Gloriously relaxing and evocative of a more civilised era of travel, there are few better ways to discover the ancient treasures of the Mediterranean than aboard a small ship cruise vessel, motor sailor or motor yacht. The vessels carefully selected by us here at Andante each present a yacht cruise experience, but have between 18-24 cabins and boast the ability to berth in more characterful ports of call than the mega ships can. MS Equator – exclusive to Andante Travels – explore the richly historic and splendidly scenic Dalmatian Coast and islands. The MS Galileo circumnavigates the Peloponnese from Athens, making stops at iconic sites such as Olympia and Delphi and the MV La Belle de l'Adriatique explores the islands of the Cyclades and Dodecanese.
Our Dalmatian Coast cruise and Antiquity of the Aegean include a world-class Andante Guide Lecturer, the Greek Antiquity to Byzantium cruise is guided by an excellent on-board archaeology specialist.
15 October 2022
24 June 2023
What to expect
Built in 2017, this new vessel is one of the finest flagships of the ATLAS fleet, and we would characterise the quality as equivalent to a good 4* hotel. With just 18 cabins across two accommodation decks (main and lower), the MS Equator is exclusive to Andante Travels on its 16th October 2021 sailing from Dubrovnik to Split. Elegantly furnished cabins are all outside-facing, with portholes on the lower deck and windows on the main deck, and all are equipped with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs and standard. The salon restaurant serves up delicious buffet breakfasts, four-course lunches and two dinners (a welcome dinner and a Captain’s Dinner). The sun deck boasts sunbeds as well as a jacuzzi, and WiFi is free on board.
With its classic lines and wood-panelling evoking a bygone era of travel by sea, the MS Galileo is a fully motorised yacht, but one that unfurls its majestic sails at least once every voyage. We would characterise the quality as equivalent to a good 3* hotel. 24 cabins are situated across two decks (upper and lower), each featuring porthole windows (larger on the upper deck), flat-screen TVs, individually controlled air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with showers, hairdryers, mini-fridges, and mini-safes. The 2021 cruises are full board, with all meals served in the comfortable restaurant, to which is adjoined to a bar area and small library with games store. Weather permitting, lectures given by our on-board expert may be delivered on the impressive sun deck. MS Galileo was renovated in 2016. WiFi is available at an extra cost.
MV La Belle de l’Adriatique
The MV La Belle de l’Adriatique is a premium rated ship, comparable to a 4* hotel, and sails along the maritime coasts of Croatia, Greek islands, Montenegro and Albania.
The ship comprises of 5 decks. The elegant restaurant is located on the Main Deck where all meals will be served throughout the cruise. Games, dancing and other forms of entertainment take place at the lounge bar, located at the front of the Embarkation Deck. The Upper Deck boasts a small relaxing terrace area and ‘Pianorama’ bar.
The Sun Deck provides great views of the coastline, has a bar, two jacuzzis, a large shaded area and is furnished with sunloungers.
This modern ship, renovated in 2017, is comparable to a 4* hotel, and can accommodate 197 passengers in 99 cabins spread across four decks.
MS Adriatic Queen
Constructed in 2017, the MS Adriatic Queen is 115.5 feet long and 36 feet wide. With 15 cabins, all located on the main deck, it has the capacity for 31 passengers and can reach up to 10 knots in speed. The ship is exclusive to Andante Travels on its round-trip sailing from Split and features comfortable twin and double air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms and LCD TVs, a sun deck featuring sunbeds and a jacuzzi, and the salon restaurant and bar. WiFi is free on board.
Why choose Andante Travels for your small ship cruise
Here, at Andante Travels, we share your passion for all things ancient, and we are always on the lookout for the most comfortable and characterful means of transporting you around your chosen destination. Having launched a selection of archaeology-themed river cruises, we decided to unveil a range of small ship ocean cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean. This really is the most appealing way to explore the coastlines of Croatia and Greece, areas filled with incredible historical interest and archaeological sites that are simply unrivalled. Travelling via the Mediterranean, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea, this odyssey encompasses outstanding sites while offering the relaxing appeal of a motor yacht cruise.
A very well organised programme of visits, accompanied by very professional and knowledgeable guides. Excellent information from the company. Feefo reviewer