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Small Ship & Expedition Cruises Trips & Tours

778 trips from 157 tour companies with 799 reviews

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Alaskan Small Ship Adventure tour

50 plus, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise, High Adventure, Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing

5.0 | Excellent | 16 Reviews
6 Days
$ 675 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Moderate

Moderate Physical LevelRegular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.

Visits: United States, Alaska, Glacier National Park
From
$ 4,050

Highlights

  • Alaska adventure cruises include seeing calving glaciers, walking through old growth rain forests, strolling along secluded beaches .Alaska sea kayaking and incredible land, air and sea wildlife.
  • Experience the Inaccessible to most, the wonders of this vast wilderness first-hand 
  • Watch the Humpback and Orca whales abound. 
  • See playful Dall porpoises commonly visit our adventure cruise ships.
  • Spot sea lions, brown bears and bald eagles. 
  • See wolves, beavers, foxes, martens and moose.
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Spectacular Ross Sea (incl. helicopters) tour

50 plus, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Small Ship Cruise

4.2 | Great | 10 Reviews
32 Days
$ 803 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Argentina, New Zealand, Antarctic Peninsula, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia
From
$ 25,700

Highlights

  • Enjoy sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel
  • Discover Flora and fauna in the Ross Sea
  • Visit Terra Nova Bay
  • Visit Borchgrevink's Hut
  • Visit the sub-Antarctic New Zealand Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Campbell Island
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Galapagos at a Glance - Southern Islands - (Daphne) tour

Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Small Ship Cruise, Sailing

4.6 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
6 Days
$ 310 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Ecuador, Galapagos, Isla Floreana, Darwin, Quito
From
$ 1,947

Highlights

  • Send a postcard to the jealous folk back home in Post Office Bay
  • Spy pink flamingos wading the lagoons of Punta Cormorant
  • Snorkel through the underwater wonderland of Devil’s Crown
  • Watch waved albatross taking off along Punta Suarez
  • Savour dramatic views of Cerro Brujo’s volcanic landscape
  • Do some beach lazing with the local California sea lions of Gardner Beach
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Antarctic Circle Expedition tour

Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise

3.7 | Great | 7 Reviews
16 Days
$ 502 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Argentina, Buenos Aires, Shetland Islands, Ushuaia
From
$ 8,031

Highlights

  • First class scientific lectures
  • Come ashore on isolated beaches and spend the night in a tent
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66° 33’ 39’’
  • See penguins, Leopard seals and whales
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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise, Trekking & Expeditions, Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing

4.8 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
22 Days
$ 409 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Antarctica, Argentina, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Georgia, Shetland Islands, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia
From
$ 8,999

Highlights

  • Meet hardy locals and see unique wildlife in the falkland islands
  • Explore abandoned whaling stations and visit shackleton’s grave
  • Walk quietly amongst king penguins and watch them surf onto the beach
  • Learn about the environment and ecology from industry experts
  • Spot whales and seals while cruising through icebergs on zodiacs
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Gems of Northern Italy tour

50 plus, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise

5.0 | Excellent | 19 Reviews
10 Days
$ 400 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Italy, Bologna, Milan, Padua, Venice, Verona
From
$ 3,999

Highlights

  • Discover 1 country: Italy
  • Experience 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Explore dazzling Milan city
  • Enjoy a tasting and multi-course lunch at a beautiful Valpolicella wine estate
  • Experience walking tour through Venice’s labyrinthine back lanes
  • Visit inside St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Enjoy magnificent views of “The Floating City’s” greatest sights
  • Visit the medieval walled city of Padua
  • Explore Venice Lagoon
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A Circumnavigation of Iceland tour

Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise, Eco, Sustainable & Green Travel, Transformative

5.0 | Excellent | 5 Reviews
11 Days
$ 893 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Iceland, Blue Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, Reykjavík
From
$ 9,820

Highlights

  • Explore Iceland’s wild western coast
  • Siglutjörout in the north
  • The rarely- visited rugged east coast
  • And the Westman islands, one of the planet’s youngest archipelagos
  • Europe's largest icecap
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Greece Sailing Adventure - Cyclades Islands tour

Small Ship Cruise, Sailing

4.6 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
10 Days
$ 174 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Greece, Mykonos, Santorini
From
$ 1,911

Highlights

  • The sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. Walk along the volcanic rim of the island past white villages that cling to plunging cliffs
  • Sail across the Aegean Sea on a yacht and island hop through the picture-postcard Cyclades. Swim off the side of the boat and let the waves rock you to sleep each night
  • Feast on fresh seafood at a sleepy waterfront taverna in the Small Cyclades islands, far away from tourists and the rest of the world
  • Step back in time among the Venetian architecture of Naxos and learn about present-day rural life with a daytrip to a country village
  • The chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side with its boutique culture and thumping nightlife
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Family Galapagos tour

Family Friendly, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Small Ship Cruise

4.5 | Great | 8 Reviews
10 Days
$ 920 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Luxury - 5 star

Luxury - 5 star Lodging LevelThe highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Ecuador, Galapagos, Guayaquil, Santa Cruz Island
From
$ 9,195

Highlights

  • Cruise for seven nights aboard 'Xperience' - an expedition vessel that blends stability, comfort and flexibility - in the Galápagos Islands
  • Experience some of the most intimate and up-close wildlife encounters in the world, both on land and in the water
  • Discover the Galápagos Islands on twice-daily shore excursions that include nature walks limited to 12 guests for more interaction with your naturalist guide
  • Choose from kayaking or snorkeling, depending on the location, or simply relax on deck or on shore
  • Observe giant tortoises up close, in their natural habitats
  • A Young Explorers Guide provides child-friendly programs and activities, such as wildlife photography, scavenger hunts, Spanish lessons and art-making
  • Enjoy the convenience of earlier seating and kid-friendly menus at meal times
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Mediterranean Horizons

Cultural, Small Ship Cruise, Sailing

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4.3 | Great | 31 Reviews
17 Days
$ 255 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Moderate

Moderate Physical LevelRegular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.

Visits: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Slovenia, Colosseum, Corfu , Dubrovnik, Florence, Ljubljana, Pisa, Rome, Tirana, Venice, Sarajevo
From
$ 4,338

Highlights

  • Gondola ride in Venice
  • 3 nights stay in Corfu
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Visit Pisa & the famous Leaning Tower
  • Local guide in Tirana, Dubrovnik and Florence
  • Vaporetto ride in Venice
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Essence of the Elbe: Berlin to Prague

Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise

3.4 | Average | 26 Reviews
13 Days
$ 161 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Czech Republic, Germany, Berlin, Dresden, Meissen, Potsdam, Prague, Wittenberg
From
$ 2,095

Highlights

  • Enjoy twelve days River Cruise vacation
  • Insightful and informative port tour
  • Land tours and shipboard programs
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Great Cities of Eastern Europe tour

50 plus, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise

4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
15 Days
$ 200 per day
Type: Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Auschwitz, Budapest, Helsinki, Krakow, Matthias Church, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw
From
$ 2,999

Highlights

  • Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust
  • See the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert.
  • See historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour taking you along the Ring Boulevard, past Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace and the ornate State Opera to a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s
  • Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague
  • See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town in Prague
  • Helsinki Tour
  • Danube Bend
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China & Yangtze River Cruise with Hong Kong tour

50 plus, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise

4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
17 Days
$ 176 per day
Type: Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Moderate

Moderate Physical LevelRegular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.

Visits: China, Yangtze River
From
$ 2,999

Highlights

  • Visit the Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
  • See the Great Wall (Beijing)
  • Learn about the Terra Cotta Soldiers (Xian)
  • See The Bund (Shanghai)
  • Enjoy an Yangtze River Cruise
  • Li River (Guilin)
  • See spectacular city view from Victoria Peak (Hong Kong)
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Magical Ireland tour

50 plus, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise, Transformative

4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
13 Days
$ 200 per day
Type: Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Ireland, United Kingdom, Dingle Peninsula, Dublin, Galway, Killarney National Park
From
$ 2,599

Highlights

  • Merrion Square (Dublin)
  • Christchurch Cathedral (Dublin)
  • Guinness Brewery (Dublin)
  • Castle Ward House & Gardens (Northern Ireland)
  • Titanic Belfast Experience
  • Giant’s Causeway (Antrim)
  • Kylemore Abbey (Galway)
  • Cliffs of Moher (Clare)
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula (Kerry)
  • Blarney’s Castle
  • Medieval Castle Banquet
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Danube Discovery Cruise

50 plus, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise

4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
15 Days
$ 213 per day
Type: River Cruise
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Croatia, Lucerne, Munich, Prague, Romania, Vienna
From
$ 3,199

Highlights

  • Hofburg Palace (Vienna)
  • St. Martin’s Cathedral (Bratislava)
  • Matthias Coronation Church (Budapest)
  • Gypsy Concert (On Board – Budapest)
  • Old Town with Concert (Osijek)
  • Petrovaradin Fortress (Novi Sad)
  • Kalemegdan Fortress (Belgrade)
  • Iron Gates Gorge
  • Baba Vida Fortress (Vidin)
  • Palace of Parliament (Bucharest)
  • Optional Dracula’s Castle Extension
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Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise tour

Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise

4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
11 Days
$ 273 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Greece, Turkey, Athens, Crete, Delphi, Ephesus, Heraklion, Mycenae, Mykonos, Parthenon, Piraeus, Rhodes, Santorini
From
$ 2,999

Highlights

  • Experience 4-night Greek Island Cruise
  • Visit Mykonos, Ephesus and Santorini
  • House of Virgin Mary (Ephesus)
  • Visit Patmos, Crete and Oia Village
  • Explore Olympia, Mycenae and Rhodes
  • Discover Parthenon (Athens) and Acropolis (Athens)
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Radiant Rhine Cruise

50 plus, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise

4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
9 Days
$ 300 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: France, Germany, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Rotterdam, Rudesheim, Strasbourg
From
$ 2,699

Highlights

  • Experience walking Tour of Amsterdam
  • You’ll visit major highlights of Anne Frank’s House (Amsterdam)
  • Visit Haymarket (Cologne)
  • Visit Jewish Baths (Cologne)
  • Visit Gothic Cologne Cathedral (Der Kölner Dom)
  • Walking Tour of Old Town (Koblenz)
  • See the fabulous St. Castor’s Basilica (Koblenz)
  • Schängel Fountain (Koblenz)
  • Mannheim Palace
  • Walking Tour of Strasbourg
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Antarctica Cruise Expedition

50 plus, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Small Ship Cruise

4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
17 Days
$ 471 per day
Type: Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Antarctica, Argentina, Antarctic Peninsula, Buenos Aires, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia
From
$ 7,999

Highlights

  • Explore Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel
  • Cross the Drake Passage
  • Traverse Cape Horn
  • See the spectacular South Shetland Islands
  • Explorations by Zodiac (Small Boat)
  • Antarctic Peninsula is known for its scenic beauty and large population of Humpback Whales
  • Explore Drake Passag get close to Penguins & Seals
  • Hear the Roar of the Glaciers
  • Visit Yankee Harbour, an inner harbor on Greenwich Island
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Pandas & Yangtze Cruise

50 plus, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise

5.0 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
16 Days
$ 167 per day
Type: Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: China, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Great Wall of China, Guilin, Shanghai, Terra Cotta Warriors, The Forbidden City, Xian, Yichang
From
$ 2,669

Highlights

  • Must-see sights - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas 
  • Fantastic cruise tour on the Li River from Guilin to rural Yangshuo 
  • Have a once in a lifetime chance to get close to the incredibly cute treasure -Pandas 
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
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Golden Triangle & Yangtze

Cultural, Small Ship Cruise, Local Immersion & Homestays

5.0 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
11 Days
$ 139 per day
Type: Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: China, Beijing, Chongqing, Great Wall of China, Shanghai, Terra Cotta Warriors, The Forbidden City, Xian
From
$ 1,529

Highlights

  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors 
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges 
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund 
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
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