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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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Happy Birthday to the Untours Foundation: The Ungala Toasts 25!

on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:25
Untours and the Untours Foundation celebrate the Ungala

On a chilly evening at the start of April, the Untours Foundation gathered with progressive business leaders, community activists, entrepreneurs, donors, foundation leaders, Untourists, and Untours staff and friends to celebrate its silver anniversary. We gathered to acknowledge the Untours Foundation and its 25 years of funding Fair Trade, job creation, green development, and economic empowerment. We had a lot to celebrate, after over 7 million dollars of foundation money has been cycled to and through organizations to fuel job creation and strengthen local economies.

The Untours Foundation

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Kunstmuseum: Degenerate Art Fix in Basel

on Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:15
Basel art museum

On a recent visit to the Kunstmuseum in Basel, I was overwhelmed by the size and breadth of the museum's modern art collection.

A friendly guard explained it quite succinctly. "Yes, Switzerland and America have the largest collections of Modern Art because they could quietly collect and protect 'degenrate art' while Hitler was marching through Europe." I'd never thought of it before, but it made sense. These sorts of interactions and epiphanies are why we travel, and part of the magic that brings museums alive and fills their contents with meaning!

So let me introduce you to one of my new favorite art museums in Europe.

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Siegfried's Musical Cabinet Museum, a Gem in Rudesheim, Germany

on Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:03
Siegfried's Musican Museum, Rudesheim Germany

Join me in charming Rudesheim on the Rhine, an easy day trip from our German Rhine Untour. With its vineyard-covered hills, distant castles, and narrow cobbled lanes and courtyards, it is one darling town. So cute, in fact, that we often bring our Untour guests there for a special tour of the museums in town. Including one of our favorites. Welcome to Siegfried's Musical Cabinet, a jewel of a tiny museum filled with vintage and historical musical instruments and elaborate machines with moving figures.

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Spring Preview: Holland at the Philadelphia Flower Show

on Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:44
Holland at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Right around the time those of us on the East Coast are bemoaning the long, cold winter, the Philadelphia Flower Show launches with its colorful blooms promising good things to come. As the world's biggest and oldest indoor flower show, the Philadelphia Flower Show draws gardeners from all over the country.

Cathrin Baumbach, one of our program directors, volunteers there every year. As this year's theme was Holland, we feel compelled to share her photos. They are not as good as our Dutch Untour, but they are pretty and well timed.

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Guinness, Castles, and Countryside: View From an Irish Untour

on Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:31
Kenmare and Ring of Kerry on the Ireland Untour

There's something supremely unique about Ireland. Maybe it's the friendly people or the sturdy, homey architecture. Perhaps it's the variety of landscapes, from mountains, cliffs, rolling hills and forest. Or maybe it's just the warmth of walking into an Irish pub and enjoying a pint of Guinness with strangers that soon become friends. Whatever it is, Rebecca Leah Lynch found it on her recent Untour to Ireland. Here are some of her favorite photos and memories from the journey.

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A Day in Strasbourg

on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 09:26
Strasbourg, France on the Alsace Untour

On of our favorite day trips on our popular Alsace Untour is a nice break from the bucolic countryside and wine road. Strasbourg is the biggest city in the Alsace region, with a population of close to 800,000. It has been at an international crossroads for centuries. It wears its rich history in the cabled buildings and church-studded cobblestone lanes of its historic core. Here is a glimpse of many aspects of one of our favorite multi-faceted cities.

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The 5 Best Restaurants in Amalfi (plus one in Atrani)

on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 15:29
Amalfi Coast restaurants, Amalfi Untour
The Amalfi Coast is a place of dramatic beauty, of pastel villages built into cliffs and hillsides overlooking sandy beaches and shining sea. Anyone who has taken our Amalfi Coast Untour will tell you about its natural beauty.
 
But one thing that surprises some travelers to the region is the quality of the local cuisine! In southern Italy, fresh vegetables are abundant and the basis of lots of local dishes. Add the crisp wines of Campania, the abundance of seafood and citrus, and the flair of Neapolitan cuisine, and you get the picture.
 
Come for the beauty, stay for the food.
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Meet Nafplio, Home of the Greece Untour

on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:48
Nafplio Greece, home of our Greece Untour

We love Nafplio! This lovely ancient seaside town is the homebase of our Greece Untour and offers the perfect combination of charm, sophistication, views and access to the wider Peloponnese.

Nafplio has a population of 12,000, and is considered by many to be Greece’s prettiest town. It is located only two hours south of Athens on the Peloponnesian Peninsula. Nestled into a quiet bay, Nafplio makes a perfect base for exploring some of the most historic and scenic sections of Greece.
 
Its old town is compact and can be crossed on foot in about 10 minutes.

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