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Boat Journeys in Europe

  • Boat Journeys in Europe

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Surrounded by some of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere, and criss-crossed by several of the world’s greatest rivers, Europe offers many opportunities for inspiring boat journeys. From the warm waters of the Mediterranean to Norway’s icy fjords, and across all the major rivers and lakes of the continent, boats have formed an integral part of Europe’s history and development.

Holidays based on small, privately chartered boats are often regarded as offering a perfect combination of activity, adventure, discovery and relaxation. You can enjoy shore excursions, exploring the shore on foot, by bicycle or perhaps discovering the local history and culture, then return to your vessel to relax as you continue your journey, often following a beautiful coastline.

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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. 

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