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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Gardens and Levadas of Madeira from Artisan Travel is an exhilarating holiday in Madeira (Portugal). Available from 29 Mar 2019 to 18 Oct 2019 this 8-day trip costs from £845 and has a maximum group size of 30 persons.

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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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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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Imagine arriving home or going back to work after a long weekend spent sailing the azure blue waters of the Dalmatian Coast. You’ll visit several islands, snorkel in crystal clear water, enjoy a spot of cycling, dine in seafront restaurants while the sun sets over the Adriatic and generally just have a great time. Talk about bragging rights!

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UNESCO may have discovered The Azores but this stunning archipelago still feels untouched. This 4-night break includes the highlights of Sao Miguel, the largest island and combines peaceful island life with adventurous exploring. Whale watching, cycling and kayaking amongst the volcanic landscape are just some of the experiences you’ll enjoy.

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