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Room with a View: The 20 Best Untours Apartment Views

on Wed, 01/18/2017 - 09:51
Le Chiuse farm in Tuscany

At Untours we're big believers in slow travel. What is slow travel? It's slowing down, staying among the locals, spending more than just a few days (maybe even a few weeks), and immersing yourself in the local culture and ways.

With travel becoming more accessible to more people than ever before, traveling to small European towns or historically more isolated villages, is easier than ever. Now that travelers have more choices than ever before, it's time to make the right choices. That's why at Untours we hand pick each individual property we rent.

One of the criteria we try to meet in most of

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Our 3 Coolest Places to Stay in Europe

on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:55
A Tuscan farmhouse on an Untour

For so many years I thought the closest thing I would get to being a princess would be Halloween costumes and Disney movies. But now it's possible to stay in a real-life castle in Sommersdorf, Germany! The castle is surrounded by a moat and a system of ponds, guarded by your own royal team of ducks and swans. As if that wasn't enough, the castle has its own chapel, and a small restaurant across the grounds perfect for local ale and bratwurst. Click here for the royal treatment.

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5 Reasons to Love Oktoberfest

on Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:08
Oktoberfest in Germany

After experiencing my first real German Oktoberfest, I am eager to make it a personal tradition! Here are five reasons why I love Oktoberfest in Germany and recommend it highly.

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A Cat Sanctuary and Other Roman Secrets: Q & A with Mary, Untours Rome Staff

on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 11:50
Mary, Rome Untour local host
Mary heads our Rome Untour, working and living on the ground in Rome. Recently she took some time to fill us in on her hometown.

What do you love about living in Rome?

Apart from the very obvious art, architecture, history, food and wine, the climate definitely cannot be underestimated. All the seasons show the wonders of this magical city in different perspectives and shades, so it's never boring.   

What are some of your hobbies and passions? 

Growing my own vegetables is pretty high on the passion list. There is something so exhilarating about producing your own veggies year round.
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Just Say Bonjour! Q&A with Provence Staff Anne

on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 09:37
Untours host in Provence, Anne

Ahhhh, Provence. There's a reason why countless artists were inspired by this particular region in France, why it's a hotbed for some of the world's best food and wine, and why it is one of our most popular Untours. The quaint villages are picturesque, but so full of life and culture. The locals are friendly, chatty, and gladly invite you to live like a local for a few weeks. Need more convincing? We talked to our local Provence Untour staffer about what makes the region so unique and why it makes for the perfect Untour! 

What do you love about living in Provence?

I love the light blue sky

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What's on in Prague: Q & A with Alena, Untours Prague Staff

on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:54
Alena, Untours Prague host

What do you love about living in Prague?

I get to live in the city which all the world wants to see. Prague has everything: nice architecture of many styles, many gardens for relaxing,  galleries, cafes, and great views. Also, only half an hour by local transportation, the picturesque Czech countryside awaits. 

What is something people don't know about Prague?

The city is rich with history and interesting facts! When you walk across the Charles Bridge, stop in the middle and look around on both sides. You'll be rewarded with a strange sight.

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Mountains and Music: Q & A with our Salzburg staffer, Vera

on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 17:13
Vera and guests on the Austria Untour in Salzburg

The hills are alive, with the sound of music! You've seen the movie, but do you know about the lovely city of Salzburg that the film took place in? Firstly, most locals aren't wearing clothing made from curtains, but there is an amazing presence of history, art, music, and nature. It's a smaller city that allows Untourists to take it in piece by piece, without being overwhelming. Curious to learn more about this Untours location? We talked with our local guide, Vera, about why Salzburg is fantastic and what Untourists can look forward to seeing and experiencing! (She's the one on the right in

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A Parisian Secret: Musee de l'Orangeries

on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 13:52
Paris Untour arts

When most people travel to Paris they have a top-10 list including the usual suspects: Musee D'Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and maybe even Versailles. On my most recent trip to Paris I thought, I've been there, done that, what else can I go see?! After some online searching I came across a darling museum, the Musee de l'Orangerie, a small art gallery featuring impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Located near the Tuileries Gardens, it was central, and seemed to have a great collection of pieces, so I decided to check it out one afternoon.

Walking into the Orangerie, which was built

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Why You Shouldn't Go to Scotland

on Wed, 07/06/2016 - 10:23
Scotland books

Myth busting and eating well in not-so-gray, not-so-dreary, not-so-boring Scotland.

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An Untour for All Ages: Scotland for the Young and Young at Heart

on Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:10
It can be difficult to find a travel destination that suits everyone’s needs: grandparents, parents, kids, and young adults. As your kids get older, their interests change and what defines a great destination shifts with it. Finding a country where the locals are warm, the museums are a plenty, but there are also quirky other things to do is key to an interesting trip for all involved, across generations.
I’ve traveled across much of Europe throughout my university years and I still believe that Scotland is one of the best places to travel with kids of every age, including the young adults