Amsterdam to Aberdeen

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Standard cabin: £615pp
Standard+ cabin: £715pp
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: £315

7 Nights

 

The sailing trip will take you to the beautiful scenery of the English and Scottish east coast. We visit picturesque, almost forgotten, fishermen’s villages like Whitby and Stonehaven. Or we can drop anchor in front of the treasure of Holy Island.

Sailing trip Amsterdam- Scotland: During this trip, we will often sail during the night and, if you would like, you can be part of the crew by joining the watches. You will have the possibility to steer, to navigate, and to help setting the sails. Of course, you will be assisted by the professional crew aboard.

Trip Start: 12 April 2019

Trip End: 19 April 2019

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Tall Ship, built in 1903

Vessel Length

39.5 meters

Skipper

Yes

Berth

twin or quad cabins

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

25% deposit. STRICT.

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • All charges regarding port fees, tourists fees and fuel expenses.
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Full board, including coffee, tea, milk and juice at all meals.
  • The use of a zodiac for landings when we visit places without a harbour.
  • The crew: captain, cook and first mate.

Additional

  • Transport to and from the vessel
  • Personal expenses ashore
  • Food ashore
  • Fees for events that take place outside the ship.
  • Beverages besides the included drinks during the meals.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Getting back

Aberdean, Scotland

The sailing trip will take you to the beautiful scenery of the English and Scottish east coast. We visit picturesque, almost forgotten, fishermen’s villages like Whitby and Stonehaven. Or we can drop anchor in front of the treasure of Holy Island.

Sailing trip Amsterdam- Scotland: During this trip, we will often sail during the night and, if you would like, you can be part of the crew by joining the watches. You will have the possibility to steer, to navigate, and to help setting the sails. Of course, you will be assisted by the professional crew aboard.

ITINERARY

A typical voyage is illustrated below, but please note that ports and destinations may be subject to change due to unpredictable weather conditions. The captain aboard will determine the final itinerary regarding weather forecasts. Please do not worry if we deviate from the original plan, because it just means that we will most likely visit another beautiful area. We ask for your understanding in this matter.

Day 1: Amsterdam
Sailing trip Amsterdam- Scotland: On Friday around 18:00 PM we welcome you aboard the ‘Flying Dutchman’ in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. After a nice dinner altogether, the captain will give an introduction and the voyage planning, while you can enjoy a nice malt whisky ‘on the house’. As a surprise, the captain may well give a performance with his band ‘Slainge’.

Day 2 & 3: Crossing the North Sea to Whitby

Today we will leave early in the morning to say goodbye to the port of Amsterdam and set course to the sea locks of Ijmuiden. During the passage on the North Sea canal you will get safety instructions and sailing instructions from the crew. After we get out off the locks, we get out on the open sea were we will set sail and start our first long crossing of approximately 220 miles towards Whitby. This part will be the longest of our journey.

Day : 3 & 4 Whitby
The night will be spend at sea and we expect to arrive in the medieval town of Whitby in the morning. The harbour is the heart of the town and the Flying Dutchman is by now a familiar sight in the harbour and is always getting a warm welcome. In this fishermen’s town there is so much to see and to enjoy that we will stay here for the rest of the day.

Day 5: Farne islands & Holy Island
We leave Whitby in the early morning and set sail to the Farne Islands. The Farne islands can only be reached by boat and these rocky islands are a home to many seals, puffins and other species of seabirds. There are many old lighthouses situated on these islands, which are worthwhile seeing. We will try to make a landing on one of the islands with the Zodiac.

In the afternoon we will leave to visit the Holy island, which is close to the Farne islands. This special tidal island is situated just a couple of miles from the coast and cut off from the mainland twice a day by tides. It carries a lot of spiritual history and is seen as one of the treasures of England.

The actual name of the island is called the Holy island of Lindisfarne. This is also the name of the monastery, which was founded around 635 by the Irish monk Saint Aiden van Lindesfarne. In 793 the monastery was plundered by Vikings.

On the southeast corner of the island, impressively rising from a steep cliff, you will find the Lindisfarne castle. A castle which was built to defend English ships against Scottish invaders. We will pay a visit to the monastery and the castle and stay for the night in this serene scenery.

Day 6 : Stonehaven
We move on with our Sailing trip Amsterdam- Scotland, and set sail in the morning towards the pretty harbour of Stonehaven, south of Aberdeen. This harbour belonged to be one of the most picturesque in the country because it is spectacularly surrounded by high cliffs on both sides. Also the town hosts nice pubs, restaurants and gift shops. The city is mostly famous for the dramatic ruined Dunnator Castle. This castle is beautifully located on a cliff in front of the coast and is therefore one of the most photographed locations.

Day 7: Sailing along the East coast of Scotland to Aberdeen

Aberdeen is famous for its granite buildings and monuments. Packed with sparkling crystals, buildings as His Majesty’s Theatre, Marischal College shimmer in the sunlight. The beautiful city centre with his cobbled streets and historic university buildings are steeped in history. The east the harbour – the quaint fishing quarter is packed with tiny cottages and colourful gardens. This city on the coast is a place where you can walk from the city centre to the harbour in a few minutes. On the harbour you have a high chance of seeing the dolphins playing in the waters.

The sandy beach is nice to visit. Stroll along the sands and enjoy the fresh sea air. You might spot people surfing, paddle and boarding in the water.

Day 8: Aberdeen
Unfortunately, our voyage has come to an end. After a nice breakfast on board it is time to say goodbye.

KIT LIST

Base layer – 2x warm thermal tops + thermal leggings

Mid layer – 2x fleece type mid layers + mid layer trousers

Light waterproof shell (waterproof hiking type jacket and trousers) – for exploring ashore

Down jacket – a down (or synthetic alternative) jacket, the warmer the better

Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer, down or synthetic down are great

Hats – 2x warm wool hats, ear flaps are great

Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap (eg Sealskins)

Neck warmer – 2x ‘Buff’ style neck warmers

Gloves – one waterproof pair (ski or fishing type) + 2x thinner fleece liner / spare pairs

Socks – 2x pairs of warm socks for sailing + hiking socks for exploring ashore

Boots – Wellington type boots. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop into mid-calf depth water. They don’t need to be expensive or sailing specific, but they should be waterproof with good grip

Hiking shoes / boots – suitable for exploring on rough or wet terrain ashore

Rucsac – for on land exploring

Underwear – a couple of sets of comfortable underwear

Swimwear –

Camera, batteries, memory cards etc – it is possible to charge camera batteries onboard but it is a good idea to bring spare batteries and lots of memory card space

Entertainment – books, music etc for rest time

Toiletries – basic wash kit with travel-sized bottles

Eye mask and earplugs – can make sleeping easier in the midnight sun

Any personal medications that you need – ensure you have enough to last the whole trip

Dry bags – recommended for keeping any electrical kit in and for taking things ashore

Head torch – ideally with a red light function

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

A set of ‘shore clothes’ for travelling in / rest days in town

Passport / visas

Credit/debit card for shore-based activities or travel emergencies

Kitbag – this must be squashy type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal

INSURANCE

It is the responsibility of each member of the voyage crew to ensure that they have sufficient cover for their needs.

You must be covered for tall ship sailing outside of coastal waters.

You will not be able to sail if you do not have adequate insurance.

We can recommend an appropriate insurer. Please enquire when booking.

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LOCATION

“Trip of a lifetime & perfect for the solo traveller….”

Tori

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