10 Affordable Boating Expeditions Around the World

You don't need a boat to hit the high seas.

Boating. It's a glorious word, one that conjures up images of open water, glorious nautical fashion, and adventure. But it also smacks of exclusivity and as-yet unattained wealth.

No longer! We have scoured the globe for fun nautical outings, so you and yours can enjoy the seafaring life without having to break the bank.

Here are 10 exciting (and affordable!) boat excursions from around the world.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Route: Amsterdam is a city well-known for its waterfront, and this dinner cruise takes you on a three-hour sail right along it, navigating behind Centraal Station—Amsterdam's picturesque main railway hub—and into the North Sea. Enjoy sunset views of the beautiful Dutch city over a cold beer and a taste of the smoked fish (that's bokking, to you) for which the region is well-known.

Price: $67


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Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Route: The Phi Phi Tour by Simba Sea Trips in Phuket, Thailand focuses on two of the six islands in this beautiful archipelago in the southeast Andaman Sea. The day-long excursion includes a visit to Phileh Lagoon, and Maya Bay, the beautiful stretch of beach on which Leonardo DiCaprio famously cavorted in The Beach (which came out 16 years ago, if you can believe it).

Price: $110


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Ilulissat, Greenland

Route: Departing from Ilulissat, this route finds you snaking your way between icebergs that rise majestically out of the water, reaching heights of 300 feet, over the course of a two-and-a-half-hour jaunt around the Ilulissat Icefjord. There is truly nothing like listening to the deep rumble of the glacier calving new icebergs as you watch whales breach in the distance.

Price: $84


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Capri, Italy

Route: This trip into the Gulf of Naples takes you from the coastal town of Sorrento in southwestern Italy to the famed isle of Capri. We recommend springing on the extra $15 to check out the Blue Grotto, the famous cave illuminated in bright sea blue due to the way the sunlight sneaks its way in through a couple of holes in the walls, wondrously reflecting the hue of the water.

Price: $97


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Vienna, Austria

Route: This trip picks up at Schwedenplatz, then guides you down the Danube and through the city of Vienna. Take in both the modernist and traditional architecture on offer in Austria's capital city as the sun sets over Europe's second-longest river.

Price: $27


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Hydra, Greece

Route: Just a fifteen-minute drive from the nation's capital city of Athens sits the port town of Pireas. (Before you board your boat, be sure to keep an eye out for Dakis Joannou's gloriously ostentatious superyacht named "Guilty," the exterior of which was designed by artist Jeff Koons.) Travel southwest through the Aegean Sea for a mere 90 minutes and find yourself on the island of Hydra, where you can take in the timeless, pastel beauty of the Greek islands. And in addition to the natural beauty on offer, Hydra is one of our favorite art destinations—so be sure to head over to the Deste Foundation before stopping for dinner at a seaside taverna of your choosing.

Price: $32


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Portland, Maine

Route: Take in the lights of the harbor on a moonlight boat ride along the waterfront in Portland, the crown jewel of one of the most beautiful states in the U.S. You can catch a glimpse of one of the region's famously photogenic lighthouses, along with gorgeous views of the city's historic port, before returning to land and happily succumbing to the temptation to eat a lobster roll.

Price: $15


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Steveston, Canada

Route: Just south of Vancouver lies the quaint fishing village of Stevenson, the ideal jumping-off point for a day on the coast of British Columbia. Plan on seeing all manner of marine life, including orca, gray whales, sea lions, and harbor seals.

Price: $130


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Manaus, Brazil

Route: Spend the day on the Rio Negro, and swim with pink river dolphins before taking a hike during which you'll be keeping an eye out for macaws, monkeys, and alligators. And, if you're lucky enough, you might even spy a sloth, too.

Price: $50


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St. Petersburg, Russia

Route: Often referred to as the Venice of the North, St. Petersburg is a city so interwoven with waterways that it has 342 bridges within its confines. (Peter the Great, who ruled over Russia in the 1720s, apparently had Amsterdam and Venice in mind while designing the city.) Boat along its canals during the summer—peak season being from June 11 to July 2—to experience the stunning "white nights," when the sun stays shining through the night.

Price: $15


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