Tauck and Ken Burns Add New Western U.S. Tour, Washington, DC Event for 2018

New Itineraries Highlight Launch of Tauck’s 2018 North American Portfolio

WILTON, CT (October 12, 2017)  Tauck and Ken Burns continue to expand their partnership, and for 2018 they are adding a five-day Washington, DC event and an eight-day Western U.S. tour to their Ken Burns American Journeys collection of travel experiences.  The two new trips are part of Tauck’s just-announced 2018 portfolio of 39 journeys in the U.S. and Canada.

Burns himself will deliver the keynote address and mingle with Tauck guests at the Washington, DC event, which is scheduled for May 20 – 24, 2018.  Like earlier events crafted by Burns and Tauck, “One Nation: The Tauck Washington, DC Event” will be limited to a single departure, it will feature a personal appearance by Burns, and guests will experience a rotating array of small-group sightseeing “tracks” that explore a different theme each day.  Those themes include “Shared Sacrifice,” which focuses on the efforts and sacrifices made to preserve the rights enshrined in our founding documents; “We The People,” highlighting the balance of power built into America’s three branches of government; and “A More Perfect Union,” which traces the uneven path towards full and equal rights for all Americans. 

Tauck has arranged a number of special “insider” experiences that guests will enjoy during their daily sightseeing, including private guided tours of the U.S. Capitol (including its underground tunnels), the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress.  Guests will also tour iconic sites central to American culture and history, including the Lincoln Memorial; the World War II, Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials; and Arlington National Cemetery.

As enriching as the daily activities will be, some of the most memorable experiences have been reserved for the event’s evenings.  On the first night, guests will enjoy an after-hours welcome reception and dinner in the Newseum, the acclaimed museum celebrating journalism’s role in American society.  The following evening, guests will attend the event’s keynote address and cocktail reception with Ken Burns inside the National Archives, where they’ll view the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Other evenings include a lecture by noted Abraham Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer and a farewell black-tie gala inside the opulent National Building Museum complete with music, dinner and dancing.

Included in the event’s price (from $5,490 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) are accommodations at the historic Willard InterContinental hotel, all sightseeing and gratuities, admission to all evening events, most meals, airport transfers, luggage handling and more.

Along with the Washington, DC event, Tauck and Burns will also be launching a new co-crafted Western U.S. tour next year, “Mythic West: Montana, Yellowstone & the Tetons.”  The eight-day itinerary (from $4,690 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) begins with a two-night stay in Billings, Montana, an early-admission visit to the Western Heritage Center, and a tour of the historic Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, site of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s infamous “last stand.”

A subsequent two-night stay at Canyon Lodge inside Yellowstone National Park introduces guests to the park’s wonders, including Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, wildlife-rich Hayden Valley, Lake Yellowstone and Fountain Paint Pot.  Then it’s on to the iconic and oft-photographed Mormon Row Historic District in Grand Teton National Park. 

A three-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences in Jackson Hole is highlighted by a visit to the family-owned Snake River Ranch.  A self-sustaining working cattle ranch (and the largest deeded ranch in the Jackson Hole area), the Snake River Ranch is the former vacation home of legendary advertising moguls Stanley B. Resor and his wife, Helen Lansdowne Resor.  The property’s main structures were designed by notable architects including Mies van der Rohe, and the ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Other activities in and around Jackson Hole include a scenic raft trip on the Snake River, a guided walking tour of Jackson, and free time for independent exploration.  The journey concludes with a private tour and reception at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  Home to more than 5,000 works of wildlife-inspired art from 2500 BC to the present, the museum overlooks the 25,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge.

The evening at the National Museum of Wildlife Art is one of several Tauck-exclusive experiences guests will enjoy on the tour.  They’ll also attend a lecture by an American Indian artist during their early-admission visit to the Western Heritage Center in Billings, enjoy a presentation by a wildlife photographer at his log home and studio, and gain insights from a series of brief filmed vignettes featuring commentary by Burns and his longtime collaborator, Dayton Duncan.

The Western U.S. tour and Washington, DC event are the latest developments in what has been a busy period for Tauck and Ken Burns.  Earlier this year they announced a five-year renewal of their Ken Burns American Journeys partnership.  More recently, Burns and Tauck expanded the partnership to include Tauck’s two tours in Southeast Asia featuring Vietnam.  The American war in Vietnam was the subject of a recent 10-part, 18-hour documentary series co-directed by Burns and filmmaker Lynn Novick, and Tauck worked with PBS to support the film’s premiere in 15 markets across the country.

Details on Tauck’s entire 2018 collection of 39 North America tours can be found in the company’s new 152-page, full-color “U.S. & Canada” brochure, and on the company’s website, www.tauck.com.  Those interested in more information can contact their local travel professional, call Tauck at 800 468 2825, or visit www.tauck.com.

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