White sailing yacht on water at sunset.

Sailing Adventures

Setting sail on a voyage at sea is the very epitome of the spirit of adventure. Our sailing adventures are a collection of our favourite small ship cruising destinations, covering the world’s most pristine marine environments.

In Europe, we have hand-picked our favourite gulets, catamarans, cruisers and yachts, while in Indonesia we have chosen the best traditional, phinisi-style boats.

You can either join a trip with other like-minded passengers or you can charter the boats for your own private group. While each vessel has a distinct character, they all have in common their commitment to providing a high-end service onboard combined with exceptional experiences off the ship.

‘So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’


Take to the seas, on a voyage of a lifetime navigating the beautiful crystal waters of the Sea of Cortez that sits between the east coast of Baja California and mainland Mexico or sail on the Tiger Blue, a two-masted Indonesian phinisi around spectacular coral reefs and swim with manta rays.

Sailing adventures are ideal for travellers wanting a relaxed way of exploring marine life and picturesque islands yet still deliver exciting and thrill-seeking possibilities for those travellers seeking something a little more adventurous.
Aparthied Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

A Walk with Nelson Mandela’s Prison Guard

Spend a morning in the company of former prison warden and close friend of Nelson Mandela, Christo Brand. Gain privileged access to Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison where Mandela was held after 18 years on Robben Island, and learn more about the fascinating alliance that grew and endured between prisoner and warden.

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Night sky at Marataba Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserves, South Africa

Night Sky Safari

Join a night sky safari to learn more about the vast African skies – your guides will point out the seasonally shifting constellations and those that are unique to the southern hemisphere.

Exterior of Great Fish River Lodge, Kwandwe Private Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Fishing in South Africa

Try your hand at catch and release fishing, either in still reservoir waters or the currents of the Great Fish River in the Eastern Cape Game Reserves.

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Dawn, Flinders Ranges

Nilpena National Park Fossils

Visit Nilpena National Park in the northern Flinders Ranges where the remains of ancient seabeds dating from the Ediacaran period reveal thousands of incredibly well preserved early life form fossils, some half a billion years old!

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Luxor, Aswan, Egypt

Personal Egyptologist in Luxor

As the sun rises over the temples dedicated to the Gods and sets over the mortuary tombs on the bank of the Nile, it was mesmerising listening to Ahmed, our private guide. Listening to the stories in wonder at the mysteries of the traditions and rituals of Ancient Egypt, whilst being mesmerised by the architecture is incredible. Having our own Egyptologist was a special experience and one I would recommend to anyone visiting the Valley of the Kings and the East Bank in Luxor.

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Keel-Billed Toucan, Costa Rica

Wildife of Tortuguero

Peacefully meander down the waterways of Tortuguero National Park by canoe, getting up close and personal with birdlife, colourful frogs and lizards, playful monkeys and sloths. You are surrounded by the warm Caribbean sea, where you can watch baby turtles taking their first steps towards the sea.

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Milky way, Kwessi Dunes, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Stargazing in the Namib Desert

Lying in the Namib Desert at night, being hypnotised by the seemingly infinite milky way.

Forest spirit, Cameroon

Forest spirits in Cameroon

Suspending my disbelief as a forest spirit appeared out of nowhere at our campsite in the D’Ja reserve.

Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada Mausoleum, Jodhpur, India

Mehrangarh Fort by Night

The best time to visit the Mehrangarh Fort, with its unique and impressive setting, is after 5pm when it closes to the public and the sun is casting the last of its soft orange rays over the city. Joined by the museum curator, take a private tour through the fort that includes personal stories and anecdotes about the various exhibits and collections.

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Lake Pichola & City Palace, Udaipur, India

Private boat ride on Lake Pichola

Board a boat for a private journey on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

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SS MISR Royal Steamer, Exterior of boat on the Nile, Nile Cruise, Egypt

Royal Steam Ship MISR

Sea Star Journey, Galapagos Islands

Sea Star

Mutum expedition boat exterior, Brazil

Mutum Expeditions

Kazazian Cruises exterior, Egypt

Kazazian Cruises

Exterior of Crucero Amazonas, Peru

Crucero Amazonas

Le Commandant Charcot

Le Commandant Charcot

Polar Pioneer Sea Ice

Polar Pioneer

MS Seaventure, Aerial view of ship ice breaking, Antarctica

MS Seaventure

Sylvia Earle

World Explorer copyright Sam Crimmin

World Explorer

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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