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UK Study Day Tours

Following great demand after our first study day tour in London we have put together two more events with Diana Driscoll in 2022. 

Diana Driscoll is a leading Islamic world guide and lecturer with an emphasis on Central Asia. Educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Diana has over 30 years of experience studying and exploring Ancient Near and Middle East history, languages, religion and culture.

Join her on a historical two-day tour on either Empire of the Persians or Pakistan visiting various museums and lectures in person at The Art Workers’ Guild, London.

Persepolis, Fars Province, Iran
Persepolis, Iran
Tehran, Iran, Ceiling of Main Bazaar
Ceiling of main bazaar in Tehran
Shiraz, Iran
Shiraz, Iran
Nasir al Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran
Nasir al Mulk Mosque, Shiraz
Tower of Silence, Yazd, Iran, CD
Towers of Silence
Golestan Palace, a UNESCO Heritage Site in Tehran, Iran
Isfahan Shah Mosque, Iran
Isfahan Shah Mosque, Iran
Mosque, Yazd, Iran
Mosque, Yazd

The Rise of the Persian Empires

Iran: Thursday 20th January, 2021

Diana Driscoll will share her insights into Iran’s historical and cultural development in both the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods and discuss the main movements in Persian Islamic art and architecture. Taking place at the Art Workers Guild in central London, the study day take will take you on a journey through Iran’s fascinating and colourful past.

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Desert Road, Pakistan
Blue Tilework, Pakistan
Local Men at Market, Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan
Sukkur, Pakistan
View from Altit Fort towards Hunza River, Karakorum Mountains, Pakistan
Altit, Pakistan
Indus River side of Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan
Sukkar, Pakistan
Autumn scene on Gilgit river, Gilgit, Pakistan
Gilgit, Pakistan
Decorated Truck with Local Man, Sindh, Pakistan
Decorated truck with local man

The Indus River and Gandharan civilisations

Pakistan: Thursday 3rd March, 2021

Join Diana Driscoll as she takes you on a journey through the Indus River and Gandharan civilisations, the Mughals and the role Pakistan played in the Great Game. Step into Pakistan’s history to explore the various aspects of its rich civilisation. Pakistan has been the Silk Road crossroad between the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian Sub Continent since 3,000 BC.

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Group Tour Holidays

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. Steppes group tour travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Join one of our upcoming tours listed below.

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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.


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.


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.


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