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Expedition cruises are destination-based journeys that take you into some of the world's most exciting and remote locales. Popular voyages include Darwin's Galapagos Islands, where you'll meet golden-brown iguanas and magnificent frigate birds, and Papua New Guinea, where you'll learn about local cultures and exchange gifts with tribes. See penguins in Antarctica and polar bears in the Arctic or witness the rugged beauty of Australia's Kimberley region.

Expedition cruises include onboard meals and accommodations on ships ranging from the luxurious with a full array of comforts to basic vessels with limited facilities and amenities. Onboard naturalists accompany many voyages, and these experts lead shore excursions and offer lectures about the places visited.

An expedition cruise is a world away from ordinary cruising. From exotic wildlife and enchanting natural wonders to primitive cultures and ancient societies, expedition cruising shows you a side of the world you've never seen before and will never forget.

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  • Very Important Traveler Discount! Past Trafalgar guests save an additional 5% off the price shown for select vacations. Click here for eligible departures.
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Expedition cruises are rated according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered. The vacations below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any vacation name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

Vacation Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality*  

Expedition Cruises - Africa
The Seychelles By Small Ship 11 Mahe, Seychelles  Mahe, Seychelles  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Seychelles and Aldabra Atoll 14 Victoria, Seychelles  Victoria, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Essential Seychelles 9 Victoria, Seychelles  Victoria, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Canary Islands and Cape Verde (Gastronomy Cruise) 10 Lisbon, Portugal  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Napoleon Cruise (16 Day) 16 Walvis Bay, Namibia  Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 14 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands 2021 18 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Classic Antarctica 2020-2021 13 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Holiday Voyage: Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands 20 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands Cruise: Photography & Exploration 2022 18 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruise to Antarctica - 12 Day Adventure 12 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 123 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise 15 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea 24 Montreal, Canada  Anchorage, AK  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Northeast Passage: Across the Russian Arctic with Geoffrey Kent 2021 26 Oslo, Norway  Nome, AK  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Arctic Highlights 15 Longyearbyen, Norway  Reykjavik, Iceland  G Adventure First Class Dates and Prices
Realm of the Polar Bear 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 89 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Maldives Dhoni Explorer 7 Male, Maldives  Male, Maldives  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Secrets of the Malay Archipelago (Manila - Darwin) 14 Manila, Philippines  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between India and Asia (Colombo - Singapore) 14 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Singapore, Singapore  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago (Singapore - Darwin) 12 Singapore, Singapore  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Japan (Osaka - Maizuru) 9 Osaka, Japan  Maizuru, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 27 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Taste of Tasmania (Basix) 6 Hobart, Australia  Hobart, Australia  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
The Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition (Auckland - Dunedin) 15 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition (Auckland - Lyttelton) 15 Auckland, New Zealand  Lyttleton, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Dunedin (South Island) 11 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Dundein (South Island) to Dundein (South Island) 15 Dunedin, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
Cruising the Greek Isles 10 Athens, Greece  Athens, Greece  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Italy Cruise: Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice 13 Florence, Italy  Venice, Italy  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Turkish Sailing 8 Bodrum, Turkey  Bodrum, Turkey  Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
Croatia Island Sail (Start Split, End Split) 8 Split, Croatia  Split, Croatia  Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
The Islands of Dalmatia Cruise (Trogir to Dubrovnik) 8 Trogir, Croatia  Dubrovnik, Croatia  Emerald Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 55 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
The Levant, Egypt and the Red Sea 9 Antalya, Turkey  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Wonders of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea 13 Valletta, Malta  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Persian Gulf (Muscat - Dubai) 9 Muscat, Oman  Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Persian Gulf (Dubai - Muscat) 9 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Muscat, Oman  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Athens (Piraeus) to Dubai 18 Athens, Greece  Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 8 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific (Easter Island to Papeete) 20 Santiago, Chile  Papeete, Tahiti  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Polynesia: The Austral Islands & Bora Bora 10 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of Polynesia 10 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Easter Island to Papeete (Tahiti) (Itinerary B) 15 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Valparaiso to Papeete (Tahiti) 2021 23 Valparaíso, Chile  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - South America
Family Galápagos 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Galápagos Wildlife Adventure 9 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Guayaquil, Ecuador  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Western Galapagos Cruise + Quito 10 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Northern Galapagos Cruise + Quito 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Eastern Galapagos Cruise + Quito 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 180 South America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Transatlantic Voyage from Miami to Lisbon 15 Miami, FL  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
A Viking Voyage: The Arctic to America 2021 19 Dublin, Ireland  Boston, MA  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Voyage of Discovery 2021 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Viking Voyage 2021 29 Bergen, Norway  Boston, MA  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Voyage of Discovery 2022 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Transatlantic expedition cruises


* Key to Quality Ratings

These vacations are classified according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered.

Budget = Budget vacations that typically range from $50 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
First Class = First class vacations that typically range from $80 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
Deluxe = Deluxe vacations that typically range from $200 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.