowledgeable, as were each of the local guides! The trip was well paced, and truly memorable. There were many. Though NOT included in our trip, our tour guide recommended a VESPA dinner tour in Saigon. A great experience! Visiting Angkor Wat was just jaw dropping....and Chiangmai in Thailand was like nothing else I've ever experienced.
5* Tauck Delivers on Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailsnd
This was a great experience that delivered above and beyond our expectations. Having mostly travelled on our own prior to this trip, we were impressed by the details handled by our tour director and the knowledge of the local tour guides. This tour went without a snag, part of which is of course due to the actions of our fellow travelers. The elephant park in Chaing Mai, Thailand, was certainly one of the high points of our trip.
5* I would do it again !!! over and over again :)))
I felt in love with Vietnam and Cambodia! thanks to Tauck. What a fabulous trip.... everything hotels are awesome, food is divine and the visits to the schools @ the villages soften my heart. The itinerary is great very pleasant and it covers a lot. the sights we visited were great and with a lot of history. I'm a history and culture junky :))) EVERYTHING!!!! from the minute I arrived in Vietnam till I got home. Hue,Hoi An, Palong and the tribes, The temples in Cambodia, the temples in Bangkok and the Four seasons Chiang Mai OMG! The rest. selection was excellent and our tour guide... he was the best! Everything!!!!!! .
5* SE Asia in February 2016
First, it was a Tauck trip, which of course means it was first class from beginning to end. My wife and I agree that the most important/impressive aspect was that the itinerary was diverse and leisurely. In no location were we hurried or pressed for time. There was a wonderful sense of immersion, interaction with local people, and great guides. My wife was kissed without warning by an elephant in Chang Mai at the conservation site. I broke out in unexplained hives over my torso in Da Nang and Tauck had a physician in my room within 20 minutes. Problem solved overnight.
5* We are still talking about how much we did on this trip and how much we loved it.
This trip fulfilled a long held desire to visit this part of the world. Intrigued by the culture and cuisine, we were also curious to understand more about the Vietnam War which played a prominent part of our teenage years. Tauck director was absolutely amazing and successfully enriched the amazing itinerary. This is first class. There were so many. Food and hotels were great. Local guides were well prepared and freely shared their opinions. Elephant camp was a blast, particularly the ride and the painting demonstration. We also were fortunate to have a great group to share this experience with. We will definitely travel with Tauck again. Tauck attends to everything.
5* Classic SE Asia (i.e. Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand)
It was hot, da_n hot. The scenery was exotic and memorable. The hotels were excellent, as were the restaurants. The best part was our Tour Director, [Employee Name]. He made the trip. He was funny and the most helpful Director we have ever had (and we've had several very, very good ones). If you have a chance to travel with Larry, do so!!! Rubbing a full grown tiger's belly, being sprayed by an elephant and climbing through Cu Chi tunnels.
5* My first Tauck tour
We were thrilled to have an experience traveling to Southeast Asia with Tauck. The attention to detail was phenomenal. We only had to remember our names, everything else was done for us. Our guides will remain a highlight of the trip. Our tour director exceeded our expectations every day. Seeing elephants in Thailand create artistic paintings was so unreal. I wouldn’t have believed it had someone unless told me unless I saw it myself!
5* Great Iceland Cruise!
We had a fantastic and very memorable Iceland trip! We saw all beauty and splendor of Iceland, from the landscape to the wildlife! The itinerary was perfect! There were so many memorable moments from a dip in the Blue Lagoon to seeing a pod of Orca whales swim next to our room balcony, but the best may have been seeing the thousands of puffins in their natural habitat.
4* Iceland, Fire and Ice
Beautiful ship, wonderful staff, tour directors, local guides,food, service, etc. Great way to see Iceland! Grimsey Island... Puffins!