Big Slow Breaks

Way back in 2003, Original Travel launched with its portfolio of Big Short Breaks – the ultimate weekend breaks, focusing on minimum time but maximum experience – but, as we move with the times, we’re officially relegating the Big Short Break to the subs bench and introducing the Big Slow Break as its replacement.

With the world becoming increasingly conscious about responsible travel, plus the rigmarole of Covid-related quarantines and testing, the idea of a mini break is considerably less appealing than it used to be. Instead, we recommend a Big Slow Break: rather than a flying visit to one city that only lets you see the main tourist highlights, weave together trips to two or more popular 'mini-break destinations' - such as Venice and Florence, or Lisbon and Porto - and turn your weekend away into a longer holiday that ventures well beyond the usual city sights. You get the thrill of immersing yourself in a brand-new place, but without the rush. It's a trip that is big on experiences but slow in pace.

In addition to combining multiple city breaks into one holiday, Big Slow Breaks also use these ever-popular destinations as a gateway into the rest of the country. You might, for example, want to fly, drive or catch the train to busting Barcelona, adding on a visit to vibrant Madrid, and sneaking in a sojourn to lesser-visited Valencia along the way to get a triple whammy of Spanish cities. While on the trip, we'll make sure you get to see plenty of the popular sites - they are famous for a reason, after all - but also give you lots of insights into hidden nooks to explore, as well as access to our local Concierges who know their destinations inside and out and give last-minute recommendations and tips for your trip.

Love the idea of really slowing things down? Mix it up and travel between destinations by train. Not only is it better for the planet, but you can also take in the scenery as you move and see much more of the country. One such trip that combines flying, sailing and train travel is our action-packed itinerary to the trio of Scandinavian capitals - Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm - with some bonus time in the coastal city of Bergen, which is just an example of what we can do, as every itinerary is tailor-made to suit you. Discover more of our Big Slow Breaks below…

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