Life is in the Detail

Life is in the Detail

If there's one word to describe Alaska, it's staggering. It's the largest state in the USA, the largest protected wildlife area in the world and is home to an estimated 100,000 glaciers. And all for just $7.2 million... back in 1867.

Will - Original Traveller. Alaska

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

Life is in the Detail

Think Italian cities, think Rome, Venice and Florence, right? Well yes, but head off the beaten track to Lecce in Puglia and you'll find some of the finest Baroque architecture of anywhere in Italy.

Lucy - Original Traveller. Puglia

Life is in the Detail

Northern Sumatra in Indonesia is one of only two places on the planet where orangutans can be found in the wild (the other being Malaysian Borneo) and, as such, seeing them in their natural habitat is one of the world's great wildlife experiences.

Miranda - Original Traveller. Sumatra

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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 states 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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Last Minute Merchant

Whoever said 'failure to prepare is preparation for failure' clearly never experienced the thrill of being spontaneous. While it's all very commendable to plan things months and years in advance, sometimes it's just wonderfully liberating to make a snap decision. Never more so than with…

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Part One Of My Italian Odyssey: The Lakes and Tuscany

As we set off from Milan towards the Lakes, waving goodbye to clean eating and preparing ourselves instead for ten days of wining and dining, superb vistas and myriad boutique properties, I hadn't stopped to really think about the variety and richness that this well-travelled country would…

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Top 10 Egyptian Food and Drink

Falafel, mango juice and suprisingly tasty stuffed pigeon! Original Travel Egypt expert Amelia Stewart gives us the low down on her top 10 Egyptian Food and Drink...

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African Adventures (There's More Than Safaris)

When we say Africa, you dig out the binoculars and khaki trousers and begin practising your best David Attenborough voice, right? Wrong! While safaris might hog most of the African holiday limelight, there is so much more to this supremely diverse continent, from mind-blowing scenery to…

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Ahead of the Curve: Planning for 2018

We all like to think of ourselves as free spirits, booking with glorious last-minute abandon and able to act on the spur of the spontaneous moment (that's not just us, right?). Well, sorry for being the fun police on this one but when it comes to travel, the impromptu you is missing out. You…

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Culture in Chaotic Cairo

I arrived into Cairo in the blazing Ramadan heat - normally I wouldn't advise going to Egypt during Ramadan however if you are prepared for things to be a little 'out of kilter' it shouldn't otherwise deter you from going. Egypt needs our support. Tourism has virtually dropped off since the…

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Last Minute Summer 2017 Escapes

With summer currently MIA, a severe bout of daydreamania is sweeping the country - the tendency to stare aimlessly into space and drift off into a hazy stupor awash with images of clear azure waters, endless sandy beaches, picturesque towns and sun-drenched hillsides. The only known cure? A…

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Top 5 Tea-Based Activities in Sri Lanka

Attention tea-enthusiasts! 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of commercial tea plants being introduced to Sri Lanka by James Taylor. Having planted Ceylon tea throughout the island's hill country, Sri Lanka is now one of the largest exporters in the world - quite the transformation…

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Do You Need To Up Your Insta-Game?

Question: if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to Instagram it, does it actually happen? We all love a bit of an Insta-brag every now and then (never more so than when we're on holiday) and making sure you get the perfect angle, have the filters ramped up to the max and enough…

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Vietnam and Five Reasons Why it's 'Pho' Good

I have just returned from my second visit to Vietnam and have come back loving it even more than last time. The country is spectacular, with such a variety of places to visit and explore. From dramatic terraced rice paddies, to beautiful beaches, bustling cities and UNESCO World Heritage…

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Top Five Winter Sun Destinations for 2017

Winter is coming. No, we haven't temporarily taken leave of our senses and this isn't a belated April Fool's. You did, in fact, read that correctly - we said winter. While summer hasn't really even kicked off yet (and who knows whether it will even make an appearance) news has reached us…

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Travel by Colour: our Top Five Destinations in Latin America

Latin America is a region of many characters; football is practically a religion; the steak is the best in the world (and the only vegetarian item you're likely to find on the menu is a mojito) and the jeans are very, very tight. It's also a continent awash with colour - from bright woven…

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For avid adventurers, Antarctica is arguably the ultimate, 'must do' once in a lifetime experience. If you're interested in organising a trip to Antarctica, contact our enthusiastic travel experts who are ready with ideas, inspiration and advice.

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Sick of the UK and wanting to squeeze in another holiday this Summer? Here's our favourite European destinations this Summer with some fantastic last minute availability on offer.

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Looking for a blissful Summer away in Sardinia? We have a 20% off offer at Chia Laguna Resort this July and August with Original Travel. Contact us for more details and we can whisk you away in no time!

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We have some fantastic last-minute summer special offers currently available on our website! Please contact us if you wish to learn any more about these absolute steals.

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"Know-it-all's and seasoned travellers read on, Italy is ripe for exploring and I defy you to be unhappy here." Original Travel Europe Expert, Kate, takes us on an Italian tour of the beautiful Italian Lakes and Tuscany in our new blog post.

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Admire the Summit of Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia on Google Street View via this link! http://ow.ly/hfpo30dIql1 At 13,500 ft, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in Southeast Asia and the walk takes you through a great variation of ecosystems; from tropical forest to frosty alpine meadows. We can include the two day and one night summit climb into your Malaysian Borneo itinerary- an adventurers dream!

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The infamous annual migration of over two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle is one of the greatest natural spectacles on the planet. The Great Migration is currently in action across Kenya's Masai Mara where we can recommend the ultimate most exclusive, secret and sophisticated places to stay and the canniest guides around. https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/africa/kenya/masai-mara-safari

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For you spontaneous last-minuters, we have an incredible special summer offer at Chia Laguna Resort in Sardinia. Relax and unwind with a cocktail in hand enjoying 20% off your stay between 18 July and 1 September 2017. Bookings must be made by 31st July- so hurry! Valid for Hotel Spazio Oasi and Hotel Village.

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