FAVORITE PLACES

Artisans of Leisure tours include the special places we’ve discovered around the world.

April 7, 2017

Volubilis: An Ancient Roman City outside Fez, Morocco

One of our favorite excursions in Morocco is to the ruins of Volubilis, an ancient Roman city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Located outside Fez and more than 1,000 miles from Rome, the ruins provide a tangible sense of the impressive scale of the Roman Empire at its height. The best-preserved Roman ruins at […]

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March 15, 2017

Padaste Manor: Luxury and Style on Muhu Island in Estonia

Just off the west coast of Estonia is rural Muhu Island, an idyllic destination for luxury, relaxation and fine regional cuisine. The highlight of Muhu Island is beautiful Padaste Manor, one of our favorite resorts in the Baltics. Surrounded by a scenic landscape of forest, farmland, marsh and beach, Padaste Manor is a restored historic […]

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March 1, 2017

The Glories of Athens

Athens should be on every traveler’s must-visit list for its outstanding ruins, excellent museums, atmospheric neighborhoods and great food.

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February 23, 2017

Amazing Landscapes, Food & More on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Located off Scotland’s rugged west coast, the remote and wild Isle of Skye is a must for travelers interested in spectacular landscapes, outstanding local cuisine and a dash of Hebridean history. Around the island, unique natural formations—many with volcanic origins—are ideal for hikers, walkers and photographers. One of the most famous and most photographed is […]

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January 19, 2017

Iconic image: Borobudur in Indonesia

For its impressive scale, beautiful carvings and exemplary Buddhist architecture, Borobudur Temple in Central Java is one of our favorite cultural sights in Indonesia. The largest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur is a stone pyramid comprised of nine tiers with 72 stupas clustered around a central stupa on top. Each stupa contains a small […]

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September 29, 2016

Wadi Rum in Jordan

Wadi Rum in southern Jordan is such a visually gripping and otherworldly place that director Ridley Scott chose it as the location to represent Mars when making his 2015 movie The Martian. It wasn’t the first time the spectacular desert region of red sandstone mountains, towering cliffs and rock bridges portrayed the Martian landscape: It […]

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September 2, 2016

The Best Luxury and Landscapes in Northern Patagonia, Argentina

Argentina’s Lake District in northwest Patagonia is a region of spectacular beauty—a landscape of dense forests, deep-blue lakes and rugged Andean peaks. In the middle of it all, perched dramatically on a hilltop, is the iconic Llao Llao Hotel & Resort. Founded in 1935, this landmark hotel was built to attract visitors to Nahuel Huapi National Park, […]

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August 12, 2016

Akrotiri Archaeological Site on Santorini, Greece

When most people think of the beautiful volcanic island of Santorini in Greece, they think of terraces of whitewashed houses clinging to the steep sides of the caldera or cliffside pools with dreamy views of the Aegean Sea far below. In the southern part of the island is another sight that visitors shouldn’t miss: the […]

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