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Madrid in 16 Hours: 4 Good Things


February 15, 2022 by Andrea Szyper

When you can only manage to book 16 hours in a city like Madrid, is it worth it? And how to plan? On a recent trip to central Spain hosted by the Spanish Tourist Office, I asked to extend my trip. After all, it was my first time in Spain, and 3 days wasn’t nearly…  

Amber’s Italy: Venice, Florence, and Rome in photos.

Travel Tips

February 7, 2022 by Untours Staff

Italian cities offer something for everyone, and its three best-known cities are each so distinct. Amber Martin, our Italian Untour Director, has shared a few of her favorite city photos from her recent travels to Italy this past November. Those who follow us on Instagram may have enjoyed her takeover, with photos from all six…  

10 Essential Tips for Lisbon Travel


February 1, 2022 by Andrea Szyper

Portugal has captured the imagination of American travelers, and the levels of tourism in the city were rising rapidly before the pandemic began. Even now, Portugal, and especially the cities of Porto and Lisbon, are bouncing back, welcoming growing crowds. Here are 10 tips to help you enjoy Lisbon. 1. When booking flights into Lisbon,…  

A Guide to Barcelona’s Oceanfront: La Barceloneta and Beyond

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January 26, 2022 by Untours Staff

With its newer buildings and open vistas, Barcelonaโ€™s oceanfront is an appealing area and a nice counterpoint to the touristed streets of the city’s oldest quarters. Guests on the Barcelona Untour have the time to explore the waterfront and enjoy a different view of this gorgeous Spanish city. Hereโ€™s a rundown of Barcelona’s seaside neighborhoods…  

What is Hygge? Some Inspiration from Europe

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January 16, 2022 by Andrea Szyper

Hygge is a Danish word that has captured the global imagination. Though there is no exact English word equivalent, โ€œcozyโ€ comes close. Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) captures a sense of warmth and comfort and hominess that feeds a feeling of contentment and well being. As omicron surges this month and much of the US is in…  

Of Wind and Water: How Untours is Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality

Eco/living green

January 10, 2022 by Andrea Szyper

At UnTours our goal is to be carbon neutral by 2023. Our operations at UnTours have been 100% carbon neutral for years. We’ve been able to completely offset the CO2 from the electricity and gas we use in our Media office as well as our employees’ European travel and local commuting. We’ve done that by…  

Christmas Stars: An Appreciation and How-To


December 22, 2021 by Cathrinbaumbach

Have you ever wondered about the reasoning behind some of our holiday decorations? Why do we use red and green colors, or candy canes? Why do we adorn gifts with a bow? While some of these may seem arbitrary, most of them actually have a special meaning. Take stars. The Christmas star symbolizes the star…  

Parisian Passion: A First Impression

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December 14, 2021 by Special Guest

Our UnTours Foundation Co-CEO Jonathan Coleman recently returned from his first Untour trip, and his first time ever visiting Switzerland and France. Here he shares his first impression of Paris. I arrived in Paris on a train from Basel by way of Strasbourg. For the last leg of the trip, I had the bad luck…