Moscow Kremlin and river in morning, Russia

Cultural holidays

Cultural experiences can take many different guises. Slurping cappuccino in Caffe con Tre Effe (Café with Three Fs) in Rome, getting behind the scenes access to the Kremlin in Moscow or watching a Bollywood movie in one of Mumbai’s hustling cinemas are all experiences that will give cultural insight.

Art, music, film and performance are fascinating expressions of a country’s culture and identity. Many of our clients look to Steppes to organise their visits to museums, galleries, cinemas or sporting venues, knowing that we will be able to organise the best seats in the house or help them avoid the queues to get in.

Talk to us about the museums you want to visit – chances are, we will be able to organise access after hours so you can avoid the crowds or maybe we can get you into a storage room which is not usually open to the public.

Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan

Historic holidays

Embrace the intriguing ancient history and accompanying moments these countries have to offer. Rich with cultural and religious influence, which is furthermore portrayed on various architectural wonders. Our historical holidays and expert-led group tours present a fascinating combination for the first-time visitor and provide a deeper insight to those returning to the area.

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Pintxos, Wine tasting, Basque Region, Spain
Wine tasting

Food and Wine

Food is something that allows the explorer to get under the skin of a country – visit a market in Laos or Vietnam and you’ll see exactly what we mean and don’t miss the opportunity to eat at an Asado to appreciate the reverence given to steak in Argentina.

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Plaza de Espana, Sevilla, Spain
St Basils Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia
Northen Lights, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland

City breaks

With just a short flight but a huge change of scene, a few days away in a buzzing city can be a thoroughly revitalising experience. From an escape to cosmopolitan Seville, to Northern lights hunting in Reykjavik, a city break can offer than well-needed break to recharge and relax.

A short break can also incorporate further afield – a long weekend in the Masai Mara, Kenya or the northern lights in Iceland. Whatever crazy ideas you might have – talk to us – we love to put together a short break that goes beyond the ordinary.

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Golestan Palace, a UNESCO Heritage Site in Tehran, Iran

Expert-led Group Tours

Accompanied by experts in their field, our cultural group’s tours embrace the intriguing ancient history, rich cultural and religious influence, or architectural wonders. Learn and discover the traditions of these countries, whilst rubbing shoulders with the locals, become emerged with the whole community.

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Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Aboriginal Rock Art, Western Australia

Aboriginal Rock Art

Discover ancestral rock art sites in Cooktown with Willie Gorgon, elder of the Nugal Clan.

Carvings, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Ancient Petroglyphs

Visit Petroglyphs, showcasing ancient rock carvings dating back to 1000B.C. on Ometepe Island.

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Local woman weaving textiles, Peru

Visit a Pre-Columbian Textile Museum

Stroll around the Amano Pre-Columbian Museum with its exquisite collection of ceramics and textiles.

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Bayuda Woman, Sudan

Meet the Bisharin People

Have the opportunity to interact with the Bisharin nomads.

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Close up of Orang Asli perons hands lighting fire.

Meet the Orang Asli People

Trek to waterfalls and villages of the Orang Asli tribes, indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia.

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.

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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Amy was exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful and with a good sense of humour. Our holiday would not have been as successful and enjoyable without her guidance and input.


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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