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Our top 68 Italian cruises for 2023 with land-based excursions provide authentic access to charming villages, scenic coastal areas, and vibrant cities. With expert local English-speaking guides, you will explore and learn about top destinations such as Venice, Civitavecchia, Taormina, Portoferraio, and Syracuse. Small ships carrying fewer than 500 passengers are our specialty, and we can provide you with unbiased advice on how to select the ideal ship and itinerary for your next vacation. Wine tasting, cruises, small ship cruises, archaeological site visits, small ship sailing, and luxury are some of the most popular activities on our 5 to 19 days vacations, which start at $1,250. Contact us to help you make your dream Italy trip come true by matching you with the right small ship itinerary for your budget and interests.
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Cape Drastis at Corfu island in Greece
$3,070
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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
$16,950
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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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Naples at Sunset, Italy
$16,950
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Corsica & Sardinia

12 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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St.Blaise Church, Dubrovnik
$3,070
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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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The city of Bonifacio is built on stunning seaside cliffs along the riviera
$5,755
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Early Summer Mediterranean Style

Civitavecchia to Genoa - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud II
  • Admire Mediterranean beauty
  • Discover elegant Portofino
  • Journey to diverse Elba
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Genoa
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the Sea Cloud II on a fantastic cruise along the Italian Riviera. Admire imposing cliffs, white sandy beaches, avenues of cypresses, vineyards and olive groves, traditional villages, and elegant beach resorts which make the place of Napoleon's exile somewhere you would in fact like to be …
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Colosseum in Rome, Italy
$7,115
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Mediterranean: Civitavecchia to Valletta

9 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud II
  • Admire beautiful Bonifacio
  • Walk around wonderful Naxos
  • Explore the Vatican State
  • Explore Capri and observe its charm
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Valletta
Activities:
Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the historical wonders of the Mediterranean on this 8-day small ship cruise sailing from Rome. Enjoy thepicturesque Amalfi Coast with its violet bougainvillea gracing pastel-pink facades, houses perched upon cliffs like swallows’ nests, and perron stairs with views out over the …
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Turquoise sea of Hvar island
$2,780
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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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Visit the Cathedral of Palmero on your small ship cruise around Sicily
$2,040
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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
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 …
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Sicilian landscape in the early evening
$1,890
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Amalfi & Sicily

Civitavecchia Roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Star Clipper
  • Gaze upon the Sistine Chapel
  • Snorkel at Palmarola
  • Visit historical Pompeii
  • Wander through the grand Duomo
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Urban Exploration, Village Visits
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 …
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Woman traveling in Cannes
$2,040
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Historic Monaco Grand Prix Finals

8 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Explore Bonifacio
  • Enjoy Portoferraio's vineyards
  • View Monaco's emblematic spots
  • Celebrate Cannes Film Festival
  • Observe prehistoric engraved stones
Starts / Ends:
Cannes / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
For those who enjoy racing, the world-famous Monaco Grand Prix Finals is a staple stop on this Mediterranean spring sailing cruise. Embark Royal Clipper in Cannes, France, and spend 8 days exploring the Ligurian Sea.Discover Lerici, the largest village on the Gulf of Poets, continue southeast …
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Relax by the sea near colorful Nice
$4,275
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French & Italian Rivieras with Corsica

8 Day Itinerary aboard Emerald Azzurra
  • Visit Bonifacio and Calvi, Corsica
  • Explore Porto Ercole's architecture
  • Relax on the shores of Portoferraio
  • Explore France's Côte d'Azur
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Nice
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Emerald Azzura to start your 8-day adventure in Rome's port of Civitavecchia before cruising north to Port Ercole which is perched on the coast of Tuscany, and on to the towns of Bonifacio and Calvi on the northern tip of Corsica. Including stops along the Italian and French rivieras …
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Relax on the Italian coast
$4,270
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Ionian Sea Adventure

8 Day Itinerary aboard Emerald Azzurra
  • Tour Delphi's archaeological site
  • Visit the Aeolian Island of Lipari
  • Explore Cephalonia
  • Cruise the Corinth Canal
Starts / Ends:
Piraeus / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this idyllic 8-day itinerary aboard the Emerald Azzurra sailing the Ionian Sea. Transit the Corinth Canal from Athens, before sailing onwards to the Greek town of Itea for a tour of thearchaeological site of Delphi and the village of Fiskardo in Cephalonia which is considered as the largest of …
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Cruise the Mediterranean aboard the Royal Clipper
$890
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Croatia & Slovenia

Venice Roundtrip - 4 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Ride in a gondola in Venice
  • Visit the town of Rovinj
  • Explore Slovenia's hidden gems
  • View the domes of San Marco
Starts / Ends:
Venice / Venice
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Urban Exploration, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Royal Clipper on this 4-day cruise visiting Croatia and Slovenia. Embark in Venice, Italy before making your way to Croatia. Stop in Rovinj which is dominated by the Baroque three-nave church of St. Euphemia. Next visit Piran in Slovenia, which boasts some of the country's finest …
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Korcula Island
$4,880
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The Best of Croatia

8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Explore the medieval town of Split
  • Tour Dubrovnik
  • Visit Pula's ancient amphitheater
  • Wander the streets of Rovinj
Starts / Ends:
Venice / Venice
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
From Venice, set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures on this 8-day voyage. Le Lyrial slips effortlessly through the turquoise Adriatic Sea, wending her way between necklaces of islands dotted here and there off the Dalmatian Coast. There are cities that thrive on their legend – and …
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Beautiful Amalfi Coast
$4,220
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Highlights of Southern Italy

8 Day Itinerary aboard Emerald Azzurra
  • Visit the town of Sorrento
  • Explore Apollo’s temple in Crotone
  • Wander the Church of the Purgatory
  • Explore Italy's beautiful coast
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Dubrovnik
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Italy’s breathtaking southern coasts with visits to the picturesque lemon-growing town of Sorrento, and navigate the Tyrrhenian Sea to Amalfi. Cruise onwards to the Sicilian town of Giardini Naxos, the port city of Crotone, Otranto in Italy’s Apulia region and Monopoli on the …
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La Bella Vita
$4,550
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Venice and Mantua Cruise

7 Day Itinerary aboard La Bella Vita
  • Tour of historic Venice
  • Cruise on the Canal of the Orphans
  • Tour of Chioggia
  • Enjoy dinner at Villa Ca'Zen
Activities:
Barge Cruising, Biking, Local Market Visits, River Cruises, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the magical and historical heritage that Italy posses by boarding to La Bella Vita for this 7-day cruise. Travel by Venice's famous monuments and visit the Naval Museum that houses important vessels such as ceremonial barges and warships. Visit Chioggia and enjoy touring the colorful …
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Relax by the sea near colorful Nice
$3,600
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From the French Riviera to Italian Shores

7 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Explore colorful Nice, France
  • Wander charming Italian villages
  • See where Napoleon was exiled
  • See historic Civitavecchia
Starts / Ends:
Nice / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy the Mediterranean's sun-drenched beaches on this 7-day journey from the French Riviera to the Italian Riviera onboard the luxury Le Lyrial. Begin your journey in Nice, a jewel of the French Riviera renowned for its beaches and laid-back atmosphere. Sail to Calvi, Corsica, and explore …
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Relax on France's colorful coast
$4,530
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Island Hopping in the Mediterranean

Valletta - Nice - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Jacques Cartier
  • Explore ancient cities
  • Visit historic cities of Sicily
  • Tour UNESCO-listed Valletta
  • Visit the island of Elba
Starts / Ends:
Nice / Valletta
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Your voyage begins inNice, the glittering jewel of the French Riviera. Set sail from this sun-soaked port to the island of Elba, where Napoleon spent a period of exile. Sail to Corsica, where the charming Porto Vecchio invites exploration of its historic sites and its surrounding natural beauty. In …
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