Kicking off a new year of Tauck travel

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For over 25 years, our Tauck Director seminars have been a foundation of connection with our amazing staff of Tauck Directors (TDs). Vice President, Tauck Director Operations Kristen Mack (above, second from left, pictured with the TD Operations Team) shares her personal reflections on these annual events, and their unique purpose for the upcoming travel season:

We hold our annual TD seminars in February when the greatest number of our TDs are available to attend. Over 300 strong, our TDs reside in 41 different countries, speak 52 different languages and bring with them very unique and interesting backgrounds. With such a global and diverse staff, our TD seminars are our one opportunity each year to gather in person to connect, share and get energized for the season ahead. 

2023 marks the 25th anniversary of our TD seminar. To celebrate this milestone, we traveled to Morocco, where the warm springtime weather and welcoming atmosphere set the stage for our long-awaited reunion; we had not been able to gather together as a group for three years since the start of the pandemic and here we had the opportunity to reconnect in a memorable and meaningful way.

Three hundred of us attended this event, including more than 200 Tauck Directors and over 70 Tauck office staff, members of the Tauck Family and our Board of Directors, representing 4,000+ years of collective service to our guests. Six of our TDs celebrated their 40+ year tenure with us and 65 new TDs joined us for their first ever TD seminar. It was like one big, incredibly joyous family reunion!

The positive energy and gratitude that comes from being together, along with the optimism for what lies ahead, will stay with us for many months to come. From our company updates, workshops and roundtables to our main social events and informal gatherings, our time in Morocco re-charged our batteries and reminded us of the happiness our mission brings. We experienced feelings of pure joy, gratitude and a real sense of accomplishment in navigating through the past three very difficult years. Those same feelings extend to our time out on the road leading trips.

Our ability to share our love of travel with our guests is part of who we are; it allows us to be the best version of ourselves and to share that with the world. Our TD seminar serves another important purpose as well, the unofficial kick-off to a new year of Tauck travel. Buoyed by the excitement and enthusiasm that permeated our gathering, our TDs stand ready to hit the ground running as they prepare to welcome tens of thousands of guests to the trip of their dreams. We’ve road tested, fine-tuned and filled our journeys with our signature sightseeing, exclusive access and unique experiences, but it is our TDs who are the true dreammakers.

2023… here we come! 

With Gratitude,

Kristen Mack
Vice President, Tauck Director Operations

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  1. Last September we were on the Normandy, Brittany, Paris land tour with Neil’s as our TD. He is the BEST! Will start our 1st river cruise 4/12 on SS Inspire for Belgium/Holland. Tauck 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  2. Was Jacqueline from the UK at the seminar. She was our tour guide a few years ago from Nice to Paris. She was phenomenal!! We hope she is well and still with the Tauck family. Regards, Tim H.

  3. We have been on 5 or 6 Tauck adventures, have one on Douro River coming up in the fall. Great to see your team back together in person. Continues joy and success to all.

  4. I was on this season’s first tour of Venice, Florence, and Rome in March and I want to thank Taulk for making it so memorable. Our Tour Director Andrea Orri was incredible. He was informative, amusing, professional, always on top of things, and above all an asset to Taulk. There were other TDs traveling as guests on the tour and they too made great travel companions. Thanks to all of you at Taulk for making it so easy to travel the world.

  5. Great to see the whole TD operations team mustered … a long way from the Randy and Kendra days! What’s the next 25 years going to look like?! Well done… enjoyed this read. Many thanks, Chris

  6. We have traveled 13+ adventures with Tauck . I would love to see more pictures of the tour directors on their Morocco adventure.

  7. Great story. So glad the TDs get a chance to enjoy themselves. I’ve enjoyed my past 25 trips with Tauck and am looking forward to more.

  8. My husband n I will b embarking on our 3rd Tauck excursion this June! So far we have experienced Italy n Australia. Soon we will travel to London n Paris. Thank you Tauck n TD’s. We have always been impressed by the patience, grace n intellect of our directors. Not every trip will b absolutely perfect but very close! We also feel quite safe when traveling with Tauck! Hopefully we have more to see n Thank you❣️

  9. I am Traveling with Tauck to France in May!! This will be my 5th trip with TAUCK travel and I am excited to see another part of our Wonderfull World!!!

  10. Love the Five Safari Favorites brochure received today, i will be doing my research my future trips using your guided information. Thank you.

  11. Radu was an amazing guide and so helpful to this grandmother. He went above and beyond and I hope he is recognized for his expertise and complete help and follow through

  12. We had amazing tour directors and staff on our two river cruises. They made sure we were having the best times. In fact, they are part of the reason we are going on our 3rd Tauck trip, this one to Italy in May!

  13. Maybe, 2023/24 will bring us no unexpected weather conditions, unexpected health conditions or foreign instability. I’m referring to the following: Fires in Australia and New Zealand (Grand Australian Trip), Train trip from Vienna to Milan and Black Sea Cruise.
    Looking forward to our train and river cruise on the Rhone River in 2024 and yet to be booked trip to Tanzania and Kenya safari in 2025.

  14. Hi Tauck folks. We have traveled numerous times and think your company is the best we have found. Keep up the good work.

  15. Looking forward to my first river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel with Tauck. We have heard so many wonderful things about Tauck tours so we are very excited and it is nice to see who are the top directors getting together.

  16. I hope that 2023 will be a continuation of excellent people, places and 5 star service. I know that you won’t lower your bar as others have done. My next cruise in Aug., can’t wait.

  17. My husband and I have enjoyed many trips with Tauck over that past ten years . . . and we look forward to many more memorable travels with you, hopefully, in the years to come. Thank you all for making these trips so wonderful. Nancy K

  18. Taucks TD’s are the true ‘heartbeat’ of the Tauck Tours – simply amazing people. Keep up the great work in choosing such outstanding people to represent the company – and to ensure your ‘travelers’ see the world in such a wonderful atmosphere – no matter where we travel.

  19. As I have recently retired from Tour directing with over a 40 year career in travel (25+with Tauck!); I miss the camaraderie of both operations and TD colleagues. I appreciate the graciousness of the Tauck family and the company in general for inviting me to attend the annual TD seminars! I’d like to know and be updated on the annual & future goals Tauck World Discovery has in their planning. Please find away to keep me more informed about the companie’s World. Thank you, Steve J.