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Explore the top-rated Italy small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Civitavecchia, Venice, Portoferraio, Syracuse, and Taormina, 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 7 to 15 days in 2023. 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
$3,070
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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

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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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
$6,055
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Relax by the sea near colorful Nice
$4,390
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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
$5,530
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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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Stop in beautiful Malta
$5,110
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The Charm of Italian Shores

Civitavecchia - Valletta - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Cruise the Italian coast
  • Discover Amalfi Coast
  • Visit Sicily
  • Sail by Stromboli volcano
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Valletta
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover Italy's treasures by taking a cruise along its coast. The first stop on your journey from Civitavecchia is Sorrento. Byron, Tolstoy, Dickens, and Goethe were all enchanted by the town's calm way of life and lovely environment, which clings to the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples. …
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Tour the charming city of Valletta, Malta.
$6,360
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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, will be the departure point. …
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The clifftop town of Bonifacio, Corsica
$6,340
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Southern France and the Italian Riviera by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

Barcelona - Civitavecchia - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Champlain
  • Visit Cinque Terre, a UNESCO Site
  • Tour Avignon's Palace of the Popes
  • Spend time in Portofino resort town
  • Enjoy Pisa's Leaning Tower
Starts / Ends:
Barcelona / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience this 9-day exploration cruise along the French and Italian Riveras with Smithsonian Journeys. Discover the history and culture of the Mediterranean Sea's northern coastlines. Your voyage begins in Barcelona and continues to Sete, where your exploration of southern France begins. …
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