Adventure Cruising

Explore the Ends of the Earth

There is cruising and then there is adventure cruising, where nimble boats navigate narrow waterways and anchor in remote coves, away from it all. Our adventures span the globe and offer a unique way to experience the world. Join an expedition cruise to Antarctica, sail on the Nile, snorkel along multi-colored reefs, explore by yacht on a Galapagos Islands Adventure Cruise, and experience Alaska’s Inside Passage and Glacier Bay by historic small vessel.

Over the years, we’ve found that adventure cruising aboard a nimble small ship or deluxe yacht gives our guests an intimate expedition-like experience with maximum flexibility. We can navigate narrow waterways, pull right up to private coves, and get you on shore quickly. No waiting in long lines to get off the boat and no crowds once you get on shore!



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Our Adventure Cruising Trips

The Greatest Adventure: To Save the TigerCataract Canyon Rafting: The Best of What’s NextWhy Take Kilimanjaro Western Breach RouteVisiting the Galapagos Islands in the Time of COVIDHow to Find the Perfect Adventure for Your Activity Level20 Best Hikes of 2021Best Time To Visit the Galapagos IslandsPhoto Gallery: Reflections of Patagonia7 Reasons Why You Should Hike Mont BlancMT Sobek is the #1 Adventure Travel CompanyWebinar: Embarking on a Wellness Journey in IndiaWebinar: Adventure Hour with Richard BangsWebinar: Slovenia, the Greenest Country in EuropeWebinar: Exploring Patagonia with MT SobekWebinar: Yosemite in the Footprints of John MuirWebinar: Top 12 Reasons to Visit ScotlandWebinar: Journey to Classic EgyptTop 10 Favorite Nature DocumentariesWebinar: Explore Wild BorneoWebinar: Visit the Galapagos Through the Eyes of an ExpertBooks to Spark WanderlustUpdates from the Field: Sanjay Nepal, Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa, and Pranoy & Binoy RaiPatagonia: An Unsung Wildlife DestinationUpdates from the Field: Luis Die and Manolo LazoUpdates from the Field: Sanjeev Chhetri, Rodrigo "Ro" Bahamondez, and Erik PerezUpdates from the Field: Laurent Langoisseur and Beatrice MugnierAdventure in the Great IndoorsCelebrating International Women's Day with Courtney Dunagan5 Interesting Facts About the Galapagos Islands You May Not KnowTop 4 Health Benefits of TravelWhats The Best Way To Summit KilimanjaroMaking a Difference While Traveling with MT SobekTop 18 Expert Adventure Picks for 202020 Best Hikes of a Lifetime 20205 Things You Can Expect in the Galapagos Islands in November & December5 Reasons to Visit Kakadu National ParkLand of the Incas: Adventures on the Salkantay Trail to Machu PicchuHiking with a Purpose: MT Sobek Volunteers at Yosemite Facelift 2019Top 7 Tips to Prepare for Hiking in the AlpsA Rare Look at the Ethiopian Gelada Monkey10 Reasons to Go Horse Trekking in MongoliaFree Tennessee Valley Hike with Laurent LangoisseurSpirit of Alaska Benefit Gala at San Francisco's Conservatory of FlowersThe Trip of My Dreams in the DolomitesFollow the Leader on These Essential Life-List AdventuresWhy I Love This Trip: Trekking in Chile's Lake DistrictAwestruck in Jeinimeni National ReserveWhat to Expect as a Solo Traveler on a Group AdventurePhoto Gallery: Save the TigerDiscover 7 Ways to Experience PatagoniaMy Life Enriching Journey Through NamibiaWhy I Love This Trip: Hiking New Zealand's South Island12 Reasons to Visit the Galapagos Islands50th Anniversary Party: New York50th Anniversary Party: Chicago7 Reasons Why Adventure Travel is Good for YouMT Sobek is a USA Today Readers' Choice 10Best Adventure Company50th Anniversary Guide & Leader Summit 2019Where We've Been: Brian Allen is Back from Iran12 Best New Hikes for 2020The Best Gear for Hiking in Patagonia10 Fresh Twists on Adventure Classics9 Rafting Terms to Know InfographicCelebrating National Park WeekTop 10 Reasons Why Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River Is the Best Summer AdventureAdventure Shared in MoroccoThe Unpredictability of Adventure: Denali, 1982A Cold War Climb of Mount ElbrusSteps BeyondRafting the Tatshenshini & Alsek Rivers in 1978The King of a Forbidden KingdomHoneymooning in Papua New GuineaWhy We ExploreSacred ChomolhariConnecting in North KoreaBest of Norway's Great OutdoorsGorillas of the Virunga MountainsAloft in the HimalayasThe Inca Trail with Mountain TravelWhen There's No Turning BackA Walking Meditation in SpainGoing the Distance in PatagoniaFinding Footholds in the DarknessA Life of Adventure with MT SobekMount Ararat with Sergio Fitch WatkinsFirst Descent of the Bio Bio in 1979A Moonlit Walk in JapanPainting the Fitz Roy SkylineItaly Has My HeartThe Trek that Changed My LifeThe Challenge of El Camino de SantiagoMeeting the Masai People in KenyaThe Snows of ChomolhariA Mission to Mount SalkantayMy Irrepressible Curiosity of PlaceFinding Sanctuary in BelizeDefining AdventureAn Adventure Love StoryAdventure in Japan's Kita AlpsThe Other HawaiiA Godwink on El CaminoHills of San Francisco 2019 with the Outbound CollectiveLife Changing Journeys in AfricaA Trip Through Time in EgyptUnforgettable Memories from the Bio BioSensing the HimalayaBefore You Know It, Tomorrow Will Be YesterdayKarst Landscapes of Southwest ChinaIn Search of a Thanksgiving TurkeySummer Solstice at the Center of the UniverseFinding Unexpected Treasures in IranA Walk on the Perito Moreno GlacierCamel Trekking in the SaharaRemember Who Your Driver Is50th Anniversary Party: Seattle50th Anniversary Party: Los Angeles50th Anniversary Party: OaklandWellness RevealedAdventure on the Blue NileCelebrating the New Millennium in Costa RicaTop 5 Reasons to Create Your Own Custom Adventure6 Wellness Adventures to Renew YouWhere Mountains LiveAfloat on the ApurimacMy Summit Kilimanjaro & Safari AdventureTop 10 Summer Hikes in EuropeThe Rewards of Adventure TravelMy Transformative Journey to Everest Base CampAn Inward Journey on the Tour du Mont BlancHappiness Is Not A Destination, But A Way of LifeGoing Over the Edge On Chile's Bio Bio RiverAnniversary Adventure to the Lost City of ChoquequiraoDiscovering the Lares RegionCracking the Adventure Travel CodeWhen My Parents Won a Trip to AnnapurnaUnplug & Recharge On These Top AdventuresPurisima Creek Redwoods Hike with The Outbound CollectiveMountain Travel Expedition 20,000 With Bruce Klepinger & Ang ScheringWhy the Cordillera Blanca is BestBeing Prepared on K2Lolo the Cave ManHow to Have a Gold Medal HikeThe Origins of "Sobek"11 Culture Quests for the AdventurousWhen a Buddy Helps You Make ItThe Grizzly & the GrooverFrom Trivia to TimbuktuLetting Go on the Middle Fork of the Salmon RiverThe Moon & AntarcticaSearching for Endangered Rhinos in NamibiaEpic Moments on an East African SafariTop 12 Expert Adventure Picks for 2019Rafting Cataract Canyon vs. the Grand Canyon5 Things to Know About Hut-to-Hut Hiking Tours in the DolomitesPoint Reyes Hike with The Outbound CollectiveMT Sobek Volunteers Fix Trails at Pinnacles National ParkThe Best Place in the World to Go Barefoot TrekkingTop 10 Rafting & Kayaking Adventures for 201920 Best Hikes of a Lifetime 2019MT Sobek Volunteers Clean Up at Yosemite FaceliftWhat to Expect Rafting the First Descent of Iran's Sezar RiverWhat I Learned On Our Family Safari in BotswanaIraqi Kurdistan Adventure Travel & ToursExploring Yosemite’s Sister Parks in ChinaGetting Together in the Outdoors: Tomales BayLong-Distance Adventure on the John Muir TrailTop 10 Transformational Trips2 Weeks on the Alsek RiverHow to Pack for Your AdventureEasy Sonoma Wine Country Cycle with The Outbound CollectiveTomales Bay Kayaking with The Outbound CollectiveThe Rise of Women's AdventuresHiking at AltitudeBalancing Body & MindHiking Ireland North to South: What the Guides SayHow to Organize Your Training ScheduleBuilding Strength for Your Next AdventureVisions of Glacier BayEngland's Cotswolds: Pretty as a PicturePortrait of the GalapagosPortrait of Ecuador's AmazonExplore the Wonders of BorneoPhoto Gallery of the Week: Walking JapanGuest Notes from the Silk RoadHow to Layer Up for the Trail10 Tips for Choosing and Using Trekking PolesTop 10 Training Tips for Strenuous & Ultimate Challenge HikesPhoto Bike Tour of the BalkansEngland Coast to Coast: What the Guides SayRemembering Ken LeghornGoing Solo on the VolcanoHiking France's GR20 TrailHiking the Smuggler's Trail in PatagoniaThe Sahara and Beyond: Amazing Desert AdventuresUltimate Chomolhari: Trekking to the Tiger's NestMongolia: Land of Dunes & MoonrisesPhoto Gallery Antarctica Fly & CruiseSouth Africa’s Cape WinelandsFamily Adventures in the GalapagosWhat the Alsek & Tatshenshini Rivers Mean to Me

MT Sobek has over 130 award winning trips for all levels of adventurer, these are a few of our favorite.

What Makes Our Adventure Cruising Trips Unique?


For over 50 years MT Sobek has tested the waters of the world—adventure cruising on small vessels to exotic locales like the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon rainforest, and the frozen reaches of Antarctica and the Arctic Circle.

A History of Nautical Adventure. In 1970 we organized the first ever sailing cruise to the Galápagos Islands for the Sierra Club. Then in 1989, an MT Sobek group became the first Americans (along with the first woman ever) to reach the South Pole, via ski expedition across the Antarctic continent.

Small Ships, Not Cruise Ships. Over the years, we’ve found that adventure cruising aboard a nimble small ship or deluxe yacht gives our guests an intimate expedition-like experience with maximum flexibility. We can navigate narrow waterways, pull right up to private coves, and get you on shore quickly. No waiting in long lines to get off the boat and no crowds once you get on shore!

Your Own Private Galapagos. On our Galápagos cruises, our deluxe yachts carry a maximum of 16 guests, so we spend more time snorkeling with sea lions, photographing the ubiquitous iguanas, and exploring the varied environments of the islands, and less time waiting to go ashore. And for the ultimate Galapagos experience at a time that’s best for you, you can charter an entire yacht—a great option for those who want a really special family cruise or adventure with a group of friends.

Explore the Ends of the Earth. In the Arctic and Antarctica, where it’s harder to travel and conditions can be much rougher, the ships are larger and more stable. But our polar cruise ships still hold fewer than 150 guests, far fewer than even the smallest cruise line can boast. And each is equipped with a fleet of quiet, nimble, and lightning fast Zodiac boats to whisk everyone ashore as quickly as possible.