Life is in the Detail

Life is in the Detail

If there's one word to describe Alaska, it's staggering. It's the largest state in the USA, the largest protected wildlife area in the world and is home to an estimated 100,000 glaciers. And all for just $7.2 million... back in 1867.

Will - Original Traveller. Alaska

Life is in the Detail

Think Italian cities, think Rome, Venice and Florence, right? Well yes, but head off the beaten track to Lecce in Puglia and you'll find some of the finest Baroque architecture of anywhere in Italy.

Lucy - Original Traveller. Puglia

Life is in the Detail

Suffering from a case of the winter blues? Head to Fiji and you'll find blues of an altogether different nature.

Katie - Original Traveller. Fiji

Life is in the Detail

Northern Sumatra in Indonesia is one of only two places on the planet where orangutans can be found in the wild (the other being Malaysian Borneo) and, as such, seeing them in their natural habitat is one of the world's great wildlife experiences.

Miranda - Original Traveller. Sumatra

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Luxury tailor-made holidays from Original Travel

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Stockholm and an Arctic Adventure

Stockholm and an Arctic Adventure

For those short on time but big on experience, Sweden provides an epic Big Short Break. With just a four night trip, split your time between the achingly trendy capital of Stockholm, and an arctic retreat, where husky sledding, snowmobiling and reindeer are all on the menu.

Eastern Sri Lanka

Highlights of Sri Lanka

A perfect combination of culture, wildlife, beaches and some fantastic food, Sri Lanka has no fewer than seven World Heritage Sites, including ancient cities, temples and nature reserves. Miles of palm fringed beaches also make the perfect conclusion to a fascinating cultural tour.

Small Group Tour: Highlights of Persia

Small Group Tour: Highlights of Persia

Something of a must for culture vultures, Iran – or Persia, as it was once known – is an eclectic feast for the senses, and this is the time to explore a country which is very much on the rise. Soak up the compelling history as you travel from one city of rare beauty to another across the striking landscapes, meeting locals eager to share their rich heritage.

Highlights of Oman

Highlights of Oman

One week beginning in Oman’s capital, Muscat, soaking up the city whilst lounging in luxury at The Chedi, before decamping to the desert for a combination of isolation and adventure. Finally, stay 2,000 metres above sea-level in the Al Hajar mountains, exploring Oman’s stunning landscape on foot, clambering over canyons and rocky outcrops, or visiting hidden cultural gems.

Sunset over Kerala

Introducing India

A two week trip for anyone who's never been to India. One of the most vibrant country's on Earth, India can conjure up a multitude of conflicting emotions during any stay. As a result it's not everybody's cup of chai, but those who fall for the subcontinent fall hard, and become lifelong devotees. This itinerary has been designed you give you a taster of both North and South India.

South Africa in Style

South Africa in Style

South Africa offers the chance to enjoy a huge variety of experiences without the need for too much internal travel. Minimise your time in airports and maximise it in destination as you combine city life, stunning vineyards, coastal retreats and safari in a two week trip.

A Family Road Trip on the West Coast

A Family Road Trip on the West Coast

A two week road trip in California. Road tripping with the kids might seem like a slightly daunting task, but travelling down the West Coast of California is packed to the rafters with activities, and scenery to make little jaws drop.

Java, Kalimantan & Lombok: Relics, Rainforest and Relaxation

Java, Kalimantan & Lombok: Relics, Rainforest and Relaxation

11 days exploring Java, Kalimantan & Lombok. This is one for the adventurers, who like their creatures, and their creature comforts. A combination of ancient temple sites, time to explore the rainforest of Borneo in search of orangutan, and stunning beaches, with great snorkelling and diving within reach.

Sunrise in the Tuscan countryside

The Treasures of Tuscany

A seven night exploration of Tuscany's outstanding natural beauty and iconic cities.

Reefs and Reserves of Tanzania

Reefs and Reserves of Tanzania

Explore the lesser visited Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, sandwiched between two coastal retreats: a hidden gem on the mainland, and one of our favourite island escapes.

Swimming Pool at the Amanzoe

Luxurious Peloponnese

16 days in the Peloponnese. The birthplace of Greek legends such as Hercules and Paris of Troy, the Peloponnese region retains a mythological charm. Separated from the mainland by the Corinth Canal, the peninsula has been inhabited by a number of civilizations, and is scattered with Mycenean, Classical and Byzantine sites. Explore secluded coves, azure waters, vineyards, olive groves while relaxing in some of the countries best hotels.

Flowers in Oaxaca

Luxury Mexico: Cities, Civilisations and Caribbean Coast

A trip to savour the vibrant metropolis of Mexico City, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas and some relaxation on the Caribbean Coast offers one of the most culturally diverse experiences to be found in Mexico.

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Great Global Bake Off

We're a (healthily) competitive lot here at Original Travel and all this recent chat about the new hosts of The Great British Bake Off got us thinking. Why just Britain? And why just baking? Cue the drawing of continental battle lines and each team putting forward their region's finest…

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The Best Boutique Hotels for 2017

Independently run, few rooms, bespoke interiors, personalised experiences and impeccable service - just a few of the reasons to pick a boutique hotel for your holiday. Yes, the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a destination are the stuff that treasured holiday memories are made of but…

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Our 2017 Summer Holiday Picks

The unnervingly mild weather of the last couple of weeks (before we all got blown away by Storm Doris) has brought us out of hibernation and dreaming of sunnier times (and climes). It's true that once we Brits get the merest whiff of warmth, summer is pretty much all we can think about. And…

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The Best Destinations for a Last-Minute Holiday in 2017

Whoever said failure to prepare is preparation for failure clearly never experienced the thrill of being spontaneous. While it's all very commendable to plan things months and years in advance, sometimes it's just wonderfully liberating to make a snap decision. Never more so than with…

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Wildlife Wonders: Amazing Safari Experiences for 2017

Whether soaring in a light aircraft over the dust-red dunes of the Skeleton Coast, hiking through the Indonesian jungle to spot the Thomas Leaf monkey, or watching bears congregate at Campbell river on Vancouver Island, a safari is one of the most enriching and exciting holidays in the…

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Six Reasons Why We Should All Go to China Right Now

China is a fascinating country in which to travel. However, I am not going to lie and say it will ever be my favourite destination; it is a tough country to travel in. There were times that I absolutely loved it and others when I was wondering what on earth I was doing there. However, I do…

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Our Top 5 Valentine's Recommendations

Valentine's Day: two words that strike fear in the hearts of women and men the world over. The first challenge, obviously, is remembering when it actually is (14th of February, just in case). And once that's out of the way, how to procure the perfect gift? Well, if it had slipped your mind…

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Escape to the Wild: Namibia's Desert Plains and Rust-Coloured Dunes

Wolwedans is a collection of superb luxury lodges set on the enormous NamibRand private nature reserve, a place of incredible beauty, space and tranquility. A perfect spot to begin or end your trip, quietly soaking up the scenery, both at day and night. They boast the second best skies in…

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Reboot Your Resolutions

The advent of a new year often brings with it rather lofty ambitions of transforming oneself into a fitter, healthier, more cultured, better organised and generally super-charged version of the previous year's self: new year, new you and all that jazz. And by about now those ambitions have…

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Escape to the Wild: Namibia's Skeleton Coast

It's the skies I miss most when I'm out of Africa- I always thought the vast dusty blue skies of my Botswana homeland could never be beaten. But then I finally visited Namibia- my god the skies! Truly mind blowing. Even the most devoted city lover needs to escape for open horizons to let…

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Exploring Dubrovnik's Old Town

Just a couple of steps in and already you feel like you stepped back in time! A UNESCO world heritage site filled with steep alley stairways and marching guards; just a handful of things which make Dubrovnik's Old Town so special.

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Our Top Seven Destinations for 2017

Christmas is over, 2017 is here and so far January is (unfortunately) living up to its reputation as less than a favourite: New Year blues and distinctly British weather. In fact one of the only things it is good for is planning your getaways for the year ahead, and that's where we come in.…

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Congratulations to everyone who competed in IGO Adventures Norwegian challenge. Their next adventure will be in Montana in August which will entail swimming, running, mountain biking and kayaking across the drop-dead gorgeous Glacier National Park. Plus, we can arrange the accommodation for your friends and family or some post adventure R&R for you. Find out more here: http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/north-america/usa/itinerary/igo-w114-montana-challenge-2017

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Well done to everyone who has just completed @IGOadventures's Norwegian challenge, the next is in Montana in August… https://t.co/BqYMrb1Rxe

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For the first time in 3 years, the Kuomboka festival, near Liuwa Plain western Zambia, will take place on 8 April! https://t.co/DISx0MpYrf

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This October six Michelin chefs are descending upon Soneva Jani and Soneva Fushi in The Maldives to take over the their numerous restaurants and add to the already luxurious dining venues. Guests can sample unforgettable flavours from across the globe at Michelin food stalls and watch a fight-for-survival cooking contest, not one to be missed!

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As part of #worldwaterday today Telegraph Travel have named some of the world's most beautiful lakes; from Myanmar to Lake Bled to Lake Malawi. How many have you visited?

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Hotel Sol y Luna is the perfect base for exploring the most intriguing part of the Andes and availability for summer is closing in. Plus, all profits from the hotel go towards the Sol y Luna International School which educates over 180 local students who otherwise may not have access to good quality education. These students can also go on to develop their skills by working in the hotel itself.

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We are recruiting! We are looking for a Service Consultant to deliver exceptional client service at all times. The ideal candidate will have experience in a similar position or in the travel industry. The successful candidate will primarily work with our Americas team so experience of travel in America would be beneficial. Please send your CV and cover letter to jobs@originaltravel.co.uk if you are interested.

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The Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort, Oman is the perfect place to explore the Hajar mountains, long seen as somewhere to explore between Muscat and Nizwa. Plus the hotel's newly opened via ferrata is the highest protected climbing path in the Middle East, making it more of a reason to visit than ever before!

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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers will host a gathering for food lovers between 2-4 June when UK chef Gill Meller launches his cookbook, alongside a five course tasting menu paired with wines from Hawke's Bay. The lucky group will learn how to grow, source and cook in ways that are more sustainable, ethical and healthier.

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We have teamed up with Shakry & Geroge the much loved children's party organisers to improve your holiday. Every child will receive a tailored fun pack which is guaranteed to give them hours of fun, both on their own and with the whole family!

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These super cool (pun intended) pictures are from Ira Meyer, the photographer that Andy travelled with on his recent #Antarctica trip. He has picked out some of his favourites and they are definitely worth a look, especially if you love #penguins! (via Daily Mail)

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#HappyHoli! Today marks the start of spring in India and they celebrate by throwing powdered paint at each other. This makes India even more colourful that it already is! You can enjoy all this madness and much more on a family trip to India: http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/collections/family-india

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