30 years of personalised travel

Real Holidays have been creating a diverse range of holidays since 1989. From independent fly-drives and active family holidays to relaxing beach breaks and guided cultural explorations - each unique holiday is designed by our independent team of Islington-based travel experts.

Right from day one, we made a commitment to instilling ‘Knowledge, Service, Passion and Trust’ in everything we do. Today, we take our customers further and wider than ever before but every experience remains true to the founding values that set us apart and make us who we are.


Why travel with us?

Travel is dynamic, colourful and enlightening, so we design flexible plans to reflect this. We breathe life into your itinerary with authentic experiences that take you away from the well-trodden track.

The Lowdown

We know that you might want more than a flight and hotel, and we help you feel less like a tourist by revealing local secrets and new perspectives. We give you time to discover each destination for yourself, and we can arrange last-minute guides or excursions if you need them. All we ask is that you come back, and tell us all about it.

Every experience from scratch

Learning about your needs is the foundation of every trip. By understanding your interests, expectations and budget, we can apply our expertise and design a holiday that’s unique to you. We’re not confined by set itineraries and holiday dates, so we create every holiday exactly as you’d like it.

Each member of our team travels regularly and extensively, and we’ve been doing so for years. We can tell you, from experience, what we love about a destination, what the food’s like, and which room has the best view. For anywhere we haven’t been, we call on our pool of trusted contacts to give reliable, first-hand advice.

We use our time, not yours

We free-up your evenings and weekends by doing the hard work for you. Our consultants spend countless hours researching the best holiday options, and they’ll explain why each aspect is ideal for you.

This level of care and attention is one of the reasons our customers keep coming back. Some have been with us for decades and their longstanding personal consultant has developed a deep understanding of how they like to travel.

Service and integrity at every level

Outstanding service doesn’t have to mean luxury or expensive – unless you want it to be. We know that excellence can exist anywhere, from simple B&Bs to exclusive resorts, and we don’t sell holidays that fall short.

We set realistic expectations and deliver genuine experiences. No-one can guarantee you’ll see the Northern Lights but we know how to maximise your chances. It’s a fact that Angkor Wat is now a tourist hotspot, but we can avoid the crowds. Like by boat trip on an ancient Angkorian waterway at sunset accompanied only by the call of the red-headed whistling duck.

Your travel experts

A small team of well-travelled professionals who share a wealth of first-hand knowledge and specialisms. Driven by a desire to provide the best service possible, you’re are dealing with seasoned experts who have the contacts, integrity and professionalism to get it right.

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.

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