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    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.

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    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.

Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands

Expert-Led Cruises

Join one of our exclusive small boat charters to destinations including Galapagos, Antarctica and Indonesia.

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.    

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.

Map of the South Pole
Antarctica

Ross Sea Voyage with The Friends of SPRI

Follow in the wake of the early explorers, Scott, Shackleton, Mertz and Mawson, travelling to one of the remotest places on the planet. The Ross Sea is synonymous with the history of polar exploration and has epic landscapes to match the endeavours of men like Scott and Shackleton. This epic 32-day day voyage travels from Bluff, New Zealand across to Ushuaia, Argentina and has been put together in conjunction with The Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI).

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Sue Flood
Sue Flood

Great Bear Rainforest with Sue Flood

This is a unique opportunity to travel around one of the last remaining protected habitats for bears, Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, with a world-renowned photographer Sue Flood and expert naturalists. We have deliberately limited the number joining this group to 10 people plus your photographic leader, Sue Flood. The boat has a capacity for 14 people but we are keen to give our clients extra space on board.

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Galapagos with Jonathan Green

Spend eight days exploring the western and southern islands of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of seasoned naturalist, Jonathan Green. Explore eight distinct islands from the comfortable platform of the motor yacht, Natural Paradise. In Jonathan Green, Steppes Travel is confident to have found one of the best guides in the Galapagos. As well as being a Galapagos National Park guide, Jonathan is a divemaster, a passionate wildlife photographer and founder of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project that featured on BBC Blue Planet II.

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Jo Ruxton
Jo Ruxton

Galapagos with Jo Ruxton

Join our special Galapagos Island charter in collaboration with New Scientist. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the Galapagos Islands, with marine conservationist and producer of the documentary A Plastic Ocean, Jo Ruxton. Jo has worked with the BBC Natural History unit and was part of the celebrated Blue Planet team. Spend eight days exploring the archipelago with opportunities to explore a selection of islands on foot, by panga (dingy) and snorkelling.

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Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins

Hawaii with Richard Dawkins

Hawaii is one of the earth’s youngest island chains with geological makeup including white, black, even green and red sand beaches. Learn about the geology of the islands that are born of fire and made up of the world’s most active volcanoes. Led by British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and supported by New Scientist, this is an insight into Hawaii that goes beyond the everyday.

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Ortelius, Antarctica

Ortelius

Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands

Natural Paradise

Island Roamer, British Columbia, Canada

Island Roamer

Safari Explorer boat

Safari Explorer

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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Paul Bird

It wasn’t part of the script, career plans were quite different but after four global trips visiting such exciting destinations, travel became a passion that eventually led to me entering the industry. The more I have travelled the greater the desire has been to see and do more.
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John Faithfull

My love affair with travel began in a vintage Italian train carriage at sunset on a hot and sticky September evening in 1983. Sardined into a two-bench compartment, I’d spent five hours sharing sweaty thighs, broken-Italian pleasantries and furtive glances while rattling towards Turin, stopping at every wisteria-draped village along the way.
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Roxy was excellent at knowing what we needed from our family trip to the Galapagos Islands. Despite booking it with little time to spare, everything was seamlessly arranged with very little effort from us.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
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