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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.

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US Travelers – Where can I travel to this year?

The destinations below are countries currently open to American travelers. If you would like more information on their  COVID track record, further details on their requirements for entry and their current rates of infection please do contact our experts. We have also chosen these destinations for their seasonality and because we think they will provide a fantastic backdrop for your next holiday. 

As destinations begin to reopen we have seen an unusual shortage in availability for our most sought-after properties and unique experiences. We suggest you give us a call to help you secure the best guides and to get preferable hotel rooms reserved, of course, with our flexible payment terms, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

The CDC has outlined the requirements for entering back into the US after travels here.

(Last updated 14/06/2021)

Where to Travel

The destinations listed below are currently listed as open to American travelers with a negative COVID-19 test before arrival. However, Mexico is open to Americans without any restrictions. For more information, please contact our experts.


Albania is one of the most fascinating countries emerging from within the Balkan Peninsular.

Ruins of the ancient Apollonia town, Albania


Antarctica is an incredible place of epic proportions, and a holiday to this vast continent of pristine white wilderness will not fail…

Seals on ice floe, Antarctica


A country with conservation at its heart. Diligently explore the massive chunks of its dense jungle that have been reserved for the…

Aerial view of Great Blue Hole, Belize


Botswana safaris are undoubtedly the ultimate luxury safari experience in Africa.

Helicopter safari, Botswana Safari, Helicopter Horizon

Costa Rica

There's a saying that runs right through Costa Rica: 'pura vida', or 'the good life'. We can help you to truly tap…

Manzanillo Beach, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica


A blue-green expanse of awe-inspiring sights and sites.

Dubrovnick Harbour, Croatia


Three is the magic number for travellers looking to explore Ecuador. It serves up a stunning trio of alluring mountain landscapes, serene…

Local, Cotopaxi, Avenue of Volcanoes, Ecuador


The great pyramids at Giza; meandering down the River Nile; the aquatic Eden of the Red Sea - a tailor-made itinerary is…

The Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre, Egypt

Galapagos Islands

Welcome to Darwin’s playground, where a delicate collection of fearless wildlife and idyllic landscapes awaits.

Blue Footed Booby, Galapagos, Ecuador


Journey with Steppes across diverse landscapes, from majestic mountains to golden vineyards.

Caucasus Mountain Landscape, Sioni Village, Kazbegi, Georgian Military Highway, Georgia


Greece boasts 3,000 islands in the Aegean and Ionian Sea where you can enjoy the magical beaches, delectable cuisine, crystal clear waters…

Santorini, Greece


A small country with a booming ecosystem. Among the breadth of animals in its forests, the calls of howler monkeys and blaring…

Alfombra Carpet, Antigua, Guatemala


Black sand beaches, deep-green landscapes, lively active volcanoes, spurting geysers and deafening waterfalls.

Geyser, Hveravellir, Iceland


It's almost impossible not to be captivated by the romance of this land.

Winding Tuscan road, Village, Tuscany, Italy


One of the prides of the African continent. After trekking through the Masai Mara and meeting lions, giraffes and wildebeests, head to…

Lion at dawn, Masai Mara, Kenya


Many great civilisations have left their mark on Mexico. Be sure to trek through vine-covered pyramids around the Yucatan Peninsula and wander…

Uxmal, Mexico


Explore Roman ruins or sample the hospitality of isolated Berber villages.

Tagines, Morocco


See rhinos and elephants roam in the huge deserts below as you fly towards the eerie Skeleton Coast and its many shipwrecks…

Arch at Spitzkoppe, Damaraland, Namibia


A fresh face on the travel scene - but one that you cannot afford to miss.

Little Corn beach, sunset, Corn Islands, Nicaragua


Discover the best of Rwanda; from gorillas in Volcanoes National Park to tracking lions in Akagera and witnessing chimps in the Nyungwe…

Young mountain gorilla eating, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda


With a remarkable concentration and diversity of wildlife and ecosystems, Tanzania delivers some of the most impressive natural spectacles. Get close to…

Lioness playing with cubs, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


Turkey's cities pour with history, its coastlines dazzle under the sun and its culture always shines proudly.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey


If wildlife is your thing, Uganda is the ideal place to meet mountains gorilla, roam with Rothschild's giraffes and spy on tree-climbing…

Mountain Gorilla, Bwindi, Uganda


A place where every moment brings something very different. Join us in perhaps our favourite African nation and discover the lively energy…

Waterhole scene, Hwange, Zimbabwe
Local Tribe, Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea
Local tribal men at Mt Hagen festival

Refer your friends & family

Share your experience with a friend, inspire them to discover the extraordinary with us, and we will give both of you up to $250 each in Steppes Travel vouchers on tailor-made bookings. If they join one of our group tours you will both receive $150 discount*. For both of you to enjoy those rewards, your friend simply needs to quote your name when they book. For more information please get in touch with our travel experts.

*For new clients referred only. Voucher value is not transferable in cash. Full terms detailed here.
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Flexible Travel Planning & Payment Service

If you’re looking to get away for a much-needed and well-deserved holiday but not sure where is the most feasible destination, we are happy to put on hold several holiday options for you, giving you greater flexibility nearer to your departure.

Furthermore, just as we tailor-make your holiday to suit your needs, we will do the same with devising a payment plan that works for you. This will mean reduced deposit amounts, a cooling-off period during which time your deposit is 100% refundable and a final payment date much later than normal. We will work closely with our friends and partners around the world for you.

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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.

Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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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.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Charlotte Lawton

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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John Faithfull

My love affair with travel began in a vintage Italian train carriage at sunset on a hot and sticky September evening in 1983. Sardined into a two-bench compartment, I’d spent five hours sharing sweaty thighs, broken-Italian pleasantries and furtive glances while rattling towards Turin, stopping at every wisteria-draped village along the way.

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Paul Bird

It wasn’t part of the script, career plans were quite different but after four global trips visiting such exciting destinations, travel became a passion that eventually led to me entering the industry. The more I have travelled the greater the desire has been to see and do more.

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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.

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Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler 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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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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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.

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