In­sider knowl­edge

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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.

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