Life is in the Detail

Life is in the Detail

Chand Baori, built in the 9th Century AD, is one of India’s most iconic stepwells. Its design is intended to conserve as much water as possible and the structure features 3,500 steps, which descend 20 metres.

Miranda - Original Traveller. India

Life is in the Detail

Cape Town lays claim to perhaps the most physically stunning setting for any city anywhere in world and, from paddle boarding in the harbour to hiking up Table Mountain, there are endless ways to see it.

Kiah - Original Traveller. South Africa

Life is in the Detail

Italy is famous for many things; the eternal city of Rome, the rolling hills of Tuscany, the glamorous Amalfi Coast. But the main event has got to be the food, and we have the inside track on where to get the best eats.

Harriet - Original Traveller. Italy

Life is in the Detail

Soak up some Argentinian soul in Buenos Aires by heading to La Boca, where you’ll find colourful bohemian houses, street stalls, live tango music and dance demonstrations that spill out on to the streets.

Hero - Original Traveller. Argentina

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Luxury tailor-made holidays from Original Travel

At Original Travel we believe that life is in the detail

There is a world of possibilities out there

Here are just a few trip ideas to get you started

Honeymoons

Honeymoons

Post-wedding wonders

Family Holidays

Family Holidays

Fun for all the family.

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.

A Sally Lightfoot Crab

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Nobody comes back disappointed from the Galapagos, but don't neglect the rest of this fascinating country

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.

Aerial view of Douro Valley

Portugal

Portugal is a little place with a lot to do.

Selous Elephants

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

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

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.

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.

Towers and roofs of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

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

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.

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.

Aerial of Delta

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

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

Fjord seen through the Trees

The Fjords

Pining for the fjords? You should be.

Lone tree at beach

Anguilla

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

Yucatan Peninsula

Yucatan Peninsula

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

Japanese Parasol

Japan

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

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.

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.

Family Oman

Family Oman

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

Tribe in 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.

The Fortress

The Fortress

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

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.

Bali

Bali

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

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.

Giant Moai at Sunset

Easter Island

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

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.

Berlin

Berlin

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

Botswana Camping Safaris

Botswana Camping 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.

Licancabur Volcano

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.

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.

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 Gardens of a Muscat Mosque

Muscat

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

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.

Tulum Coastline

Mexico

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

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

Find Your Inner Olympian: Sit-Down Sports Around the World

The Olympics are in full swing and that means just one thing: as a nation we're collectively glued to our telly boxes. We're all suddenly experts on fencing ("excellent use of the appel there") and can't tear ourselves away from the table tennis ("did you see that slow spinny topspin?"). And…

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Our Top Six Cities Around the World

When asked to picture their perfect holiday, many people's minds immediately hit the beach; warm white sand between the toes, sparkling azure waters and someone rather good-looking fanning you with a large palm leaf. And who are we to deny such glories? But here at Original Travel we're also…

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Do You Suffer From FOMO?

FOMO. Otherwise known as fear of missing out - a modern-day interpretation of keeping up with the Joneses, if you will. Yep, this is is how trends start, be that donning the latest fashion item, brunching at the newest hotspot or exploring the destination of the moment. And when it comes to…

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Delightful Dunks

You know you're officially on holiday when you dive head first (or climb gracefully, or bomb, you get the picture) in to the cool, refreshing water of the hotel's swimming pool. And we're not talking about any old 25m situation, we're talking infinity pools with beautiful views, romantic…

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Original Travel Does Top Gear: Our Favourite Road Trips

Dear Top Gear Producers, we couldn't help but notice that you haven't had much luck in the presenter department in the last year or two. Perhaps it's time for a gear change (see what we did there?) and we are officially throwing our hats in the ring. Here's the pitch: fewer of the…

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Chilean Spanish: ¿Cachai, Po, Weón?

You've been to Spain a few times, you've had a couple of Spanish classes and you feel you've more or less grasped the language - and then you go to Chile…

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Eureka Moments

Most people are baffled when we utter the words 'The Peloponnese'. Frequently the response to our suggesting it goes as follows - "Where's that? Greece? I've not heard of that island!?" and that's precisely it; it's not an island. The Peloponnese is a beautiful green section of the mainland…

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My Top Five in Mongolia

Have you bagged eight to ten days in Mongolia but curious as to how to fill them? Fear not. My list of must sees and do's in the landlocked nation (given in no particular order) will fill your itinerary to the metaphorical brim.

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Eating in Santiago

When people think of Chilean cuisine the idea of slightly bland, hearty home cooking often springs to mind. An image that's partly true as Chilean food traditionally involves stews, pies, and mounds of meat and carbs. But Chile, and Santiago in particular, is experiencing something of a…

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Brexit: A Word of Reassurance

As CEO of Original Travel I wanted to give our existing and potential clients some peace of mind in these unsettled times.

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All Aboard the Scand-Wagon: Where & When to see the Northern Lights

Have a gander at most people's bucket list and somewhere on there you're likely to find the words 'see the Northern Lights'. And for good reason, this is nature at its rawest and most spectacular; ethereal streams of green, blue, pink and yellow light pierce, swirl and dance across the night…

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Why St Petersburg Should be your Next City Break

'Why would you want to go to Russia?', has pretty much been the stock response from people for the last decade or so when I've told them I'm heading there, and that's usually followed by a slight shudder and questions about prison camps, Putin and whether the food is terrible. However,…

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Now is a great time to fly, with @British_Airways new flight offers on sale until 21st September! https://t.co/vyO7zjRNGE

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From paragliding to diving to relaxing on the beach, Oman has it all and more: https://t.co/eSVua0laTY

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We sent Steve King as a guest to experience a more comfortable approach to trekking in the Himalayas (via Financial Times) http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/98b9587e-609d-11e6-ae3f-77baadeb1c93.html?siteedition=uk

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A boat or canoe safari along the Okavango Delta provides a different experience to a game safari and allows you to experience the quiet beauty of your surroundings. http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/africa/botswana/boat-and-canoe-safaris

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After much deliberation (and a lot of eating!) Alexandra's cake was granted as the best tasting, looking and having the most 'razzmatazz'. We had a lot of fun and are pleased to say that we raised £300 that will be going towards helping Orangutan Conservation in Indonesia! #orangutanday #gbbo

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Happy Friday! The team over at Air New Zealand have invited James Corden to some #cockpitkaraoke. That is something we would love to see! #views

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Judging is about to commence...

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If you've been hooked to the Olympics, here's 9 holidays that will help bring out your inner Olympian! (Thanks to Telegraph Travel for the article) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activity-and-adventure/the-best-sporting-holidays-to-bring-out-your-inner-olympian/

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If the thought of dining on fresh lobsters in Anguilla, trawling pintxos in San Sebastian and making pisco sour cocktails in Peru leaves your mouthwatering then you might be a gastronomic globetrotter (a bona fide foodie on tour). Try these destinations on for size:

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Have the Olympics left you slightly itching to partake in some form of activity, yet you're still quite content sitting idly on the sofa? If so then these 'remain seated' sports around the world might be right up your street...

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Ever wanted to catch and cook your own dinner? Of course you have, maybe you've even done so, but have you done it in Bali? At the Alila Manggis guests can head out fishing in the morning, return for a cooking class in the gardens and end the day dining on their own scrumptious catch!

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Happy World Elephant Day! Today marks the 5th year of bringing awareness to the threats posed to the lumbering beasts and, in light of this, here's 10 of the best places to spot them (thanks Wanderlust travel magazine for the article):

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