Original Travel's portfolio of Big Short Breaks, launched in 2003, contains luxury breaks to suit all requirements from city breaks to skiing, adventures and escapes, all chosen with accessibility in mind... minimum time and maximum experience.

While these trips are as much tailored to your specific requirements as our further flung holidays, they represent perfect nugget-sized long weekend trips. The team at Original Travel research hundreds of potential luxury break destinations, but only the very best make the grade in terms of accessibility, originality and value for money.

Those that do appear here might raise an eyebrow or two - can you really spend the weekend sampling sauvignon blancs in South Africa's winelands? Certainly you can, with the benefit of overnight flights and minimal time changes. Or seeing polar bears in the wild? Equally possible with a night in Oslo followed by two or three in Svalbard, the desolate Norwegian island chain deep in the Arctic Circle. These and more pocket adventures are a phone call away.

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Where to go

Swedish Lapland

Swedish Lapland

The Northern Lights, dog-sledding and ice-driving are just snippets of what is on offer in Swedish Lapland.

Croatian coast scenery

Dalmatian Coast

Combine beautiful Mediterranean coastline with cosmopolitan and lively cities on your Dalmatian Coast holiday.

The Dolomites

The Dolomites

A well known winter ski destination, the northern Italian mountains are also beautiful in the summer. The Dolomites became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.

The Treasury at Petra

Jordan

For a small country, Jordan packs an impressive punch in terms of history, culture and scenery, and the proximity of its key sights makes a holiday to Jordan ideal for the time-pressed traveller.

The Gardens of a Muscat Mosque

Muscat

The Omani capital is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the Middle East.

Vineyards of South Africa

The Winelands and Cape

Sample the many delights accessible via scenic drives from Cape Town, from wine tasting to whale watching, and countryside retreats.

New York

New York

Does it need an introduction? Go shopping, go partying, stay in an uber cool urban hotel, and enjoy your bite out of the Big Apple.

Fjord seen through the Trees

The Fjords

Pining for the fjords? You should be.

Svalbard Vista

Svalbard

Deep inside the Arctic Circle, this archipelago of Norwegian islands is remote, wild and completely beautiful.

Iceland

Iceland

The youngest country on earth, and one of the most fun.

Seville

Seville

Andalucia's largest city has enough attractions to last weeks; tapas, sunshine and delightful architecture and hotels.

Sunset over market in Marrakesh

Morocco

Morocco is an immediate and exciting immersion in another world, where Arab and Berber blood, history and culture are inextricably bound.

Shipwreck at Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast

A flying safari along the Skeleton Coast takes in some of the most remote wilderness areas of Namibia, and this remains one of Original Travel’s favourite African experiences.

Detail on a Nizwa Door

Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

For the perfect adventure away from Muscat, explore the dramatic Hajar Mountains, the ancient city of Nizwa and the dunes of the Wahiba Sands.

Arch detailing in Fez

Fez

The ancient capital of Morocco is one of the most atmospheric cities in the world.

Galata Tower at Dusk

Istanbul

Just three and a half hours from the UK, this atmospheric 'East meets West' city is a perfect destination for a long weekend.

Town of Sardinia

Sardinia

Sardinia's north-eastern coast is impossibly glamorous and home to seriously luxurious hotels, whilst the rest of the Island is relatively untouched.

Colourful Balconies

Porto & the Douro Valley

The Brits have long had a penchant for port, but the vineyards where the fortified wine is created and the eponymous city of Porto are, in themselves, a delight.

A River Winding Alongside the Vineyards of Rioja

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

The Basque Country and Rioja offer world class wine, award-winning gastronomy, outstanding contemporary art and architecture, culture, surfing, beaches and charming cities. Not a bad little combination.

Hillside town

Bordeaux & The Dordogne

Vineyard visits, spectacular chateaux, wine tasting and luxury accommodation; what more could a person want?

The Stockholm Waterfront at Dusk

Stockholm

Stockholm is one of the most appealing cities in Europe.

St Nicholas Cathedral

St Petersburg

Built in defiance of nature and logic, St. Petersburg is a monument to the will of Peter the Great. His city became a ‘window on the West’ and remains Russia’s cultural capital.

Reindeer Sleigh in Finland

Finland

Welcome to the top of the world, and a perfect winter wonderland.

What to do

Huskies, Swedish Lapland

Dog Sledding in Swedish Lapland

Dog-sledding through the snowbound forests and mountains of Swedish Lapland will leave even the hardiest ‘been there, done that’ traveller with an indelible memory.

Adriatic Bay, Dalmatian Coast

Sea Kayaking the Dalmatian Coast

The Elaphiti Islands, forming part of the Dalmatian Coast, run in a chain parallel to the mainland and form the perfect aquatic playground for exploration by sea kayak.

Dolomites Via Ferrata, Walking Safari

Via Ferrata, Dolomites: Walking Holidays in Italy

Not recommended for anyone with vertigo, the Via Ferrata in the Dolomites, consisting of iron wrung ladders, footpaths and rope bridges, are an exhilarating series of routes that allow non-mountaineers to experience the higher peaks and most dramatic scenery of this most beautiful of mountain ranges.

Snowmobile tour, Svalbard

Superjeep and Snowmobile Tour

The Golden Circle tour allows visitors to get in touch with some of Iceland’s most famous and exciting natural phenomena.

Saharan Heli-Safari

Saharan Heli-Safari

As desert-lovers ourselves, we've been scouring our Big Short Break destinations to come up with the ultimate short break desert experience. Now, dear reader, we think we've cracked it with our Sahara helicopter safari.

Horse Riding, Spain

Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael

'Riding in the hills of Andalucia’ has a rather nice ring to it, and with good reason.

Helicopter, Kenya

Helicopter Safaris in the Northern Frontier District

Original Travel now offers Kenyan helicopter safaris way beyond the tourist trail and deep into the remote heartlands of the Northern Frontier District.

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Dave, Eleanor and Ra are our 'Big Short Breaks' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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