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Close to home but far from uninteresting, Europe is a continent that only grows bigger the more you explore it.

From the English Channel to the Caspian Sea, Europe’s richly varied history and ever-changing landscape have created a patchwork of independent nations, each with their own story.

Ancient ruins and architectural glories sit beside contemporary art and mouth-watering gastronomy, whilst towering alpine peaks and wolf-trodden forests contrast with impossibly dramatic coastlines and mesmerising wildflower meadows. Europe can truly rival anywhere for diversity of culture and scenery.

In the south, the Mediterranean Sea decorates the shores of the Latin states. North African influences can be found, alongside classical architecture of impossible beauty and cuisines to complement it. Towards the east, Europe juxtaposes Asia as the Christian heritage of Georgia and Armenia dazzles against the backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains.

Moving northwards, the fjordlands and tundra of Scandanavia offer a refuge for some of the continent’s largest mammals. And Iceland, with its fiery tectonic reputation, hides tales of elves amongst its bubbling hot springs and crashing waterfalls.

Speak to one of our experts to discuss European touring options, a great way to combine the cultures, traditions, coastlines and cuisines of multiple countries.

Featured European Holidays

Northen Lights, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland

Land of Fire and Ice

Just below the Arctic circle, a holiday to Iceland offers an exciting mix of nature, culture and fun. Volcanoes and glaciers have combined to create a landscape that is dramatic and raw and the Icelanders know exactly how best to explore it, be it by super-jeep or ice crampon.

9 days

from $8,159 pp

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Cappadocia, Turkey

City, Coasts and Mountains

Combine city, coast and mountains with a mixture of classic sites and some of those less-visited. This is the perfect introduction to Turkey, travelling in style and staying at some of the country’s finest hotels.

12 days

from $5,566 pp

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Food and Wine, Georgia
Tiblisi, Georgia

Explore the Wine Regions

A wonderful trip for wine lovers and culinary connoisseurs with a sense of adventure. Get a real taste of Georgia by delving into the heart of local culture and discovering the country’s living traditions and history through its delicious food and wine.

7 days

from $4,005 pp

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Highlights of Dalmatia

Perfect for your first time in Croatia or for a family adventure, this holiday explores southern Dalmatia, staying between Dubrovnik and Split with visits to the islands of Vis and Hvar. Experience all the key UNESCO sites with a sprinkling of fun activities appealing to any couple or active family.

8 days

from $4,444 pp

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Carpathian Mountains, Romania

Conservation in the Carpathians

Just two and a half hour’s drive north of Romania’s capital lies Europe’s most extensive unfragmented forest, home to the continent’s largest population of wolves, bears and lynx. You will be greeted by the professional guides at Foundation Conservation Carpathia who will look after you throughout your experience.

5 days

from $3,606 pp

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'Everything you eat is made at home' said Diana, owner of Castello di Ugento. Home for her is a newly renovated…
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View of Islamic buildings through blue mosaic archway.
Islamic Cities – Through Time and Space
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Charlotte Lawton

Charlotte is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Asia.

My strong sense of belonging in Asia stemmed from a childhood in Hong Kong and Nepal. My Grandmother was born in a tent in India. Some of my clearest memories are of walking through a dense, tropical jungle while hailstones the size of cricket balls rained down on us; of being carried on my father’s shoulders as we trekked through the Himalayas; my mother wearing flipflops on a snowy mountainside; and me falling into Dal Lake in Srinagar as we disembarked from our houseboat. 

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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.

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Rachael Tallents

Adventure, discovery and my curiosity for people and the natural world is what drives my love of travelling.  I am grateful for my parents’ desire to explore, and from an early age my eyes were open to diverse landscapes, cultures, and underwater worlds.

For the last 16 years, I have worked for a leading luxury tour operator designing incredible journeys for discerning clients and travelled to some magical places. I am excited to have joined Steppes Travel, and to be working for a company with such strong ethical and sustainable values.

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Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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