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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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Ventures Cruise Report: Rhine Getaway on Viking

on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:53
Dee on a Viking cruise with Untours Ventures

Dee McConnell, Director of Untours Ventures, offers a review of her experience on a Viking river cruise of the Rhine. She also offers advice: Pace yourself since there is so much to do and see. Take the time to grab a seat on the sundeck with a glass of wine and watch the world go by. Also, bring binoculars. They’re helpful for getting a better look at all of the castles you will pass as your cruise the Rhine.

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Bellinzona, A Swiss City With Italian Flair

on Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:29
Swiss apartment stays in Ticino

Ticino is a region of Switzerland that surprises and delights travelers, as those who have taken our Swiss Ticino Untour will tell you. And the town of Bellinzona is the surprise of Ticino!

At the crossroads of the valleys leading to Italy from the Alps, Bellinzona is a natural sentinel and crossroads of trade that was coveted by the north and the south. It is the capital of Ticino, and the canton’s richest historical town, with no fewer than three castles, at least one palace, several noteworthy churches, and relatively few tourists.

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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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The Robinsons Fell Hard for the Swiss Hasliberg, and We Have the Photos to Prove It!

on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:27
The Hasliberg, Switzerland, Swiss Untour

Meet the Robinsons. Paul and Eleanor recently traveled to Switzerland with us, spending two weeks on the Swiss Heartland Untour.

 
As Paul said when he returned from their trip:
 
"We have been on other structured tours in Europe. They have been great, but this one was super great. Why? We could check the weather and determine what we wanted to do. We could attend a concert we just heard about and could work it into our schedule. We could take a morning 'off' the last week just to catch up on journals.
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6 Reasons to Love Locarno, Home of our Swiss Ticino Untour

on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:00
The Swiss Ticino Untour is Locarno, Switzerland
Our Swiss Ticino Untour offers the perfect marriage of Italian romance and Swiss efficiency, with spectacular hikes, excellent train connections, and picturesque lakeside towns. 
 
Here are 6 reasons to fall in love with Locarno, homebase of our Swiss Ticino Untour.

1. History  

Locarno was settled before Roman times and was an important glass-making center. Its continued prominence in the Middle Ages is seen in the ruins of the Visconti Castle. Then Locarno was in the hands of several noble families of Lombardi and it became an important market town. 
 
Locarno suffered during the Protestant

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