Best European Cruises

by Danielle Contray


Shore excursions on European cruises often consist of guided walks through town or—shudder—bus tours. But cruises don't have to be sedentary snoozes. Adventure companies make the best of the European landscape. Mountain Travel Sobek offers hiking and sea kayaking excursions as part of their small-boat cruises of the Dodecanese Islands in Greece and Turkey. Butterfield & Robinson is best known for its biking tours everywhere from Vietnam to Vienna, but it also operates yacht cruises in the Mediterranean with small ships carrying no more than 38 passengers, like this boat, pictured off the Aeolian Islands in Italy. On the eight-day Dalmatian Coast cruise, which starts at $9,000 per person, you'll ride custom-designed Cannondales on the coastal roads of Vis and other Croatian ports; hike along an ancient Venetian trade route; and swim, snorkel, and kayak right off the boat.

Mountain Travel Sobek
Tel: 888 831 7526

Butterfield & Robinson
Tel: 866 551 9090

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