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(16) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 17) Luzern and a lakeboat cruise

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I was up at 5:00am followed by Eleanor at 5:17am. The bird outside our window was again singing its morning wake-up song at 5:12am.  We were starting to take it for granted.  So I took advantage of the opportunity and recorded the sound of morning at Britschgi Chalet.…


Added by Bill Kover on December 2, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments


When I travel in Europe these days, I'd be lost without my smartphone (Android). I use apps for everything from train schedules to finding restaurants. Here are a few that I've used:

  • Rick Steves has a useful app with his excellent audio tours. (does not need data)
  • SBB (Swiss Railways) has a great rail schedule app that can be used for schedules all over Europe. It is easy to…

Added by Brian on October 23, 2014 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

The Istanbul Untour has arrived!

In case you hadn't heard yet, for the past several months, we've been working on developing and working out the kinks on a brand new Untour. And, today, we proudly present the fruits of our labor: the Istanbul Untour.

Read all about it here!

Added by Untours on January 31, 2013 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Cooking Italian Style

When thinking of Tuscany, and Italy in general, one of the first things that comes to mind is the fantastic food. From the simple pleasures of fresh fruits and vegetables at the market to the gourmet meals at even the smallest of trattorie, Tuscany is a treasure trove of delights for the palate. But,… Continue

Added by AndiC on January 13, 2011 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Above the Soup at Langis


Added by Vance Roy on February 6, 2011 at 9:45am — No Comments

Autumn in Andalusia

Autumn in Andalusia Irv & Jane Smith Missouri City TX

Here are some notes from an Andalusian Untour taken the first two weeks in September 2010. My wife Jane and I stayed in the Patio Unit (nice, albeit isolated) near Fuente Tojar. Untours' locater map isn't entirely accurate when one zooms in; the actual coordinates are 37.507445, -4.108286. The Patio unit will be easy to spot because it has an olive tree in front of it. (That's a joke… Continue

Added by Irv Smith on July 24, 2011 at 11:52pm — No Comments

(19) Paris Untour 2010 (Day 20) The Last Goodbye


Day 20   The Last Goodbye


Sunday  May 9, 2010


Dimanche  9 Mai 2010

We were both up at 6:30am.…


Added by Bill Kover on September 15, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Budapest, May 2010

My husband and I were in Budapest this past May, 2010 for 2 weeks. We had a great time but we always enjoy our Untorus. This was our 7th. We were in Wesselenyi C and found this to be a good location. A few things that follow are specifically for the 3 apartments in this building. Zita's, she also works with Untours, office is in this building and we found her and others in the office to be very helpful. The cell phone provided for us was not working so we used the office for help.



Added by Jean McCall on July 6, 2010 at 10:03pm — 3 Comments

Birthday in Greece

The perfect way to celebrate my 70th birthday with friends and family was the Greece Untour in Nafplio. There were 14 women friends and family who spent the first 2 weeks on October, 2009 in this wonderful town. We had four apartments and four cars and spent about half the days taking day trips and the rest of the days in and around Nafplio. It only took a few days for us to feel completely at home. We all had our favorite restaurants, bakeries and shops and it was always fun to be recognized… Continue

Added by Carol Jean Eames on November 5, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

What is Wine?

It's been a few months since I posted here, and Kim suggested I write about wine.

Well, there's a loaded subject. I'll just start here with an interview with a real winegrower:

Now, I put this here because I just want to get something out of the way:

Most "wines" that we run into in the U.S. (the ubiquitous brands in every liquor store/ wine shop) ain't wine. They're food-processed beverages manufactured by… Continue

Added by David Moore on July 9, 2009 at 11:47am — No Comments

Celebrating Berit

I am unable to celebrate Berit Greutert’s life with those who did so in Sarnen on Thursday

I consider her to be my very best friend—that’s counting all my 85 years. I want to honor her now with those of you who knew her and who also frequent the Untours Café.

Those of you who knew her can testify, Berit spread happiness in the wake of every path she walked, a happiness that was a profound version of fun. Berit and I had carloads of fun on day-trips together. I wish to… Continue

Added by Hal Taussig on June 5, 2009 at 11:11am — 9 Comments

A Light Has Gone Out In CH

Berit Greutert died this morning about 0430 local time in the Kanton Hospital in Sarnen. She came from Norway, and always loved her homeland as well as CH. She and Albert had been married 52 years and had lived in CH 40 of those years. They had three wonderful children, Jan Erik, Heidi, and Elisabeth. These three gave Berit a host of grandkids, and great grandkids. They in turn gave her love beyond the norm and were with her when The Circle… Continue

Added by Vance Roy on May 28, 2009 at 1:30am — 10 Comments


Sicily Untour Fall, 2007

Drayton and Jim Metzler

This was only our third official Untour (Spain 2003 and Switzerland 2005), traveling with my in-laws, Ann and Bill Logan. They have been on at least 18 Untours and help us enjoy and explore Europe. Since Sicily was a newer

destination for all of us and for Untours, we thought it would be exciting to try it out. Our hostess, Kathleen, greeted us at the airport in Catania along with Andi Cancelliere, an Untour Italy team… Continue

Added by Jim Metzler on June 10, 2008 at 8:45am — No Comments

Biking on the Rhine

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I and Brian Taussig Lux, my nephew and the COO of Untours recently traveled together for ten days in Europe staying in two of our Untour locations: the Rhine and Vienna. The biking video featured here took place the very day after our arrival in the charming town of Kaub. We rented bikes from a hotel just steps away from our apartment. I knew that… Continue

Added by Hal Taussig on June 5, 2008 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Rome/Venice May 2007

Rome/Venice....May/June 2007

(Yes, this is from 2007 - I thought I had posted it on the Untours website last year, but when I just checked, I couldn't find it!)


We flew from Ft. Myers to Newark and then on to Rome. The Alitalia flight was comfortable and there were individual video screens with a variety of movies, games, etc. . When the earphones were handed out, many people were unable to plug them in. It seems that one of the two metal prongs has… Continue

Added by Vickie K on June 4, 2008 at 9:04pm — 3 Comments

Weekly Wed. Words: Weigh in on Ads & Meiringen

Summer greetings to everyone... we're starting to feel the heat here in the Philadelphia area, though the rain last night cooled things down some.

There are just a few things I wanted to highlight in these semi-regular "Weekly Wednesday Word" updates (please forgive the excessive alliteration).

First, we've been tossing around the idea of adding in some advertisements on the Untours Cafe site. Travel-related text ads, probably. Please let us know your thoughts on the… Continue

Added by Powen Shiah on June 4, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Hal Biking on the Rhine [video]

Brian & Hal were visiting the German Rhine Untour in May. There are many great photos and videos that Brian took while they were there, but I thought I'd share this one with everyone!…


Added by Powen Shiah on June 2, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Part 2 -Sankt Goar, Germany. Sun. July 22, 2007 - Tues. July 24th

Day 5 Sunday July 22, 2007

24thRiding the Rhine

weather: sunny and warm

Our routine is developed well by now. Up before 7 am and meeting mum and sis at the backerei before 9. Today, though, instead of catching the 9.30 train to somewhere, we mosey over to the boat dock. We will ride the Rhein today! We are so pleased that it is very sunny and warm. As indeed it stayed for the entire day!

We check in at the boat dock station to have our passes validated and get on board… Continue

Added by Rhonda on May 16, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

No wait!... Our best day in Paris was today!

Today began sadly. we told Madame Latifa that we will be returning to New Jersey on Mercredi ( Wednesday). She made a sign of tears with her fingers. We exchanged email addresses so we can stay in touch. We took the Metro to the Trocadero Metro stop. After some photos, we walked over to Bateaux Parisien. Our lunch cruise began at 12:50pm. There is nothing like classical violin music accompanying a fine meal and a slow smooth ride down the Seine River to lift your spirits. We showed our waiter,… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on May 19, 2008 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

Is Switzerland too Expensive?

Bob Bestor at Gemüt gave Untours a shout out in his latest blog post on travel to Switzerland. He touches on various hotel prices, food costs, and the deal that the Swiss rail pass is. It's basically a good reality check for anyone wanting to visit the Swiss, pragmatic about prices but still pointing how to make the most of their dollar.

I haven't been to Switzerland myself, other than the Zürich airport and the railway connection that… Continue

Added by Powen Shiah on May 19, 2008 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

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