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

January 6, 2017

Top Luxury Tours for 2017: Inspiration for the New Year

The beginning of the New Year is an ideal time for making travel plans for the year ahead. Here are some of our most recommended Artisans of Leisure luxury tours for inspiration! For Foodies… Vietnam for Foodies Highlights of Puglia Food & Wine of Portugal Culinary Tour of Israel Exclusive England: Country Estates, Gourmet Food […]

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

Tags:  2017, adventure tours, amazing getaways, family travel, food tours, luxury travel, private tours, safaris, spring break tours, summer travel, tour ideas, travel planning, wildlife tours

December 19, 2016

Iconic Image: Xian’s Terracotta Army

It’s hard to imagine the vastness of Xian’s Terracotta Army of Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archeological excavations in the world, until you see them in person. These warriors were created in 246 B.C. as part of the 20 square mile tomb of Qin Shi Huang Di, the first emperor of the […]

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Destinations:  Asia, China

Tags:  archaeological site, Asia, China, China tours, family travel, Silk Road, Terracotta Army, Xian, Xian’s Terracotta Warriors

December 12, 2016

Must Experience: Truffle Hunting in Italy

Italy abounds in gastronomic treasures, but perhaps none is more highly prized than white truffles. Travelers visiting the Piedmont region in October and November—prime white truffle season— can see and taste the best of the best at the Alba International White Truffle Fair. We arrange for our travelers to visit the fair, and we also […]

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Destinations:  Europe, France, Italy

December 1, 2016

The Exquisite Crafts of Nepal

Traditional crafts are an important part of daily life in Nepal. They also offer many great options for travelers wanting to collect beautiful objects that directly relate to Nepalese culture. For those interested in shopping, we arrange visits to exclusive boutiques and studios in Kathmandu and elsewhere to browse for exceptional crafts made by Nepalese […]

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Destinations:  Asia, Nepal

Tags:  Asia, Buddhism, collecting, crafts, culture, design, Himalayas, markets, Nepal, Nepal tours, shopping