Why Choose Us

Our thoughtful team of knowledgeable experts are here to take care of every need, from the second you contact us to when you return

At Your Service

We're called Original Travel for a reason. It's because we're constantly looking for ways to make your holiday as perfect as possible, from the way we plan the trip to the authentic experiences you'll enjoy while away. Those added touches include several that no other UK-based travel company offers. We like to call it Original Thinking. Click here to see the full list.



Live like a local and get under the skin of a destination with our unique concierge service.


One Point of Contact

Our destination expert creates a perfectly tailor-made itinerary for you.


Hold Seats

While fine tuning your trip we'll be holding airline seats.

Guide with binoculars

Expert Guides

Our expert guides help you really get under the skin of your destination.

Original Travel app

The Original Travel App

Access your itinerary, destination dossier and live updates on the Original Travel app.

24 hour helpline

24 Hour Helpline

Things can go wrong; we're on call 24/7 to offer assistance if required.

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Efficient and friendly service

Our expert team takes pride in their thoughtful approach to planning your holiday. We find out what you think might make it extra special, then sprinkle in our own special little touches ( even a surprise to enjoy while you’re away) to help create your dream holiday.


The number of countries we have helped our clients discover. So far.

'Thank you, not just for the seamless organisation of the whole trip, but your knowledge and judgement in terms of where we went and for how long. That takes special skills to judge.'

James & Laura

Flexible and hassle free

We’re here to take the stress out of the holiday planning process. You can be as involved as you want, and you are always in control. Everything is tailored to your exact needs and tastes, and we will keep tweaking and adapting until it feels just right.


The number of countries the team of 34 at Original Travel have either lived or worked

'It couldn’t have been easier or more convenient for us, flexibility was key and booking our holiday with Neill was a breeze! Many thanks for all your assistance and attentiveness.'


Passionate, honest experts

After a decade in business and a lifetime of living and travelling in our destinations, we have developed a deep knowledge and formed relationships with the most impressive experts in their fields. We pride ourselves on being able to ask the right questions so that you can trust we get exactly what you’re after.


The years of combined experience we have in creating tailored holidays

'Dave's passion for travel is contagious and knowledge of Italy appears to be endless! Never pushy, his suggestions were spot on and lead us to places we would never have discovered ourselves!'

Ben & Rebecca

Time & Value

We all want value for money. By negotiating contracted rates with the hotels, expert guides, activity providers and airlines we work with, we can keep our prices as competitive as possible. One thing we can offer that is truly priceless though is time - while we do all the heavy lifting, you can sit back safe in the knowledge that we will plan your perfect trip down to the smallest detail.


The number of hours you'll save, on average, by planning your holiday with our experts, rather than doing it yourself.

How do we compare to doing it yourself?

See a comparison between using us and booking direct when planning a 10-day honeymoon

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Unparalleled support

Things can go wrong, it’s how we deal with these situations which really sets us apart. 

Should anything dramatic take place (like a volcano erupting!) and you can’t go on holiday we offer a) deferral to a later date, b) an alternative holiday of similar standing or c) a full refund. If you were on holiday and stranded we have a duty of care towards you. The clients we have looked after in these situations are some of our most loyal.



Number of calls we received during the 2010 Icelandic ash cloud crisis, our meticulous planning in response avoided any glitches

'After a horrible experience booking directly, we vowed to use an operator and Original Travel have been amazing. Thankfully we had no need to call whilst away, but knowing they were there was a weight off our minds.'

Ann & Thomas

100% Carbon Absorption

We are proud to state that we have taken the important step of absorbing 100% of the carbon footprint generated by the air transportation of each holiday taken by our clients. We have also decided to include those flights independently booked by clients.


Tonnes of carbon offset since 2009

It's all about trust - my holiday time is so precious that I need to feel 100% comfortable that a travel company will guarantee me the most amazing experiences. I trust Original Travel completely.

Sophia, diving around the world since 2009

Awards & Accolades

We're very proud of the awards and positive press that recognise the quality and dedication of our service.

We have won 16 awards since launch, including (on multiple occasions) the UK's Best Tour Operator and Best Short Break Tour Operator awards at the extremely prestigious Guardian and Observer Travel Awards.

Please forgive us for this moment of unabashed self promotion but we are thrilled to have been nominated for Travel + Leisure's 2019 World's Best Awards and would love your support. If you would like to vote for us (for which we will be eternally grateful) please click here.


Consecutive years in which we have received major Guardian & Observer Travel awards

'A fanatical devotion to seeking out the most original of travel experiences and impeccable care before, during and after your trip are what mark Original Travel out as one of the leaders in their field.'

The Guardian/Observer

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Financial Protection

We are a fully bonded tour operator so your money is always safe with us.

ABTA - The Travel Association Atol

By booking through Original Travel you have the security of a financially protected holiday as offered by our ATOL licence (5922) and through our membership of ABTA (Y5632). Most of our flights and flight-inclusive holidays are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that the flights are listed correctly on it. Please see our booking conditions at www.originaltravel.co.uk for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. When you buy a holiday that does not include a flight, as a condition of our membership of ABTA, protection is also provided via a bond. Details of this protection for holidays that do not include a flight are set out in our booking conditions viewable at www.originaltravel.co.uk/terms-and-conditions.