Small Ship Cruises
For those looking for a more authentic experience, away from the well-worn travel routes in an intimate atmosphere with fewer passengers, small ship cruising will fit the bill. It has little in common with those massive ships that are more like floating hotels. You’ll sail on a sleek, yacht-like vessel with the ability to reach those fabulous uninhabited islands and tiny, out of the way ports, discovering those true hidden gems. Cruises typically accommodate no more than 100 guests, allowing the crew to provide a more personal experience. Stops are often made in secluded bays for swimming the crystal-clear blue waters as well as for exciting excursions on land.
While these vessels may be small, there is plenty to do while onboard, from relaxing on a comfy lounger surrounded by the scenery to taking advantage of luxurious amenities like a Jacuzzi. Your evenings can be spent socializing with your fellow passengers and instead of dining at a buffet with the same food you could eat back home, you’ll be able to ample the local fare at each new port.
If you’d like to spend time on land too, we can easily add pre- or post-tours, or offer a wide range of suggested extension options.
Our Most Popular Small Ship Cruise Itineraries
Dubrovnik, Slano/Ston, Mljet/Korcula, Vis, Hvar/Blue Cave, Trogir, Split7 NightsFrom $1,500 PPCruise for seven magical nights, sailing on a luxury yacht-like ship from Dubrovnik to Split, taking in many of Croatia’s highlights on an island-hopping adventure. Discover island favorites like glamourous Hvar with its yacht-filled harbor, fairytale-like Old Korcula Town, lush Mljet Island, and more. You’ll be traveling in style while enjoying a more intimate, authentic experience that brings the opportunity to sample the delicious local fare and plenty of fine Dalmatian wine while in port. Look forward to inspiring tours led by expert local guides, swim stops in secluded bays and off the shores of idyllic beaches, and comfortable overnights in a spacious en-suite cabin.
Dubrovnik, Slano/Ston, Mljet/Korcula, Vis, Hvar/Blue Cave, Trogir, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Zagreb10 NightsFrom $3,351 PPThis adventure includes a full week of elegant cruising on a yacht-like ship from Dubrovnik to Split along with several days of land tours, providing an ideal mix for those who want to take in more of Croatia’s highlights. Embark on intriguing locally guided tours that explore centuries of history while getting expert insight, soak up breathtaking scenery, and look forward to lots of mouthwatering Croatian fare and fine wines in between. Highlights are numerous, with just a few including Dubrovnik’s medieval walled city, the world-renowned Blue Cave, photogenic Zlatni Rat Beach, the stunning lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice, and some unique tastings.
When to go: May - SepBestseller
Athens, Cape Sounion, Delos, Mykonos, Naxos, Koufonisia, Santorini, Milos, Kimolos, Serifos, Kythnos7 NightsFrom $2,949 PPSailing round-trip for seven nights from the port of Lavrio near the Greek capital of Athens, this laid-back cruise is a great way to savor the delights of the Aegean while exploring everything from sacred archaeological sites to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. You’ll appreciate the Zen-like feel of the ship and her intimate atmosphere, spacious cabins, mouthwatering dining and personalized service. Look forward to expert-led guided tours while visiting an ideal mix of classic destinations like Santorini, Mykonos, Milos, and Naxos, and less-visited gems, such as Serifos and Kimolos, ensuring memories of a lifetime.
Athens, Poros, Poliegos, Folegandros, Santorini, Antiparos, Paros, Delos, Mykonos, Syros, Kythnos7 NightsFrom $2,742 PPThere are hundreds of beautiful Greek islands to explore, making it difficult to choose just one or two on a trip to Greece. This 7-night cruise is the perfect way to experience multiple islands without the hassle and constant packing and unpacking. You’ll get to know destinations like Poros, Poliegos, Folegandros, Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, and more. Discover postcard-perfect beaches, enjoy unforgettable swims in clear turquoise waters, and plenty of rich history, including an optional tour of Santorini’s own Pompeii and the sacred island of Delos. There will be plenty of delicious and authentic Greek food and wine to enjoy along the way.
Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh, Aqaba, Duba, Hurghada7 NightsFrom $2,755 PPThis classic cruise sails for seven nights, round-trip from Hurghada, unveiling the mysteries of the Red Sea on an intimate boutique ship. You’ll discover three intriguing Arab countries: Jordan, Egypt, and the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, exploring places where biblical stories come to life. Marvel at ancient sites that most people only see on screen and in textbooks from remarkable Petra to the Egyptian pyramids, with opportunities for exciting excursions on land, from a desert camel ride to exploring an underwater world with crystal-clear blue water, vibrant reefs, and abundant marine life that attract snorkelers and divers from across the globe.
Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap10 NightsFrom $4,386 PPThis 10-night tour begins in Vietnam with your arrival into Saigon, officially known today as Ho Chi Minh City. After two days to explore this vibrant modern metropolis, you will embark on an enthralling 3-night cruise, traveling in comfort and style through the exotic waterways of the Mekong Delta. Disembark at the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, taking two days to discover Asia's fastest-growing city's past, present, and future. This enthralling itinerary then closes out with 3 nights in Siem Reap, thoroughly examining the remarkable Angkor temples. An excellent standard of accommodation is included throughout, as are fully private tours and activities in Saigon, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap.
7 NightsFrom $3,369 PPThis cruise will bring you on the ultimate tropical fantasy, sailing round-trip from Papeete in Tahiti to discover Bora Bora, Taha’a, Moorea, Huahine, and Raiatea. These islands are renowned for their towering emerald covered peaks and postcard-perfect beaches, but there’s plenty of rich culture to explore as well. Travel aboard the chic Panorama II with accommodation in a spacious en-suite cabin and fabulous spaces indoors and out for taking in the magnificent passing views. In between the wealth of optional excursions, enjoy delicious freshly prepared meals and multiple stops for swimming or snorkeling in the surreal blue sea.
Edinburgh, Oban, Eigg, Isle of Skye, Lewis, Harris, Bishop’s Isles, Barra, Iona, Oban, Fort William*14 NightsFrom $9,230 PPJoin us for a journey by ship, rail, and road, to stunning cities and into the captivating countryside via extraordinary lochs, beguiling castles, peaty Scotch whiskies, and hairy Highland cows, to experience the landscapes, history, and culture of Scotland. We’ll introduce you to Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, for days in fairytale castles and cobbled streets, and evenings filled with whisky and delicious Scottish cuisine. You’ll travel across the Highlands for mountain views and inky lochs pooling into the Atlantic. And we’ll sail deep into the stunning Hebridean Islands for uninhabited islands, whale spotting, and off-the-beaten path adventures. You’ll stay in stunning hotels, explore by luxury cruise ship, and journey along one of the world’s most beautiful train lines, stopping along the way for iconic destinations like the storied Isle of Skye, dramatic Glen Coe, and Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest peak, sailing across sea lochs carved by glaciers and cinematic coastlines carved by the Atlantic. You won’t simply travel to Scotland, you’ll discover Scotland.
*Please note that cruises run weekly between March and November and the itinerary changes each week. Speak to our team to find out more.
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Galapagos12 NightsFrom $7,341 PPVisit Ecuador and Peru on this tour that brings you to two amazing world wonders: the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. It all starts in Peru’s capital city of Lima followed by a flight to Cusco where you’ll explore the Sacred Valley and hop on the famous glass-ceiling train to visit the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu and its remarkable Inca ruins, including the Temple of the Sun, with an expert private guide. Traveling to Quito, Ecuador, you’ll catch a flight to the Galapagos where an elegant motor yacht waits to bring you on an island-hopping adventure, complete with a naturalist guide (top-level 3 certified). There will be daily excursions, including opportunities to snorkel and hike, evening lectures, and more. Of course, the highlight is coming face-to-face with animals like the Galapagos tortoise, sea lions, marine and land iguanas, fur seals, penguins, and blue-footed boobies.
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