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

January 12, 2015

Must Stay: Aman Tokyo

We have just returned from Tokyo, where we visited the new Aman Tokyo. We’re confident the Aman will quickly become one of the best luxury hotels in Japan, and we’re excited to be offering it as an option in our private Japan tours. Conveniently located near Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, the Aman Tokyo […]

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Destinations:  Asia, Japan

Tags:  Aman resorts, Aman Tokyo, Asia, Asia tours, hotels, Japan, Japan tours, luxury travel, Tokyo

January 9, 2015

An Interview with our Newest Food, Culture and Travel Expert: Luke Pyenson

The newest member of the Artisans of Leisure team is Luke Pyenson. Read on and you’ll see why! Q: What got you started traveling? My whole family loves to travel, in particular my grandmother, who has been all over the world. Growing up, I would hear stories from her or my parents about various far-flung […]

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Destinations:  Africa, Australia, England, Europe, France, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latin America, Mexico, Middle East, Morocco, South Pacific, Spain

Tags:  Africa, art, Artisans of Leisure, cookbooks, culture, education, Europe, food, languages, Luke Pyenson, luxury travel, Middle East, museums, restaurants, South Pacific, travel experts