Life is in the Detail

Life is in the Detail

Visit the monasteries of Meteora in Central Greece in the company of one of our expert local guides, approaching these extraordinary Byzantine buildings along little used ancient goat trails.

Molly - Original Traveller. Epirus & Meteora

Life is in the Detail

From May 2018 British Airways starts flying direct to Nashville, making a Deep South road trip even easier. Start in New Orleans, take in Memphis and fly out from Nashville for the perfect musical mystery tour of the homes of jazz, Elvis and country, respectively.

Will - Original Traveller. The Deep South

Life is in the Detail

Hampi has always been one of the most glorious places to visit in India, but sorely lacking in luxury accommodation options. Not any more...

Miranda - Original Traveller. Karnataka

Life is in the Detail

The Great Migration is the largest overland wildlife migration on the planet. The first mass of the 1.5 million strong 'mega-herd' have made their way north into Kenya, where there is still availability at some of our favourite camps...

Ra - Original Traveller. The Masai Mara

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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

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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 culture 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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How to Eat (and Drink) Like a Local in Bologna

La Rossa, La Grassa, La Dotta (The Red, The Fat, The Learned); Bologna, the capital of Italy's historically gastronomic region - Emilia-Romagna - certainly lives up to its moniker. Leave any notion of diets at Heathrow and pass a weekend munching your way around the culinary capital of Italy...

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Parental Advice on Holidays with Teens

To all parents of teenagers, welcome to your essential survival guide to holidaying with your charming teens. Let us introduce you to Polly, mother to four teenage boys and winner of Original Travel's inaugural Parental Bravery Award. If there's something about holidaying with teenagers that…

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A Deep South Road Trip in Numbers

I've just returned from an epic road trip through the USA's Deep South, a place of charming cities, sweeping mountains and musical marvels. Rather than try and put it into words, the best way to describe this region is actually in numbers…

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A Survival Manual To Flying With Infants

Welcome to our dedicated Survival Manual for flying with your little ones. No one wants to be the parent of a screaming infant on a flight, so if you want to avoid looks that could kill, here are a few tips from all of us Original Travel parents to minimise the chances of an incident at…

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Our Favourite Experiences

Whilst all our trips are completely bespoke, we do have certain experiences which prove most popular with families, couples and groups! Here below is a (small) selection of our best experiences across the UK & Ireland.

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Off the Beaten Track in Mexico: San Juan Chamula

The village of San Juan Chamula is set in the mountains of Chiapas in Southern Mexico. Living here are the Tzotzil Maya people - a fiercely independent and self-ruling community. The village may only be based six miles from the popular San Cristobal de las Casas but their culture, dress,…

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Exploring the Nile by Steam Ship

Many people consider a cruise boat when contemplating a trip to Egypt… I can honestly say I've found the boat to do this: the one and only steam ship to ply the Nile, the SS Sudan is beyond compare and stands head and shoulders above the rest.

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My First Safari: Wild in South Africa

Regardless of how many Jellycat giraffe teddies the children own, or how Elmer the Elephan encyclopedic they are, nothing even comes close to seeing African wildlife in its natural habitat for the first time. We think that your wild things will enjoy a safari experience in family-friendly…

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Five Reasons You Should Go to Uganda Right Now

Poised at the crossroads between the East African savannah and the Central African rainforest, Uganda has gone from being the 'pearl of Africa' (or so said a certain Winston Churchill), to something of a diamond in the rough (so said… us) as a result of a politically turbulent few decades…

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A Grecian Odyssey Part Two: Island Hopping

Islomaniac - the name given to someone obsessed with being on an island - a term that I can certainly resonate with after spending a week island-hopping around the Greek Cyclades in the Aegean Sea.

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Scotland from the Sea

To quote Princess Anne 'sailing on a sunny day in Scotland is the nearest thing to heaven anyone will ever get on this earth…' and I couldn't say it better myself. Scotland has some of the best scenery and wildlife in the world and I was lucky enough to experience it all… by sea.

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Simply Starstruck: Our Super Stargazing Spots

We're no Professor Brian Cox, and we're not about to start banging on about antimatter, circumstellar discs and magellanic clouds (although they all sound marvellous), but there are few greater feelings than the sense of wonderment that comes with tipping your head back and gazing up at the…

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Immersion in another country's culture is not only about sights and sounds, tastes are also a hugely influential allure and important part of understanding a new destination.

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A sunset beautiful enough to (nearly) warm us up in dark and dreary Blighty. Sent from Will, Head of Americas Team, from the surf beach of Huntington City Beach. For those of you who may be missing your furry friends waiting for impatiently for you at home, no visit to Huntington Beach would be complete without checking out the Huntington Dog Beach. https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/north-america/usa/california/highway-one-the-california-coast-road-trip

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'Hotels are so summer 2017'. For the ultimate Summer holiday experience why not explore the coast and islands of Greece for a week? Word around the Original Travel office is that these fine vessels, the Argentous Yacht and Aurous Superyacht, are getting booked up already. https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/greece/argentous-superyacht-greece https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/greece/aurous-superyacht

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Are you guilty of any of these 'holiday fashion faux pas' via Telegraph Travel? Personally, we're rather partial to a Hawaiian shirt.

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'As evening settles in, sip an Aperol Spritz or two and then explore bohemian Trastevere - the old Jewish Quarter and home of the city's best restaurants - in search of the perfect Italian dinner' (we can recommend many restaurants in our nifty dossier) Lucy, Europe Specialist.

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Your essential guide to enjoying holidays with your teenagers, written by Polly - a mother of not one, but four teenage boys.

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