Take me to the rivers
ARTHUR Tauck operated his first tour in the US with a vintage automobile in 1925. In 1987, Travel the World’s Tony Millmore became the company’s general sales agent in Australia. Today, the two family-owned companies are run by Arthur Tauck’s son-in-law, Dan Mahar, and Tony’s son, Andrew. Ships: Four custom-designed 118-passenger sister river ships — Swiss Emerald, Swiss Sapphire, Swiss Jewel and Treasures. Activities: There are whirlpools, putting greens and fitness centres on each ship and bicycles for use ashore. Unique feature: Ita Buttrose is Tauck’s ambassador in Australia. Attractions for Australians: An exclusive offer of two free nights at selected Tauck hotels before or after most 2013 cruises booked by December 28, 2012, valued at about $US1000. Sample 2013 cruise: The 13-day The Rhine and Moselle voyage between Basel and Amsterdam aboard Swiss Jewel from May to October. Highlights include visits to vineyards, lunch in Heidelberg and a day in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. From $US4990 a person twin-share. More: tauck.com.au.