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First Person Account: Paris, Without Fear

on Wed, 12/09/2015 - 15:18
Paris without fear
This piece was written by Kim Paschen who worked for Untours for many years, coordinating French Untours and then as Marketing Director. She recently returned from Paris and reports on the city she found in the gap between the November terrorist attacks and the international climate talks.
Friday, November 13. I won’t forget where I was when I first heard the breaking news of the Paris attacks.
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Live or Recorded? A Swiss Fairy Tale of Simple Pleasure

on Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:06
The Kovers on a Swiss Untour

This really happened. It seemed like a fairy tale. But it is a true story. It was during our Swiss Heartland Untour in 2004. We had decided to spend the day in Brienz. It was a beautiful sunny day. The lady in the Tourist Information Office suggested that we take a walk in the older section of town. The streets were empty. We had the scenery all to ourselves.


At the corner of Krummgasse and Oberdorfstrasse, the voices of a ladies choir were drifting out of a nearby open window. We sat down on a nearby bench and listened. Eleanor suggested that someone must be playing a recording.

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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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To Greece with Love (and Music!)

on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 15:46
The Greece Untour in Napflio
One of my favorite Untours is our Greece Untour, with vacation rental apartments set in lovely historic Nafplio. The old town is picturesque and charming, its narrow alleys lined with flower boxes and its squares and promenades filled with cafe tables and restaurants. A beautiful seafront offers sweeping views, and a Venetian fortress looms high above. The town is at once cosmopolitan and invitingly cozy and friendly.
And the day trips beyond it are astounding, from Epidaurus to Mystra, Athens to Mycenae, Corinth to the islands. All of the Peloponnese is your oyster.
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40 Years of Untours: A Video Tribute!

on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 09:52
Hal on a Swiss Untour

Happy Birthday to us! It is hard to believe we have been around for 40 years. So much has changed in the world in that time, but one thing remains true: Those who seek cross-cultural understanding and honest, earnest experiences in the heart of the culture are richly rewarded as travelers. We are proud to have been pioneers in the travel-like-a-local movement, and we are happy the idea has caught on.

More than anything, we are grateful to all of those who have shared our vision over the last four decades and helped spread the word.

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8 Reasons Ireland is the Perfect Family Destination

on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:51
Killarney National Park on an Ireland Untour
Simply put, Ireland is the perfect destination for family travel! I discovered this in June, when my husband and I took our 6-year-old son to Ireland for two weeks. While some destinations in Europe are all about museums, architecture, and culture, Ireland offers a broad diversity of things to do, with castles, farms, and outdoor adventures tailored to a young boy’s passions!
The question is not if we will return to Ireland, but when. The next time we will bring my parents, and Ireland would make the perfect spot for a multigenerational trip. Country Kerry is the ideal homebase.
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Five Super Fun Swiss Attractions for Kids of All Ages

on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 13:44
Swiss Untour with family

If you’re a kid or traveling with a kid, there’s just so much to do in Switzerland, from its well marked hiking trails to its pristinely clean and swimmable lakes. You can get your train fix, take a boat, or fly down a mountainside on a gondola. Beyond the obvious wonders of the great Swiss outdoors, here are some attractions that you and your kids or grandkids will adore.

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Traveling with Kids: To Switzerland and Beyond

on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:42
Grandkids on a Swiss Untour
Untourist and author Janet McCrea Dieman shares her travel adventures here. She has shared the Swiss Untour and other travels with her grandchildren. All grandkids should be this lucky!
You may be thinking about taking children or grandchildren to Europe and wondering what the best age is to plan a trip.
Most people conclude it is better to wait until the teen years so the children can benefit more fully. The logic is older children understand and remember more.
I reached the same conclusion until a life changing experience forced me to reconsider.
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Kids' Books to Plant the Seeds of Wanderlust

on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 09:20
Kids books to inspire travel

As we enter holiday shopping season, it is time to think about thoughtful gifts for all the people we love, the big ones and the small ones. I happen to think that travel is one of the best experiences you can give to the young. It is one of the only purchases that makes you richer! Books also fit that category. Why not kindle your (grand)kids' curiosity about far-off places and cultures with some good books? Here are a few we recommend for young children.

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Irish Pub Etiquette: Make the Most of Your Night Out!

on Thu, 10/29/2015 - 10:11
Outside the pub, Kenmare Ireland
More than a place to drink, the pub is a civic institution in Ireland, a sort of communal clubhouse where neighbors and families meet to mark milestones, connect, or just pass the time. Stop in for a cup of tea, a chat, a meal, or a pint. All are welcome. Here are a few pointers to help you fit in and enjoy the experience.
Be specific when you order. As Kenmare-based author VJ Fadely says, "If you ask for a Guinness, you’ll get a pint. If you order a 'pint' you’ll likely get a Guinness.