Life is in the Detail

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

Wish you were here? Book your stay at The Surin, Phuket, before 15th December 2017 to save 25% and enjoy a complimentary massage. Valid for travel from 15th April - 31st October 2018.

Carrie - Asia Specialist. The Surin, Phuket

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

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

There is a world of possibilities out there

Here are just a few trip ideas to get you started

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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A Guide to Travelling with Toddlers

Welcome to the exciting new world of family travel. You may have to make a few (temporary) compromises to your former travel life but we're here to help with the transition. Here are our top tips for surviving (and enjoying!) family holidays whilst travelling with tots. Are you sitting…

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Where You've Been in 2017

At the end of every year we love to take a look back at some of the amazing trips we've planned for our clients, and this year there have been some absolute stonkers. We're talking intrepid honeymoons, adventurous sabbaticals, secret beach breaks, fun-filled family getaways, cultural…

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What's Hot For 2018: Trending Travel Destinations

Here at Original Travel, we are always looking ahead with wanderlust and planning for our next worldwide adventure. We're pleased to say that we've sat down and looked deep into our crystal ball (the office globe) and are excited to share with you our hottest destinations to visit in 2018 -…

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Bali: For Everyone

For some, mention the words 'Indonesia' or 'Bali' and images of barely clad Australians sprawling over Kuta beach, surfing by day and partying by night pop to mind. This may be the truth of some few areas yes, but there is so much more to Indonesia; an archipelago made up of over 17,000 islands...

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Safaris Through Expert Eyes

Introducing our latest Original Travel recruit, Matt Shock, who's just spent a year guiding throughout Namibia, South Africa and Botswana, lucky guy! We asked Matt to share some of his expert insight into what it's like to be a guide in Africa and what some of his most memorable experiences…

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Our Ultimate Foodie Destination Bucket List

Bucket lists: we all have them. Climb a mountain, learn a new language, run a marathon - all excellent achievements before kicking said bucket but also all rather, how to put this, saintly. Here at Original Travel we've been cooking up a bucket list of an altogether more indulgent nature:…

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The Latest National Obsession: Blue Planet II

At exactly 9:01pm last Sunday a collective sigh could be heard ringing out across the nation - Attenborough et al have done it again. Another scintillating series of Blue Planet is back on our telly boxes and all Sunday evening social engagements for the next six weeks have been kiboshed in…

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Discovering the New and Improved Colombia

Colombia - an absolute whopper of a country both geographically speaking (although it's no Brazil) and in terms of its diversity. It may forever remain synonymous with one particular resident (thanks, Narcos), however, on my trip to this colourful (in more ways than one) country I discovered…

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Three of the Best: Boutique Hotels in Portugal

On my eight day self-drive around Portugal I discovered how welcoming and generous the Portuguese are all across this diverse country...

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Teen to Teen Advice on Family Holidays

Your essential survival guide to holidays with your parents (eurgh). Written by Kit, son of Polly and a teenager of excellent repute. Here's his guide on how to get the most out of family holidays...

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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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New blog post: A Guide to Travelling with Toddlers. Here are our top tips for surviving (and enjoying!) family holi… https://t.co/dNJvzJNOPM

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Amazing news from San Cassiano in The Dolomites... The Rosa Alpina restaurant has just been awarded its third (!) Michelin star - one of only nine in Italy AND Ciasa Salare's restaurant has been awarded it's second star. We think that's pretty amazing for one tiny village in Italy - both restaurants only 2km apart. Michelin's original star ranking criteria from 1936 seems a tad of an understatement to its award-winning restaurants nowadays... 1 star: "a very good restaurant in its category" 2 stars: "excellent cooking, worth a detour" 3 stars: "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey" https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/italy/dolomites

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There's only seven seats left for the 2018 heli-ski season in Iceland with @elevenexperienc - act fast! Book your I… https://t.co/8u369TqgnE

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Liz's Original Diving research trip Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

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New blog post: Where You've Been in 2017. A few examples of some of the amazing trips that we have organised this year...

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We are hiring for the role of Sales Performance Manager to join our rapidly expanding team at our office in London. This is a new role with a primary focus on developing, coaching and identifying training needs for our 30-strong sales team. Passion and demonstrable knowledge of sales techniques, management, training and development are required. Experience of working in sales and a passion for travel are essential! Please send your CV and covering letter to Neill at neill@originaltravel.co.uk. For more information on the role please see: https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/about-us

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"Wild dogs have graced us with their presence three times during the season, the most recent being in October. The pack had increased to 13 which is wonderful. We hope 2018 will see many more." A lovely note from Michele and Reon reflecting on an excellent season at Old Mondoro Bush Camp in Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park. https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/africa/zambia/old-mondoro-bush-camp

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We think that South Africa makes for a fantastic family holiday, especially for your first family safari. At Original Travel, we completely understand that every family is unique. So, why not take a peep at some of our itinerary ideas that can be added into your tailor made and completely personalised family holiday?

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Alexandra, one of Original Travel Americas’ specialists, has just returned from a trip to the Galapagos and took these wonderful wildlife photos of a Galapagos land iguana, an ADORABLE baby sea lion and an (upside down) Sally Lightfoot crab. The incredibly diverse and rich wildlife found in Galapagos is what makes this volcanic archipelago such a special and unique place to visit.

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It's that time of year again... we've sat down and looked deep into our crystal ball and are excited to share with you our hottest travel destinations to visit in 2018...

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Original Travel were delighted to sponsor our client Garlinda Birkbeck's 'Signs of Life' photography exhibition from her recent trips to Iceland, Patagonia and the Atacama Desert, and hosted by Crawshays.

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