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July 15, 2012

Artisans of Leisure Launches Hundreds of Hand-On Classes and Activities

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Stay in ryokans (traditional inns) in Sekitei in the hills outside Hiroshima, JapanTour the markets of Turkey and sample these pastries made with nuts, sweet spices and phyllo dough sweetened with honeyTour Mendoza in Argentina to get behind the scenes at the region's most exclusive wineriesNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Want to learn to make mozzarella by hand on the Amalfi Coast? How about a private karate lesson in Kyoto? A surfing lesson in Bali? Would you like to paint porcelain in Austria or assist on an archaeological dig in Israel?

Luxury tour operator Artisans of Leisure, the innovative leader in personalized travel, has launched hundreds of such learning experiences that can be incorporated into their tours in more than 55 countries. Each of these private lessons and activities – many of which are complimentary – is customized to the traveler’s schedule, level of interest and proficiency. They can be as short as an hour or as long as a week or more.

“Over the years, we’ve organized a remarkable array of lessons and other learning experiences for our clients,” said Ashley Isaacs Ganz, founder and CEO of Artisans of Leisure. “We’re excited to now offer these educational activities as an option for all of our travelers.”

Artisans of Leisure arranges private, hands-on learning activities in virtually all fields. For the die-hard foodies looking to get some hands-on insight into the way their favorite dishes are prepared, private culinary activities range from learning how to grind and blend spices in India to working side-by-side with chefs in more than 55 countries.

For the more artsy travelers, Artisans of Leisure offers an array of interactive crafts lessons, tours with art scholars and meetings with artists and designers. Travelers will have the opportunity to observe renowned artists and artisans at work such in the studios of Living National Treasures in Japan or travel to Prague, Vienna or Venice to learn glass-blowing techniques.

One-on-one lessons and activities are also available for adventure seekers, from glacier-walking in Patagonia, paddling a mokoro in Botswana and sailing in the Mediterranean to astronomy lessons on using a telescope to read the constellations in the Atacama Desert or the Australian Outback.

Artisans of Leisure is renowned for their insider ways that allow for truly one-of-a-kind, hassle-free, and enriching travel experiences. In addition to sightseeing provisions, guests can also expect accommodation, airport transfers, regional flights, visas, and other logistics arranged in advance. Travelers also get access to their extensive network of associate offices overseas, all of which are staffed with experienced travel professionals who are available around the clock to ensure comfort, safety, and enjoyment.

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