Travel made personal

30 years of tailored experiences

Our world of inspiration

Established in 1989, we’re an independent travel company based in Islington. Over the past three decades, our portfolio of trips has evolved but our founding pillars – Knowledge, Service, Passion and Trust – continue to underpin everything we do.

Just think of us as your personal travel planner

After 30 years of designing holidays we’ve learnt that everyone holidays in a different way. That’s why we like to get to know you first and understand your needs before we apply our travel expertise.

We save you hours of planning time by researching and refining the best options. We set realistic expectations and explain why we think each element is ideal for you. After all, the proof of a perfect holiday is when you come back to us and book another – which is what many of our clients have been doing for decades.

Book with Confidence

We want you to feel confident when you book with Real Holidays. Our highly personable and bespoke service is more relevant than ever to today’s travel landscape and we are here to talk through every element of your holiday.

Having full transparency in your booking gives you the confidence in the flexibility of your arrangements. Read about the many ways we continue to support you.

Knowledge, Service, Passion & Trust underpin everything Real Holidays do

  • The holiday itself was extremely successful from a logistics point of view, and as to be expected fantastic from an experience point of view. Europe is definitely open and people should go and Real Holidays gave us the confidence to do so.

    Gemma and Mike - June 2021
  • We absolutely loved the holiday you put together for us. We felt like VIP’s once we stepped off the plane in Colombo and that continued for the whole time! Our driver and guide Shantha was wonderful. The hotels you booked were absolutely superb – loved the boutique ones with only a few rooms.

    John and Jonathan, 2020
  • I just want to say how fantastic your service and the honeymoon was…. Its not often that my expectations are exceeded, and right from the start.

    David Emanuel & Octavia Karavla, 2018
  • Thanks so much for your patience, help and advice and I am so grateful to you. I will now book all our trips with you.

    Donna Travis - Future Hackney, 2019
  • So we were very impressed with the service we received with yourselves, a very professional experience which felt very personal, just as we like it!

    Martin & Sharon Threadgold, 2018
  • A big thanks for organising such a fantastic introduction to Burma. It was fascinating, restful and honestly could not have gone better.

    Guy Duckworth, 2018
  • This is the second time that Real Holidays have arranged a holiday for us and on both occasions we have been delighted. We will seek your help again.

    Brenda & John Francis, 2018
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How it works

Your personal travel planner will devote hours of expertise, years of knowledge and every ounce of passion to create a holiday you’ll love.

  • We get to know you

    Your travel planner talks to you and learns about the experiences that suit you best

  • We design flexible holidays

    Any aspect can be refined, and we explain the pricing and itinerary in full

  • We do the booking

    Everything is taken care of from bookings to restaurant reservations

  • We support you

    From start to finish, and everything in between, we’re always here for queries or help