Life is in the Detail

Life is in the Detail

Each spring, Cordoba literally blossoms as the Battle of the Flowers (very Game of Thrones) takes place, followed by a patio contest where residents compete for the prettiest patio.

Molly - Original Traveller. Inland Andalucia

Life is in the Detail

Between December and April the waters off Los Cabos play host to a huge variety of migratory species, including humpback whales, mobula rays and gray whales. Boats are armed with hydrophones so guests can listen to the whale song.

Oliver - Original Traveller. Los Cabos

Life is in the Detail

Victoria Falls, or Mosi-Oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), is the largest curtain of falling water on the planet.

Matt - Original Traveller. Victoria Falls & Kafue

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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Travelling with Tweens

The world is their oyster... just don't try making them eat one. Follow these few simple ground rules and these could just be the happiest holidays you ever have...

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Top Five Best Experiences: Sweden

Sweden brings far more to the table than just the delights of Ikea and Abba, with its culture, nature and cuisine all providing some unforgettable experiences, be it during winter in Lapland or summer in Stockholm. So, start working your way through our top five experiences in Sweden as an…

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Bologna like a Local

Take it from a (rather biased) former local, there's truly nowhere better to live la dolce vita than Emilia-Romagna's capital city of Bologna...

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(Super)Market Sweep: the Best Markets in the World

Sometimes the best way to really get to the heart of a place is by heading to a local market for a spot of shopping. Witnessing the various ways that locals try and bag themselves the best deals, with frantic arm waving and price haggling, is often something quite extraordinary. So, here are…

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Cities, Coastline, and Central Andalucía: Part II of My Trip to Southern Spain

Seville is not the only city of spectacle in this corner of Spain, and a road trip around Southern Spain is definitely not to be sniffed at. Cordoba (best visited during the 'Battle of the Flowers') and Granada (of Alhambra fame) make for a wonderful combination of Southern Spain's…

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Walk this Way: Walking Holidays

As we at Original Travel often shout about, it's not just about the destination but also how you get there - 'going on a journey' if you will. As it is International Walking Month we've been thinking about how dishy Levinson Wood is... no sorry we meant the simple pleasure of walking, of…

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Scrumptious Seville: Part I of My Trip to Southern Spain

When people want architecture, they look to Italy; gastronomy, and you'd run to France; turquoise waters, pack your trunks you are off to Greece. And so, where does that leave Spain? A capital city that quite frankly has nothing on Paris and a coastline notorious for its hundreds of days of…

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Feeling Sporty? Not to Miss Upcoming Events

With the London marathon finishing last weekend, a quick dabble in skeleton bobsledding (just us?) and a new found passion for netball after the Commonwealth Games we at Original Travel HQ are feeling rather sporty. And whilst watching on our telly boxes with a cuppa is always fun, nothing…

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The Best of Both Worlds

While we regularly spout our merry manifesto about the wonders of the world as seen from dry land, we're also major fans of the ocean and all it has to offer, which is why we have a specialist dive team here at Original Travel, the aptly named Original Diving - divemasters, instructors,…

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Arrive in Style

What do Bond girls, the Pope and Boris Johnson have in common? They all know how to make an entrance (who can forget Boris swinging from that zip wire?). And while we don't necessarily recommend 'doing a Boris', the slightly smug feeling of having really arrived in style is something we can…

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Weird and Wonderful Wildlife: Five Animals You Can Only See In...

If you've ever played a game of Top Trumps you'll know the rarer the superhero, character, or animal, the better. Start collecting your own series of trump cards by making it your mission to spot some of the weird and wonderful wildlife on this list, each of which can't be spotted anywhere…

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Don't Miss the Boat: Planning for 2019

Life often feels like a whirlwind of work, social commitments and life admin: frankly it's exhausting. Well, that's where your travel guardian angels come in (that's us). We're here to show you the light and point you towards the giant beacon of hope that is a holiday. And when it comes to…

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From the fantastically floral patios of Cordoda and the extremely scrumptious Seville, to Granada (of Alhambra fame) and Marbella's sunny coast, discover some of Molly's favourite sights from her research trip in Southern Spain.

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"A delicious three-course dinner and a fine selection of South Australian wines (I recommend a Barossa Valley Shiraz) will greet you at your private camp on the 60,000 acre wildlife conservancy" Miranda, Australia expert. Sound appealing? Learn more about discovering South Australia's Flinders Ranges with Original Travel here...

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