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

July 31, 2015

Must Visit: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

Located along the peaceful coastline north of Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is one of our favorite museums in Scandinavia and a highlight of the region. Named for the three wives of the estate’s 19th-century owner (all named Louise), the museum comprises a beautiful sculpture park, galleries displaying modern and contemporary American and European […]

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Destinations:  Denmark, Scandinavia

Tags:  art, art tours, Copenhagen, food, Louisiana Art Museum, luxury travel, museums, nature, Scandinavia, Scandinavia tours

July 14, 2015

Singapore Turns 50

Once considered merely a stopover en route to other destinations in Southeast Asia, Singapore has blossomed into a stand-alone highlight of the region thanks to its diverse culture, outstanding cuisine and cutting-edge architecture. In 2015, Singapore celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence. We recently returned to revisit the many diverse places that make this […]

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Destinations:  Asia, Singapore

Tags:  architecture, Asia, culture, food, gardens, markets, Raffles, Singapore, Singapore tours, Southeast Asia

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