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  • float trip down Rio grande

    #2 Posted : Thursday, April 26, 2018 1:03:23 PM

     

    This is just a float trip on calm water. When I did it, I basically had on jeans, a shirt and sneakers. I did not get wet. You can wear whatever you would wear for a regular touring day.


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  • Salzburg vs. Cesky Krumlow

    #8 Posted : Thursday, April 26, 2018 11:24:02 AM

     

    dolciani said:

    Alan, Did you get to see the stallions in Vienna? If so, what advice can you offer as to t he best way to arrange that?

    Yes! Another story! First, you must understand that formal Lipizzaner performances are only held on the weekends (in the evenings?) during certain times of the year. But, from 10:00 - 12:00 daily, on weekdays, you can pay to observe the "Morning Exercise"- where maybe 6 to 8 horses and riders leisurely circle the arena- NO routines, maneuvers, jumps, etc., nothing but walking (different gaits?). I heard via the grapevine that a visit to the Lipizzaner Morning Exercise was going to be a Tauck surprise (also called a lagniappe) that might follow one of the two published morning bus/walking tours (to the Schönbrunn palace or Hofburg Palace). Not so on our 12 April cruise. For us it was listed as Choice #3 on Day 8 in Vienna. I don't know if anyone selected it so have no feedback, but before the trip I researched the Morning Exercise and the general consensus on TripAdvisor, etc. was that two hours was way too long to watch the horses and riders circle the arena. On Day 7 we were given the choice of (1) "Vienna - the Ringstrasse & 1st District Walking Tour" (2) "Vienna - the Ringstrasse & Jewish Heritage Walking Tour, or (3) "Escorted Cycling Tour in Vienna & Downtown". Choice #1 (maybe #2 also??) was scheduled to end at about 1130 near Albertina Square (Tauck bus pick-up/drop off point in Vienna) which is only a block or from the Spanish Riding School. So, here is what we did- We chose #1. I let our TD and/or our local guide know four of us would likely be leaving the tour early to attend the last half hour or so of the Morning Exercise. We got there about 11:30 paid our admission fee, which was half price since it was over half over!! 30 minutes was just right! NO PHOTOS allowed, minders circulated to enforce this, but someone I know managed to capture a few shots! There is narration (in English?), but I couldn't hear or understand most of what was said. Still, we got to see a mix of young (gray) and older (nearly white) horses exercise in the arena. At 2:00 pm that (free) afternoon, we took a tour (25 people, English) of the Spanish Riding School facilities and stable. Reservations are required- I booked them online a few months prior to departure. Check-in was the same place (in the Hofburg) where we purchased tickets for the Morning Exercise. You pay there as well. NO PHOTOS were allowed of the horses, but we could take photos of the tack room, etc. We couldn't touch the horses, either, but I literally got within 4" nose-to-nose of the horses!!!! So, everything worked out perfectly!! I didn't break the rules- I took this with a telephoto lens during the Tauck walking tour which went right by the Spanish Riding School!


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  • June 24th England, Scotland & Wales, R U Joining?

    #3 Posted : Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:20:41 AM

     

    British said:

    We used the new Tauck app for our last tour and believe me it does not keep ‘everything up to date for each day of your trip’ while it is good for the general itinerary and things to do in free time and even maps, the times and even the orders of the things you do each day can vary quite a bit, so you still have to rely on the word or paperwork the tour director gives you at the start of the tour or on a daily basis.

    You betcha! The app often doesn't reflect what you will be actually doing and when, doesn't provide times, meet-up locations, etc. Until TD's have the ability (and time!!) to upload the daily sheets, the app will be of limited value in this regard. The maps feature shows you where you are located, but may not contain enough street detail to navigate. Unlike Google/Google Maps, the app doesn't allow you to search (for places, restaurants, etc.) and doesn't provide directions (turn-by-turn or otherwise).


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When I discovered that there are tour operators who will take you to Antarctica, I immediately decided I wanted to go. It seemed the closest to interplanetary travel that I would be able to experience in my lifetime.

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The key to ensuring your family has a wonderful vacation? Make sure the kids do.  And the first step towards planning a happy family vacation is to get the family involved.  Older children, especially pre-teens, appreciate being asked and even helping research aspects of the trip. 

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