In Croatia for example you could cruise in a traditional boat (a hand-crafted ‘old-timer’) between the myriad islands and peninsulas of the Dalmatian Coast, stopping to appreciate the historical sites of Dubrovnik, Split and Korcula en route but also enjoying bike rides across islands, walks to castles or viewpoints and sea-kayak excursions around the rocky coastline. At the end of each active and exciting day you can return to your boat to rest and relax while the boat sails on, or perhaps drops anchor in a quiet cove so you can swim or snorkel from the boat.
Being based on a small boats which are normally chartered exclusively for the Explore group makes this style of holiday informal, relaxed and flexible. Small boat journeys are a very different experience from cruising on large ships, where the sheer logistics of managing hundreds of people at mealtimes and on shore excursions can make the holiday feel busy and inflexible.
Whether you’re tempted by the picturesque harbour villages of the Greek Islands, the history-rich Turquoise Coast in Turkey or the pristine, clear water of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, try a boat journey to experience a holiday with adventure, activity and relaxation in equal measure.