February 17, 2017

A Day with Dabbawallas in Mumbai, India

Anyone walking near Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji (a.k.a Victoria) Terminus, the elaborate, UNESCO World Heritage Site Victorian Gothic train station, at midday might wonder who all of those delivery men in white caps are and why they’re sorting metal containers wrapped in colored bags on the sidewalk. The answer is they are dabbawallas, part of the […]

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Destinations:  India

Tags:  culinary tours, dabbawallas, food, India, India tours, lunch, Mumbai, traditions

February 13, 2017

Interview: An Incredible Around-the-World Tour

Artisans of Leisure travel specialist Abbey Chase recently spent a year traveling around the world—in style. Some of the highlights of her incredible tour included visiting more than 80 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Bagan, a helicopter tour of Siem Reap, a private tea ceremony in Kyoto, a river […]

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Destinations:  Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, South Pacific

Tags:  Abbey Chase, active travel, Africa tours, around-the-world, Artisans of Leisure, Asia tours, culinary tours, Europe tours, exclusive, hiking, hot air balloon rides, luxury hotels, luxury safaris, luxury tours, luxury travel, photography tours, safaris, South America tours, South Pacific tours, tennis, travel experts, travel writing, wildlife tours

February 2, 2017

Favorite Luxury Safari Camps in Africa

Few experiences are more sought after than the African safari, from once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sightings to picture-perfect sunsets over the savannah. Our luxury safari tours feature exclusive African safari camps and lodges that have the best locations for game viewing and give you the experience of being in the wild, all with five-star amenities. Artisans of Leisure […]

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Destinations:  Africa, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania

Tags:  adventure, Africa, animals, Botswana, family travel, Kenya, luxury safaris, Maasai Mara, Namibia, Rwanda, safari lodges, safaris, Singita, South Africa, Tanzania, tented camps, wildlife

January 24, 2017

Ceramics in Japan: Robert Yellin’s Yakimono Gallery in Kyoto

If you’re interested in Japanese pottery, we highly recommend having Artisans of Leisure arrange a private meeting with Robert Yellin. Considered a foremost authority on Japanese yakimono (ceramics), Yellin has lived in Japan since 1984 and has written and lectured extensively both in Japan and abroad. Yellin runs Yakimono Gallery from an early 20th-century teahouse steeped […]

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Tags:  art, art tours, artists, Asia, ceramics, crafts, crafts tours, exclusive, experts, Japan, Japan tours, Japanese pottery, Kyoto, pottery, Robert Yellin

January 19, 2017

Iconic image: Borobudur in Indonesia

For its impressive scale, beautiful carvings and exemplary Buddhist architecture, Borobudur Temple in Central Java is one of our favorite cultural sights in Indonesia. The largest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur is a stone pyramid comprised of nine tiers with 72 stupas clustered around a central stupa on top. Each stupa contains a small […]

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Destinations:  Asia, Indonesia

Tags:  Aman resorts, Amanjiwo, Borobudur, Buddhist, Indonesia, Indonesia tours, Java, luxury hotels, ruins, temples, UNESCO

January 12, 2017

Top 10 Winter Travel Experiences

From seeing snow monkeys in Japan to chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland, Artisans of Leisure tours feature the best of winter travel all over the world. Rather than head south for the winter, we love to fully embrace the colder months and enjoy some of the unique experiences that can only be found this time […]

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Tags:  active travel, adventure, Christmas Markets, festive, Northern Lights, shopping, snow, spa tours, wildlife, winter getaways, winter tours, winter travel, winter vacation

January 9, 2017

Decorative Arts at the Opulent Palace Residences of Seville

Artisans of Leisure arranges visits to private homes and important, formerly private residences in destinations around the world. Such visits are a great way to learn about local history, experience exceptional architecture, and see impressive collections of art and decorative arts–they also often provide a fascinating peek into the lifestyles and personal whims of their inhabitants. A […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Spain

Tags:  Andalusia, architecture, art, collections, decorative arts, design, interiors, luxury Spain tours, museums, palaces, private homes, Seville, Seville tours, Spain, Spain tours, tiles

January 6, 2017

Oplontis: An Undiscovered Archaeological Gem in Southern Italy

Close to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Oplontis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the most interesting yet least known ruins in southern Italy. Oplontis was once a cluster of villas on the outskirts of Pompeii and was also buried under ash after the infamous 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Though […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Italy

Tags:  archaeological site, archaeology, decorative arts, design, history, Italy, Oplontis, Pompeii, ruins, UNESCO