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Beautiful colorful houses against the waterfront in Portofino, Italy by Untours
Premier

Untours

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • None
Established
  • 1975
Headquarters
  • Pennsylvania, USA
Trips
  • 24

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Untours Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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We were impressed! November 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.
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Very convenient way to travel November 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.
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J

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We loved it. November 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
"We loved it. You do a great job. Location was in the most scenic part of the Rhine and shopping and train were very close.
Natalie brought with her lots of local information and train, boat schedules station schedules which were very helpful. as the book did not have that much information."
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J

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Wonderful location November 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.
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Rich learning experience November 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Overall, it was a rich learning experience for us. All Untours staff have been exceptionally helpful and kind. Hosts are warm and welcoming and respond to requests, even though a mutual language is minimal. We love being able to adjust our pace as we desire. We enjoy discovering the local restaurants and markets. (It seems we always find the most fun places on the last day or two or our stay!)
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Stride Review

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.

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From Untours

Untours pioneered apartment-based independent travel and has provided unique cultural vacation packages since 1975. We support the work and mission of the Untours Foundation, which funds green projects that fight poverty around the world. Use our vast knowledgebase to design your own trip or allow one of our expert Culturists to give you a hand.

Trips & Specials


The Italy - Amalfi Coast Untour tour
7 days
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 1,319

Highlights

  • Enjoy dramatic ocean views
  • Explore the coastal towns that skim the cliffs
  • See the picturesque bay
  • Relax overlooking the sea
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The Switzerland - Oberland Untour tour
7 days
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 1,279

Highlights

  • Have a change to hike Mount Pilatus.
  • Visit the cultured cities Bern, Thun, Brienz, Interlaken.
  • Have a great trip with famous rail journey.
  • Visit some of the finest museums in Switzerland.
  • Experience the nature by visiting Lake Brienz, Lake Thun, Lake Luzern etc.
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The Greece - Nafplio Untour tour
7 days
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 649

Highlights

  • Discover Epidaurus
  • Explore Mycenae and Corinth
  • Visit Athens and Bourtzi
  • Discover Palamidi
  • Experience the nature in Alps
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The Germany - Rhine Untour tour
7 days
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 919

Highlights

  • Attend unique wine festivals at wine-producing region
  • Sail in River Rhine
  • Visit Gutenberg Museum and St. Stephan’s Church
  • Discover Koblenz, Cologne, Mainz and Heidelberg
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