As of this morning I've received the emails with the links to our green books for both of our upcoming tours. I'm fine with Tauck using the digital format but have to say I'm unimpressed with the information provided compared to the sacrifice of having to print the parts I'm interested in. Here's a quote from the book, "Please take the time to carefully review the itinerary section of this document for the latest information and updates." Other than the tipping recommendations and that there won't be a group photo, I've learned nothing new reading either of the two green books we've received.
Covid impacts aren't anything that hasn't already been mentioned elsewhere on the website and nothing is said about the new french requirement for a QR code to get into restaurants, museums, etc. During group activities I'm not concerned with needing it, but when we go off on our own I want to make sure we don't have an issue. Hence I've applied for ours without waiting for Tauck guidance. Hope others on the tour don't get caught unprepared.
As far as providing the most up to date itinerary, if anything there is less information. The Normandy/Brittany has always been listed as beginning at either 2:30 or 3pm - way earlier than the usual welcome reception. Unofficial comments here on the forum have been that they will include tickets for a tour of the chateau Versailles which I was also told verbally by an agent over a month ago. Zero mention of this in the green book. Also the book mentions a Louvre tour but not when. While I don't do a lot to plan off tour activities, this makes it really hard to do any planning. We get to Versailles on Sat - the day before the start of the tour - and if tour tickets aren't provided I worry it will be too late to book my own.
Digital green books? Meh.