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The 10 Most Romantic Places in Europe

on Tue, 02/06/2018 - 12:37
10 most romantic places in Europe

There's nothing like travel to stoke romance. The sights and sounds and smells and tastes of new places can stir your passion for living, and sharing those thrills with another is a perfect way to build your relationship.

Untours are made for love, giving you space to spread out in an apartment, autonomy to do your own thing, and a local host who can make suggestions for the perfect date night. Here are our favorite places in Europe for romance! Share these Untours with someone special.

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Shock of the New: 3 Contemporary Sculpture Gardens in the Hills of Tuscany

on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:04
Contemporary art sculpture gardens in Tuscany
Above: Tarot Gardens photo by s9-4pr, CC
Interested in contemporary sculpture? Tuscany is a surprisingly furtile place for it! See how the shock of the new and surreal commune with the deep natural beauty of the Tuscan landscape. There are some fantastic sculpture gardens to explore near our farm house apartments on the Tuscany Untour. Here are our favorites.

Site Transitoire

Set off the small road between Leonina and Mucigliani (near Asciano), you will find this monumental sculpture by Jean Paul Philippe, a sort of 1990s stonehenge that inter-
acts strikingly with its natural setting.
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St. Andrews: Sacred Ground for Golfers, Scholars and Pilgrims

on Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:07
St. Andrews, golfing on a Scotland Untour
There is so much to see on our popular Untour in Central Scotland. Edinburg and Glasgow are top of list, not to be overshadowed by Stirling's own castle. But one of our absolute favorite day trips is to St. Andrews, a must-see for golfers, of course. But it offers so much more than that!
St. Andrews is widely credited as the place where the game of golf originated. Indeed, the roots of the game here go back to the mid 16th century, and the town is home to the first known golf course, today called the Old Course. It is a gorgeous expanse, abuttng the coastline of the West Sands.
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Meet the 2017 Hal Taussig Award Winner: Roshan

on Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:29

To honor Hal Taussig and acknowledge some of the best and brightest progressive businesses, B Lab awards the Hal Taussig Award each year at their annual retreat. This year's winner is a true inspiration: Roshan, a telecom company committed to bettering the lives of their customers, not just in communications, but in many other realms. The theme of this year's conference was interdependence, and founder Shainoor Khoja spoke eloquently about their work and the community support that works both ways in times of crisis.

Here is the amazing speech she gave at the conference in Toronto in October of 2017.

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Mystras, Greece

on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:29
Mystras on a Greece Untour
Greece is one of our most beloved Untours, largely because of the great diversity of things to do right in and around Nafplio. But there is nothing like hitting the open road and enjoying the countryside as you make your way to some of the farther flung corners of the Peloponnese.
On the outer edges of our day trip suggestions lies one of my favorite destinations, the historic ruins of Byzantium’s second capital, Mystras.

In the latter days of the Byzantine Empire, much of the Peloponnese was under Byzantine rule, and Mystras was a major seat of power—second in size and power only to
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Untours Foundation Gift Guide: Creative Presents, Soulful Giving

on Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:45
Untours travel gift guide

It’s that time of year again. Whether we relish or dread it, many of us are gathering gifts to give for Christmas and Hanukkah.

This year, consider skipping the mall and giving something with purpose. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas and the values behind them. The Untours Foundation supports lots of worthwhile businesses, and we have many B Corp friends who share our values. We have ideas for kids, pets, hosting gifts, stocking stuffers, and experiences.

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Scottish Highlands Q&A: Duncan on Heritage, Food & Skulduggery

on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:50
Scottish Highland hosted vacations
We chose Duncan MacKellar to be the on-site staff for our new Scottish Highland Untour for many reasons. He's already been a huge help to our first guests in the region this fall. Meet the newest addition to Untours' global family of friendly on-the-ground hosting staff.
Tell us briefly about what you’ve done before your work for Untours?
Professionally, I trained as an engineer and my two brothers and I ran our own engineering business in the Highlands of Scotland for 25 years, servicing the offshore oil and gas Industry.
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Ventures Cruise Report: Rhine Getaway on Viking

on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:53
Dee on a Viking cruise with Untours Ventures

Dee McConnell, Director of Untours Ventures, offers a review of her experience on a Viking river cruise of the Rhine. She also offers advice: Pace yourself since there is so much to do and see. Take the time to grab a seat on the sundeck with a glass of wine and watch the world go by. Also, bring binoculars. They’re helpful for getting a better look at all of the castles you will pass as your cruise the Rhine.

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The Paradox of Glasgow: Sacred & Contemporary

on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:49
Glasgow on the Scotland Untour
There is so much to see and do in Scotland, we need two Untours to contain and cover it all!
For a healthy jolt of urban life, shake off the castle cobwebs and head to Glasgow in Central Scotland. With its busy modern center, office buildings and traffic, it is a perfect foil to lovely, archaic Edinburgh. 
Glasgow is unapologetically contemporary, a city bustling with commerce and art and student life. Accept this, and you will warm to Glasgow quickly and let it round out your experience of Scotland. 
Of course you can choose your path when you arrive at the rail station.
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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.