Hal and Norma Taussig founded Untours in 1975 to offer travelers a deeper way of experiencing Europe. Untours started in Switzerland, and has expanded over the decades. There are now Untour programs in 26 different destinations. In each program, guests settle into their community with the aid of a friendly local host, who helps them manage logistics and practical details. Planning, transportation, transfers, and other helpful extras are all included.
Untours also offers hand-selected small boat cruises and adventures on its Ventures website. Untours continues to add destinations while staying true to Hal’s vision, offering meaningful travel and fostering a sense of community and connection among Untours guests, staff, and local hosts.
Hal was an unusual entrepreneur. He and Norma gave nearly all of Untours’ profits to the Untours Foundation they created. In 1999 Paul Newman and John F. Kennedy Jr. awarded Untours “The Most Generous Company in America.” Untours’ generosity helped inspire the Benefit Corporation (B Corp) movement. In 2010 B Corp introduced the annual Hal Taussig Award, which it gives to business people who exemplify Hal’s values.
Brian Taussig-Lux has managed Untours since 1996 and Elizabeth Killough runs the Untours Foundation. Both worked closely with Hal and continue to connect with his vision. As Hal planned, ownership of Untours passed to the Untours Foundation. Hal’s passion continues to inspire Untours staff and community, and the wider worlds of business, travel, and fair trade.
At Untours we are big boosters of thoughtful, responsible, and sustainable travel. We love the lessons Europe has to teach us about environmental conservation and stewardship. We have learned a lot over our decades of European travel and progressive business. Here are some eco travel tips for travel in Europe, the Untours guide to green travel.
All Untour regions:
– UK & Ireland
– Czechia & Hungary