Small Ship & Expedition Cruises Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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German Grandeur (Westbound)

Avalon Waterways
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9 days
$ 459 / day
$ 4,128
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of guided tour, see the Old Town Hall or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour, visit to the Bishop’s Residenz or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Guided tour
  • Choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Time at leisure in Boppard; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim or hike with your Adventure Host
  • Guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to a local winery in Breisach or bike with your Adventure Host
  • See the grandeur of Germany on a European river cruise through its most picturesque destinations along the Main and Rhine Rivers
  • Embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, and sail to Bamberg for a guided walking tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties
Visits:
Bamberg, Basel, Boppard, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Rudesheim, Strasbourg, Zurich, Heidelberg, Prague, Heidelberg Castle, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic
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Sail Greece: Mykonos to Santorini

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 218 / day
$ 1,795
From : $ 2,356
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • What better way to tour the iconic Cyclades Islands than by yacht? Swim in the Aegean Sea off the side of the boat and let the waves rock you to sleep each night
  • Chic waterfront bars line the beaches of Mykonos, serving authentic Greek food and cocktails as the sun goes down. This is a great place to eat well and relax
  • Wedged between the dramatic cliffs of Amorgos, the 11th-century monastery of Moni Hozoviotissis is a unique site for exploration
  • Santorini has some of the most distinctive and attractive landscapes in the world. Pass bleached-white villages that cling to plunging cliffs and along the rim of a volcano
  • The remote Small Cyclades islands are chock-full of tavernas serving fresh seafood, far away from tourists and the rest of the world
Visits:
Mykonos, Santorini, Greece
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Festive Season in the Heart of Germany with 2 Nig ...

Avalon Waterways
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 379 / day
$ 3,031
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Guided tour
  • Guided tour, visit the Bishop's Residence; Christmas market
  • Onboard Christmas Traditions lecture; guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market
  • Choice of guided tour or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
  • Travel to Prague
  • Guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle Grounds; Christmas market
  • In Frankfurt, board your Avalon Suite Ship®, festively decorated and beautifully dressed up in Christmas color, and embark on this Christmastime river cruise through the heart of Germany
  • Your European river cruise takes you behind medieval walls and towered gates to enjoy a guided walking tour in a picturesque village along the Main River
Visits:
Bamberg, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Prague, Czech Republic, Germany
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Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Ri ...

Avalon Waterways
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 397 / day
$ 6,359
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Welcome to Vietnam
  • Walking tour; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking class
  • Cu Chi Tunnels excursion
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Visit a local workshop to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Vinh Long; interact with sampan-making and conical hat making families in Cu Lao Gieng
  • Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc; walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration
  • Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from a local orphanage
  • Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and visit one of the Cambodian Killing Fields, or visit the lively central market
  • Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visit
  • Visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; ox cart ride through the countryside, and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach
  • Fly to Siem Reap; visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple
  • Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and a noodle-making village; Apsara dance performance
  • Fly to Bangkok
  • Boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
  • Day at leisure
  • On this unique and inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia—including a stay in Bangkok, Thailand—you’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in the most fascinating places along the mighty Mekong River


  • Spend time in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City which combines historic architecture with modern skyscrapers
Visits:
Cai Be, Chau Doc, Cu Chi Tunnels, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
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Active & Discovery on the Danube with 1 Night ...

Avalon Waterways
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9 days
$ 464 / day
$ 3,678
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of visit to the Jochenstein power station or visit to Engelszell Abbey; choice of guided hike along the Danube trails or scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow
  • In Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour; guided tour in Grein, visit the historical theater and Clam Castle to meet its owner the Count
  • Choice of canoe tour, bike tour from Spitz to Krems, Wine World Experience with tasting, or regional products showcase
  • Choice of bike tour, or insider's tour of Vienna, or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace
  • Choice of early risers guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided tour, see the Habsburg private art collection and the Italian and Dutch Masters Gallery, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the Military Museum
  • In Visegrád, choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in Danube-Ipoly National Park, or canoe tour
  • Choice of guided tour with travel writer Kinga Tittel, or guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tour
  • Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active & Discovery cruise on the Danube River offers just-right included activities and excursions to suit your interests
  • With Avalon Choice®, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace
Visits:
Budapest, Linz, Vienna, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
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Enchanted Europe (Eastbound)

Avalon Waterways
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16 days
$ 472 / day
$ 7,548
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest or guided visit to a local winery in Breisach
  • Guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral
  • Choice of visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, cable-car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim, or a hike in the vineyards with your Adventure Host; scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; time at leisure in Boppard
  • Choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt
  • Guided tour
  • Guided tour, visit to the Bishop's Residence
  • Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall
  • Full day guided tour in Munich
  • Choice of guided sightseeing in Roth or hike with your Adventure Host or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; onboard lecture
  • Guided walk, see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria
  • Guided walk in Passau; free time in Linz
  • Guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or hike with your Adventure Host; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; free time in Vienna
  • Choice of guided sightseeing or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour, see Heroes' Square or hike with your Adventure Host
  • Your breathtaking river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland
  • You’ll sail to Breisach, your starting point for a Black Forest excursion, and to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way
Visits:
Bamberg, Basel, Boppard, Budapest, Frankfurt, Linz, Munich, Nuremberg, Passau, Rudesheim, Strasbourg, Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Castle, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland
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Burgundy & Provence (Southbound)

Avalon Waterways
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8 days
$ 450 / day
$ 3,599
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Guided walk in Tournus; onboard cheese tasting
  • Choice of guided sightseeing; with picture stop on Fourvière Hill or bike with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture
  • Culinary tour
  • Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
  • Guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes
  • Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop or walk with your Adventure Host
  • Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages and towns, as you sail through the most captivating views of France
  • Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, founded by the Romans in 43 BC, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture
Visits:
Arles, Avignon, Burgundy, Lyon, Dijon, Paris, France
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Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris &a ...

Avalon Waterways
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 434 / day
$ 5,207
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Welcome to France
  • Guided sightseeing
  • High-speed train to Dijon; motorcoach transfer to Beaune and visit to the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception
  • Leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting
  • Choice of guided sightseeing with picture stop on Fourvière Hill or bike with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture
  • Culinary tour
  • Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
  • Guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes
  • Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop or walk with your Adventure Host
  • Travel by motorcoach to Nice
  • Guided tour
  • Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! This French river cruise adventure begins in style with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! See the landmarks of the “City of Lights”, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture
  • Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages and towns, as you sail through the most captivating views of France
Visits:
Arles, Avignon, Burgundy, Dijon, Lyon, Nice, Paris, France
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Burgundy & Provence (Northbound)

Avalon Waterways
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 462 / day
$ 3,699
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop, or walk with your Adventure Host
  • Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
  • Guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral or walk with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided walk in Tournon or bike with your Adventure Host; choice of guided walk in Vienne or hike with your Adventure Host
  • Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill
  • Cheese tasting on board
  • Take a wondrous journey through beautiful views of France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Embark your ship in Arles—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day
  • On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world
Visits:
Arles, Avignon, Burgundy, Lyon, Vienne, Dijon, Paris, France
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Mekong Discovery (Northbound)

Avalon Waterways
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 544 / day
$ 4,349
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Visit a local workshop to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Vinh Long; interact with sampan-making and conical hat making families in Cu Lao Gieng
  • Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc; walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration
  • Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from a local orphanage
  • Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and visit one of the Cambodian Killing Fields, or visit the lively central market
  • Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visit
  • Visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; ox cart ride through the countryside, and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach
  • On this unique and inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia, you’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in the most interesting places along the mighty Mekong River


  • Via sampan, cruise into Vinh Long and experience Vietnamese culture with a visit to a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made
Visits:
Cai Be, Chau Doc, Cu Chi Tunnels, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Vietnam
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Spitsbergen Explorer

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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12 days
$ 999 / day
$ 11,990
From : $ 14,748
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Uncover the incredible landscape of Spitsbergen, from the quirky northernmost city of Longyearbyen and brilliantly blue glaciers like the ‘14th July Glacier’, to stunning fjords and towering mountains and cliffs
  • Experience the unique and memorable sensation of 24 hours of sunlight
  • Scour sheets of ice and hopefully be rewarded with unforgettable sightings of the ruler of the Arctic – the Polar Bear
  • With endless daylight there are also endless wildlife-viewing opportunities – elusive Arctic foxes, breaching whales, lounging masses of walruses, and enchanting seabirds dotted along the cliffs of Alkefjellet
  • Choose to get even closer to this amazing environment with optional activities like snowshoeing, hiking, and gliding along pristine waters between icebergs in a sea kayak
Visits:
Helsinki, Spitsbergen, Finland, Norway
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Grand France (Northbound)

Avalon Waterways
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15 days
$ 493 / day
$ 7,398
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop, or walk with your Adventure Host
  • Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes
  • Guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral or walk with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided walk in Tournon or bike with your Adventure Host; choice of guided walk in Vienne or hike with your Adventure Host
  • Guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill
  • Cheese tasting on board
  • Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle or walk with your Adventure Host; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys; crêpes tasting on board and Pastry Demonstration
  • Choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route” or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of full-day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or "A Taste of Normandy" excursion
  • Choice of guided walk, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral or bike tour
  • Choice of guided excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour or walk with your Adventure Host
  • This river cruise vacation showcases France’s charm, breathtaking views, and rich history
  • Your adventure begins on the Rhône River with a visit to Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh—and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater
Visits:
Arles, Avignon, Burgundy, Dijon, Giverny, Lyon, Normandy, Paris, Rouen, Vienne, France
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Ultimate Galapagos: Central Islands (Grand Daphne)

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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10 days
$ 516 / day
$ 5,696
From : $ 6,341
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience the benefits of small group travel aboard your vessel, M/Y Grande Daphne, sailing through the natural beauty of the Galapagos, day and night.
  • Explore the remote west coast of Isabela on a small panga boat, and venture to the far-west Fernandina, home of the highest density of marine iguanas.
  • Encounter the unique Galapagos wildlife in their natural habitat, from giant blue-footed and masked boobies, pelicans and frigate birds to iguanas, sea lions and turtles.
Visits:
Darwin, Galapagos, Galapagos Islands, Isabela Island, Isla Baltra, Isla Santiago, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador
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The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam with Bangkok ...

Avalon Waterways
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
21 days
$ 362 / day
$ 7,599
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Welcome to Thailand
  • Boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
  • Day at leisure
  • Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Walking tour; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking class
  • Cu Chi Tunnels excursion
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Visit a local workshop to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Vinh Long; interact with sampan-making and conical hat making families in Cu Lao Gieng
  • Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc; walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration
  • Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from a local orphanage
  • Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and visit one of the Cambodian Killing Fields, or visit the lively central market
  • Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visit
  • Visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; ox cart ride through the countryside, and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach
  • Fly to Siem Reap; visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple
  • Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and a noodle-making village; Apsara dance performance
  • Fly to Hanoi
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature; lunch at Koto; electric cart ride through the Old Quarter; water puppets performance
  • Drive to Ha Long Bay; visit Cua Van floating village
  • Cruise the bay; visit Ti Top Island, Luon Cave, and Dark and Bright Cave; opportunity to explore by kayak
  • Visit Sung Sot Cave; drive to Hanoi
  • This inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise vacation begins in vibrant Bangkok, Thailand
  • A boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok’s famous canals, is the perfect way to start your sightseeing
Visits:
Chau Doc, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
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Galapagos Adventure: Northern Islands (Grand Daphne)

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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7 days
$ 443 / day
$ 3,562
From : $ 3,818
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Hike, snorkel, sleep, repeat – this isn’t your average cruise. Get active in the rugged and isolated northern Galapagos Islands.
  • From sunbathing sea lions to colourful crabs, this trip is bound to feature encounters with crazy critters of all shapes and sizes.
  • Wander along the beautiful white sand beach at Bahia Borrero, then snorkel with reef sharks and manta rays..
  • This 7-day tour is a short and sweet introduction to the famed archipelago, the perfect addition to any South American adventure.
  • An itinerary that strikes the perfect balance between excursion-packed days and relaxing evenings on Le Grande Daphne, our brand-new motor yacht.
Visits:
Darwin, Galapagos, Guayaquil, Isla Baltra, Isla Santa Fe, Quito, Isla Santiago, San Cristobal, Santa Fe, Santiago, Ecuador
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    Savoring the tropical breezes and snorkeling opportunities while on a sailing cruise through the Caribbean or South Pacific.

    Stopping at a quiet bay for a lobster bake while cruising the Maine coast on an historic windjammer.

    Watching whales in Alaska for hours simply because you can

    Sailing to Antarctica, following the route of the first explorers

    Exploring the Turkish coast on a traditional gulet, the Kenyan coast on a traditional dhow, or the Vietnamese coast on a traditional junk

    Sliding in and out of hard-to-reach cruise ports, like Split, Croatia, and Kotor, Montenegro

    Taking an expedition-style cruise from Norway to Greenland via Iceland.

    Indulging in the personalized, friendly service of a staff that gets to know you

    Spreading out in more spacious rooms and a less formal atmosphere than some mega-ships

    Following the path of Charles Darwin on a small ship cruise through the Galapagos Islands or the Beagle Channel in Patagonia.

    <Kayaking and sailing along the coastline right from a small cruise ship’s watersports platform

    Taking advantage of small cruise ships’ shallow draft to get closer to the cruise line for wildlife viewing

3,554 Small Ship & Expedition Cruises Tour Reviews - Summary 92% Recommend

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Excellent 2,527
Great 765
Average 161
Disappointing 45
Terrible 56
Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
4.6

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Amazing trip to Brazil

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

Daria helped us with our Brazil trip. We visited Rio, Iguazu Falls and Lencois Maranhenses. The transfers, tours and guides were excellent. It was a stress free due to all the help from Daria. I highly recommend Daria for your Brazil tour.

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Operator Etours Brazil

Igazu falls & Pantanal

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our personal travel organiser Daria was arranging everything 100% to our liking. Even at 5 am she was available when worrying about a late airport transfer. Thank you so much!
We visited Igazu falls snd power station as well as Pantanal and Bonito. Great wonders!

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Perfect trip to Brazil

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our trip was amazing. Everything well organized by Daria. We are from Germany and I wrote many mails with Daria to plan our trip. I couldn't be better. We had privat tours with perfect guides and drivers. Thank you so much for this experience.

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Operator Etours Brazil

Wonderful Journey

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our trip to Brazil was beautiful and adventurous!
The organization was perfect!
There was always someone there to pick us up.
All guides were very friendly and competent.
All accommodations were of a very high standard.
In any case, I can warmly recommend ETours Brazil.

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Excellent tour operator; Gianluca

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

(Translated by Google) Excellent tour operator; Gianluca, very kind, always attentive to the needs of his customers, offers interesting and tailor made tours not only in Rio but throughout Brazil, a perfect base for visiting this beautiful country.

(Original)
Ottimo tour operator;Gianluca, gentilissimo, sempre attento ai bisogni dei suoi clienti ,offre tours interessanti e su misura non solo a Rio ma in tutto il Brasile.Un perfetto punto di appoggio per visitare questo bel paese.

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Best business partner.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

(Translated by Google) Best business partner. Serious, correct and honest work!

(Original)
Melhor parceiro comercial. Trabalho sério, correto e honesto!

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Operator Etours Brazil

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