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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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    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.

Beautiful New Zealand vineyard

Wellington and Martinborough Wine Regions

A fine harbour city and a centre for culture and the arts it is also home to New Zealand’s Parliament, Victoria University and the famed Te Papa Museum.

The last stop before reaching the South Island is New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, with a host of restaurants, cafes, galleries and theatres and Wellington is well worth visiting for a few days.

The area surrounding Wellington boasts rugged coastlines, some excellent walking and several less known but wonderful wine producers.

Marlborough Sound, New Zealand
Marlborough Sound, New Zealand

Marlborough Sound

Depart Wellington and cross the Cook Strait to reach the South Island and Marlborough Sound; a network of waterways created from sunken river valleys. What remains is 1500 kilometres of weaving, picturesque coastline, perfect to explore on foot or sea kayak and regularly frequented by dolphin and orca.

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Visit Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve

Travel along the Arut River to the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve – a release site for reintroduced orangutans. This site is not open to the public although Steppes Travel has exclusive access on our Orangutan Conservation group tour enabling our guests to view the orangutans and their environment in privacy – a unique opportunity.

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Yayorin Charity Visit

Visit this grass roots conservation NGO who work with local communities in order to protect orangutans by promoting conservation as beneficial to them. Partners with the Orangutan Foundation they are located in an environmental education centre called Kampung Konservasi (meaning conservation village).

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Beignets at Cafe du Mond

Grab a plateful of New Orleans’ legendary beignets, deep fried nuggets of dough coated in layers of fluffy powdered sugar, and a hot cup of dark-roasted chicory coffee – we recommend that you visit this 24-hour establishment outside of busy hours so as to savour every mouthful in peace and quiet.

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Hike the Smoky Mountains

Head in to the Great Smoky Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, for a day of hiking under its transcendent natural fog.

Sail on a Paddle Steamer

Put your feet up and watch the world go by while sailing in an iconic paddle steamer atop the winding Mississippi River.

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Visit Graceland

Visit Graceland, Elvis’s private estate in Memphis, to peruse an exhibition of kitsch artefacts, see his collection of cars and private jets and taste his beloved fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

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Walk the French Quarter

Explore the celebrated French Quarter in New Orleans to absorb Louisiana’s strong Creole culture, stopping to listen to a busking brass band while sipping on an iced tea.

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Peaches, Peanuts and Pecans

Voyage around Georgia in search of the three P’s – peaches, pecans and peanuts – perhaps stopping in at one of the many acclaimed family restaurants to sample a scrumptious peach cobbler.

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Kayak the Tributaries

While staying at Awasi Iguazu, head out on the water in a kayak the company of a completely private expedition guide.

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Winter on the Shiretoko Peninsula

Visit the Shiretoko Peninsula in winter when the mountains are blanketed in snow and the ocean covered in drift ice where Steller sea eagle hunt.

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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.

Amy Waters

After my degree in Fine Art I didn’t really know what career I wanted or what path I would take. The only thing I knew is that having spent a summer in America it had given me the desire to explore and see as many places as possible before becoming a grown up and entering the real world.

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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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Amy's experience of New Zealand was invaluable. Everything went like clockwork and the travel documentation and book you sent us were brilliant.

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Excellent organisation and itinerary, very professionally put together in an attractive package. Plus a great travel app. Amy was efficient, helpful and clearly knowledgeable.

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Why Choose Steppes?

These may be uncertain times but they are, without a doubt, still full of opportunity to discover the extraordinary safely. Through knowledge and expertise, we can connect you to those destinations embracing travellers with the added confidence of flexible booking and decades of insight.

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