Our People
  • Amy 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.

Underwater shot of snorkeller on Ningaloo Reef.

Marine

From humpbacks and whale sharks to pelagic birds and dazzling underwater coral gardens, the world’s oceans are a playground for wildlife enthusiasts, especially if you don’t mind getting your feet wet. Our marine holidays are all motivated by a love of the sea and allow ample time for exploring some of the world’s most spectacular marine environments.

Whether you are a once a year snorkeler or a keen PADI diver, Steppes Travel’s marine-based holidays will give you access to oceans and seas that provide endless fun, inspiration and fulfilment. Travel to the world’s most beautiful and rugged coastal destinations and spend time above and below the ocean’s surface to enjoy the best of both worlds.

For those not wanting a cruise, there is still ample opportunity to explore the world’s most beautiful and rugged marine environments. Walk, kayak or cycle alongside the beautiful white beaches of Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand, get involved with turtle conservation at Oman’s Ras Al-Jinz reserve or simply relax by the sea at any number of beachside hotels.

For the most immersive marine experience take a small ship cruise. Small expedition vessels explore the nooks and crannies that bigger ships can’t reach and focus on getting clients off the ship and into the water or onto the surrounding coastline. Speak to one of our experts about the right cruise for you.

Yacht and whales, Sailing in Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Our favourite marine wildlife encounters

For an in-depth understanding of marine biodiversity join one of our voyages in Indonesia where you will assist researchers from Conservation International in vital conservation work. If a cruise is not what you’re looking for, but you want a hands-on experience of marine conservation then stay at Misool Eco Resort in southern Raja Ampat where you can help with marine surveys or even the tagging of manta rays. For the ultimate whale watching experiences visit Trincomalee in Sri Lanka for breathtaking encounters with sperm whales and blue whales, join a small ship cruise in Baja to witness the annual congregation of grey whales in the Sea of Cortez, visit Antarctica in March for heightened whale activity or head to Tonga and swim alongside humpbacks.

 

Hanli beneath dolphins, Ponta Malongane, Mozambique
Ponta Malongane, Mozambique

Exceptional guides

The oceans can appear unfathomable so having an expert guide to help unlock some of their mysteries is essential. We place a huge amount of stock in the benefits of a good guide because we know our clients want to travel with the very best experts available. People like Jonathan Green, a recent contributor to the BBC’s Blue Planet II and founder of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, can give unparalleled insight into the natural history of the Galapagos. You can join him with Steppes in the Galapagos in April 2020. For something to take you outside of your comfort zone, then join Hanli Prinsloo in Mozambique and learn how to free dive with dolphins. We have also teamed up with The New Scientist and Jo Ruxton from Plastic Oceans UK in 2020, to give our clients a fascinating understanding of the plastics issue in our oceans today.

Experiences

Snorkel with Humpbacks

Grab a wetsuit, put on some fins and pop on a mask before jumping in for an incredible snorkeling adventure with humpback whales off the coast of Newfoundland.

See related content

Mergui Adventure

Journey into the remote Mergui archipelago for a stay at Wa Ale Island Resort. Walk through pristine rainforest, snorkel in azure waters and kayak through mangroves.

See related content

Turtle Nesting

Stay at Tanjong Jara where every year between April and September turtle come to lay their eggs.

See related content

Diving

Head below water to a host of excellent dive sites along the east coast of Malaysia as well as the waters off Malaysian Borneo.

See related content

Rascal Conservation Voyages

Cruise with Rascal Voyages on one of their Conservation International adventures and journey to remote areas in the company of scientists and leading conservationists. Tag manta ray and embark on exploratory dives to aid research.

See related content

Island Experience

Stay on one of the five islands just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu – kayak, paddle board and dive as well as engaging in various conservation programmes.

See related content

Diving the Red Sea

Dive and snorkel the waters of the Red Sea.

See related content

Submarine Adventure

For non-divers, explore the coral reef by submarine.

Snorkelling Adventure

Snorkel the pristine Mljet National park at sunrise before the other boats arrive.

Visit Maria la Gorda

Dive, snorkel and relax at Maria la Gorda or Cayo Levisa.

See related content

Snorkelling, Polar Pioneer, Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica

Extreme underwater experiences

For anybody with an appetite for more extreme snorkelling and diving, it doesn’t get any more adventurous than going underwater in Antarctica. Any good geography student will tell you that 90 per cent of the iceberg lies beneath the surface of the water so while icebergs are an impressive sight from the perspective of a boat, from underwater their true epic scale is fully revealed. A similar experience can be had in the Arctic, where snorkelling can be done in the company of inquisitive beluga whales…needless to say, a dry suit and all protective gear is provided.

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.

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.

Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.
Talk with our experts
  • 01285 601 784

Roxy Dukes

I love to squeeze as much out of my day as possible. An outdoors fanatic, I love to delve into harsh environments having summited numerous mountains and trail running into the unknown whenever I get the chance – whether at home or overseas. Funnily enough, it didn’t start like that. It took a few years for the burning fire of adventure to truly take light with my eyes opened by the adventures travel could afford.
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.

Enquire

Amy and team were great. They put a lot of thought into our amazing itinerary and made the process so easy. We will definitely use Steppes again for our next big trip, and would highly recommend Steppes to anyone.

Thailand Honeymoon

From our very first call to Steppes and speaking to Clare, everything went like clockwork. Clare arranged a fantastic itinerary for our trip to Japan and we were extremely impressed with every aspect of our holiday.

Japan

Amy listened to our requirements and planned a tour encompassing the points we had discussed. She added a great deal to our final holiday from her own experience.

New Zealand

The service we received can't be faulted, Steppes were excellent all round and lovely to deal with - we regard them as friends.

Australia

Our week in Laos was probably the highlight, we couldn't fault Laos and the people there. Don't get me started on the elephant day at Mandalao, it was one of the best days of my life.

Laos

Amy and team were great! They put a lot of thought into our amazing itinerary and made the process so easy - every aspect of the logistics were completely planned out. We'll definitely use Steppes again for our next big trip, and would highly recommend Steppes to anyone.

Thailand Honeymoon

A faultless trip so brilliantly expedited and organised by Steppes Travel but with a major backup from those on the ground, in India.

India

Everything was simply wonderful. We had two great tiger sightings at Nagarhole and caught a glimpse of three fully grown cubs. The driver we had was really excellent and has looked after us so well. It is all simply wonderful.

Nagerhole, India

At no point did we feel anything but full confidence in Kate. We actually returned from India having enjoyed the week she arranged for us immensely. We stayed in beautiful places and had wonderful experiences. Thank you, Steppes has delighted us.

India

Wa Ale really was one of the most amazing places we have ever been too. Incredibly beautiful and just excellent all round. A real gem.

Destination: Myanmar
Hotel: Wa Ale

You did a fantastic job from start to finish. Helping us identify where to go in December for the best weather, locate the perfect villa, source a chef and yoga instructor and organise transport from multiple destinations. Everything worked beautifully.

Thailand

Thank you so much for assisting us with all of the planning. We wouldn't hesitate to go back to Egypt again. There is so much to see there.

Egypt

Sylvia, our guide in Lebanon, was outstanding.

Lebanon

Tom was great and really helpful. An asset to your company.

Tom Frost - Steppes Travel

A very informed and patient dialogue led us to the itinerary that best suited us - tremendous value add that we will heartily recommend to friends and colleagues! Our guides were brilliant! - friendly, flexible and well-informed. We came back with 3000 photos between us, and a rucksack full of local crafts!

Uzbekistan

I can only say it was the most incredible adventure from beginning to end and every single day offered something totally new , exciting and different. All the accommodation was fabulous and again all very different and unique. Loved loved every moment of every day. You did a fantastic job putting it all together.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: Paul

The Oberoi Philae is just out of this world. We had a gorgeous cabin and watched the Nile slip timelessly by whilst enjoying superb food and top class service.

Oberoi Philae - Egypt

We loved Egypt, mesmerised by the amazing pyramids at Giza and seeing them from our beautiful room at the Marriott Mena House. Despite the unbelievable traffic in Cairo mixed up with intrepid donkeys, horses and carts, we managed to get to all the sites with our first-rate driver and great guide. It was a fantastic experience due to Steppes first-rate planning and knowing what we wanted.

Egypt

In a very short period of time, Charlotte was able to come up with an excellent itinerary, to keep us informed of reservations on a timely basis and to make changes to meet our requirements. She was always available either on the phone or through email exchanges which was most reassuring and hugely appreciated. A valuable asset!

India

Overall another amazing trip from Steppes Travel. We saw so many different sights and had so many new experiences. Would always highly recommend Steppes.

Steppes Travel

Dev Shree's rural location allowed us a glimpse of India off of the beaten track. We had a memorable afternoon wandering the small town.

Dev Shree - Rajasthan, India

A great itinerary for an introduction to India. It has given us lots of ideas and enthusiasm for a return trip.

India

We had an absolutely amazing time. Everything ran smoothly, all accommodation and other arrangements were fabulous and the contacts were such wonderful and professional people we feel we have made friends for life.

India

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.

China

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.

Malaysia and China

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.

Thailand

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 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 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