A trip is always that much better when a local shows you around, especially if that local is a famous chef, artisan, or museum curator. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is giving travelers a new way to gain that local perspective with a collection of Insider Experiences they’re rolling out across their properties. To book, guests can ask the reservationist or concierge. Here are the top four tours we’d like to join:

1. The Ultimate Shopping Day in London
Anyone who appreciates craftsmanship or who simply loves to shop will find InterContinental London Park Lane’s Made in Mayfair experience irresistible. The hotel can arrange behind-the-scenes tours of some of the Mayfair neighborhood’s most iconic artisans, including Foster & Son’s, the world’s oldest custom shoe and bootmakers, and Floris, which has been the perfumer to the British family since 1930. Most men opt to visit one of Savile Row’s famed tailors, but women should request a trip to the flagship store of one of my favorite modern-day British designers, Alice Temperley, where you can lust over her hand-stitched gowns.

2. A Sweet Day in Paris
No trip to Paris is complete without indulging in a macaron. The only thing better than a box of the meringue-based confections is getting a behind-the-scenes look at how they’re made. The InterContinental Paris Le Grand hotel teamed up with the macaron masters at Ladurée to provide guests a tour, baking session, and curated tasting with a Ladurée pastry chef.

3. A Food Crawl Through Tel Aviv
It’s much easier navigating a culture’s culinary landscape and a city’s food scene when you have a famous chef as your guide. Guests at the InterContinental David Tel Aviv hotel can join Yaron Kestenboum, one of the city’s most celebrated chefs, on a culinary journey to markets, restaurants, and even local homes throughout the city.

4. A Curated Tour of Amsterdam
The InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam hotel is known for its rotating art exhibitions so it makes sense that it has partnered with some of the city’s top galleries and museums to start offering guests unique insight into Amsterdam’s art scene this June.

If you’re interested, here’s more information on these insider tours.

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