Let us show you an experience beyond the ordinary

“There are guides and then there are Steppes guides – they make the difference in our holiday experience as we often travel where others never tread.”

Private Guides

The role of a private guide varies from destination to destination and depending on your preference,schedule and budget – you may wish to have a guide accompany you for a day or you may choose to have a guide accompany you throughout your itinerary. Why do we recommend that you travel with a private guide? The most obvious reason is for their expert knowledge. A guide is not there to regurgitate facts and figures but will pitch their delivery according to your interest/s. Moreover they are there for you to ask questions, to learn and discover more than you would through any guidebook.

They will give you a local’s insight and an introduction into their country which will be both personal and memorable. There’s no denying that travelling with your own private guide is the best way to fully appreciate the richness of a country’s history, culture, cuisine, flora and fauna. Added to this, here are some further advantages of having a private guide:

Beat the Queues

Guides have priority and can get you access ahead of the crowds.

Save you time

Guides know how to use your precious travel time most efficiently—no need for backtracking or waiting needlessly in traffic when a better itinerary would have spared you.


Your guide will show you the best angles and locations for photography. Also importantly, they will help you when taking photos of people – they will let you know what is and what is not culturally appropriate.

Behind the scenes

They are connected both locally and with Steppes so that we can offer you privileged access whether it be The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg or the Galapagos Darwin Research Centre for Conservation.

Local insight

They have their finger on the pulse of what’s happening day by day so can keep updated of local events, festivals or simply the best time to see something.

Eating out

Your guide will know the best places to eat out and not necessarily the restaurants or cafés listed in guidebooks. Tell them what you like and they’ll take you there.


Your guide can be both a translator if you want to know what someone is saying and also a teacher for helping you interact and try your hand at a few words in the local dialect, which always brings a smile and a richer experience.

Travel with a guide rather than a guide book.

And, of course, the following all come as standard when booking with us at Steppes…


You can depend on us to deliver to high standards. We go that extra mile. With 25 years of experience and knowledge we have built up many long-standing relationships with our partners around the world, ensuring they deliver the very best service to you. Now wonder then that over 70% of our business is repeat and referral.


By booking through us you have the security of a financially protected holiday as offered by our ATOL licence (6945).


Rather than beat our own drum, the fact that 70% of our business is repeat and referral is, for us, the highest endorsement we could have. You will not only be able to contact our partners throughout your stay abroad but also our office on a dedicated number that is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We go that extra mile to give you added security and peace of mind.


Being responsible in our travels and operations both locally and globally is engrained in all that we do at Steppes. Each time you travel with us, we donate £5 to a local charity in the UK and £10 to an international charity. Each time we travel, we offset our carbon emissions with the World Land Trust. If you can, we urge you to do the same.


We use our experience to create yours. Our Experts travel to the destinations in which they specialise up to three times a year, increasing their knowledge and always experiencing what’s new.


We love out of the ordinary and relish the opportunity to create a truly beyond the experience for you, your friends and family.


Booking through a tour operator may not be as expensive as you think. We negotiate the best rates with hotels and experts guides, ensuring you always get the best value for money. Often we have access to exclusive offers which are only available to our clients. Booking through us also ensures you are protected from fluctuations in exchange rates. Terms & Conditions apply

“Right from the first contact it was clear Chris understood the kind of trip we wanted and his expert advice ensured we were able to plan and experience the perfect trip. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Chris and the rest of the Steppes team.”

– Bertie

You are unique, so we believe your holiday should be too.

We listen to what you want and create a personalised itinerary tailored around you.

Your holiday. Your experience. Your way.

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  • Established for over 25 years creating journeys across 100 destinations worldwide
  • Exclusive access to the best private guides


  • We negotiate the best rates with hotels and expert guides
  • Be protected from fluctuations in exchange rates


  • Each time you travel with us we donate £5 to a local charity in the UK and £10 to an international charity

Fully Protected

  • Your monies are financially protected
  • 24/7 Emergency UK contact whilst abroad

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