Sometimes the best way to see a country’s true colours is to travel along its rivers or coastline by boat. Watch the destination reveal itself through the windows, stopping off to get up close to the cultures, history and wildlife.
From expedition cruising in the Arctic to chartering a private yacht in the Mediterranean, getting out on the water really does give you a totally unique perspective on a new destination. In fact, some of the most remote and stunning parts of the world are only reachable by boat. With that in mind, we've picked out a few of our favorite vessels on which to explore the world's waters. This is just a snapshot of what we can offer, so if there's somewhere else you want to set sail, touch base with our experts and let us craft you the boating adventure that you've been dreaming off.
The journey is an integral part of the adventure. You could explore of the Galapagos Islands by catamaran, cruise to remote coral reefs in Belize, sail down the Amazon river in a luxury boat, or cruise the Mekong from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City. We've cherry-picked the best boats journeys and have plenty of ideas to help you stop and unwind before or after the journey, too.
Set sail for shimmering new horizons on a modern breed of ship that’s setting the bar in luxury travel. From the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, cruising just got personal with six-star facilities, spacious suites, butler service and gourmet dining. They even have mega toys like zodiac boats and two-man subs. Your key to the world, ocean cruising hasn’t just recaptured the spirit of its glamorous heyday, it’s elevated it to art form.
If unparalleled luxury, privacy and freedom are high on your holiday checklist, a sailing adventure aboard an exclusive yacht charter will tick all these boxes and more. Offering the flexibility to choose your route and create your own itinerary, you’ll be able to explore hidden bays and secret beaches in the utmost style.
Discover a secret side to an iconic destination on a relaxing river cruise. Drift by villages and vineyards, glimpse an authentic rural life and those hidden gems that pass many others by. Whether you want to explore the waters of the mighty Amazon or sample the local delicacies of the Champagne region, we’ll find the perfect barge or river cruise for you.
For those looking for the opulence and exclusivity of a luxury resort but without the traditional formalities of cruising, Explora II heralds a new era in glamorous ocean travel, with a positive and forward-focused commitment to sustainability.
Origin,Theory & Evolve
Origin, Theory & Evolve are the most comfortable premium-class yachts operating in the Galapagos, combining modern sophistication with quality guiding and accommodating just 20 guests each. They are all members of Relais & Chateaux.
United States of America
For those looking for the opulence and exclusivity of a luxury resort but without the traditional formalities of cruising, Explora I heralds a new era in glamorous ocean travel, with a positive and forward-focused commitment to sustainability.
Silversea Silver Muse
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, United States of America
Let the frozen landscapes of Alaska's Inside Passage overwhelm your senses with a cruise on board the luxurious Silver Muse, where elegant suites and an extensive range of facilities go hand in hand with faultless service and unforgettable excursions.
The Finch Bay Eco Hotel
A charming eco-friendly retreat, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel is located just steps away from the beach on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, surrounded by fascinating flora and fauna. It works well as an alternative to a cruise or as a beach stay afterwards.
The Oberoi Zahra
The Oberoi Zahra is the finest and most luxurious ship operating on the Nile. The leisurely 7-night cruise gives the perfect balance between sightseeing and relaxation – with on board spa treatments that pamper you like a Pharaoh.
Silversea Silver Origin
One of the most luxurious expedition ships to cruise the Galapagos Islands, the Silver Origin ensures Silversea level service in one of South America's most iconic wildlife destinations, guaranteeing an unforgettable and comfortable cruise experience.
Greg Mortimer Antarctica
Built to world-class polar standards, the Greg Mortimer is an exciting new addition to our Antarctica portfolio, boasting excellent safety features, innovative tech, flexible itineraries including fly-sail options and a range of activities.
Greg Mortimer Arctic
Built to world-class polar standards, the Greg Mortimer is an exciting new addition to our Arctic portfolio, boasting excellent safety features, innovative tech, flexible itineraries including fly-sail options and a range of activities.
Silversea Silver Explorer
Discover Antarctica in absolute comfort and style with Silversea's premium expedition ship, Silver Explorer. Travel on this ice-strengthened vessel around the Antarctic Peninsula, accompanied by specialist guides.
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangtze River & Shanghai
This classic itinerary provides a brilliant introduction to China, from the almighty Great Wall of China to the fascinating Terracotta Army. During your trip you’ll visit all the key highlight destinations including Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai with private guiding throughout to ensure you make the most out of your adventure, uncovering the...
GBP £8,800 pp
Scotland in Ultimate Luxury
Edinburgh, Belmond Royal Scotsman, Gleneagles
This memorable once-in-a-lifetime adventure is the ultimate was to explore the Scottish Highlands in luxury style. The Belmond Royal Scotsman offers simply outstanding personal service, fine dining, sumptuous comfort and the companionable atmosphere of a country house hotel as you glide past glens, castles and heather-clad mountains in the...
GBP £8,700 pp
Extraordinary Antarctica: Cross the Polar Circle
Santiago, Punta Arenas, Antarctica, Punta Arenas, Santiago
Whilst more and more adventurers are setting their sights on Antarctica, few make it to 66°33’ S and cross the Antarctic Circle. Those who do are treated to a world of pristine sea ice, the abandoned signs of human activity now frozen in time and absolute silence. The itinerary we showcase below offers guests the chance to fly over the Drake...
GBP £15,600 pp
Epic Bali and Lombok
Ubud, Lombok and Seminyak
Fancy an exciting break to Indonesia? This little trip packs a mighty punch and is perfect for couples looking for a mild dose of culture, varied scenery, plenty of excitement and wild adventure, tropical sun and a few lively beach bars for good measure! All this whilst staying at luxury boutique properties and stylish villas…what’s not to like?
GBP £5,300 pp
Epic Laos and Northern Thailand
Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Bangkok
Explore glistening temples and bustling night markets, meet gracious saffron robbed monks and head into the jungle to hang out with Asia’s most famous and largest inhabitants! Take a river cruise down the mighty Mekong and shop ‘til you drop in buzzing Bangkok. This is an unforgettable adventure, made even more special by our choice of excellent...
GBP £6,200 pp
Family Fun in Egypt
Cairo, Luxor, Nile River, Aswan, & Sharm El Sheikh
Dive into the rich history and fascinating culture of Egypt on this epic family journey, sparking the imagination of budding archaeologists and adventurous teens. Step back in time as you explore the legendary tomb of Tutankhamun, live like a pharaoh as you cruise down the Nile and head to the Sinai Peninsula for magical underwater adventures.
GBP £7,100 pp
Family Fun in Malaysia and Borneo
Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Kuala Lumpur & Langkawi
Ideal suited for families with older children this enticing itinerary will see you uncover the very best of what Borneo has to offer. From exhilarating water sports off Sabah’s coastline to peaceful river cruises along the Kinabatangan River in search of orangutans and proboscis monkeys. The whole family will enjoy exploring our top picks for...
GBP £6,600 pp
Family Fun in Myanmar
Yangon, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Yandabo, Bagan & Ngapali
Take the family on a truly epic adventure through Myanmar with this brilliant itinerary, designed specially with teenagers in mind. Trek through remote villages to meet tribal hill people, feed elephants, cycle through Bagan, meet Buddhist Monks collecting alms, take a private cruise on the Irrawaddy and to finish it all off, enjoy some fantastic...
GBP £5,300 pp
Family Fun in Tanzania
Selous, Stone Town & Zanzibar Beach
Journey to Tanzania for an activity filled exploration of the lesser visited Selous Game Reserve. This hidden gem in the south is ideal for intrepid families, due to its offering of immersive safari activities. After an exhilarating wildlife experience, fly over to the island of Zanzibar and delve into the enthralling culture of Stone Town, before...
GBP £7,400 pp
Ultimate Cruise Patagonia
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine & Santiago
Voyage through unimaginable Patagonian scenery on this two-week adventure, taking in Buenos Aires and Santiago, coming up close to the outstanding Perito Moreno glacier, cruising the fjords and glaciers of southern Patagonia and trekking in the shadow of the iconic Torres del Paine massif.
GBP £10,700 pp
Cruise holiday guides and inspiration
A Guide to Luxury Halong Bay Cruises in Vietnam
Halong Bay’s lush emerald waters, filled with limestone towers and thousands of islands and islets, is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. Best seen from the comfort of a luxury cruise, this UNESCO World Heritage site is an unforgettable experience.