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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With fewer than 50 passengers on every adventure cruise, our groups are the perfect size for mingling at happy hour and 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 ice-cold beer handed to you by the bar manager at the end of a day of exploring.
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.
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 – on and off the boat.
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 insight into local living.
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 spacious dining rooms, or dine al fresco underneath a sea of stars.
We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.