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Destination: Middle East

Our list of articles tagged with "Middle East."

August 26, 2020

Touring the Highlights of Jordan

Read about our favorite destinations in Jordan. Beyond spectacular Petra—a must-see—are ancient Roman ruins, evocative Crusader castles, sublime desert landscapes, fascinating religious sites, and luxurious resorts on the Red Sea and the Dead Sea.

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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 14, 2020

Touring the Iconic Temples and Tombs of Luxor, Egypt

The city of Luxor has some of Egypt’s most impressive and iconic historical sites, including Karnak and King Tut’s tomb. The Nile River runs through Luxor, separating it into two incredibly rich archaeological zones. On the West Bank are the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, and on the East Bank […]

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April 19, 2016

Must Stay: Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman

Perched on the edge of a deep gorge high in the Al Hajar Mountains of northern  Oman, the luxurious Alila Jabal Akhdar resort offers spectacular views and easy access to soft adventure activities and cultural touring in the surrounding region. Incorporating native rock and timber, the Alila Jabal Akhdar buildings are a contemporary take on ancient […]

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March 8, 2016

Private Tours of Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem

All over the world, we love to explore markets to learn more about cities and the people who live in them. In Jerusalem, there’s no better place to do this than Machane Yehuda, a sprawling market in the western part of the city that’s been around since the late 1800s. Known as the shuk (Hebrew […]

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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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August 4, 2015

Food Obsession: Halloumi

Whenever we travel, we’re on the lookout for halloumi: a salty Cypriot cheese often griddled or grilled until crispy and golden brown. Halloumi can be very difficult to find in the United States, but it’s wildly popular in some of our favorite travel destinations: Greece, Turkey and Lebanon, especially, but also cities like London, Berlin […]

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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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November 11, 2013

Just Back: Lebanon

Lebanon is a fascinating country with important archaeological sites, beautiful scenery, warm hospitality and some of the best cuisine in the Middle East.

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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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February 28, 2013

Our latest luxury travel newsletter

The latest version of the Artisans of Leisure newsletter is now online. Visit our website to read the complete newsletter. Highlights include: The Very Best of Kenya & Tanzania Just Back: Portugal (slideshow) What We Love About South America Israel Tours for Luxury Travelers Coming Soon: Belgium and the Netherlands On Our Blog: The Basque […]

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September 11, 2012

Jordan Up Close

Jordan has far more attractions than its modest size suggests. The most famous is undoubtedly the stunning archaeological site of Petra. Other must-sees include the Greco-Roman ruins of Jerash and Umm Qais; the beautiful natural landscapes of the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum and Dana Nature Reserve; Crusader castles; ancient mosaics; and Amman, Jordan’s sophisticated capital. […]

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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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May 15, 2012

An interview with one of our birding and travel experts

Artisans of Leisure travel specialist, Stephanie Dosch, tells us how she has been lucky to be able to combine her twin passions–birding and travel–since she was a child. Q: When and how did you become interested in birding? A: My mom has been birding forever, and she would take me along with her when I […]

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December 29, 2011

Eating Our Way Through Israel

We love eating as the locals do when we travel, and we find that food often inspires some of our best travel memories. Artisans of Leisure recently traveled across Israel and we particularly loved visiting the open-air markets, sampling street food, and dining where the locals like to eat. Here are a few of the culinary […]

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December 9, 2011

The Artisans of Leisure Cultural Travel Hot List

The Artisans of Leisure Cultural Travel Hot List is your guide to the top luxury travel destinations for the coming year. Each December, we look ahead at the destinations and activities our travelers have booked for the next 12 months, as well as those that we anticipate becoming popular as the year progresses. Because we […]

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December 28, 2010

Petra as a day trip from Israel

One of our most popular day tours from Israel is an excursion to Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites. Artisans of Leisure travelers enjoy a private ride through stunning landscapes from Eilat to Petra, and the VIP services we arrange ensure a smooth transition during the border crossing. […]

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October 1, 2010

A Nile Cruise—One of the Best Ways to Experience Egypt

Taking a luxurious cruise down the Nile is the stuff of legend, reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel, and evocative of a time when traveling by ship was de rigueur. There are now faster ways to travel from Aswan to Luxor, but none are as memorable or beautiful as a Nile river cruise. There are […]

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April 30, 2009

Egypt: a Great Family Travel Destination

Egypt’s extraordinary historical sites and friendly local people make it a dream destination for families and an unforgettable experience for children. Our Egyptologist guides, the best in the country, bring history alive for family members of all ages during private tours of the Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and the most interesting historic sites around Cairo […]

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March 24, 2009

Private Jewish Heritage Tours

Many travelers ask us to incorporate people, places and activities of Jewish significance when they are traveling internationally with us. We can incorporate Jewish touring into any of our tours around the world, from Sydney to Shanghai and most places in between. Many travelers simply want us to incorporate some Jewish-related sightseeing in Europe, Asia, […]

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