Destination: France

Our list of articles tagged with "France."

June 21, 2020

Meals We’re Dreaming of Around the World

One of the things we love about traveling is the food! Here are some of the meals and culinary treats that Artisans of Leisure travel experts are dreaming about for when we’re able to travel again.

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April 22, 2020

Accessible Travel, the Artisans of Leisure Way

Artisans of Leisure arranges private international accessible tours and accessible travel in destinations around the world. We work closely with individuals who have mobility limitations to make sure that each tour is personalized to their individual needs, requirements and interests.

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April 24, 2019

Just Back: The Best of Paris, Provence and the Cote d’Azur

Enjoy this interview with Ashley Isaacs Ganz, the founder of Artisans of Leisure, about her recent France tour that included Paris, Provence and the Cote d’Azur–some of our favorite destinations during the glorious summer months. Q: Where did you visit on this trip? A: We started in Paris, where we stayed at the iconic Ritz Paris. […]

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October 19, 2018

Exclusive Access to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte in France

For travelers wanting a unique and very special day trip from Paris, consider visiting exquisite Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the privately owned palace and gardens that were the inspiration for Versailles. Artisans of Leisure arranges exclusive private tours of the chateau with the owners, as well as elegant lunches, dinners or cocktails in the lavish interiors. […]

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December 12, 2016

Must Experience: Truffle Hunting in Italy

Italy abounds in gastronomic treasures, but perhaps none is more highly prized than white truffles. Travelers visiting the Piedmont region in October and November—prime white truffle season— can see and taste the best of the best at the Alba International White Truffle Fair. We arrange for our travelers to visit the fair, and we also […]

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May 24, 2016

The Rich Culinary Heritage of Genoa, Italy

Genoa, a port town in the Liguria region of northern Italy, may not be the first city that comes to mind when thinking of culinary destinations in Italy, but that means fewer tourists and lots of hidden gems. Genoa’s culinary tradition is rich and vibrant. The city is best-known as the birthplace of pesto, but […]

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February 18, 2016

Carcassonne: An Ideal Stop between Barcelona and the South of France

When traveling between Barcelona, Spain, and destinations in southern France, such as Provence and the Cote d’Azur, we highly recommend a stop in Carcassonne.    A spectacular fortified city, Carcassonne sits atop a strategic hill above the Aude River in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. From afar, the scale of the city, with its fairy-tale […]

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December 28, 2015

Must Stay: Chateau la Cheneviere in Normandy

Many of our private France tours include a stay at Chateau la Cheneviere, a wonderful luxury hotel in the heart of Normandy.  Situated in a beautifully restored 18th-century chateau surrounded by expansive grounds, the hotel makes a perfect base for exploring the region, including highlights such as the D-Day beaches, Mont-Saint-Michel, the Bayeux Tapestry, the […]

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November 6, 2015

Exclusive New Culinary Tours

Artisans of Leisure has been on the cutting edge of culinary travel for over a decade. Staffed by a group of in-house foodies, food writers, cooks and culinary travel experts, we continue to expand our culinary tours around the world. With an international network of culinary experts, acclaimed chefs, food historians and writers, Artisans of […]

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October 27, 2015

Christmas Markets in Europe

We love visiting European cities during the holiday season, especially to visit the wonderful Christmas markets that take place throughout the region. The markets—which showcase local holiday traditions, seasonal cuisine, and regional crafts—are an amazing way to join in the local holiday cheer. Many cities in Europe—from Salzburg, Austria to Waterford, Ireland—have Christmas markets. Some […]

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October 19, 2015

Must Stay: La Bastide de Gordes in Provence

The South of France is a perennial favorite destination for Artisans of Leisure travelers. This year, we’re excited about the reopening of La Bastide de Gordes, a sophisticated hotel and spa that offers luxury and style in the heart of Provence. Perched on the steep slopes of Gordes, a beautiful and ancient Provencal hill town, […]

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September 17, 2015

Amazing Autumn Getaways: Plan Now

From glorious fall foliage in Japan to the start of holiday markets in cities throughout Europe, autumn is a wonderful time to travel in many of our destinations. Need ideas for an amazing last-minute vacation? We’ve selected a few of our favorite tours that are sure to inspire: • Essence of Japan • Classic Argentina • Luxuries of […]

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May 28, 2015

Plan Now: Dream Summer Trips

From summer festivals in Japan to al fresco dining and luxury seaside resorts in the Mediterranean, summer is a wonderful time to travel in many of our destinations. Need ideas for an amazing last-minute vacation? We’ve selected a few of our favorite tours that are sure to inspire: • Journey Through Italy • Best of Ireland & […]

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May 11, 2015

Notes from Our Travelers: Mother’s Day in Giverny, France

We just received the following message and photos from Artisans of Leisure travelers in France. They had a private tour through beautiful Normandy, where they visited the historic city of Rouen and Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, among other places: “The day in Giverny and Rouen was PERFECT!  Mother’s Day . . .  Perfect […]

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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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December 4, 2014

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

This holiday season, spoil family members and friends with the ultimate gift of an Artisans of Leisure tour. Here’s a selection of new tours and perennial favorites that are sure to inspire and delight every sophisticated traveler on your list: • For foodies… Who wouldn’t want to eat their way through a Vietnam for Foodies tour, […]

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November 10, 2014

Letter From a Mother: Don’t Wait to Travel with Your Children

We were touched and honored to read this letter from the mother of a family that travels regularly with Artisans of Leisure. We hope you enjoy reading about how traveling together has become such an important part of their lives. As my eldest daughter enters her senior year of high school, with her two sisters not […]

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April 2, 2014

Top 10: Favorite Breakfasts around the World

We always enjoy experiencing how different cultures approach the most important meal of the day. Here are a few of our favorites: 1.) Breakfast at a cave hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey We love sitting on the hotel terrace and taking in views of the fantastical rock formations of this beautiful region while eating a classic […]

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October 17, 2013

Our Latest Luxury Travel Newsletter

Be sure to visit our website to read the latest Artisans of Leisure newsletter. It’s full of inspiring travel ideas and photos, including: Just Back: Holland, Belgium & Paris (slideshow) Just Back: The Best of Vietnam (slideshow) Ireland for Families New Zealand: Luxury, Landscapes & Lifestyle Insider Venice & Florence Festive Season in Europe Our Newest […]

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September 24, 2013

Thanksgiving Abroad: Unique Trips Families Will Love

The Thanksgiving holiday is an ideal time for a quick overseas getaway with family or friends. It’s also a great way to celebrate the tradition in a creative way. Artisans of Leisure’s private, customized Thanksgiving tours combine in-depth cultural touring with the best of the season, such as fall foliage, special cultural performances and holiday […]

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April 29, 2013

An Interview with Emeric Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas

We recently caught up with Emeric Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas to discuss tea, travel, fashion, food and more. Q: What makes Harney & Sons unique? A: Harney & Sons is a tea company that is committed to making quality tea an everyday luxury. We pride ourselves on providing education on proper tea […]

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April 19, 2013

Read the latest Artisans of Leisure newsletter

The latest version of the Artisans of Leisure newsletter is now online. Highlights include: Interview: Summer Travel in Greece & Turkey Italy: A Few of Our Favorite Places Peru beyond Machu Picchu A Luxury Journey through Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Oman (slideshow) Exclusive Switzerland The Best of Normandy, France New Holland & Belgium Tours   […]

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January 11, 2013

Where Do You Want to Travel This Year?

2013 is an exciting year for Artisans of Leisure: it’s our 10th anniversary! We’re proud to be celebrating our first decade of offering the most luxurious and creative private tours available. Where are you considering traveling? For inspiration, we asked a few of our clients to comment on favorite aspects of their recent Artisans of […]

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November 29, 2012

Our Latest Luxury Travel Newsletter

Be sure to visit our website to read our latest Artisans of Leisure newsletter. It’s full of travel ideas for now and the future, not to mention two slideshows from recent trips: • Just Back: Vienna, Prague & Berlin (slideshow) • An Interview with Our Newest Travel Expert • Where to Go Now: India • Expanding Our International Garden […]

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August 21, 2012

Five Favorite Basque Country Experiences

Comprising four provinces in northern Spain and three provinces in southern France, the Basque Country packs a lot into an area about the size of New Jersey. The region has its own language and a rich cultural heritage that make it a surprising change from the flamenco-tinged pueblos of Andalusia and the big-city bustle of […]

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July 14, 2012

Learn by Doing While Traveling the World

Want to learn to make mozzarella by hand on the Amalfi Coast? How about a private karate lesson in Kyoto? A surfing lesson in Bali? Would you like to paint porcelain in Austria or assist on an archaeological dig in Israel? We offer hundreds of such learning experiences that can be incorporated into our private […]

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June 7, 2012

Just Back: Austria, Germany & Switzerland

Artisans of Leisure founder and CEO Ashley Isaacs Ganz shares a few of her favorite things about her recent two-week overland trip through Europe. Favorite hotels on this trip: I love the luxurious Old World hotels found throughout the region, such as Brenners Park-Hotel in Baden-Baden (Germany), the Hotel Sacher in Salzburg (Austria), the Baur […]

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June 6, 2012

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

Many people with restricted diets or food allergies worry about finding appropriate meals when traveling overseas. Several of our in-house travel experts have food restrictions, so we understand firsthand the challenges. We also know how to overcome them. Artisans of Leisure regularly works with travelers who have food restrictions, including vegetarian, vegan, kosher, gluten-free and […]

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May 6, 2012

Top 5: Creative Ideas for European Summer Getaways

Europe is one of our favorite regions to visit in the summer, and there’s still time to plan an incredible summer vacation. Here are a few ideas from our travel specialists. 1.) For the Mediterranean at its best Recommended destinations: Italy & Sicily, French Riviera, Greece & more Inspiration for your tour: Enjoying beautiful views […]

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April 13, 2012

Inspiration for Amazing Family Trips

Your son likes castles, your daughter likes shopping, your husband likes history, and you like art–how can you make sure that family vacations please everyone? Artisans of Leisure specializes in one-of-a-kind, private, customized family tours that feature a world of engaging experiences sure to satisfy families of all sizes, ages and interests. Here are a […]

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March 6, 2012

An Interview with an Artisans of Leisure Portugal Guide

Portugal is a cultural and culinary gem still waiting to be discovered by many travelers. Our carefully planned Portugal tours and excellent local guides give access to iconic Portugal experiences such as touring the atmospheric back streets of Lisbon, attending a fado performance, private wine and port wine tastings at local vineyards, and tracing echoes […]

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May 24, 2011

Private Shore Excursions the Artisans of Leisure Way

When taking a luxury cruise, a great way to make the most of your time in ports of call is with private shore excursions and private overland tours. Artisans of Leisure has a vast network of expert guides and drivers in cruise destinations around the world, and we work with sophisticated travelers to customize private […]

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April 28, 2011

Versailles Beyond the Palace: markets, gardens, antiques, nature and luxury

Versailles is one of the most interesting and elegant cities in France. Our private France tours bring travelers to our favorite spots in Versailles, many of which are rarely visited by international travelers. One of the grandest royal palaces in the world, Chateau de Versailles–Versailles Palace–is a magnificent Baroque complex set on thousands of acres […]

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August 12, 2009

An interview with one of our culinary travel experts

Artisans of Leisure is well known for our private culinary tours in destinations around the world. We hope you enjoy this interview with one of our culinary travel experts. Q: How does food influence how you travel? A: Basically, I travel to eat. Quite often I plan my touring around a certain restaurant I want […]

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June 9, 2009

The best of Normandy: food, history, villages, gardens and art

Normandy is one of our favorite travel destinations in France. It’s just a few hours by private car and driver from Paris, and there are endless touring options. One of the highlights of traveling in Normandy is the food, which we feel is among the best in France. Normandy is the home of many of […]

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February 18, 2009

Top 5: Best food markets in Europe

We feel that food is a window into culture, history and traditions, and we always encourage our travelers to visit local food markets as part of the private tours we arrange. It’s a great opportunity for people-watching and to sample the tastes and flavors of each destination. Here are a few of our favorite food […]

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February 12, 2009

Touring France with young children

We love planning family tours in France. It’s a perfect destination for families with children of all ages. Our private France tours are designed so the touring is flexible and fun for all family members. For those with young children, parents can truly experience all of the pleasures of France–the incredible history, beauty and cuisine–without compromising anything. There is plenty […]

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February 10, 2009

Must Buy: linens in Deauville

We love Deauville…its glamour, village-feel, incredible seafood, legendary racecourse, and its beautiful beach lined with colorful umbrellas. Each time we visit, we love to pick up colorful French linens that are bright and fun and a perfect reminder of Deauville. Destinations:  FranceTags:  beach, culture blog, Deauville, design blog, France tours, French, French linens, interior design, luxury travel blog, Normandy, Normandy tours, […]

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