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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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Get an introduction to a wide range of Nordic activities with this excellent holiday to Luosto in Finnish Lapland. You will try traditional Finnish pastimes like cross-country skiing and husky sledding. There will be a trip by snowmobile to the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine and the chance to learn about the life of reindeer herders before a sleigh ride.

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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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Sample a spread of unmissable Finnish activities in Luosto and return each day to the comfort of your homely log cabin. You will be introduced to the Nordic sport of cross-country skiing, cross the wilderness with dogsleds, and track the Northern Lights on snowshoes. We've also organised a visit to a traditional reindeer farm and an Amethyst mine.

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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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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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