January 12, 2015

Must stay: Aman Tokyo

We have just returned from Tokyo, where we visited the new Aman Tokyo. We’re confident the Aman will quickly become one of the best luxury hotels in Japan, and we’re excited to be offering it as an option in our private Japan tours. Conveniently located near Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, the Aman Tokyo […]

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Destinations:  Asia, Japan

Tags:  Aman resorts, Aman Tokyo, Asia, Asia tours, hotels, Japan, Japan tours, luxury travel, Tokyo

January 9, 2015

An Interview with our Newest Food, Culture and Travel Expert: Luke Pyenson

The newest member of the Artisans of Leisure team is Luke Pyenson. Read on and you’ll see why! Q: What got you started traveling? My whole family loves to travel, in particular my grandmother, who has been all over the world. Growing up, I would hear stories from her or my parents about various far-flung […]

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Destinations:  Africa, Australia, England, Europe, France, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latin America, Mexico, Middle East, Morocco, South Pacific, Spain

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January 7, 2015

New Tour: Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls & Buenos Aires

Our new Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls & Buenos Aires tour is the perfect option for a first visit to South America. This popular tour features the incomparable beauty of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the urban sophistication of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the breathtaking natural drama of Iguazu Falls, which sits along the border of […]

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Destinations:  Argentina, Brazil, South America

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January 5, 2015

Hiking in El Torcal, Spain

El Torcal Natural Park Reserve is one of our favorite off-the-beaten-track destinations in Spain, especially for hikers or anyone interested in spectacular scenery. A craggy, otherworldly landscape of eroded limestone karsts on a high plateau, El Torcal was formed millions of years ago during the Jurassic Period, when the area was under the sea. In […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Spain

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January 2, 2015

Exquisite Japanese Lacquerware

Lacquerware is one of our favorite crafts from Japan, where is it known as urushi (lacquer), shikki (lacquerware) or nurimono (coated things). Ishikawa Prefecture is among the most famous of the many regions in Japan where lacquerware is produced. Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa and historically one of the most powerful castle towns in Japan, […]

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Destinations:  Asia, Japan

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December 30, 2014

Must Visit: Rosendals Tradgard in Stockholm, Sweden

If you want to experience Stockholm as the locals do, we recommend visiting Rosendals Tradgard, one of our favorite places in the Swedish capital. Located on the leafy island of Djurgarden—which is also home to major cultural sites such as the Vasa Museet and the Skansen open-air museum—Rosendals is a large garden and one of […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Scandinavia, Sweden

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December 4, 2014

The Ultimate Gift: One-of-a-kind Tours for Everyone on Your List

This holiday season, spoil family members and friends with the gift of an Artisans of Leisure tour. Here’s a selection of new tours and perennial favorites that are sure to inspire and delight every sophisticated traveler on your list: • For foodies… Who wouldn’t want to eat their way through a Vietnam for Foodies tour, sample […]

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Destinations:  Africa, Asia, Austria, Burma, Cambodia, Central Europe, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latin America, Mexio, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Scandinavia, Seychelles, South Africa, South America, South Korea, South Pacific, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam

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