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When and How to Reopen Untours: Our Process

Travel Tips Trip planning

April 30, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

We see new optimism among Untourists as more and more Americans are vaccinated. All that we are reading and hearing encourages us to get ready for fall travel in 2021 and to prepare for possible summer trips as well. We hope to reopen all of our UnTours for travel this year! At the same time,…  

Our 6 Favorite Archaeological Sites on the Peloponnese


April 22, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

Our popular Nafplio Untour may be one of the first UnTours to resume operations, based on some early opening plans in Greece. As we track news closely and stay in touch with Christos, one of our most beloved European staffers, we are getting excited. Our Nafplio Untour puts guests within striking distance of Athens, but…  

Where Can We Travel in Europe This Summer?

Travel Tips Trip planning

April 14, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

Yes, cue the question mark clip art and stock photos for our most FAQ: Will we be able to travel in Europe this summer? At the moment, UnTours destinations are not open to leisure travelers without quarantining, and they are not easily visited. Of course the situation is changing by the day, but at the…  

Light It Up Green


March 15, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

UnTours blog readers know that we like to talk about green travel in the ecological sense, but for St. Patrick’s Day, we are taking Green literally. Tourism Ireland’s fun Global Greening (#GlobalGreening) initiative invites public spaces, famous buildings, and historic landmarks around the globe to light up in green for St. Patrick’s Day. Iconic places like…  

Swiss Cheese: A Vocabulary Lesson

Cheeses Food and Drink Heartland Oberland Switzerland

March 1, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

It pains me to think that I spent more than half of my life laboring under the delusion that Swiss cheese had anything to do with those shrink wrapped plasticky yellow bricks from the supermarket dairy case. I fondly remember the first time I smelled apenzeller. After experiencing the smells of the cows and the…  

Provence in Primary Color: Matisse and the Art of Cut-Outs

Arts France Museums

February 22, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

From his mid 60s to the end of his life in his 80s, Henri Matisse worked in paper. After a long and illustrious art career as a painter, his move into this new art realm pushed modern art and design forward. He cut forms from brightly painted and colored paper and worked with gallery assistants…  

Swiss Yodeling, Yes, But Why? A Brief History

Heartland Oberland Switzerland

February 15, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

We travel with our eyes, yes, but also with our ears. And some of our favorite places have distinct, unique sounds, sounds that take us back to our experiences there when we hear them. Perhaps no sound is quite as evocative of place as Swiss yodeling. While it is performed for pleasure and entertainment now…  

Madrid in Pictures: Top 10 Sights to See

Andalusia Cordoba Spain

February 9, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

Madrid is a spectacular city! Though we do not have an Untour program there, some of our guests from our Spanish UnTours in Barcelona, Andalusia, and Cordoba make their way there for an overnight or two, to round out their experience of Spain. And for good reason! Madrid is a beautiful and fascinating place. That’s…