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

Cruises and Voyages

Cruising allows you to navigate sights and experience an authentic taste of local life well off the beaten track.

Whether it’s a small expedition vessel exploring nooks and crannies that bigger ships can’t reach, an Antarctic cruise, a luxury exclusive charter or a fascinating cultural journey crossing continents, Steppes Travel is keen to highlight the benefits of voyaging, especially on smaller ships and yachts for those wanting a more personal and hands-on experience.

Previous expert-led cruises have included Galapagos with Liz Bonnin, Papua New Guinea with Chris Packham, Galapagos with Monty Halls and Antarctica with Wade Davis, Sue Flood and Stephen Venables. We have some exciting expert-led cruises lined up with Richard Dawkins in Hawaii, Jo Ruxton in Galapagos and Julian and Evelyn Dowdeswell from The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute to the Ross Sea.

Spirit of Enderby 3, Antarctica

Polar Cruises

Remote, inaccessible and harsh yet utterly beguiling, long has Antarctica’s incomparable scenery, an exotic cast of wildlife and rich history beckoned the intrepid traveller. With 20 years experience of offering polar trips, Steppes Travel provides unparalleled first-hand knowledge, including tips and useful pointers you simply won’t find in any guidebook or website. Whether you have set your heart on seeing a polar bear or want to stand where very few have on the North Pole, polar cruises of all sizes can offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Polar Cruises

Fisherman, Mekong river, Laos
Mekong River, Laos

River Cruises

Escape the cities and cruise along some of the world’s greatest rivers, exploring lesser-known sites in comfort and luxury. Time spent sailing is incredibly relaxing and a wonderful opportunity to observe picturesque landscapes, watch rural life and experience additional onboard activities from cookery demonstrations to language lessons or lectures from specialist guest speakers to spa treatments.

River Cruising

Blue footed booby at Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands

Expert-Led Cruises

We have chosen to work with a selection of experts in their field on Steppes Travel privately chartered boats to a selection of destinations worldwide. We carefully select our experts based on their personal insight, knowledge, companionship and influence.

We have some exciting expert-led cruises lined up with Richard Dawkins in Hawaii, Jo Ruxton in Galapagos and Julian and Evelyn Dowdeswell from The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute to the Ross Sea.

Expert-Led cruises

Ecce Navigo, Gulet, Turkey
Ecce Navigo Gulet, Gocek Marina, Turkey

Private Charters

There is always something magical about setting sail on your own private charter. Arrange your own itinerary and spend your holiday at your pace, explore the coasts, islands and seas in your own schooner, luxury yacht or gulet and be prepared for a holiday of a lifetime.

Private Charters

Galapagos Odyssey, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Cruises

Choosing a boat for your Galapagos Islands cruise can be tricky with so many to choose from. At Steppes Travel we have done the hard work for you. Between our Galapagos specialist team we have visited the islands over 15 times and been on all the boats. We can tell you which boats have more cabin space, which are more stable, which have private balconies and those that have interconnecting cabins.

Galapagos Cruises

Cruise Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made cruise ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique cruise adventure.

About our boat selection.

Aqua Mare, Galapagos, Ecuador

Aqua Mare

Sylvia Earle, Aurora Expeditions

Sylvia Earle

Ultramarine, Quark


World Explorer copyright Sam Crimmin

World Explorer

Stockholm, Polar Quest


Sjoveien, Polar Quest


MV Hondius


Overhead view Aqua blu boat, Indonesia

Aqua Blu

Exterior, Ganges Voyager, India

Ganges Voyager

Boat, Nauka Vilas, West Bengal, India

Nauka Vilas

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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Roxy Dukes

I love to squeeze as much out of my day as possible. An outdoors fanatic, I love to delve into harsh environments having summited numerous mountains and trail running into the unknown whenever I get the chance – whether at home or overseas. Funnily enough, it didn’t start like that. It took a few years for the burning fire of adventure to truly take light with my eyes opened by the adventures travel could afford.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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What can I say – Sue knew everything there was to know about Spitsbergen. The number of options can be overwhelming, but from my first conversation with Sue I knew we would be pointed in the right direction.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

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.

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