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The 10 Most Romantic Places in Europe

on Tue, 02/06/2018 - 12:37
10 most romantic places in Europe

There's nothing like travel to stoke romance. The sights and sounds and smells and tastes of new places can stir your passion for living, and sharing those thrills with another is a perfect way to build your relationship.

Untours are made for love, giving you space to spread out in an apartment, autonomy to do your own thing, and a local host who can make suggestions for the perfect date night. Here are our favorite places in Europe for romance! Share these Untours with someone special.

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Swiss Alpine Wildflower Walks Over Engelberg

on Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:18
Engelberg hikes in the Swiss Alps, Switzerland Untour
Nestled in the mountains south of Luzern, handy to our Swiss Heartland and Oberland Untours, the traffic-free village of Engelberg is surrounded by pure countryside and several mountain lifts. It’s packed with activities aimed at families, but placid enough for anyone. 
 
Here are a few hikes in the area that are accessible to most of our guests. 
 
Engelberg Valley Stroll 
Difficulty: This is appropriate for anyone.
Time and Distance: You can hike as long as you like, up to 4.6 miles round-trip
 
These two trails, both immensely popular with the locals, are easy enough for strollers and
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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 Golden Train Line of Switzerland, Blazing through the Swiss Heartland and Oberland

on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:54
Swiss rail travel, Swiss Untour
There's no place in the world for train travel quite like Switzerland
 
The GoldenPass Line links three regions, two languages and eight lakes, tempting travelers to discover some of Switzerland’s most diverse delights. In the morning the timeless tradition of German-language Central Switzerland. Followed by the beautiful Bernese Oberland. And in the evening the French flair of Lake Geneva.
 
The first stretch runs directly through the Swiss Heartland Untour. This first the modern Luzern-Interlaken Express takes travelers along the lovely lakes of Alpnach, Sarnen, and Lungern, climbing to
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Mountain Excursions to the Most Scenic Swiss Summits

on Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:32
Switzerland rail trips on the Swiss Untour
For Alpine enthusiasts, a visit to Switzerland is pure paradise. It is also easily discovered and enjoyed, thanks to the extensive network of mountain railways, all accessible with the Swiss Travel Pass. The pass covers travel between cities and into the mountain villages around Untours territory.
 
But sometimes, our guests want to venture to the highest peaks of the Alps.
 
Swiss Untourists know that on most premium routes, holders of a Swiss Travel System ticket pay only half price.
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Swiss Rail Update: The New Gotthard Base Tunnel, an Engineering Marvel

on Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:05
Swiss Untour
Swiss Untourists use their Swiss Travel Pass to zip all over the country by rail (and boat and bus), taking in the best of the Alps. Here is some news about a new option, the Gotthard Base Tunnel. It offers insight into the engineering brilliance of the Swiss.
 
Construction of the world's longest train tunnel in Switzerland took 17 years. Traveling through it takes 17 minutes. The new Gotthard Base Tunnel is a project of pioneering proportions – a once-in-a-century structure extending for 57 kilometers (over 35 miles) through the Alps. 
 
In December 2016 the two-way tunnel opened for
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Swiss Rail Update: The Gotthard Panorama Express

on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:41
Swiss rail travel, Swiss Untour

Here is a notice for all of our Swiss Untour guests. As our Swiss Untour includes a Swiss Travel Pass that covers rail travel, guests spend much time exploring the best scenery by rail.

From 2017, the Wilhelm Tell Express will be replaced by the Gotthard Panorama Express (GoPEx). But as before, travelers will still be able to enjoy a journey of captivating contrasts – from Lucerne (by ship) over Lake Lucerne and by train along the spectacular Gotthard panorama route to Ticino.

Passengers will still be accompanied in the panorama railcar by a travel guide.

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Kunstmuseum: Modern Art Fix in Basel

on Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:15
Basel art museum

On a recent visit to the Kunstmuseum in Basel, I was overwhelmed by the size and breadth of the museum's modern art collection.

A friendly guard explained it quite succinctly. "Yes, Switzerland and America have the largest collections of Modern Art because they could quietly collect and protect 'degenrate art' while Hitler was marching through Europe." I'd never thought of it before, but it made sense. These sorts of interactions and epiphanies are why we travel, and part of the magic that brings museums alive and fills their contents with meaning!

So let me introduce you to one of my new favorite art museums in Europe.

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Five Super Fun Swiss Attractions for Kids of All Ages

on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 13:44
Swiss Untour with family

If you’re a kid or traveling with a kid, there’s just so much to do in Switzerland, from its well marked hiking trails to its pristinely clean and swimmable lakes. You can get your train fix, take a boat, or fly down a mountainside on a gondola. Beyond the obvious wonders of the great Swiss outdoors, here are some attractions that you and your kids or grandkids will adore.

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Traveling with Kids: To Switzerland and Beyond

on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:42
Grandkids on a Swiss Untour
Untourist and author Janet McCrea Dieman shares her travel adventures here. She has shared the Swiss Untour and other travels with her grandchildren. All grandkids should be this lucky!
 
You may be thinking about taking children or grandchildren to Europe and wondering what the best age is to plan a trip.
 
Most people conclude it is better to wait until the teen years so the children can benefit more fully. The logic is older children understand and remember more.
 
I reached the same conclusion until a life changing experience forced me to reconsider.

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