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Wildlife Cruises

Our collection of wildlife cruises provides the perfect platform from which to encounter wildlife in a memorable but responsible fashion. The emphasis will be on getting off the ship, using tenders and Zodiacs to explore secret waterways or landing on remote islands to see wildlife on foot.

Using only small ships you will be able to access coves and inlets that bigger ships cannot access. So, while the wildlife will be prolific, the tourist footfall will be less so. Where permissible, you will be given the chance to get under the surface to snorkel or dive. And of course, our cruises have been chosen to ensure your naturalist guides are of the highest calibre.

Our team are passionate about wildlife and about getting you close, sometimes extremely close for the most incredible experiences. Unlike traditional safaris or trekking for wildlife on land, a wildlife cruise is a perfect opportunity for those explorers motivated by a love of the sea and that have a desire to see some of the world’s most spectacular marine environments.

About our boat selection.

Irrawaddy River, Belmond Road to Mandalay, Myanmar

Belmond Road to Mandalay

Gulet Fortuna, Bodrum Marina, Turkey

Gulet Fortuna

Gulet Nikola, Bodrum Marina, Turkey

Gulet Nikola

Alexa J exterior

Alexa J

Island Sky, Antarctica

Island Sky

Exterior, M/V Aria, Amazon, Peru

Aria Amazon

Exterior View, Tupaiu, Amazon, Brazil

Tupaiu

Anakonda Cruise

Anakonda

Delfin I, Peruvian Amazon

Delfin I

Tucano river cruise

Tucano

Experiences

Riding in the Desert

Riding through Chile’s Atacama Desert close to the Moon Valley on a light chestnut mare named Constantina was an afternoon well spent. The landscape was seemingly endless and little gustnadoes swirled all around.

Twilight in Valparaiso

I was not a particular fan of Valparaiso, but then again, busy streets have never been of much interest to me. That was until nightfall. The winding avenues glowed orange under street lamps, artful graffitis peeked from the shadows, and the harbour was lit as though by fireflies.

Picnic in Patagonia

Taking a leisurely lunch break next to a dazzling lake in Torres del Paine National Park, I watched my horse slumber against a backdrop of the cloud-masked Paine Massif. On this chilly day, the hot stew and red wine made for a welcome al-fresco snack.

Now Illegal Atacama Ballooning

My trip to the Atacama Desert coincided with the last week of legal hot air ballooning over the vast moon-like landscape. The local Atacamaneans had won their legal battle to ban the sky-bound jaunts, so I was one of the last to see this epic place from above.

Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro

In reaching the pinnacle of one of the Seven Summits, battling -20 degree windchill with my inhaler in tow, I understood the grandeur of Earth and my infinitesimal place on it – a wondrous feeling that never left.

Explore the Keralan Backwaters

Stay overnight on board your own private houseboat and explore the peaceful canal-ways of this fascinating river system.

Visit The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Amritsar is home to the Golden Temple, the spiritual nerve centre of the Sikh faith.

Heli-Tour the Ice Bubbles of Abraham Lake

Board a helicopter to Abraham Lake to view the mesmerising snow bubbles. This stunning lake completely freezes over in the winter and in the process traps methane gas underneath the ice creating a spectacular visual display!

Dog Sledding in B.C.

Mush your own team of dogs across the British Columbia landscape during the cold winter months.

Ride the Rocky Mountaineer

Take a trip on the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer for a luxurious and iconic journey through the landscapes of British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies.

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Four seasons Tented camp certainly had the wow factor. The pool is in the top 100 in the world and so it should be - in the jungle, on stilts with views of the river and elephants wandering around below - totally stunning. The food was fantastic and they were so attentive with my husband’s diet of no gluten - nothing was too much trouble. The elephant experience - I just didn't expect to have so much freedom with them, and we were with them so long. I would recommend this hotel to the entire world but there are only 16 rooms and I would like to return!

Destination: Thailand
Hotel: Four Seasons Tented Camp

It really helped that Clare and Amy had personal experience of where they were sending me and could describe the experiences and answer a ton of questions. You guys are fantastic.

Malaysia

Ours was rather a last minute holiday for 5 adults wanting slightly different experiences and needing to fit in two Rugby World Cup matches. Steppes absolutely nailed it in terms of helping us put the itinerary together and dealing with last minute changes of plan.

Japan

The Temple House is probably one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Quite gorgeous, central, quiet and beautifully run.

Destination: China
Hotel: The Temple House

Clare's guidance enabled me to achieve my objectives, to photograph giant panda. The three guides were absolutely excellent in every respect - knowledgeable, responsive and always smiling.

Destination: China
Travel Expert: Clare

Clare was brilliant when I was organising my holiday and understood my brief from the word go. Some of my trip was as a lone traveller and she made sure I was well looked after the whole time - every part of my itinerary worked perfectly and was very well organised. All of the guides were excellent with wonderful local knowledge and lots of ideas to keep the itinerary interesting and flexible.

Destinations: Malaysia and China
Travel Expert: Clare

Amy really understood the type of holiday we were looking for with a real mixture of accommodation and activities ranging from relaxing to exciting. When I asked for a private pool on the beach that's exactly what she delivered. Amy embraced every request, making sure they blended, giving us something new and exciting at every turn. The ethos of Steppes travel is what will always set you aside. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Destination: Thailand
Travel Expert: Amy

Our guide in Cairo was obviously one of the best and did wonders for our knowledge of the ancient history of Egypt.

Egypt

We are back now and I just wanted to thank you for your excellent planning and arrangements for what turned out to be a wonderful - albeit short - holiday! Without exception the service we received from your agents was terrific: we felt we got the total 5-star treatment! All the airport arrivals, departures and transfers were handled superbly and the service left us feeling very well cared for.

Egypt

Our Travel Expert, Tom,  at Steppes had visited the region only six months prior, so he was able to give current, first-hand information to customise our trip.

Russia

I had immediate responses to any questions applying for Russian visas and paper work.

Russia

We have never really been into organised holidays, but since going on the St Petersburg we have not stopped smiling at how wonderful it is to be told to be somewhere at a certain time, and then you made the "magic" happen! We are converts.

Russia

Altogether an excellent experience to use Steppes Travel.

Russia

Amira was a walking encyclopaedia,answering all our questions. She was wonderful.

Russia

I thought Ameena, our guide, was amazing! She was so knowledgeable about everything and very approachable. She is a wonderful asset to have.

Russia

Our guide in Moscow, Natalia, made the trip. She told personal stories along with her vast knowledge of her country that enriched our trip.

Russia

We thought Amina Tilyashova was the most knowledgeable guide we have ever had anywhere on our travels and a very nice person too.

Russia

Guides were superb! An excellent insight into the city and the country

Russia

Yulya our local guide was massively knowledgeable and informative and for her, nothing was too much trouble. Ten out of ten

Russia

Sara in Seville was a great, very good idea to have the bicycle tour!

Spain

I've never felt better-taken care of by a tour agency.

Spain

We usually book our own holidays but found your service super-efficient and will definitely book through you in future.

Spain

A well-chosen itinerary; good hotels and a good car made for a thoroughly enjoyable ten days' holiday.

Spain

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and your team for looking after us so well! Who could have foreseen electric storms (according to the locals in Buenos Aires – the worst in 10 years!) and the civil unrest in Chile.  You couldn’t have looked after us better if you had been on the spot! We had an AWESOME adventure – your advice and suggestions were bang on the nail every time. Each hotel was better than the next and the cruise was FANTASTIC, the scenery throughout the trip was amazing!

Destination: Argentina & Chile
Travel Expert: Paul

The early morning balloon trip was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip, but a trip of so many lovely and varied highlights. The wine tasting was such a lovely surprise and what a great region for wines. Thank you for arranging this. We look forward to our next adventure with Steppes!

Turkey

It is always a pleasure to 'plan' adventures with Steppes and to travel in the knowledge that everything has been carefully thought through in advance by experts who know exactly what they are talking about and go out of their way to tailor-make each trip.  Having all the 'bits in-between' planned for in advance means that we can travel worry-free which adds to the overall pleasure of the trip. I'd give you 10/10!

Steppes Travel

What really separated Steppes from the rest of the pack was their willingness to work so patiently and with such an open mind with my rather specific desires.

Steppes Travel

Roxy advised that we sail around the Hawaiian Islands, so that we could see as many of the islands as possible (including very remote ones) while getting to snorkel, kayak and meet local communities. What a perfect recommendation - our journey was a once in a lifetime experience.

Destination: Hawaii
Travel Expert: Roxy

Very positive experience - guide in Athens incredible. Top marks to the lady who took us around the Acropolis.

Greece

Outlining a trip and having Joe fill in the details and make suggestions or changes meant we had a wonderful experience.

India

The guide in Athens was excellent, she was an expert archaeologist, with a great sense of humour and the ability to make what could be a dry subject very entertaining. She also gave us tips on our other visits.

Athens - Greece

What really separated Steppes from the rest of the pack was their willingness to work so patiently and with such an open mind with my rather specific desires.

Steppes Travel

I really felt like Tom Frost listened and did his very best to meet my demands.  Very soon I was trusting him implicitly and placing a high value on his advice.  I am so glad I did!

Egypt

Guides knowledge excellent and he left no stone unturned! The driver was excellent. Between them, they made our holiday.

Eastern Turkey

Our drivers and guides always went the extra mile and threw in extra stops.

Georgia

Our guide, Kristina in Armenia was lovely and friendly and chatty.

Armenia

It is always a pleasure to 'plan' adventures with Steppes and to travel in the knowledge that everything has been carefully thought through in advance by experts who know exactly what they are talking about and go out of their way to tailor-make each trip.  Having all the 'bits in-between' planned for in advance means that we can travel worry-free which adds to the overall pleasure of the trip. I'd give you 10/10!  

Steppes Travel - Mrs Comin

I was thoroughly and consistently impressed with the Steppes home office--amazing attention to detail, follow-up, patience with my endless demands and tweaking of the schedule.  The team were superb with everything they did for me.  I am so very pleased with their efforts and results; they have won me over to Steppes for life!  

Steppes Travel

First Class Service

Israel

All guides, drivers and vehicles were superb and we it was such a great way to see everything and know everything. The service was excellent.

India

Joe was wonderful and very knowledgeable about India. He was patient with us as we made numerous changes to the itinerary and very quick to respond.  

India

Charlotte knows India extremely well. Very happy to answer even the most trivial of questions. Nothing is too much trouble.

India

Outlining a trip and having Joe fill in the details and make suggestions or changes meant we had a wonderful experience.

India

Youssef, our driver, looked after us very well. He was always calm and friendly and made us feel comfortable and relaxed. All our other guides were very professional, friendly and gave us a good sense of the country.

Morocco

We liked Villa des Orangers very much and would stay there again. We loved Dar Ahlam - one of our top hotels anywhere. The rooms and garden are wonderful, and the quiet, friendly atmosphere created by Mungo and Romilly was very special. The food was outstanding and the hammam was great.

Morocco - Villa Orangers and Dar Ahlam Review

The guides and itinerary were good. Our local driver, in particular, was excellent.

Morocco

We left Uruguay feeling like we had really had an insider's experience. James sent us to some of the highlights destinations, but also to some lesser-visited spots where we came across no other tourists.

Destination: Uruguay
Travel Expert: James

John's communication skills are second to none, and his knowledge of Mexico equally as impressive. We will not think twice before asking for his help with our next adventure in the Americas.

Destination: Mexico
Travel Expert: John

John unveiled a side of Jamaica that we had not expected - while we knew the beaches would be spectacular, we were blown away by the opportunities to spend time in the mountains. Aside from the holiday itself, we were so impressed with the communication with John throughout.

Destination: Jamaica
Travel Expert: John

We visited both Trinidad and Tobago on a trip planned seamlessly by John. Thank you for pouring so much effort into our trip, going above and beyond to tailor excursions and properties to our requirements.

Destination: Trinidad & Tobago
Travel Expert: John

We knew we wanted to visit Suriname, but we didn’t know where to start and couldn’t find many resources. John put us at ease immediately, and we knew that we were in safe hands with his expertise.

Destination: Suriname
Travel Expert: John

Thank you, Sue, for arranging our family snowmobiling trip, which was simply out of this world. We left with memories to last a lifetime.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue knew how important it was to me to spot polar bears and did everything she could to ensure we had the best chances possible. We were even lucky enough to see Arctic foxes and walruses.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

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

We knew we wanted to visit Saint Lucia, but we were unprepared for the itinerary that John prepared. He went far beyond just a typical beach stay, arranging snorkelling, guided hiking, and even a visit to a historic plantation house.

Destination: Saint Lucia
Travel Expert: John

We had a blissful stay in Saint Kitts, and John has considered everything from properties with pools to amazing wildlife sightings.

Destination: Saint Kitts and Nevis
Travel Expert: John

Sue let me know that Steppes had been arranging voyages to the Russian Arctic since the 1980’s, and their experience was evident. What a trip!

Destination: Russian Arctic
Travel Expert: Sue

Paul put together a spectacular trip through the highlights of Peru, and no detail was missed. His recommendations for acclimatising were particularly helpful, and something no one else I spoke to had mentioned.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: Paul

I have always wanted to see the Panama Canal, but John’s suggestion of sailing in the Guna Yala was a fantastic addition that we had not considered prior to speaking with him.

Destination: Panama
Travel Expert: John

Our adventure to the North Pole was everything we could have wished for and more. Sue made sure the logistics of our itinerary were seamless from start to finish.

Destination: North Pole
Travel Expert: Sue

John’s first-hand knowledge of Nicaragua was indispensable – because of him, we visited places like Ometepe Island and San Juan del Sur that we had never considered.

Destination: Nicaragua
Travel Expert: John

Wow! We were blown away by the variety in Honduras, especially the crystal-clear waters and coral reefs. Thank you to John for planning all the details of this trip.

Destination: Honduras
Travel Expert: John

John created a highly customised itinerary for us in Grenada that included the most amazing snorkelling we have ever done! Thanks also for picking such idyllic properties.

Destination: Grenada
Travel Expert: John

From the Northern Lights to meeting Innuits, Sue put together a trip that exceeded all our expectations. She was the most knowledgeable of anyone we spoke to about Greenland, and we could tell she knew things that only come from personal travels.

Destination: Greenland
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue listened to what we wanted from our trip and recommended that the windswept Falkland Islands were the place for us, and how right she was.

Destination: Falkland Islands
Travel Expert: Sue

We are so happy that we decided to take John’s advice and add on an El Salvador extension to our Honduras trip. We felt like we were the only ‘tourists’ in the whole country.

Destination: El Salvador
Travel Expert: John

Snorkelling with colossal humpback whales is something we will never forget. Thank you, John, for recommending the Dominican Republic for our underwater adventure.

Destination: Dominican Republic
Travel Expert: John

John knew the ins and outs of Cuba and was able to answer every question (big and small) that we had. We really feel that we had an off the beaten track experience in this already mysterious country.

Destination: Cuba
Travel Expert: John

Great work from John. The additions of zip-lining and surfing lessons were exciting experiences that we would not have considered without his expert guidance.

Destination: Costa Rica
Travel Expert: John

Sailing around the Rosario Islands was not something we had even considered, but we are so grateful to John for putting this enchanting archipelago on our radar.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

John put together a phenomenal itinerary to Colombia that included the Colombian Amazon, a place that we understand to be little visited. What a trip it was – you have made Steppes clients out of us, John.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

Paul created an itinerary that perfectly suited our interests, and we were particularly impressed with the properties that he selected for us. Thank you for recommending we visit the Atacama Desert, which we hadn’t even thought of visiting, but which turned out to be the highlight.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: Paul

We couldn’t believe that it was possible to see so many beluga whales and polar bears in one trip. This was a remarkable trip and one that was fantastically well put together by Sue.

Destination: Canadian Arctic
Travel Expert: Sue

After years of dreaming about a trip like this, I entrusted the planning and logistics to Sue. What a seamless journey and the most memorable trip – I will never forget seeing a narwhal for the first time.

Destination: Canadian Arctic
Travel Expert: Sue

We could tell from the offset that James had a knowledge of Bolivia that was unmatched – far superior to anyone we had spoken to prior. James understood what we wanted and ensured the itinerary was interspersed with incredible experiences.

Destination: Bolivia
Travel Expert: James

James, you have made Steppes travellers out of us. From ensuring acclimatisation time was built into our schedule to suggesting we stay in a hotel made from salt, you created an itinerary that was far more detailed than anything we could have imagined.

Destination: Bolivia
Travel Expert: James

Thank you, Sue, for knowing which vessel suited our requirements for our trip to Baja California – in choosing a sailing accompanied by a National Geographic photographer, we have come home with both great photographs and great stories to tell.

Destination: Baja California
Travel Expert: Sue

John is a true conversationalist and was a delight to deal with. In fact, we enjoyed hearing his stories about whale-watching in Baja California so much that we were quick to plan our trip with him and benefit from his first-hand knowledge.

Destination: Baja California
Travel Expert: John

Paul did everything from making dinner reservations in Buenos Aires to booking specific rooms in the Lake District that he knew would give us the best view.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: Paul

Paul listened carefully to what we wanted from our travels in Argentina and put together a really special itinerary that was perfectly tailored to us.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: Paul

Thanks to James for planning this trip of a lifetime through Argentina, a place we have always wanted to see. We were able to visit everywhere from Patagonia in the south to the Iguazu Falls in the north, and all with very little effort on our part.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: James

We were blown away by Sue’s in-depth knowledge of everything from endemic species to the history of Shackleton and his men. No question we had went unanswered, and no little detail was missed.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue forewarned us that there would be no words to describe South Georgia and that our photos wouldn’t do it justice, and how right she was. All we can say is “see for yourself”. Thank you, Sue, for your indispensable advice.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue’s extensive first-hand knowledge of Antarctica was so apparent from our first phone call. She was able to help us select the ideal route and vessel for our needs, and with her guidance we were able to see the emperor penguins!

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Dimitris was first class, as a safe, smooth driver, a very likeable man and a wonderful foodie who always found us great restaurants.

Greece

The cars and drivers were great -, especially in Cairo. We loved Hashim in Cairo- he was so good-natured, charming and thoughtful.

Egypt

The choice of accommodation was absolutely excellent throughout! Mohamed Saad, our guide from Luxor onwards, was outstanding and should be recommended strongly. We also hired an ornithological expert ( Shaban ) for a morning - excellent.

Egypt

The Oberoi Philae was fantastic in every respect.

Egypt - Oberoi Philae

What really made the trip so special were your amazing guides and drivers.

Nepal

In Kathmandu, our guide Archie was fabulous. She was knowledgeable, thoughtful, fun, warm, open and a total pleasure to have with us. She really made sure we got the most out of our two days in Kathmandu - a real class act.

Nepal

We were very happy with our two guides -- BorgThor and Magnus. We would absolutely look forward to working with them again and will recommend them to others heading to Iceland.

Iceland

All brilliant, thank you. I loved not wearing any shoes! It was an amazing place and service and accommodation outstanding.  

Maldives

The staff were lovely and made us feel very welcome. Attentive to any request we had, though we didn't have many as most things had already been attended to!  

Maldives

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
Travel Expert: Roxy

John at Steppes has been excellent, brilliantly helpful, so knowledgeable and always happy to answer questions. He was brilliant at really listening to us in our first conversations, and tailored a trip that suited us perfectly.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: John

What a wonderful trip. I especially enjoyed snorkelling with playful sea lions, swimming with penguins, seeing a huge manta ray and spotting the occasional shark.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: Roxy

As usual all aspects of this trip went like clockwork, even thought we were in South America where timings can be different to other parts of the world! This we put down to the work done by Paul and his knowledge of the country.

Destination: Ecuador
Travel Expert: Paul

All I can say is “everything was perfect”.

Destination: Canadian Arctic
Travel Expert: Roxy

Roxy was FANTASTIC at recommending the best place and season to go to see bears in Canada. We saw 47 in total, and 3 of these were up close and personal. Roxy was very professional and helpful, especially when my friends circumstances changed.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

We had a truly amazing trip and everything was so very well planned by Paul - this trip will be hard to beat.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

Roxy did a truly wonderful job at arranging our itinerary, which was very unique.

Destination: Brazil
Travel Expert: Roxy

Paul excelled himself in putting together our unusual itinerary to the Amazon Rainforest. He was conscientious, listened to what we liked and made excellent suggestions.

Destination: Amazon
Travel Expert: Paul

Roxy recommended that we should add on a trip to the Amazon ahead of our Galapagos Islands journey, and what a brilliant addition it was. We loved every moment of our time in both places, and were impressed with Roxy's advice.

Destination: Amazon & Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: Roxy

Knowledgeable, approachable, enthusiastic, and keen to make sure we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. I was so impressed with Roxy's hard work.

Destination: Alaska
Travel Expert: Roxy

Everything went smoothly with minimum effort on our part. We really felt Roxy take all of the arrangements off our hands, making our trip so easy, allowing us to completely concentrate on enjoying the experience.

Destination: Alaska
Travel Expert: Roxy

Jackie listened very carefully to our requirements and followed them to the letter. Couldn’t have asked for more.

Zambia

Katie was clearly knowledgeable, and provided good additional advice on restaurants etc. She kept me in the loop at all times as to how the booking was proceeding, and travel docs were issued as planned.

Destination: Italy
Travel Expert: Katie

Katie was very helpful and extremely responsive in arranging our hotel. Help and advice was always forthcoming and invaluable.

Destination: Italy
Travel Expert: Katie

Joan Riera was superb, very knowledgeable and excellent company. Continue doing what you are doing and offering super interesting trips.

Cameroon

The train was out of this world - the staff were friendly and helpful and the food excellent.

Trans Siberian - Golden Eagle Train

From my first conversation with Roxy, it was clear that her knowledge was very good indeed. She listened to our ideas and created a fantastic bespoke holiday for us, and the pre-trip information was first class.

Destination: USA
Travel Expert: Roxy

All the way through the process - from us explaining what we wanted through to the programme that Roxy created - everything was excellent. Roxy understood our requirements perfectly and created a trip that exactly fitted the bill.

Destination: USA
Travel Expert: Roxy

Don’t think I’ve ever had a guide with two undergraduate degrees, one Masters, studying for a PhD in Greek inscriptions in Georgia! She is excellent.

Georgia

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you as we planned this trip together. Every detail was planned and executed to perfection.

Croatia

Excellent, well-rounded tour of both Armenia and Georgia, which enabled you to compare the two nations and gave a comprehensive overview of the common heritage.

Armenia

From the very initial point of contact to the receipt of the travel documentation, Joe and Amy were excellent. They responded promptly to all our questions (which were numerous) and were able to provide us with all the information needed for the trip. Superb service for a magnificent trip and experience.

Albania

So many thanks indeed for the care and time that you put into organising this trip for us. I cannot underestimate the value of the latter in terms of reading what we wanted and then advising on the best way to achieve that. As I am sure you will know only too well, other operators are over keen to sell “this is what we do”, and make the sale. So thank you for putting together what will be a really memorable experience for us.

Destination: Guatemala
Travel Expert: James

Wow!! I don’t really know what to say except that our trip brilliant in every respect – a real once in a lifetime experience that I think we will struggle to beat!! What a place you sent us to, James!!!

Destination: Guyana
Travel Expert: James

I would especially mention the positive and really helpful advice of James, who even met with me to chat face to face before putting together a bespoke trip that really met all of our expectations. As a result, our time in Chile was a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: James

Paul is very knowledgeable about all the destinations we book with him. Always organised to a high standard and a great help, he gives us confidence in our trip.

Central Asia

What a brilliant boat and crew. The accommodation was excellent and the ship's crew handled all trips superbly.  An excellent holiday only made better by the knowledge of the experts and the overall organisation of the trip.

Papua New Guinea - True North

Deborah was simply fantastic in terms of helping out, putting together a first rate itinerary, finding solutions and giving advice. Thank you.

Papua New Guinea

Excellent organisation and itinerary, very professionally put together in an attractive package. Plus a great travel app. Amy was efficient, helpful and clearly knowledgeable.

New Zealand

Amy's experience of New Zealand was invaluable. Everything went like clockwork and the travel documentation and book you sent us were brilliant.

New Zealand

Your expertise helped us with our choices of activity, and we were often pleasantly surprised by some of the things arranged - the boat building at Inle was fascinating, we loved eating in the Burmese houses and thought that a real highlight and adored the ballooning in Bagan.

Myanmar

Paul is very knowledgeable about all the destinations we book with him. Always organised to a high standard and a great help, he gives us confidence in our trip.

Kyrgyzstan

Exceptional organisation. Absolutely nothing was left to chance and help was always a quick email away. I have no areas of complaint at all. I thought it was superb throughout.

Japan

Clare was terrific! At the last minute, I did a complete change of my plans, and she was incredibly graceful and positive about changing everything. The livaboard she recommended was great. I thoroughly enjoyed--and appreciated--working with her.

Indonesia

Paul Craven designed a really good itinerary in Mongolia, taking in the Eagle Festival, for a sole traveller at relatively short notice. My guide was a bird watching expert so I saw lots of birds and animals as I had hoped - he was an excellent guide and travelling companion making the trip really special.

Mongolia

Amy Waters is warm and friendly and went out of her way to try and resolve issues and meet any requests. Always helpful, noticing small details, lending a hand and quick to learn what appealed to us, drawing our attention to things that may be of interest.

Thailand

Paul's knowledge and expertise was invaluable when planning this trip. I told him where we wanted to go and the sort of hotels and things we wanted to do and everything was spot on - more than we ever expected! We will definitely be using Steppes Travel for future trips.

Thailand and Vietnam

Everything worked really well, including Steppes rapidly sorting out a visa refusal. We had a wonderful trip assisted by pretty well perfect weather and one of the best guides I have ever had.

Iran

The app was great and really useful whilst we were away. The information on tipping was perfect, we are never sure what to do in different countries so we just followed its advice. We have loved both the holidays we have booked through Steppes.

Vietnam

We could not have arranged this holiday to such a high standard without Steppes. The drivers must be some of the best I have ever encountered and both guides we had were superb, the service was impeccable and I doubt I could add any improvements.

Vietnam

Deborah was the best, getting back to us in a timely manner, always answering questions and being patient as we changed our plans. Our drivers were skilled and we always felt safe and our guide was the best ever. He was knowledgeable, willing to answer all questions, positive about his country but realistic, fun to talk with, courteous, full of energy and flexible. We could not have had a better person to introduce us to Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan

Deborah, our main contact was quick to respond and thoughtful. We requested a guide who was excellent in the history and lore of the region and she secured us the best guide we have ever encountered. Great team, great trip!

Uzbekistan

Very satisfied with all aspects of Steppes service and especially pleased with our guide whose deep knowledge of the country gave us a far better trip than we had even expected. We were inspired to keep learning more, both during the trip and afterwards.

Uzbekistan

Very efficient, knowledgeable and personal service from Paul. The whole holiday exceeded my expectations and the guides were soviet style superb.

Uzbekistan

A well planned holiday with great advice. As usual we have been very happy with Paul Craven at Steppes. The guides were very knowledgeable and vehicles and drivers excellent.

Laos

Paul put together our trip very quickly, within a month of leaving! He did a great job and we loved the little add ons such as a cookery class and fan making. All of the guides, drivers and vehicles were amazing.

China

The design and operation of this holiday was excellent and took us to places that we had hardly heard of. A great experience and opportunity to sample " Old China" before it becomes overcrowded. We were very happy with the whole procedure.

China

I highly recommend Pacha for your charter experience.

Croatia - Cruise - Pacha

We have been on trips all over the world and have chartered yachts many times. This was the best trip and experience we have ever enjoyed. The sights, the yacht, the crew, the food and beverage were top shelf all the time.

Turkey - Cruise

Very content with the prompt response to all my questions and the positive can-do vibes from Illona.

Zimbabwe

Bridget could not have been more helpful in organising all aspects of our trip, she was very knowledgeable about the country and was able to select a fantastic trip which worked well for the whole family.

Zimbabwe

Jackie listened very carefully to our requirements and followed them to the letter. Couldn't have asked for more

Zimbabwe

The advice from Steppes was brilliant- finding us 2 wonderful contrasting camps & a visit to Victoria Falls to finish - we had an amazing trip

Zambia

Detailed, speedy communications from Illona at all stages of the booking

Zambia

A very well balanced itinerary extremely well executed.

Zambia

Right from the first contact, it was clear Chris understood the kind of trip we wanted and his expert advice ensured we were able to plan and experience the perfect trip. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Chris and the rest of the Steppes team.

Uganda

Communication was particularly good and helpful when flight changes occurred during trip, and we needed support through an unplanned connection city

Uganda

We had an amazing trip and would do it again. While I indicated that we would not travel back to Tanzania, that is not a reflection on Tanzania, but rather our interest in exploring other places before making a return trip.

Tanzania

We have had some fantastic experiences with Steppes in the past, but have to say this trip was really up there. The lodge suggested by Ilona was amazing, transfers were fantastic, the communication beforehand from both Ilona and Vanessa was wonderful and the help we received when we had one small hiccup at our first hotel was outstanding. Thanks so much.

Tanzania

Itinerary gave a brilliant cross-section of Tanzanian wildlife and habitat.

Tanzania

Travel documentation was excellent - particularly the hard copies, which very useful on the road when access to the electronic version was not easily accessible. The hardcopies certainly impressed others in the group!

Sudan

Illona and her team were excellent, keeping me well informed, acting very promptly and extremely helpful.

Sudan

Illona and Ali put together a great holiday. The attention to detail made the experience a truly memorable one.

Sudan

We had the most amazing holiday. Thank you to all at Steppes and a huge thank you for our surprise meal at Ministry of Crab. We are so grateful.

Sri Lanka

It was all very last minute from us so Kate did a great job in responding to a change in dates and negotiating a good deal.

Sri Lanka

Kate Hitchen's help in organising this trip was excellent. She was very knowledgable and tailor-made our trip to suit our three teenage children.

Sri Lanka

The itinerary put together was excellent and surpassed our expectations. The last-minute pre-trip call from Bridget to make sure we had everything and for us to ask about any last-minute queries was welcome and very reassuring.

South Africa

I know from previous experience that Illona knows the country very well, and that is why I let her make the judgements about where best to stay, and I even change my mind about places, based on her advice. I get the photographs I want, because of this expertise and so it really adds value to my holiday. The advice was more than vindicated on this latest trip.

South Africa

An excellent holiday well organised with personal help from Illona. Always available to answer my questions. Everything worked like clockwork whilst in South Africa.

South Africa

Terrific. Debbie ensured we had all the information at hand and was excellent at communicating with us. This made the holiday experience a truly wonderful one.

Seychelles

We are very pleased to share our holidays with you. All was great. I will recommend you +++

Seychelles

Best trip Chris has put together for me.

Rwanda

Jackie was as excited as I was before my trip - I had an amazing time.

Rwanda

Chris gave us great recommendations. Good organisation and service. Added my son to the trip and it all worked very well.

Rwanda

Really helpful over the visa hurdles. Couldn't have negotiated the Russian questions without the excellent guide sheet.

Russia

We have had a fantastic experience with Steppes - thank you so much!

Reunion Island

Once again, I would like to thank James for organising our trip. Our visit to Peru was perfect. Each of the expert guides in Peru made the whole thing run like clockwork, and I cannot thank all of you enough.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: James

Great guidance both before the trip and during. The guide advised us to change the itinerary around a bit due to our late arrival and it all worked very well

Oman

We found the itinerary excellent and the places we visited / experiences exceeded our expectations. Documentation and briefing from both Steppes and their partner in Namibia was excellent.

Namibia

Illona put together a really good itinerary less than 6 weeks before departure. She was very efficient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Illona has arranged African trips for us before and she was as committed and helpful as ever.

Namibia

Jackie knew about the skeleton coast trip and was able to advise us on the suitability for a 10-year-old.

Namibia

As always, meticulously planned and well-presented.

Mozambique

This was a first-class trip in every way, meeting all that we hoped for. At Vamizi, we had outstandingly comfortable accommodation, terrific in-house service, and great diving and snorkelling.

Mozambique

Lots of information; and the trip was very well planned and easy to book.

Mozambique

A pleasure dealing with Steppes as always. Quick, efficient responses and a feeling that you are the only client they are dealing with!

Mauritius

A pleasure dealing with Steppes as always. Quick, efficient responses and a feeling that you are the only client they are dealing with!

Mauritius

The opportunity to meet Bridget at the Steppes Fesitval was a bonus and inspired us to book a Swim with Dolphins' trip.

Mauritius

Steppes helped me recover my lost camera from Kuala Lumpur airport. Fantastic service involving lots of extra work on my behalf, not only collecting it but returning it to my home address.

Malaysia

Chris was very knowledgeable and clearly has a love of Madagascar. It was great to talk the itinerary through with him. Both he and Deborah were very prompt in responding to my questions. I really appreciate having a digital copy of the itinerary.

Madagascar

I have used Steppes travel in the past for quite a few trips. Though slightly more on the price side, the holidays are well planned and executed. Local guides are very knowledgeable

Madagascar

Chris and Illona's enthusiasm for the destination coupled with knowledge on the ground ensured we stayed at great places and saw a varied perspective of the country.

Madagascar

Chris J and `the team` were absolutely first class in every direction.

Kenya

You created an amazing adventure for me!

Kenya

Bridget was extremely knowledgable and gave expert advice on everything we asked no matter how trivial our questions were! She even advised on the type of luggage and packing suggestions which was brilliant!!

Kenya

Katie Benden was extremely professional and helpful with all aspects of the trip which was a surprise for my husband. Katie replied to emails and phone calls in a very prompt manner and provided excellent advice and guidance on travelling to Jordan.

Jordan

Prompt and efficient support from Clare who suggested some activities that we wouldn't have planned but really enjoyed.

Japan

Kate Hitchen was excellent and managed to book and organise our trip to India perfectly, it was even better than expected. Thank you.

India

Everything went smoothly, we were met as arranged by extremely knowledgeable personnel. The guides and drivers came up to and exceeded, our expectations.

India

We would recommend Steppes for anyone travelling to the Galapagos Islands- they are lovely company to deal with from start to finish, and James not only listened but went out of his way to accommodate our requests. Thank you!

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: James

Illona was very efficient and helpful and clearly knew the country well.

Ethiopia

We were kept very well informed right up until we left for our trip. We were alerted to a better flight home and had all the documents we needed to take with us.

Ethiopia

No words can accurately describe the service afforded by Bridget. She solved problems that weren't of her making which resulted in saving my holiday!

Ethiopia

Felt extremely well looked after. Overall excellent service. Couldn't be better.

Eritrea

As always with Steppes I was very happy with everything. This was one of my favourite trips. Thank you.

Eritrea

We found it extremely helpful to visit the Steppes office and have a face to face discussion with James about what our requirements were for our adventures in Costa Rica. He really listened and made sure that the trip was tailored to our needs.

Destination: Costa Rica
Travel Expert: James

Our trip to Colombia and Peru, organised by James, exceeded all of our expectations! We travelled initially to see our eldest son who lives in California and then decided that (while close by) we would "nip" to Peru with the aim of visiting Machu Picchu, and onward to Colombia. A spectacular and memorable trip of a lifetime.

Destinations: Colombia & Peru
Travel Expert: James

James put together what proved to be a fabulous itinerary in Chile. We were slightly concerned that with 11 flights in 3 weeks we might be overdoing it, but the experiences in each location more than justified the travel, and James's first-hand experience proved invaluable.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: James

Steppes really seemed genuinely interested in my requirements and did their utmost to ensure that they were met. I couldn't praise them highly enough.

Chad

Not only is Steppes an excellent organisation, but the friendliness, great advice and superb attention to detail provided by Paul meant that we had a seamless booking experience and a wonderful trip to Canada.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

I could not have wished for a better and more efficient itinerary in terms of both the destinations we visited and how the timing coincided. Plus, the communication from Roxy was excellent throughout.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

As always, Paul married his knowledge with our preferences which resulted in a superb trip.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

Our tour guide was incredible. So knowledgeable and he never stopped smiling.

Cambodia

What excellent service from James - he was very knowledgeable and booked the perfect trip for us to Brazil.

Destination: Brazil
Travel Expert: James

I cannot fault the efficiency, consideration and imagination of Steppes travel

Botswana

It was clear that Steppes had good in-depth knowledge of the countries visited and any queries we had were quickly answered

Botswana

Bridget is amazing and very knowledgable. We travel very often and rarely use travel agents. We plan on working with Bridget again as we found it very helpful!

Botswana

Joe was FANTASTIC! He really knew his stuff and really guided us to a terrific trip!

Bhutan

John's advice on unique locations and experiences throughout Guatemala were invaluable.

Destination: Guatemala
Travel Expert: John

John tailored the itinerary to our needs and we were delighted with his choice of properties and activities.

Destination: Belize
Travel Expert: John

Our trip to Baja California really surpassed all of our expectations - it was truly magical! I wouldn't hesitate to use or recommend Steppes in the future.

Destination: Baja California
Travel Expert: John

Amy was exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful and with a good sense of humour. Our holiday would not have been as successful and enjoyable without her guidance and input.

Australia

Amy Waters at Steppes was excellent. She was totally responsive to any questions and really listened to our wishlist to build a fantastic itinerary which more than met our expectations.

Australia

The local guides were excellent, both Anahit and Haik as well as our driver Ariak. So please pass our thanks onto them. They had great suggestions, very friendly, very helpful. We had a great time on this trip.

Armenia

Excellent, well-rounded tour of both Armenia and Georgia, which enabled you to compare and contrast the two nations and gave a comprehensive overview of the common heritage.

Armenia

I called on Friday 5th February and was on the plane, everything in place, on Friday 12th. Steppes are unflappable, reassuring, and thought of everything.

Armenia

What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

Destination: Argentina, Chile & Brazil
Travel Expert: James

Both telephone and e-mail responses were excellent and all of Sue's expert advice was very much appreciated. She was prompt, supportive and engaging throughout and our expedition to Antarctica was spectacular.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue's in-depth knowledge of Antarctica, the route options and each of the vessels was invaluable in our preparation for the trip and was a strong differentiator when we were choosing a travel agent. When talking with Sue, we quickly got an honest perspective.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Roxy was incredibly good at assessing what we wanted from our trip to Alaska, and advising us of exactly where to go and when.

Destination: Alaska
Travel Expert: Roxy

Very satisfied with all aspects of our trip. Steppes kept us fully informed of the progress of the arrangements and gave us various choices of hotels.

Nick

Naturalists at the two lodges responded well to the individual needs of us as their guests. I showed an interest in the local school in Kanha, and Chin took us there, introduced us to the head and showed us a classroom - very interesting and insightful into the local community.

Kanha National Park

Tadoba is a very friendly and family orientated park. It was the best for tigers, with nine different tiger spottings during our stay. Birds and other wildlife was also great. Our drive, Richin, was very knowledgeable, both in India history and world politics as well as being a great naturalist and spotter.

Tadoba National Park

One chat with Joe and the trip was on. His personal experience was invaluable.

Romania

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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