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Everyone in the Steppes Travel team loves to see and experience those far-off and unknown lands just as much as you, our clients. That means, as we’re busy keeping our ears to the ground, we’re also carefully choosing only that which spurs on our sense of adventure to share with you. Take a look below and discover what we believe to be some of the most extraordinary new experiences on our map right now.

An extraordinary new private yacht in Greece

Cruise the Ionian islands on a beautiful new yacht designed to give a couple or a family of four the ultimate in privacy and choice. Alexa J has stylish interiors and plenty of space – but it’s the service that is most remarkable. Your own cruise director, divemaster, spa therapist and chef will make for an exceptional holiday.

Alexa J yacht, Greece

Slowly wind down the Ganges on your own private boat

Rivers have a strong and romantic allure. Follow their course and you are sure to discover people with a fascinating history, culture and solid sense of place. The Ganges is no exception; and with the launch of Nauka Vilas, a new, elegant one-bedroom wooden ship, you can discover the Ganges in exclusive style.

New train route from South Australia to Queensland

Explore the outback interior and rugged coastline of South Australia before boarding Australia’s newest train, bound for Brisbane. Over three days, travel across south-east Australia, stop in the Grampians and Canberra, and then arrive in Brisbane. It’s the perfect base from which to explore the reef and rainforest of Queensland.

Indian Pacific Train heading Eastbound through Clare Valley, Australia

Immerse yourself in rural China

The perfect holiday if you are looking for a fascinating insight into rural Chinese life. Songtsam’s collection of lodges and rural retreats has recently been enhanced with four new properties in Tibet. They now make a 14-night circuit of the area possible which starts in Lhasa and finishes in Lijiang (or v.v), using Range Rover Discovery 5s.

Urban art with James Delaney in Johannesburg

Explore the urban landscape of Johannesburg in the company of James Delaney, a Johannesburg native who guided Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on her recent visit. An artist and sculptor, he will show you the neighbourhoods that form his canvas and serve as his inspiration.

Spot one of the world’s most endangered lemurs

Madagascar’s tropical north remains relatively unvisited but hides a wealth of unique species, such as the Perrier’s sifaka – said to be the one of the most endangered primates in the world. These jet-black lemurs can only be seen from the aptly-named Black Lemur Camp, a community-run enterprise protecting their last remaining habitat.

Perrier’s sifaka in Madagascar

An airship to the North Pole

The most innovative holiday we have come across in years. Using a hybrid aircraft propelled by helium, Oceansky are offering a journey to the North Pole in the world’s largest, most-sustainable flying machine. This ambitious expedition is scheduled to take its maiden flight from Svalbard in 2023.

Oceansky Airship

Your own home in Peru and helicopter transfers in Cusco

Stay in a Peruvian ‘home away from home’ that gives you privacy, a sense of place and a relaxed experience away from the protocol of hotels. For the ultimate airport transfer, allow us to organise a helicopter to take you from Cusco airport to the Sacred Valley while flying over some of the region’s spectacular sights.

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Author: Steppes Travel