Tauck has announced its 2019 collection of single-departure events, and the roster includes a new event in Italy featuring the author of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” a jazz event with Ken Burns as the keynote speaker, and more.
The all-new, 6-day Under the Tuscan Sun Event will take place Oct. 14-19, 2019, with the Toscana Resort Castelfalfi serving as guests’ host hotel. Travelers can look forward to a private evening with Frances Mayes, author of the best-selling book “Under the Tuscan Sun,” who will share local insights and mingle with Tauck guests. Other highlights of the trip include a gala welcome event in a medieval castle, a lecture by a local art historian, and explorations of Volterra, Siena and San Gimignano. Guests will also participate in wine and olive oil tastings at Tenuta di Castelfalfi, a cooking class, a private talk on Siena’s famed il Palio horse race, and a farewell dinner in a museum devoted to the iconic Italian motor scooter, the Vespa. Rates for this trip start at $5,190 pp dbl.
Jazz in the Big Easy
Music lovers can head to New Orleans for the Tauk Jazz Event, which will be hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans from March 27–31, 2019 and is part of Tauck’s collection of Ken Burns American Journeys presented in partnership with the filmmaker. Along with the keynote address by Burns during a private evening at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the Tauck Jazz Event will also feature a private welcome dinner at Arnaud’s restaurant, behind-the-scenes tours of two jazz museums with local jazz historians, and visits to Congo Square, Basin Street Station and St. Louis Cemetery #1. Guests will also attend a lecture on post-Katrina New Orleans by environmental designer Nellie Watson, explore the Treme neighborhood on a walking tour, and attend several private jazz performances, including a special performance at Preservation Hall. Rates for this trip start at $4,790 pp dbl.
California Flower Power
Tauck’s third and final 2019 event will be its Tauck Celebration of Roses Event from December 29, 2019 to January 2, 2020 in Pasadena, California. The 5-day gathering will highlight the annual Rose Parade and will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the parade float construction barns and reserved premier grandstand seating for the parade itself. Tauck is also reserving tickets to the 106th Rose Bowl game for those guests interested in attending at an additional charge. The days leading up to the parade and game will feature a private VIP tour at Paramount Pictures, a tour and lunch at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, and a gala New Year’s Eve dinner and party. Guests not attending the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day will participate in a tour of the 120-acre botanical gardens at the Huntington Library. Prices for this trip start from $5,890 pp dbl, including ovean view accommodations at the Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica.