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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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A white sail boat floats on amazing clear water off Sardinia's Emerald Coast in Italy

Private Charters

For the ultimate privacy and luxury, talk to our cruise team to get advice on the best small ships, catamarans and yachts that are available for private charter.

There is always something magical about setting sail on your own private charter. Arrange your own itinerary and spend your holiday at your pace, explore the coasts, islands and seas in your own schooner, luxury yacht or gulet and be prepared for a holiday of a lifetime.

Enjoy a wonderfully relaxing holiday in Turkey spending leisurely days exploring sheltered coves and chilling out on deck indulging in some delicious cuisine and fine wine, or take a voyage on board Ombre Blu, a Lagoon 500 Catamaran along the Amalfi coast partaking in more energetic activities such as water skiing or paddleboarding. We can help you curate your own sailing itinerary and you’ll have your own captain, crew and team of experts on board to ensure your every need is catered for.

Sailing Komodo, Tiger Blue, Komodo, Indonesia
Tiger Blue


Spend your days relaxing on white sandy beaches, kayaking to nearby shore or relaxing on deck on a traditional Phinisi schooner equipped with wakeboards, waterskis, kneeboards and snorkelling and diving equipment. Enjoy some downtime on arrival, staying at one of the stylish hotels on the southern coast of Bali, before the real voyage starts from the island of Flores. Tiger Blue is waiting to sail you away to Sabayor Kecil, to reach the first coral reef of many. Throughout the cruise, try snorkelling, diving, kayaking or waterskiing.

Indonesia holidays 

The ancient cliffside town of Atrani overlooks sail boats on turquoise blue ocean on Italy's Amalfi Coast
Atrani, Amalfi Coast, Italy


Italy’s Amalfi Coast is one of the most postcard-perfect charter locations in the Mediterranean. Enjoy Bella Italia from the spacious decks while being sheltered from the elements by the extensively covered aft deck area. The advantage of doing this journey by boat is that you will never end up in a tourist trap, dine in the wrong place or go ashore at the wrong time of day! The crew know all the secret beaches and are always happy to share their knowledge.

Italy Holidays

Aegean Sea, Turkey
Aegean Sea, Turkey


Bathed in gloriously warm Mediterranean sunshine from May through to October, the tranquil waters of the rugged Lycian Coast are dotted with the ruins of ancient civilizations. Spend leisurely days exploring sheltered coves, ancient ruins and charming local villages, before cooling off in turquoise waters or chilling-out on deck. We will tailor-make your itinerary and grant access to the best kept secrets along this magical coastline, navigating to Gocek, Bodrum and the Greek Island of Symi.

Turkey Holidays 

Landscape, Santiago Island, Galapagos Island
Santiago Island , Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

A sailing voyage around the pristine Galapagos Islands, with their explosion of unmatched biodiversity, is an enchanting and remarkable adventure that brings a series of micro worlds to the fore. Accompanied by a team of expert naturalist guides, find yourself surrounded by the world’s most peculiar wildlife as penguins swim beneath turtles, blue-footed boobies congregate with sally lightfoot crabs, and sea lion pups play with marine iguana tails.

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About our boat selection

White sailing yacht on water at sunset.

Alexa Private Cruises

Island Odyssey Stern, canada

Island Odyssey

Alila Purnama, Komodo, Indonesia

Alila Purnama

Aerial view of yacht on water amidst rainforest covered inlets and islands.

Dunia Baru

Ecce Navigo Gulet, Sunset, Turkey

Ecce Navigo Gulet

Gulet Pacha, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Gulet Pacha

Gulet Fortuna, Bodrum Marina, Turkey

Gulet Fortuna

Gulet Nikola, Bodrum Marina, Turkey

Gulet Nikola

Ombre Blu 3, Naples, Italy

Ombre Blu 3

Aerial view of Rascal yacht.

Rascal Yacht

Sea Trek Boats, Indonesia

Seatrek Yachts


Charter a Boat

In the company of an expert naturalist guide and a professional crew, privately charter a vessel to explore the islands with family or friends for a feeling of complete exclusivity.

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Charter a private boat

For a few nights, charter your own boat to explore deserted islands.

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Charter a Yacht

Explore idyllic and remote islands at your own pace by boat – charter a private yacht or join Tiger Blue or SeaTrek on one of their fixed departures.

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Charter a boat

Go island hopping on your private boat, perhaps accompanied by a school of dolphins.

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Charter a Catamaran

Spend the day exploring the coastline in your private catamaran and go snorkelling, swimming, stand up paddle boarding and whale watching.

Charter a yacht

Explore the tranquil waters and surrounding historic landmarks on your private, luxury yacht.

Charter a Private Boat

Charter the Pacific Yellow Fin for the ultimate family sailing experience.

Charter a Yacht

Island-hop along Madagascar’s north-western coast on a private, skippered yacht.

Charter a Catamaran

Spend several days diving and fishing off St. Lazarus Bank on your private catamaran.

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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.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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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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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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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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