Original World has been offering extraordinary small group
and private cultural tour experiences since 1998.



Original World started out as Spirit of India in 1997, sharing the cultural riches of a country that is fascinating, endlessly diverse, and somewhat daunting to tour independently.
Due to strong client interest in extending their travels beyond India, we expanded our destinations in 1999 to include Tibet, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, China, and Mongolia. Since then we added Sri Lanka, Central Asia and The Caucasus.

As requests from our loyal repeat clients dictated, we continued to develop exciting and varied destinations to include in our group tours repertoire. Hence, the company grew to offer a broad portfolio with deep, local expertise in the Middle East, Africa and Southeastern Europe in addition to our flagship Spirit of India and Spirit of Asia destinations. At this point, our name was changed to Original World Inc to reflect our expanded offerings.

What really sets our tours and our clients apart, is our focus on ancient cultures and our mutual passion for connecting with local people.


Barbara Sansone started Original World to offer something truly unique – a travel experience that was both authentic and personal. We place special emphasis on meeting and interacting with the local people as we feel that the best way to truly gain understanding is through personal relationships.

This company is created and operated for you, our fellow passionate world travelers. Our goal is for you to return from your journey 100% thrilled with all you have seen and experienced, feeling a connection to the world around you, and to a newfound part of your self, feeling a sense of:

Enlightenment: a newfound understanding of another culture, another way of life, art, architecture, religion and food
Community: a connection to new cultures through authentic and meaningful interaction with local people
Wonder: the awe inspired by uncommon beauty, sights, sounds, smells and tastes; ancient traditions still practiced today, so different from our own modern lives
Accomplishment: the satisfaction from having pushed your comfort zone to experience a part of the world that is both fascinating and challenging
Uniqueness: the knowledge that you have had an incredible cultural experience that few others on the outside will ever share

We are dedicated to transforming travelers into advocates for sustainability and justice worldwide.


Rest assured your travel investment is safe with us.

California Seller of Travel Permit (CST) # 2057026-40

Trust Fund Acct# 670433267 (ATF The State of California)

Participant in Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation (TRCR), # 507509

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