AITO: The Association of Independent Tour Operators

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

8 holidays are available in this programme

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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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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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As a nine-island archipelago, the Azores certainly know how to show off island life. Be completely immersed in the Azorean culture as you explore two of the islands, discovering the best of both land and sea over the course of seven nights. Go whale watching twice, swim with wild dolphins and learn about the volcanic landscape of the islands.

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Madeira is a haven for wildlife and its landscape is utterly breathtaking. The waters that surround the island are home to whales and dolphins & the island itself is brimming with natural wonder and amazement. This seven-night tour takes you from land to sea, searching for wildlife and discovering the luscious forests and towering peaks of Madeira.

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Experience the best of the Azores with this seven-night holiday on São Miguel Island. Swim with dolphins in their natural habitat and search for whales on a boat tour. Kayak over the beautiful Sete Cidades lake and cycle on its banks. Sample a 'Cozido das Furnas' stew, visit the outstanding Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and bathe in hot springs.

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