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Here come the Unny Awards!

on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 16:03
Untours hosts the first annual Unny Awards, a celebration of the regions it serves

Since I started working here way back in 2011, the Untours regions have been calling on me to give them some attention. Actually, not just attention, but distinction.

Now, I know they are all big enough to speak for themselves. They don't need you to tell them they're great; we all already know that.

What they really need is for you tell them where they excel.

That's why today, a week before the Oscars®, we're introducing the Unny Awards—a way for you to help us celebrate our regions and give them the recognition they truly deserve.

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Elaine and Cecilia Hruska (Untourists of the Week), the poster kids of "Sister Travel"

on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 09:57
Untourists (and twin sisters!) Elaine and Cecilia Hruska share their Untours stories

For many years, we have chosen to go with Untours. We like the feel of being on our own and staying in one place at a family home to really get to know the city.

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Untourists of the Week...Jim and LaNell celebrate their anniversary in Paris

on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 10:00

1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

We spent 1 week in Vienna and 1 week in Paris. However, our most memorable was the month we stayed in Paris to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Truly outstanding trip

2. Why did you choose to go there?

Vienna was always a place we wanted to visit and Paris was our absolute place to go, having traveled there on 8 different occasions.

3. What is your favorite Untours memory?

Celebrating 50 years together in the most romantic city in the world.

4. How is taking an Untour different from other ways of travelling?

Frederic Magisson—where they
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Monday Memories: Erika

on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 10:10
Untourists Margaret and Pete Haggart stop by Vienna's famous Erika movie theater

I taught film history for many decades at the University of Idaho and Vienna provided an opportunity to get my picture taken in front of the movie theater “Erika,” which is the longest running movie theater in the world—showing films since 1900!

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Monday Memories: First Feather Down, Last Feather Down

on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 09:38
Untourists Eleanor and Bill Kover share their story of their first European trip

This week's installment is our first from Untourists! Get a glimpse of this memory from Eleanor and Bill Kover.

Vienna, Austria. July 24, 1973.

It was our first trip to Europe, part of a two week "Freelance" tour that included London, Vienna, Rome and Paris. You had the choice of taking a bus tour of each city or going it on your own. It just took one bus ride to convince us that we are Untours people at heart.

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Untourists of the Week: Elsa and Raymond Heald

on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 09:13
Raymond Heald, Untours

1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

It was a dream vacation: 8 days on the Variety Voyager, the sleek 73-passenger yacht that put us ashore at the fabled ports of Capri, Lipari, Malta, plus 4 ports in Sicily. Then, a train ride to the sparkling Cinque Terre for 4 nights and a heavenly 2 weeks in the fabulous Bonalumi apartment in Locarno, with a breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore.

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Film Review: Before Sunrise, Untours Setting: Vienna

on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:55
Befoer Sunrise, Untours


Before Sunrise (1995), directed by Richard Linklater, and starring a very young Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy, is the first in a series of three films, all very well reviewed. Central to each movie is the romance between Hawke and Delphy's characters. This, the first of these movies, is set in Vienna. Essentially, the very minimal plot goes like this: after an accidental meeting on a train and a brief conversation, Hawke's character (a young American man at loose ends) convinces Delphy's character (a Parisian student) to get off the train with him in Vienna and spend the short

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Dawna Warren and Jim Moore, Untourists of the Week

on Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:24
Untourists, Untours, Greece, apartment rental

How is taking an Untour different from other ways of traveling?

"It is traveling without traveling--you have a home for a week or two. Time to get to know the locals at the little store, smile at the waitress in the local eating place, and try out a few words with the landlord’s family. And when you don’t feel like seeing the next site’s sights, you can take a day off, stay at home, read a book, or really get to know your local area by walking right out your door."

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Untourists of the Week: Pat and Jack Cruser

on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:44
Untourists, Untours,

How is taking an Untour different from other ways of traveling?

"Practically speaking, taking an Untour means no group travel warnings like “Have your bags in the hall by 0530,” “Breakfast is served from 0630 to 0815,” “Be on the bus by 0745,” and it means no searching for an apartment on line, no harried transport from the airport or train station, and no nervousness from being in a foreign country with or without the language. And it means knowing that should the need arise, the local Untours representative is at hand for any emergency: health problems, accident, locked doors, or stolen passport—only one of which afflicted us, but which we saw involve other Untourists.

An Untour means being free to have late coffee, to stay in comfortable surroundings if the weather is nasty, to shop in markets as the locals do for food without bar codes and, more importantly, to immerse oneself in the local culture as much as any foreigner can. Untourists’ local encounters are not limited to tour guides or tourist hustlers, but provide the chance to meet local residents in their everyday surroundings--in their bistros, museums, galleries, or concerts."

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Vickie Kelber, Renaissance Woman

on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 11:42
Amalfi, Untours, Untourist of the Week

How is taking an Untour different from other ways of traveling?

"Fifteen years ago, I was so impressed with Untours that I wrote a letter to the New York Times travel editor and it was published. The things I liked enough to write about then have not changed; they’ve only gotten better."