THE little moments are the ones that connect you to day-to-day life.
It’s watching or playing an impromptu game of bocce with the locals, making new friends and lingering over a cappuccino or a beer in a pavement cafe.
Or strolling along city streets or village pathways with folk who are going about their daily lives.
This is the Europe that inspired travel industry pioneer Arthur Tauck Jr to invite guests to travel the scenic back roads on The Yellow Roads of Europe tour.
Tauck World Discoveries offer topselling European tours with glimpses of the real Europe guaranteed to leave life-long memories.
Tauck journeys reveal the essence of each destination through first-hand experience, ‘‘ insider’’ access and exploration of the area’s history, culture and cuisine with the added convenience of having all your travel needs handled by a Tauck director.
The most popular itineraries for Europe include Rome, Umbria and Tuscany; Italian Lakes, Venice, Florence and Rome, Barcelona to Paris; Sicily: Culture through the Ages; a week in Spain; Classic Italy and Venice, Florence and Rome with European river cruising.
Bob and Judy Koesters, recently completed a tour of India.
‘‘ We found this trip to be very moving in many ways. You have to see it to believe it,’’ Mr Koesters said.
‘‘ Every day brought us a new happening – not knowing what tomorrow would bring, how could that past day be better! India, it’s people, has found a place in our hearts.’’
The upfront prices are all-inclusive, with no hidden fees or add-ons.
Established in 1925, Tauck is a world-leader in upscale, escorted travel. Family owned and operated, it offers about 100 guided, allinclusive land journeys, cruises and family travel adventures in 65 countries worldwide.
The company showcases the ‘‘ must-see’’ attractions in each destination, enhancing guests’ experience with in-depth commentary and insights that add perspective and understanding. Tauck complements visits to must-see sites with access to off-the-beaten-path locations that deliver cultural experiences that are either unavailable or unknown to most travellers.
Respected travel agent Phil Hoffmann has recently returned from the christening of Tauck’s newest riverboat MS Treasures in Europe. He said Tauck tours were tailored to the evolving traveller.
‘‘ The Australian traveller is now a sophisticated and demanding customer and they have responded enthusiastically to the Tauck experience,’’ Mr Hoffmann said. ‘‘ It talks to their sense of inclusive value and their desire for culturally enriching experiences.’’
WORTH A PUNT: Romantic Venice is one of Tauck’s most popular destinations.