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Belle Edson, Untourist of the Week

on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 11:15
Belle Edson, Untourist of the Week

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

My most recent trip was to Tuscany, specifically to Le Chiuse and Montalcino. I have been back to this location twice as Lorenzo is such a lovely host, the vineyard is so beautiful, and the little village is such a wonderful place to wander in. In addition, Harriet is the perfect Untour guide.

2. Why did you choose to go there?

I love Tuscany because of Siena, Florence, and all the little villages in between.

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Quickie Quiz: hiking, history or hangin' out....what would your grandchild prefer on an Untour?

on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 11:40

Take today's Quickie Quiz here;  Which activity would the child you know most like, were you to take them on an Untour?  (After you submit your answer, check out the gorgeous slide show of kids in Switzerland, contributed by our wonderful customers.)

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The DeWoody Family, Untourists of the Week

on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 10:50

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

We enjoy the freedom of traveling as a family (without a specified agenda, tour bus, etc) but we enjoy the comfort of knowing that there is someone at our destination that we can go to in case we have questions or encounter problems. The Untours staff does a wonderful job of giving you the information you need to take advantage of all of the opportunities each country offers its visitors while giving you the freedom to explore on your own terms.

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Untourist of the Week: Susan Shanley

on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 10:17
We find it particularly delightful that Susan started travelling on Untours in the 80's with her parents, and has continued on her own. Tomorrow, we continue celebrating the Untour habit, as it gets passed down the generations with another slideshow celebrating kids, their parents and their grandparents, on Untours.

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

It was a couple of years ago to the Pisa region of Italy. We stayed at an eco-friendly, totally awesome estate.

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Monday Memories: On Wings of Gold

on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 09:33
Those were the days.

This week's Monday Memory is from Untours staffer and mezzo-soprano extraordinaire Ellen Peters.

In 1984, I was a 14 year old brat who insisted on hating opera. My dad enjoyed it and therefore it was just not cool. That year I was accepted into All-State Chorus in NJ. The grand finale of the concert was the chorus "Va, pensiero" from the opera Nabucco. I learned it, memorized it and fell deeply in love with it. That was my gateway into a lifelong love of opera.

Four years later, in 1988, as a traveling college student, I found myself alone in Verona.

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Gale and Rick on a Venice Untour (the pictures)

on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 09:46

As promised, here are Gale and Rick's pictures, who we profiled yesterday, from their recent Venice Untour.

(To see them full screen, just click the corner-ish brackets at the bottom right of the Video tool bar, next to the Youtube logo.)

Looks like fun!

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Jim & Dawna plan their 25th: Part Two

on Thu, 09/05/2013 - 09:48

We have sent out the first invitations.

The letter ended up with a bit of fine print so that people realized they were on their own for sightseeing and eating. We are just providing the place to stay—in exchange for stories of what they have been doing.

A quick check with Marilee to make sure how many beds are available in each apartment, and we are off to the races.

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Untourists of the Week....go further: Jim & Dawna's excellent adventure

on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 10:36

There we were, in July 2012, watching the fireworks over Bergheim in Alsace. It was Bastille Day. We have been lucky enough to travel to Europe about every other year since 1999, our 10th wedding anniversary. That comes to ten different Untours (twice in southern Tuscany).

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This Week's Guest Blog: Susan Umberger (in Venice)

on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 10:24

My husband and I arrived at the Marco Polo airport for the first leg of our Venice/Tuscany Sampler. We were a little early, but had an espresso and walked around inside and out while we waited for our transport to Donna Onesta, our apartment for the week. The water taxi was unexpected luxury, that’s the way to arrive in Venice! And our apartment was beautiful and located only steps from the taxi…

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Untour Guestblogger of the Week: Susan Umberger on a Venice-Tuscany Untour Sampler

on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 13:30

We made the long drive from Venice to Buonconvento not without a couple of incidents—getting lost in Florence (what a crazy city to drive in!) and the inevitable traffic congestion also around that city. We had instructed our GPS to take us on some back roads, which also took longer than we planned. A stop at a restaurant in Bologna for lunch took a while too, but the food was spectacular! And the drive was lovely, very scenic after we got away from the cities.