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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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Travel to Kirkenes and enjoy some unique Arctic experiences including the favourite local pastime of ice fishing. On your holiday you will travel by dog sled and snowmobile, feast on king crab, hunt for the Northern Lights at night and visit the famous Snowhotel. This three night holiday packs a real punch. Max group size 8 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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The ski village of Vuokatti is located in the Lakeland region of Finland on the doorstep of a vast wilderness. During winter, the chain of forested hills and frozen lakes are transformed into a dog sledding playground. Join a local guide and explore one of Finland's most pristine wilderness regions on three inclusive husky safaris.

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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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