Small Ship Tours in France, Croatia, Turkey and the Galapagos
There’s nothing more enchanting, evocative and romantic than cruising on crystal clear waters, with an ever-changing landscape rolling by, and the smell of saltwater hanging on the breeze. A small ship tour is the ultimate way to cruise, taking your hotel with you on a vessle with only 10-20 others. We have been operating yacht and small ship cruises since 1984 and are pleased to share some of the finest cruising waters in the world with you. We offer both "cabin charters" where you simply are part of a larger group, or private yacht charters designed exclusively for your own private group of family or friends.
Meet us in Paris, France for a romantic luxury barging cruise down the Canal du Nivernais! A small family owned barge, the Luciole offers +45 years of experience delivering exceptional cruises and vacations to happy travelers'. Weave your way through Burgandy's stunning scenery, stopping at charming towns and villages for daily excursions, while returning to the incredible accommodations and delectable cuisine of the Luciole each evening.
In the much-storied Mediterranean, choose between our yachting tours in Croatia and Turkey. Along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, cruise between sun-drenched islands and ancient towns of European charm. Visit Diocletian's Palace in historic Split, stone carvers on Brac and the beguiling island of Hvar. Walk among vineyards and visit oyster farms on the sparsely populated Pelješac Peninsula. Croatia is one of Europe's favorite destinations and we have a long history here with fabulous tours led by our local Croatian guides.
Our first yachting tour to Turkey was in 1984, when few people knew of the stunningly beautiful Turquoise coast that stretches from Bodrum to Antalya. On these small-boat cruises aboard traditional Turkish gulets, you are steeped in the history of the Greeks, Romans, Ottomans as well as the earlier civilizations of Carians and Lycians. Visit the expansive and illuminating classical site of Ephesus, as well lesser-known ruins such as Arycanda, Knidos and Caunos. Drop anchor at the remote island of Kekova, and walk the narrow streets of ever-charming Kaş and Kalkan. Trips start and end in Istanbul and offer extensions to the other-wordly landscape of Cappadocia.
We led our first tour to the Galapagos Islands in 1994, and in 2005 pioneered new land-based sea kayaking tours of the Galapagos. One of the most popular ways to visit these islands, so rich in wildlife and stunning geology, is to travel on a small yacht of 10-20 people. Our Galapagos cruises get you up close to the archipelago’s legendary wildlife and spectacular volcanic landscapes, without the crowds of a large cruise ship. We stop often at designated National Park sites to walk on trails and beaches that are home to a myriad of wildlife including blue-footed boobies, Sally lightfoot crabs, frigate birds, seals, sea lions and the intriguing marine iguana.
No matter which of our yacht cruises you choose, you begin your days breathing in fresh sea air, enjoying a sun rise over the horizon before the day's adventures begin. Then by late afternoon, end the day with a drink in hand as the day’s last rays illuminate the sky and water. It's all about taking it slow and getting a different perspective on your destination to truly appreciate the nuances, culture, wildlife and wonders of the place. Join our trips as a couple or small group, or let us arrange a private yacht charter for your exclusive enjoyment.
Private and Charter Small Ship Tours
Small ships offer an ideal choice for those looking for a private or chartered experience. Our hand selected fleet of ships make for an ideal honeymoon, family vacation, reunion or corporate retreat setting; offering a quite and peaceful reprieve as you explore the coastlines, waterways and ports of your desired destination.