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The Artisan Travel Company

We are a family-owned and operated, proudly independent specialist tour operator with three brands offering our guests the best possible experiences in the destinations we feature.

We pride ourselves on personal service and first-hand product knowledge.

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About the Artisan Travel Company

All our brands are underpinned by our strong belief in personal service and our exceptional product knowledge. Our travel experts are always on hand to give you first-hand advice on any of our holidays.

At Activities Abroad we offer unforgettable family activity holidays throughout the year. From reindeer sleigh rides in Lapland to learning to surf in Portugal, from canoeing in Costa Rica to Northern Lights hunting in Norway; we use our own families’ experiences to craft your family’s holiday.

The Aurora Zone is the UK’s original and only dedicated Northern Lights holiday company. With itineraries throughout Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway, we do all that we can to ensure that our guests experience the North at its very best, whilst providing the best possible chance for you to see the Northern Lights.

Artisan Travel is all about dream fulfilment and ticking off those must-do bucket list experiences and must-see destinations. Every holiday has been designed in conjunction with our local partners to ensure you experience the absolute best of this amazing planet.

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Activities Abroad have been providing thrilling, yet safe, family activity holidays since 2002. In that time, we have developed a fantastic range of exciting, year-round, multi-activity holidays that we have gradually tweaked and improved over the years in response to our clients’ and our suppliers’ recommendations. As a result, we have won Best Small Family Holiday Company three times and Best Small Activity Holiday Provider at the British Travel Awards twice! Naturally, our family trips revolve around the school holidays and as a result, we offer both summer and winter trips designed specifically for active families. Our holidays create lifelong family memories while showing you and your family the hidden gems of our handpicked family destinations. With experiences ranging from dog sledding in Finland to canyoning in Costa Rica, diving in Borneo to kayaking in Croatia, hunting the Northern Lights in Norway to tubing in Turkey we have something to suit all families.

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The Aurora Zone is the UK's only holiday brand solely dedicated to sharing Mother Nature's greatest wonder and importantly, we were the first. Nobody is as passionate about the Aurora Borealis as we are! No one can ever guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights but if they are top of your bucket list, then you're giving yourself the very best chance by starting right here. We absolutely love Northern Scandinavia! Our team have visited pretty much every hotel within the Auroral Zone. We are very particular about where we choose to operate holidays and every one of our destinations has been thoroughly vetted to ensure they will do everything they can to give you the best possible holiday, in the best possible destinations to view the Northern Lights. Our range of innovate and exciting accommodations mean we have something to suit every budget and wish list - from glass-roofed Aurora Cabins or a cosy log cabin to a night in a snow or ice hotel. Together with our local partners we have carefully combined nights of Aurora hunting with unforgettable daytime activities such as dog sledding and snowmobiling.

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We have been providing holidays for over 15 years and throughout that time the word "experience" has been at the heart of everything we do. We started with family activity holidays because we wanted to enjoy memorable times with our own kids rather than lie by a pool for two weeks roasting under a burning Mediterranean sun. A while later, we ventured into Lapland creating winter activity and adventure holidays in a part of the world that was still largely overlooked by the travelling public. In 2011, we took these winter holidays to a whole new level by creating the UK's first ever company dedicated solely to Northern Lights holidays. All the while, we were meeting local tourism experts, learning about the destinations and creating ever more exciting and, to our great delight, award-winning itineraries. It is these years of experience in the travel industry that led to us establishing Artisan Travel. Firstly, it occurred to us that after all this time, we know our clients pretty well and have a very good idea of what it is that they want from a holiday. Secondly, we have developed an enviable network of local suppliers and tourism experts who know their own countries far, far better than we ever could. Essentially, we have taken what we know about our clients' holiday wishes and, in close consultation with our local partners, we have handcrafted itineraries that we believe illustrate the very best of each destination.

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