Slow Down to Sail the World

Just as biking or walking attunes you to the topography of a region in a very intimate way—you won’t forget cresting that hill—travelling by waterways sets into motion different revelations, not least of them the dazzling imprint of a city or landscape cut from an entirely different perspective.

We’ve always appreciated what slowing down can do to your sense of discovery, and a boat perfectly manifests that pace. Whether you’re winding downstream on the Rhine River, lapping at the shores of Darwin’s greatest discoveries, sedately taking in the historic Mekong (the heartbeat of southeast Asia) or just getting a little distance from the summer crowds in Europe.

Scroll down to browse through our collection of boat-based trips designed to let you chart—or charter—your course.

Mekong River Biking Private

Cambodia and Vietnam: a magical combination in Southeast Asia. Being your journey in Cambodia in Phnom Penh, the animated capital with a turbulent yet fascinating past. Then, it’s on to Vietnam, where floating markets and the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City are certain to tantalize your senses. Float down the Mekong River on the luxurious Aqua Mekong, exploring the waterway’s diversity of life and classic visions of Vietnam: rice paddies, water buffalo, sampans, temples and countless smiling locals.

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Dalmatian Coast Biking

Here, the road less traveled means rolling island roads, hushed inlets, and secluded beaches. With our glorious private yacht as a floating hotel, we ride spectacular coastal roads. Others hop from hotel to hotel, but we only unpack once.

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Ecuador & Galapagos By Sea Private

From colonial Quito, head to the natural splendour of the Galapagos Islands – a modern-day Eden with an unmatched trove of exotic endemic wildlife. Here, you will spot sea lions sharing the beach with marine iguanas, explore ancient volcanic tunnels and, yes, cross paths with giant tortoises. This inimitable adventure is sure to provide you and your family with memories to treasure.

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Danube River Cruise Biking

Should you float down the Danube or bike along it? Why not have your Gerbeaud cake and eat it too? Gawk at towering castles from the deck of our world-class Signature Ship one day, cycle the pretty riverbank the next. Our top-notch local guides (hello Jeanette, Silvia, Martin, and Judith!) lead you on show-stopping tours of local culture and cuisine. Pop into castles, towns and abbeys. Win/win/win.

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Rhine River Cruise Biking

Thanks to our friends at Uniworld and their splendid ship, the S.S Antoinette, you only have to unpack once as you explore Germany, Switzerland, France and The Nederlands in style and comfort. Live the river from both bike and ship as you take in stately cities, towering castles, terraced wine regions, and historic battle sites along one of Europe’s most iconic waterways.

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Dalmatian Coast By Sea Private

Experience the Dalmatian Coast the way it was created: by sea. Hop off our small luxury yacht to pedal the countryside, poke into breathtaking fortresses and coves, and taste the island’s best wines in the winemaker’s own home. Explore red-roofed, stunning Dubrovnik at your own pace. Later: cool your jets in the crystal-clear Adriatic, and soak up a sunset from the back deck on Hvar.

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Rhone River Cruise Biking

Why unpack luggage each day when you could be unpacking the best of Provence and Burgundy? Cruise the Rhône aboard a Uniworld river ship and go overboard (in a good way): savour exceptional cuisine, the vineyards of Beaujolais, a tour of Arles, and a cooking class at Paul Bocuse. Cruising with bikes in tow? Vive la différence!

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Slow down to see the world