June 30, 2015

Exclusive Access: Dinner with Geisha in Japan

Enjoying a private dinner with geisha is one of Japan’s most exclusive and most unforgettable experiences. Icons of traditional Japanese culture, geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha) are professional performers who wear extravagant kimono, makeup and hair decorations while entertaining their guests Geisha typically perform in private ochaya (tea houses) that are clustered in historic neighborhoods […]

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Destinations:  Asia, Japan

Tags:  culture, dinner, exclusive, geisha, Gion, insider access, Japan, Japanese, kaiseki, Kyoto, luxury Japan tours, luxury tours, ryokans, style

June 25, 2015

Must Visit: Serpentine Pavilion 2015

The Serpentine Gallery is one of the best places in London to experience contemporary art. We especially love exploring the temporary pavilion the gallery commissions in Kensington Gardens each summer. This year’s pavilion was designed by the Spanish architecture firm selgascano, led by Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano.  The tunnel-like structure hides a cafe at […]

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Destinations:  England

Tags:  architects, architecture, art, England, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, London, London tours, museums, private London tours, selgascano, Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine Pavilion, summer travel, UK

June 24, 2015

Exclusive New Private Culinary Tour of Peru

Artisans of Leisure is excited to announce our new Culinary Tour of Peru, a food-focused private tour that immerses travelers in Peru’s culinary and cultural traditions. Peru is one of the most exciting culinary destinations in South America, and our new tour showcases the country’s wonderful culinary traditions and latest culinary innovations, from ceviche and pachamanca […]

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Destinations:  Peru, South America

Tags:  chefs, chocolate, cooking, cooking tours, culinary tours, culinary travel, drinks, food, foodies, Gaston Acurio, luxury hotels, luxury tours, luxury trains, luxury travel, Machu Picchu, markets, Peru, Peru tours, South America, South America tours

June 18, 2015

Chateau Mcely in the Czech Countryside

For travelers wanting a luxurious tour of Central Europe that includes ample time to relax, we arrange a stay at Chateau Mcely, a romantic spa hotel and resort in the beautiful Czech countryside. The hotel’s sprawling, English-style grounds (and the adjacent St. George Forest) offer plenty of spots for nature walks, bike rides and garden […]

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Destinations:  Czech Republic, Europe

Tags:  countryside, Czech Republic, Europe, luxury hotels, Prague, restaurants, romance, spas

June 8, 2015

Luxury in Chile

With stunning landscapes including scenic mountains, desert skies full of stars and refined urban neighborhoods, Chile is one of our favorite destinations in South America for all types of travel. Around the country, Artisans of Leisure clients enjoy stays at Chile’s top high-end properties in addition to private touring. Santiago received a new addition to […]

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Destinations:  Chile, South America

Tags:  Atacama Desert, Chile, Chile tours, desert, Easter Island, luxury travel, mountains, Patagonia, private tours, Santiago, South America, South America tours, Torres del Paine

June 5, 2015

An Interview with the Duchess of Palma di Montechiaro, a Cooking Instructor in Palermo, Sicily

A great way to get to know the delicious and fascinating cuisine of Sicily is through a hands-on cooking class. One of our favorite cooking instructors is Nicoletta Polo Lanza Tomasi, the Duchess of Palma di Montechiaro, who conducts lessons at her beautiful 18th-century palazzo by the sea in Palermo. The Duchess recently stopped by the […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Italy

Tags:  cooking, cooking classes, cooking instructors, cooking tours, culinary tours, dessert, Duchess of Palermo, Duchess of Palma di Montechiaro, food, food tours, homes, Italian cuisine, Italy, kitchens, markets, Nicoletta Polo Lanza Tomasi, palazzo, Palermo, restaurants, Sicily, tiles

May 28, 2015

Plan Now: Dream Summer Trips

From summer festivals in Japan to al fresco dining and luxury seaside resorts in the Mediterranean, summer is a wonderful time to travel in many of our destinations. Need ideas for an amazing last-minute vacation? We’ve selected a few of our favorite tours that are sure to inspire: • Journey Through Italy • Best of Ireland & […]

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Destinations:  Africa, Asia, Bali, Belgium, China, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Europe, France, Holland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, Scotland, Singapore, South America, Sweden, Turkey

Tags:  dream trips, family travel, family vacations, luxury tours, summer travel, summer vacations

May 18, 2015

An Interview with Laura Rowe of Crumbs Magazine – England for Foodies

On a recent trip through England’s beautiful Cotswolds region, we fell in love with local foodie publication Crumbs. The well-designed magazine focuses on regional chefs, ingredients and culinary traditions through in-depth articles and mouth-watering photographs. Artisans of Leisure culinary travel specialist Luke Pyenson caught up with Crumbs editor Laura Rowe, who also edits the magazine’s sister […]

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Destinations:  England

Tags:  Costwolds tours, Cotswolds, Crumbs Magazine, culinary travel, England, England tours, food, Laura Rowe, magazines, UK