October 7, 2015

New Zealand for Film Fans: A Tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set

For fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, there is perhaps no better destination than beautiful New Zealand. The stunning landscapes throughout the country served as inspiration and scenic backdrops for many memorable scenes in the movies. A highlight for LOTR fans is a private tour of the Hobbiton Movie […]

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Destinations:  New Zealand

Tags:  books, family travel, films, Hobbiton, luxury tours, movies, New Zealand, New Zealand tours, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

October 1, 2015

Iconic Image: Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin” at Benesse Art Site Naoshima

The arrival of autumn has us thinking of Pumpkin, Yayoi Kusama’s iconic sculpture on Naoshima, an island in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea that’s one of our favorite destinations in Asia for contemporary art and architecture. The collection of museums and artworks set among the island landscapes and known as Benesse Art Site Naoshima provide many opportunities for […]

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Destinations:  Asia, Japan

Tags:  architecture, art, art tours, artists, Benesse Art Site, Japan, Japan tours, Naoshima, Yayoi Kusama

September 29, 2015

It’s Mushroom Season in Yunnan Province, China

Yunnan Province is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich destinations in China. The region, which borders Tibet, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, is also home to diverse culinary traditions, making it a great destination for travelers interested in culinary touring. Visiting Yunnan in late summer and early autumn provides the opportunity to enjoy Yunnan’s […]

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Destinations:  China

Tags:  China, China tours, culinary tours, food, mushrooms, Yunnan

September 17, 2015

Amazing Autumn Getaways: Plan Now

From glorious fall foliage in Japan to the start of holiday markets in cities throughout Europe, autumn 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: • Essence of Japan • Classic Argentina • Luxuries of […]

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Destinations:  Argentina, Austria, China, Czech Republic, England, France, India, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain

Tags:  autumn, cuisine, fall, fall foliage, holidays, luxury travel, nature

September 9, 2015

Just Back: Expo Milan 2015 – A Must For Architecture Lovers

Artisans of Leisure founder and CEO Ashley Isaacs Ganz just returned from a trip to Italy that included a stop at Expo Milan 2015, an ambitious World’s Fair focused on food. While the many international delicacies on offer were a highlight, the stunning architecture of the national pavilions left the biggest impression. At the top, geometric […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Italy

Tags:  architecture, architecture tours, Ashley Isaacs Ganz, design, Expo Milan, food, Italy, Italy tours, Milan, Milan Expo, World's Fairs

September 6, 2015

Hiking along the Caldera in Santorini

The Greek island of Santorini is one of the world’s most stunningly beautiful destinations.  A prehistoric volcanic eruption formed the unique topography of Santorini. In fact, the island’s western coast is actually the rim of a partially submerged caldera, or crater. For active travelers, hiking a scenic path along the edge of the caldera is […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Greece

Tags:  active, activities, adventure, excursions, Greece, Greece tours, Greek Islands, hiking, hiking tours, Santorini

August 25, 2015

Juna Mahal: Incredible Frescoes in a Former Palace outside Udaipur, India

For travelers interested in decorative arts, the spectacular Juna Mahal (“Old Palace”) in Rajasthan, India  is sure to be a highlight of touring in the region. Built in the 13th century for an aristocratic family, the Juna Mahal was expanded over the centuries, finally reaching seven stories. The last residents of the palace moved out […]

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Destinations:  Asia, India

Tags:  art tours, Artisans of Leisure, day tours, decorative arts, desert tours, design, frescoes, Hindu, India, India tours, Juna Mahal, luxury India tours, paintings, palaces, private India tours, Rajasthan, Udaipur

August 4, 2015

Food Obsession: Halloumi

Whenever we travel, we’re on the lookout for halloumi: a salty Cypriot cheese often griddled or grilled until crispy and golden brown. Halloumi can be very difficult to find in the United States, but it’s wildly popular in some of our favorite travel destinations: Greece, Turkey and Lebanon, especially, but also cities like London, Berlin […]

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Destinations:  England, Europe, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Lebanon, Middle East, Turkey

Tags:  cheese, culinary travel, food, halloumi, restaurants, vegetarian, vegetarian tours