Life is in the detail

Life is in the detail

On the look out for the best view in the world? The panorama from Grace Santorini hotel taking in the caldera of the vast volcano that created Santorini island is hard to beat.

Flora - Original Traveller. Santorini

Life is in the detail

Berlin? New York? Nope, the Kazbegi Region of Georgia. Join us on a small group tour to this enticing country this September

Amelia. Expert-Led Journey: Culture in the High Caucasus with Tony Anderson, 1st - 12th September 2015

Life is in the detail

At Original Travel, we need to understand what you like before we can truly say what you’ll love.

Nick, Al & Tom . About Us

Life is in the Detail

Wadi Nakhr is known as the Grand Canyon of Oman, and is every bit as impressive as the American version.

Isabel - Original Traveller. Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

Family Fun on Film

We've teamed up with much-loved children's party people Sharky & George to create family holidays jam-packed with fun, laughter and games to keep your wild things happy.

Tom - Original Traveller. Family Holidays

Life is in the detail

2015 is the 'Year of Mexico' in the UK, so prepare for a wave of exhibitions and festivals coming to these shores. Better still, experience the culture, the beaches and that oh so delicious cuisine in situ at places like Tulum.

Saskia - Original Traveller. Yucatán Peninsula

Life is in the detail

Namibia's extraordinary Skeleton Coast is best seen from the air on a flying safari.

Eleanor - Original Traveller. Skeleton Coast

Life is in the detail

Transylvania is the land that time forgot, home to perfectly preserved medieval villages and the Carpathian mountains, where bears and lynx still roam.

Flora - Original Traveller. Transylvania

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We are a creative luxury travel company who take a thoughtful approach to arranging tailor made holidays.

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Honeymoon Maldives

Honeymoon Maldives

A Maldives honeymoon conjures picture perfect images of archetypal white sand beaches framing jungle interiors, surrounded by atolls of crystal clear waters dropping away into the depths.

Honeymoon Maldives
Hawaii

Hawaii

Aloha. Welcome to the 50th State of the U S of A and one that is completely unlike any of the other 49.

Hawaii
African Safaris

African Safaris

Safari remains one of the most evocative words in the travel lexicon, and luxury African safari holidays remain some of our most popular trips.

African Safaris
Ice Hotel

Ice Hotel

Every year, 60 artists are given 30,000 tonnes of snow and ice to play with on the banks of the Torne River and are tasked with building the latest incarnation of the Ice Hotel; unsurprisingly, the result is much more than your average igloo.

Ice Hotel
The Great Ruaha River

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Tanzania boasts not one, but two, of Africa’s best kept secrets.

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks
Big Short Breaks

Big Short Breaks

Original Travel's portfolio of Big Short Breaks, launched in 2003, contains luxury breaks to suit all requirements from city breaks to skiing, adventures and escapes, all chosen with accessibility in mind... minimum time and maximum experience.

Big Short Breaks
Do Before You Die

Do Before You Die

Do you have a holiday bucket list? Thought so. We’re not immune to a bit of holiday-dreaming either, so while we wait to hear your ultimate holiday wishlist, the list below is our communal office bucket list of dream destinations.

Do Before You Die
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is quite simply one of the most beautiful and historic towns in the Mediterranean.

Dubrovnik
Via Ferrata, Dolomites: Walking Holidays in Italy

Via Ferrata, Dolomites: Walking Holidays in Italy

Not recommended for anyone with vertigo, the Via Ferrata in the Dolomites, consisting of iron wrung ladders, footpaths and rope bridges, are an exhilarating series of routes that allow non-mountaineers to experience the higher peaks and most dramatic scenery of this most beautiful of mountain ranges.

Via Ferrata, Dolomites: Walking Holidays in Italy
Honeymoons

Honeymoons

Post-wedding wonders

Honeymoons
Best Beach Holidays

Best Beach Holidays

Best Beach Holidays
Mozambique

Mozambique

Mozambique is the ultimate holiday destination thanks to mile upon mile of palm-fringed coastline, warm turquoise waters and now a national park that allows for the ultimate 'bush and beach' combination.

Mozambique
The Okavango Delta & Beyond

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the world’s most extraordinary wilderness areas.

The Okavango Delta & Beyond
Peloponnese

Peloponnese

Few, if any, destinations have had as significant an impact on the Western psyche and vocabulary as the Peloponnese peninsula in south-western Greece.

Peloponnese
Anguilla

Anguilla

Possibly Original Travel’s favourite hangout in the whole Caribbean, Anguilla oozes laidback charm.

Anguilla
Yucatán Peninsula

Yucatán Peninsula

A holiday in its own right, Mexico's southern tip combines Mayan archaeological sites with Caribbean beaches.

Yucatán Peninsula
Japan

Japan

Quite possibly the most 'other' destination on Earth, and in our humble opinion a must for everyone's bucket list.

Japan
101 Hotel

101 Hotel

101 Hotel is a totally chic boutique in Reykjavik. As Iceland’s first design hotel it is nothing less than smart, funky and oozing with style.

101 Hotel
Snorkelling with Beluga whales

Snorkelling with Beluga whales

July and August heralds the arrival of more than 3000 Beluga whales into Hudson Bay, heading for the mouth of the Hudson River where they summer in the estuary.

Snorkelling with Beluga whales
Family Oman

Family Oman

Oman may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of good family-friendly destinations, but it certainly deserves to.

Family Oman
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is pretty much as close as you can get to frontier travel in this day and age.

Papua New Guinea
The Fortress

The Fortress

The property is situated on Koggala Beach, one of the south coast's most expansive, sandy beaches.

The Fortress
Dive the Blue Hole

Dive the Blue Hole

Part of the Lighthouse Reef System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Blue Hole is 60 miles off the mainland of Belize and is one of the greatest dive sites in the world.

Dive the Blue Hole
Bali

Bali

The tropical idyll of Bali offers superb watersports, landscapes, hotels and culture for a varied luxury holiday.

Bali
Hoi An Street Food Tour

Hoi An Street Food Tour

This street food tasting tour is an entertaining and informative way to see Hoi An through its food. Visit a local market off the tourist map then sit down to sample a 36 local delicacies - from sweet to savoury, noodles, sticky rice, myriad spring rolls, tropical fruits and dishes only found in Hoi An.

Hoi An Street Food Tour
Easter Island

Easter Island

Five hours west of the mainland, the island home of the giant moai statues is more Polynesian than Chilean.

Easter Island
Ascent of Jebel Toubkal

Ascent of Jebel Toubkal

Starting out from Imlil, the ascent of 13671-feet Jebel Toubkal is a non-technical climb that requires an overnight stay in a basic but comfortable refuge on route.

Ascent of Jebel Toubkal
Berlin

Berlin

The perfect urban city break destination, with museums, galleries and a cutting edge contemporary art and music scene.

Berlin
Mobile Tented Safaris

Mobile Tented Safaris

Donate your roll mats to the boy scouts, forget deflating air mattresses and expect a hot shower at the end of the day. When it comes to mobile camping, boy do they know how to do it on a Botswana camping safari.

Mobile Tented Safaris
Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert

With an extremely unusual ecosystem, this is one of Chile's top attractions, offering a plethora of excursions from the sedate to the most active, and excellent tourist infrastructure.

Atacama Desert
D-Hotel Maris

D-Hotel Maris

Following a year long renovation, D-Hotel Maris has re-opened its doors and is back with a vengeance.

D-Hotel Maris
The Legian

The Legian

Designed around landscaped tropical gardens and lotus ponds, many of The Legian's rooms have fine views of the Indian Ocean, and come with private balconies, BOSE hi-fi systems and two iPods loaded with music.

The Legian
Muscat

Muscat

The Omani capital is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the Middle East.

Muscat
Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo is a great new addition to Portugal’s portfolio of boutique hotels. It's properly quirky, and less than an hour from Lisbon so works well in combo with the capital.

Areias do Seixo
Mexico

Mexico

Forget Cancun, Mexico is a truly diverse country, with a vast array of attractions for travellers of all tastes.

Mexico

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Travel advice, information and inspiration from the Original Travel team.

Desert… Or Mountains in Uzbekistan

One of the great things about this little known country is that you can be in the sultry deserts of Karakalpakstan one minute (a semi autonomous region in southern Uzbekistan - ever heard of it?!), and then the snow capped mountains bordering Kazakhstan the next. Uzbekistan is small and easy…

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Adventure in South Africa: Our Favourite Activities

After a whistle stop tour of the Waterberg, Cape Town and the Winelands I am just catching my breath and reflecting on the experiences I packed into eight glorious days in South Africa. For anyone looking to inject some adventure into a holiday, South Africa is the destination for you.

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Portugal: Abandon Your Misconceptions

The first time I went to Portugal I was 16 and on my first holiday with friends; giddy at the prospect of having no adults around, we spent the week lying by the pool, getting horrifically sunburnt and drinking strawberry vodka lemonades (we thought we were the height of sophistication).…

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Polo Around the World

The first weekend of June will see London's most fashionable summer garden party: Polo in the Park. This year, we just couldn't miss out on the fun and will be hosting a kids club alongside party gurus, Sharky & George and Eddie Catz. As well as the giant obstacle course, pitch invasion…

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Top Five Sights in Uzbekistan

By the end of a twelve day tour of Uzbekistan you might have had your fill of monuments beginning with 'M' - for there are so many Mosques, Mausoleums, Madrassah's, Museums and Markets its enough to make ones' head spin. And the problem is trying to remember them all as they have a habit of…

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A Day in the Life of a Simoon Tour – an Excursion to Shakrisabz

Simoon Travel's Amelia has just returned from a tour of Uzbekistan. In the first of a series of blogs, Amelia gives a flavour of what it's like to be on a Simoon Travel tour...

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Off the Beaten Track in Indonesia

Indonesia is a destination that generally conjures images of beautiful Balinese beaches and eating, praying and loving à la Julia Roberts. And don't get me wrong that all sounds pretty fantastic but with over 17,000 islands spread across 3,000 miles, there's a fair bit more to explore in the…

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Santorini Honeymoons

'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue'

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California Dreamin'

'It's just BEAUTIFUL, you guys'...is how Californians describe pretty much everything. Americans are, generally speaking, prolific users of the superlative, and Californians are no exception. And I don't blame them for their permanent state of enthusiasm; they live in one of the best places…

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Five Ultimate African Safari Experiences

The Swahili word safari, meaning long journey, was first introduced into the English language in the nineteenth century. Fast forward to 2015 and the term has come to represent a whole raft of bucket list experiences, from walking safaris to canoeing, horse riding and even flying.…

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Four Must-See Mauritius Nature Spots

Thoughts of Mauritius conjure up hazy images of palm-fringed horizons, sipping from fresh coconuts on vast expanses of white sand, dips in the warm, crystal-clear sea: every sun-worshipper's dream. This Indian Ocean hideaway, however, has a wealth of possibilities on offer those who risk…

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Top Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

Venue - check. Rings - check. Cake - check… What's missing? The honeymoon! Let's be honest (although we may be slightly biased), it's one of the most important parts of the whole wedding process. If you're seeking inspiration for that perfect post-wedding getaway, why not look a little…

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