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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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Our Untourist of the Week, Doris M! (her Untours Cafe moniker)

on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 14:28
Untourist Doris M has traveled with Untours to Switzerland, Tuscany, Provence, Alsace, Spain, Venice, Prague and Budapest
This week's Untourist of the Week, Doris Matick because of her lovely photos of Spain that you see in the slideshow below.  But when we asked her for her Untour impressions, she went all over the map. Which is not to say, she doesn't love Spain.  Check out her wonderful blog post on Untours Cafe, The Colours of Spain - Andalusia in Springtime
Doris and her husband have gone on nine Untours: Swiss Heartland, Swiss Ticino, Tuscany, Provence, Alsace, Spain, Venice, Prague/Budapest
Along with this beautiful essay on Priego de Cordoba, one of Untours hometowns, Doris has three more Spain
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The Brains Behind French (and French Canadian) Untours

on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 10:33
Untours Canada and Untours France Staff Members, Dodge Amaral and Mia Lehmann

As we March ahead with 2012, I feel it is important to introduce you to the terrific two that make Untours France and Untours Quebec City so incroyable and filled with that, how do you say?, je ne sais quoi. Meet Dodge Amaral and Mia Lehmann!

If you're even entertaining the thought of going to France or Quebec City, it is essential that you talk to these two.

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A Fabulous Escape by Larry Kueneman, Untourist

on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 09:17
Larry Kueneman, Untourist, in Ribeauville on Untours to Alsace and the Rhine

We had very little problems in communicating with the locals. There are enough people who speak enough English to make the trip free of stress. The villages of Southern Alsace often have a street named after the date the allies drove the Germans out, although the animosity is almost extinct. And one Frenchman actually kissed my hand because I was an American.

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Untourist of the week: Steve Savel

on Mon, 02/20/2012 - 09:56

Just an excerpt of the adventures Steve and Karen Savel have had on their 20 Untours!: The minute the local priest heard my story and last name, he sent for Erzsebet who lived just down the street from the priest. In fact, that street is where most of my Savel relatives live. Erzsebet knew that her great Uncle, my grandfather, had gone to the US but knew nothing about his life there. My grandfather had never told anyone about having left an older brother in Hungary....

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Untourist of the week: Ron Redman

on Mon, 02/13/2012 - 10:48

Albert came by several times during our stay in the Riesling apartment, and brought wine and fresh produce from his garden. Then one morning he asked if we would like to go with him to his farm nearby. It was a beautiful sunny morning and he hitched a wagon to the back of his tractor and arranged a couple of chairs in there and off we went. The route to his farm took us through the middle of Bergheim over cobblestone streets. The locals seemed to enjoy seeing us on the wagon and waved to us enthusiastically!

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