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40 years of Untours

We're turning 40 years old next year and are collecting memories from clients, staff, family and friends of Untours over the coming months to celebrate the occasion.

Do you have any you'd like to share?

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Added by Untours on April 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Untourists of the Week: Lloyd and Mary

Untourists of the Week Lloyd and Mary give some love to Frutigen and the Swiss Oberland Untour.

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Added by Untours on April 8, 2014 at 8:51am — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 8 - Another adventure comes to an end

August 28 - Wednesday

 

This morning we reassessed our plans for the rest of the vacation. When we studied the train schedules we found that it was going to take two (maybe three, I can't remember) train changes to get to Rothenburg and one of those changes was only 10 minutes long. Then leaving Rothenburg it was going to be multiple changes again to get to the Frankfort airport. We had several people tell us how nice Rothenburg was and we were looking…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on April 7, 2014 at 2:54pm — 3 Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 7

August 25 - Sunday

 

By the way, I believe I mentioned that we do not like duvets.  They get too hot and heavy for us.  So the first two nights in Salzburg, I removed the duvet from its cover and just used the cover as a sheet.  For two days the maid put the duvet back into the cover and I took it out in the evening.  Finally, the last night she figured it out and left me an extra cover, but still put the duvet back into another cover.  It worked for…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on April 3, 2014 at 4:21pm — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 6

August 22 - Thursday

 

After breakfast we packed up and headed east. We will definitely have fond memories of the family and Hotel Maximillian in Ehbenichl, Austria.  The first part of the drive took us back along the same road we had traveled yesterday, past Lake Plansee, until finally we were in new territory. 

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Added by Linda Paplinski on April 1, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 5

August 18 - Sunday

 

This morning we have docked at Basel, Switzerland and we must be out of our room by 9:00 AM with our bags in the hall. Dick and I were amazed at how efficient the checking out process went. We had settled our bill yesterday afternoon, so all we had to do was pack our last minute items, put our bags out, go to one last delicious breakfast buffet, and wait in the lounge area visiting with fellow passengers. Most of the 133 people…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on March 28, 2014 at 5:15pm — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 4

August 16 - Friday

 

This morning's tour began with ride through the canals of Strasbourg in a glass top small boat.  The buildings were very pretty.  Unfortunately, pictures I took through the glass are good reminders for me, but not good enough to share.  Obviously, you get the glare of the glass. We then began a walk through the town with our local guide who pointed out various things.  Ultimately we ended up at the Strasbourg Cathedral. The…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on March 27, 2014 at 3:26pm — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 3

August 14 - Wednesday

 

This morning was an early start with a walking tour of Koblenz.  Located where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet this city was strategically valuable during Roman times and an important center of trade during the Middle Ages. The very point at where the rivers meet…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on March 26, 2014 at 5:12pm — No Comments

This week's Untourists of the Week: The Crums

Untourists of the Week Barbara and Russell share their thoughts on their Umbria, Salzburg and Ticino Untours, with a nice comparison of tours, DIY and Untours.

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Added by Untours on March 26, 2014 at 9:05am — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 2

August 11 - Sunday

 

After breakfast we packed up and headed for the Amsterdam airport.  Interesting side note, yesterday we had come up from the underground parking garage using one exit, but later found an entrance/exit much closer to the hotel. When we left we used the closer exit.  Somehow we always get twisted around underground - even with subways!

 

The drive to the airport only took about 20-30 minutes and we got the car returned in short…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on March 25, 2014 at 5:37pm — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 1

August 7 - Wednesday

 

Flying into Amsterdam in late October of 2008 for a memorable Untours, I was very impressed with what seemed like hundreds of wind turbines out in the ocean turning around and generating power.  This year I was looking forward to the same view, but unfortunately my seat was on the wrong side of the plane or our approach was different. I don't know the answer, but I do know if you fly into Amsterdam do try to look out the nearest…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on March 24, 2014 at 3:31pm — No Comments

This week's Untourists of the Week: The Brenners

Diane and Lawrence Brenner tell us about their first three weeks of Untours: Florence, Paris and Leiden.

Did we mention that those were all in one month!?

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Added by Untours on March 19, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments

And the Unny winners are..

Check out the list of Unny Award winners! One of our regions won 4 of the 12 categories.

Let us know how you feel about the winners!

Here are the winners.

Added by Untours on March 3, 2014 at 11:53am — No Comments

The inaugural Unny Awards

Go ahead and vote at the inaugural Unny Awards. It's like the Oscars for Untours regions.

Vote right here!

Added by Untours on February 23, 2014 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Eight Money and Banking Tips when Studying Abroad

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Studying in a foreign land can be quite an enriching and exciting experience, easily one of the best highlights to any student’s career. However, there are a lot of important things that students must consider before buying…

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Added by Kyle Albert on February 19, 2014 at 3:20am — No Comments

Toe socks, cute dogs and dinner in the Swiss Heartland

Saturday, April 24, 2004.  It was overcast with a temperature of 48 degrees Fahrenheit.  The predicted high for the day was 60 degrees Fahrenheit with sun and clouds.  On the way to the train station, we saw Albert picking up his mail, and Berit cutting tulips and forsythia.  Her uncle and cousin from Norway were flying in.  They would be here at least a week.  The Norway flag was up.  We spent the day at Thun.  It was market day.

During one of our many train trips, I had…

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Added by Bill Kover on February 17, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Untourists of the Week: Elaine & Cecilia Hruska

Twin sister Untourists Elaine and Cecilia on Untours:
"For many years, we have chosen to go with Untours. We like the feel of being on our own and staying in one place at a family home to really get to know the city"

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Added by Untours on February 11, 2014 at 10:05am — No Comments

From the Untours Blog

Untours Foundation Manager, Elizabeth Killough, introduces the world to her new teammate, Shannon Davidson.

"Shannon was a gift to me from my board, which saw better than I that I was drowning in work after Hal retired. Shannon was hired to be my amazing colleague, which she is indeed! A film editor by training, Shannon worked on several of Ken Burns’ film projects. You can see some of her handiwork through our lovely new website, which she designed."

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Added by Untours on February 7, 2014 at 9:42am — No Comments

Untourists of the Week: Monica & Pete Petersen

In the words of the Petersens...

Every detail is taken care of for you. The staff, both in Media and at your destination, is top-notch and are to be commended for all their support. The Dream Book and travel suggestions and supplements are wonderful so you can really plan your trip. You can do as much as you like or as little. But the options to "Live like a Local" are there for you, just as Hal Taussig imagined it would be.

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Added by Untours on January 28, 2014 at 10:11am — No Comments

Speaking Deutsch in Switzerland

Eleanor and I have been trying to practice German words and phrases for our trip to Switzerland.  This morning I said "Here's a phrase you should remember "Sehr erfreut" which means "Pleased to meet you."  Eleanor said "I'm not going to remember that."   I said "I'll probably say it first.  So you just repeat what I say."  Eleanor: "I'm not going to remember the pronunciation."  Bill says to Eleanor: "Okay, just say DITTO!"  Eleanor says to Bill "What's the German word for "Ditto."  I don't…

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Added by Bill Kover on January 27, 2014 at 10:08am — No Comments

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