Our People
  • Amy Waters snow biking Our Team

    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

  • William Dalrymple Our Tour Experts

    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

  • Liz Bonnin Heroes and Heroines

    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Why travel with Steppes

How we can be of service to you

Over the last thirty years, we have put our all into making sure that our knowledge, expertise and partnerships can create extraordinary experiences wherever in the world our clients want to travel to.

That means that we are not only perfectly placed to help you create a luxury holiday which takes shape exactly how you want it to, but that we know all the ins and outs of travelling to the world’s destinations, like obtaining visas and understanding local customs.

Our expertise is unrivalled

We have been there and done it. Every one of our Travel Experts explores, learns and explores some more to provide clients with expertise born from actual experiences. This means that you can get insights into destinations and accommodation that brochures cannot match; save time by quickly connecting with experiences that truly resonate with your passions; and, share all the benefits that come with having friendly partners on the ground which you can guarantee that you can trust.

A team you can always trust

Know that someone is always with you. Our dedication and support is the reason why 70% of our business is repeat or referral bookers looking to travel with added peace of mind once again. Should you want to change something on your itinerary before leaving, or should something unexpected happen whilst you are away, then our team is on hand 24 hours a day and seven days a week to support you. Enjoy the assurance that standard holiday booking simply cannot bring.

Sustainability is at the heart of our holidays

Your holidays with us protect what matters. We support local charities across the world, offset carbon emissions from your flights, insist that our on-the-ground partners reduce single-use plastics and work with local communities and pioneer our own campaigns to promote sustainability. And because the planet comes first in everything that we do, you can travel with the knowledge that you are contributing to its wellbeing at every step of your journey.

We offer value at every step

We are smart with how you spend. Our team works in the knowledge that while you are looking for something extraordinary from your holiday, you also want to get the best value along the way. Which is exactly why your Travel Expert will always find the best hotels to match your budget, search for the cheapest prices on flights, give you a nudge about exclusive offers and add in little benefits, like protection from exchange rate fluctuations.

How we make your holiday extraordinary

Stand out or do not stand at all. Steppes Travel was created to make exploring the world’s little-known and off-the-beaten-track experiences simpler than ever. And so, every itinerary that we create casts aside the everyday in favour of captivating and unique moments that few travellers on this planet have experienced. It all starts with a simple conversation with one of our Travel Experts on the phone or in our lovely Cotswold-based office.

Impala, Masai Mara, Kenya
Impala, Masai Mara, Kenya
Wadi Rum Landscape, Jordan
Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lanka

Find Your Escape

Galapagos Islands, Kenya, India, Jordan and Sri Lanka are perfect options at this time. They’re easy and safe to travel to as well and offer a variety of experiences and great weather in abundance.

Explore our ‘When to Go’ calendar to see where is best to travel to throughout the year.

Find Your Escape

Find inspiration

Here are some of the carefully-tailored, luxury experiences that we have recently created for our clients to give you a sense of what is possible when our expertise is put to the task.

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Kilimanjaro elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Positive Impact Travel Report 2022

At Steppes Travel, we are committed to reporting publicly on the progress we have made and the actions we have taken in fulfilling our commitment to people, planet and profit.

Our annual report below is an overview of what we have achieved in 2022 by way of enhancing the sustainability of our business and increasing the positive impact of our holidays.

Read our report

Discover new ways to explore

Whether cultural, conservation or with your family, find the way to travel that resonates with you and our experts will work out the complex details to create a trip that’s truly inspiring.

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Polar Bear on Ice, Spitsbergen, Arctic
Polar Bear on Ice, Spitsbergen, Arctic

Spitsbergen Polar Bear Photographic Voyage

We are thrilled to be chartering Polar Pioneer for a photographic voyage into the ice in search of polar bears, led by guide, award-winning photographer and polar veteran, Paul Goldstein. Ship, guide, crew, and time of year are the key factors for any successful polar expedition cruise. From polar bears and glaciers to walruses and icebergs, Spitsbergen is an otherworldly destination that teems with eye-popping landscapes and unique wildlife. We have gone to great lengths to bring the best of these ingredients together, for what promises to be a memorable photographic adventure.

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Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Painemo Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Underwater adventure in Raja Ampat
Clare Higginson
I woke up with butterflies in my stomach. Today was the day I had waited years to experience. Should I jump…
Mount Nemrut at sunset in Turkey
Mesopotamia – the land between two rivers
Justin Wateridge
Driving through fields of cotton, potatoes, wheat, corn and pumpkin, we cross the Tigris; a river of huge historical significance but…
Sandstone rock, Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg, South Africa
KwaZulu Natal: The dazzling safari destination
Chris Johnston
After a journey through the private reserves of Kruger, I arrived in KwaZulu Natal. The previous week had delivered exceptional big…
Tea plantation, Nyungwe, Rwanda
Reflecting on the last year, with a look to the future
Jarrod Kyte
Between September 2021 and September 2022, we have supported organisations and projects who focus on female education and renewable energy -…
New saplings Brigg, Scunthorpe
Back to Brigg – Revisiting our tree planting project
Jarrod Kyte
At the end of 2018, some of the Steppes Travel team made the journey north to Brigg to kickstart our tree-planting…
Polar Bear, Churchill, Canada
Polar Bears: The Great Wanderers
Justin Wateridge
The height of the aircraft gives me vantage and an appreciation of scale but I lack the sensual immediacy of place,…
Biertan, Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, Romania
Redefining Romania: Breaking the curse of stereotypes
Justin Wateridge
History, borders and imagination have conspired against Romania, labelling it with stereotypes that are not only hard to dislodge but grossly…
Land iguana, Galapagos Islands
Paying a Fair Price for Nature – Galapagos Park Fees
Jarrod Kyte
The world’s natural assets are undervalued. One doesn’t have to look too hard to see evidence to support this statement: rainforests…
Wild Bengal tiger, India
State of the Nation – India’s National Parks and wildlife regions
Jarrod Kyte
As Covid bought an abrupt stop to international tourism, concerns quickly grew over the impact this would have on India’s national…
Morning River Cruise, Amazon Rainforest
We’re B Corp Certified
Steppes Travel
At Steppes we believe in the power of travel as a force for good. This is fuelled by our continuously unwavering…

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Get in touch with our travel experts below, or alternatively call us on 01285 880980.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

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