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London Beyond the Majestic and Stately

on Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:50
London like a local
Well, with one exception, I would say that the wild parakeets of London carry their own majesty. But aside from meeting these marvelous birds, my London adventure this summer with my husband to visit our daughter, was anything but the London I’ve known in the past.
 
 
 
Here’s our daughter in Hyde Park wearing a parakeet that was determined to make or find a nest in her hair bun. After many minutes of determination, the parakeet concluded that this was a lost cause.
 
Although we did see the more traditional musical Matilda, we attended an interactive theater to experience Alice Underground
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A Marvel & Maze: Untourists' Venice Report on the Regatta, Churches and Other Marvels

on Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:32
The regatta in Venice, Italy on an Untours apartment stay

The Toepfers just returned from the Venice Untour and shared these thoughts and images.

Venice is a miracle marvel:

A unique city with its magical and spectacular scenery that claims a priceless art and historical heritage was a true miracle of creative genius. It is an engineering marvel built on mud, sand, and slime in a difficult and inhospitable landscape.
 
This engineering marvel is due not only to the skill and intelligence of the builders but also to the nature of the place itself.

Venice is a mysterious maze:

There are so many narrow streets (calle), alleys and pathways in this maze
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Jerry's Provence: The Textures of Southern France

on Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:06
Provence Untour apartment stays

Jerry and Deena Koffler have traveled with Untours almost 20 times, and to many different destinations, on both Untours trips and Ventures.

You may have already checked out their photos of Holland and the Amalfi Coast here on the blog. If you have, you already know that Jerry is a fantastic photographer, and that he and Deena have an eye for the local foods, markets, architecture, and streetscapes of the towns and villages they visit as travelers.

Provence was no exception! On their recent Provence Untour, they enjoyed exploring the charming villages, lively markets, and lovely waterways on

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A Human Way to Do Business

on Tue, 08/29/2017 - 13:22
Untours hosted apartment vacations
I don’t know much about whisky. 
 
At a tasting at a tiny Speyside distillery in the north of Scotland, I was glad I didn’t have to report on lingering sherry notes or hints of burnt licorice. The smoky peat flavors were about all my unsophisticated palate could detect. Though the tour did leave me with impressions of another kind.
 
Unlike their corporate competitors, this family-owned business does not use modern technology to achieve the exact same flavor barrel after barrel. They defer to their expert distillers, rather than silicon chips, to make the decisions.
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Jerry's Italy: The Lovely and Delicious Amalfi Coast

on Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:39
Amalfi Coast on and Untour

Jerry and Deena Koffler have traveled with Untours at least 18 times, taking more than one trip in some years. Whether they find themselves Untouring in Italy or cruising on an Untours Venture, the Kofflers always have a good time and eat well. As they love good food and scenery, it is no surprise they fell in love with the Amalfi Coast. Here Jerry has captures some of their favorite sights, impressions, and tastes of the Amalfi Coast and Naples. The Kofflers have traveled to Italy many times, but Amalfi stood out. Check out Jerry's gorgeous and evocative images!

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Elizabeth in Switzerland: Two Weeks Without Luggage

on Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:28
Swiss Untours vacations in Switerland

Ten years ago, our beloved Hal Taussig, my boss at the time, sent me on a Swiss Untour as part of my job. Quite a perk! Hal wanted me to experience his travel company in action, so I could prepare the board of the Untours Foundation to one day inherit the business.

The adventure began with Hans supplying me with dress size flannel shirts and size 12 high top sneakers. Hans accurately determined that the sneakers would stay on my feet, if laced tightly enough. And so our many Alpine hikes took place with me in what felt like clown shoes. With Hans leading the way and me in my big shoes, I felt we were Frick and Frack laughing as we went.

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The Golden Train Line of Switzerland, Blazing through the Swiss Heartland and Oberland

on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:54
Swiss rail travel, Swiss Untour
There's no place in the world for train travel quite like Switzerland
 
The GoldenPass Line links three regions, two languages and eight lakes, tempting travelers to discover some of Switzerland’s most diverse delights. In the morning the timeless tradition of German-language Central Switzerland. Followed by the beautiful Bernese Oberland. And in the evening the French flair of Lake Geneva.
 
The first stretch runs directly through the Swiss Heartland Untour. This first the modern Luzern-Interlaken Express takes travelers along the lovely lakes of Alpnach, Sarnen, and Lungern, climbing to
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Mountain Excursions to the Most Scenic Swiss Summits

on Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:32
Switzerland rail trips on the Swiss Untour
For Alpine enthusiasts, a visit to Switzerland is pure paradise. It is also easily discovered and enjoyed, thanks to the extensive network of mountain railways, all accessible with the Swiss Travel Pass. The pass covers travel between cities and into the mountain villages around Untours territory.
 
But sometimes, our guests want to venture to the highest peaks of the Alps.
 
Swiss Untourists know that on most premium routes, holders of a Swiss Travel System ticket pay only half price.
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Good to Our Staff

on Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:07
Untours is a B Corp with good policies for employees
Untours is good to its employees. This is something we are proud of and something that we know allows us to offer better service to our customers. Our regular B Corp re-certification process verifies our commitment to treating employees well. When we say it, we can verify it. 
 
Current staff members have worked here for 15 - 25 years, enjoying an average 4 weeks of paid vacation a year plus paid sick time, holidays, and personal days. That may occasionally be inconvenient when you call and cannot get the person you wish to speak with.
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Untourists Report from Central Scotland: News and Reviews You Can Use!

on Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:21
Dunblane, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Central Scotland Untour

Our Central Scotland Untour has been running for almost a year now. We introduced it in fall of 2016 as the “Scotland Untour” but rechristened it Central Scotland this summer to make way for our newest offering in Inverness, the Scottish Highlands Untour. From its inception, the (Central) Scotland Untour has gotten rave reviews, most notably for our staff person Val and for the friendliness of the Scots. Here are some reviews directly from our guests there, from both 2016 and the first part of 2017. I hope their apartment info and other suggestions are helpful!

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