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Explore the top-rated Africa small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Las Palmas, La Digue, Tangier, Casablanca, and Curieuse Island, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to exploring on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access. The cost of Africa small ship cruises start at $1,479 for a trip of 5 to 30 days in 2023. Tell us about your dream Africa small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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View of the Great Nile in Aswan
$1,479
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Classic Egypt Tour

Luxor to Aswan - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Nile River Cruises
  • Discover pyramids and Sphinx
  • Explore the temple of Dendera
  • Walk around town of Esna
  • Sail the Nile river
Starts / Ends:
Cairo / Aswan
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, River Cruises, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this classic tour of Egypt, explore the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, the Karnak Temple near Luxor, the Ramses II-built Abu Simbel, and the rarely-visited tombs of Seti I and Nefertari. Stay in the finest hotels, cruise the Nile aboard a luxurious riverboat, and travel with the best Egyptologist …
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A snorkeler walking along a white sandy beach.
$2,650
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Cruises in the Garden of Eden

Seychelles - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Pegasos
  • Explore the island of Curieuse
  • Swim at Anse de Source d' Argent
  • Snorkel in the waters of St. Pierre
  • Visit the community of La Digue
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Pegasus in Port Victoria and begin your adventure sailing through the Seychelles Islands. Stop at several uninhabited islands, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, view large bird colonies, relax on sun-washed beaches, and take daily guided excursions. Enjoy 8 days on this relaxing cruisethat …
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The sun lights up this beautiful tropical forest.
$1,950
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Cruises in the Garden of Eden

Seychelles - 5 Day Itinerary aboard Pegasos
  • Snorkel world-renowned beaches
  • Visit Cousin Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Explore the island of Curieuse
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Cruise through the Seychelles Islands and discover the hidden gems of this unspoiled paradise. Spend 5 days snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, and birding. Visit a bird sanctuary that is home to a quarter million breeding birds, explore one of the world's most beautiful beaches, anddiscover …
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Mahe - Morne Seychellois National Park
$4,640
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The Essential Seychelles

9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bougainville
  • Visit the Vallée de Mai
  • Discover 8 islands in the Seychelle
  • View the granite island of Curieuse
  • Enjoy encounters with the locals
Starts / Ends:
Victoria Bay / Victoria Bay
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board Le Bougainville in Mahé for a 9-day cruise and discover the must-see jewels of the Seychelles islands. The first stop on the cruise is Sainte Anne Marine National Park. Visit Curieuse Island, reputed for its red earth and for the Aldabra giant tortoises that have taken up residence …
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Snorkelers interacting with a friendly whale shark.
$1,550
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Cruises in the Garden of Eden

Seychelles - 4 Day Itinerary aboard Pegasos
  • Visit La Digue, a quaint community
  • Discover Anse Source D’ Argent
  • Snorkel through crystal clear water
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the Seychelles Islands on this 4-day cruise onboard the Pegasus. Board in Praslin Baie St. Anne and set sail for Felicite, a pristine snorkeling destination. Enjoy opportunities to explore the quaint community of La Digue, and take a guided tour around Moyenne Island. Cruising from island …
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Mahe - Morne Seychellois National Park
$7,700
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Zanzibar and the Treasures of the Indian Ocean

13 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bougainville
  • Discover the islands in one cruise
  • Ride the Zodiac inflatables
  • Observe tortoises and bird species
  • Dive and snorkel with the guides
Starts / Ends:
Victoria Bay / Zanzibar
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on Le Bougainville for this special 13-day expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean. From Victoria on Mahé, the first sail is to La Digue, where a veritable picture postcard of Seychelles awaits. Further on, on the small islands of Astove,there is an opportunity to snorkel and dive among …
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Lisbon Tram and Cityscape
$1,530
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Spain & Morocco

6 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Enjoy Lisbon's heritage
  • Discover Tangier, Morocco
  • Visit the Rock of Gibraltar
  • Explore the Andalucian region
Starts / Ends:
Lisbon / Malaga
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Dive into incredible cultures with this 6-day sailing adventure aboard the Royal Clipper. Explore the stunning Spanish coastline, sampling the exotic side of this gorgeous country. Tour thelegendary cities of Lisbon and Portimao.Grab yourself an experience you'll talk about forever as you enjoy …
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Windmill on Lanzarote
$6,165
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The Beautiful Greens of the Canary Islands

Round-trip Las Palmas - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud
  • Enjoy Gran Canary's landscapes
  • Admire Tenerife's natural beauty
  • Visit Sta Cruz
  • Explore El Hierro Biosphere Reserve
Starts / Ends:
Las Palmas / Las Palmas
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Swap a gray autumn for a slice of Canary sun. Enjoy an authentic windjammer experience for true sailing fans on this unique round-trip 8-day cruise along the Canary Islands. Starting and ending in Gran Canary, almost half the island has been registered by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The capital, …
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The sun sets off the Canary Islands
$6,165
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The Canaries, Islands of Contrasts

Las Palmas to Las Palmas - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud
  • Enjoy Gran Canary's variety
  • Explore Puerto del Rosario
  • Enjoy San Sebastian
Starts / Ends:
Las Palmas / Las Palmas
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Swap a gray autumn for a slice of Canary sun. Enjoy an authentic windjammer experience for true sailing fans on this unique round-trip 8-day cruise along the Canary Islands. Starting and ending in Gran Canary, almost half the island has been registered by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The capital, …
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A young family walks through the African landscape
$2,690
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Rivers of West Africa

Banjul-Banjul - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Harmony G
  • Walk through to Batelling
  • Discover Baboon Island
  • Visit Kaur's museum
  • Explore Dakar's surroundings
Starts / Ends:
Banjul / Dakar
Activities:
River Cruises, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the Harmony G for a fascinating 8-day cruise along the coast of West Africa and upstream the Gambia River, deep inside the African continent. Discover the flora, fauna, and history of Africa as you voyage through the waterways of Senegal and Gambia. Visit no less than four Natural Reserves and …
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Marvel at the spectacular rock of Gibraltar
$2,320
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Morocco & Canary Islands

10 Day Itinerary aboard Star Clipper
  • Enjoy Malaga's architecture
  • Discover Cadiz, Spain
  • Visit the Lanzarote Islands
  • Explore Gran Canaria's beauty
Starts / Ends:
Malaga / Las Palmas
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
From Málaga, board the Star Clipper to Las Palmas toexplore Tangier, Morocco, and see the city's faded mongrel charm, a heady mix of Moroccan, European, and African influences. Take a stroll through the old town of Safi, which is home to a fishing harbor and a variety of businesses. …
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Entrance of Luxor Temple, Egypt
$2,550
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Gods, Kings & Pharaohs

Israel to Jordan - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Harmony V
  • Cross the Suez Canal
  • Discover Luxor
  • Explore the Valley of the Kings
  • Admire Aqaba's Roman architecture
Starts / Ends:
Suez Canal / Aqaba
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embrace your wanderlust and discover the world on a deeper level. Cross the Suez Canal, discover Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. An expert Egyptologist onboard and onshore will enhance your experience with insights that bring each destination to life for a very well-rounded perspective. Join us during …
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Curieuse Island in the Seychelles
$7,730
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Secret Seychelles Islands

Victoria, Mahé Roundtrip - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Le Jacques Cartier
  • Explore stunning corals.
  • Visit Vallée de Mai nature reserve.
  • Experience beach of La Digue.
  • Discover bare red earth of Curieuse
Starts / Ends:
Victoria / Victoria
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the ship at Victoria, the archipelago’s capital, fall under the spell of the idyllic landscapes, with their exceptional flora and fauna. In Praslin, don’t miss the chance to visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. Discover the island of Aride, an unspoiled delight of the Indian Ocean, …
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Beaches of Cape Verde Islands
$2,690
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Islands of Cape Verde Archipelago

8 Day Itinerary aboard Harmony G
  • Taste locally-made “grogue”
  • Visit the port of Mindelo
  • Explore the Fogo island
  • Try Chã das Caldeiras wine
Starts / Ends:
Palmeira / Palmeira
Activities:
Local Market, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the archipelago of Cape Verde with its intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage and its welcoming locals. Once a former colony and trade outpost, the Cape Verde Islands of today offer a spellbinding blend of African and Portuguese influences in their architecture, food, …
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Ancient temples and turquoise sea of Cyprus island
$5,890
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Holy Land, Suez Canal & Red Sea

11 Day Itinerary aboard Emerald Azzurra
  • Visi Israel's San Francisco
  • Explore Giv'at Yonah
  • Tour Qaitbay Citadel
  • Enjoy scuba diving
Starts / Ends:
Limassol / Aqaba
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Emerald Azzurra takes you on an 11-day trip from Cyprus to Jordan, passing through the Holy Land, the Suez Canal, and the Red Sea. Your adventure begins in Limassol, Cyprus, and continues to Israel's San Francisco or Haifa. Take a tour of Ashdod before traveling to Alexandria, Egypt, to learn …
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Sunset view from Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
$6,935
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A Maritime Fairy Tale from 1001 Nights

Morocco & Canary Islands - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud II
  • Enjoy historic Casablanca
  • Visit Djamaa el-Fna market place
  • Explore Gran Canaria beaches
  • Visit the Mediterranean
Starts / Ends:
Cadiz / Las Palmas
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy a cultural kaleidoscope on this amazing 9-day cruise that offers the best opportunity to discover breathtaking imperial cities in Morocco and the Canaries’ artistic side. Board the Sea Cloud II inCadiz and disembark in Las Palmas. Explore this incredible region and visitRabat, the …
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Visit vibrant Las Palmas
$4,040
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Cruise through the Canary Island Archipelago

8 Day Itinerary aboard MV La Belle des Océans
  • Visit the three national parks
  • Explore Gran Canaria and La Gomera
  • Discover La Palma's crafts
  • Sail through the Canary Islands
Starts / Ends:
Arrecife / Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail through the Canary Islands archipelago on an 8-day voyage aboard the MV La Belle des Océans to discover a biosphere reserve with black sand beaches, lush forests, sweeping cliffs, granite crags, and waves of dunes. Explore Timanfaya National Park's crater and lava flow surface …
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Mahe - Morne Seychellois National Park
$12,370
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The Seychelles Under the Trade Winds

Victoria,Mahé - Victoria,Mahé - 10 Day Itinerary aboard Le Ponant
  • Discover Mahe's white sand beaches
  • Observe terns and seabirds
  • Dive among sea creatures
  • Snorkel with sea turtles
Starts / Ends:
Victoria / Victoria
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience extraordinary sailing aboard Le Ponant on this 10-day Seychelles cruise. This remarkable group of islands features rich biodiversity, granitic islands, and coral atolls. Naturalist guides provide lectures on marine ecology during aboard or ashore excursions or zodiac inflatable …
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