Honfleur (Rouen) (FR) to Bordeaux (FR)
Dates 18th (Board 20:00h) – 23rd (Disembark 09:00h) June
This voyage offers the rare opportunity to sail in convoy with France’s legendary three-masted square-rigger, Le Belem from Honfleur, south bound for France’s wine capital, Bordeaux.
Guests are invited to soak up the atmosphere on the final day of the Rouen Armada, as one of the world’s largest gatherings of tall ships parades down the River Seine. A bus will take you from the festivities to Honfleur to board the Santa Maria Manuela as we prepare to sail west and south, along France’s rugged coastline in the company of some of the 50 sailing ships which will have converged on Rouen.
With a favorable wind, and all hands on deck, our crew will invite you to help hoist the sails and trim for best speed. The feeling of helming a 67m sailing ship as she responds to the command of the wheel is something to savor forever.
Knot classes are a great way to learn a new skill whilst sharing sailing stories with shipmates, and if the weather allows there’s the opportunity to go up the mast or relax in the bowsprit netting. A drink at sunset on the deck is the perfect way to round off each day.
Soon we sail up the river Garonne to dock on one of Bordeaux’s UNESCO classified quays.
When you think of Bordeaux, it’s wine that comes to mind. And no wonder, with 60 appellations and 7000 winemakers, the city is the capital of a region which is home to some of the oldest vineyards and finest wines in the world. But Bordeaux has so much more to offer, unveiled perfectly during our final 24 hours as enjoy our deck BBQ whilst cruising up the River Garonne passing a landscape rich in culture, nature, vineyards and enchanting chateaux.
A final climax to the voyage and an honor as the Santa Maria Manuela arrives on the dockside as the focal point of the Bordeaux Festival opening ceremony and light show at 23h00.
The next day we disembark, with the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the festival and explore the historic city of Bordeaux.
For this product Portuguese taxation will be applied. If you require an invoice it is necessary to request it to Santa Manuel Manuela S.A. with tax code PT-515 755 028.
Santa María Manuela
The Santa Maria Manuela was launched on 10 May 1937 in Lisbon. It is a 67-metre sailing ship. The ship was named after the owner’s wife, Maria Manuela, mother of 16 children. The main function of the Santa Maria Manuela was cod fishing. The Santa Maria Manuela underwent a number of structural changes over the years, from the removal of the masts to the installation of a navigation bridge. In 1993 the ship was considered obsolete, was dismantled and only the steel hull remained. The following year the Santa María Manuela Foundation was created, a project that united 17 institutions under the same purpose: to recover the ship. The SMM now has unique conditions for sea voyages, events, parties and training at sea. Predominant colour WHITE.
Map of the journey
What is included
- Soak up the atmosphere at the RouenArmada, one of the largest gatherings of tall ships in the world
- Sail in convoy with France’s legendary three-masted square-rigger Le Belem from Honfleur to France’s wine capital Bordeaux
- Be centre stage for Bordeaux Festival’s opening ceremony and light show
- Hands-on sailing experience in all aspects of the ship’s life
- Travel in comfort in the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
What it does not include
• Transportation to and from the Santa Maria Manuela
• Add-on excursions not mentioned in this programme
• Discretionary tips.
• Travel insurance **
• Dive courses
• Wet suit rental *
* Price depends on equipment needed
** Dive insurance is required and general travel insurance is highly recommended
This amazing adventure does not require diving experience.
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