Untourists of the Week: Brian and Jan Cooley

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Brian and Jan, the ultimate pros for the Swiss Heartland, on one of their many train trips throughout Switzerland.  Brian and Jan nearly always stay at the Buetikofer chalet up on the Hasliberg in the village of Reuti on their Swiss Untours.


Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

Our favorite Untour the Swiss Heartland.  We have been on 25 Untours, 23 to Switzerland, and 20 of those in the Hasliberg; 10 each in Hohfluh and Reuti.  We thoroughly enjoy the relaxing pace of an Untour, meeting new people and seeing old friends who come to the Heartland every year or two at the same time.

What is your favorite Untours memory?

Giswil was our first Untour destination, in 1985, and we just fell in love with the beauty of the country, and the friendliness of the locals.  We have tried a few other locations (German Rhine, Austria and England/Scotland), but nothing has come close to measuring up to the Heartland.  We intend to continue our annual visits as long as health, finances and interest remain good.

 We have many fond memories.  One of our favorite events is the annual cheese-dividing festival in Magisalp.  We always look forward to hiking over and enjoying the food, entertainment and people.  We also relish the times we’ve gotten lost during a hike, taken a train somewhere new on a rainy day, and discovered a new hike.

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

We have been on a few land tours, and a few cruises, both ocean and river, and always compare them to Switzerland, but they never measure up to the people, the scenery and the relaxation.  Being able to get to anywhere in the country and back in a day is wonderful.  We can unpack for the entire time once, and do what we want, when we want.  There are some group activities that we enjoy, but they are optional.

If you could describe an Untour in just 3 words, what would they be?

Freedom with relaxation (Brian)

Totally awesome experience (Jan)



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