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Remembering Switzerland.

Remembering Switzerland

Added by Bill Kover on June 6, 2015 at 3:41pm — 1 Comment

'Til the Cows Come Home


‘Til the Cows Come Home

Speaking of Travel By Vickie Kelber

Although we have visited Switzerland a number of times, usually choosing to spend a month at a time, our travels have always taken place between early June and late August. On our last trip, we went a little later in the…


Added by Vickie K on May 30, 2015 at 8:04am — No Comments

Our Best Day in Paris

Today we tasted a Greek Gyro for the first time in our lives. We will never be the same. While Eleanor waited in the park behind Notre Dame, I went to rue St. Severin and purchased one gyro. Now my job was to bring this savory smelling concoction back to Eleanor without tasting it. On the way people commented on how good it smelled. I finally made it back to Eleanor, and our picnic began. The sun came out and the birds zeroed in. Our bottle of Bordeaux lost its cork. Our glasses were filled. We… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on May 17, 2008 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Italy -South Tuscany 2007


By Will & Becky

After a wonderful experience with our first Untour (Alsace region in France, Spring 2005), we chose Tuscany South for our next adventure. We booked our own travel using AA frequent flyer miles opting for an extended trip. Our first destination was arranged with TheRightVacationRental, an associated Untours company.

September 7-14: Arrive Paris CDG and depart 3 hours later aboard TGV train for… Continue

Added by Will & Becky on April 22, 2008 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Untours Trip to Greece, February 27 – March 12, 2008

Untours Trip to Greece, February 27 – March 12, 2008

Our Untours trip to Greece was our first (first Greece, first Untours) – and after our experience there, it certainly won’t be our last. When we told people we were going to be staying in a town called Nafplio, we were often asked why we chose that town. We too wondered why Untours chose Nafplio, out of all the beautiful places in Greece. Having heard such positive things from other Untours travelers about their trips in Europe, we… Continue

Added by Marcia Venus on April 17, 2008 at 8:52am — 2 Comments

What's a B Corporation?

Some of you may have noticed the new logo on the back of our latest catalog. It's a B with a circle around it. What's that all about?

In recent years, we've talked more about the work of the Untours Foundation and the fact that our profits go to support its efforts. We've done this a bit reluctantly because Hal and Norma don't like being put on a pedestal and getting attention for work that is deeply meaningful to them personally. At the same time, we don't want to be seen as a… Continue

Added by Brian on March 13, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Europe on $5 and $10 a day

We used Frommer's "Europe On 5 And 10 Dollars A Day" to prepare for our very first trip to Europe in 1973. We signed up for a 15 day "Freelance" Tour covering the cities of London, Vienna, Rome and Paris. The tour company arranged flights, hotel and offered optional bus tours. Other than that, you were on your own to explore. We avoided the bus tours. At Speakers Corner in London, we listened among a small group of spectators. We marveled at London… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on April 7, 2008 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

The last time we saw Paris...Revisited

Well after 35 years we were finally able to travel back in time and walk in the foorsteps of our youth. I had posted the 1973 photos prior to our Paris Untour. Today we took a walk down Avenue McMahon and found the Etoile Park Hotel still lives, along with the pedicure shop that was next door to it. Except for some minor changes, the exterior looks the same. The small secondary street in front of it is now a wide sidewalk. The view up towards the Arc de Triomphe is basically the same except for… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on April 4, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

The Heart of a Traveller

My childhood did not include traveling. Up until the age of 15, the only time I was out of the state of New Jersey was on a grade school trip to Washington's Crossing, Pennsylvania. In high school, bus trips opened up the vast new world of New York City. The Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the United Nations Building.....that was the extent of my world travels. Other than that, my world was restricted to the farm fields across the street from my home. The summer I… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on March 28, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Your Computer and WiFi

When I had spoken to our Parisian contact, Larry, he had warned me about using my laptop with WiFi.

He said that I would be vulnerable to other computer users within 300-feet. They could easily capture, for

example, my bank account information whenever I made an attempt to pay a bill online.

Today, one of my Tech News newsletters discussed this very topic. Rather than indicate the web

address, and leave it up to our Untour Café members to read the information, I've… Continue

Added by Eleanor - 'El' on March 30, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A Walking Stick (but oh so much more...)

I'm nervous to bring up this topic as I know how much discussion there's been in the past, but I wanted to ask if anyone had ever heard of the "TrekPod"?

The website of the company that makes them is http://trek-tech.com/

It's apparently a walking stick & tripod in one. Here's what their website says:

"It's a Walking Staff, It's a Monopod, It's a Tripod—and the

MagMount Works Like Magic!

"A revolutionary…

Added by Powen Shiah on March 5, 2008 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Trip to the Netherlands--1994


By Everett and Jane Arnold

We flew to Amsterdam in a DC10. Fortunately we were next to the bulkhead so I had legroom. We were the last to be called to board so we had to scatter our coats and carry on luggage in two different overhead locations. A young Dutch couple sat next to us who had been to the States on business. They slept with eye coverings, neck pillows and no shoes. We gave up and watched a Whoopi Goldberg movie about ghetto kids in a… Continue

Added by Everett W. Arnold on February 17, 2008 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Dutch Untour

HOLLAND, Tuesday, August 14, 2007

It’s hard to know where to start. We had wanted to go to Holland on an Untour for many years, and we weren’t disappointed. After leaving Orlando at 5:25 p.m. we arrived at London Gatwick Airport to change planes to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport arriving at 11:40 a.m. We were met at the “Meeting Place” by our taxi driver who delivered us (after a little confusion as to the address) to our apartment at Hogewoerd 144 in Leiden. We stayed in the Jan Steen… Continue

Added by Deborah and Donald Wise on February 12, 2008 at 9:53am — 8 Comments



Frank and I decided to do the Bavarian Castle Untour in 2005 and we were delighted with it. I think every little girl has dreamed of living in a castle and I was no exception. My dream came true at Schloss Sommersdorf. We stayed in the…


Added by Marlene Hench on February 1, 2008 at 9:17pm — 7 Comments

UNTOURING TUSCANY SOUTH – a planning guide

Untouring Tuscany South - a Planning Guide:

Winter is planning time for our Untour trips. Since people have been asking me questions about what there is to see and do while on a Tuscany South Untour, I…


Added by Marlene Hench on February 1, 2008 at 5:01am — 11 Comments

Restored Roman Emperor's Palace

Italian experts have spent decades, and millions of pounds, restoring the palace of ancient Rome’s first Emperor, Augustus. It reopens to the public in March 2008.

For a full slideshow, there are 13 pictures on… Continue

Added by Powen Shiah on January 7, 2008 at 11:39am — No Comments

Traveling Alone

Like Nancy, whose blog I just read, I do some of my traveling alone because my husband hates to travel. Usually I've just signed on to a tour, but at 68, I'm now considering a more leisurely style. I've been wanting to see the Italian Alpes, but worry about just packing up & going it alone. Any Advice??

Added by wille on January 1, 2008 at 10:40pm — 1 Comment


I really want to go to Paris but am single & old! I am in good shape tho downhill ski, walk, swim,& workout.Hate to go alone . Want to celebrate my 80 th with a trip to Paris. Doable? Nancy

Added by nancy goughnour on December 17, 2007 at 5:39pm — 21 Comments

News Update

Well, this week has been a busy and exciting one at the Untours office!

First, there was an article about our very own Hal Taussig on the Associate Press newswire (not sure if that's the right term. It was syndicated in many papers, including a full page in the Philadelphia Metro, the… Continue

Added by Powen Shiah on November 29, 2007 at 2:47pm — 2 Comments

The Colours of Spain - Andalusia in Springtime

Spain has an intensity of light and color that we've experienced in few other places. There's a vividness to the scenes that seems to burn into one's consciousness and never quite diminish. Months after our springtime visit to Andalusia, the warmth of Spain and its people remains with us. We visited many hilltowns but it was Iznajar that called out most strongly to us at first. The beautiful Patio de las Comedias, above, was at the very top of the…


Added by Doris M on November 13, 2007 at 9:45am — 8 Comments

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