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Explore the top-rated Italy small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Venice, Civitavecchia, Taormina, Syracuse, and Ponza, 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 Italy small ship cruises start at $1,250 for a trip of 5 to 20 days in 2024. Tell us about your dream Italy small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cruise into charming Sicily
$2,190
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Amalfi & Sicily

Civitavecchia Round-trip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Gaze upon the Sistine Chapel
  • Snorkel at Palmarola
  • Visit historical Pompeii
  • Wander through the grand Duomo
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard Royal Clipper through Amalfi and Sicily! Explore Rome's iconic landmarks like St. Peter's and the Colosseum before hitting Sorrento's stunning coast. Dive into history at Pompeii and relish Amalfi's medieval charm, from its Duomo to the picturesque …
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View of Varenna town at Lake Como, Italy
$6,082
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Lake Como, Milan, and Amalfi

10 Day Itinerary
  • Ride a boat on Lake Como
  • Explore the village of Varenna
  • Visit Piona Abbey in Colico
  • See the Gothic Art in Milan
  • Visit the Duomo di Milano
  • Stroll around in Galleria Vittorio
  • See archaeological sites in Pompeii
  • Admire the coastline of Amalfi
  • Enjoy scenic drives in Italy
Starts / Ends:
Milan / Naples
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this 10-day tour to explore Lake Como, Milan, and the famous and dramatic Amalfi Coast. Explore the treasures of Lake Como on a private Venetian-style boat for a picturesque ride across Lake Como. Visit the Cistercian Santa Maria di Piona Abbey, a masterpiece of Lombard architecture. After the …
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$1,930
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Amalfi & Sicily

Civitavecchia Roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Star Flyer
  • Gaze upon the Sistine Chapel
  • Visit the volcanic Aeolian Islands
  • Visit historical Pompeii
  • Wander through the town of Ponza
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
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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Naples at Sunset, Italy
$3,455
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An Outing to the Dolce Vita

Naples Roundtrip - 5 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud II
  • See views from Castello Sant' Elmo
  • Explore Lipari cultural heritage
  • Visit the Aeolian Museum
  • Sail along Amalfi Coast
Starts / Ends:
Naples / Naples
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail on a 5-day Outing to the Dolce Vita cruise roundtrip from Naples. Begin your journey with breathtaking views from Castello Sant'Elmo, then explore tranquil Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands with a 6,000-year-old cultural heritage. Witness its volcanic rock formations and visit …
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$1,710
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Amalfi & Sicily

7 Day Itinerary aboard Star Flyer
  • Explore Civitavecchia
  • Discover Lipari
  • Explore Amalfi
  • Discover Messina
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 7-day cruise aboard the Star Flyer. From Civitavecchia to explore Italy's stunning destinations. Begin by admiring the beauty of St. Peter's and the restored Sistine Chapel, then feel the vibrancy of Rome at the Spanish Steps. Explore the Colosseum and marvel at the …
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Sorrento Landscape
$1,430
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Rome to Rome

Civitavecchia Roundtrip - 6 Day Itinerary aboard Star Flyer
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel
  • Explore Gaeta's history
  • Discover the town of Positano
  • Witness the pastel houses of Ponza
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 6-day Italy cruise aboard Star Flyer, exploring iconic landmarks in Rome, including St. Peter's, the Colosseum, and the Pantheon. Visit Gaeta, a coastal city south of Rome with a fortified settlement and rich ancient monuments. Discover the medieval charm of Amalfi, and wander …
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Tour the charming city of Valletta, Malta.
$7,420
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A Circumnavigation of Sicily with Smithsonian Journeys

Valletta - Valletta - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bougainville
  • Take a loop around Sicily
  • Discover Sicily's beautiful cities
  • Visit Syracuse
  • Explore Palermo
Starts / Ends:
Valletta / Valletta
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Cruise around Sicily aboard the new luxury expedition ship Le Bougainville, while exploring mythical places at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilizations. Discover Sicily's most beautiful historic cities and ancient sites. Valletta, the capital of Malta, is the departure point. Then, …
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Explore historic Bonifacio atop the cliffs of Corsica
$7,790
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Mediterranean Island Voyage: Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, and Elba – with Smithsonian Journeys

Valletta - Nice - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bougainville
  • Discover Mediterranean islands
  • Experience ancient ruins
  • Admire Byzantine-Arab mosaics
  • Explore medieval towns
  • Discover local cuisine
Starts / Ends:
Valletta / Nice
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on this 8-day Mediterranean Island Voyage with Smithsonian Journeys from Valletta to Nice on Le Bougainvillewhere you can engage in discussions with two Smithsonian Journeys Experts onboard.Explore five Mediterranean islands on one itinerary, starting from Malta and moving on to Sicily, …
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Greek-Roman Theatre of Taormina
$6,610
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Ancient Wonders and Culinary Delights: Cruising Southern Italy and Sicily - with Smithsonian Journey

Valletta - Livorno - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bougainville
  • Discover Roman Empires of Italy
  • Explore well-preserved Greek sites
  • Visit vineyards
  • Experience Mediterranean foods
Starts / Ends:
Valletta / Livorno
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 8-day cruise on Le Bougainville through Sicily and Southern Italy stops at some of the most fascinating ancient, medieval, and Renaissance sites in the Mediterranean. It also provides numerous opportunities to sample the foods and wines that have made this region of the world-famous for its …
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Blue hour over the city in the shadow of Mount Etna
$7,990
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Four Islands, Four Moods

Italy - Spain - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud
  • Admire Catania, a UNESCO site
  • Discover Taormina's elegance
  • Experience Cagliari's cultural city
  • Explore Menorca
Starts / Ends:
Catania / Palma de Mallorca
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an 8-day cruise from Catania to Palma de Mallorca aboard Sea Cloud, exploring four islands, each with its unique charm. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Sicily, with its volcanic landscapes, Baroque architecture, and rich history. Explore the picture-perfect town of Taormina, perched …
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Beautiful Positano on Italy's Amalfi coast
$6,299
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Italian Treasures

Valletta - Rome - 9 Day Itinerary aboard World Traveller
  • Explore Syracuse
  • Discover Sicilian cuisine
  • Explore history of Aeolian Islands
  • Witness the Stromboli volcano
Starts / Ends:
Valletta / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this 9-day Italian Treasures Cruise from Valletta to Rome aboard the World Traveller, experience the enchanting Amalfi Coast by spending nights in Positano and Capri, to fully immerse in its beauty. Explore the historical city of Syracuse, which boasts a history spanning over thousands of years. …
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Greek-Roman Theatre of Taormina
$7,880
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A Circumnavigation of Sicily with Smithsonian Journeys

9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Champlain
  • Take a loop around Sicily
  • Discover Sicily's beautiful cities
  • Visit Syracuse
  • Explore Palermo
Starts / Ends:
Valletta / Valletta
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Cruise around Sicily aboard the luxury expedition ship Le Champlain while exploring Sicily's most beautiful historic cities and ancient sites. Valletta, the capital of Malta, will be the departure point. Then, head straight to the Sicilian coast. In Palermo, the capital of Sicily, you will be …
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