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.
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The Danube from the Black Sea to Germany

Avalon Waterways
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18 days
$ 492 / day
$ 8,297
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 Bucharest
  • Guided sightseeing in Bucharest; onboard welcome reception
  • Excursion to Danube Delta; km 0 celebration
  • Guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta
  • Choice of full-day excursion, visit to Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo and to the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, or a guided sightseeing in Rousse, or a walk in the park with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and see the rock formations in Belogradchik or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge; choice of visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site or bike with your Adventure Host; visit to Golubač fortress
  • Choice of guided sightseeing or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture
  • Choice of Novi Sad guided tour or walk with your Adventure Host; Ilok guided tour
  • Choice of guided tour and organ concert in Pécs or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill
  • Choice of guided tour, see Heroes’ Square or hike with your Adventure Host
  • Day at leisure
  • Choice of guided sightseeing in Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral or hike up to Bratislava Castle with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided sightseeing or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided walk or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; cruise through the Wachau Valley; choice of guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk, Ybbs city sightseeing with Artstetten Castle visit
  • Guided sightseeing, see Hauptplatz and the Trinity Column
  • Schlögen Oxbow scenic cruising; choice of guided tour or hike with your Adventure Host
  • Sail from the Danube Delta of the Black Sea to Hungary’s capital of Budapest through the Balkans, Hungary, and Austria on your European river cruise
  • Begin with an overnight stay in Bucharest for a guided sightseeing tour, including the Royal Palace Square
Visits:
Belgrade, Belogradchik, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Croatia, Linz, Passau, Romania, Vienna, Salzburg, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia
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Christmastime from Vienna to Basel

Avalon Waterways
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16 days
$ 540 / day
$ 8,647
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
  • City sightseeing; Christmas market
  • Scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; onboard Austrian cookies tasting; guided tour in Grein
  • Guided tour; Christmas market
  • Guided tour; Christmas market
  • Onboard Christmas Traditions lecture; choice of guided tour or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
  • Guided tour, see the Marienplatz, Christmas market
  • Day at leisure to visit Christmas market
  • Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture
  • Guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residence; Christmas market
  • Guided tour
  • Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat
  • Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; free time for Christmas market
  • Guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market
  • Choice of visit to a local winery in Breisach or excursion the Black Forest
  • This holiday river cruise takes you to many beautiful and historical cities of Germany and Austria
  • And the views along the way can’t be outdone—towns and villages decorated for the holidays and beautiful views as you cruise along the Danube and Main Rivers, and the Main Danube Canal
Visits:
Bamberg, Basel, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Munich, Nuremberg, Passau, Rudesheim, Strasbourg, Vienna, Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland
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WWF Giants of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour)

Intrepid Travel
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11 days
$ 588 / day
$ 6,465
From : $ 7,952
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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
  • Travelling with a team of researchers in peak humpback whale season, you’ll get the chance to learn about state-of-the-art whale research techniques and marine conservation. Good timing!
  • Get the chance to take daily excursions with experts in Antarctic biology, glaciology and history, then unwind at night with onboard lectures and presentations.
  • Intrepid expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have an enviable crew to passenger ratio – one expedition crew member for every 8 passengers – for a more personal journey.
  • Customise your trip with optional activities like kayaking, a photography masterclass, yoga classes, massage or even a polar plunge.
  • Travel lighter with a carbon-offset expedition that serves only sustainably sourced seafood, avoids single-use plastics and uses biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaning products.
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina
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Christmastime on the Danube with 2 Nights in Prag ...

Avalon Waterways
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9 days
$ 396 / day
$ 3,560
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 Prague
  • Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds; Christmas market
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of guided tour or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
  • Guided tour; Christmas market; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture
  • Guided tour; Christmas market
  • Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey; onboard Austrian cookies tasting
  • City sightseeing; Christmas market
  • This festive European river cruise vacation begins in Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic
  • See famous sights like Old Town’s Astronomical Clock and the Charles Bridge, but also get the unique chance to stroll through the Christmas markets
Visits:
Linz, Nuremberg, Passau, Prague, Vienna, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
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Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium

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15 days
$ 447 / day
$ 6,298
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 biking tour, or guided sightseeing of Arnhem, or guided tour of Airborne Museum in Arnhem; free time in Nijmegen
  • Choice of guided tour or walk with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Guided tour
  • Choice of guided tour in Antwerp, visit the central Grote Markt or bike with your Adventure Host; free time in the evening in Brussels
  • Choice of guided tour, see the town hall, or attend a chocolate workshop or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Day at leisure
  • Choice of guided tour or walk with your Adventure Host
  • Visit to Flanders Field Museum in Ypres; visit to the battlefields; Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate
  • Choice of guided tour in Middelburg or bike with your Adventure Host; choice of visit of the Flood Museum and guided walking tour of Veere or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour in Kinderdijk or bike with your Adventure Host; harbor cruise in Rotterdam; choice of guided tour in Rotterdam or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Free time in Zaandam; choice of guided tour in Haarlem or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of canal cruise or biking tour
  • Begin your tulip season cruise in Amsterdam
  • In Arnhem, tour its WWII Airborne Museum commemorating the brave battle of 1944
Visits:
Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Ypres, Belgium
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Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Nice &a ...

Avalon Waterways
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12 days
$ 442 / day
$ 5,307
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 tour
  • Transfer to the ship; 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
  • Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; high-speed train from Dijon to Paris
  • Choice of guided sightseeing or 'Heart of Paris' walking tour to see Paris' historic sights
  • Begin with two overnights in captivating Nice on the French Riviera, and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea
  • Take a wondrous European river cruise 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 site of a 1st-century Roman Amphitheater
Visits:
Arles, Avignon, Burgundy, Dijon, Lyon, Nice, Paris, Vienne, France
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From the Black Sea to the North Sea

Avalon Waterways
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26 days
$ 479 / day
$ 12,447
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 Bucharest
  • Guided sightseeing in Bucharest; transfer to ship; onboard welcome reception
  • Excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration; onboard lecture
  • Guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Mu-seum in Constanta
  • Choice of full-day excursion, visit to Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Târnovo and to the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, or guided sightseeing in Rousse, or walk in the park with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress, see the rock formations in Belogradchik or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Scenic cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; choice of visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site or bike with your Adventure Host; visit to Golubač fortress
  • Choice of guided sightseeing or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture
  • Choice of Novi Sad guided tour or walk with your Adventure Host; Ilok guided tour Day
  • Choice of guided tour and organ concert in Pécs or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill
  • Choice of guided tour, see Heroes’ Square or hike with your Adventure Host
  • Day at leisure in Budapest
  • Choice of guided tour, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral, or hike up to Bratislava Castle with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; choice of guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or hike with your Adventure Host; onboard wine tasting
  • Guided tour
  • Choice of guided tour or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Onboard lecture; choice of guided sightseeing of Roth, or guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
  • Choice of guided tour, see the Old Town Hall or bike with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture
  • Choice of walking tour in Volkach or bike with your Adventure Host; free time in Kitzingen
  • Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Guided walk
  • Choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or hike in the vineyards with your Adventure Host; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; classical concert
  • Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host
  • This enchanting European river cruise from Bucharest to Amsterdam is truly an adventure
  • Glide past quaint towns, beautiful views, and historic buildings along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers—and onshore enjoy guided sightseeing and free time to explore
Visits:
Amsterdam, Bamberg, Belgrade, Belogradchik, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Croatia, Nuremberg, Passau, Romania, Salzburg, Vienna, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Serbia
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Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Nice (So ...

Avalon Waterways
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10 days
$ 426 / day
$ 4,258
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
  • 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! 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, Nice, Dijon, Paris, France
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The Danube from the Black Sea to Germany with 2 N ...

Avalon Waterways
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20 days
$ 472 / day
$ 8,866
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 Bucharest
  • Guided sightseeing in Bucharest; onboard welcome reception
  • Guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta; wine tasting
  • Choice of full-day excursion, visit to Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo and to the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, or guided sightseeing in Rousse, or walk in the park with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress, see the rock formations in Belogradchik or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Scenic cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge; choice of visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site or bike with your Adventure Host; visit to Golubač fortress
  • Choice of guided sightseeing or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture
  • Choice of Novi Sad guided tour or walk with your Adventure Host; choice of honey and wine tasting or hike to the Petrovaradin Fortress
  • Ilok guided tour with wine tasting; Vukovar guided tour
  • Guided tour and organ concert in Pécs
  • Choice of guided tour, see Heroes’ Square or hike with your Adventure Host
  • Day at leisure
  • Choice of guided sightseeing in Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral or hike up to Bratislava Castle with your Adventure Host; free time in Hainburg
  • Choice of guided sightseeing or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided walk or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; cruise through the Wachau Valley; choice of guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk, Ybbs city sightseeing or bakery workshop
  • Guided sightseeing, see Hauptplatz and the Trinity Column
  • Schlögen Oxbow scenic cruising; choice of guided tour or hike with your Adventure Host
  • Transfer to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; travel by motorcoach to Prague
  • Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds
  • From the “Paris of the East” in Bucharest, Romania, to the “Golden City” of Prague, in the Czech Republic, this Danube River cruise is an odyssey to new discoveries
  • Begin in Bucharest for a tour of the Romanian capital’s boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history
Visits:
Belgrade, Belogradchik, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Croatia, Linz, Passau, Prague, Romania, Vienna, Salzburg, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia
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Festive Season in the Heart of Germany

Avalon Waterways
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6 days
$ 424 / day
$ 2,542
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 Nuremberg guided tour or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
  • Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture
  • Guided tour, visit the Bishop's Residence; Christmas market
  • Guided tour
  • This festive Christmastime river cruise begins in Nuremberg, the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire
  • Guided sightseeing shows you its historical treasures, as well as Old Town, illuminated with holiday lights and decorations
Visits:
Bamberg, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Prague, Germany, Czech Republic
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Discover the Galápagos & Peru

Avalon Waterways
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15 days
$ 510 / 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 Lima
  • Walking tour; visit San Francisco Monastery; Larco Herrera Museum and welcome dinner
  • Visit Awanakancha to see various camelids from the region, and explore Pisac Market
  • Visit the Ollantaytambo ruins; take the 360°Train to Machu Picchu; walking tour of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a second included entrance to Machu Picchu; return on the 360°Train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cusco
  • Walking tour of Cusco, visit Santo Domingo Monastery, the Cathedral, and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman
  • Fly to Quito via Lima
  • Excursion to Otavalo's Indian market and Peguche; Hacienda lunch
  • Walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, La Ronda Street, a Chocolate factory, and the Equatorial Monument
  • Fly to the Galápagos Islands; embark Treasure of Galápagos; visit Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve on San Cristobal Island
  • Española Island: Naturalist-guided walks; snorkeling
  • Floreana Island: Naturalist-guided walks; snorkeling
  • Santa Fé & Santa Cruz Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
  • Disembark Treasure of Galápagos; visit EL Chato Tortoise Reserve; fly to Quito
  • Fantastic treasures await you on this cruise vacation to Peru and the Galápagos Islands
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito, where you can have your photo taken at the “Center of the World,” and also in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo’s famous Indian market, where you can shop for beautiful textiles, artwork, and other unique souvenirs
Visits:
Cusco, Galapagos Islands, Lima, Machu Picchu, Otavalo, Quito, Sacred Valley, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador, Peru
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Christmastime from Vienna to Frankfurt

Avalon Waterways
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12 days
$ 471 / day
$ 5,613
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
  • City sightseeing; Christmas market
  • Scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; Austrian cookies tasting; guided
    tour in Grein
  • Guided tour; Christmas market
  • Guided tour; Christmas market
  • Onboard Christmas Traditions lecture; choice of guided tour or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
  • Guided tour, see the Marienplatz, Christmas market
  • Day at leisure to visit Christmas market
  • Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture
  • Guided tour, visit the Bishop's Residence; Christmas market
  • Guided tour
  • This holiday river cruise takes you to many beautiful and historical cities of Germany and Austria
  • And the views along the way can’t be outdone—towns and villages decorated for the holidays and beautiful views as you cruise along the Danube and Main Rivers, and the Main Danube Canal
Visits:
Bamberg, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg, Passau, Vienna, Austria, Germany
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Spitsbergen Photography Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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14 days
$ 892 / day
$ 12,490
From : $ 15,363
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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
  • Refine your skills and become a photography expert, capturing some of the most remote and extraordinary landscapes on earth. Better yet, you’ve got a team of photography experts on hand to help.
  • See onboard environmental and scientific lectures and seminars to give you all the Spitsbergen knowledge, plus a couple of photography masterclasses to hone your technique.
  • Twice daily zodiac excursions mean there’s plenty of opportunities to get up close to glaciers, icebergs and all types of wildlife. There are more polar bears than people on Svalbard, so get snapping!
  • Did someone say midnight snack? Because of the time of year, you’ll experience almost 24 hours of daylight, allowing for sightseeing any time of the day, or night!
  • With a flexible voyage itinerary, you’ll only hit the places which are worthwhile and have the best conditions, as your expert polar team to maximise wildlife spotting opportunities each day.
Visits:
Helsinki, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Finland, Norway
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Antarctic Whale Journey (Ocean Endeavour)

Intrepid Travel
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11 days
$ 626 / day
$ 6,885
From : $ 8,469
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
  • We stop for whales! If conditions allow, take Zodiac excursions to get closer to whales spotted by your expert expedition crew.
  • Get the chance to encounter a range of other wildlife like king and chinstrap penguins, fur and elephant seals, albatross and more.
  • Intrepid expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour enjoy an enviable ratio of one expedition crew member for every eight passengers, allowing for a higher level of personal service.
  • Care about the planet? Us too. We carbon-offset all trips, serve only sustainable seafood, avoid single-use plastics and more to help preserve Antarctica (and the world) for future generations.
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Ushuaia, Argentina
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Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Ri ...

Avalon Waterways
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13 days
$ 432 / day
$ 5,619
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
  • 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 fascinating places along the mighty Mekong River


  • Spend time in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City which combines historic architecture with modern skyscrapers
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Cai Be, Chau Doc, Cu Chi Tunnels, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Vietnam
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Amazing trip to Brazil

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  • 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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Igazu falls & Pantanal

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  • Value 5.0
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  • 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

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  • Guide 5.0
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  • 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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Wonderful Journey

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  • Value 5.0
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  • 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

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  • Transportation 5.0
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(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.

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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.

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  • Activities 5.0
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(Translated by Google) Best business partner. Serious, correct and honest work!

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Melhor parceiro comercial. Trabalho sério, correto e honesto!

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