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Gobi Desert, Mongolian sunset

Where to travel to next

As many clients postpone until next year, and others are now looking to book then also, finding availability at the most sought-after properties is proving a challenge. We have worked tirelessly in recent months with our partners at these establishments to create environments and booking conditions to perfectly suit you.

Flexible payment terms mean you can book with minimum worry about losing out. Our on-the-ground partners and hotels all operate to the highest standard of coronavirus precautions for unwavering peace of mind. And we have changed the way that we operate to ensure that every client is as informed as possible.

My team is ready and waiting at the end of the phone to answer your questions. Alternatively, you can test out your newly-discovered Zoom skills and talk to us face to face over a cup of tea.

The world is returning to us. Let’s show it together just how much we have missed everything it has to offer.

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Travel in Summer/Autumn 2020


 

Wesfjords coast, Iceland
Iceland
Thingvellier National Park, Iceland
Iceland
Svinafellsjokull glacier in Iceland
Iceland
Svartifoss Waterfall, Skaftafell National Park, Iceland
Hofn, Iceland

Remote travel - Iceland

Iceland will be reopening their borders on June 15th and visitors will be required to either take a test for COVID-19 or present official documentation of a recent negative test. For the perfect slow-travel holiday explore for six nights at the eco-friendly Torfhus Retreat in the heart of the spectacular Golden Circle. We’ll provide you with a Toyota Land Cruiser and a picnic lunch each day so you can explore the region at your own pace.

Travel to Iceland as a family of four and pay from £3,325pp for a six-night stay in a two-bedroom eco-retreat.

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Shaggy orange highland cow with horns staring straight at camera with others stood in background.
Scotland
Alladale Estate, Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom
Scotland
Two women and two boys holding fishing rods standing alongside a river.
Scotland
Autumn on Loch Maree, Scotland
Loch Maree, Scotland
Close up of brown and black striped wild cat.
Scotland

Re-wild in Scotland

Stay in Eagle’s Crag, a private three-bedroom cottage situated in the heart of Alladale Reserve – an area set aside to allow wildlife and wilderness to flourish in the Scottish Highlands. Take guided walks, explore the reserve by mountain bike or take guided 4×4 safaris. Off the reserve, you can explore nearby castles, go dolphin watching or visit nearby lochs to photograph sea otters.

From £750pp for a weeklong stay.

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Aerial view bays of Porto Kagio, Achilio, Mani Peninsula, Peloponnese Greece
Peloponnese, Greece
Vathia Village, Mani, Greece
Peloponnese, Greece
Old historic castle of Patras in Achaea on Peloponnese, Greece
Greece

The Peloponnese in Greece

Following the opening of borders on July 15th, visitors to Greece will undergo a health screening, which includes a rapid coronavirus test.

In the heart of the Peloponnese, on the Mani peninsular, is the heavenly hideaway known as Citta dei Nicliani, a true home away from home. The owner, Panos, is as warm as the Ionian Sea and will prepare the most delicious Greek meals for you, including picnic hampers for you to take out with you – complimentary for Steppes clients.

From £1,595 for a family of four for six nights. Talk to us about rates for taking exclusive use of this property for a family get together – six nights for a group of six from £4,950.

Charter your own boat

Nick Laing, the owner of Steppes, is a sailing enthusiast, having chartered boats all over Europe. Have a look at his Q&A guide to chartering your own boat for a break in Europe in the late summer/early Autumn. 

We have negotiated excellent rates and payment terms with several vessels in Italy, Croatia, Turkey and Greece, all of which provide privacy, independence and spectacular days at sea, for you and your family.

Call us on 01285 601 784

Gulet Nikola, Bodrum Marina, Turkey
Gulet Nikola, Bodrum Marina, Turkey
Gulet Nikola, Bodrum Marina, Turkey
Gulet Nikola, Bodrum Marina, Turkey

Turkey: Sail the Turquoise Coast on Nikola

Sail the dramatic pine forest coastline of the Datca Peninsula, in Turkey– known as the Turquoise Coast due to the stunning colours of the sea. Explore laid-back fishing villages like Selimiye and discover the ancient city of Knidos, a spectacular archaeological site with a fascinating history. Anchor by sunset in secluded coves and wake in the morning to a healthy breakfast and the sound of the sea.

Charter the Nikola for one week, for a family of four, including all transfers and meals for £1,995pp.

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Ombre Blu 3, Naples, Italy
Ombre Blu 3, Naples, Italy
Ombre Blu, Family Kayaking, Italy
Ombre Blu 3, Naples, Italy
Ombre Blu, Diving off Deck, Italy
Ombre Blu 3, Naples, Italy

Italy: Sail the Amalfi Coast on Ombre Blu

The advantage of exploring the Amalfi Coast 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 Ombre Blu crew know all the secret beaches and are always happy to share their knowledge.

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Speak to our experts if you are interested in chartering a boat elsewhere in the world, for example, the Galapagos Islands, Baja California  or Indonesia.

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Travel in Winter 2020


Tent Interior, Cottar's Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya
Cottar's 1920s Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya
Pool, Cottar's 1920 Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya
Masai Mara, Kenya
Lounge, Cottar's 1920 Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya
Masai Mara, Kenya

Wildlife in Kenya

The Masai Mara’s oldest safari camp, Cottars, has responded to COVID-19 with the kind of innovation and flexibility that we have come to expect from them. Deposits are no longer required and multiple postponements are allowed. They have also pledged private vehicles, private guides and private dining for all new bookings, with the aim of maintaining physical distancing whilst in camp.

Travel to Laikipia, Masai Mara and the coast from £4,950pp.

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Travel in half term – October and February


Wa Ale Resort, Beach, Mergui, Myanmar
Wa Ale Island Resort, Mergui, Myanmar
Wa Ale Resort, Main Pavillion, Mergui, Myanmar
Wa Ale Island Resort, Mergui, Myanmar
Wa Ale Resort, Scenery, Mergui, Myanmar
Wa Ale Island Resort, Mergui, Myanmar
Wa Ale Resort, Beach Villa, Mergui, Myanmar
Wa Ale Island Resort, Mergui, Myanmar

Marine conservation in Myanmar

Tented beach villas and hideaways amongst the trees, Wa Ale in the Lampi Marine National Park, Myanmar offers a family getaway with an off-grid experience. Learn to dive, spend an afternoon in the local school and release turtles off the shore, Wa Ale offers a chance to refill a bank of family memories.

From £2,495 for a week in Myanmar including 5 nights at Wa Ale.

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Jabali Ridge, Ruaha National Park
Jabali Ridge - meet researchers from the Ruaha Carnivore Project
Mara Bush Homes, Masai Mara, Kenya
Mara House - a private house, perfect for families
Doubleroom, Dunia Camp, Serengeti National Park,Tanzania
Dunia Camp - the first camp in the Serengeti to be exclusively female-run

Tanzania and Kenya for healthcare workers

We will all need a holiday when this is over. But no one will deserve it more than the healthcare workers who have been saving lives on the frontline. That’s why the Asilia safari camps in Tanzania and Kenya are offering them residents’ rates until the end of May 2021. This equates to a discount of around 70% and is an unprecedented act of generosity by the company.

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Sheldon Chalet, View from Hotel, Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park, Alaska
Northern Lights, Sheldon Chalet, Daneli National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park, Alaska
Sheldon Chalet, Double Room, Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park , Alaska
Sheldon Chalet, Exterior , Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park, Alaska

Splendid isolation in Alaska

If it’s space and disconnection you want, then look no further than Sheldon Chalet, located in Alaska’s Denali National Park and surrounded by 50 square kilometres of glacier. A beautiful boutique chalet offering incredible star-gazing (aurora sightings in February are superb), gourmet picnics on the glacier, and some of the best mountain activities found anywhere in the world.

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Travel in Spring 2021


View from Bunea, Carpathian Mountains, Romania
Bunea , Romania
Bear, Oso Pardo, Cantabrians Mountains, Asturias, Spain
Bear, Spain
Wolf, Cantabrians, Spain
Cantabrians, Spain

Conservation with The European Nature Trust

Through our relationship with Europe’s most exciting re-wildling and conservation projects, The European Nature Trust, we can offer nature experiences in parts of Spain, Italy and Romania, miles away from the busy tourist sites. Meet with researchers to track bears, wolves and lynx, go foraging in ancient woodland, check camera traps and take nocturnal forays to listen for wolves and to experience the night-skies. Staying in locally owned and run properties and eating at intimate local restaurants, you are given cultural insight as well as a window into the wild.

From £3,500pp for a week in the Central Apennines which includes a £500 donation to Salviamo L’orso bear project.

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Galapagos marine iguanas on a beach, Tortuga Bay, on Santa Cruz Island.
Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Islands
giant turtle tortoise, santa cruz island, galapagos, ecuador
Galapagos Islands
Montemar, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands
Montemar, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands
Family, Montemar, Galapagos Islands
Family, Montemar, Galapagos Islands

Explore the Galapagos Islands

Put down roots in the Galapagos Islands at your own private villa on Santa Cruz island. Montemar is run according to uncompromising environmental guidelines, and the owners who manage the villas, focus on providing slow-paced, minimal impact adventures in the archipelago. Using small boats, electric bikes, kayaks and paddleboards we can get you to the best spots with the least exposure to mass tourism.

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Sonop, Namibia
Southern Namibia, Namibia
Sonop, Namib Desert, Namibia
Namib Desert, Namibia
Bedroom, Sonop Hotel, Karas, Namibia
Karas, Namibia
Sonop, Namibia
Southern Namibia, Namibia
Sonop, Namib Desert, Namibia
Namib Desert, Namibia
Sonop, Namibia
Southern Namibia, Namibia

Space travel in Namibia

With one of the lowest population densities on earth, Namibia is the perfect place to escape other people. And there are few more dramatic places to stay than Sonop, a 1920s-themed tented camp that sits atop a cluster of burnt red boulders in the Namib Desert. For 2021, they too have embraced the mantra of flexibility and are allowing free cancellations up to 48 hours prior to arrival if the reason is coronavirus related.

Family self-drive holiday from £2,650pp.

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Let’s chat

Get in touch, by phone on 01285 601 784 or email to start creating a trip guaranteed to leave you with stories for a lifetime.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. 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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