Mikael Audebert

Founder & CEO

Frenchman Mikael Audebert, has been in the business of making dreams come true for hundreds of travelers since 2000. Born with the “itch” to travel and owner of vast experience in the travel industry, he has extensively explored the four corners of the earth and continues to do so several times a year, as leader of our Escorted Voyages Division.

Mikael moved to the U.S in 1992 to pursue a career in tourism. From the very beginning, he saw the end of the traditional travel agency coming and quickly developed a customized approach to more individually-tailored, travel planning and travel management for his clients. As a result, Mikael and Art In Voyage have received impressive recognition for professional excellence, including being named to the Orlando Business Journal’s “40 under 40”, Watermark Media's “Most Remarkable Person of the Year” for 2013, the Orlando Business Journal's 2012 list of “Businessmen to Watch” and has received numerous awards for his charity work in the Orlando., Florida marketplace.

And, when we say that we don’t send you anywhere that we haven’t been, we aren’t kidding! Mikael is so committed to vetting guest’ interests before booking them, he even personally checked out the paragliding launch pad at Six Senses' Zighy Bay in Oman. The view is one of peace, quiet and absolute beauty and the thrill is running toward the cliff for a 10-minute flight. It’s now his favorite spot, too!

His Favorite retreat:

Six Senses Zighy Bay (Oman): Looking for heaven on earth? Look no more. That property, located in the bay of Zighy (overlooking the Gulf of Iran) boats 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas, all equipped with their own private pools. The experiences offered (from scuba diving to paragliding and sun downers) are just the icing on the cake when it comes to the serenity and tranquility one will find when staying there.

Mikael's top destinations

South Africa

There is no describing the beauty of South Africa without including the kindness of its people, the extraordinary culinary experiences, the exceptional wine and the 150+ National Parks, each offering a little bit for everyone.

Provence (France)

How can one not be proud of one's home region. Provence continues to win my heart at each visit, and I proudly showcase it to guests who, without any surprises, get to fall in love with its people, its food, its wine and most importantly, its endless and diverse exceptional scenery.

Sri Lanka

While my best moment in Sri Lanka was riding the train, in 3rd class please, through the jungle and tea plantations (with live music on board from joyful locals),  I fell in love with its people first and foremost. A patchwork of cultures and religions that seem to co-exist in peace with great pride.

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Q&A with Mikael

In which city did you grow up?

Aix En Provence, France

Where did you go on family vacations as a child?

We were rarely able to afford it, which could explain my passion for travel, and our work in making our journeys unique and memorable.

What was the first country you ever visited (outside of your own) and how old were you?

Spain, probably 10

When did you first realize that travel meant something more to you?

On my first trip to the US, at age 17. I knew from that moment that I had to expand my horizons, meet new people, immerse in new culture and that without it, I would never be quite content.

5-Star Hotel or Private Villa?

Private Villa so long there is concierge service :-)

What’s the one travel tip that you always share with all your friends/guests?

Don't overthink it and for Pete's sake, make sure your carry-on has enough to get you by the first 2 days!!!

What are your top 3 cities or towns?

Paris, always! Then Cape Town and

What has been your most spiritual travel experience?

I have two: My "water cleansing" in Ubud (Bali) and my week-long biking in Namibia when I had a chance to truly disconnect from technology and admire the beautiful world for what it is

Who will you never travel with again?

I can't divulge who is on my black list :-)

What is the most stand out restaurant experience you’ve had recently?

A small one Michelin Star restaurant in San Gimignano: Cum Quibus. WOW!

What was your biggest travel faux pas?

Not always having covered the basics of the local language and going all English on them!

New York, Milan or Hong Kong?

Milan

What’s the most adventurous travel experience you’ve ever had?

My week long biking in Namibia. That pushed my limits to levels I did not know could be reached while making me look at myself, and the world in general in a whole different way.

What’s next on your travel bucket list?

Atacama desert in Chile

What do you do to relax and unwind in your personal time?

I become anti-social, focus on myself and then go fly over the winelands to remember how incredible the world is from above

Plane, train or automobile?

I love driving

French Riviera or Swiss Alps?

Swiss Alps

When did you know that your career would be travel related?

When I was building hotel cardboard models at age 13

If you could invite 5 celebrity guests along on your next vacation, who would they be?

Well we had Kathy Griffin and Mario Cantone on a 2008 journey to Bora Bora. Looking back, I would definitely have Mario back, and add Tom Holland, Richard Branson, Neil Patrick Harris and Kathy Bates

What home comfort do you miss the most when travelling?

My bed

Which country makes the best coffee?

Italy, by far

Canon, Nikon, Sony, Hasselblad or Fuji?

Canon

Journeys with Mikael

Portugal At A Glance
Europe September 2020

Portugal At A Glance

Lisbon, Sintra, Alentejo, Coimbra, Douro and Porto
Tahiti’s hidden secrets<br><small>Tuamotus Archipelago</small>
Oceania December 2020

Tahiti’s hidden secrets
Tuamotus Archipelago

Rangiroa and its atolls
South Africa At A Glance<br>(local) Summer edition
Only one room left
Africa February 2020

South Africa At A Glance
(local) Summer edition

Cape Town, the Winelands & Kruger National Park
Flavorful Andalusia
Europe April 2020

Flavorful Andalusia

Seville, Granada & Ronda
Italy at a Glance
Europe May 2020

Italy at a Glance

Amalfi, Rome & Tuscany
A Taste of Provence
Europe June 2020

A Taste of Provence

Gordes, Aix en Provence, St Remy and more
South Africa At A Glance<br>(local) Spring Edition
Africa September 2020

South Africa At A Glance
(local) Spring Edition

Cape Town, the Winelands & Kruger National Park
Behind the Lens: Africa
Africa September 2020

Behind the Lens: Africa

South Africa, Zambia
Classics of Indonesia: Bali & Komodo
Asia September 2020

Classics of Indonesia: Bali & Komodo

Ubud & Komodo Islands
Christmas Markets of Europe 2020 Edition
Only one room left
Europe December 2020

Christmas Markets of Europe 2020 Edition

Germany, Austria
Whisky Trails of Scotland
Past journey
Europe

Whisky Trails of Scotland

Fort William, Fort Augustus & Dochgarroch
Maiden Voyage to Southern Croatia
Europe August 2020

Maiden Voyage to Southern Croatia

Dubrovnik, Ston, Mljet, Hvar, Korcula, Vis and Split
Mystical Emerald Isle: Western Ireland
Only one room left
Europe May 2020

Mystical Emerald Isle: Western Ireland

Connemara, Galway/Mayo, Cliff of Moher, Ring of Kerry
Christmas Markets of Europe
Past journey
Europe

Christmas Markets of Europe

Germany, Austria
Christmas Markets of Europe 2019 Edition
Past journey
Europe

Christmas Markets of Europe 2019 Edition

Germany, Austria
South Africa At A Glance<br>September 2021
Africa September 2021

South Africa At A Glance
September 2021

Cape Town, the Winelands & Kruger National Park
South Africa At A Glance 2021
Sold out
Africa February 2021

South Africa At A Glance 2021

Cape Town, the Winelands & Kruger National Park
A Taste of Provence 2021
Europe June 2021

A Taste of Provence 2021

Gordes, Aix en Provence, St Remy and more