Artisans of Leisure

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Artisans of Leisure
Type Private
Industry Travel, Tour operator, Tourism, Hospitality
Founded 2003
Headquarters New York City, USA
Products Private luxury tours
Website www.artisansofleisure.com

Artisans of Leisure is a luxury travel company offering private cultural tours in international destinations.[1][2] The company offers tours in 55 countries on six continents.

History[edit]

Artisans of Leisure was founded in 2003 by Ashley Isaacs Ganz. Food & Wine magazine has named Ganz a luxury travel “tastemaker,”[3] and Departures magazine featured Ganz in their "Explorers" issue.[4]

Many of the company’s staff members have graduate degrees and backgrounds in academia, journalism or the arts.[5]

The company has been recognized as a luxury travel specialist for many destinations worldwide,[6][7][8][9] as an upscale family travel planner,[10][11] and as a company offering one-of-a-kind and special interest activities and tours.[12][13] In their annual survey that rates travel companies according to client satisfaction, quality of service, sustainability, education, and other criteria, National Geographic Adventure magazine named Artisans of Leisure one of the best luxury travel outfitters in the world.[14] National Geographic Traveler has named the company's tours to their 50 Tours of a Lifetime in multiple years.[15][16] Trade publication Recommend said, “Travel industry insiders go as far as saying that Artisans of Leisure hasn’t merely raised the bar when it comes to private touring—they claim Artisans of Leisure is the bar.”[17] The company's tours have been listed in the Condé Nast Traveler magazine Dream List repeatedly.[18][19][20] Artisans of Leisure tours have been recommended by The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Forbes, NBC’s Today show, CNN, Frommer's, Fodor’s, and other major newspapers, magazines, guidebooks, affluent market studies[21] and trade publications.

Products and services[edit]

Artisans of Leisure specializes in luxury Foreign Independent Travel (FIT) and arranges tours with a cultural focus in 55 countries.[5]

The company also offers special-interest tours focusing on various themes,[22] such as culinary tours,[23][24][25] family tours,[10] art and architecture tours, active travel, garden tours, tours for travelers with food allergies and dietary restrictions, and religious heritage tours. The company also designs one-of-a-kind international honeymoons[26][27] and offers a honeymoon registry.[28][29]

Artisans of Leisure is noted for incorporating specialized experiences into their tours, such as philanthropic activities,[30] specialized shopping excursions,[31][32][33] special lessons and classes such as Japanese tea ceremony and Italian cooking,[24] and innovative activities for families, couples and groups of friends.[34][35]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Maier, Kathryn & Wilkinson, Brook (December 2006). “The Fabulous 50: 50 Experiences that Only Insiders Can Deliver.” Condé Nast Traveler, pp. 180, 182, 186
  2. ^ Thrasher, Paula Crouch (July 25, 2004). “Premium Travel: More are Willing to Pay for Service.” The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, pp. K1, K6
  3. ^ Abdelnour, Salma (December 2004). “Luxury Travel’s Road Scholar.” Food & Wine, p. 144
  4. ^ Khanna, Nandita (July/August 2008). "Artfully Asian." Departures, p. 62
  5. ^ a b Artisansofleisure.com (official site)
  6. ^ Reiber, Beth (2006). “Escorted Tours.” Frommer’s Japan (8th ed.). p. 49. ISBN 0-471-76391-8
  7. ^ Kelly, Margaret (Ed.) (2007). “Guided Tours” and “Culinary Tours.” Fodor’s China (5th ed.). p. 732. ISBN 978-1-4000-1731-7
  8. ^ “Vietnamese Cuisine,” (2007). In Dupont, Ellen (Ed.), National Geographic Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips. p. 247. Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society. ISBN 978-1-4262-0125-7
  9. ^ Barberich, Christene: “Luxury Travel Experts,” Four Seasons Magazine, Summer 2005, p. 74
  10. ^ a b Edwards, Yolanda (July/August 2007). “Best of Family Travel.” Cookie, p. 73
  11. ^ Glusac, Elaine (Fall 2007). “The New Face of Family Travel.” Celebrated Living, p. 92
  12. ^ Maier, Kathryn & Wilkinson, Brook (December 2007). “The Dream List: 40 One-of-a Kind Experiences and How to Get Them.” Condé Nast Traveler, pp. 207, 216, 218
  13. ^ Nagie, Kelsey (July 2006). “Artisans of Leisure: The Posh Lifestyle Goes Global.” TangoDiva.com
  14. ^ Christ, Costas & Martin, Claire (February 2009). "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth." National Geographic Adventure, p. 81
  15. ^ Loftus, Margaret (May–June 2010). “50 Tours of a Lifetime: The Year of Adventure.” National Geographic Traveler, pp. 91-92
  16. ^ Loftus, Margaret (May–June 2011). “50 Tours of a Lifetime: Going Deep, Getting Personal.” National Geographic Traveler, p. 90
  17. ^ Ortiz, Sergio (February 2009). “Tour Talk: Artisans of Leisure.” Recommend, p. 14
  18. ^ Maier, Kathryn & Wilkinson, Brook (December 2006). “The Fabulous 50: 50 Experiences that Only Insiders Can Deliver.” Condé Nast Traveler, pp. 180, 182, 186
  19. ^ Maier, Kathryn & Wilkinson, Brook (December 2007). “The Dream List: 40 One-of-a Kind Experiences and How to Get Them.” Condé Nast Traveler, pp. 207, 216, 218
  20. ^ Maier, Kathryn & Wilkinson, Brook (December 2008). “The Dream List: 32 One-of-a Kind Experience--and How to Get Them.” Condé Nast Traveler, p. 153
  21. ^ "HNWIs’ Pursuit of “Passion Investments” Is Not Deterred by Economic Volatility: Luxury/Experiential Travel" (June 24, 2008). Merrill Lynch / Cap Gemini World Wealth Report 2008, p. 25
  22. ^ Chessher, Melissa (December 2006). “Customized Culture.” Hemispheres, p. 32
  23. ^ “Traveling with Taste.” (March 2005). Bon Appetit, p. 30
  24. ^ a b Gordon, Alice (September 2006). “Become an Expert.” Travel+Leisure, p.136
  25. ^ Holliday, Taylor (April 10, 2005). “Savoring the Bounty of Vietnam.” The New York Times, Section 5, p.1
  26. ^ “Custom-Made Escapes.” (August/September 2007). Modern Bride, p. 172
  27. ^ “A Year of Honeymoons.” (Winter 2006). InStyle Weddings, p. 99
  28. ^ “Q & A Travel: Is it possible to register for our honeymoon?” (Spring/Summer 2008). The Knot. p. 430
  29. ^ “10 Surprising Registry Ideas.” (Spring 2007). InStyle Weddings, p.235
  30. ^ Alsever, Jennifer (December 9, 2007). “When a Luxury Vacation Cultivates Philanthropy.” The New York Times, p. BU 6
  31. ^ Dean, Josh (July/Aug 2007). “Special Agents.” Blueprint, p. 72
  32. ^ Lee, Denny (June 11, 2006). “Turning Souvenir Shopping Into an Art.” The New York Times, p. TR2
  33. ^ Sealover, Denise Jobin (Spring 2007). “Sophisticated Shopping.” Wachovia Renaissance Magazine, p. 6
  34. ^ Morales, Natalie & Orwoll, Mark (August 21, 2006). “Five Life-Transforming Trips.” NBC Today
  35. ^ Slon, Steve (June 13, 2007). “First Class Passage to India.” Forbestraveler.com

References[edit]

  • Aarons, Felice & Kelly, Shannon (2007). “Guided Tours” and “Culinary Tours.” Fodor’s Shanghai (1st ed.), p. 257. ISBN 978-1-4000-1745-4
  • “The Art of Exploration.” (September 2006). Luxury Travel Advisor, p. 64
  • “The Art of Luxury Travel.” (December 2007). WordofMouse.com
  • Bennett, Andrea & Bunting, Chris (March 15, 2005). “The A-Team.” New York Post
  • “Budapest: Bottoms Up.” (June 2007). Fodors.com
  • Chessher, Melissa (February 2007). “Oh, Fudge.” Continental, p. 56
  • Connelly, Marjorie (August 21, 2005). “Leaf Peeping in Japan and Luggage Service *Along Hadrian's Wall Trail.” The New York Times, Travel section
  • Cormier, Ray (March 7, 2004). “Design and Gardens in Japan.” The New York Times, Travel section
  • Donelson, Sophie (Spring 2007). “Travel Intell.” 100 Thousand Club, pp. 94–95
  • Dunkin, Zach (April 22, 2007). “European Tours.” The Indianapolis Star, Travel Notebook
  • Ford, Elise Hartman (February 3, 2008). “Tour Operators: What they do, how to find them and why you want one.” The Washington Post, p. 10
  • Johansen, Heidi Leigh (Ed.) (2007). “Guided Tours.” Fodor’s Beijing (1st ed.), p. 241. ISBN 978-1-4000-1739-3
  • Jordan, Michele Anna & Brady, Susan (2006). The World is a Kitchen: Cooking Your Way Through Culture – Stories, Recipes, and Resources. pp. 268, 277, 279. Palo Alto, CA: Travelers’ Tales. ISBN 1-932361-40-5
  • Kaplan, Michael (Fall 2006). “Savoring the World.” Celebrated Living, pp. 96, 98
  • “Keeping Luxury in your Family Travel.” (Jan 29, 2007). Childofleisure.com
  • Roberts, Chuck & Motamed, Nilou (August 31, 2006). “Trips That Will Change Your Life.” CNN Headline News
  • Loftus, Margaret (May–June 2010). “50 Tours of a Lifetime: The Year of Adventure.” National Geographic Traveler, pp. 91–92
  • Loftus, Margaret (May–June 2011). “50 Tours of a Lifetime: Going Deep, Getting Personal.” National Geographic Traveler, p. 90
  • Reiber, Beth (2006). “Escorted Tours.” Frommer’s Tokyo (9th ed.). p. 35. ISBN 0-471-76392-6
  • Runice, Jackie (April 16, 2007). “Let a private tour operator organize some action for your vacation.” Daily Herald
  • Sardone, Susan Breslow (November 2007). “Honeymoons/Romantic Travel: Top 5 Tour Operators.” About.com
  • Sherman, Lauren (February 21, 2008). “Asia’s Sumptuous Resort Spots.” Forbes.com
  • “Spectacular Spain.” (January 2006). Luxury Travel Advisor, p. 52
  • “Tips & Trips: New for Newlyweds.” (August 20, 2004). The New York Sun, Travel, p. 1
  • Willis, Gerri & Cole, Jennifer (September 30, 2006). “Artisans of Leisure Immerse Guests in Local Culture.” CNN Open House

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