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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
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The Untours Guide to Green Travel

on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:40
Green travel guide

At Untours we are big boosters of thoughtful, responsible, and sustainable travel. We love the lessons Europe has to teach us about environmental conservation and stewardship. We have learned a lot over our decades of European travel and progressive business. Here are some eco travel tips for travel in Europe, the Untours guide to green travel.

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Join Us at Stirling Castle in Central Scotland

on Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:22
Stirling Castle on the Scotland Untour

Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland. Many feel it is actually the best, even better than Edinburgh's. It is surely the crowning jewel of Stirling. The town and its quaint satellite villages make up our Central Scotland Untour, offering easy rail access to Edinburgh and its castle. 

But we strongly recommend you stick around town and give Stirling Castle its due time. Having rushed through it myself, I would say it deserves half a day for exploration, to allow you time to interact with museum staff, read the detailed explanations, and walk the ramparts.

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Meet Françoise, Your New Best Friend in Paris

on Tue, 05/02/2017 - 22:02
Francoise, Untours staff for your apartment stay in Paris

“I enjoy meeting people, especially foreigners,” explains Françoise Guilledroit, our new local staff person for the Paris Untour. Having lived and traveled abroad, she understands their perspective well.

Françoise was born in northern France and currently resides in Paris with her husband, who is an art specialist working in Paris and Brussels. Her daughters, both in their 20s, live in the UK. She enjoyed traveling at that age as well.

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Tuscan Table: 10 Things You Must Taste in Florence

on Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:11
Never plan a vacation when you are hungry. If you do, you will surely end up in Tuscany. On second thought, let your stomach guide you. When you consider the region’s sublime natural beauty and Florence’s countless Renaissance masterpieces, it is easy to overlook the food.
 
But Florence is a great place to connect with the region’s culture and history through its markets and restaurants. From some of Europe’s best fine dining to cheap eats around its global student culture, Florence has something for every budget. Many dishes evolved from scarcity, and the cucina povera of the peasants.
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For Earth Day, Untours' Environmental Practices and Lessons From Europe

on Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:07
Untours is a B Corp that uses solar power

Untours is very concerned about the environment, but not in a lip-service, greenwashing kind of way. We honestly and truly care. We work to mitigate the environmental impact of travel and to minimize and offset our office carbon footprint. Our B Corp certification process screens us for environmental policies and practices, so our values are tested and lived, and certified as more than a slogan!

Here are some of the things we do to be a business that is good for the environment.

  • We have an 18.8 kW solar installation that provides a substantial portion of the electricity used in the building.

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