Life is in the Detail

Life is in the Detail

On 25 August 2016 the US National Park Service will celebrate its Centenary. From the looming giant redwood trees of Yosemite to the red rock cliffs of Zion, the USA's National Parks play host to some of the world's most spectacular scenery.

Will - Original Traveller. USA

Life is in the Detail

If you look up the word 'quirky' in the dictionary you will probably find Areias do Seixo in there somewhere. This 14 bedroom hotel, located just outside Lisbon, is one of our all-time favourites for a Big Short Break.

Flora - Original Traveller. Areias do Seixo

Life is in the Detail

Food is just one of the many reasons to go to Vietnam but there are few more culturally-immersive experiences than heading to a food market with a chef and picking out that evening's fare.

Rosie - Original Traveller. Vietnam

Life is in the Detail

A safari to Namibia is as much about spectacular landscapes as it is about incredible game, from the blood-orange sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the giraffe of Etosha.

Kiah - Original Traveller. Namibia

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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.

The Great Ruaha River

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.

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.

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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Food Heaven in Japan

Think Japan, think geisha, shrines, samurai, karaoke, manga, bullet trains, neon lights, tea, sake, sushi, sashimi, tempura, tepanyaki, yakatori, miso, ramen, soba, udon... Foreign food is a huge part of why we travel, especially in Asia; to experience the authentic local specialities,…

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Cyprus: So Much More Than Just a Beach Holiday

When most people envision a holiday in Cyprus, flopping on the beach or by the pool is generally the first (and last) thought. But, as I found out on my recent research trip, this Mediterranean gem has some wonderful culture, activities and scenery up its sleeve. There is so much to do and…

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Family Africa: Where to Take the Kids this Summer

Time away with the family is a precious commodity and making sure you find a destination with the perfect blend of relaxation (for tired parents) and fun activities (for curious kids) can be (understatement alert) something of a challenge. Well, that's where we come in and if you're looking…

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Dive in with Original Diving

While we regularly spout our merry manifesto about the wonders of the world as seen from dry land, we're also major fans of the ocean and all it has to offer, from (tongue twisters alert) kaleidoscopically colourful coral to magnificent marine life and ludicrously luxurious liveaboard boats.…

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The Best Honeymoon Destinations in Asia

Your honeymoon is the most memorable trip of your lifetime, a holiday you'll reminisce on in years to come with fondness and happy memories. So understandably you'll want to pick the perfect destination. But in a world with so many beautiful countries, which one to choose? We've searched far…

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Family Holidays in Sri Lanka

Searching for somewhere special to spend the school holidays? Look no further than Sri Lanka - the idyllic gem of the Indian Ocean. Small in size but rich in culture, this little island boasts everything from tea estates and coconut plantations to white sandy beaches and colonial forts. Sri…

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Luxury Honeymoons in North America

Welcome to North America: for couples that lust after long open roads and endless adventures. Dive straight in to our favourite suggestions for a luxury honeymoon to North America.

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The Best Hotels in Turks and Caicos

Boasting immaculate beaches, bath-warm tropical seas, ultra-luxurious hotels, the least rainfall of any Caribbean island nation and a lobster season that lasts from August to April, the Turks and Caicos Islands should definitely be at the top of the Caribbean holiday hit list.

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The Best Honeymoon Destinations in Central America

Your honeymoon is arguably the most important holiday you'll ever take… no pressure, then. Well that's where we come in, as your travel guardian angels it's our mission to make sure you have the most superlative-ridden honeymoon of all time. And the first step to such honeymoon heaven is…

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Calling all Nelly lovers: Jaci's Lodges (Madikwe) run a great new conservation programme involving the 'Satellite Collaring' of elephants and you can get involved by sponsoring the research or joining the actual expedition! See the link below for more details

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Bit of a city slicker? Here's our suggested city breaks ranging from NYC to Buenos Aires https://t.co/z0FBteVlyA

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Hands up if you'd like to be here right now at the beautiful Farol Design Hotel in Lisbon #wewould #lisbon #portugal https://t.co/EsGQYFpwlt

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Amelia also brought back this brilliant (and overly sweet) video of the "baby camel dance" performed by Mongolian children, put on as part of the local Naadam celebrations, at The Three Camel Lodge in the Gobi desert, southern Mongolia.

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It's National Camera Day and our very own Amelia Stewart has just returned from her research trip in Mongolia with some great snaps!

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An exciting activity has been added to three of our Botswana camps for 2017: a two hour adventure exploring the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans on horse back! Find out more about the luxury camps through this link: http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/africa/botswana/kalahari-and-makgadikgadi-pans/luxury-hotels

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Curious as to what a diving holiday with Original Travel might look like? We anticipated you might be... check out our new video here:

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Did you know that Greece is home to over a dozen World Heritage Sites? That's not the only reason we're big fans, here's all we know and love about the sun-kissed country:

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Calling everybody: One of our favourite camps in South Africa - Camp Garonga - has undergone a swish refurbishment and looks fab! Check it out..

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June is National Camping Month so why not camp in style at one of our luxury safari camps in Botswana, we can't pick our favourite but you can try!

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Need a little persuasion as to why an African Safari holiday with Original Travel is for you? Check out our latest video made with some of our best research footage...

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