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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.

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    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Large face statues on top of the Nemrut Mountain in Adiyaman, Turkey


We travel to understand, to break down barriers and change our perceptions. History tells us so much about a destination and its peoples, giving context and perspective.

Whether the battlefields of South Africa or of Kohima in Nagaland, history gives us deeper insight and acts as a poignant reminder. Historical buildings, sites and places often speak for themselves.

Our guides supplement and embroider their rich past with historical anecdotes and stories. Anyone can list a litany of facts and figures, but only the very best storytellers can bring history alive and grant it that human element to really make it resonate.

Inca Doorway, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru
Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru

Classic Sites

While we like to take the path less travelled at Steppes, a first-time visit to any country will need to include the iconic ‘must-sees’ – the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu for example. Let Steppes take care of your holiday and you’ll see these famous cultural sites from a different perspective – watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal from the banks of the Yamuna river with a private breakfast picnic, see Angkor from above by helicopter or take the alternative Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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Registan Square at night, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Uzbekistan is steeped in history, from its recent Soviet history to its rich Islamic past. With its dazzling array of mosques, madrasas, tombs and tales of Tamerlane, Uzbekistan is the perfect introduction to the Central Asian Plateau. Explore the fabled Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva – the winding medieval streets of Khiva’s old city, the ancient markets of Bukhara and the intricate tile work of Samarkand’s Registan.

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A lone church against a blue-yellow landscape at dawn in Turkey
Ani, Turkey

Eastern Turkey

Home to some of the most important and iconic archaeological sites found anywhere in the world, Eastern Turkey is a fascinating melting pot whose history is bound to both surprise and fascinate you. It is a hidden gem and its historical highlights from the ancient town of Ani to the walled city of Diyarbakir, from Mount Nemrut to Göbekli Tepe, the world’s first temple, are bound to enthral you.

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Apadana Palace, Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran

Expert-led Group Tours

Embrace the intriguing ancient history and accompanying moments these countries have to offer. Rich with cultural and religious influence, which is furthermore portrayed on various architectural wonders. Our expert-led historical tours to destinations including Greece, Iran, Georgia present a fascinating combination for the first-time visitor and provide a deeper insight to those returning to the area.

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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.


Registan Square

Wander around Samarkand exploring the restored madrasas flanking the edges of Registan Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the countries most iconic images.

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Carpathian Mountains

Hike in the Carpathian Mountains and enjoy the local flora and fauna.

Mount Nemrut

Climb Mount Nemrut at sunrise and marvel at the colossal stone heads of Antiochus.

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UNESCO Persepolis

Built by Darius the Great and then sacked by Alexander the Great, Persepolis is an impressive archaeological site.

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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.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.

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James Armitage

Rewind to 1981 (yes a long time ago) where, as a young and naive gringo ready to explore the world, I boarded a plane to Santiago, Chile. My Spanish was limited to “dos cerveza por favour”, but I was eager to discover a new continent and meet new friends – an adventure that has since become a nearly 40-year love affair.

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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.

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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.

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


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View of mosque dome against blue sky.
Along the Silk Road
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Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva….wonderfully evocative sounding names that trip off the tongue like a 1001 Arabian Nights. I certainly wasn’t the…

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