Tauck gets 'Personal' in region

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WESTPORT, Conn. -- Tauck World Discovery unveiled a Personal Discovery tour to New England.

The New York, Newport & Boston program is one of 10 tours of North America and Europe in Tauck's new series for 2003.

Designed for a generation accustomed to travel, the programs concentrate on a single region, with minimal movement from hotel to hotel, more free time built into the itinerary and more choice and flexibility in scheduled activities, according to company president Robin Tauck.

New York, Newport & Boston is a six-night itinerary featuring three nights in New York, three in Boston, a drive through Connecticut and Rhode Island and a day tour of Newport, R.I.

The program is aimed at independent travelers who want to experience the destinations in depth and need little hand-holding, Tauck said.

The trip begins in New York with an evening reception and dinner at the Drake Hotel, followed by a day of sightseeing and a Broadway show. The next day, clients can choose between a tour of the Hudson River Valley or an exploration of the art history of the city. The day ends with a cruise of New York harbor.

The next stop is Newport, home to some of the most opulent estates of the early 20th century.

The tour explores the city's history from colonial times through the Gilded Age, with a trip along the "Ten-Mile Drive," where many of the estates stand.

The itinerary offers a choice between a visit to the Marble House mansion of William Vanderbilt or Cliff Walk, a pedestrian walkway that borders the shoreline and the back lawns of many of the mansions that overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

The final two days of the tour are spent exploring Boston. A sightseeing tour features Back Bay, Copley Square, Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, Old South Meeting House, Fanueil Hall and North Church.

The last day offers a choice from three alternatives: a trip to Provincetown on Cape Cod, a tour of Boston's literary heritage guided by a historian or a fine arts tour, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum.

The tour is priced from $1,995 per person, double. Commission is 10%. For additional information, call (800) 468-2825 or visit www.tauck.com.

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