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February 12, 2020

Just Back: Budapest, Vienna & Prague

…Austria tours, behind-the-scenes, Budapest, Budapest baths, cabinet of curiosity, cafes, Central Europe, Central Europe tours, Christmas Markets, collecting, decorative arts, design, design tours, Europe tours, Europe travel experts, European Christmas markets, European culture, exclusive, family travel, food tours, Gresham Palace, Herend, Herend factory, Herend factory tour, history tours, Hungary tours, interiors, Jewish tour Budapest, Jewish

July 10, 2019

Private Family Heritage, Ancestry & Genealogical Tours

…ope tours, England, England tours, Europe, family heritage tours, family history tours, family travel, genealogical tours, genealogist, genealogy, Germany tours, hereditary society, Hungary tours, Ireland tours, Japan tours, Jewish tours, Jewish tours Germany, lineage societies, luxury family tours, luxury Ireland tours, luxury Japan tours, Luxury Poland tours, private family travel, private Italy tours, private Scotland tours, private South…

May 10, 2019

Munich: Quintessential Germany

…ell as destinations in Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and northern Italy Contact an Artisans of Leisure specialist to begin planning a customized tour of Munich and other locations in Germany. Destinations:  Europe, Germany Tags:  Artisans of Leisure, Bavaria, BMW, castles, culinary tours, culture tours, Dachau, Dachau tours, decorative arts, food markets, Germany, Germany tours, historic architecture, Hofbrauhaus,…

November 1, 2018

Ashley Isaacs Ganz on The Best of Ireland

…hat were other highlights of your trip? A major highlight was visiting Birr Castle, which can easily be visited as a day tour from Ballyfin. Birr Castle is a must for anyone interested in gardens, art and interiors, science, Jewish history, castles and Irish history in general. I had an exclusive private tour led by the Earl and Countess of Rosse. It was an extraordinary experience to spend time with them and learn about the castle’s…

August 23, 2018

Insider Marrakesh & Atlas Mountains

…shopping tours with local insiders who are invaluable resources when visiting the best shops and sources for local items and design specialties, from caftans to ceramics. Q: What else did you do in the city? We often arrange Jewish touring for our travelers, and we also visited a local synagogue one day, which my family found very interesting. And we spent a lot of time enjoying our beautiful accommodations! After busy days touring in the hot…

June 18, 2018

History, Food, Crafts, Jewish Touring and More in Poland

…f Zalipie and the local homes. We also arrange private meetings with villagers and private workshops with village painters to learn more about their traditions and techniques. Contact Artisans of Leisure to learn more about our private Poland tours. Destinations:  Europe, Poland Tags:  art, Auschwitz, Central Europe, ceramics, crafts, culinary travel, decorative arts, flowers, food, food tour, food tours, Jewish heritage,…

April 13, 2018

Ultimate Luxury Private Portugal Tours

…Leisure, Cascais, ceramics, culinary touring, culinary tours, culinary tours of Portugal, culinary travel, culture, decorative arts, design, Douro Valley, Europe, family travel, family vacations, food, garden tours, gardens, Jewish tours, Jewish tours of Portugal, Lisbon, Lisbon tours, luxury, luxury Portugal tours, luxury tours, luxury travel, Madeira, markets, museums, port, Porto, Porto tours, Portugal, Portugal culinary tour, Portugal…

June 8, 2017

Jewish Touring in Budapest

…he Czech Republic. Artisans of Leisure can also arrange genealogical touring for travelers wanting to trace their family history. Contact a specialist to start planning a private tour of Hungary and elsewhere in Central Europe. Destinations:  Hungary Tags:  Budapest, Central Europe, family travel, genealogical tours, Hungary, Jewish, Jewish tours…

October 25, 2016

Israel Off the Beaten Track: The Stunning Negev

…he highlights of the Negev is Masada, a 2,000-year-old fortress on the edge of a high, desert mesa with incredible views of the Dead Sea. Built during the first century B.C. by Herod the Great, it became an important site of Jewish resistance during the first Jewish-Roman War (66–73 A.D.). We arrange for our clients to take a cable car to the top of the plateau to explore the ruins of the fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another favorite…

September 20, 2016

Jewish Heritage Tours of Poland

…re also arranges meetings with genealogy experts and other genealogy activities throughout Poland for travelers interested in exploring their ancestry. View our private Central Europe tours or private Jewish heritage tours, or contact an Artisans of Leisure travel specialist to start planning. Destinations:  Europe, Poland Tags:  Europe, Jewish, Jewish history, Jewish tours, Poland…

March 17, 2016

Off-the-beaten-track Morocco: Beautiful Chefchaouen

…nd unmistakable medina, an accretion of alleys, stairs, houses and doors painted in vibrant tints and shades of blue. Though the exact origin and purpose of the blue paint is unclear, some believe that it originated with the Jewish population and the mystical associations blue has in Jewish traditions. Others note the possibility that the color keeps away insects. One of the best ways to experience Chefchaouen is with a guided walk through the…

March 8, 2016

Private Tours of Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem

…e range of foods, including seasonal produce, pastries, halva, and dried fruits and nuts. Many Jerusalemites come here to shop during the week, but the market is busiest on Friday mornings, as locals prepare for Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest). We never leave the market without sampling rugelach, which are offered in abundance at various stalls. Unlike the version often prepared by Ashkenazi Jews in the United States, Israeli-style rugelach are…

January 15, 2016

Sintra, Portugal: A Favorite Excursion from Lisbon

…can be seen all over the city. We always stop for a queijada, a type of cheese-based miniature tart accented with cinnamon, and a specialty of Sintra. One of our favorite spots to try this local sweet is in Lisbon’s historic Jewish quarter. Enjoyed with a bica (Portuguese-style espresso), it’s the perfect treat before the quick drive back to Lisbon. All of Artisans of Leisure’s Portugal tours include a stop in Sintra. We also recommend placing…

April 26, 2015

Top Picks for Scandinavia & the Baltic States Tours

…and Skansen in Stockholm • Insider tours of medieval Tallinn and Baroque Vilnius • Visiting castles and palaces, such as Drottningholm Palace in Sweden, Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark and Rundale Palace in Latvia • Private Jewish touring and genealogical research, including in-depth Jewish touring in Lithuania • Music touring, including tours of opera houses, concert halls and sites related to major cultural figures such as Jean Sibelius in…

February 5, 2015

Just Back: Seville

…Moorish gardens and unique Mudejar architecture, including the Alcazar, one of the oldest palaces in Europe. A stroll through the lush gardens of the palace is wonderful and relaxing. Andalusia’s colorful history and Muslim, Jewish and Christian influences have resulted in the elaborate and distinctive Mudejar style of architecture. The exquisite Patio de las Doncellas inside the Alcazar is a perfect illustration of this style. Seville also has…

December 4, 2014

The Ultimate Gift: One-of-a-kind Tours for Everyone on Your List

…getaway on a Romantic Cambodia tour, or combine an ultra-luxury safari with an ultra-luxury beach resort on Romantic South Africa & Seychelles. • For grandparents… Multiple generations can trace their roots together on a Jewish Tour of Central Europe, Highlights of Sicily tour or Essence of Ireland tour. • For animal lovers… A once-in-a-lifetime safari that features the Highlights of Kenya & Tanzania or learning to train an elephant on…

April 23, 2014

Zippori Archaeological Site, Israel

…ular mosaics they saw at the Zippori archaeological site in the Galilee. Ongoing excavations at Zippori have revealed the site’s many layers of history, from a Roman administrative capital in the first century B.C. to a busy Jewish religious center and, later, a Christian community. Among the ruins are an acropolis, theater, mikvah (ritual bath), Crusader-era fortress and houses. However, the highlights of Zippori are the mosaic floors,…

August 15, 2013

A Jewish Tour of Krakow, Poland

…ts. Our private Poland tours can be fully customized to include visits to Jewish sites, as well as the many other incredible cultural sites in and around Krakow, the former royal capital of Poland. Contact Artisans of Leisure to learn more.   Destinations:  Eastern Europe, Europe, Poland Tags:  Artisans of Leisure, family tours, heritage tours, Jewish, Jewish history, Jewish tours, Krakow, museums, private tours…

August 7, 2013

Amsterdam: Our Top 10 Recommendations

…museums, Golden Age architecture, and other art sites with deeply knowledgeable experts. 4. Touring focused on Jewish history. In addition to the renowned Anne Frank House, Amsterdam has many other important sites related to Jewish history–such as the Dutch Resistance Museum and still-in-use Portuguese Synagogue–making the city a fascinating destination for Jewish touring. 5. A private excursion to the early morning flower auction in…

April 9, 2013

An Interview with Ashley Isaacs Ganz on Greece & Turkey

…d of Rhodes is extremely worthwhile–it’s one of my favorite places in Greece for cultural touring. The main city, also called Rhodes, has a wonderful Old Town filled with Venetian and Ottoman architecture, an old Jewish quarter, and a cosmopolitan feel among its courtyard cafes and small shops. Other highlights of Rhodes are interesting ruins, great beaches and the picturesque whitewashed town of Lindos. Q: There are so many ruins in…

November 19, 2012

An interview with our newest luxury travel expert: Elizabeth Mandel

…xtremely warm experience. Participating in resurgent Jewish life in Europe is exceptionally moving. My paternal grandparents lived in Vienna up until 1939, so that location has particular resonance for me. In addition to the Jewish Museum and the Museum Judenplatz, there are plaques on street corners throughout the city commemorating Jewish life prior to the Holocaust. Prague’s Old New Synagogue is Europe’s oldest active synagogue. The cemetery…

July 14, 2012

Learn by Doing While Traveling the World

…icine, acupuncture, herbal remedies in Asia and South America, spa culture and methods in Europe Astrology: meet with leading astrologers in Bhutan and Indonesia Visit important religious sites and performances with experts: Jewish and Christian sites throughout Europe and the Middle East, the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Mount Koya in Japan, whirling dervishes in Turkey LANGUAGES From language introduction to immersion: Learn about local…

June 6, 2012

Traveling vegan, kosher, gluten-free or with food allergies

…r contact one of our travel specialists. Destinations:  Africa, Asia, Cambodia, Europe, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam Tags:  afternoon tea, allergies, Artisans of Leisure, celiac, celiac disease, cuisine, dairy, diabetes, eggs, food, food allergies, gf, gluten free, health, Jewish, kosher, nuts, shellfish, vegetarian…

March 6, 2012

An Interview with an Artisans of Leisure Portugal Guide

…pain Tags:  alternative healing, antiques, architecture, art, arts, books, cheese, cinema, cuisine, culinary tours, dance, European, Evora, excursions, expert, flowers, food, garden tours, gardens, guides, insider, Jewish heritage, Jewish tours, Lisbon, luxury hotels, luxury travel, Madeira, Moorish, museums, music, palaces, Porto, Portugal luxury tours, Portugal tours, Portugalbespoke, Portuguese, private guide, private tours,…

January 6, 2012

Just Back: Russia

…otel is full of remarkable antiques, it feels anything but tired. A recent renovation updated all fixtures and technology, not to mention the common spaces, such as its bright mezzanine café. Favorite souvenir: I found these Jewish-themed matryoshka (nesting dolls) at St. Petersburg’s Grand Choral Synagogue. Traditional matryoshka of varying sizes and qualities can be found anywhere in Russia, but these dolls conveyed a sense of humor that…

December 29, 2011

Eating Our Way Through Israel

…re of Europe, and white sandy beaches on the Mediterranean Sea. Tel Aviv also has a thriving culinary scene, with everything from upscale dining in the trendy Tel Aviv Port and Neve Tzedek neighborhoods to traditional kosher Jewish-Yemenite cuisine in the old Yemenite Quarter. A highlight is exploring the stalls at the Carmel Market, Tel Aviv’s largest open-air market. For an insider’s tour of the best of the market, Artisans of…

September 21, 2011

Last-minute Fall Travel Ideas

…, DRESDEN & PRAGUE Our 8-day Highlights of Berlin & Prague tour is the perfect autumn getaway for anyone who appreciates history, art and architecture, and cities. Experience Berlin’s contemporary architecture, Jewish and war history, world-class museums, cafes and specialty shops. Take a day trip to Potsdam to see Sanssouci Palace, historic villas and the Old Town. See the artistic treasures of Dresden and perhaps have lunch at…

September 12, 2011

A Perfect Day in Buenos Aires

…hat include Buenos Aires. Our private Buenos Aires tours feature the best of the capital, including the top five-star hotels; private touring of interesting neighborhoods, fascinating art and architecture, local markets, and Jewish heritage sites (if desired); tango performances in upscale venues or historic milongas (salons); polo tournaments or lessons (upon request); specialized shopping and more. With so much to offer, it’s easy to…

November 13, 2009

Tel Aviv’s Top 5 cultural travel experiences

…. 5.) Museums There are a number of excellent museums located in Tel Aviv that are worth a visit. At the top of our list is the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, a unique multimedia museum that chronicles various aspects of the Jewish people in Israel and around the world. Using photographs, documentary films, murals, dioramas, audiovisual displays and interactive exhibits, the visitor is taken on a journey across 2,500 years of the Jewish

September 25, 2009

Porticos of Bologna

…combine the best of the city’s art and food, and include strolling through some of the most interesting and beautifully frescoed porticos; touring historic palaces, university buildings and other landmarks; touring the Jewish Quarter; browsing the extensive gourmet food markets (some of the best in Italy); and stopping for a meal of some of Bologna’s culinary specialties, such as tortellini, tagliatelle, mortadella and, of course,…

August 12, 2009

An interview with one of our culinary travel experts

…might like to try, and if a client has a specific interest, such as Jewish touring in Venice, for example, I will think of a way to add food to the experience, like suggesting they have lunch at a kosher eatery near the old Jewish Ghetto. Q: What are your favorite food markets? A: I absolutely love food markets and try to visit them wherever I travel. Some of my favorites are the Boqueria Market in Barcelona; Campo de’ Fiori in Rome; the…

March 31, 2009

Our favorite day trips from Prague

…ansferred to death camps at Auschwitz or Treblinka. During private touring, our travelers gain insight into Terezin’s tragic history while visiting its fortresses, barracks, museum and cemetery. For those interested in Jewish touring, we also highly recommend visiting Trebic, another UNESCO town with one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in Central Europe. Destinations:  Central Europe, Czech Republic, Europe…

March 24, 2009

Private Jewish Heritage Tours

Jewish history experts, and they provide an invaluable link to the fascinating local Jewish heritage in each region. Destinations:  Argentina, Asia, Baltics, China, Egypt, Europe, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Middle East, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sicily, Turkey Tags:  ancestral tours, Artisans of Leisure, Berlin, Budapest, family travel, guides, heritage, history, international, Istanbul, Jewish,…

March 19, 2009

Potsdam: a perfect day trip from Berlin

…nbsp;Germany Tags:  architecture, architecture tours, art tours, Babelsberg, Baroque, Berlin, Berlin tours, Cecilienhof Palace, Einstein Tower, Einsteinturm, Erich Mendelsohn, gardens, Germany tours, history tours, Jewish, Jewish artists, Jewish tours, Liebermann Villa, luxury, luxury travel, Martha Liebermann, Max Liebermann, Mies van der Rohe, neo-Classical, New Garden, palaces, pleasure gardens, Potsdam, Potsdam Conference, Potsdam…