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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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New Year Event: Celebrate New Year’s Eve twice on Artisan Travel’s 'Utsjoki – New Year twice' trip. Start with a traditional Finnish dinner in Utsjoki before crossing the border into Norway for more festivities. Other activities include a husky safari, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and a visit to a traditional Sámi village.

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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 city tours of Zagreb and Split and a visit to the outstanding Plitvice Lakes National Park. Setting off by boat, you’ll spend time on the islands of Brac, Korcula, Hvar and Mljet.

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The Winter Adventure offers incredible highlights including an exclusive night on a husky safari staying in a wilderness cabin. There is also a real sense of adventure in the air at your welcoming hotel. After a day of activities, the saunas await and dinner provides the ideal chance to catch up with fellow adventurers.

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This Winter Adventure Taster Week in Iso-Syote, Finland, from Artisan Travel is an active holiday in Lapland (Finland) and includes some fantastic winter activities: a snowmobile safari, a husky safari, a snowshoe walk, reindeer safari and ice fishing. Available from 6 Jan 2019 to 17 Mar 2019 this 8-day trip costs from £1,545, and includes flights.

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Step aboard for a seven-night small-ship cruise holiday from the harbour town of Dubrovnik. You will head north-west to some of the most beautiful islands and towns in Croatia, such as Hvar, Korčula and Pomena. Sailing from one charming spot to another, basking in the sun out on the deck and enjoying a swim will make this a holiday to remember.

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