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.

Cruises in Europe

9 Days From 2667

Enjoy a nine-day small ship Adventure Cruise of Greece and Turkey to Santorini and...

8 Days From 1934

Take a small-ship cruising adventure in Croatia from Split to Dubrovnik. Voyage along...

8 Days From 1707

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

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Group of travellers in 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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White washed buildings of santorini

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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Kornati national park harbour, Croatia

Explore the stunning Kornati National Park

When famous playwright George Bernard Shaw first saw the Kornati Archipelago off the Croatian coast, he wrote that God must have made them ‘out of tears, stars and breath.’ That might sound dramatic, but once you see for yourself the vast wealth of marine wildlife and natural beauty throughout the 89 islands of the Archipelago, you'll totally get what he meant.

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Mt Etna in Sicily, Italy

Discover Mt Etna, Europe’s most active volcano

Surrounded by dramatic valleys and craters set in a lunar-like landscape, towering Mt. Etna is one of the greatest natural beauties of the Mediterranean, and Europe’s largest active volcano. On its slopes sit lush vineyards, fertilised by the volcanic soil, where you can sample fantastic wine and delicious food. 

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Why choose Intrepid

A small ship

Small ships, small groups

With fewer than 50 passengers on every ship, our groups are the perfect size for really getting to know your fellow travellers. Smaller groups mean more personalised service, like one-on-one chats with your leader about history, culture and food, or your favourite beer handed to you by the bar manager at the end of the day.

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Specialised service

We’re right there with you to ensure your adventure is memorable for all the right reasons. Our expert local leaders facilitate incredible land experiences, while the ship’s friendly crew make sure you have everything you need – from a room that’s sparkling clean to a glass of sparkling wine – to enjoy your time on board.

A plate of fish

Dining with a local twist

Whether it’s a barbecue on a deserted beach, the catch-of-the day cooked up by your onboard chef or the gourmet breakfast that’s served each morning, our culinary experiences are designed to complement your journey and help you create memories you’ll savour forever – both on and off the boat.

A snorkel and mask

Cruise the seas less travelled

Our small ships give you access to those out-of-the-way spots the big ships can’t reach. We’ll show you the guidebook favourites from a new perspective, then cruise away from the crowds so you can stroll through seaside villages, swim in hidden coves, and get a real taste of what life is like for the locals.  

A bed

A floating boutique hotel

Our ships combine all the comforts and personality of a boutique hotel with the freedom of the open water. Relax in your well-appointed cabin and wake to a different outlook each morning. Enjoy panoramic views from the sun deck, spend time in comfortable lounges and dining rooms, or dine al fresco under the stars.

Greener, more sustainable cruising

Greener, more sustainable cruising

It’s no secret, traditional cruises (and the travelling hordes aboard) have an impact on our environment and the communities they visit. We use smaller vessels carrying up to 50 guests, and each departure is carbon offset by a range of renewable energy initiatives. We have a no single-use plastic rule and source 90% of meals from local producers. 

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