Top 10 Small Ship Sailing Destinations
Remote. Untrammeled. Spectacular. Antarctica is one of the most exhilarating adventures on Earth. There are many reasons to explore it. Wildlife: scores of penguins and whales. Ice: an entire museum of colossal and magical ice forms defying description as well as the dashing history of the Heroic Age of Exploration. Expedition cruising include educational components that prepare you for shore landings and visits to research stations. You might hear from experts in polar history, marine biology and glaciology while on board. On shore, you can participate in exciting adventure options such as hiking, cross country skiing, sea kayaking, camping and snowshoeing.
Darwin’s inspiration for ‘The Origin of Species’, the Galapagos Islands are home to species found nowhere else on earth and some of the world’s most pristine environments.
3) Nile River Cruising
Egypt has an enthralling history and a wealth of well-preserved monuments and treasures. Cruising the Nile allows you to visit all the sites and attractions in a comfortable fashion: from the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids at Giza, to the vibrant Nubian culture at Aswan, this trip will incorporate all the significant places of interest. Flying between Lower and Upper Egypt you will board our cruise boat at Luxor and, travelling upstream, watch traditional life pass by, visiting the spectacular Edfu and Kom Ombo temples along the way. The lush green banks and the beautiful sunsets over the Nile, together with the good onboard facilities (which can be enjoyed during sailing and when moored) make this the only way to travel.
4) Danube River Cruise
A Danube River cruise is the best way to experience the storied landscapes, cultural heritage and centuries-old architecture of the Old World. You’ll discover Europe’s vineyard-lined valleys and beautifully preserved medieval towns in countries such as Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Romania.
5) Greek Islands A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world’s most beautiful islands. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, the beautiful southern Cyclades by sailboat, stop at small off-the-beaten-path islands along the way, relax on white-sand beaches, try your hand at sailing (or just relax on the deck), strolling through local villages and sample traditional Greek food and wine.
Catamaran sailing is the best of its kind in Thailand, and offers a great way to intimately explore secluded bays and out-of-the-way islands far away from the madding crowds. Most countries would be satisfied with just a single stretch of dazzling coastline. Not Thailand. Bordering both the glittering Andaman Sea and the gorgeous Gulf of Thailand.
7) Canadian Arctic
A recommended expedition for true adventure seekers! The Northwest Passage is the pinnacle of Arctic exploration; going where the ice allows. Exploring the quaint communities, dramatic fiords and calving glaciers of western Greenland, working your way north to Baffin Bay and spectacular Cap York. Crossing Smith Sound, visiting Grise Fiord (Aujuittuq), Canada’s northernmost community at 1150 km above the Arctic Circle.
8) Papua New Guinea to Fiji
Along the edges of the Coral Sea lie idyllic islands lush with jungle and edged with white-sand beaches that saw some of the fiercest battles of the Pacific Theater during World War II. Next to vibrant reefs, shipwrecks and discarded armaments now bristle with coral, making for exhilarating discoveries under the sea. As National Geographic Orion makes her way from Papua New Guinea to the Solomons, Vanuatu, and Fiji, you will snorkel and dive pristine reefs and famous wrecks, and trace the history of the Battle of the Coral Sea
9) The Amazon
This nature-basedluxury cruise down the Amazon River offers a uniquely “up close” journeys, surrounding you with exotic wildlife and the natural beauty of Amazonia while also allowing you to experience Peru at a leisurely pace and get to know first-hand, one of the most culturally and environmentally-diverse countries on earth.
10) Cape Town to Marrakech
Explore one of Africa’s most vibrant regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. A great combination of activity and leisure, experiencing incredible landscapes, compelling cultural traditions and powerful human history of this curiously under explored part of Africa.