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Building Bridges

Tauck Family Tours Encourage The Ties That Bind

Brother and sister hugging at Grand CanyonSpending quality time together as a family is important, but busy schedules make it increasingly difficult. Family vacations are a great option and according to Tauck CEO, Dan Mahar, a growing number of families – frequently 3 generations of them – are choosing an escorted tour custom designed for families.

When all the details are taken care of the focus can be on family fun and the joys of discovery.

Mahar and his wife, Kiki, founded Tauck Bridges, which offers stress-free, all-inclusive vacations designed specifically for families in Africa, Europe, Latin America, Canada and the U.S. The couple was sold on the concept when they took their own children on a guided Tauck trip. 

“When the experience is guided there is so much less friction,” says Mahar. “My kids never complained, they learned a lot – and they enjoyed learning -- because the information was coming from a guide, not their parents.”

‘Shared enrichment’ is how Mahar describes the Bridges philosophy. Parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, and often all 3 generations travel together on journeys of discovery, where a shared sense of awe and wonder leads to stronger family bonds.

Tauck Bridges adventures are choreographed for families so that everyone has a great time, from grandparents to youngsters. The trips are designed to immerse families in the places they visit with hands-on activities that connect everyone with the heart and soul of the destination.

When the logistical challenges are removed, it’s much easier for everyone to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Mahar says there’s no time wasted in attraction lineups on a Tauck Bridges tour. “We go to the front of the line at the Eiffel Tower and through the back door at Versailles. What can be a day long ordeal when you’re travelling on your own becomes an ideal experience of shared discovery.”

Tauck Bridges hotels are handpicked with families in mind and dining features regional cuisine, always with a nod to finicky tastes.

While family bonding is an ultimate goal of a Tauck Bridges tour, Mahar says relationships between families who didn’t know each other before the trip are a happy by-product. “Tauck Bridges trips often lead to long-term friendships between families who met and hit it off on tour.”

“The repeat rate for Bridges guests is much higher than we ever thought, but I understand why. I see parents at the end of Bridges trips. I see the pride in the parents at the way their children have behaved, at how engaged they have been. When the logistical challenges are removed, it’s much easier for everyone to relax and enjoy each other’s company.”

Listen to Peter Tauck share his Bridges experiences.


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