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5.0 November 2016
From our very first phone call to Untours we were impressed. Because of a wedding in Germany on the 22nd of October we did not know if we would be able to do more than 1 week with Untours. The staff jumped on this right away with a call back about emailing two of your long time renters to see if they would be willing to extend their season for us. What service! I think that we heard back within 2 days that we could do three weeks of Untours. So, we did our week in the Swiss Heartland, a week in Bavaria and our final week in Austria AND Pat and Kanna were able to attend the wedding. We have traveled to Europe a number of times on our own. This requires a lot more planning than taking a "group tour". Untours simplified our planning and yet gave us the freedom to plan our own activities and experiences on our own time frame but gave us the assistance in finding apartments, planning our transportation and other general support, if we needed it. We will be doing more traveling with Untours in the future and have shared with many of our friends and family our exceptional experiences with Untours. We only wish that we could have the same experiences in other places, e.g. New Zealand & Austrailia, Iceland and the Scandinavian countries. We enjoyed everything about Untours. We can't think of a thing that would make it a better experience.Read more
5.0 November 2016
Very wonderful location and extremely nice apartment. Would have been nice to have microwave but not a deal breaker. Loved having Wi-Fi and being so close to gondola car up to top of mountain. Beautiful views from apartment. The hiking and dream books were excellent and extremely helpful. Our only comment would be the host did not converse well in English and this made some things a little more difficult but it did not interfere with our overall great experience.Read more
5.0 November 2016
Very convenient way to travel for experienced travelers who like to plan our own itinerary without being locked in to a fully guided tour group. Two best features were your choosing the apartment and the airport transfers.Read more
|Tours||24 Trips||418 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 155||$ 193|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Mixed Land & Cruise|
When is a tour not a tour? When it’s an Untour, of course. Pennsylvania-based Untours stakes out its own ground in the tour business, offering “all the fun of independent travel without all the work.” And they’ve been doing it for more than 40 years, building an experienced, knowledgeable staff both in the U.S. and Europe.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
As its name suggests, Untours is different than a typical tour agency. It doesn’t offer guided tours or group tours, but it does offer unlimited pre-trip planning advice, orientation upon arrival at your European destination, a private apartment to stay in, and transportation while there.
Who Travels With Them?
Untours clients like the idea of being mostly on their own while traveling, but are looking for extra assistance in planning, getting oriented, and arranging for lodging and transport. Since the Untours method saves time and energy when traveling to an unfamiliar place, it’s especially popular with people of working age or those who don’t enjoy extensive research.
Where Do They Operate?
Untours operates in 24 European locations, including multiple cities, towns and villages in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Other locations are in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Holland, Ireland, the UK, and Greece.
How Does it Work?
You choose the European location of your dreams – it could be Alsace, France; Tuscany, Italy; London, England; Budapest, Hungary; Barcelona, Spain; Leiden, Holland; Nafplio, Greece; or a village in Switzerland, among others – and Untours will set you up. You can ask all the questions about your destination that you want, and you’ll also be given an Untours guidebook to the region. When you arrive, Untours’ local staff will fill you in on anything you want or need to know. They’ll transfer you from the airport to your private apartment, cottage, or farmhouse -- where you’ll stay for one to two weeks -- and also set you up with a rental car, rail pass, or mass-transit pass, depending on your location. Otherwise, you’re entirely on your own to do what you want.
Why Travel With Them?
Untours offers an unusual service that strikes a balance between a guided tour and independent travel. Of course, you can put together your own group of friends or family if you don’t want to travel strictly on your own. You can also combine Untours (they’ll provide transfers between regions) if you want a longer trip, or opt for customized itineraries and luxury-level properties. You can even choose to just book one of their properties and dispense with the other planning and orientation.