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, 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

May 11, 2015

Notes from Our Travelers: Mother’s Day in Giverny, France

We just received the following message and photos from Artisans of Leisure travelers in France. They had a private tour through beautiful Normandy, where they visited the historic city of Rouen and Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, among other places: “The day in Giverny and Rouen was PERFECT!  Mother’s Day . . .  Perfect […]

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Destinations:  Europe, France

Tags:  art, Europe tours, excursions, France, France tours, garden tours, gardens, Giverny, Monet, Normandy

May 10, 2015

Insider Rabat: Morocco’s Peaceful Coastal Capital

Situated on the northern Atlantic coast of Morocco, Rabat is a refined capital city that blends the modern and historic in its attractive and well-planned ville nouvelle, relaxed medina and distinctive seaside kasbah. In 2012, Rabat received UNESCO World Heritage status as a “modern capital and historic city.” Yet it remains off the beaten track […]

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Destinations:  Africa, Morocco

Tags:  Africa tours, design, gardens, good, Morocco, Morocco tours, pottery, Rabat, UNESCO

May 1, 2015

Another Reason to Visit Germany: the Food

Germany has a rich and varied cuisine that extends far beyond pretzels and sausages. Informal pubs, lively markets and white-tablecloth restaurants are among the many facets of Germany’s dynamic food scene. Treats such as mohnschnecken (poppy seed “snails”) and Berliners (jelly donuts, also known as krapfen or pfannkuchen in different parts of the country) are […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Germany

Tags:  beer, cooking classes, cuisine, culinary travel, Europe, Europe tours, food, foodies, German food, Germany, Michelin, restaurants, wine, wine tours

April 26, 2015

Top Picks for Scandinavia & the Baltic States Tours

We’ve recently launched new private tours featuring the very best of Scandinavia and the Baltic States. This is one of our favorite parts of the world, and we’re excited to offer tours that incorporate our unique expertise and perspective on Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The comprehensive private tours include exclusive access […]

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Destinations:  Baltic States, Denmark, Estonia, Europe, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Scandinavia, Sweden

Tags:  Baltics tours, Denmark, Estonia, Europe, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Scandinavia, Scandinavia tours, Sweden

April 17, 2015

Alluring Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania is a captivating destination with stunning tropical beaches, Omani-influenced architecture and design, lush spice gardens, delicious local cuisine and a fascinating history. Most travelers visit the Zanzibar Archipelago primarily to spend time at the beach. The Lodge at Mnemba, one of our preferred hotels in Zanzibar, is a rustic yet upscale hideaway on […]

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Destinations:  Africa, Tanzania, Zanzibar

Tags:  Africa, Africa tours, beach resorts, coffee, culinary tours, luxury resorts, Mnemba, spices, Stone Town, Tanzania, UNESCO, Zanzibar, Zanzibar tours

April 13, 2015

Pandas and More in Chengdu, China

Seeing pandas is the main reason most of our travelers visit Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, China. However, they are often pleasantly surprised to find that the city offers much more, including an up-and-coming vibe, spicy cuisine, interesting cultural touring and easy access to Lhasa, Tibet. We explored all of these options during our […]

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Destinations:  Asia, China

Tags:  Chengdu, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu tours, China tours, pandas, Sichuan opera, UNESCO, wildlife tours