Luxury Travel Newsletter February 2017


Artisans of Leisure - Celebrating 12 years

Plan Now: Spring & Summer in Europe

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Dreaming of sun, relaxation and luxury? Europe is already in high demand for spring and summer travel—contact us now to start planning.

Whether you want great food and historic ruins in Portugal, Sicily, Spain or Greece; ultra-luxury resorts in Italy or France; outdoor adventures in Iceland or Switzerland; art and White Nights in Russia; or sophisticated cultural touring in cities across Central Europe and Scandinavia, Artisans of Leisure offers a wide variety of tours to suit your interests. Our tours include the best private guides, the best luxury hotels and the best way to spend each day.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few of our favorite tours:

View all of our tours or contact Artisans of Leisure to start customizing a luxury Europe tour.

Interview: An Incredible Around-the-world Tour

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The iconic Taj Mahal in India

We're excited to welcome Abbey Chase, Artisans of Leisure's newest luxury travel specialist. She recently spent a year traveling around the world—in style.

Some of the highlights of her incredible tour included visiting more than 80 UNESCO World Heritage sites, a sunrise hot-air balloon ride over Bagan, a helicopter tour over Angkor, a private tea ceremony in Kyoto, a cruise down the Li River in China, archery lessons in Bhutan, shopping excursions in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar and the souks in Morocco, tango lessons in Buenos Aires, a two-week safari in southern Africa, a five-month road trip through Europe, trekking on five continents, tickets to Wimbledon, food and wine tours in Italy and much more.

We hope you enjoy reading this interview with Abbey and learning more about her favorite locations, luxury hotels and travel experiences during her incredible around-the-world tour.

Eating Our Way Through Europe

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Sketch in London, England

If you're like us, food is an important reason to travel.  We scout out the most interesting and authentic culinary experiences around the world, whether it's a unique and delicious afternoon tea at one of our favorite spots in London (pictured above), an incredible degustation meal in Paris or an insider-led tour of local tapas bars in Spain. Our travel specialists can assist with hard-to-obtain restaurant reservations and insider recommendations, and we'll also arrange amazing food-focused activities such as market tours with local food experts, private cooking lessons, winery tours led by vineyard owners and much more. We can also make arrangements for travelers who have special dietary requirements (vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher, food allergies and more).

View our tours or contact one of our travel specialists to start planning a custom tour based on your culinary interests.

The Best of South America & Latin America

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Our private tours in South America and Latin America have been incredibly popular, and many travelers are opting to combine multiple countries during their private tours in the region. Artisans of Leisure tours include the top highlights of each country, such as seeing the best lookout points over Machu Picchu, exploring the Galapagos Islands on the top luxury cruises, incredible stargazing in the Atacama Desert in Chile, thrilling private boat rides at Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina, scenic walks and hikes in Patagonia and staying at exclusive hacienda hotels in the Yucatan in Mexico.

Some of our favorite tours include:

See all of our Latin & South America tours or contact a travel specialist to begin planning.

A Legend Reopens in Switzerland

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A redesign of the Palace Hotel at the Burgenstock Resort outside Lucerne, Switzerland

We're eagerly awaiting this summer's reopening of the Burgenstock Resort, a grand dame hotel in Switzerland just outside the picture-perfect town of Lucerne. Set on a mountaintop overlooking Lake Lucerne, it's an ideal base for cultural touring in Lucerne and scenic day tours into the beautiful surrounding mountains.

First opened in 1873, the resort has a long history and has hosted many illustrious guests, from European royalty to movie stars such as Audrey Hepburn, who was married at the resort in 1954, and Sofia Loren, who lived there for several years during the 1960s.

The Burgenstock Resort's spectacular renovation and expansion includes the historic Palace Hotel, the new five-star Burgenstock Hotel, a state-of-the-art spa, incredible restaurants and resort activities such as golf and tennis. Travelers will love exploring the beautiful trails and riding the iconic Hammetschwand Lift, an open-air cliffside elevator overlooking the lake.

Contact us to plan a Switzerland tour that includes the best of the country.

Customized Fun for the Entire Family

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Touring the interior of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Our travel specialists are experts at customizing family tours that are filled with unique activities for the entire family. Some of our most popular activities include:

View our sample family tours, or contact an Artisans of Leisure family travel expert to customize a tour based on your family's interests.

On Our Blog: Japanese Pottery, Top Safari Lodges, Borobudur

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Our blog features insider travel articles and top travel recommendations.

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