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A Scotland Untour in Stirling? We Have Located our New Untour Here for 9 Reasons

on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:58
Stirling, home of the new Scotland Untour

We’re thrilled to announce our new Scotland Untour, with our first arrival dates this fall. Stay tuned for details or sign up to get first notice when it is ready to book. In the meantime, here is a little more about our homebase there, and the reasons we have chosen Stirling and its surrounding countryside to host our Untour.

1. Stirling is vibrant. Enjoy its cobbled shopping streets, art centers, parks, and cozy cafes and pubs. Stirling’s medieval old town will captivate you. You’ll find a strong sense of place in the city’s castles and parks.
2. Stirling is central. Located in the heart
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Irish Music 101: U2, Trad, and Beyond

on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:20
Irish Trad music on the Ireland Untour

Ireland has produced many famous musicians, among them U2, the Dubliners, the Chieftans, and Van Morrison. There are many musical offerings in both concert and pub venues all over Ireland, with touring shows and international performers covering all genres of music. And it isn’t unusual to hear rock and roll spilling from a corner pub on a Saturday night, especially in Kenmare, home of the Ireland Untour. It is traditional music that’s played in the pubs.

Traditional music performances in pubs are called “sessions,” a term started many years ago when musicians gathered informally in someone’s

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8 Tips for Wine Tasting in France

on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 09:38
Vineyards in France

One of the great joys of touring France is visiting its many wineries, where you can connect with the scenery, the local people, and the history of a region one memorable glass at a time. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the experience.

1. Look for Degustation or Goutez on signs outside vineyards in the countryside. This means vineyards welcome guests and you may pull up and sample some wine. Depending on the setting, it may not be a formal tasting, and there may not be hired help waiting to pour you a glass, but be adventurous!

2. Know your AOCs. French wines are labeled based

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5 Essential Apps for Your Time in London

on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:45
Smart apps for your London Untour
London is an incredibly popular destination that never fails to impress. Tourists from all over the world flock here to see its numerous famous landmarks, red buses, and British culture. This dynamic destination is filled with the vibrant hustle and bustle of any capital city, and because of this, getting the most out of your experience sometimes requires a helping hand.
Fortunately, the days of long tours and bored tour guides are over! Now you have the power to create the perfect getaway right in your pocket.
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Booking a Cruise? Ask These 6 Questions

on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 14:04
Cruise with Untours Venture
Cruising can be a great way to cover a lot of territory in comfort. But choose wisely, as not all cruises are created equal. We've hand selected the best of what's on the market, for French barge and canal cruising, the rivers of Europe, and small-ship seas cruises to Greece and beyond! Check our Ventures site for details. And the next time you book a cruise, ask these 6 questions.
1. What are the port charges? Beware that port charges are rarely included in the package price, so factor them into your trip costs.
2. What does the price include? Are excursions included?
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Dingle Peninsula, the Heart of Traditional Irish Culture

on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 15:22
A cruise off Dingle, Ireland Untour
Ireland's wild coast and sylvan scenery are best taken in on its ring drives. We've covered the Iveragh Peninsula (both Killarney National Park and the Skellig Ring) and the Beara Peninsula in previous posts. Our last installment takes us to the Dingle Peninsula, another great peninsula that is easily accessible from the Ireland Untour homebase of Kenmare.
Dingle is probably most famous for its dramatic high coastal views and the quaint, popular town of Dingle. The area offers some of the best sea views of the three peninsulas, and it is home to several archaeological sites.
It is also a
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Travel and Terrorism: Some Thoughts From the Untours Community

on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:54
Travel thoughts among old friends

Years before our big presence on Facebook and other social media, we set up an email listserv for travelers called Idyllchat. It became a community of friends who shared a love of travel, many of them Untourists, sharing advice on Untours and lots of other travel options. It continues today and has had a flutter of activity and posts recently, as old friends unite and exchange views on all sorts of topics.

One of the most popular and timely conversations has revolved around the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels and the safety of travel in these uncertain times.

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Vatican to Partner With Tesla on Green Vatican Initiative

on Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:14
April Fools in Rome
On Wednesday the Vatican announced plans to replace all motorized vehicles in Vatican City with electric cars by 2017. It is part of a larger plan to make Vatican City carbon neutral by 2024.
Tesla will partner with the Vatican to produce modified electric vehicles to replace those driven by guards and officials. The fleet will include 25 cars in black and gray and a special white version to be used exclusively by the pontiff himself. This new "popemobile" will be custom fitted to special security specs.
“I am delighted to make Vatican City a model for sustainability in a world growing
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Meet Adriana: Our Anchor in Barcelona

on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 10:36
Adrianna in Barcelona

Meet  Adriana, our local Untours staff representative on the Barcelona Untour. She is a great resource for our guests in Barcelona, resourceful, smart, full of city knowledge, and quick with a friendly smile. Like so many of our European staff members, Adriana has a fascinating background and a very rich professional life beyond her work with us.

I love traveling and I do it all the time. It's amazing, being back home, to be able to explain details of my city (and my favorite one) to those who love doing the same thing!

I was born in Barcelona and hold a BA in Media and Communication Studies

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Cruise the Rivers of Europe With Us: A Ventures Video Adventure

on Tue, 03/22/2016 - 15:46
Paris on a river cruise with Ventures

It's no secret that we love Europe. We've been hosting guests on apartment-based vacations in Europe for 40 years! But we've also fallen in love with Europe's waterways over the years. The rivers of Europe cut through some of its most beautiful countryside and string together majestic cities and chaming smaller towns. A river cruise is an interesting was to cover more territory and take it all in. Here's a little video tour of some of our favorite rivers of Europe: