Cruising with Steppes Travel: The best luxury cruise holidays for the year

Steppes Travel take us through the high seas with a list of some of their best luxury cruise offerings for the year

A voyage isn’t a ‘holiday’; it’s a gateway to incredible destinations: pristine beaches, fabulous fjords and perfect peninsulas, each day adding new chapters to your story, every wave a reminder of the ebb and flow of life. A reminder that there is art in travel. Whether it’s a small expedition vessel exploring nooks and crannies that bigger ships can’t reach, an Antarctic cruise, a luxury exclusive charter or a fascinating cultural journey, Steppes Travel are well versed in creating voyages for those wanting a more personal and hands-on experience.

Below are some of their favourite cruises.Steppes Travel cruiseJewels of the Arctic

Journey through the breadth of the Svalbard archipelago aboard the Greg Mortimer or Sylvia Earle, where the days feel endless and wildlife pops up around every turn. Sail deep into the world’s largest fjord in east Greenland, push through pack ice searching for polar bears and witness Arctic foxes hunting beneath the cliffs that are home to enormous colonies of guillemots and fulmars. There are very few polar voyages that offer so much variety in terms of wildlife and landscapes, which is what makes this trip so compelling.

Find out moreWest Papua & Asmat Tribe Expedition

From the comfort of Aqua Blu, journey through the Arafura Sea accessing remote jungle landscapes on foot and by private speedboat. Swim and dive in coral rich waters with the chance to encounter whale sharks, and hike to spectacular waterfalls, white sandy beaches and panoramic viewpoints. This expeditionary voyage offers access to a wild corner of the world and a rare opportunity to spend two days among the Asmat people.

Find out moreSteppes Travel cruisePeruvian Amazon River Cruise

Aboard the Aria Amazon or Aqua Nera, enjoy the comforts of gourmet dining and onboard spa whilst delving deep into the Peruvian Amazon. From guided jungle walks and kayaking excursions to visiting indigenous communities and biking round villages. Spot rare and endemic wildlife, like pink dolphins, spider monkeys, caiman and sloths. This expedition into the Peruvian Amazon is a trip that should be on everyone’s list.

Find out moreMekong River Cruise

Start your adventure in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam before spending seven nights peacefully cruising the majestic Mekong River and ending amidst the iconic temples of Angkor. Aqua Mekong is a contemporary vessel which offers Michelin standard cuisine and a staff to guest ratio of 1:1. Experience the rich tapestry of life running through Vietnam and Cambodia, with knowledgeable guides on board offering a unique insight into river life. Kayak to floating villages, discover historic Buddhist temples and cycle along picturesque rice fields.

Find out moreSteppes Travel cruiseOff grid in Raja Ampat

Hidden jungles, tropical vegetation and a dazzling underwater world. The Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat is truly travelling off grid. With very few hotels it’s all about the boats, giving a sense of being somewhere before everyone else. Spend your days kayaking, walking, diving and visiting villages to understand this fascinating and eclectic region in greater depth. When you’re not exploring, spend time enjoying the comforts of Aqua Blu’s spa facilities.

Find out moreWildlife of the Galapagos Islands

Nowhere on earth has wildlife like the Galapagos Islands. Fact. With just under half of all species recorded being endemic, a cruise around Darwin’s archipelago is a rite of passage for wildlife lovers. Navigate the waters aboard Aqua Mare, the only luxury superyacht which sails around the islands. Elegantly designed suites and social spaces, from a sun deck and jacuzzi to a panoramic lounge, offer the perfect place to relax after a day’s exploration.

Find out moreUltimate Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

This in-depth exploration of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and Antarctica is an extraordinary option for expedition cruising. A memorable wildlife-centric sailing voyage that travels to some of the planet’s most isolated islands, as well as the coveted White Continent. Navigate between highly remote locations and witness little-seen ecosystems – welcome to ‘the most staggering wildlife show on Earth.’ Cruise on either the Greg Mortimer or Sylvia Earle, small expedition vessels small enough to venture where others simply can’t.

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Voted a Conde Nast Top Five Specialist Tour Operator 2023, Steppes Travel have been creating beautiful adventures and remarkable holidays for more than 30 years. Speak to our experts today to start your journey.
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