Life is in the Detail

Life is in the Detail

Delicious Banh Xeo are a Vietnamese speciality. These crispy pancakes are served sizzling and packed with prawns and pork; track down the top spot for Banh Xeo in Ho Chi Minh City on an evening food tour.

Frances - Original Traveller. Vietnam

Life is in the Detail

The seasonally flooded plains of the Okavango Delta are home to some of the world's most endangered species including black rhino and African wild dog. Get planning now for your 2018 Botswana safari.

Issy - Original Traveller. The Okavango Delta & Beyond

Life is in the Detail

Visit the cascading Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Southern Iceland, which is fed by melting glacier water from the peak of Eyjafjallajökull volcano - she of 2010 Ash Cloud infamy.

Kate - Original Traveller. Iceland

Life is in the Detail

Get your insta-fix exploring the cobbled and colourful streets of Guatapé near Medellin, Colombia. The town walls are painted with all manner of weird and wonderful designs, from traditional pastoral scenes to dragons.

Oliver - Original Traveller. Colombia

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Luxury tailor-made holidays from Original Travel

At Original Travel we believe that life is in the detail

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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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Off the Beaten Track Adventures

In musical terms (stay with us), the phrase "deep cuts" refers to the true gems that are found later in an album; these tracks offer the same musical style of a given artist but don't ever make their way into the public consciousness. The music of true music lovers, if you will. Well, the…

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Top Five Best Experiences: Greece

Greece has long been a favourite destination of ours, equally brilliant both for honeymooners looking for a tranquil escape, and for families avoiding the rain of the English summer. So, we have put together a list of our top five best experiences in Greece, ranging from monasteries on the…

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Family Summer Holidays: Europe

The summer holidays may feel like a world away now but come June they'll be a veritable beacon of hope amidst the (organised) chaos of early morning wake-ups, school runs and vain attempts to prevent toothpaste from finding its way onto every single item of school uniform. Frankly, it's…

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Hollywood’s Hottest Holiday Destinations

Quite literally picture perfect, the settings of our favourite Hollywood blockbusters might often seem too beautiful to be true. But rest assured, in a world of CGI and Photoshop, there are still some locations that are film-worthy all on their own. To celebrate this week's Oscar week in Los…

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Our Top Five Eco-Destinations

Re-use, reduce, recycle. We all know the huge importance of conserving and protecting our beautiful planet, and we all try to do our bit to help the environment and to reduce both our energy use and waste (Kenya and Rwanda are away ahead of us by the way, banning the use of plastic bags…

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Beyond the Big Five: the Interesting Five

As a Field Guide, when you get new guests on your vehicle, it is all about understanding what they want to get from the trip that they've possibly spent a small fortune on. "So Ladies and Gents do we have any special requests for this afternoon's game drive? Anything you would like me to try…

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Christmas and New Year 2018

Don't panic, but Christmas is just 305 short days away **alarm bells start ringing**. While that might sound rather dramatic, Christmas and New Year are two of the most popular dates in the travel calendar and if you'd rather swap Brussels sprouts for beach scenes or awkward gatherings with…

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Top Five Experiences: Italy

There is an almost overwhelming list of possibilities of what to do on a holiday to Italy (besides eating your body weight in pasta and gelato), but lucky for you we've narrowed it down to a list of our top five ultimate Italian experiences that will make your holiday even more memorable.…

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The Year of the Dog: Where to Spot the Wild Kind

This year Chinese New Year falls on the 16th February and marks the year of the dog. An excuse (as if we needed one) to talk about some of our favourite furry friends, the African wild dog.

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Our Top Five 3G* (*Three Generational) Holidays

There are few foreign forays as fun as taking a beautiful private property or taking over a great boutique hotel and filling it with family of different generations, experiencing unforgettable activities together. Our friends across the pond may call it 'togethering' (each to their own), but…

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My First... Cultural Adventure: Rome

Rome might just be our favourite city in Europe so it's doubly delicious that it also works so well for families. We have access to superb guides who are experts in their fields - be that archaeology or history of art - but also in another key art; that of teaching children without them…

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A Sicilian Road Trip

I recently went on a road trip around the beautiful island of Sicily in Southern Italy (which also happens to be the largest island in the Mediterranean). Sicily may not be somewhere that immediately springs to mind as a road trip destination in comparison to California's Route 66 or the…

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There are certain destinations that remain resolutely under the radar despite having huge amounts to offer. Discover our list of the ultimate off the beaten track adventures in our latest blog:

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Discover our favourite off the beaten track destinations: #Travel #FridayFeeling

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Finland is officially the happiest place on earth according to the latest UN report, so start planning your trip to the winter wonderland of Finnish Lapland and get yourself a little slice of that happiness:

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Finland is officially the happiest place on earth according to the latest UN report, so get yourself a little slice…

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Combine Big Five spotting on safari with some time on the beaches of Cape Town on a tailor-made family holiday to South Africa.

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Greece has long been a favourite destination of ours, so we have put together a list of our top five best experiences in Greece, ranging from the monasteries of the mainland to sailing off the coast of the Ionian Sea.

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Huge congratulations to the Original Travel and Original Diving team who all successfully completed the Engadin cross-country ski marathon yesterday, while raising a huge amount of money for Starlight Children's Foundation! It's not too late to sponsor them on their team page here:

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The only risk is wanting to stay... Our Latin America team can arrange completely personalised trips to Colombia, to take in the country's scenic highlights including its Caribbean coastline, historic towns, coffee plantations and soaring Andean ranges.

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Explore Ladakh in the very north of India. Experience traditional rural life away from the crowds whilst surrounded by stunning mountainous scenery and authentic Tibetan Buddhist communities. Discover a sample of a tailor made holiday that we can put together exclusively for you...

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Good luck to all of the Original Travel and Original Diving team who are taking part in the Engadin cross-country ski marathon this Sunday in aid of Starlight Children's Foundation! If you would like to sponsor our efforts, please find our team page here:

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The summer holidays may seem like a world away right now, but trust us, they'll be here before you know it! We've handpicked a selection of our favourite family-friendly experiences in Europe to help get you started with organising your summer getaway...

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'Take time out on your journeys to stop and meet amazing people. I enjoyed stopping to share a cup of chai with these wonderful women on my journey through Tamil Nadu in October' Miranda, Head of Asia. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2017

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