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

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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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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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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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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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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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