The Art of Leisure Travel – Tailor-Made Holidays

by Crissandra Ayroso
machu picchu

Slow travel reminds us to stop and smell the roses. It’s an approach that emphasizes your connection with the world around you – the people you meet, the food you eat, the cultures you…greet. It’s a reminder to ensure that you act and travel mindfully because ultimately, it’s the one thing you bring back that changes you on your return. 

Tailor-Made Holidays are planned by experts with you in mind. Your interests, your time frame, your budget. If you can dream it up, we can plan it. These three Tailor-Made Holidays take their time helping you get to know the cities your plane lands in. Take your time travelling through Lima, Cuzco, Tokyo and Sydney, on a perfectly planned holiday.

Lima & Cuzco, Peru Tailor-Made Holiday, 8 Nights

train to machu picchu

If you only have a few nights to spend in Peru, start with Lima and Cuzco. This 8-night tailor-made holiday in Peru is the perfect blend of city and country. From sipping Pisco sours to a leisurely train journey to Machu Picchu, this perfectly planned itinerary has it all. 

Start with checking into a centrally-located 5-star hotel in Lima, where you’ll stay for four nights. Settle in, let the jet lag melt away. Relax poolside on the rooftop terrace and soak in the beautiful city views. Head out for a guided day tour and bike through Lima’s neighbourhoods, with a stop (or two) to sample Peruvian coffee. 

For the next four nights in Cuzco, your hotel stay is at a refurbished 5-star 16th-century mansion. Perfect the art of leisure by skipping the multi-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, and taking the scenic train ride instead. This holiday includes your train ticket.

Expert Traveller Tip

Spend a few nights in Cuzco before heading out to Machu Picchu to get acclimatized to the altitude. (Sam Melkic, Toronto)

Check out our latest recommendation on things to do in Peru. Our Expert Travellers can customize the Peru trip you’ve been thinking about. 

Tokyo Tailor-Made Holiday, 7 Nights

ryokans in tokyo

This tailor-made holiday will quickly prove that there are few places in the world that have as much to offer travellers as Tokyo does. This epic 7-night mini-tour of Tokyo includes a 4-star hotel stay in the heart of the Shinjuku district. At your doorstep is Japan’s incredible food scene, Edo-period architecture, and trendsetting, yet uniquely traditional culture. Also included, is a two-day tour to Mount Fuji, a natural onsen (hot springs) experience in Lake Ashi, and an overnight stay at an authentic ryokan in Hakone.

Expert Traveller Tip

Have any tattoos? Most of the traditional onsen in Tokyo will turn people with tattoos away, so be sure to do your research before you head off to avoid disappointment. Our Flight Centre Expert Traveller (Mariel Clayton, Oakville) has plenty of tattoos speaks from experience.

“If you have just one tattoo, the best way to get around that is by covering it up with a medical sleeve or medical gauze. It’s usually ok if the tattoo isn’t visible and the proprietor and other patrons just can’t see it…The attitudes towards tattoos are still extremely serious, so there’s no talking your way around it.” Another way around it would be visiting kashikiri-buro (private baths) instead. 

Have more questions about onsen, or looking for a more extensive trip through Japan? Just ask an Expert Traveller. Our experts can help you plan the Japan trip you’ve always dreamed of. 

Sydney Tailor-Made Holiday, 7 Nights

sydney harbour

This 7-night tailor-made holiday in Sydney includes a stay at a 5-star boutique hotel. Within walking distance are major sites worth checking out, like the Queen Victoria Building (check out the Tea Room for lunch), Paddy’s Market, and streets of beautiful historic buildings. Included, is a High Tea at Sea cruise tour, the most romantic way to see the Sydney Harbour. Or, do a sunset cruise and watch the city light up.

Sydney is a great destination to explore on its own and a great starting point for an adventure Down Under. Talk to an Expert Traveller for more things to do in Sydney, like the Blue Mountains, the Sydney Opera House, and Bondi Beach, or to plan your Australia getaway.

Did you know? Australia is one of the only markets in the world where Starbucks started shutting down more than 70% of its locations 10 years ago. Only 23 Starbucks stores remain throughout the entire continent. One possible reason? Simply, Australia is known to have some of the best coffee. Try it for yourself! Order the espresso-based Aussie favourite – a flat white.


Tailor-made holidays can’t be booked online (because no two experiences are alike!) Speak to one of our Expert Travellers to book your custom vacation today. Call us at 1-855-796-8359, chat us online or visit your local Flight Centre store.