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Temples at sunrise, Cambodia

Where to travel to next

Life is what happens when you are busy making plans. The truth is that in a life without plans nothing happens. We need to fight those blues, to pursue our dreams, we need to look forward.

So let’s go there. Let’s make plans. Let’s feel that feeling again, that rush of excitement as you and we search and imagine… travel. Let’s wander to that place of wonder. Throw a dart. Save a date. Make a plan.

When’s it right for you, we are here.

*published September 2020


Our Flexible Travel Planning Service


Mount Nemrut at sunset in Turkey
Turkey

Our flexible travel planning 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.

Like the sound of both Turkey and southern Italy in our round-up below? We will do what we can to hold services for you in both destinations without you needing to confirm until just before departure. Talk to our team about our new flexi-travel planning service.

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Women Selling Street Flowers, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Vietnam

Our Flexible Payment Service

With Steppes Travel offering flexible payment terms to all our clients wishing to make new bookings, there is no reason not to start planning your next adventure. 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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Travel now

No quarantine required in destination or on return to the UK


Duden Waterfall, Antalya, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey
Aegean Sea, Turkey
Aegean Sea, Turkey

Turkey

Turkey takes the top spot on our list of places to visit right now. In a recent article in The Times, Chris Haslam wrote that “the strictly enforced measures taken to beat the virus induce a sense of wellbeing and optimism long absent in the UK”. With the pound up almost 25% against the Turkish Lira, compared to this time last year, you can also be sure of exceptional value. Head to the Turquoise Coast for half-term sunshine and kayak over the sunken city of Kekova.

In fact, three of our team are there right now…

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Palermo with views of Norman palace Sicily, Italy
Palermo, Italy
Castello di Ugento, Puglia, Italy
Ugento, Italy

Italy

One of our most experienced travel experts, James Armitage, has just returned from a week exploring Sicily – his verdict: “wall to wall sunshine, exceptional food and fascinating history and culture around every corner”. James recommends self-drive in Sicily flying into Palermo and out of Catania while our other top tip is to visit Puglia and stay at the converted castle, Castello di Ugento. Both regions are in the far south of Italy so perfect for late sunshine.

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Mountain View, Caribbean, St Lucia
Saint Lucia
East Winds, Saint Lucia,Caribbean
East Winds, Saint Lucia,Caribbean
East Winds, Saint Lucia,Caribbean
East Winds, Saint Lucia,Caribbean

St Lucia

On the UK government’s green list and viewed as one of the world’s safest and friendliest countries, St Lucia is the perfect bolthole right now. Our favourite hotels are Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, both of which are operating all on-site activities such as kayaking, jungle walking and snorkelling. Fly directly with BA and take advantage of their most recent World Sale.

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Open to tourism

However still on the UK’s red list


For some, the quarantine on return to the UK is not such an inconvenience. You may want to consider a holiday to one of the following destinations, all of which are now open to tourism. By travelling you will be doing your bit to provide much-needed revenue to local communities and the money you spend will go a long way to help support national parks and to protect endangered wildlife. You are guaranteed a very warm welcome.

Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania
Tanzania
Zebras and a wildebeest walking beside the lake, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Kenya

Wildebeest in their thousands are crossing the Kenyan and Tanzanian border daily, without the need for visa or COVID test. The migration is one of the natural world’s most captivating spectacles but is sometimes criticised for the large numbers of tourists it attracts. Not so, right now. Kenya is not on the UK’s green list so you’ll need to quarantine on your return but you’ll need this long to sort through your collection of photographs without another tourist vehicle in site.

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Irazu Volcano, Costa Rica
Irazu Volcano, Costa Rica
Margay cat, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Family Pool, Nayara Tented Camp, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Family Pool, Nayara Tented Camp, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Hoffmann's Two Toed Sloth, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
White Water Rafting, Arenal, Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Recently opening their borders to tourism, Costa Rica’s national parks and beaches offer the perfect antidote to winter in the UK. Either sit back and enjoy the view or take advantage of the multitude of activities that Costa Rica offers, from trekking up a volcano to zip-wiring into your hotel. BA are resuming direct flights to San Jose at the end of October and are currently offering excellent fares in their World Sale.

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Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
View over lakes, Virunga Lodge, Volcanoes National Park
Virunga Lodge, BP 1322, Kigali, Rwanda
Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Rwanda

Rwandair resumes flying out of London on October 3rd and will now be flying out of Heathrow not Gatwick, as before. Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is open and new guidelines are in place to protect the gorillas while still giving you the opportunity to experience the most humbling of wildlife encounters. Combine with Nyungwe for the ultimate primate trip.

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AndBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Oryx, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Namibia

Namibia

The wide-open spaces of Namibia are now open to British travellers. Embark on your own adventure on one of our self-drives and explore Namibia’s spectacular lodges or camps in Sossusvlei or Etosha. As of today you no longer have to spend time in isolation on arrival in Namibia, you will however need to have proof of a negative PCR test which is less than 72 hours old and you may be required to take another test whilst on holiday. If you’re thinking of visiting Namibia in 2021/22 then do not delay booking – camps and lodges are filling up.

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Constance Halaveli, Maldives
Constance Halaveli, Maldives
Water Villa with Private Pool, Maalifushi by COMO, Maldives
COMO Maalifushi, Maldives, Maldives
Aerial View over Maldives, Maldives
Maldives
Lagoon pool villa,Outrigger Konotta Maldives, Maldives
Outrigger Konotta Maldives, Maldives, Maldives

Maldives

A holiday in the Maldives offers sunshine, beautiful clear water, superb diving, complete relaxation and total privacy. There are no other resorts other than COMO Maalifushi in this wild and precious part of the Maldives archipelago, where the diving, surfing, and snorkelling are found in the most pristine stretches of water. Discover the ultimate in five-star luxury that is suitable for both couples and families looking for a private beach or water villas – each with their own pool at another one of our favourites – Constance Halaveli.

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Further afield


King Penguin, South Georgia, Antarctica
King Penguin, South Georgia

Antarctica - South Georgia Fly-Cruise

With a few cabins still available on our half charter of the Magellan Explorer, we are offering you, our clients, the opportunity to visit the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia in November 2021. Allowing for an extended time in South Georgia – arguably the jewel in Antarctica’s crown – and taking advantage of a flight from the tip of the peninsula back to mainland Chile, this voyage maximises your time in the White Continent and has a unique programme of lectures and bar-side chats on board, courtesy of our partnership with New Scientist.

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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.


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A New World

Our new mini brochure details how we can navigate this new world together, with inspiration of when to go for booking in advance as well as details on our flexible payment terms.

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Mount Nemrut at sunset in Turkey
Turkey

Your Next Expert-Led Journey

Expert-led group tours are a rare opportunity to meet leading minds and like-minded travellers to explore cultures and wildlife in ways that inspire you whilst preserving them. Through our COVID-19 protocols, you can now keep enjoying moments rich with wonder for the natural world and our own history. We’ve kept our group numbers to a minimum, ensured partners follow strict transport and dining safety guidelines and created a flexible booking and payment process that is backed by COVID-19 specialist insurance.

View our 2021 Group Tour highlights

This is Our World.

All of the partners in our network put responsible and extraordinary travel at the heart of their service. Hear their stories and plan ahead to meet them through us in Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, Chile, Tanzania and Argentina.

The Times & Sunday Times Travel Awards

We’re delighted to announce that we have been nominated for the Best Luxury Tour Operator category in The Times & Sunday Times Awards. If you could take a few minutes to vote for us, it would mean the world, you can do so by completing this form here.

 

 

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.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?


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