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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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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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Sandra's Alsace Part 4: Excursions to the Heart of Europe

on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 17:06
 
In the fourth and final installment of her series on Alsace, Sandra Kohler writes about Alsace’s history during the first and second world wars. She and her husband Walt (whose photos are featured here) have been on many Untours, but Alsace was an especially captivating region for them.
 
When I think back on our excursions to Breisach and Strasbourg, what is striking, and has become even more striking as we’ve reflected on this Untour, is the sense we are finally left with of Alsace being the heart of Europe.
 
It is mostly art that takes us on these two excursions, but what we find goes
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8 Tips for Wine Tasting in France

on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 09:38
Vineyards in France

One of the great joys of touring France is visiting its many wineries, where you can connect with the scenery, the local people, and the history of a region one memorable glass at a time. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the experience.

1. Look for Degustation or Goutez on signs outside vineyards in the countryside. This means vineyards welcome guests and you may pull up and sample some wine. Depending on the setting, it may not be a formal tasting, and there may not be hired help waiting to pour you a glass, but be adventurous!

2. Know your AOCs. French wines are labeled based

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Sandra's Alsace Part 3: World War History in the Countryside

on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 11:23
War memorial at La Linge, France

We headed for Le Linge. For me, this was probably the most intense experience of the trip. The densely tree-lined road to it takes hairpin turns, climbs up and up. When we got there the site of the battle was amazing. It’s so high up, the German trenches are so solidly built, with enormous rocks anchoring steel-plated gun ports. They’re impregnable. The French trenches, now mostly invisible, were just dug into the soil. How could the French have hoped to take this hillside? It looks so clearly impossible, doomed. 17,000 dead here – one of the bloodiest battles of WWI, forgotten. Now campanula, tiny blue bellflower, bloom between the rocks of the German trenches – they would have been blooming there from July to October, as the battle wore on.

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Sandra's Alsace Part 2: Historical and Intellectual Surprises in Village Churches

on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 12:37
Churchyard in Hunawihr, Alsace
This is the second post in a series by author and Untourist Sandra Kohler on her eye-opening travels on an Alsace Untour. Read her first post, about the vineyards and wines of Alsace, here.
 
So much of what we saw and I have written about could be described as “things we’d expected to find in Alsace.” We’d looked forward to a relaxed and low-key stay in beautiful picturesque countryside, to excellent food and wine. 
 
But perhaps what will stay with us longest from this trip is a sense of Alsace as being at the center of Europe and its history, both recent and not so recent. 
More on the
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Beyond Bérets and Baguettes: Top 11 Places to Go in France

on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 11:05
Beyond Berets and Baguettes: French Untours shows you the top 11 places to see in france

There's so much to see and do in France. Here's our French Bucket List, a good place to begin.

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Wine, Choucroute, and 12 other Must-Dos in Alsace

on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:35
Alsace Untour
Wine-lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs rejoice. Alsace is a territory that has changed hands too many times between France and Germany, and it has something to offer to everyone. Here are our favorites.
 
1. Bergheim is a delightful, flowered village and, in our eyes, the epitome of Alsatian charm with its picturesque, half-timbered homes, striking town gate and ideal location along the Route des Vins.
 
2. The Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle - Though the original 12th century castle was destroyed and rebuilt, it adheres faithfully to the architecture of the time.
 
3. The Strasbourg
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Our Favorite Places

on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:41
Sonia on the Barcelona Untour

I feel lucky to work with a small but dedicated crew of globalists. Our staff is worldly, broad minded, and very well traveled. They've elevated my thinking, stoked my curiosity about new parts of the globe, and helped me grow into a citizen of the world. I recently asked them a simple question: What's your favorite Untour? Some of their answers surprised me. Below, read their responses, and my own two-part answer to what I actually found to be a very tough question.

 

Sonia (Specialist, France, Spain, the Americas): Since I haven't actually "done" any of our French Untours (I was there in

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Wild Monkeys and Other Family Fun in Alsace

on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:28
Astronomical clock in Strasbourg, Alsace Untour

Wild monkeys? Why yes. They are among the wild things that make Alsace fun for the young and young at heart! Kintzheim (Monkey Mountain, Eagles’ Castle) promotes itself as the “village of animals in freedom.” The freest animals are the 200 or so Barbary apes living on a fifty-acre forested hill. The monkeys are friendly and interact with adults and children alike along a well-interpreted nature path. You can even get popcorn to share with your furry hosts. Caretakers stationed throughout ensure that the animals are sensitively observed and treated. Interestingly, Kintzheim has a similar climate to the monkeys’ original Moroccan habitat.

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