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Florence with Kids: 15 Things to Share and Enjoy

on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:14
Florence Untour family travel
Cities can be a lot of fun to share with kids, with their parks and museums and markets and rich histories. And now that Untours has added the Italian cities to the Kids Stay Free program, you can tour young travelers though the ancient sites of Rome, the carfree alleys and canals of Venice, and the vibrant Renaissance cityscape of Florence.
 
If Florence is on your itinerary, here are some fun things to share with your kids or grandkids. Please note, they are good for all ages!

1. Visit the straw market and look for the wild boar statue.

2. Browse in the toy stores on Via Cavour & Via

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Best of Salzburg: Don't miss these 9 sights!

on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:10
Salzburg Untour in Austria
As one of the most enchanting cities in Europe, Salzburg exudes a lively air of spontaneity—this despite its rich history as the seat of the sometimes dour, always pompous prince-archbishops. Our Austria Untour places you on the outskirts of this beautiful burg.
 
Here are nine sights you shouldn’t miss!
 

1. Hohensalzburg Castle

The most prominent structure in the city, this massive fortress was begun in 1077 and stands today as the largest completely preserved medieval castle in Central Europe. Be sure and take the 35-minute guided tour.  Ask for the English audio tours.
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Isle-sur-Sorgue: Tag Along for a Day on the Town

on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:56
Isle sur Sorgue apartment stays with Untours in Provence

Isle sur Sorgue is a charming town in Provence, one of the hometown villages of our Provence Untour.  It is also well known as a center for the antique trade and for its lovely location, at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau. Isle-sur-Sorgue is known as the Venice of Provence because of the canals that pass through town. The Sorgue River begins at the famous Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, about 4 miles to the east, and divides into 5 arms that run through Isle-sur-Sorgue before joining again and splitting into two rivers just outside of town.

I recently spent a couple days in the area.

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The Sunflowers of Tuscany: What's Happier Than That?!

on Tue, 01/24/2017 - 15:21
Sunflowers from Tuscany, the Tuscan Untour

Photographer David Hessell joined us on the Tuscany Untour a few years ago and brilliantly captured the region in the full flush of late summer. As we face a cold and drab January, here are some of his beautiful images. We like to think of sunflowers as nature's antidepressant, a perfect foil for the short, dark days of winter.

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Room with a View: The 20 Best Untours Apartment Views

on Wed, 01/18/2017 - 09:51
Le Chiuse farm in Tuscany

At Untours we're big believers in slow travel. What is slow travel? It's slowing down, staying among the locals, spending more than just a few days (maybe even a few weeks), and immersing yourself in the local culture and ways.

With travel becoming more accessible to more people than ever before, traveling to small European towns or historically more isolated villages, is easier than ever. Now that travelers have more choices than ever before, it's time to make the right choices. That's why at Untours we hand pick each individual property we rent.

One of the criteria we try to meet in most of

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Versailles: An Easy and Regal Paris Escape

on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 11:32
Versailles day trip from Paris Untour
A trip to Paris isn’t complete without a daytrip to nearby Versailles, just a short trip on the regional train.
 
France’s most famous château overwhelms most visitors. Breathing in its beauty, one understands how Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette could have made the fatal error of failing to flee in time to avoid Revolutionary mobs. Versailles simply wasn’t a place easily abandoned. 
 
Today, it ranks as the most popular destination for day-trippers from Paris, receiving more than three million visitors a year.
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Ventures River Cruise Report: AmaWaterways Enchanting Rhine

on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 10:32
Untours Ventures river cruise Romantic Rhine

I just experienced my first AmaWaterways river cruise, a 7-day journey from Basel to Amsterdam, on the Enchanting Rhine. I had high expectations, and my experience actually exceeded them! Here are some of the reasons we partner with AmaWaterways, and why we love their river cruise options in Europe.

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What's On in Kenmare, Ireland? Here are Some Events to Help You Plan

on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:23
Kenmare Ireland apartment stays

Let's be clear. There is never a bad time to visit Kenmare, on the edge fo the Ring of Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. That's why we set up our Ireland Untour there. But here is a rundown of town events from a local that might help you decide when to travel.

Ongoing:

Outdoor Market – Every Wednesday in The Square and on some weekends during summer.
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Gift Ideas for Your Hosts in Europe

on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 13:21
Gifts for European apartment hosts
In the days of globalism, there are very few American things you cannot get in Europe. We live on a rapidly shrinking planet where influences and cultures mix, and we all buy our couches from Ikea. What is distinctly American, anyway?
 
I asked these questions before heading to Europe, wanting to bring thoughtful gifts to my hosts in Scotland, Alsace, and Provence. What to bring that will be unique?
 
A legend in our office has it that an apartment host on our Provence Untour invited a guest into his pantry once to show him a shelf full of jars of peanut butter.
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The Christmas Markets of Cologne

on Tue, 12/13/2016 - 11:53
Christmas markets in Cologne Germany

If you read our Untours blog and Eurozine newsletter or follow us on Facebook, you know we love the Christmas markets of Europe. We've been writing about them and sharing photos for years. For my part, I have gazed on colleagues' pictures, edited and produced their blog posts, and listened to their tales with envy.

But on my recent trip I got to experience the Christmas markets first hand. And I was not disappointed! The experience brought tears to my eyes. I was in Cologne, Germany on the opening day of their Christmas markets, and I was in bliss.

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