About Artisan Vacations

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Our team of travel experts is driven to not just meet but exceed your inner expectations. We always want our clients to feel their travel experience was completely top notch. That means, we are research and detail obsessed. We look into every aspect of every trip before anyone leaves their home. If it is a group excursion, we even bring the group together before the trip for information nights where we introduce your fellow travellers so you can start to build relationships and gather knowledge way ahead of the actual trip dates. We get to know each and every client – so there are no surprises.

We know what you want, and we are committed to delivering unimaginable experiences in the world’s most unusual and exotic locations. How do we accomplish that? We do it with a distinctive and accomplished team, of course.

OUR TEAM OF

ARTISAN TRAVEL SPECIALISTS

The founder and visionary behind Artisan Vacations, Shamin has built a talented team for over a decade, opening her doors in 2011. Before that she worked for two decades for many luxury travel agencies. Her longevity in the business is a testament to her love for her clients and her love for travel. She says her personal goal is to: “Gather accurate information, remove all the internet clutter, inject a distinct personality and transform ordinary vacations in to extraordinary artisan vacations.”

Today, Shamin has a team of seven loyal travel experts that work diligently behind the scenes to handcraft artisan vacations. Their dedication, knowledge and expertise are the engine that drives her unique artisan travel speciality.

our hand-picked

Artisan Team

Shamin Shariff Artisan Vacations

Shamin Shariff

Managing Director

AREA OF SPECIALTY

Cruises, Eco Expeditions, Destinations Weddings, Incentive Group Travel, all-inclusive vacations.

DESTINATION SPECIALIST

Kenya, India, Egypt, Italy, Tanzania, South America, Tahiti, Jamaica, Bhutan & Burma, Pakistan.

CERTIFIED SPECIALTY

5-Star Academy Celebrity Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, Taj Hotels & Resorts, Certified Sandals Specialist, AMResorts Master Agent, and Azamara World Academy Platinum Globe Travel Professional.

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Farah Kassam

Travel Consultant

AREA OF SPECIALTY

Cruises, All-inclusive vacations, Group Tours, Senior Citizen Tour Packages, Personalized Private Tours, All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises.

DESTINATION SPECIALIST

India, Mexico, Europe, Middle East, Pakistan, including Hunza & Gilgit, India, France, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Mexico.

CERTIFIED SPECIALTY

TICO, AMResorts Master Agent.

Nargis Gercke Artisan Vacations

Nargis Gercke

Travel Consultant

AREA OF SPECIALTY

Cruises, All Inclusive Packages, Group Travel and Tour Guiding. Celebrity, Oceania, Silversea, Crystal Cruises, Princess and Cunard cruises.

DESTINATION SPECIALIST

Montreal, Africa, India, South America, South Africa, Dominica Republic, Australia and New Zealand.

CERTIFIED SPECIALTY

5-Star Academy Celebrity Cruises, 5-star Cruise Specialist for Holland America Line, South Africa and Uniworld River Cruise Specialist.

Parviz Popat Artisan Vacations

Parviz Popat

Travel Consultant

AREA OF SPECIALTY

All inclusive vacations, cruises, exclusive small group river cruises in Europe and other destinations, group travel, destination weddings.

DESTINATION SPECIALIST

Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Turkey, Mexico, Portugal, China, specialized and personally organized tours of India.

LIFE EXPERIENCE

Having lived in the exotic part of the world, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the western world and with the cultural experiences of both. I am well prepared to organize an unforgettable life experience for my clients!!

Parin Kassam

Travel Consultant

AREA OF SPECIALTY

All inclusive destination travel package or a cruise, an African Safari or to the Australian outback, a wedding group to a sun destination, or a honeymoon.

DESTINATION SPECIALIST

India, China, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Europe and the Mediterranean.

LIFE EXPERIENCE

Have taken over 30 cruises, many to the Caribbean and Panama, Alaska, Mexican Riviera, the Mediterranean, Australia to Asia for 22 days which took me to Vietnam, Bali, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong just to name a few.

Leslie Bomford Artisan Vacations

Leslie Bomford

Travel Consultant

AREA OF SPECIALTY

River and Ocean Cruises, Land Tours, All Inclusive Vacations, Group Travel, F.I.T., Safari (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda)

DESTINATION SPECIALIST

England, Italy, Spain, France, Australia, U.S.A., Canada, Mexico

LIFE EXPERIENCE

Commodore for Princess Cruises, C.L.I.A. ACC Accredited.