Life is in the Detail

For a different take on Day of the Dead celebrations head to Mexico City, where the parade is bigger than Oaxaca's (if slightly younger).

Experience the might of Victoria Falls on a bucket-list busting, Big Five spotting trip to Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Start your deep dive into the dawn of western civilisation with a privately guided tour of the Acropolis of Athens, so important to us today that it is known simply as 'The Acropolis.'

London is home to some of our favourite ice skating rinks, including in the iconic Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House, the perfect add on to any festive UK trip.

Luxury tailor-made holidays from Original Travel

At Original Travel we believe that life is in the detail

There is a world of possibilities out there

Here are just a few trip ideas to get you started

Honeymoon Japan

Honeymoon Japan

A honeymoon like no other.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Swedish Lapland is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, the extraordinary natural light show that occurs in the depths of winter.

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Amalfi Coast, Capri & Rome

Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country on the planet, the food is mouth wateringly good, and the landscapes are varied...

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.

Lion in the Masai Mara

Safari Holidays

An epic adventure awaits



The scenery is striking in its diversity, from plunging canyons to soaring mountains, lush rainforests to arid Altiplano.

Lion family

Family South Africa

Malaria free, easy to get to and home to some of Africa's best family-friendly hotels. It doesn't get much better for a family safari.



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

Sunset over market in Marrakesh


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

Geirangerfjord in the Sunshine


Who needs Canada when you've got big country and polar bears on your European doorstep?

Hotels We Love

Hotels We Love

Pop quiz – what’s the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the word holiday?

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Ultimate Tanzania

Tanzania is a country so full of diverse and fantastical scenery that it can be almost impossible to select just one or two destinations to visit....

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Where to go in January

While the rest of the country dejectedly throws out the Quality Street rejects (Strawberry Delight, anyone?) and valiantly attempts a Dry January, why not beat the blues by jetting off to pastures new this January? Whether you're looking for good old fashioned outdoorsy adventure,…

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Where to Spot: Tigers

Here at Original Travel HQ we can't quite believe that we've just watched the final episode of Sir David Attenborough's Dynasties, and are all desperate for the Beeb to announce a sequel already. Over the last five weeks we've followed some adorable, intelligent and utterly powerhouse…

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A Tuscan Treat: Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa

This October, I took a two hour flight from London to Pisa, the city with the infamous 12th century Leaning Tower. I then travelled forward to Chianti, a winemaking region in Tuscany one hour away, where I spent three blissful days eating the most divine local produce and drinking…

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The Nine Big Hotel No-Nos

When we're putting together your trip, choosing the perfect hotel is one of the key conversations. The hotels, camps and lodges we work with are - naturally - beyond reproach, but the team here at Original Travel have had to kiss a whole host of hotel frogs to come up with our portfolio of…

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The Conservation Conversation

At Original Travel we spend a lot of time discussing our part in the great sustainability and tourism debate. Here's a quick summary of our current thinking…

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Where to Spot: Lions

Who could fail to be moved by Charm, alpha mother and feminist icon, in last night's Dynasties, moving heaven and earth to keep her pride going against the odds? It reminded us all at Original Travel HQ that life for lions is nearly always tough (no matter what The Lion King may have taught…

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The Final Frontier

Space travel may be coming to a Virgin store near you in the not-so-distant future but there's really no need to start practising your zero gravity moonwalk when there is so much of good old Planet Earth left to explore. Space may be the final frontier (thanks for the soundbite, Captain…

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Where to Spot: Penguins

Last night's Dynasties was another emotional blinder, though the freezing cold winter did have us pulling on an extra jumper and whacking the heating up several degrees to combat our sympathy shivers. We were transfixed as Sir David narrated us through the penguins' winter - which, if we're…

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Where to Spot: Chimpanzees

We're on a little bit of a BBC Dynasties hype of late, and after Sunday's episode, who can blame us. Getting to know David the Senegalese chimpanzee (no, not our sainted David Attenborough) and his group was every bit as epic as we'd hoped, and we're sure left many of you craving to head out…

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Dynasties: Where to Spot the Stars of the Show

As the dark winter nights settle in and we find ourselves sheltering on the sofa of a Sunday evening, there's nothing quite like Attenborough's dulcet tones to soothe our weary winter souls. Dynasties, the Beeb's latest wildlife wunder-show, tracks the ups and downs of five animal families…

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Trending Travel Destinations for 2019

The nights are drawing in and almost certainly some shop somewhere has put up the Christmas lights so naturally we've decided to bypass all that and start thinking about 2019 instead. We've looked deep into our crystal ball, studied the tea leaves and read the runes (whatever they are) and…

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Seven Reasons to visit Ortigia Now

One of the prettiest places in south-east Sicily, Ortigia is a small island which sits within Syracuse and is less than an hour's drive south of Catania. Here are my reasons why you should visit right now:

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From glorious food and wine to stunning countryside views, Tuscany is a holiday destination that delivers time and time again. Discover more about Sarah's stay at Castello del Nero in our Original Travel blog.

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The brand new private island Wa Ale Resort is ready and ripe for picking with crowd-free white sand beaches, abundant colourful reefs and verdant jungle to explore. Frances, one of Asia specialists, was lucky enough to visit Myanmar's undiscovered Mergui Archipelago this November to check out the exciting new opening for our clients.

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