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The Traveller


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About Us

Why Choose The Traveller?

Our Heritage
Formerly the tour operating department at the British Museum, The Traveller became an independent entity in 2003, but with the same ethos and retaining strong links with the staff and curators, many of whom continue to lead our tours. This enviable position has enabled us to become recognised as one of the UK’s leading specialists in archaeological, historic and cultural tours. Meet the team.

In the Company of Experts
Our long association and friendship with the British Museum and other academic institutions means we have an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour lecturers. We carefully select our lecturers based on their expertise, unparalleled knowledge, companionship and ability to communicate with our clients. While travelling in the company of these experts is a unique experience in its own right, quite often their influence facilitates privileged access to archaeological sites and museums not usually open to the public.

Small is Beautiful
Our average group size is typically only 10 -12 people, far smaller than the larger group tours typically offered by our competitors, a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere, while making the logistics of visits to sites and museums that much easier.

Spoilt for Choice
We pride ourselves on offering the most diverse range of small group tours in the market, from Seville to Samarkand and Easter Island to Ethiopia. We are proud of our pioneering reputation and each year try to ensure our offering is fresh and exciting.

The Steppes Partnership
In 2010 we became part of Steppes Travel, adding their 23 years of experience to our own team’s, and enabling us to include additional destinations for 2012. Steppes Travel now have 35 people in the office, many of whom have been with the company over 10 years, making them what we believe is arguably the most knowledgeable team of specialist travel experts in the UK. Furthermore, like us, they travel each year to their region of specialisation, which ensures they are fully up to date with new developments.

24-Hour Emergency service
We do not believe in answer machines so 24 hours a day, 365 days a year your call will be answered by a person who can connect you to one of our team in the case of an emergency.

Financial Protection
The Traveller is a fully bonded tour operator (ATOL 6945) that complies with the Civil Aviation Authority bonding ensuring that your booking is fully protected.

Steppes Travel is a fully bonded tour operator (ATOL 6945) that complies with the Civil Aviation Authority bonding.

"Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:

We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).

Most importantly we remain a private company. This allows us to deliver a highly personal level of service with the freedom to handpick the best team in each country who are as dedicated as we are on delivering exciting and imaginative tours.

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