Have questions? We're here.
Take a quiet moment in Passau

Small Ship European Cruises

Travel made your way
Talk with an expert
Customize any aspect of your Europe trip. 1.406.541.2677
Help Me Plan My Trip
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.
Filter (1012 Results)
  • Start Date
    OR, More specific start
  • Length
    to
  • Price
    to
  • Activity Level
  • Experiences
  • Activities
  • Ship
  • Destinations
    • Europe
Zodiac cruising in Svalbard
$11,495
EXPLORE

Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears

14 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • View iconic arctic wildlife
  • Enjoy continuous daylight
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Learn techniques from photographers
Starts/ Ends in:
Oslo / Oslo
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Cruising along the coast, ice edge and inner fjords of Spitsbergen, you’ll be immersed in the natural wonders of the land of the midnight sun as you pursue your quest to photograph arctic wildlife: the polar bear as it prowls the edges of the pack ice on its perpetual hunt for food; the …
Cruise Details
0
Scenic view of Dubrovnik
$13,770
EXPLORE

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 …
Cruise Details
0
Grossmunster Cathedral, Zurich
$4,999
EXPLORE

The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam

12 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amaprima
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Zürich
  • Walk along Lucerne's famous streets
  • Visit the iconic Heidelberg Castle
  • Admire Amsterdam's beauty
Activities:
Biking, Hiking, River Cruise, Urban Exploration, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your Rhine River adventure with two magical nights in Zurich and two nights in Lucerne. Explore the unique landscapes Switzerland has to offer, then take a 7-night cruise from Basel to the historic city of Amsterdam. Enjoy a walking tour of Breisach, Germany. Visit Speyer, one of …
Cruise Details
0
$7,790
Save $300
EXPLORE

Expedition Svalbard

11 Day Itinerary aboard M/S Quest (Sea Endurance)
  • Explore eastern Svalbard
  • Search for Arctic wildlife & birds
  • Find 17th-century whaling remnants
  • Cruise spectacular landscapes
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Visit Svalbard during the second half of the season on this Arctic expedition cruise. The ice is slowly starting to loosen its grip, which offers good opportunities to explore the seldom-visited eastern parts. During this expedition explore the Arctic archipelago, searching for wildlife such as …
Cruise Details
0
Stop in beautiful Parga
$4,505
EXPLORE

Eastern Mediterranean Enchantments

8 Day Itinerary aboard Emerald Azzurra
  • Visit the site of Delphi
  • Explore the Albanian Riviera
  • Marvel at the town of Kotor
Starts/ Ends in:
Piraeus / Dubrovnik
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 8-day itinerary aboard the Emerald Azzurra is a great way to be enchanted with the Eastern Mediterranean. Explore the wealth of beauty that Greece has to offer, starting from the port of Piraeus in Athens, sail along the Corinth Canal to Itea and explore the archaeological site of Delphi, …
Cruise Details
0
Visit charming Passau
$3,399
EXPLORE

Magna on the Danube - Budapest to Vilshofen

Budapest to Vilshofen - 8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amamagna
  • Discover Budapest
  • Take a guided bike ride
  • Enjoy wine tasting
  • Delight in a walking tour
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Vilshofen
Activities:
Biking, Hiking, River Cruise, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Journey along the Danube and see firsthand why this storied river has inspired generations of artists, poets and musicians. Indulge your passion for timeless architecture and art in three magnificent capitals: Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna. Let the hills come alive with the sounds of music in …
Cruise Details
0
Glimpse the King of the Arctic
$3,950
EXPLORE

Polar Bear Special - North Spitsbergen

8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Explore Longyearbyen
  • View & photograph polar bears
  • Navigate through deep fjords
  • Search for Arctic wildlife
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Spend 8 days along the northern coast of Spitsbergen searching for the King of the North - the polar bear. Board the MV Plancius and navigate north along the western coast of Svalbard and cruise through fjords to spectacular glaciers, through ice-pack, and into remote regions. There are ample …
Cruise Details
0
A stunning sunset over Santorini
$2,440
Savings
EXPLORE

Greece, Montenegro & Croatia

11 Day Itinerary aboard Star Flyer
  • View the romantic Venice
  • Explore cosmopolitan Mykonos
  • Discover Hvar's beauty
  • Visit breathtaking Santorini
Starts/ Ends in:
Venice / Piraeus
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Love is always in the air in Venice. Start your 11-day tall ship adventure gliding in a gondola down the Grand Canal. Explore Hvar, idyllically located just off the Dalmatian Coast. The island and the little port named after it have been a favorite getaway ever since the time of the Romans, the …
Cruise Details
0
Walking in Santorini
$1,810
Savings
EXPLORE

Southern Cyclades

Athens to Athens - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Star Flyer
  • Explore beautiful Rhodes
  • Visit Halicarnassus
  • Discover breathtaking Santorini
  • Ride a donkey to a lookout point
Starts/ Ends in:
Athens / Piraeus
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Sailing Schooner, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Star Flyer brings you closer to unique island cultures, ancient treasures, and the breathtaking beaches of Greece on a spectacular 8-day cruise. History-lovers can seek out ruins, both ancient and from the Crusades of the Middle Ages. Shoppers can have a field day in the stores and galleries, …
Cruise Details
0
A polar bear leaps across ice floes
$11,750
EXPLORE

Land of the Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Svalbard

10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • Observe polar bears & walrus
  • Experience unique natural history
  • Hike across the Arctic
  • Unique photo ops!
Starts/ Ends in:
Oslo / Oslo
Activities:
Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Svalbard is the best place on the planet to see polar bears—wild, majestic, in their native habitat: the sea ice. And see them we do––during our season in Svalbard, we observe all manner of behavior from hunting for seals amid the floes to frolicking cubs––all viewable …
Cruise Details
0
Heidelberg
$5,799
EXPLORE

Rhine & Moselle Delights

15 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amaprima
  • Cruise tranquil Lake Lucerne
  • Explore Strasbourg on foot
  • Visit Trier, Germany’s oldest city
  • Admire Amsterdam's beauty
Activities:
Biking, Hiking, River Cruise, Urban Exploration, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Find inspiration along the castle-laden Rhine and its breathtaking tributary, the Moselle, on this unique 15-day cruise from Basel, located exactly between the corners of three countries—Germany, France and Switzerland. Cruise to Strasbourg, the “Crossroads of Europe,” and finally …
Cruise Details
0
Enjoy a carriage ride at the Christmas Market
$4,999
EXPLORE

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

14 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amamora
  • Visit the Cologne Cathedral
  • Ride a bike along the Rhine
  • Take a gondola ride
  • Tour a Christmas Market
Activities:
Biking, Christmas Market, Hiking, Land & Sea, River Cruise, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. Cologne’s Christmas Market with its impressive Gothic cathedral backdrop; the "Capital of Noël," Strasbourg, with its magnificent great Christmas tree; and Heidelberg’s Christmas …
Cruise Details
0
Porto Cityscape, Portugal
$3,499
EXPLORE

Flavors of Portugal & Spain - Cruise Only

8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amavida
  • Explore Porto's historic old town
  • Taste Portugal's wines
  • Visit Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
  • Hike through Vega Terron, Spain
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your adventure in the city of Porto and learn more about its rich history while visiting sites such asPalacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. The interior of the house features various religious images and exquisite furniture, …
Cruise Details
0
Antwerp city center
$6,746
EXPLORE

Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium

15 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Imagery II
  • See the structures in Maastricht
  • Visit the central Grote Markt
  • Take a tour of Liège
  • Learn the history in Arnhem
Starts/ Ends in:
Amsterdam / Amsterdam
Activities:
River Cruise, Urban Exploration, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Begin your cruise in Amsterdam sailing to Arnhem to seeWWII Airborne Museum and join the ship in Nijmegen and visit the lovely forest setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch to sample decadent Dutch chocolate desserts.In Maastricht, choose a sightseeing tour of the old cobblestoned university town, or …
Cruise Details
0
Bicycles are a part of everyday life in Europe
$4,199
EXPLORE

Tulips & Windmills

Amsterdam-Antwerp - 10 Day Itinerary aboard River Princess
  • Stroll through the Hermitage Museum
  • Visit to the Keukenhof garden.
  • Tour to Kröller-Müller Museum.
  • Journey to the Kinderdijk windmills
Starts/ Ends in:
Amsterdam / Antwerp
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Hiking, River Cruise, Urban Exploration, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms for 10 days. Visit the 19 UNESCO-designated …
Cruise Details
0
Giant whale jaw in the arctic
$5,150
EXPLORE

Around Spitsbergen

10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Visit an important research center
  • Discover former whaling settlements
  • Board Zodiacs for shore excursions
  • Encounter a vast array of wildlife
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 10-day arctic voyage around Spitsbergen, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the MV Plancius, an ice-strengthened vessel that is ideal for polar exploration,discover the remote shores, …
Cruise Details
0
Sicilian landscape in the early evening
$2,000
Savings
EXPLORE

Amalfi & Sicily

Rome Roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Gaze upon the Sistine Chapel
  • Visit a snorkeling heaven Palmarola
  • Join Pompeii's historical excursion
  • Wander through the grand Duomo
Starts/ Ends in:
Civitavecchia / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Sailing Schooner, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Idyllic islands, charming cobbled villages, spectacular scenery, intriguing history... capture the heart of the Mediterranean in a single cruise voyage. Each small harbor is especially suited for small ship exploration. Enjoy the best of the region — from the ancient ruins of Rome and …
Cruise Details
0
Arctic puffins
$6,495
EXPLORE

Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen

14 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)
  • Follow in the footsteps of Norsemen
  • Explore the volcanic and glacier
  • Encounter iconic arctic wildlife
  • Cruise in a Zodiac for exploration
Activities:
Hiking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Travel to some of the most remote islands on the planet, where only a small number of adventurers have ever left their footprints. This 14-day sailing expedition on Ocean Adventurer shows you the region’s rugged beauty and whaling and Viking history, visiting the awe-inspiring and unspoiled …
Cruise Details
0
1-18 of 1012 Results

Top Europe Travel Destinations

Europe Trips by Departure Date

Europe Trips by Duration

Why Travel With Adventure Life

More Reasons

Recognized By

All News