Europe

Discover the ancient history, diverse gastronomy and picturesque landscapes of Europe on a small ship cruise. Travel down the legendary Danube, Rhine and Seine rivers on a luxurious river cruise to explore the fascinating cities of Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Prague or experience the allure of Lisbon and Porto along the Douro River. Be enchanted by the Mediterranean ports in Italy, France and Greece or soak up the sun on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Adventure seekers can journey north to the British Isles and Scandinavia, continuing on to explore the Arctic landscapes of Iceland, Russia and Greenland. Whichever region of Europe inspires you, let our team of cruise experts create an itinerary to suit your budget and schedule.

Top 5 Small Ships in Europe

Fram

Constructed in 2007, Fram, a ship to accommodate 240 passengers is used by popular Norwegian Explorer Fridtjof Nansen. This is a 12,700-ton vesselthat incorporates all the best of both traditional...

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Iceland to Norway

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15 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic, Iceland

Welcome to the Realm of the polar bear! With over 60% of the Svalbard region covered in ice, the breathtakingly beautiful icebergs and glaciers of the Svalbard Archipelago will not disappoint....

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$11,500
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In the Wake of Vikings

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9 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic, Iceland

Join Le Laperouse on this fantastic adventure starting in Reykjavik, boasting real cultural riches, particularly in contemporary art. Then discover Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the Westmann...

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$5,080
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Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast

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16 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic, Greenland, Iceland

Explore the Svalbard archipelago on this 16-day Arctic expedition cruise. See the majestic setting that the lordly polar bear freely roams. Follow in the wake of fearless explorers and colonists...

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$15,990
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A Circumnavigation of Iceland

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10 Days
Europe, Polar, Iceland

Iceland’s geology in all its manifestations is world-class: glaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty. It...

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$10,990
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Iceland Roundtrip

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10 Days
Europe, Polar, Iceland

A spectrum of natural wonders awaits you on this voyage: from the geological playground of Lake Myvatn to a glacial lagoon and recent volcanic eruptions, immerse yourself in authentic local living....

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$7,430
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Discovery of the King of the Arctic

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13 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic

Board luxurious L'Austral for this 13-day excursion through the high Arctic, visiting Norway's northernmost provinces in the Spitsbergen Archipelago. Glaciers, icebergs, fjords, and mountains...

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$15,060
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Classic Roundtrip Voyage

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12 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia

Adventure and mystery await on this 12-day small ship cruise aboard the MS Lofoten. Begin in the Norwegian city of Bergen and sail through Norway's picturesque fjords as you make your way north to...

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$2,315
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Classic Voyage North

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7 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia

Explore the stunning fjords of Norway on this 7-day expedition cruise. Begin in Bergen and make your way north, cruising through remote fjords, stopping in pristine coastal villages, and navigating...

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$1,479
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Wild Norway and Svalbard

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15 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic

Set sail from Norway to Svalbard on this 15-day Arctic voyage. Cruise through pristine landscapes and encounter the unique wildlife which calls the region home. Journey into remote fjords and bask in...

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$11,980
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Norway Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

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15 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic

“The land divides us, the sea unites", Norwegians have said for centuries. The sea here carves a 1,100-mile-long coastline (longer than the U.S. west coast) and on this 16-day expedition explore...

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$17,840
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Iberian Shores

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9 Days
Europe, Spain, France, Italy, Mediterranean

Embark in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, located on the banks of the Tagus River. As soon as you arrive in the port, you can admire two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, the Monastery of the...

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$4,650
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Glories of Spain & Portugal

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8 Days
Europe, Spain, Mediterranean

Experience the glories of Spain & Portugal on this 8-day cruise and admire the beauty and authentic charm of the old continent. Visit the picturesque city of Monchique, nested between two hills,...

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$2,390
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Mediterranean: Barcelona to Nice

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6 Days
Europe, Spain, France, Mediterranean

There is so much to savor on this fabulous voyage, starting with the surreal architecture and simply amazing cuisine of Barcelona to the enchanting city of Nice. Don't miss all the incredible places...

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$3,495
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Canary Islands: Las Palmas Round-trip

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5 Days
Europe, Spain

Swap a gray autumn for a slice of Canary sun. Enjoy an authentic windjammer experience for true sailing fans on this unique round-trip 5-day cruise along the Canary Islands. Starting and ending in...

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$2,795
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Chopin and the Music of Spain

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8 Days
Europe, Spain, France, Italy, Mediterranean

Embark on a musical cruise in tribute to Chopin run in partnership with Radio Classique. From Civitavecchia, Le Lapérouse sails to the Balearic Islands and makes a first stop in Menorca. The...

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$4,230
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Mediterranean: Nice - Malaga

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8 Days
Europe, Spain, France, Mediterranean

Fall in love with the beautiful Mediterranean on this once-in-a-lifetime 8-day voyage. Join Sea Cloud II on its 8-day sailing adventure to explore the Mediterranean's best locations that start from...

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$4,855
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Balearic Islands & Corsica

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8 Days
Caribbean, Europe, Spain, France, Italy, Mediterranean

Starting at the delightful port of Malaga, this incredible sailing expedition takes you to some of the most important and historic towns of the Balearic Islands and the charming island of Corsica....

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$1,880
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Morocco & Canary Islands

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9 Days
Europe, Spain, Africa

Enjoy a cultural kaleidoscope on this amazing 9-day cruise that offers the best opportunity to discover breathtaking imperial cities in Morocco and the Canaries’ artistic side. Board the Star Flyer...

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$1,925
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Grand Voyage: Spain, Morocco, and Portugal

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13 Days
Europe, Spain, Mediterranean, Africa

Enjoy the charm of the Mediterranean on this unique sailing voyage aboard the Royal Clipper. Visit Puerto Banus, a beautiful Mediterranean playground of white-washed buildings and a marina filled...

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$3,030
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Mediterranean: Barcelona to Valencia

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8 Days
Europe, Spain, Mediterranean

Starting with some of the artistic treasures in the Picasso Museum or the Joan Miró Foundation, discover Barcelona, the capital of Catalan Art Nouveau with its glory epitomized in the spectacular...

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$5,155
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Italy, Corsica & French Riviera

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8 Days
Europe, France, Italy, Mediterranean

Spend eight days sailing from Rome to Cannes aboard the tall ship the Royal Clipper. Welcome to the French Riviera, aka Côte d'Azur! The southeast coast of France is sprinkled with some of the world’...

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$1,845
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Amalfi & Sicily

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8 Days
Europe, Italy, Mediterranean

Idyllic islands, charming cobbled villages, spectacular scenery, intriguing history... capture the heart of the Mediterranean in a single cruise voyage. Each small harbor is especially suited for...

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$1,845
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Adriatic Odyssey

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8 Days
Europe, Croatia, Mediterranean

Delight yourself with the harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonders of the Ionian and of the Adriatic...

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$2,350
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From the Canals of Venice to the Stones of Athens

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8 Days
Europe, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Mediterranean

From Corinth to Athens, sail in the footsteps of the Greek Gods and discover their most remarkable legends as well as their sumptuous dedicated temples. Discover the heart of the Cyclades, a string...

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$3,840
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Discovery Of Dalmatian Shores

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9 Days
Europe, Croatia, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Mediterranean

During this 9-day cruise, Le Lyrial takes you to Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Italy. From Athens, sail to the small island of Hydra, where it is only possible to get...

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$4,664
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Croatia & Slovenia

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4 Days
Europe, Croatia, Italy, Mediterranean

Enjoy a 4-day sailing adventure aboard Star Flyer where the route takes you around Croatia and Slovenia's finest places. Start and end your trip at the heart of Italy while visiting Rovinj and Piran...

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$730
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In the Heart of the Adriatic

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9 Days
Europe, Croatia, Italy, Mediterranean

From Italy to Croatia, this incredible 9 days voyage takes you across the stunning Adriatic waters aboard Le Lyrial. Discover Montenegro by sailing through the famous...

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$4,664
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Croatia & Montenegro

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8 Days
Europe, Croatia, Italy, Mediterranean

Starting in the enchanting city of Venice, this exceptional adventure takes you on an exploration of the magical Dalmatian Coast. Visit Dubrovnik, a treasure by any measure made more precious by its...

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$1,690
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Mediterranean: Venice to Dubrovnik

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8 Days
Europe, Croatia, Italy, Mediterranean

Enjoy the best of the culture, traditions, and monuments that make the Mediterranean coast one of the most visited destinations in the world! Experience spectacular panoramic views and taste the most...

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$5,095
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The Best of Croatia

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8 Days
Europe, Croatia, Italy, Mediterranean

From Venice, set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures on this 8-day voyage. Le Lyrial slips effortlessly through the turquoise Adriatic Sea, wending her way between necklaces of islands...

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$5,150
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Classical Greece

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8 Days
Europe, Greece, Mediterranean

Discover Greece at its best on this 8-day cruise on the M/Y Callisto. Enjoy a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery....

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$2,990
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Splendors of the Western Mediterranean

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8 Days
Europe, Greece, Mediterranean

Join Le Laperouse on a fantastic Mediterranean cruise and explore the wonders of the historical region while you visit some of the most famous local ports. Admire beautiful Catania, whose Late...

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$4,070
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Greece, Montenegro & Croatia

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11 Days
Europe, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Mediterranean

Love is always in the air in Venice. Start your 11-day tall ship adventure gliding in a gondola down the Grand Canal. Explore Hvar, idyllically located just off the Dalmatian Coast. The island and...

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$2,290
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Under Sail: Greece and the Dalmatian Coast

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11 Days
Europe, Croatia, Greece, Mediterranean

Visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites in one remarkable small ship voyage on the Sea Cloud. Discover Albania, cut off from the modern world for decades, and revel in its historic sites. Explore the...

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$12,690
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Southern Cyclades

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8 Days
Europe, Greece, Mediterranean

The Star Flyer brings you closer to unique island cultures, ancient treasures, and the breathtaking beaches of Greece on a spectacular 8-day cruise. History-lovers can seek out ruins, both ancient...

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$1,690
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Eastern Mediterranean - Thessaloniki to Piraeus

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8 Days
Europe, Greece, Mediterranean

Treat yourself on an 8-day cruise aboard Sea Cloud that sails around Aegean Sea from Thessaloniki to Piraeus. Visit several beaches that offer fine white sand and enjoy the breathtaking view of the...

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$5,095
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Sailing the Greek Islands

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8 Days
Europe, Greece, Mediterranean

While there are many ways to tour the Greek Isles, exploring aboard an authentic tall ship on a Greece small ship cruise offers an unrivaled experience and guarantees an in-depth encounter with all...

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$9,490
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Classical Greece

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8 Days
Europe, Greece, Mediterranean

Classical Greece shows Greece at its best: the beautiful white-washed Cycladic Islands of Santorini and Mykonos, Crete - the largest and southern-most Greek Island, and the Peloponnese with...

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$2,990
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Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland & Svalbard, 14 Days, Ocean Adventurer

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14 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic, Greenland, Iceland

Named as one of the “50 Tours of a Lifetime” by National Geographic this three country expedition is an extraordinary adventure that one has to experience to truly appreciate. The travelers will see...

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$10,200
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Svalbard – Spitsbergen In-Depth - Days: 13– Ocean Adventurer

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13 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic

Spitsbergen is Norway’s largest island and the amazing sceneries across the area will help you enjoy the best expedition of your life. This voyage is designed to make you live experiences that will...

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$10,400
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Svalbard – Spitsbergen Explorer - Days: 12 – Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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11 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic

The most tremendous adventures and scenic beauties await you at the Spitsbergen and Svalbard archipelago. You have the chance of viewing a wide diversity of birds and wildlife. The northernmost...

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$7,795
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Newland To Iceland

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14 Days
North America, Canada, Europe, Polar, Arctic, Iceland

This trip will take you to a route that would go along the shoreline of Newland while giving you a taste of the sites that have been declared a part of the World Heritage by UNESCO in Canada to take...

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$4,837
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Svalbard Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic, 11 Days, Ocean Nova

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11 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic

An 11 day long trip to the Arctic for exploring the Wildlife of Spitsbergen. The island has amazing scenery along with a great wildlife. There are polar bears and also the rare walrus. Svalbard...

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$8,600
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Svalbard – Spitsbergen Encounter, 10 Days, Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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10 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic

Spitsbergen and Svalbard archipelago are dream destinations for wildlife and birdlife enthusiasts. Thanks to the expert guides, you will also get the most informative lesson on glaciology. The region...

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$5,895
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Svalbard – Spitsbergen Polar Bear Expedition, 9 Days, Ocean Nova

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9 Days
Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Polar, Arctic

Polar bears, reindeer, and walruses will be your first sight on this beautiful Norwegian island. Svalbard archipelago lies above the arctic circle, at the north of Norway. The location makes it a...

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