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  • 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.

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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.

Rocky Mountaineer Train, Canada

Rail Journeys

Travel on a luxury train across Australia, Canada, South Africa, Russia, Central Asia or Europe and see the world from a unique perspective. You don’t have to be a train-spotter to enjoy one of our rail journeys. You just need to embrace the notion, that the journey is as much a part of the experience as the destination itself.

Travelling by train has its own distinct pace and rhythm. Most of our rail journeys celebrate the notion of slow travel, giving travellers time to relax while the country you are travelling through unhurriedly reveals itself on the other side of the train window.

There is something inescapably nostalgic about train-travel. It conjures up memories of a bygone age when people dressed for dinner and travellers were in less of a rush. Our rail journeys give a nod to some of this nostalgia but drop the pretence of formality and elitism. They celebrate the romance and history of train travel while providing the modern traveller with luxury amenities and an idiosyncratic means of transport.

Golden Eagle Train, Bar Carriage in winter, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains are renowned for operating some of the world’s most pioneering rail journeys over the last 29 years. Voyages include rail journeys through Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Mongolia, China, Central Asia and India, on board a selection of the world’s leading luxury private trains.

Journey on the Golden Eagle for the voyage of a lifetime by rail.

Golden Eagle train journeys

Shinkansen bullet train passing by Mount Fuji, Yoshiwara, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan
Bullet train passing Mount Fuji, Japan

Slow travel by luxury train

Combine the capital city of Tokyo with the natural beauty and volcanic landscapes of Hokkaido. A Shinkansen bullet train links Tokyo and Hakodate on the island making a holiday here incredibly easy. The itinerary is put together to include stops along the way where you will take guided excursions to gain a greater insight into the places you are seeing.

This is a great trip for a second visit to Japan or anyone seeking wilderness landscapes, wildlife, great food and rich culture.

Japan train journeyS


Fast or slow, what kind of train experience suits you?

Bullet Train

Travel on the world famous Shinkansen bullet train reaching speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour.

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The Golden Eagle train

Travel across Russia’s wonderfully unexplored interior on the Golden Eagle train.

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Board the “Train to the Clouds”

Board the Tren de las Nubes for an exhilarating journey that clambers through tunnels and over floating tracks to reach a 4,475-metre-high destination.

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Silk Route by Train

Journey the Silk Route by luxury train crossing five countries, from Russia, through Central Asia to China; a magical way to see this ancient trading route.

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TranzAlpine Train Journey

Board the TranzAlpine train for a spectacular journey between Greymouth and Christchurch, passing through epic scenery.

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Eastern & Oriental Express

Board the iconic E&O train to journey between Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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

Trans Siberian - Golden Eagle Train

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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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.

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Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

The Trans Siberian Railway, Lake Baikal, Russia
A Tale of Two Trains
Paul Craven
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