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Top 5: Small Ship Adventures Resuming in 2021

Posted on 9/7/2021 12:00:00 AM in The Buzz

The M/V Athena cruises along the medieval walled town of Dubrovnik—one city we visit during our #1 Small Ship Adventure resuming this year.

Our fleet of small ships are ideal for the spirited adventurer, often docking right in the heart of the cities we visit—and even accessing off-the-beaten-path ports. As a result, you and your small group spend less time transferring to and from your destination, and more time immersing yourself in local customs. On land, each small group will explore in the company of a dedicated local Trip Experience Leader.

While we will be resuming operations on all of these Small Ship Adventures in 2021, we understand many travelers are planning further ahead. We have opened 2023 departures of many O.A.T. adventures—and you can reserve any 2022, or 2023 adventure with confidence with our Risk-Free Booking Policy through 12/31/21.

1. Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece —16-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure (Average group size: 22)

11 nights aboard our privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Arethusa or M/V Athena

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Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

Discover Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast—including its crown jewel of Dubrovnik—with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.

First 2021 departure date: August 18

During this comprehensive adventure, visit destinations that have enchanted travelers for more than a millennium. You’ll not only discover the Dalmatian Coast's iconic cities, but also travel off the beaten path to smaller ports, like Hvar, aboard our privately owned, 50-passenger small ship. Accompanied by a local Trip Experience Leader, you’ll walk in an emperor’s footsteps in Split. Journey to the island that gave Marco Polo his wanderlust. And soak up the medieval beauty of Dubrovnik.

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2. Iberian Voyage: Lisbon to Barcelona —115-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure (Average group size: 22)

10 nights aboard the privately-owned 89-passenger M/V Clio or 98-passenger M/V Corinthian

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Metropolis: Barcelona

Witness Barcelona's ancient neighborhoods and modern highlights—and learn the history that shaped them.

First 2021 departure date: September 20

Ply the waters of the Atlantic Ocean as your ship navigates Iberia's welcoming coast. This trip is book-ended by stays in two iconic cities: Barcelona, where you'll soak in the surreal skyline and the city's lively ambiance while making cultural connections with friendly residents, and Lisbon, including its colorful medieval neighborhoods. Along the way, you'll also uncover relics of the region's eclectic cultural heritage in Cartagena, enjoy a taste of North African tradition in Tangier, and savor a traditional meal with a local family.

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3. Undiscovered Adriatic: Eastern Italy, Venice, Puglia & Malta —17-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure (Average group size: 22)

11 nights aboard our privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

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Metropolis Venice

Discover this tiny former republic at the head of the Adriatic, from its maze of waterways to its opulent architecture.

First 2021 departure date: August 28

With the only travel company to offer an itinerary of this kind, you'll discover a side of Italy that few American travelers have ever seen. Aboard an award-winning, 50-passenger small ship, you'll cruise from the top of Italy's boot all the way past the toe to discover what life is really like in six of the popular peninsula's lesser-known regions—as well as the tiny island of Malta.

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4. Italy's Western Coast & Islands: A Voyage from Rome to Valletta —17-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure (Average group size: 22)

10 nights aboard our privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

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Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Naples & the Amalfi Coast

Discover southern Italy’s exuberant culture and the stunning beauty of the Amalfi Coast with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.

First 2021 departure date: September 8

Savor la dolce vita (the sweet life) along the Italian peninsula and its neighboring islands on an incredible journey of discovery aboard our 50-passenger small ship. Marvel at the treasures on display in the “Eternal City” of Rome then cruise along the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea from the Italian mainland to tiny lemon- and cypress-tree dotted islands. You’ll connect with the culture through a visit to a local mozzarella cheese farm in timeworn Paestum and during a Home-Hosted Lunch in Sorrento.

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5. Turkey's Magical Hideaways —17-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure (Average group size: 22)

5 nights aboard our privately-chartered 13-passenger Turkish Gulet

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Istanbul – Ancient Crossroads

Join the "Grannies on Safari" as they discover Istanbul's treasures, including Hagia Sophia Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the bustling Spice Bazaar.

First 2021 departure date: August 18

Discover multicultural treasures on a journey from the palaces and grand mosques of exotic Istanbul to the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia. Walk in the footsteps of saints and legionnaires in Ephesus, and then witness the cliff-top beauty of Antalya. Plus, you’ll ply the enchanting waters of the Turquoise Coast for four nights aboard a private 13-passenger gulet-style yacht.

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