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People will never be obsolete.


Dear Andrea,

Does anyone else hate self checkout at the grocery store?

When I am forced to use it, I fumble with bar codes. My canvas bags aggravate the sensor-scale. I can rarely get through a transaction without human intervention.

I’d expect that helper to be a little impatient, but the ones I encounter are normally personable and kind. It would be easy for them to resent their post, but they must be reminded dozens of times an hour that this labor-saving system cannot function without human help.

And so it is in the wider world. As automation handles rote tasks, there will always be a place for people, and there are countless things that humans do better. Travel offers plenty of examples. One or two thoughtful personal tips on a location can save you hours surfing the web, parsing endless info and amateur reviews. Insider info from a trusted human is invaluable to the process.

We’re proud to harbor destination specialists who are accessible by phone to help you save time and money and plan the best experiences possible. In Europe, real people meet you at the airport and get you settled, pointing you in the right direction for your travels. No scanning required.



Don't forget to check out our Wine & Food Untours in Spain, run by lots of nice people.

Porto Untour

Nothing like advice from a local
There are so many reviews and listings on the web, it can be overwhelming to plan a trip. That's where the value of Untours' local staff people comes in. Meet Marta in Porto!

Native insights
Truffle hunt

Only humans and dogs can do it
It's a delicate and time consuming operation, hunting truffles. Only humans can do it, and even then they rely on dogs. Check out this report from our 2019 truffle hunt!

People + dog = truffles
Swiss Unour

An early adopter retires
Margrit has helped us run our Swiss Untour since before internet and computers. She embraced new technology while adding the human touch that shaped our Untours.

Alpine trailblazer
Untours Foundation

Human intervention will save the Earth
In a college graduation speech, Untours Foundation Director Elizabeth Killough recently addressed climate change and human solutions the next gen can embrace.

People helping planet

Planning a River Cruise?

You can book it with us! Viking? Ama? Barge and island cruising? We do that. You'll never pay more when you book your cruise with Untours Ventures, plus you get our help.

Cruise with Us
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