Life is in the detail

Life is in the detail

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

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Life is in the Detail

Wandering the alleyways of medieval Meknes and Fez is possibly the most 'other' experience in easy reach of the UK.

Fiona - Original Traveller. Fez

Life is in the Detail

Want the best sunset spot in Santorini? We know just the place.

Flora - Original Traveller. Santorini

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.

Tom - Original Traveller. Family Holidays

Life is in the detail

Migrate to Tanzania to see millions of wildebeest, with predators in hot pursuit, seeking out fresh grazing grounds in the Serengeti and beyond.

Ra - Original Traveller. The Endless Serengeti Plains

Life is in the detail

The Seychelles are the planet's only granite rock islands, which is the reason for the extraordinary boulders on many of the beaches.

Rachel - Original Traveller. Seychelles

Life is in the detail

With their distinct adaptations, the marine iguanas of the Galapagos Islands formed a crucial - if ugly - part of Darwin's theory of evolution.

Saskia - Original Traveller. Galapagos Archipelago

Life is in the detail

We know the streetfood stand selling the finest pho - the supremely flavoursome Vietnamese broth made with rice noodles, beansprouts, basil, limes, chillies and beef - in Hoi An.

Rosie - Original Traveller. Hoi An & Hue

Life is in the detail

If you like Australia, you'll love Heart Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef in the Whitsundays.

Miranda - Original Traveller. Great Barrier Reef

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

There is a world of possibilities out there

Here are just a few trip ideas to get you started

Hillside in Capri

Capri & Ischia

Rising dramatically from the waters of the Mediterranean are Capri and Ischia. Both can be reached by hydrofoil from Naples in under an hour and have excellent hotels at which to indulge in la dolce vita.

Capri & Ischia
Family Holidays

Family Holidays

Fun for all the family.

Family Holidays
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

Competition Time: Trickography is Back

Back by popular demand! We had so many amazing Trickography entrants last year that we thought it would be just plain wrong not to repeat it. 2014's Trickographer of the Year will walk away with one amazing Sharky and George-ified family holiday, courtesy of Original Travel, as well as some…

Competition Time: Trickography is Back
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

Via Ferrata

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
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 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 Holiday Oman

Family Holiday Oman

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

Family Holiday 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 & Lombok

Bali & Lombok

Neighbouring islands in the Indonesian archipelago; both offer superb watersports, hotels and culture for a luxury holiday.

Bali & Lombok
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

Meet our original travellers

We are seasoned travellers who combine our personal insights and exceptional knowledge to create memorable trips and experiences.

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The number of countries we have helped our clients discover so far

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The number of countries that we have lived and worked in

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The number of languages we speak fluently (and daily)

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Introducing Source Lifestyle

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The Original Travel Guide to ‘Airtiquette’

News has reached us of a mid-air punch up aboard a United Airlines flight that resulted in the flight being diverted and both passengers being unceremoniously removed from the aircraft. The reason for the air rage? That particularly thorny issue of airtiquette - the seat recline.

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The Best Luxury Hotels in the Maldives

The spectacular combination of clear waters, pure white sands, and a plethora of swanky luxury hotels has made the Maldives one of the most desirable destinations for those wanting to pamper themselves on holiday. Being home to some of the world's most impressive luxury hotels means the task…

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Late Summer Sun

If you've not managed to get away this summer and you're tiring of sun-kissed colleagues and friends, September and October are perfect months to soak up some late summer sun. Whether you want to jet off to somewhere in Europe for a long weekend or fly and flop further afield, we can arrange…

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A Moroccan Adventure: Experiencing Magical Marrakech

Africa experts Louise and Fiona have recently returned from Morocco, where they sought out the best places to go, things to see and hotels to stay in. In the first in a series of blogs, Louise shares her magical Marrakech experience.

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Competition Time: Trickography is Back

Back by popular demand! We had so many amazing Trickography entrants last year that we thought it would be just plain wrong not to repeat it. 2014's Trickographer of the Year will walk away with one amazing Sharky and George-ified family holiday, courtesy of Original Travel, as well as some…

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A Jaunt Around Java

My visits to Bali, Lombok and Sumatra had really brought home to me just how different and unique all of the Indonesian islands are. So while heading to Java, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect.

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Sumatra - A Walk On The Wild Side

Sumatra is one of the largest islands in Indonesia, it's 3 times the size of the UK, and unlike its neighbouring islands of Bali and Java, sees hardly any western visitors. It is also one of the most biodiverse areas on earth, known for its extraordinarily rich flora, fauna and wildlife. I…

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Seeing Southern California

'I suddenly realized I was in California. Warm, palmy air - air you can kiss - and palms.' Although Jack Kerouac's On the Road didn't impress me, he did a pretty good job at describing what it feels like to arrive in Southern California.

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The Mum Diaries: Luxury Malaysia

The Original Travel baby boom shows no chance of slowing down and we are currently blessed with 18 babies amongst the team. Executing the perfect luxury family holiday is now second nature to us. So, we thought it only wise to glean some outsider-opinion. Knightsbridge super-Mum, Nana Coles,…

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The Foodie Tour of America

As a nation of immigrants, the US of A is home to some truly diverse dishes. Here we take a look at some American Classics from the American Grill menu by our friends at Deliverance.

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Tuscany: A Romantic Paradise To Render Every Jane Austen Novel Obsolete

Claudia has just returned from beautiful Tuscany where she's been revelling in the glory of rolling hills, romantic settings and stunning hotels. Not jealous at all. Not even a little...

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