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If you want to get away with a small group of friends, yearn to escape from well-travelled holiday routes or simply prefer the atmosphere of smaller, quieter tours, a small-cruise ship could be exactly what you need.

Board a ship small enough to slip into tiny harbours as you explore the undiscovered corners of your chosen destination. Cruise through warm, blue waters to stunning beaches and beautiful ports, and make the most of opportunities to discover idyllic, hidden coves often inaccessible on bigger ships.

Despite its size, you'll find there's plenty to do on a small ship. Swim from the boat into idyllic bays, snorkel in perfectly clear waters, feel the breeze while relaxing on deck and step ashore to visit wonderful ports and harbours. Enjoy the serenity of days at sea in the sunshine, sample local cuisines and take in the scenery as you arrive at each new port. Watch the crew land a fish and have it on your plate minutes later, spend relaxed evenings socialising with the your fellow passengers and the crew, and perhaps witness a dolphin racing alongside the boat in the early-morning sunlight.

Whether your small-ship cruise takes you to the coasts and islands of Croatia and Dalmatia, around Kefalonia and the Ionian Islands on the west coast of Greece or into the Aegean on board a Turkish gulet, it's sure to be a unique and relaxing holiday.

Book a small-ship cruise with Newmarket Holidays, and embark on a big adventure on a small ship.

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Our award-winning collection of holidays covers all seven continents, with carefully planned itineraries ranging from rail journeys and river cruises.

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Our booking policy means we offer the best flexibility options for those who travel with us. We were even awarded Green in the Which? Holiday Checker.

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From ancient wineries in the Caucasus Mountains to the cities of the Far East, we offer holidays bursting with curated itineraries to timeless and on-trend destinations.


We are delighted by the 56 British Travel Awards we have won over the past decade. These awards have been a much-appreciated recognition of what we love doing.

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We believe the travel industry has a responsibility to care for the planet and its people. On our tours, we strive to minimise our impact on the environment and local communities.

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