Adventure Cruising Tours


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 small-ship cruising tours span the globe, from the Galapagos Islands to Antarctica and the Arctic, and offer a unique way to experience the world. 

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The MT Sobek Experience


For more than 50 years, MT Sobek has journeyed to the ends of the earth—adventure cruising on small vessels to the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon rainforest, Alaska’s Glacier Bay, and the frozen reaches of Antarctica and the Arctic Circle. Our nautical adventures started in 1970 when we organized the first-ever sailing cruise to the Galápagos Islands for the Sierra Club. Today we continue to cruise in an intimate, expedition-like way.

Expert Guides & Crews

Our adventure cruises are led by specially trained local expert guides, who will immerse you in the natural world. Your highly skilled captain and onboard crew will create a safe and comfortable cruise experience, and attend to your needs. Together, the team will ensure that you have a magical adventure of a lifetime in some of the world’s most spectacular destinations.

Galapagos Cruising

In the Galapagos we cruise aboard comfortable and luxury small ships and catamarans with a maximum of 16 passengers. Small groups mean more time snorkeling with sea lions, photographing blue-footed boobies, and exploring island trails, and less time waiting to go ashore. And for the ultimate private Galapagos experience, you can even charter an entire yacht or catamaran—a great option for family and friend groups.

Polar Cruising

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.

Small Ships

Over the years, we’ve found that adventure cruising aboard a 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!

What Our Guests Say

It’s true that our guests say it best! Read what adventurers like you are saying about MT Sobek’s Adventure Cruising trips, from the expert guides to special moments in nature. “First class all the way. Excellent service. Outstanding food. An exceptionally educated guide. Crew–all willing and eager to accommodate the traveler’s needs.” John D. MT Sobek Guest, Galapagos Adventure Cruise

Award-Winning Trips

Over the years, we’re proud that our itineraries have been honored as “Tour of a Lifetime” and “World’s Best.” Most recently MT Sobek was voted Best Adventure Travel Company by the readers of USA Today.

We Are Committed to Conservation


MT Sobek is proud to work with local guides and outfitters around the globe who are committed to following Leave No Trace principles and exploring the outdoors responsibly. Everywhere we go, we seek to drive awareness of fragile ecosystems to help support their long-term sustainability.

Plan Your Trip


Small-ship cruising adventures are among the most exciting on the planet and our goal is to make it easy to find the perfect itinerary for your skill level. Here’s a handy guide from our trusted team of adventure experts.

Choose Your Adventure

Our adventure cruising tours are easy and easy-to-moderate Level 1 & 2 adventures, mostly between 7 and 11 days in length. Choose from small-ship adventure cruises in the Galapagos, Alaska, and Patagonia, or bucket-list polar expeditions in Antarctica and the Arctic.

Choose Your Style

As well as scheduled group departures, we can also accommodate private groups for a personalized adventure. Call us on 800-974-0300 to find out more about our private adventures.

Choose Your Dates

Our adventure cruising tours span the globe, so it’s easy to find a great adventure at any time of the year! Our popular Galapagos adventures operate in most months between February and December. We travel to the Arctic when it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere and to Antarctica when it’s winter (November to March).

Ask an Expert


We want you to have the best adventure, so don’t hesitate to call our expert team of adventure specialists at 800-974-0300 to learn more. Or click the button to use our online contact form.