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March 1, 2024

The Metropol Parasol: Contemporary Design & Architecture in Seville, Spain

The Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain, is an iconic landmark of contemporary design and architecture. Artisans of Leisure arranges private Spain tours featuring the best of Seville. 

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Destinations:  Europe, Spain

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February 17, 2024

Favorite Thermal Baths, Hot Springs & Spa Experiences Around the World

We love experiencing hot springs and thermal baths around the world—such as serene Japanese onsen and open-air baths at spas in cities such as Budapest and Reykjavik—in spectacular settings.

Artisans of Leisure can incorporate local thermal bath experiences and bathing traditions in all of our private international tours.

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Destinations:  Asia, England, Europe, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Scandinavia, Turkey, UK

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January 9, 2024

The Landscape Murals and Beautiful Interiors of the Bergl Rooms in Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

Schonbrunn Palace, the opulent former summer residence of the powerful Habsburg rulers from the late 17th to the early 20th century, is one of the design highlights of Vienna, Austria. Exquisite interiors—including the Bergl Rooms—and vast landscaped gardens are an enduring testament to the imperial family’s grandeur, elegance and artistic patronage.

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Destinations:  Austria, Europe

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December 7, 2023

Traveling on the Andean Explorer Luxury Train in Peru

Running along one of the world’s highest train routes, the Andean Explorer is a renowned luxury train in Peru that is a luxurious way to connect private touring in Machu Picchu and Cusco with other favorite destinations, such as Arequipa and Lake Titicaca.  Artisans of Leisure can include the Andean Explorer on any of our private luxury Peru tours.

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Destinations:  Peru, South America

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December 4, 2023

Christmas Season in London & the English Countryside

Artisans of Leisure arranges private England tours that showcase the best of the country’s Christmas festivities and holiday traditions combined with insider touring in London and the English countryside.

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Destinations:  England, Europe, UK

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November 21, 2023

The Best of Italy: An Interview with Ashley Ganz

Many of our travelers return to Italy again and again, drawn by the enduring appeal of the country’s culture, food, wine, landscapes and people. Ashley Ganz, the Artisans of Leisure founder and CEO, travels to Italy frequently to relish her favorite places and scout the latest in luxury hotels and insider experiences. Read more about some of her favorite places and experiences throughout the country.

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Destinations:  Europe, Italy

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November 12, 2023

Just Back: A Private Luxury Tour of Bali

Highlights of a romantic, luxurious private tour of Bali, including top luxury resorts and cultural experiences in Jimbaran Bay, Ubud and eastern Bali.

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Destinations:  Asia, Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia

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November 12, 2023

Must Stay: Villa d’Este on Lake Como, Italy

One of the most legendary resorts in Italy is Villa d’Este, an exclusive property on the shores of Lake Como known for its majestic Renaissance architecture, beautiful gardens, spectacular lakeside setting and sophisticated Old-World style.

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Destinations:  Europe, Italy

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