Hot off the Press! Tauck 2025 Cruise Plans Unveiled

Tauck guests will be treated to a private dinner under the stars at the ancient Roman city of Ephesus and its famed library facade. Photo by Tauck.

So, what’s new with Tauck for 2025? The tour and cruise operator announced enticing new cruise itineraries and a boost in capacity on France’s Seine River this week. We’re excited about the developments. So, here’s the scoop on the two new Tauck 2025 small-ship ocean itineraries.

They’re entitled “Aegean Voyage: Istanbul to Athens” and “Rome, the Amalfi Coast & Sicily.” Read along for more details below about these two Tauck 2025 oceangoing vacations.

(Photo above is of a private Tauck event at Ephesus in Turkey. Photo by Tauck.)

Tauck 2025: “Aegean Voyage: Istanbul to Athens”

The 14-day“ Aegean Voyage: Istanbul to Athens” itinerary starts with an included three-night stay at the InterContinental Hotel Istanbul. That affords time for an in-depth exploration of the timeless city — which spans the continental line between Europe and Asia.

In Istanbul, guests will then embark on Windstar Cruises 312-passenger Star Legend for an eight-day cruise. Ports of call will include Lemnos, Mykonos, Santorini and Itea, Greece, as well as Kusadasi and Bodrum, Turkey. The cruise will end in Piraeus (Athens), Greece. 

A plus is that the new itinerary ends with an included two-night stay at Athens’ Grande Bretagne Hotel. Tauck will also provide guided Athens sightseeing for guests.

Top Itinerary Highlights

Istanbul's Egyptian Market, more commonly known as the Spice Market, offers a cornucopia of colorful spices. Photo courtesy of Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Turkiye.
(Istanbul’s Egyptian Market or Spice Market offers colorful spices for sale. Guests on one Tauck 2025 itinerary will spend multiple days in the city. Photo by Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Turkiye.)

Highlights of the two-week Tauck “Aegean Voyage: Istanbul to Athens” journey include these fantastic activities:

    • During the port call in Kusadasi, guests will be treated to a Tauck-exclusive dinner with live music under the stars in ancient Ephesus, Turkey.
    • For Tauck’s guided sightseeing in Athens, travelers will dive into the heritage of ancient Greece. They’ll visit both the ancient Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum, two top attractions.
    • In the mountains of Greece, guests will enjoy a guided visit to the archaeological site of Delphi. That’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to the 8th century B.C. (Hint? The Meandering Traveler suggests able-bodied guests walk upward beyond the “Oracle” ruins to find an chariot-like amphitheater atop the ancient city.)
    • In Istanbul, Turkey, guests will cruise along the Bosphorus.
    • And guests will explore Lemnos, a hidden Aegean gem not visited on many cruises.


Tauck will operate six departures of the new itinerary in April, September and October 2025. At press time, this new itinerary was priced from $11,990 per person, double occupancy; guests must also buy their air tickets.

Tauck 2025: “Rome, the Amalfi Coast and Sicily”

Sunsets are spectacular when viewed from the top of Rome's Spanish Steps. Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter.
(Sunsets are spectacular when viewed from the top of Rome’s Spanish Steps. Guests traveling on a Tauck 2025 new itinerary will likely spend a bit of time at this spot. Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter.)

Tauck’s new 12-day “Rome, the Amalfi Coast & Sicily” begins with a two-night hotel stay and guided sightseeing in Rome. Once the center of the Roman Empire, today it’s one of the most popular destinations for U.S. travelers. 

Then guests board an elegant Ponant Explorer-class ship — either the stylish Le Dumont d’Urville or Le Bougainville. As the voyage gets under way, guests will venture ashore for touring at Amalfi, Trapani, Palermo, Taormina and Siracusa in Italy, plus Gozo in Malta.

After disembarking in Valletta, Malta, guests will enjoy an included two-night hotel stay in the city. Plus, they’ll head out for Tauck sightseeing in Valletta.

Tauck 2025: Memorable Insider Experiences?

Memorable insider experiences along the way? Those include:

  • Visits to privately owned palaces in Palermo, Sicily.
  • A guided tour that includes the Ggantija Temples on Gozo, Malta; they’re a UNESCO World Heritage Site pre-dating the Egyptian pyramids.
  • An optional visit to the baroque Schiavi Castle. It’s claim to fame? It’s a private villa that was featured prominently in The Godfather.
  • An exclusive farewell dinner in Valletta at the historic La Sacra Infermeria. What’s special? That was once the hospital of the Order of the Knights of St. John.


Tauck will operate six departures of “Rome, the Amalfi Coast & Sicily” in May, June, September and October 2025. At press time, prices started at $11,990 per person, double occupancy. Airfare is additional, but Pavlus Travel can assist with getting great contract air. It often is at a cheaper rate than if guests buy air tickets themselves.

One hot spot for those interested in history is Valletta, Malta. Photo by Susan J. Young
(One Tauck 2025 itinerary, “Rome, the Amalfi Coast and Sicily,” will travel to Valletta, Malta. It’s a hot spot for travelers interested in history. Photo by Susan J. Young.)

More Details on Small-Ship Tauck Cruises

Included in the price of both new itineraries above are: all shore excursions; gratuities to Tauck Directors, ship staff and local guides; onboard alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (including house wines and spirits); airport transfers, luggage handling and more.

“In total, Tauck will operate 20 small-ship ocean cruise itineraries next year,” says Shelby Steudle, president, Pavlus Travel. “Guests can sail aboard 18 intimate, upscale vessels in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Antarctica.”

Tauck 2025: Coming Soon!

Later this week, The Meandering Traveler blog will focus on Tauck’s new river developments. Among those is a new-for-2025 river itinerary, plus more Seine River capacity in France. So, check back at the end of the week for details.

“But if the two new small-ship ocean itineraries Tauck unveiled this week are of interest, call us today,” says Steudle. “Tauck does a fabulous job with its touring and small-ship vacations. In addition, we’re the number one seller of Tauck worldwide, and so all our advisors are Tauck certified and know the product well. We’re here to assist!”

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