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Taking a small ship cruise is the best way to understand how Europe is a tapestry of cultures set on the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes and centuries-old cities. Central European rivers like the Rhinethe Danube, and the Seine Rivers. In  the Mediterranean, the storied remnants of ancient Greece, the beaches of Croatia and Spain, and classical cities of Italy are far more intimate on a small cruise ship. In Spain and Portugal, the Douro River takes travelers up a river lost in time.  In the northern countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland, you'll experience a completely different culture, based around the colder annual temperatures. In addition to the British Isles, these countries make a great starting point for Arctic expeditions too.
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Melodies of the Danube

13 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amasonata
  • Tour Buda Castle in Budapest
  • Experience wine and music in Vienna
  • Take a guided bike tour in Passau
  • Spend 4 days exploring Prague
Activities: Biking, River Cruise, Wine Tasting
Activity Level: Relaxed
Experience the sights and sounds that have long inspired musicians, poets and artists as you travel through the beautiful Danube through four European countries on this spectacular Europe tour. Begin your MS Amasonata cruise in Budapest, continuing on to Bratislava and Vienna, the romantic …
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Jewels of the Cyclades

8 Day Itinerary aboard Galileo
  • Dine at traditional Greek Tavernas
  • Tour a local winery in Santorini
  • Explore Delos's archaeological site
  • Walk through Syros
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Sailing Schooner, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level: Relaxed
The Jewels of the Cyclades showcases the Aegean Islands known for their white-washed villages and ports, bright skies, and crystal sea. Visit well-known places on this 8-day cruise on the Galileo, such as Santorini and Mykonos and off-the-beaten-track islands such as Paros and Folegandros. The …
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The colorful streets of Spain

Andalusia: Tradition, Gastronomy, and Flamenco

Seville Roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard MS La Belle de Cadix
  • Sail across the Guadalquivir River
  • View a traditional equestrian show
  • Explore Jerez, the capital of wine
  • Visit the charming city of Granada
Activities: River Cruise, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level: Relaxed
Discover the wonderful landscapes and the exclusive charm of Spain on this incredible 8-day cruise. EnjoyGranada, a city famed for its beauty. Explore Seville with its art and enchantment that have left their mark on this radiant city, consistently delighting travelers. Visit Cadiz and delight …
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Douro River Vineyards, Portugal

Enticing Douro (Wine Themed)

11 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amavida
  • Visit Lisbon's main sites
  • Enjoy a wine tasting & museum tour
  • Tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
  • Explore Portugal´s northern capital
Activities: Hiking, Local Market, River Cruise, Village Visit, Wine Tasting
Activity Level: Relaxed
Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your European river cruise down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages. Begin in Porto and continue on to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit …
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Ring of Brodgar is a unique stone circle in Scotland.

Scotland's Highlands and Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Lord of the Glens
  • Sail through Loch Ness
  • Visit medieval abbey ruins
  • Hike in spectacular Cuillin Hills
  • Discover ancient standing stones
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Biking, Hiking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level: Relaxed
The only expedition of its kind, explore Scotland as few people have on an encompassing and enchanting Scotland voyage. Walk among ancient stone monuments, weave your way through ruins of fantastic castles, and stroll through a sacred abbey. Learn the legacy of 1,300-year-old clans and visit the …
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Traveler photographing the Jokulsarlon Glacier.

A Circumnavigation of Iceland

Iceland - 10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Meet Iceland’s people & culture
  • Actively explore Iceland's coasts
  • Experience Iceland’s unique geology
  • Travel with an expert team
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Iceland’s geology in all its manifestations is world-class: glaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty. It alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. But when you add in components like …
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Gondola on Canal Grande at Sunset, Venice

Venice, the Lagoon Islands, and the Po Delta

Venice Roundtrip - 6 Day Itinerary aboard MS Michelangelo
  • Explore a pilgrimage town
  • View the romantic setting of Verona
  • Hike through the Euganean Hills
  • Visit Burano, a fishing island
Activities: Biking, River Cruise, Urban Exploration
Activity Level: Relaxed
Take an in depth tour of Italy's lagoon and Po Delta on this 6 day cruise on board the MS Michaelangelo. Visit a small pilgrimage town full of artistic treasures, 'Santo' basilica, World Heritage Sites, Doge's Palace, and Lagoon islands. This short cruise is a great introduction to …
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Visit the Cathedral of Palmero on your small ship cruise around Sicily

Voyage to Antiquity: Exploring Sicily and Malta

Exploring Sicily and Malta - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud (LI)
  • Explore fine sites of antiquity
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Enjoy Sicilian food, wine & music
  • Spend exhilarating time at sea
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Wine Tasting
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on a new, singular expedition, so multifaceted, so rich in experience, and extraordinary, that it is sure to be remembered as one of the most remarkable journeys you’ve ever taken. Sailing aboard the Sea Cloud for 16 days, the most beautiful sailing vessel in the world, begin in Malta …
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Travelers photographing walrus relaxing on the bank.

Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Explore northern narrows & glaciers
  • Hike, walk, and kayak
  • Enjoy the wilds of Svalbard
  • Follow the fjord-carved coast
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
“The land divides us, the sea unites", Norwegians have said for centuries. The sea here carves a 1,100-mile-long coastline (longer than the U.S. west coast) and on this 16-day expedition explore almost the full-length of its varied contours––from the jaw-droppingly lovely …
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Colin and Eugene Hiking in Greenland

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • See polar bears on the sea ice
  • Follow the path of Viking explorers
  • Discover scenic Greenland
  • Explore the Westfjord region
  • Meet intriguing Arctic residents
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore the Svalbard archipelago on this 16-day Arctic expedition cruise. See the majestic setting that the lordly polar bear freely roams.Follow in the wake of fearless explorers and colonists to discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland - in particular, …
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Looking out over an iceberg-filled lagoon in Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Iceland Round-trip

Reykjavik to Reykjavik - 10 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
  • Discover the dramatic Heimaey
  • Explore Husavik
  • Admire the Latrabjarg bird cliffs
  • Enjoy the Icelandic culture
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
A spectrum of natural wonders awaits you on this voyage: from the geological playground of Lake Myvatn to a glacial lagoon and recent volcanic eruptions, immerse yourself in authentic local living. Share coffee, cake, stories, and laughter around a table with the owners of Vigur Island and sail …
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The Best of Spitsbergen

8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Boreal (CDP)
  • Hike and Zodiac cruise with guides
  • Sail in Spitsbergen's fjords
  • Follow the path of early explorers
  • Encounter Spitsbergen wildlife
Activities: Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Spa & Relaxing, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This 8-day route brings you intimately close to the natural colors of the polar region. Between icebergs, ice caps, and the sea ice, your adventure is interspersed with unusual excursions, such as outings in Zodiac inflatables at the early light of dawn. Sail in some of the world’s most …
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A boat sits in the still water outside a small eastern European town.

Under Sail: Greece and the Dalmatian Coast

11 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud (LI)
  • Sail a tall ship in historic waters
  • Tour ruins in Greece and Albania
  • Skim Montenegro’s Gulf of Kotor
  • Spend a day in Dubrovnik's Old Town
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Local Market, Sailing Schooner, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level: Relaxed
Visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites in one remarkable small ship voyage on the Sea Cloud. Discover Albania, cut off from the modern world for decades, and revel in its historic sites. Explore the delights of Montenegro, a city of surprising beauty, plus the incomparable Dubrovnik.
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Scenic view of Dubrovnik

Mediterranean Gems: From Dubrovnik to Naples

Dubrovnik to Naples - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud (LI)
  • Explore Gerace
  • Tour the Amalfi Coast
  • Visit Pompeii
  • Explore Dubrovnik
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Sailing Schooner, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level: Relaxed
Marvel at ornate cathedrals and remarkable baroque buildings, explore great sites of antiquity—from renowned Pompeii to the less-visited Greek temples of Paestum—and meander through unspoiled clifftop towns, soaking up breathtaking views. Plus, with a little luck witness the orange glow …
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From Dublin to Tromso: the Hebrides and Lofoten

12 Day Itinerary aboard L'Austral
  • Admire unique wildlife
  • Enjoy a diversity of landscapes
  • Sail the spectacular Trollfjorden
  • Visit Geirangerfjord and Dublin
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Urban Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Located to the north of Great Britain, theHebridesand theShetlandIslandsform a 200-km arc frequented by whales and, much to the delight of ornithologists, amultitude of seabirds. In particular, onIona, the cradle of Christianity and home to an impressive abbey, andKirkwall, a former Vikingtrading …
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Walk the scenic coast of Great Britian

Wild & Ancient Britain

15 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer (ZE)
  • Witness large seabird colonies
  • Visit remarkable Giant's Causeway
  • Discover important Neolithic sites
  • Explore architectural wonders
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore the remote and isolated coastlines of the British Isles on this 15-day cruise, where windswept cliffs and promontories teem with some of the largest seabird colonies in Europe. Walk through heather-clad moorlands and among the ruins of fortress-castles which echo the lore of the Celts and …
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Park Guell, unique houses designed by Gaudi in Barcelona

Iberian Peninsula

15 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer (ZE)
  • Explore the region's diversity
  • Tour the exquisite Alhambra
  • Visit Sagrada Familia Church
  • Stroll the lovely Old Town of Porto
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Local Market, Urban Exploration, Village Visit
Activity Level: Relaxed
Visit Spain and Portugal back in time as Ocean Adventurer takes you on a 16-day cruise wherestunning architectural structures, mosaics, and impressive bas-reliefs can be found. Explore the bustling plazas lie around every corner of Old Town. Enjoy the Alhambra tour where it showcases some of …
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Beautiful Stockholm

Best of the Baltic

14 Day Itinerary aboard Serenissima
  • Tour different architectural styles
  • Visit St. Petersburg
  • Explore vibrant European cities
  • Discover the Hammershus Castle
Activities: Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level: Relaxed
Admire architectural gems in the Baroque style, churches with domes so elaborate they seem otherworldly, palaces, gardens, canals, and the famous cities is what this incredible 14-day cruise offers. From the dynamic city of Stockholm, visitingthe oldest city in Finland, Tour Suomenlinna Fortress, a …
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