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

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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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The Big Five: What, Why and Where?

The Big Five… that classic safari term which every traveller knows. The majestic lion, the stoic elephant, the cumbersome rhino, the grumpy buffalo and the elusive leopard. But does anyone know why those particular five animals are what constitutes 'The Big Five'?

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When Can I... Taking Your Children on 'First' Holidays

At Original Travel, we completely understand (first-hand) that each and every family is unique and therefore has entirely unique holiday preferences. However, after years of experience (15 years to be exact) planning family holidays, we like to think that we've learnt a thing or two and are…

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Good Grief Tenerife! Overcoming Outdated Preconceptions

Getting a reputation for something you didn't do is unfair - I hope many of us would agree. In the same essence, reputations are often quick to catch and even harder to shake.

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Spring Break 2018: Destination Inspiration

Winter is here. The woolly hats are on, layering to Michelin-man proportions is back in fashion and we've all begun to ponder when it's legitimate to start scoffing mince pies. It's a magical time, we can all agree. So naturally we've decided to by-pass all that and look ahead to spring -…

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Five of our Favourite Travel Photographers

With the Natural History Museum opening its 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition this month, we've been thinking about some of our favourite travel related photographers. Below are five wanderlust-inducing, conservation-championing, and eagle-eyed camera-wielding geniuses whose…

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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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Neill's trip to the Seychelles this December - extreme last-minute measures must be taken to escape the UK's bitter cold...

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Africa's Big Five: what animals are they? Why do these animals make up the Big Five, and where's the best place to…

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Yosemite National Park in California combines excellently with a few days in San Francisco followed by wine tasting…

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Utah and northern Arizona have a few very conveniently clustered together National Parks (which just so happen to be some of the world's most impressive) including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands and Grand Canyon National Parks... Contact us to start planning your Original Travel Wild Western USA trip today...

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Travel to Antarctica is only recommended between the months of November and February due to the continent's extreme weather conditions. It's not too late to join an Antarctic voyage this February 2018 with Original Travel, staying in a stylish, spacious and comfortable ship where you can kayak in and among the icebergs to get up close to the remote part of our planet.

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When is a good age to start taking your kids on safari, scuba diving and skiing? Read our blog post to help you plan your first family holidays...

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Thailand is an excellent exotic holiday destination great for both family adventures and romantic couple retreats. We currently have a tantalisingly tempting exclusive offer with The Surin in Phuket - save 25% on your stay, plus receive a welcome gift, a bottle of bubbles and a 50 minute massage for two people. This offer is valid for stays of five nights or more between 15 April and 31 October 2018 for bookings made by 15 December 2017. T&Cs apply. Enjoy a two week holiday in Thailand, including time exploring the bustling city of Bangkok, the temples and jungles around Chiang Mai followed by time relaxing on the infamously picturesque beaches on the island of Phuket from £2,450 per person including all private tours flights and transfers. Get in touch for more information on our exclusive offer...

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All in a day at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. Travel around and explore Vietnam with the help of our Asia experts' in-depth destination knowledge at Original Travel. Watch Ninh Van Bay's beautifully shot video here... #OutOfTheOrdinary #SixSensesNinhVanBay

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"Paradise and Tenerife may not be two words that you often hear hand in hand. However, this October I ate fresh local fish for breakfast, lunch and supper, I swam in the warm Atlantic Ocean from a golden sandy beach after warming up in temperatures hitting the high twenties and I saw pilot whales and dolphins so close I can almost touch them. Each to their own, but I was in paradise."

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Jacqui's trip visiting the private island escape of Thanda. This luxury eco-retreat can sleep up to 19 guests on an exclusive use basis. A great beach and bush combo with Tanzania's national parks.

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Los Cabos has a bit of a wild child reputation among most people in North America but for those in the know (and most of Hollywood) the region, perched on the tip of the arid, wobbly finger that is the Baja Peninsula, has some truly excellent luxury resorts, ideal for fly-and-flops, culture, and adventure lovers alike...

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