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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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Meet Ellen Peters, Professional Voice and Untours Accounting Diva

on Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:11
Untours staff Ellen
Ellen Peters has been part of the Untours family for 17 years, working in our US office. If you have called the office you may have spoken with her, but only briefly as she passed your call. Ellen is our accounting director, so when all goes well, our guests never talk to her. Yet our enterprise could not run without her.
In her time at Untours, Ellen has managed personnel, overseen our office affairs, balanced our books, initiated our worm composting, and even helped start our Alsace Untour many years ago. Here are some of Ellen's favorites. We hope they are useful!
My Favorite Travel
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Guests Weigh in on the Ireland Untour

on Thu, 07/13/2017 - 08:53
The Ireland Untour in Kenmare, Ring of Kerry
As we launch into our second full season of the Ireland Untour in County Kerry, it seems a good time to see what guests are saying about our Untour in Kenmare. Here are some recent comments from guests.
This was our fourth Untour and exceeded all our expectations. Ireland is truly a beautiful place to visit with Untours’ help. - Betty Johnson 
Neil, our on-site contact, was exceptional and well prepared for our arrival. He answered all our questions and it was wonderful knowing we had someone who was there for us if we needed anything - like a visit to a doctor for a bad cold.
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Swiss Rail Update: The New Gotthard Base Tunnel, an Engineering Marvel

on Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:05
Swiss Untour
Swiss Untourists use their Swiss Travel Pass to zip all over the country by rail (and boat and bus), taking in the best of the Alps. Here is some news about a new option, the Gotthard Base Tunnel. It offers insight into the engineering brilliance of the Swiss.
Construction of the world's longest train tunnel in Switzerland took 17 years. Traveling through it takes 17 minutes. The new Gotthard Base Tunnel is a project of pioneering proportions – a once-in-a-century structure extending for 57 kilometers (over 35 miles) through the Alps. 
In December 2016 the two-way tunnel opened for
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Helen's Florence: 7 of Our Favorite Overlooked Gems

on Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:21
Hidden gems in Florence, the Florence Untour
Helen Glave, on-site host of the Florence Untour, is a whiz with logistics and hospitality. But she is also deeply knowledgeable about Florence’s sights. We recently ask her to name her favorite hidden gems of Florence. Here is her response.
It is quite difficult to signal 'hidden gems' in Florence as most are so well documented. Here are a few personal favorites, places that might be easy to miss or overlook. Although they might be known, they are a lot less busy than the main attractions.

Bardini Gardens

Spectacular views, a nice place to hang out on a sunny day, and is is not overrun by
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Journey to the Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands

on Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:39
Isle of Skye on the Scottish Higlands Untour

It was a perfect day for a trip to the Isle of Skye, one of the best day trips in the Scottish Highlands. Cool temperatures, no rain in the forecast and a nearly cloudless sky. I had an ambitious itinerary of sights that I wanted to see, so I got an early start. I took the shortest route from Inverness that took me through wild and mountainous country. At times, the road followed the scenic rail line with regular passenger service between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh. 

On the way I passed Loch Duich, one of many beautiful highlights on the road to Skye.

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Jerry's Holland: The Textures of the Netherlands

on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:41
Holland vacation apartments on the Dutch Untour

Untourists Jerry and Deena Koffler have traveled with us at least 18 times, sometimes taking more than one trip per year. They are worldly, curious, and up for adventures, whether they find themselves combining Untours regions in a sampler or sailing off on far-flung adventures on an Untours Venture.

They recently shared their photos of Holland with us. This is the first is a series of photos I will share from Jerry's archive of travel photography, his impressions from his Dutch Untour in Leiden.

When traveling, Jerry likes to capture a place through its textures.

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The Robinsons Fell Hard for the Swiss Hasliberg, and We Have the Photos to Prove It!

on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:27
The Hasliberg, Switzerland, Swiss Untour

Meet the Robinsons. Paul and Eleanor recently traveled to Switzerland with us, spending two weeks on the Swiss Heartland Untour.

As Paul said when he returned from their trip:
"We have been on other structured tours in Europe. They have been great, but this one was super great. Why? We could check the weather and determine what we wanted to do. We could attend a concert we just heard about and could work it into our schedule. We could take a morning 'off' the last week just to catch up on journals.
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Welcome to Inverness, Homebase of the Scottish Highlands Untour

on Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:50
Inverness in the Scottish Highlands with Untours
Welcome the homebase of our new Scottish Highlands Untour. Inverness is a walkable town in the heart of the Highlands with good international restaurants, cozy pubs, and live music.
“It is a perfect departure point for exploring the Scottish Highlands,” says Untours President Brian Taussig-Lux. “But what I love about Inverness is that you can walk into tranquil green spaces without leaving town.”
While the Isle of Skye and the Malt Whisky Trail are within day trip distance, here are 10 things to check out in and around Inverness.
  • Visit Fort George and the Highlanders’ Museum. The mighty
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6 Reasons to Love Locarno, Home of our Swiss Ticino Untour

on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:00
The Swiss Ticino Untour is Locarno, Switzerland
Our Swiss Ticino Untour offers the perfect marriage of Italian romance and Swiss efficiency, with spectacular hikes, excellent train connections, and picturesque lakeside towns. 
Here are 6 reasons to fall in love with Locarno, homebase of our Swiss Ticino Untour.

1. History  

Locarno was settled before Roman times and was an important glass-making center. Its continued prominence in the Middle Ages is seen in the ruins of the Visconti Castle. Then Locarno was in the hands of several noble families of Lombardi and it became an important market town. 
Locarno suffered during the Protestant