Tauck to Partner with Filmmaker Ken Burns

Tauck, a leader in premium quality guided land journeys and small ship cruises, has announced a multi-year partnership with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and his longtime collaborator Dayton Duncan.

Duncan and Burns, known for exploring American culture and history in such highly-regarded films as “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz” and “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” will work with Tauck on developing new journeys and creating special events that feature appearances by the filmmakers.

Burns said that his and Duncan’s goals in filmmaking closely mirror Tauck’s mission with its domestic travel experiences. “Our films and Tauck’s U.S. journeys are about sharing America’s story in a memorable and compelling way,” said Burns. “We both try to engage our audiences, increase their knowledge, and make strong emotional connections with the people and stories from America’s past that help define who we are today.”

Besides helping Tauck develop new domestic itineraries, Duncan and Burns will produce a series of short films for use by Tauck on a number of its U.S. journeys. The exclusive films will be aired on-tour and convey the history, the cultural significance and the personal stories of the people who shaped the places Tauck guests are visiting.

“The possibilities represented by this partnership are endless,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, “and much of Ken’s and Dayton’s past work aligns perfectly with destinations where Tauck already has, or can easily add, trips.”

Specifically, Mahar cited “The Civil War” series and areas connected with the conflict, noting that the 150th anniversary of the war begins in 2011. He also pointed to last year’s six-part Burns/Duncan series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Tauck has been showcasing various U.S. parks on its itineraries since 1926, and today the company visits more than two dozen parks, battlefields, historic sites and other locations that are part of the National Park system. (www.tauck.com)

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