Luxury Travel Newsletter February 2016


Artisans of Leisure - Celebrating 12 years

Food, History, Luxury & Crafts in Puglia, Italy (slideshow)

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Beautiful Polignano a Mare in Puglia

Ashley Isaacs Ganz, founder of Artisans of Leisure, recently returned from a comprehensive private tour in Puglia, a region in southern Italy. Puglia is a fascinating travel destination offering picture-perfect beach towns, ancient ruins, sophisticated cities with incredible art and architecture, and some of the best food and wine in Italy.

Our new private luxury Puglia tours include Highlights of Puglia (6 days), Best of Puglia & Amalfi Coast (9 days) and Puglia in Depth (9 days).

We hope you enjoy this slideshow of images from Ashley's trip.

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The Best of Dubai & Abu Dhabi (slideshow)

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Our private Dubai tours feature the best ultra-luxury hotels and resorts

We recently returned from our latest visit to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Arabian Desert. This slideshow of images from our trip features some of our favorite resorts, scenic excursions and cultural highlights in the region.

Designed by Artisans of Leisure’s in-house Middle East travel experts, our private Dubai and UAE tours include top luxury hotels and resorts such as One&Only The Palm, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa and the Burj Al Arab.

Dubai is a wonderful destination on its own. It also combines well with Abu Dhabi, the Arabian Desert and neighboring Oman. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are also perfect for short stopovers en route to India, Sri Lanka, East Africa and other destinations.

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Favorite Family Getaways

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Switzerland is one of our most popular family destinations

In publications ranging from AFAR to The Wall Street Journal, Artisans of Leisure is recognized as a top travel company for amazing custom family vacations in destinations around the world.

Contact us to start planning a one-of-a-kind family tour for spring break or summer vacation. We arrange family-focused activities around the world, such as family hikes to see Mount Fuji in Japan, snorkeling excursions in Thailand, hands-on crafts lessons in Vietnam, safaris in South Africa, and kid-friendly tours of ruins in Greece and Sicily. We book the best luxury hotels and resorts for families, and we specialize in creating extensive multi-country tours all over the world. We also take care of all logistics, including luxury hotel reservations, private airport transfers, VIP airport assistance and full concierge services.

Contact an Artisans of Leisure family travel expert to start planning a custom tour for your family.

What’s Hot: St. Petersburg, Russia

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Russia has some of the best art museums in the world

St. Petersburg, Russia, is one of our favorite destinations for rich cultural touring. Travelers can easily spend a week or more exploring the treasures of the palaces, museums, churches and other historical sites in this former imperial capital. Our tours also include time to browse the city's interesting boutiques selling Russian porcelain, folk art and other design items. St. Petersburg also has an impressive dining and luxury hotel scene.

Artisans of Leisure arranges exclusive Russia tours that feature the best of St. Petersburg, including access to the Faberge Museum, private boat rides on the Neva River, early entrance to the State Hermitage Museum, Russian cooking classes, painting matryoshka dolls, and customized touring focused on history, design, palaces and more.

View our Russia tours, including Best of St. Petersburg, or contact Artisans of Leisure to start planning.

Interview: Insider Iceland

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Aurora borealis (Northern Lights) in Iceland

Iceland is one of our most in-demand destinations at the moment. Our private Iceland tours feature the best of Reykjavik and the most incredible scenic locations in the country. We also arrange activities such as soaking in geothermal pools at the Blue Lagoon, hiking glaciers and volcanoes, chasing the aurora borealis (Northern Lights), luxury camping, backcountry fishing, snorkeling in a fissure between tectonic plates and touring top architectural sites.

Want to learn more about Iceland? Read this interview with one of our Iceland travel experts on our blog.

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On Our Blog: Amanemu in Japan, Sintra in Portugal, Easter Island in Chile

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