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ortigia island
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By Amelia
On: 5th November, 2018

Seven Reasons to visit Ortigia Now

  • Italy

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:

By Natalie
On: 2nd October, 2018

Live Like a Local in: Marrakech

  • Marrakech
  • Morocco
  • Africa

You might think you've been there, done that and got the metaphorical (and sometimes literal) Moroccan rug, but hidden among the souqs and labyrinthine side streets of Marrakech, there are always more secret spots waiting to be discovered…

By Natalie
On: 4th September, 2018

Five Unmissable Experiences in Japan

  • Japan

Japan is one of our hottest destinations at the moment and, with a rather large rugby tournament fast approaching in 2019, it's only going to become more popular. Fortunately, we're on hand to make sure you very much catch the worm early doors and our experts can recommend the very best…

Pintxo and beer
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By Tom
On: 31st August, 2018

Cultural spots in San Sebastián

  • Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

Kaixo (hello in Basque) and welcome to San Sebastian, or Donostia as it's known locally. The city is the capital of Spain's brilliant and ever so slightly batty Basque region. Here's all you need to know about this peaceful and beautiful city, with its miniature Rio de Janeiro vibe, complete…

By Abby
On: 14th August, 2018

Rome vs Florence: The Battle of the Italian Cities

  • Rome
  • Florence

The days of the Grand Tour may have passed, but 60 million people visited Italy in 2017, and you can bet that a significant chunk of them (according to a very scientific straw poll at Original Travel HQ) went to Florence or Rome, or both. Since both cities are prime Big Short Break territory…

Frances

By Frances
On: 21st June, 2018

Why I Fell in Love with Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka

As a real foodie I was extremely excited at the opportunity of travelling to Sri Lanka on my recent research trip to sample first hand some of their culinary delights such as hoppers and curries, and I was not disappointed. Having spent the last fortnight in Sri Lanka I have realised that it…

Woman looking at Computer

By Guest blogger
On: 16th January, 2018

How do you kill five hours in Rio if you don’t Samba?

  • Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde
  • Brazil

The late Sir Roger Moore asked of a companion in the 1979 classic, Moonraker "How do you kill five hours in Rio if you don't Samba?", followed by suggestive pause and arching of eyebrow, naturally.

san juan chamula church
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By Alexandra
On: 3rd October, 2017

Off the Beaten Track in Mexico: San Juan Chamula

  • Mexico

The village of San Juan Chamula is set in the mountains of Chiapas in Southern Mexico. Living here are the Tzotzil Maya people - a fiercely independent and self-ruling community. The village may only be based six miles from the popular San Cristobal de las Casas but their culture, dress,…

The Nile on the SS Sudan
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By Amelia
On: 29th September, 2017

Exploring the Nile by Steam Ship

  • Egypt

Many people consider a cruise boat when contemplating a trip to Egypt… I can honestly say I've found the boat to do this: the one and only steam ship to ply the Nile, the SS Sudan is beyond compare and stands head and shoulders above the rest.

samarkand architecture
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By Amelia
On: 24th August, 2017

Upcoming Small Group Tours with Original Travel

  • Uzbekistan
  • Ethiopia

Calling all Culture Vultures - Join Amelia Stewart, founder of Simoon travel (part of the Original Travel family) and tour leader, to explore some of the most original corners of our diverse planet along with local experts and a group of like-minded and discerning individuals. Here are the…