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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.
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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

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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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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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