March 12, 2015

A Visit to the Iittala Glass Factory in Finland

One of our favorite excursions from Helsinki is to the Iittala glass factory. We can arrange a private tour of the factory to watch artisans creating the glass vases, tableware and objets d’art that are synonymous with modern Finnish design. This tour is especially recommended for collectors of Oiva Toikka—designed Iittala annual birds, eggs and other works of art. All of the vases designed by master Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, including the iconic Savoy vase, are made in the main factory.

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Destinations:  Europe, Finland, Scandinavia

Tags:  Alvar Aalto, architects, architecture, birds, crafts, design, Europe, Finland, Finland tours, Finnish, glass, Helsinki, Helsinki excursions, Helsinki tours, Iittala, Oiva Toikka, Scandinavia, Scandinavia tours, shopping, tours

March 3, 2015

Dublin for Foodies

Dublin’s fabulous culinary scene is finally gaining the recognition it deserves. In recent years, restaurants, bars and markets in the Irish capital have taken a renewed interest in top local products from the surrounding land and sea, resulting in many intriguing eating and drinking options. We always enjoy visiting Dublin cheesemongers to try favorite Irish […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Ireland

Tags:  beer, cheese, cuisine, culinary tours, Dublin, Dublin tours. Ireland tours, Europe, food, Guinness, Ireland, Irish, markets

February 23, 2015

The Reopening of Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef

We’re excited about the reopening of Lizard Island, our favorite resort in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Following damage sustained by Cyclone Ita in 2014, the rooms and facilities have been renovated and upgraded with neutral colors to keep the focus on the beautiful views of the Coral Sea. The resort has also added a […]

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Destinations:  Australia

Tags:  Australia, Great Barrier Reef, hotels, Lizard Island, luxury Australia tours, luxury resorts, Queensland

February 19, 2015

Private Cooking Classes in Puglia

We love Puglia for its excellent local cuisine, whitewashed villages, outdoor activities, sandy beaches, luxurious hotels, and interesting culture and history. A highlight of our private tours in Puglia is a private cooking class. Puglian cooking is distinct from other Italian regional cuisines in its simplicity and fascinating Greek, Middle Eastern and North African influences.

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Destinations:  Europe, Italy

Tags:  cooking classes, culinary tours, Italy, Italy tours, Puglia

February 13, 2015

Beautiful Lake Como, Italy

We love returning year after year to Lake Como, one of our favorite destinations in Italy. Villa d’Este is our preferred lakeside hotel. A classic grand hotel in the European tradition, it’s perfect for both families and seekers of Old World romance. We love its immaculately manicured gardens, excellent restaurants, clay tennis courts and the […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Italy

Tags:  boat rides, Expo Milan, gardens, Italy, Italy tours, Lake Como, luxury hotels, luxury Italy tours, romance, World's Fair

February 11, 2015

Must Experience: A Private Tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle

Artisans of Leisure arranges private Iceland tours including Reykjavik and the Golden Circle. Visit Geysir geothermal area, Strokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park UNESCO site. Diving, farm visits, hiking also. Iceland tours, luxury Iceland tours

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Destinations:  Europe, Iceland, Scandinavia

Tags:  adventure, Europe, glaciers, Golden Circle, hiking, Iceland, Iceland tours, luxury Iceland tours, luxury tours, nature, private tours, Scandinavia, Scandinavia tours, scuba diving, UNESCO, volcanoes, waterfalls

February 4, 2015

Notes from Our Travelers: Celebrating a Milestone Birthday in Peru

Travelers who have just returned from a private Artisans of Leisure tour in Peru shared these beautiful photos from the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. The trip was celebrating a 60th birthday, and Artisans of Leisure arranged some extra touches to help make it memorable. Here’s what they had to say: “We had a perfect day at […]

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Destinations:  Peru, South America

Tags:  active tours, adventure, celebrations, hiking, luxury travel, Machu Picchu, Peru, Peru tours, Sacred Valley, South America, South America tours