Some destinations are just meant to be explored by boat. Think the Greek Islands, Vietnam's Halong Bay, or the Mekong Delta for starters. Small-boat journeys provide an intimate view of such destinations, offering access to under-the-radar communities and places where there are few, if any roads. Such trips often include being treated to an up-close view of nature and wildlife, as well as exposure to the rhythms of everyday life that would otherwise be missed. And perhaps most importantly, many boat trips also offer a level of adventure that tour buses and big cruises just can't provide. (Note: Prices and availability are subject to change.)
Sailing around the Greek Islands is a travel experience of a lifetime, between the Mediterranean waters, the stunning whitewashed towns, and ancient ruins everywhere you turn. And then there's the food -- fresh-caught fish, Greek olives, feta cheese ... it's a journey you'll never want to end. The adventure-travel company Intrepid offers a 10-day boat trip that begins and ends at one of the most famous Greek Islands, Santorini, and takes a maximum of 11 travelers on a yacht to island hop through the Cyclades, stopping at Amorgos, Noxos, Syros, and more. There'll also be plenty of time to swim off the side of the boat and feast on fresh seafood at sleepy waterfront tavernas. Prices start at $1,233.