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What is Floriade 2022? A Green Reason to Visit Holland

Eco/living green Gardens and parks Holland Leiden

August 19, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

Every ten years the Netherlands hosts a massive exposition on plants and flowers, a nod to its role at the international epicenter of all things green and blooming. Each decade’s show is a big deal, drawing visitors from around the world and appealing to horticultural professionals and the general public in equal measure. The next…  

When the Canals Freeze: Skating in the Netherlands

Holland Leiden

March 8, 2021 by Special Guest

It doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, the Dutch get excited. This winter sustained cold temperatures froze some of Holland’s ubiquitous canals to solid, safe roads of ice. When this happens, the Dutch tie on their skates and take to the most natural of outdoor skating rinks. Our Dutch UnTours staffer Marlous sent…  

In Holland, A Moving Tradition to Honor Fallen American Soldiers

Holland Leiden

May 26, 2020 by Special Guest

Normally Memorial Day is an important day at the American war cemetery in Margraten, in the south of the Netherlands. For decades, the soldiers resting here, fallen in WWII, have been adopted by locals. It’s considered a duty and an honor to adopt a grave. There’s even a waiting list, and the care is often…  

Dispatch From Amsterdam in the Corona Era


April 6, 2020 by Special Guest

Updates and check-ins continue to pour in from UnTours staff in Europe. Here is the latest from the Netherlands, an update from Edmund, our colleague and friend in Amsterdam. Amsterdam today reminds me of Sunday mornings a long, long time ago. Deserted, quiet, and serene. This was of course before the center of Amsterdam was…  

What’s on in Europe: 2020

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January 22, 2020 by Andrea Szyper

So much to see and do in Europe already, but why not plan your trip around some of the season’s special events? Festivals and fairs are a window into a culture, a signifier of what is important to a community, and an excellent way to rub elbows with the locals. Here is your 2020 trip…  

The Best Gardens in Europe: 16 of Our Favorites

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May 28, 2019 by Andrea Szyper

As spring merges into summer, gardens in much of Europe are at their most vibrant and colorful. Whether you seek out gardens as a main sight for your day or duck into them as a respite from sightseeing in built environments, it is hard not to fall in love with these lovingly cultivated spaces. They…  

Amsterdam Museum Guide: Part 3, Jewish Heritage

Holland Leiden Museums

January 2, 2019 by Untours Staff

Anyone who knows us knows that here at UnTours, we LOVE Amsterdam. Of course we chose to base our popular Dutch Untour in nearby Leiden, a charming and central university town that is less busy and less touristy. Leiden has its own charms, but among its many merits is its short, direct train connection to…  

Amsterdam Museum Guide: Part 2, Dutch Life

Holland Leiden Museums

October 23, 2018 by Untours Staff

Untourists crave a deeper understanding of the local life, culture, and history of the places they travel. When we set up the Dutch Untour, we chose Leiden instead of Amsterdam partially because we felt staying in a smaller, less touristed city gave our guests a better insight into Dutch life and culture. But we adore…