Luxury Travel Newsletter July 2015


Artisans of Leisure - Celebrating 10 years

Insider Scandinavia, Baltics & St. Petersburg (slideshow)

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Artisans of Leisure can arrange exclusive private tours of the Alvar Aalto House in Helsinki

Ashley Isaacs Ganz, the founder of Artisans of Leisure, recently traveled through Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia and Russia.

This slideshow features images from some of her favorite cultural and culinary experiences, hotels, shops and private excursions in the region, including shopping at Svenskt Tenn, exploring the art and nature of Artipelag near Stockholm and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art outside Copenhagen, dining at renowned restaurants such as Noma, and experiencing the best of St. Petersburg.

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View our recommended Scandinavia & Baltics tours and Russia tours.

Culinary Peru

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Our private tours are a great way to experience Peru's amazing cuisine

We are excited to announce our new Culinary Tour of Peru, which focuses on the much-lauded cuisine and top cultural attractions in Peru.

Packed with culinary experiences, the tour includes a private tasting tour of Lima, private cooking lessons to learn to make ceviche (marinated seafood) and other favorite Peruvian dishes, visiting a tea plantation, a hands-on chocolate lesson, meetings with culinary historians and other experts, reservations at the country's top restaurants, and exploring the spectacular ruins at Machu Picchu.

Learn more about this luxurious, flavor-filled Peru tour, or contact us to begin planning.

All New Luxury Southeast Asia Tours

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Our tours include the top luxury resorts in Southeast Asia (pictured: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai)

We have recently expanded our Southeast Asia tours to offer more luxury itineraries in this amazing region. Our private tours feature our favorite activities, including touring the incredible temple complexes of Angkor in Cambodia and Bagan in Myanmar (Burma), private street food tours in Vietnam and Thailand, luxurious overnight cruises through Halong Bay in Vietnam, biking through villages in Cambodia and Vietnam, shopping for beautiful Asian art, visiting a private elephant camp in Thailand, and relaxing at the best luxury resorts in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore and Indonesia.

Our new and updated tours in Southeast Asia include:

Contact us to start planning a private tour in Southeast Asia.

Just Back: South Africa & Rwanda (slideshow)

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Our tours include safaris at ultra-luxurious Singita Lebombo in South Africa

Artisans of Leisure travel specialist Leah Reilley recently returned from a dream trip to South Africa, Rwanda and Zanzibar.

In South Africa, she experienced the best of Cape Town (including food and wine touring, seeing wildlife and nature, shopping, and exploring the local culture and history), and enjoyed a luxury safari in Kruger National Park while staying at Singita Lebombo Lodge.

In Rwanda, Leah journeyed to Volcanoes National Park to fulfill her dream of seeing gorillas in the wild.

We hope you enjoy this slideshow of images from her visit to South Africa and Rwanda and this blog on her visit to Zanzibar.

Contact Artisans of Leisure to start planning an exclusive private safari tour in Africa.

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What's Hot Now: China

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We arrange insider tours of the best of China

China continues to be one of our most popular destinations. Our travelers love our guides, sophisticated touring and immersive cultural activities, as well as the beautiful hotels and insider access we arrange throughout the country.

Our private China tours visit classic destinations such as Beijing, the Great Wall, Xian (Terracotta Warriors), Shanghai and Hong Kong. Farther afield, we also offer tours that include a panda sanctuary in Chengdu; touring ancient towns in Yunnan; cultural touring in Lhasa, Tibet; visiting tea plantations in Hangzhou and terraced rice fields in Longsheng; and hiking among the stunning scenery and seeing the UNESCO-listed ancient towns around Huangshan.

Our China tours feature the country's best luxury hotels and resorts, including the recently opened Rosewood Beijing and Amandayan in Lijiang.

Here are a few of our favorite China itineraries:

Just Back: Sicily (slideshow)

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Our travelers visit amazing private design and cultural locations in Sicily

Artisans of Leisure travel specialist Luke Pyenson recently returned from a cultural and culinary tour of Sicily, where he took the beautiful photos in this slideshow.

Luke saw magnificent ruins in the Valley of the Temples, took a four-wheel drive nature tour on Mount Etna, saw churches and palaces covered in colorful mosaics and tiles, and enjoyed in-depth food and wine touring in each destination.

There's still time to plan a private Sicily tour for this summer or autumn. View our recommended Sicily tours or contact one of our Sicily travel specialists for more information.

Also, be sure to visit our blog to read our interview with the Duchess of Palma di Montechiaro, a cooking instructor who lives in Palermo, Sicily.

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On Our Blog: Luxury Chile, Geisha Dinner, Singapore Turns 50

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