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.

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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.

Rob Gardiner

My Favourite Countries

  • Gabon
  • Rwanda
  • Norway
  • United Kingdom
  • Tajikistan

Born and bred in the Cotswolds, Rob grew up on the back of his parents’ tandem. But despite this early baptism into the world of cycling, he didn’t fully embrace the obsession until his early twenties, when he set off on an 11,000-kilometre journey that took him from the UK to India.

Several more cross-continental trips followed, leading to him cycling through more 60 countries. His experiences have ranged from fording snow-melt streams in the Pamir Mountains and passing necropolises in the Kazakh desert to dodging elephants in Zimbabwe and riding under the midnight sun inside the Arctic Circle.

In recent years, he has transitioned to ultra-endurance cycling, breaking the world record for crossing the length Europe in 2019. But the UK remains his backyard and he has explored it extensively, helping to plan – and also accompany – the Ride4Rangers Land’s End to John O’Groats ride that raised £300,000 towards conservation in 2020.

View down on lake, Snowdonia, Wales
Snowdonia, Wales

Cycling the Spine of Wales

Ride the rollercoaster landscape of inland Wales as you cross this cycling nirvana from south to north. Take on a succession of challenging climbs, in the company of a dedicated cycling guide, as you pedal through intriguingly remote landscapes.

8 days

from £2,450 pp

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

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