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Top 10 Tours for Waterborne Adventures

The pull of the water on humanity is undeniable, and these 10 trips offer abundant opportunities for waterborne exploration. Whether via barge, boat, or traditional craft; on rivers, lakes, canals, or the world's oceans, answer the water's call on one of our small-group tours. Pictured above: Dubrovnik, Croatia's capital, which we visit on our Pearls of Dalmatia tour.

14 days
Ancient Greece, with Santorini and Crete
2024
Unearth the grandeur of the ancient world on this singular journey combining premier archaeological sites with the beauty and lore of the Aegean and her isles. As the ancient world comes alive in Athens and the Peloponnese, Crete and Santorini, we celebrate the glory that was Greece – and still is today.
From
$5,992
12 days
Burgundy Barging
With Lyon and Paris
Post-Tour Extension: Paris – On Your Own
Once reserved only for royalty, the scenic canals of France now welcome travelers seeking intimate encounters with rural life. Aboard a privately chartered barge, we savor fine French food and wine, and new friends as we leisurely ply the waterways of the Rhone-Rhine and Burgundy canals. Combined with stays in Lyon and Paris, this tour embraces the good life, French style.
From
$6,297
15 days
Egypt & the Eternal Nile
Post-Tour Extension: Jordan: Petra & Amman
Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular small group journey through antiquity travels from vibrant Cairo and the Great Pyramids to Abu Simbel and the Upper Nile for a fascinating cruise on Lake Nasser. Then: a classic voyage along the Lower Nile from Aswan to Luxor before returning to Cairo.
From
$5,197
15 days
Journey through Vietnam
Post-Tour Extension: Cambodia: Angkor Wat & Phnom Penh
In a land of breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people, rewards abound for the thoughtful traveler. And in our flexible and congenial small group we encounter rewards aplenty on this comprehensive journey featuring all the highlights, plus the beautiful, remote Mekong Delta, where we spend two days.
From
$4,497
15 days
Legendary Türkiye
From Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast
Post-Tour Extension: Cappadocia & Konya
Fascinating sights, scents, and sounds reign in this land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Türkiye (formerly Turkey) engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.
From
$4,392
16 days
Machu Picchu to the Galapagos
2024
Pre-Tour Option: Amazon Rainforest
They rank as two of South America’s greatest treasures, and a small group tour is the natural selection for both: the enigmatic ruins at Machu Picchu, where we overnight at an intimate on-site hotel; and the fascinating Galapagos Islands, Darwin’s “living laboratory,” for a four-night island-based adventure.
From
$8,493
15 days
Pearls of Dalmatia
With Dubrovnik & the Island of Hvar
Post-Tour Extension: Montenegro
Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.
From
$5,184
12 days
Sicily in Depth
Crossroads of the Mediterranean…the “toe” in Italy’s boot…“God’s Kitchen”…Sicily is all this and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian island. It’s lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man and of nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine…a feast for all the senses.
From
$3,974
12 days
The Canadian Maritimes
Post-Tour Extension: Halifax, Nova Scotia – On Your Own
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island make for a scenic and history-infused journey. We explore fishing villages and port cities, French fortifications and colonial British settlements, and travel to secluded Prince Edward Island and rugged Cape Breton on this classic route.
From
$5,847
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