Uncover another side of Europe by exploring it the way people have for centuries – via the waterways.

When we daydream about a European adventure, the word cruise doesn’t necessarily spring to mind. Perhaps it’s that idea of the backpacker’s rail-riding odyssey, the rite of passage that so many of our cultures associate with the continent. But historically, cities were built along the rivers that slice through Europe, making important transport routes. These waterways can deliver us right into the action, to Paris or Athens, to medieval villages, small port towns and the incredible natural attractions overlooked by the land-goers. Our small cruise ships can drop anchor basically anywhere, so local interaction and truly authentic food is never far away. Trade that backpack for a swimsuit and get ready to see Europe through new eyes.

Adventure Cruises in Europe

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Join Intrepid for a small ship cruising adventure around Greece’s hidden hotspots, from...

8 Days From $4,380

Unforgettable postcard-worthy views await at every corner on this 8-day adventure...

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Climb aboard the Harmony V for an unforgettable cruising adventure in Portugal, Spain...

8 Days From $3,060

Embrace Dalmation life on this glorious 8-day adventure cruise on Croatia’s coast....

8 Days From $4,560

Climb aboard the Harmony V and set sail for Spain, Portugal and Morocco on this...

8 Days From $3,550

Join Intrepid for a small ship cruising adventure to Croatia. Voyage along the...

8 Days From $5,180

Climb aboard the Harmony V for an unforgettable cruising adventure in Portugal, Spain...

8 Days From $5,475

Cruise the rocky shores of Iceland's Westman Islands and traverse the waterfalls of...

8 Days From $2,965

Join Intrepid for a cruising adventure to Croatia. Voyage along the Dalmatian coast,...

8 Days From $3,890

Peregrine's 8-day adventure cruise down Croatia's northern coast. Visit Krk, Zadar,...

8 Days From $3,400

Intrepid's 8-day adventure cruise up Croatia's northern coast. Visit Krk, Zadar,...

15 Days From $6,800

Set out on a blissful cruise through Croatia, starting in Dubrovnik and dropping anchor...

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Cruise from legendary Split to Dubrovnik, dropping anchor at Trogir, Zadar, Sibenik,...

15 Days From $6,295

Take in Croatia’s beauty while sailing from Dubrovnik to Italy's Venice, dropping...

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Meet your group in Venice and then set sail from Opatija, dropping anchor at Krk, Rab,...

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Highlights of Europe

A woman smiling at the camera from Krka National park in Croatia

Explore Croatia’s Krka National Park

A stone’s throw from historic Split is Krka National Park, a wonderland of waterfalls, gorges and lush forest. Hike the winding trails that zig-zag past plunging waterfalls and swimming spots, or, better yet, hop on a small boat to access hidden footpaths and secluded pools.

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Santorini the Greece Blue and white combination

Get off the beaten track in Santorini

The view is instantly recognisable. Gorgeous white and blue domed houses carved into rugged hills that drop into a glittering blue sea… Santorini is iconic and then some. Check out Minoan Bronze Age relics and escape the hustle and bustle by visiting gorgeous remote beaches. Don’t miss that famous sunset, so spectacular it regularly generates applause.

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Snow and Ice mountains in Iceland

Tour the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

There’s no better sample of Iceland’s incredible scenery than the 90 kilometre (56 mile) long Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Often called ‘Iceland in Miniature’ because of its incredible natural diversity, find dramatic basalt columns, gorges, waterfalls, mountains, lava fields and the ice-capped volcano that inspired Jules Verne’s classic novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

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Seville the historical architecture in Spain

Marvel at Seville’s extravagant architecture

Calmer than Barcelona and less brooding than Granada, Seville is an alluring mix of architectural marvels, tapas bars and flamenco. Its varied history seeps from its Mudejar palaces, Baroque churches and medieval streets. The sprawling Royal Alcazar and Plaza de Espana will take your breath away. To top it off, the tapas is fantastic, and it’s (almost) always sunny in the Andalusian capital.

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Beautiful beach side of Algarve Coast in Portugal

Outdoor adventure on the Algarve Coast

While beautiful beaches and excellent surfing are reason enough to visit Portugal’s sun-kissed south, the Algarve offers a slew of other attractions. Explore the awesome caves and grottos carved into towering cliffs just off the coast, or move beyond the beach to find rustic countryside, historic villages, castles and the gorgeous Ria Formosa Natural Park.

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Gateway to Africa the Tangier's Kasbah

Get lost in Tangier’s Kasbah

Gateway to Africa and a former haunt of artists, spies and international eccentrics, Tangier has been going through a renaissance of sorts thanks to its newest monarch. The bohemian cafes and winding streets of the Kasbah that attracted writers like Jack Kerouac remain, but Tangier now boasts a cleaned-up beach promenade and better food options than ever.

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Why choose Intrepid

Small ships, small ports

Bigger is not always better, just ask the mega liners who crowd out the big ports. Instead, we user smaller vessels that allow us to dock in out-of-the-way ports and drop anchor wherever we feel like a dip. Smaller ships also mean we can anchor right in the centre of town, giving you more time to explore.

A personal touch

Being a face in a crowd isn’t much fun, that’s why we limit our cruises to up to 50 likeminded travellers. Our boats have a maximum of 25 rooms, which means there’s a small group atmosphere and our crew can deliver a more personal level of service. By the end of the trip, they’ll know how to make your coffee just the way you like it.

Local flavours

Each cruise’s on-board menu is tailored to reflect the flavours of the destination you’re in. All our trips come with either half or full board and, once we disembark, our local leaders are always on hand to show you the best local hot spots.

Activities onboard

Who needs an onboard swimming pool when there’s the glittering Andaman or Aegean Sea? All our ships have either a platform or a ladder for swimming, getting you in and out of the water with ease. We also include snorkel and fishing equipment, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards on certain departures.

Home away from home

Our cabins are roomy and comfortable, with usually a twin or double configuration available. Better still, every room comes with an ensuite. There’s air-conditioning to keep you cool, a window to enjoy the views, laundry service onboard and turndown twice a day. Consider it a four-star hotel with all the perks, right on the water.

A lighter footprint

We’re changing the future of travel by carbon offsetting all our cruises using renewable energy initiatives. Choosing to travel on smaller ships also means we generate less waste, leave a smaller environmental footprint and reduce the problem of over-tourism by visiting smaller ports.

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