Take one incredible destination; add a charismatic authority with expertise on said destination; sprinkle into the mix a small group of like-minded and discerning individuals; leave to marinade in extraordinary experiences, and then serve memories to last a lifetime. Welcome to our Expert-Led Journeys, coming soon to a place far from you.

Just occasionally an expert's insight is too vital for our (ahem, multi award-winning) tailor-made holidays to cut the mustard. That's why the focus for our Expert-Led Journeys is on the experts themselves. Amelia Stewart, founder of Simoon Travel (part of the Original Travel family) and a world class guide in her own right, leads some of the trips herself, but has also chosen the best possible experts for each particular trip. After all, what better way to explore the most original corners of our astonishing planet than in the company of someone who knows the lie of the land and can scratch beneath the surface to bring it all vividly to life?

The trips themselves have two things in common: the experts and, of course, Originality. Just as the experts are a diverse and distinctly different bunch, so are the Expert-Led Journeys themselves. Some broaden the mind, some push the body to its physical limits and some are all about immersion in unfamiliar cultures… sometimes all at the same time.

And as with all our trips there are healthy doses of Original Thinking in there as well. Some of the Expert-Led Journeys might be pioneer trips, where we offer substantial discounts for you to experience the beta-testing or dress rehearsal trips, and there are also discounts for anyone who wants to privatise a specific trip and fill it with their own friends and family. Please contact Amelia for more details. Finally, we are working with all our experts to make sure that local charities in all these destinations see some benefit from the trips.

So, enough from us. Please revisit this page over the next couple of months as we add more amazing Expert-Led Journeys to the portfolio.


Original Thinking

Every Expert-Led Journey is an opportunity to experience a place, a people or a natural phenomenon in the company of someone who can bring it even more vividly to life. Small groups, big experiences, basically.

Amelia, Original Traveller

What to do

Uzbekistan: Cities of the Silk Road Tour - October 2016 and 2017

Uzbekistan: Cities of the Silk Road Tour - October 2016 and 2017

Join our Uzbekistan Silk Road tour to visit one of the most historically rich and culturally fascinating countries on earth.

Expert-Led Journey: Culture in the High Caucasus with Tony Anderson, 9th - 20th September 2017

Expert-Led Journey: Culture in the High Caucasus with Tony Anderson, 9th - 20th September 2017

At the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Georgia is a bewildering array of influences and surprises that never disappoints. This holiday to Georgia with Tony Anderson and our own Amelia Stewart from Simoon Travel (part of the Original Travel family) will showcase the stunning countryside in Autumn in a blaze of colour and some snow starting to creep into the Svaneti region.

Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) with Amelia Stewart

Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) with Amelia Stewart

The Rajasthan International Folk Festival, more affectionately known as RIFF, descends on Mehrangarh Fort for four nights in October. Usually closed to visitors after dark, seeing the Fort at night is a spectacle in itself. The Fort commands the surrounding desert landscape and sits atop a craggy outcrop overlooking the painted blue roofs of the city, opulent palaces, and the sands of the Thar desert - what could be a better setting?

Sudan: The Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs, 3rd – 12th December 2015

Sudan: The Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs, 3rd – 12th December 2015

Join our Sudan tour to feel like a ‘first footer’ in one of the most archaeologically rich countries on earth.

I just want you to know how pleased we were with the organization of our trip. It really was seamless from start to finish and exactly what I was looking for: no stress, no worry, perfect execution, wonderfully beautiful hotels and exotic locales.

Alastair & Wing

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