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

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

Suffering from a case of the winter blues? Head to Fiji and you'll find blues of an altogether different nature.

Katie - Original Traveller. Fiji

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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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 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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Top Five: Hotels with Villas

Hiring a villa is a quintessential holiday experience, affording guests much more privacy and flexibility than staying at a hotel. That being said, there are lots of lovely perks to staying in a hotel - fabulous food, that little choccy on your pillow at night, a great kids club to keep the…

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Beyond the Beach: Five of the Best Things to do in Mauritius

Mauritius has long been considered one of the best destinations in the world for beach getaways; tropical climate, undisturbed coastline, calm and clear waters, and some thoroughly spoiling hotels. And while this is all true, there is so much to this Indian Ocean gem beyond the (admittedly…

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Our Coolest Combos for 2017

Dynamic duos: think gin and tonic, French and Saunders, pineapple and pizza… okay, maybe not that last one, but the fact remains that some things are just better together - greater than the sum of their parts and thus elevated to legendary status (definitely not that last one, then). The…

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Where to Escape to the Sun in 2017

What do a good cup of tea, queuing and Broadchurch have in common? They've all reached the upper echelons of British national obsession. Top of the pile, however, is surely our love of discussing the weather and, in particular, why the sun isn't shining. It's no surprise then that studies…

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Summer 2017: The Best Holiday Destinations

The kids are on school holidays, Honeymooners are departing the UK shores in their droves and the rest of us are keen for an escape should the British summer not quite go to plan weather-wise…

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Where we're going in 2017

It can be difficult to keep up with the best 'it' destinations of the moment but we have the inside track on the hottest hotels and activities across the globe. We selflessly visit all the locations we recommend to ensure that the sea on your private beach really is as crystal clear as it…

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The Enormity and Diversity of Ice in Antarctica

The White Continent was always going to be home to some impressive ice bergs - but what lay ahead was quite simply stunning and out of this world. Along our journey we experienced myriad types, shapes and sizes of ice resembling everything from dragons to mushrooms. According to the…

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Explore the Emerald Isle

We think it is the people, their innate charm and their hospitality that sets Ireland apart as a destination to visit. Especially as the Emerald Isle has so much to offer for all ages and interests. Discover the literary tradition dating back thousands of years, try your hand at sports such…

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Great Global Bake Off

We're a (healthily) competitive lot here at Original Travel and all this recent chat about the new hosts of The Great British Bake Off got us thinking. Why just Britain? And why just baking? Cue the drawing of continental battle lines and each team putting forward their region's finest…

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The Best Boutique Hotels for 2017

Independently run, few rooms, bespoke interiors, personalised experiences and impeccable service - just a few of the reasons to pick a boutique hotel for your holiday. Yes, the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a destination are the stuff that treasured holiday memories are made of but…

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Our 2017 Summer Holiday Picks

The unnervingly mild weather of the last couple of weeks (before we all got blown away by Storm Doris) has brought us out of hibernation and dreaming of sunnier times (and climes). It's true that once we Brits get the merest whiff of warmth, summer is pretty much all we can think about. And…

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Literary Legends

The UK is alive with literary history, from Bronte to Beatrix Potter; England has produced an abundance of authors, books and characters loved across the world. This hugely important part of our heritage was often shaped by our beautiful, mystical and rugged landscapes that inspired many…

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We're as happy as this little guy about the long weekend! #fridayfeeling #longweekend #bankholiday https://t.co/JHtfSLay2n

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Wishing you'd planned more for the long weekend? Use your time wisely by checking out our Big Short Breaks collections page and get inspiration for the next bank holiday. Minimum time, maximum experience!

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Amazing photo of a herd of #zebras in #Namibia via @bernabephoto https://t.co/XexqtWuoNX

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California's 'suplerbloom' of wildflowers is just another reason to visit this fabulous state. It has so much to offer holidayers; from surfing, wine tasting, trekking and whale watching to celeb-spotting, shopping, skiing and art galleries galore. We think you'd have to be devoid of interests not to enjoy California...

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The first turtle has arrived at YTL Hotels Tanjong Jara Resort! Guests of the hotel can view nests from a special hatchery used to prevent poaching. This joint initiative with the Lang Tengah Watch Team began last year, where they had a really successful season of turtle releases and an 85% hatching rate. Amazing.

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Our cultural guru Amelia is currently exploring Albania with a small group tour. She sent these pictures back of their ride through the Drinos Valley, where they stopped for a picnic lunch at the wildly romantic & abandoned archaeological site of Antigonea. We're not jealous of those unspoilt views at all...

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Who's feeling inspired by the London Marathon? If so, may we turn your attention to the good folks at IGO Adventures? They run quadrathlons in some of the coolest destinations on the planet. Here's a video of their most recent challenge, in the wilderness of Norway...

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Amazing sighting of a whale shark at one of our favourite hotels, Gaya Island Resort in Borneo.

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Calling all powder hounds! Forget the Alps and turn your attention to Iceland and the phenomenal Deplar Farm by Eleven Experience, where guests will heli-ski from mountain-top to seashore. And it just so happens that, due to a last-minute cancellation, there is availability from 18-25th May 2017: http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/iceland/deplar-farm

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Five reasons why we should all go to Mauritius right now, and none of them involve a beach! Read the blog:

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Whether you're sunning yourself on the deck of a yacht, diving from a luxurious liveaboard or on the lookout for game in a mokoro canoe, the boat is surely one of the best ways to travel. Check out our collection of the best boats around the world...

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Happy Easter from all of the team at Original Travel and Original Diving!

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