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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.
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Happy 40th Birthday! The Ungala Celebrates the Many Sides of Untours

on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:18
Happy Birthday to Untours

We recently gathered for the first ever Ungala, a celebration of 40 years of Untours and the vital work of the Untours Foundation. The celebration was a happy meeting of tribes, a place for people working in all aspects of Untours to connect. Current Untours employees gathered with Untours Foundation board members, foundation loan recipients, and a handful of local donors, many of them Untourists who have taken multiple trips with us!

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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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Top 7 Things to Do in London

on Thu, 10/15/2015 - 15:49
Big Ben in London on an Untour

London is the largest city in Europe, and in my opinion, the best city in the world. With the perfect collision of old and new, London has an intriguing history and is filled with charm. Living in London I often overhear tourists’ conversations on the Tube (the underground transportation system) regarding their experiences. Be it a positive reaction to walking around Hyde Park or a feeling of boredom regarding the Tate Modern. In order to avoid the more unfortunate reviews, I’ve narrowed down all of the amazing things to do in London to seven absolute must-sees for any trip.

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London Like a Local: What you Should and Should Not Do in the English Capital

on Tue, 10/13/2015 - 10:11
london like a local untours guide
Don't stick out like a sore thumb! Here are some quick tips to help you make a good impression in London, and to make merry with the locals.
 
You Should…
Stand on the right side of the tube escalators and walk on the left. Londoners abhor when people stand on the left.
 
You Should…
Visit a pub outside of the touristy hubs (Leicester Square, Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square, etc.). Find a pub filled with more locals than tourists and sit down for a pint and enjoy classic pub food. It is an incorrect stereotype that pub food is bad.
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Fireworks & Fairy Tale Castles on the Rhine: Report From Our Untours Giveaway Winner

on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:14
Joanne on the Rhine, the German Rhine Untour

I’ve just returned from my two week Germany Untours giveaway vacation. Thanks, Untours! My friend and I stayed in an apartment above the Christmas store in St. Goar and spent our days visiting towns along the Middle Rhine area from Koblenz to Mainz.

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Love Letter to Kenmare, Everyone's Irish Hometown

on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:27
Kenmare, on the Ireland Untour

You won’t find a more charming and picturesque village than Kenmare, Untours' hometown in County Kerry. Kenmare, the anglicized version of the Irish name “Ceann Mara” (head of the sea) is nestled on Kenmare Bay and surrounded by mountains and hills, including Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohil. The town and surrounding areas offer much to experience and discover, not the least of which is the spectacular scenery and friendly locals.

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