Red flowers on whitewashed Mukonos street, with cobblestones & stairs leading past 2-story buildings.
Looking up at a 3-tiered set of church bells amongst white pillars, seen on the At The Heart of The Greek Islands voyage.
Aerial view of a whitewashed town sitting on a mountaintop overlooking a small ship cruising on a sunny day in Greece.
Water-level view of a small island beside clear green & blue sea with a small expedition ship in the background.
Looking down on a row of ancient stone pillars sitting among ruins atop a hillside on a sunny day in Greece.
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At The Heart of The Greek Islands

Discover the cultural and natural treasures of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese islands on this 8-day voyage through the heart of the Greek islands. Choose from two itineraries and four luxury expedition ships to explore the most beautiful Greek islands of the Aegean Sea, stopping for refreshing dips in turquoise waters along the way.

Both itineraries follow a similar route, round-trip from Athens, each with a few unique visits. Highlights of both itineraries include: UNESCO World Heritage Sites the sacred island of Delos, the monastery of Saint John and the Cave of the Apocalypse in Patmos; ancient ruins, classic Greek landscapes and fantastic beaches and beautiful swimming opportunities throughout the cruise. The main At The Heart of The Greek Islands cruise specially features an exceptional sailing in the Santorini caldera and a visit to Symi, an island of cypress forests, vineyards and olive orchards, as well as a visit to Hydra with its colorful waterfront and cascading hillside dwellings.

The themed Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean – with Smithsonian Journeys itinerary features special visits to the island of Rhodes with its UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval city, plus forested interior mountains and coastal vineyards; the volcanic island of Santorini with its preserved relics of the Bronze Age and commanding views; and the city of Nafplion on the Peloponnese, revealing ancient ruins. And the themed Cruising The Mediterranean: Greece, Sicily and Malta – with Smithsonian Journeys voyage uniquely offers a Corinth Canal crossing, plus time exploring Sicily and Malta. Voyage in the Aegean and Ionian Seas for Malta’s 5,500-year-old megaliths and Hyrda’s mid-20th-century playground of the rich and famous.

On both Smithsonian itineraries, visit some of the most compelling sites in all of the Mediterranean. These Smithsonian voyages uniquely include transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world-class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the local environment and culture. Look for the themed icon in the Rates and Dates table below.

Passage is aboard 244-guest Le Lyrial or 184-guest identical sister ships Le Jacques Cartier, Le Champlain and Le Bougainville, all luxury expedition ships cruising the Mediterranean. Enjoy their elegant decor that reflects the seas in which they sail. Explore breathtaking medieval walled cities, romantic canals and magical bays off ship, then return on board Le Lyrial or Le Jacques Cartier for 5-star hotel service and a plethora of activities such as performances, culinary tastings and enriching lectures.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s small ship Mediterranean cruises and Mediterranean trips.



Itinerary

At The Heart of The Greek Islands Itinerary

The At The Heart of The Greek Islands cruise operates round-trip from Athens with visits along the Cyclades and the Dodecanese islands. This itinerary uniquely visits Patmos, Symi and Hydra.

Route map of At The Heart of The Greek Islands Cruise, operating round-trip from Athens with visits to Hydra, Folegandros, Delos, Mykonos, Amorgos, Patmos & Symi.
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Day 1
Embark Athens, Greece

The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. Be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets and where, in the evenings, the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle the taste buds. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.

Accommodations

Le Bougainville, Le Jacques Cartier, Le Lyrial

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Patmos

Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint John Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas.

Accommodations

Le Bougainville, Le Jacques Cartier, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Symi

A simply ravishing gem in the Dodecanese, Symi is located northwest of Rhodes. This island of cypress forests, vineyards and olive orchards possesses a capital city of the same name that is as colorful as the surrounding countryside. The charm of the port district of Gialos is not to be missed: its quaysides are lined with picturesque houses with multi-colored facades. Get to the upper town by car or climb the 500 steps up the Kali Strata ramp. The second option offers superb viewing points of the coast and gorgeous turquoise waters.

Accommodations

Le Bougainville, Le Jacques Cartier, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Amorgos

It’s no accident that the island of Amorgos was chosen as a shooting location for Luc Besson’s film, “The Big Blue.” Fall under the charm of this island as the ship edges closer. Amorgos is the most easterly island in the Cyclades and stands out for its rocky inlets with crystal-clear water and its small, picturesque villages. This port of call offers the chance to visit one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades, Chora, and discover its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses overlooked by a castle. Byzantine churches, windmills and courtyards brimming with flowers complete this typical tableau of timeless Greece.

Accommodations

Le Bougainville, Le Jacques Cartier, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Santorini Caldera Sailing & Folegandros

Sailing in the waters of Santorini caldera is breathtaking. The gigantic scale of the unique setting and the majesty of the high cliffs surrounding this ancient crater that was flooded in 2000 years B.C., is one of the highlights of the cruise. From the ship, the colorful whites, greys and reds of the volcanic rocks, the blue of the Aegean Sea and the immaculate perched villages, form a unique and marvelous spectacle.

Folegandros is a treasure concealed in the Cyclades archipelago. Approach this mountainous island from the southeast side of continental Greece. The blue and white houses built on a steep plateau in its main town, Chora, is a feast for the eyes. Why not climb up to the belvederes and admire the view of the Aegean and the port of Karavostasi. The jetty in Karavostasi port leads to a lovely beach where one can have fun in the turquoise water. Higher up, Ano Meria, a village surrounded by terrace farms, offers a magnificent panorama over the sea.

Accommodations

Le Bougainville, Le Jacques Cartier, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Delos & Mykonos

The legendary Cyclades island of Delos stands just a few miles southwest of Mykonos. The ceremonial solemnity of this ancient holy sanctuary will amaze. The sheer size and importance of this UNESCO World Heritage site which covers over half of the island, is thrilling in itself. From the Stoa of Antigonos, the Terrace of the Lions, to the carved marble animal statues, make discovery after discovery against a backdrop of the Aegean stretching to the horizon. The theater steps on the hillside are a particularly good place from which to enjoy the expansive view.

Nicknamed Little Venice, Mykonos is famous for its Alefkandra district where houses are built right on the water’s edge. Their multicolored loggias are emblematic of this Cyclades island, as are the pelicans and windmills. Get close up to the birds on the quaysides of the old port. Up on the hillside,see the windmill sails turning. In the cobbled streets of the pedestrian center, bougainvillea bedeck immaculate facades. Weave in and out of the little streets and snatches of coastline will undoubtedly call you to the island’s beaches, the quietest of which can be found on the northern coast.

Accommodations

Le Bougainville, Le Jacques Cartier, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Hydra

This unusual gem belonging to the Saronic islands is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbor town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multicolored caïques along the quays. Further along the shore, discover the Historical Archives Museum. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.

Accommodations

Le Bougainville, Le Jacques Cartier, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Athens, Greece

The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. Be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets and where, in the evenings, the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle the taste buds. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
181 days or more – $250
180 to 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The At The Heart of The Greek Islands cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece (ATH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your At The Heart of The Greek Islands cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and possible swim stops. Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 3 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Select departures may offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with one or two full-fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean – with Smithsonian Journeys Itinerary

The Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean – with Smithsonian Journeys cruise operates round-trip from Athens with visits along the Cyclades and the Dodecanese islands. This itinerary uniquely visits Rhodes and Nafplion, and goes ashore at Santorini.

Route map of Cruising The Greek Islands of The Southern Aegean - With Smithsonian Journeys cruise, operating round-trip from Athens with visits to Nafplion, Mykonos, Delos, Amorgos, Santorini, Patmos & Rhodes.
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Day 1
Embark Athens, Greece

The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. Be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets and where, in the evenings, the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle the taste buds. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.

Accommodations

Le Champlain, Le Jacques Cartier

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Patmos

Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint John Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas.

Accommodations

Le Champlain, Le Jacques Cartier

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Rhodes

With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites all to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the center of the island the mountains are covered in forest and on the western slopes find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St John who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Do not miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches and its large walkways, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Accommodations

Le Champlain, Le Jacques Cartier

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Santorini

The spectacular volcanic island of Santorini stands out proud in the Cyclades. Its basalt cliffs offer particularly expansive views of the Aegean. To enjoy these views, head for the capital, Fira. Its floral belvederes of bougainvillea provide a bird’s-eye view of several thousand feet of coastline. Further away, the gorgeous village of Oia looks like a stairway of blue and white houses on the slopes of the volcano. In the south of the island, visit the stunning ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient city destroyed by an eruption and covered with a thick layer of lava stone.

Accommodations

Le Champlain, Le Jacques Cartier

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Amorgos

It’s no accident that the island of Amorgos was chosen as a shooting location for Luc Besson’s film, “The Big Blue.” Fall under the charm of this island as the ship edges closer. Amorgos is the most easterly island in the Cyclades and stands out for its rocky inlets with crystal-clear water and its small, picturesque villages. This port of call offers the chance to visit one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades, Chora, and discover its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses overlooked by a castle. Byzantine churches, windmills and courtyards brimming with flowers complete this typical tableau of timeless Greece.

Accommodations

Le Champlain, Le Jacques Cartier

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Delos & Mykonos

The legendary Cyclades island of Delos stands just a few miles southwest of Mykonos. The ceremonial solemnity of this ancient holy sanctuary will amaze. The sheer size and importance of this UNESCO World Heritage site which covers over half of the island, is thrilling in itself. From the Stoa of Antigonos, the Terrace of the Lions, to the carved marble animal statues, make discovery after discovery against a backdrop of the Aegean stretching to the horizon. The theater steps on the hillside are a particularly good place from which to enjoy the expansive view.

Nicknamed Little Venice, Mykonos is famous for its Alefkandra district where houses are built right on the water’s edge. Their multicolored loggias are emblematic of this Cyclades island, as are the pelicans and windmills. Get close up to the birds on the quaysides of the old port. Up on the hillside,see the windmill sails turning. In the cobbled streets of the pedestrian center, bougainvillea bedeck immaculate facades. Weave in and out of the little streets and snatches of coastline will undoubtedly call you to the island’s beaches, the quietest of which can be found on the northern coast.

Accommodations

Le Champlain, Le Jacques Cartier

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Nafplion

The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Do not be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. Some of the must-see visits are the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

Accommodations

Le Champlain, Le Jacques Cartier

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Athens, Greece

The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. Be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets and where, in the evenings, the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle the taste buds. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
181 days or more – $250
180 to 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean – with Smithsonian Journeys cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece (ATH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean – with Smithsonian Journeys cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and possible swim stops. Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 3 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Select departures may offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with one or two full-fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Jun 08 - Jun 15, 2023
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Jul 05 - Jul 12, 2023
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Le Jacques Cartier • 8 days
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Jul 19 - Jul 26, 2023
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Jul 26 - Aug 02, 2023
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Sep 03 - Sep 10, 2023
Le Lyrial • 8 days
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Le Jacques Cartier • 8 days
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