Small Group Adventure Cruises

New cruise offerings explore hard-to-reach locales without skimping on luxury.

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THE TRIP: The Australian outfit offers a few fantastic India itineraries, from a 29-day voyage that includes eight nights in Sri Lanka, to a shorter but no less breathtaking weeklong trip through the sacred Lower Ganges river.

THE SHIP: One of the smallest ship chartered by APT, the 56-guest RV Ganges Voyager is decorated in fine British colonial Raj style, offering French balconies off every cabin, decoratively painted walls and gilded details.

THE THRILL: Guests get well off the beaten path in areas almost untouched by tourism with activities such as taking a rickshaw ride, visiting a temple, participating in a local henna ceremony, and playing in village cricket games.

From $4,500; 800-290-8687;