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Explore the top-rated Europe small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Longyearbyen, Reykjavik, Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Split, 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 Europe small ship cruises start at $1,250 for a trip of 5 to 29 days in 2024. Tell us about your dream Europe small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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Polar bear in Svalbard
$11,105
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Svalbard Encounter Expedition Micro Cruise

Longyearbyen roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Vikingfjord
  • Visit the stunning Longyearbyen
  • Discover Prins Karls Foreland
  • Explore north west of Spitsbergen
  • See Lilliehöök Glacier on Svalbard
Starts / Ends:
Longyearbyen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the stunning landscapes, glaciers, and unmatched natural beauty of this Arctic archipelago by taking a 8-day summer cruise around Svalbard aboard the MV Vikingfjord. Your expedition starts in Longyearbyen, the most northern town in the world. Spend some time on the deck as you cruise …
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Spitsbergen
$12,295
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Spitsbergen Photography: Domain of the Polar Bear

14 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • View iconic arctic wildlife
  • Enjoy continuous daylight
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Learn techniques from photographers
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Helsinki
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, 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 …
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Glass-still waters around Spitsbergen
$23,300
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Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • Explore the rare northern fjords
  • Paddle in a deep fjord
  • Explore Lofoten Islands
  • Visit the famous building in Tromso
Starts / Ends:
Bergen / Oslo
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board National Geographic Resolution and explore Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromsø and …
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Arctic fox during spring in Svalbard
$16,795
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Svalbard Odyssey

Roundtrip Oslo - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Explore Longyearbyen
  • Experience Camp Barentz
  • Visit Svalbard Museum
  • Look out for birdlife
Starts / Ends:
Oslo / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 12-day expedition cruise roundtrip Oslo aboard the Greg Mortimer. Experience the wonders of Svalbard, a realm of perpetual daylight where encounters with polar bears and the cries of guillemots resonate from towering cliffs. Discover flower-dotted tundra, spot arctic foxes, and uncover …
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Cape Drastis at Corfu island in Greece
$3,130
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Italy, Montenegro & Croatia

Venice to Rome - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Ride in a gondola in Venice
  • Visit the town of Rovinj
  • Call in at Kotor, Montenegro
  • Join an optional tour to Pompeii
Starts / Ends:
Venice / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy one of the most stunning destinations in Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, aboard the luxury tall ship the Royal Clipper. Sail to Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro from Venice. Discover the heavenly scent of lavender in the fields and valleys around the island of Hvar. In Dubrovnik, the sense …
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Scenic view of Dubrovnik
$18,602
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Mediterranean Gems: From Dubrovnik to Naples

Dubrovnik to Naples - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud
  • Explore Gerace
  • Tour the Amalfi Coast
  • Visit Pompeii
  • Explore Dubrovnik
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Village Visits
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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Polar bears in the Arctic
$4,000
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North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice

8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Hondius
  • Explore North Spitsbergen
  • Visit the Monaco Glacier
  • See polar bears at Hinlopen Strait
  • Visit St. Johns Fjord
Starts / Ends:
Longyearbyen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join this 8-day expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear. This voyage aboard the MV Hondius …
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St.Blaise Church, Dubrovnik
$3,130
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Italy, Montenegro & Croatia

Rome to Venice - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Explore the Sistine Chapel
  • Snorkel at Palmarola
  • Visit the medieval city of Kotor
  • Cruise through Venice's canals
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Venice
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail aboard the tall ship Royal Clipper from Rome to Venice on this 12-day expedition. Fall asleep to the gentle rhythms of the ship and sea, and awake refreshed and ready to explore a new destination. Experience friendly and gracious service and a delightful menu of international foods from the …
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Stop in beautiful Parga
$11,190
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Mediterranean Enchantments

8 Day Itinerary aboard Emerald Azzurra
  • Visit the site of Delphi
  • Explore the Albanian Riviera
  • Marvel at the town of Kotor
  • Explore ports in 4 countries
Starts / Ends:
Piraeus / Dubrovnik
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits
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, …
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Porto Cityscape, Portugal
$3,599
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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 Cruises, Village Visits, 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, …
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Naples at Sunset, Italy
$18,230
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Corsica & Sardinia

11 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud
  • Discover Cagliari
  • Visit Nuraghe Losa
  • Enjoy the medieval city of Alghero
  • Admire Bonifacio's unique views
Starts / Ends:
Naples / Naples
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 11-night voyage is dedicated to the exploration of two fiercely independent islands–Sardinia and Corsica. These islands share many historic elements through millennia of empires and civilizations, but still, maintain their identities and independent attitudes from their governing nations …
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Turquoise sea of Hvar island
$2,830
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Italy, Montenegro & Croatia

11 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Ride in a gondola in Venice
  • Visit the town of Rovinj
  • Call in at Kotor, Montenegro
  • Join an optional tour to Pompeii
Starts / Ends:
Venice / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail to Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro from Venice. Discover the heavenly scent of lavender in the fields and valleys around the island of Hvar. In Dubrovnik, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Barrel under full sail through the narrow Strait of …
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Beautiful Amalfi Coast
$2,080
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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:
Civitavecchia / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join an 8-day trip onboard Royal Clipper to experience the stunning Amalfi Coast and the amazing Italian Rivera, seeing Idyllic islands, charming cobbled villages, spectacular scenery, and intriguing history... capture the heart of the Mediterranean in a single cruise voyage. Each small harbor is …
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Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
$4,995
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Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief

Helsinki-Longyearbyen - 7 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Enjoy all the adventures
  • Kayak surrounded by icebergs
  • Hike the arctic tundra
  • Look for arctic wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
In a single week cruise through the pack ice up to 80°N along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Spend your days on a constant search for wildlife, exploring as much of the area as possible to optimize the opportunities to spot the most iconic of arctic wildlife, the polar bear. Enhance your …
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The blue lagoon in Iceland
$11,172
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A Circumnavigation of Iceland

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 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
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, 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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Ring Of Brodgar, Orkney
$10,095
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Wild Scotland

Edinburgh - Aberdeen - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Visit the St Kilda
  • Explore the Orkney Islands
  • Kayak through caves and lochs
  • Visit an Iron Age broch
Starts / Ends:
Edinburgh / Aberdeen
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
From the Hebrides in the west to inhospitable windswept specks of land like St Kilda and Foula, and to the Orkney and Shetland islands in the north, you’ll explore the intriguing diversity of Scotland’s wild islands. You can plan to take in Neolithic sites scarcely changed in 5,000 …
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Herd of Arctic reindeer
$9,095
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Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • View iconic arctic wildlife
  • Immerse in the icy realm of Arctic
  • Cruise in Zodiac to explore Arctic
  • Hike the tundra and polar desert
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Connect with the unique Arctic wildlife as you travel to Spitsbergen for 12 days aboard Ocean Adventurer. The archipelago is home to the iconic polar bear, as well as whales, walrus, Svalbard reindeer and tens of thousands of seabirds. Exploring the tundra is a breathtaking experience—the …
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Traditional architecture in Greece.
$2,500
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Jewels of the Cyclades

8 Day Itinerary aboard Galileo
  • Dine at traditional Greek Tavernas
  • Enjoy a swim-stop at Poliegos
  • Explore Delos's archaeological site
  • Walk through Syros
Starts / Ends:
Athens / Athens
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take an 8-day cruise on the Galileo, which leaves and returns to Athens, to see the Aegean Islands, known for their white-washed villages and ports, bright skies, and crystal seas. During your trip, you can visit popular destinations like Santorini and Mykonos, as well as lesser-known islands such …
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