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.

While these trips are as much tailored to your specific requirements as our further flung holidays, they represent perfect nugget-sized long weekend trips. The team at Original Travel research hundreds of potential luxury break destinations, but only the very best make the grade in terms of accessibility, originality and value for money.

Those that do appear here might raise an eyebrow or two - can you really spend the weekend sampling sauvignon blancs in South Africa's winelands? Certainly you can, with the benefit of overnight flights and minimal time changes. Or seeing polar bears in the wild? Equally possible with a night in Oslo followed by two or three in Svalbard, the desolate Norwegian island chain deep in the Arctic Circle. These and more pocket adventures are a phone call away.

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Where to go

Swedish Lapland

Swedish Lapland

The Northern Lights, dog-sledding and ice-driving are just snippets of what is on offer in Swedish Lapland.

Swedish Lapland
Dalmatian Coast

Dalmatian Coast

Combine beautiful Mediterranean coastline with cosmopolitan and lively cities on your Dalmatian Coast holiday.

Dalmatian Coast
View of Alta Badia resort in the Dolomites

The Dolomites

A well known winter ski destination, the northern Italian mountains are beautiful in the summer. The Dolomites became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.

The Dolomites
Jordan

Jordan

For a small country, Jordan packs an impressive punch in terms of history, culture and scenery, and the proximity of its key sights makes a holiday to Jordan ideal for the time-pressed traveller.

Jordan
Muscat

Muscat

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

Muscat
View of a vineyard in the shadow of a moutain

The Winelands and Cape

Sample the many delights accessible via scenic drives from Cape Town, from wine tasting to whale watching, and countryside retreats.

The Winelands and Cape
Egypt

Egypt

Egypt is rightly famous for its extraordinary ancient world heritage: the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza and the temples of Luxor and Abu Simbel are among the world’s great cultural attractions.

Egypt
New York

New York

Does it need an introduction? Go shopping, go partying, stay in an uber cool urban hotel, and enjoy your bite out of the Big Apple.

New York
The Fjords

The Fjords

Pining for the fjords? You should be.

The Fjords
Svalbard

Svalbard

Deep inside the Arctic Circle, this archipelago of Norwegian islands is remote, wild and completely beautiful.

Svalbard
Iceland

Iceland

The youngest country on earth, and one of the most fun.

Iceland
View Across Seville

Seville

Andalucia's largest city has enough attractions to last weeks; tapas, sunshine and delightful architecture and hotels.

Seville
Morocco

Morocco

Morocco is an immediate and exciting immersion in another world, where Arab and Berber blood, history and culture are inextricably bound.

Morocco
Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast

A flying safari along the Skeleton Coast takes in some of the most remote wilderness areas of Namibia, and this remains one of Original Travel’s favourite African experiences.

Skeleton Coast
Havana

Havana

There is nowhere in the world like Havana. The city's time warp 50s American cars, Che Guevara images and fading colonial facades are all instantly recognisable, and an ever-present reality on any wander around the streets of the old town

Havana
Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

For the perfect adventure away from Muscat, explore the dramatic Hajar Mountains, the ancient city of Nizwa and the dunes of the Wahiba Sands.

Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands
Fez

Fez

The ancient capital of Morocco is one of the most atmospheric cities in the world.

Fez
Tunisia

Tunisia

Underestimate Tunisia at your peril - this is perfect short haul sun territory, with the fascinating Carthage and Sahara to explore as well.

Tunisia
Istanbul

Istanbul

Just three and a half hours from the UK, this atmospheric 'East meets West' city is a perfect destination for a long weekend.

Istanbul
Umbreallas on the Costa Smeralda Beach

Sardinia

Sardinia's north-eastern coast is impossibly glamorous and home to seriously luxurious hotels, whilst the rest of the Island is relatively untouched.

Sardinia
Porto & the Douro Valley

Porto & the Douro Valley

The Brits have long had a penchant for port, but the vineyards where the fortified wine is created and the eponymous city of Porto are, in themselves, a delight.

Porto & the Douro Valley
Montenegro

Montenegro

A tiny country with big appeal; over 100 beaches, pristine countryside, and a destination that's definitely one to watch.

Montenegro
Wine Bottle Corks

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

San Sebastian and Bilbao are the two main cities of the Basque Country, or Euskadi as it is known in the Basque language.

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja
Bordeaux & The Dordogne

Bordeaux & The Dordogne

Vineyard visits, spectacular chateaux, wine tasting and luxury accommodation; what more could a person want?

Bordeaux & The Dordogne
Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Denmark’s capital is home to renaissance castles such as Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg and King Christian IV’s architectural peculiarity, the Round Tower.

Copenhagen
Stockholm

Stockholm

Stockholm is one of the most appealing cities in Europe.

Stockholm
Berlin

Berlin

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

Berlin
St Petersburg

St Petersburg

Built in defiance of nature and logic, St. Petersburg is a monument to the will of Peter the Great. His city became a ‘window on the West’ and remains Russia’s cultural capital.

St Petersburg
Finland

Finland

Welcome to the top of the world, and a perfect winter wonderland.

Finland

What to do

Dog Sledding in Snow

Dog Sledding in Swedish Lapland

Dog-sledding through the snowbound forests and mountains of Swedish Lapland will leave even the hardiest ‘been there, done that’ traveller with an indelible memory.

Dog Sledding in Swedish Lapland
Sea Kayaking the Dalmatian Coast

Sea Kayaking the Dalmatian Coast

The Elaphiti Islands, forming part of the Dalmatian Coast, run in a chain parallel to the mainland and form the perfect aquatic playground for exploration by sea kayak.

Sea Kayaking the Dalmatian Coast
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
Superjeep and Snowmobile Tour

Superjeep and Snowmobile Tour

The Golden Circle tour allows visitors to get in touch with some of Iceland’s most famous and exciting natural phenomena.

Superjeep and Snowmobile Tour
Saharan Heli-Safari

Saharan Heli-Safari

As desert-lovers ourselves, we've been scouring our Big Short Break destinations to come up with the ultimate short break desert experience. Now, dear reader, we think we've cracked it with our Sahara helicopter safari.

Saharan Heli-Safari
Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael

Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael

'Riding in the hills of Andalucia’ has a rather nice ring to it, and with good reason.

Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael
Helicopter Safaris in the Northern Frontier District

Helicopter Safaris in the Northern Frontier District

Original Travel now offers Kenyan helicopter safaris way beyond the tourist trail and deep into the remote heartlands of the Northern Frontier District.

Helicopter Safaris in the Northern Frontier District

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