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Artisan Travel by The Artisan Travel Company

We always ask our suppliers to show us the main sites and attractions but also the places that they frequent in their daily lives. We also ask them what they would see and do if they were visitors in their own country because we want to experience their country beyond the manufactured veneer of its most visited tourist sites.

It is the local tourism suppliers, our partners, who know the destinations best and to think otherwise would be simply foolish. So, we sit down with our local suppliers and create itineraries that they, as locals, believe best reflect their country or region. Sometimes, this will miss out an attraction that would be on every other tour operator's programme but if

We always ask our suppliers to show us the main sites and attractions but also the places that they frequent in their daily lives. We also ask them what they would see and do if they were visitors in their own country because we want to experience their country beyond the manufactured veneer of its most visited tourist sites.

It is the local tourism suppliers, our partners, who know the destinations best and to think otherwise would be simply foolish. So, we sit down with our local suppliers and create itineraries that they, as locals, believe best reflect their country or region. Sometimes, this will miss out an attraction that would be on every other tour operator's programme but if our local suppliers say avoid it then we will avoid it.

That is what makes Artisan Travel that little bit different. We rely on local knowledge to create holidays that allow you to really get beneath the skin of any given destination and see the very best of it in a given amount of time.

Artisan Travel Holidays

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A week in the snowy wilderness around the shores of Lake Jokijärvi is the perfect escape from the pressures of modern life. Staying in the cosy suites at the all-wooden Saija Lodge, you have a private sauna to help you unwind after a day's husky sledding, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. Max group size 24 approx

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Spend three nights on mainland Croatia and seven on a superb cruising vessel as you explore the islands of the Adriatic Sea. On land, there will be tours of Zagreb and Split, and a visit to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Following that, you will set off by boat and spend time on the islands of Brač, Korčula, Hvar, and Mljet.

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Saija is not about going wild, but about being free. It's an idyllic holiday for those in search of time out from today's busy lifestyle. This escape into the snowy wilderness, combined with the husky safari, sends you home refreshed and invigorated having recharged your batteries Saija-style. Max group size 6 approx

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Pass ten nights travelling around the Azores island ‘triangle’ of Faial, São Jorge, and Pico. Guided day tours will show you all the highlights, from the great volcanic Caldeira crater and the idyllic Sete Fontes Forest Park to the famed Criação Velha vineyards and the Gruta das Torres lava cave.

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Travel to Kirkenes and enjoy some unique Arctic experiences including the favourite local pastime of ice fishing. On your holiday you will travel by dog sled and snowmobile, feast on king crab, hunt for the Northern Lights at night and visit the famous Snowhotel. This three night holiday packs a real punch. Max group size 8 approx

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