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Vienna's 5 Best Coffeehouses

on Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:57
Guide to Vienna Coffee Houses

Vienna is legendary for its excellent coffee and cafés. Austrian coffee houses are something of an institution and a traditional meeting place. A café or Kaffeehaus is the best place to relax, read the newspaper, and enjoy the good things in life. Here you are alone with your thoughts and you can watch Vienna pass you by. Some people will spend all day in a café socializing and reading their way through a weekend newspaper. Soak it in—relax like a Wiener!

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Toasting Vienna: A Guide to Austrian Wines

on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 17:00
A guide to Austrian wines
Though it is not well known for its viticulture, Austria produces excellent white wines and increasing good red ones. Vienna itself is a wine-growing region, surrounded by vineyards which supply the Heurige (see below) in the city and the outskirts with young local wines. 
The most popular and wine in Austria is fruity, food-friendly Grüner Veltliner. Others options include superb dry Rieslings, especially from the Wachau region, and rich Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) from Burgenland. 
Austrian reds tend to be soft and lush; robust reds come from the Blaufränkisch grape from the Burgenland
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10 Reasons to Take Kids to Germany

on Tue, 10/25/2016 - 13:30
Family travel in Germany

There are lots of reasons to take your kids to Germany. I recently traveled to Germany with my daughter. This was a special trip, connecting with her and connecting her with my homeland and her grandparents. But even if you do not have a personal connection like I do, Germany is a perfect destination for a family vacation. Here are some of my favorite reasons to travel in Germany with kids.

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Faces of Peru: An Untours (ad)Venture

on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 09:55

Machu Picchu Explorer

In October of last year I had the great privilege to join some travel agent colleagues on a trip to Peru, organized by G Adventures. My 9-day Machu Picchu Explorer trip covered Lima, Cusco & the Sacred Valley, and of course Machu Picchu. The trip was educational, adventurous (we experienced a two-day transportation strike, which almost put Machu Picchu out of reach) and fabulous all around. The food was outstanding, but that will be another post. 

Faces of Peru

I strongly believe that travel can change you.
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The Best of Germany's Christmas Markets

on Tue, 12/01/2015 - 11:25
Germany Christmas market with family

I miss certain things about my homeland, but Christmas markets & Advent celebrations top the list. It’s a magical time in Germany. On Sunday afternoons families assemble around an Advent wreath, light a candle, and enjoy special treats like Stollen, Lebkuchen, and cookies with tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. Incense fills the air, coming out of the mouths of Räuchermännchen (little wooden men with an incense cone on the hollow inside that blow smoke out of their pipes), and soft Christmas carols can be heard in many a home.

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Swiss Travel News - The Latest News Fresh from Switzerland

on Tue, 10/20/2015 - 09:04
Cathrin on the Swiss Untour

Here is some Swiss travel news from the desk of Cathrin Baumbach, who just returned from a work trip to Switzerland and the 2015 Swiss Travel Mart (an international meeting of Switzerland travel professionals) in Zermatt. Read these up-to-the-minute updates of all things Swiss.

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Spiderman of Greece: Christos Saves the Day!

on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 09:40
Christos saves the day on the Greece Untour

A favorite Untours memory comes from our Greece Untour, and a daring rescue. Some guests of ours in Nafplio were having trouble with their building lock. They called on Christos, our Untours host. He quickly jumped on his scooter and drove over to help. When his key did not work either, he tried to pick the lock, but without success. He went back to his office and got some tools. Back in St. Georges Square he climbed up on his scooter and scaled the wall, climbing up on the drain pipe and hanging on to the wires on the outside of the building, true Spiderman style.

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The Perfect Budapest in 10 Easy Steps!

on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:03
Parliament building at twilight, Budapest Untour

When I think of Budapest, my brain activates distant memories of backpack travel as a college student. In those days, money was tight, and luckily the city had much to offer that was free or inexpensive, and that has not changed. Just imagine a sprawling Castle District and marvelous views of a city glistening in the sunset light. Imagine seeing one of the world's most beautiful buildings, the Hungarian Parliament, with your own eyes.

I love all things water, and now I can actually afford those fabulous spas fed by thermal springs, some of them built by the Ottomans. I urge you to pack a bathing suit and dare to plunge into the healing waters! If that's not for you, well, there is no shortage of other activities and sights in the Paris of the East!

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Hydra: Loving Cats and Life on the Greek Isles

on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:20
The cats of Hydra, Greece Untour

The cats of Hydra, Greece. (Click for more adorable photos!)

One of the things I love about my husband is his love for animals. I had a few parakeets when growing up. One even talked! But I never had a cat or dog. It was Paul’s chubby and lovable gray and white tuxedo named Owen that conquered my heart overnight and turned me into a cat lover. As Owen was going into his senior years, we’d hire a cat sitter when we went away. Although I knew him to be in excellent hands, I missed him terribly and took every opportunity to connect with cats on my trips and snap photos. And then we went on a Greece Untour...

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Best of the Peloponnese: Top 10 Sights of Nafplio and Classical Greece

on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:08
The donkeys of Greece, Greek Untour

The Nafplio Untour in Greece is one of my favorites. It’s the perfect example of what our founder Hal Taussig had in mind when he came up with the Untour concept. The town is big enough to offer interesting museums and sights, a vibrant restaurant scene, lovely waterfront walks, two beaches and enchanting alleys. Yet it is small enough that you can rub shoulders with the locals and to get to know your corner bakery staff.


Another big asset is our fabulous local staff, Christos, who regularly gets rave reviews from clients.