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.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey


With just a short flight but a huge change of scene, a few days away in a buzzing city can be a thoroughly revitalising experience.

City breaks may seem simple to organise but with just a short amount of time to play with, meticulous planning is required if you are to get the most out of your break away. Having been organising holidays since 1989, we have great contacts who can find us rooms in hotels and tables in restaurants when, on face value, it would seem there are none.

Explore galleries such as the famous Hermitage in St Petersburg, treat yourself to a romantic dinner at a Michelin star restaurant in Rome or get the senses buzzing at a Spanish market or Moroccan souq.


Alexander Column in front of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia


Europe’s beautiful cities are perfect for a long weekend getaway offering numerous interesting things to see and do. From St Petersburg’s exquisite galleries and museums, Seville’s Renaissance/neo-Moorish style buildings, Rome’s sumptuous Michelin star restaurants, or get the senses buzzing exploring Marrakech’s famous Souq’s and bazaars.

Explore our Destinations

Plaza de España, Seville, Spain
Plaza de España, Seville, Spain


Seville or Sevilla as the locals know it is a captivating city by day and tremendously atmospheric at night. Visiting some of the cities historical monuments and grand palaces or just sit in a bar with a selection of tapas, sipping a cold glass of sangria and watching the world go by, this is a city with a large array on offer for travellers. The old Jewish quarter, Barrio Santa Cruz, is a myriad of cobbled backstreets, lined with traditional tapas bars and restaurants often opening out onto a small plaza draped with colourful bougainvillaea where locals come to sit under the shade of an orange tree.

View Seville holiday

Expert local guide laughing in the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia
Expert local guide, St Petersburg, Russia

Expert Local Guides

The key to understanding a city is a good guide. Once we’ve got to know the things that interest you, we’ll find you the right local expert to enhance your understanding of a site and its cultural context. Our black book of expert guides includes curators, authors, archaeologists, textile experts, performers and local artisans from around the world. Their passion and knowledge is exceptional and will take your cultural experience to a different level.

Explore our Tour experts

Holiday Inspiration

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


Alhambra Gardens

Explore the magical palaces and gardens of the Alhambra in Granada.

Cruise the Bosphorus

Take a boat out on the Bosphorus for a different view of the bustling city.

People Watch from Cafes

Buzios is home to some of Brazil’s hippest beach-side lounge spots, and visits to the Fishbone Cafe and Patio Havana are highly recommended.

See related content

The Hermitage Museum

Explore hidden treasures of the Hermitage on a private tour.

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.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

Talk with our experts
  • 01285 601 784

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.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

Talk with our experts
  • 01285 601 784

Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.

Talk with our experts
  • 01285 601 784

Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Talk with our experts
  • 01285 601 784

Let’s chat

Speak to our experts

Our team is waiting to help you tailor a trip that will leave you with stories for a lifetime. Call us on

01285 601 784

Send us an enquiry

Complete our enquiry form and start your next journey.


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

Destination: Italy
Travel Expert: Katie

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Russia, Moscow, Novodevichy Convent
A Long Weekend in exciting Moscow
Sally Walters
Sitting at Moscow airport watching the snow start to cover the wings of our British Airways plane I had time to…

Why Choose Steppes?

These may be uncertain times but they are, without a doubt, still full of opportunity to discover the extraordinary safely. Through knowledge and expertise, we can connect you to those destinations embracing travellers with the added confidence of flexible booking and decades of insight.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

Read More