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.

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.

Kayak in Abel Tasman, New Zealand

Kayak around Split Apple Rock in searching for marine life.

Beaver reintroduction

Visit a beaver reintroduction project in Devon.

Butterfly conservation

Help with butterfly conservation and census work in the Cotswolds.

Tree-planting in the UK

Get involved with a tree-planting project or other land restoration in the UK, perhaps even at our Steppes Travel forest in Brigg, Scunthorpe.

Explore Cairngorms Connect

Take a rewilding tour of the Cairngorms for privileged insight into Cairngorms Connect.

White-tailed eagles in Scotland

Photograph white-tailed eagles and learn about their conservation in Scotland.

British Trust for Ornithology

Take part in a fieldwork survey under the auspices of the British Trust for Ornithology.

Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Explore Alladale Wilderness Reserve to learn about wild cat reintroduction programmes.

Pine martens in the Forest of Dean

Learn about the reintroduction of pine martens to the Forest of Dean.

Visit Knepp Estate in West Sussex

Since 2001, the land at Knepp – once intensively farmed – has been devoted to a pioneering rewilding programme. Extremely rare species like turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies are now breeding here; and populations of more common species are rocketing.

About our boat selection.

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

Irrawaddy River, Belmond Road to Mandalay, Myanmar

Belmond Road to Mandalay

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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