Italy

Crisscrossed by canals that are lined with Gothic and Renaissance architecture, Italy is one of Europe’s most romantic countries. Experience a small ship cruise along the Adriatic Sea to discover Italy’s charming bridges and world-renowned art museums, as well as the island of Murano where glass works have been crafted for centuries. Be slowly propelled along the canals on a gondola ride while soaking up the distinct charm and intoxicating history of the legendary port towns and cities of Italy. Combine your Italian small ship cruise with a visit to the across the Adriatic Sea to Greece and Croatia to explore the stunning Dalmatian Coast. Contact one of our Europe experts today to create a small ship cruise itinerary for your Italy escape.

Top 5 Small Ships in Italy

Le Lyrial

Part of the Ponant fleet, Le Lyrial embodies the subtle fusion of elegance, intimacy and French sophistication. Her interior design features a palette of blues inspired by the waters of the...

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Royal Clipper

Inspired by the German tall ship Preussen, the Royal Clipper is one of the largest sailing ships in Europe, with 42 sails that boast a combined area of 56,000 square feet. She’s equipped with...

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Star Flyer

Paired with the Star Clipper, the Star Flyer is a modern sailing vessel with the capacity for 170 guests in pampered comfort. It offers spacious accommodation, expansive teak decks and polished...

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All Italy Small Ship Cruises

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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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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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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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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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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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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