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First Person Account: A Barcelona Report on the Catalan Independence Vote

on Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:56
Barcelona and the Catalan independene vote
Adriana Nadal coordinates our Barcelona Untour and welcomes our guests on the ground in Spain. She was born in Barcelona and works there as a journalist and in theater. Here she reflects on the movement for Catalan independence, its history, and what she's seen on the streets in her beloved hometown.
 
If I look back at this past year in my beautiful Barcelona, I can’t tell when exactly this situation made the click and how it did so fast.
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Elizabeth in Switzerland: Two Weeks Without Luggage

on Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:28
Swiss Untours vacations in Switerland

Ten years ago, our beloved Hal Taussig, my boss at the time, sent me on a Swiss Untour as part of my job. Quite a perk! Hal wanted me to experience his travel company in action, so I could prepare the board of the Untours Foundation to one day inherit the business.

The adventure began with Hans supplying me with dress size flannel shirts and size 12 high top sneakers. Hans accurately determined that the sneakers would stay on my feet, if laced tightly enough. And so our many Alpine hikes took place with me in what felt like clown shoes. With Hans leading the way and me in my big shoes, I felt we were Frick and Frack laughing as we went.

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The Untours Guide to Green Travel

on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:40
Green travel guide

At Untours we are big boosters of thoughtful, responsible, and sustainable travel. We love the lessons Europe has to teach us about environmental conservation and stewardship. We have learned a lot over our decades of European travel and progressive business. Here are some eco travel tips for travel in Europe, the Untours guide to green travel.

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Isle-sur-Sorgue: Tag Along for a Day on the Town

on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:56
Isle sur Sorgue apartment stays with Untours in Provence

Isle sur Sorgue is a charming town in Provence, one of the hometown villages of our Provence Untour.  It is also well known as a center for the antique trade and for its lovely location, at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau. Isle-sur-Sorgue is known as the Venice of Provence because of the canals that pass through town. The Sorgue River begins at the famous Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, about 4 miles to the east, and divides into 5 arms that run through Isle-sur-Sorgue before joining again and splitting into two rivers just outside of town.

I recently spent a couple days in the area.

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From Craft Beer to Street Food: 11 Things to Eat and Drink in Rome

on Mon, 11/14/2016 - 12:44
Food is one of my primary motivations in travel. And to know a city well, I want to savor its signature dishes, discover its street food, and imbibe its most typical beverages. Aside from the sensory pleasures, I enjoy the shared experience of loitering in a city’s cafes, following the suggestions of the proud vendor at market, and being part of a noise in a crowded dining room.
 
Afterall, food connect people. And local dishes can be a window into the soul of a place and its people, its traditions, and its history. In Rome, Jewish history, ancient butchery, and new food and drink trends
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A Glimpse into the Cantina at Le Chiuse winery in Tuscany

on Mon, 10/10/2016 - 13:57
The cantina at Le Chiuse farm, Tuscany

Le Chiuse farm in Montalcino is a special place. One of our associates from the Holland Untour, Edmond, recently headed to Tuscany's warm, sunny climes to enjoy the hospitality and wine at Le Chiuse farm and vineyards on the Tuscany Untour. Edmond also happens to be an excellent photographer. Here are some of his gorgeous photos of a memorable stay on the slopes of Montalcino in Tuscany.

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Faces of Peru: An Untours (ad)Venture

on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 09:55

Machu Picchu Explorer

In October of last year I had the great privilege to join some travel agent colleagues on a trip to Peru, organized by G Adventures. My 9-day Machu Picchu Explorer trip covered Lima, Cusco & the Sacred Valley, and of course Machu Picchu. The trip was educational, adventurous (we experienced a two-day transportation strike, which almost put Machu Picchu out of reach) and fabulous all around. The food was outstanding, but that will be another post. 

Faces of Peru

I strongly believe that travel can change you.
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Vacation Apartment Hack: How to Feel at Home in Someone Else’s

on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 15:49

When opting to vacation in an apartment instead of a hotel there are many advantages. Firstly, it makes it easier to immerse in the culture if you’re not returning to a sea of other tourists every evening to a large, corporate-feeling hotel. Secondly, nothing can replace the warmth and welcoming environment an apartment can have over a single room with cups covered in plastic bags. Thirdly, you’ll probably get more space for your money since you’re renting a home over one room. Renting an apartment through Untours over a hotel is a no-brainer, but how to do make someone else’s home feel like your own? Especially if you’re staying in that apartment for a week or more, it is important to settle in and make it your own.

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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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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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