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17th October 2020 to 25th October 2020

Tall Ship: Inverness – Amsterdam

From £629 Per person

Deposit Deposit 50%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Enjoy live music, quaint fishing villages, clifftop castles, and fantastic sailing as you cross the North Sea from Scotland to Amsterdam.
Clear
Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
8
Vessel type
“T/S Flying Dutchman” Tall Ship, built in 1903 Read more about this ship here
Vessel length
39.5 meters
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Twin or quad cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

Cross the North Sea on a stunning Tall Ship as you venture from Scotland to Amsterdam!

8 Nights: 17 - 25 October 2020

Standard cabin: €685 / £629 per person*
Standard plus cabin: €795 / £729 per person*
Single cabin: €985 / £899 per person*

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

An adventurous and beautiful trip from Inverness to Amsterdam, a journey of almost 500 nautical miles. We will learn you everything there is about the ship, sailing and navigation. During the journey, we will sail often at night and we will make you an integral part of the crew. The Sailing tour will go along the beautiful Scottish and English coast and you will see amazing high cliffs and picturesque towns. Then it’s time to cross the North sea towards our final destination, Amsterdam.

The declared program is a guiding principle and can be influenced by winds and ties.

Day 1: Inverness

We welcome you on board of the Flying Dutchman at 18.00 p.m. where you can meet the crew and the other guests. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage and visit Inverness. At 19.00, we will have diner and a nice evening together. It’s also possible to go to one of the traditional pubs, with some live music.

Day 2: Scottish east coast

Today we will start our sailing adventure from Inverness to Amsterdam early in the morning, and sail along the beautiful Scottish coast. The crew will give you sailing instructions and answer all your questions. It will take us 24 hours to get to Aberdeen.

Day 3: Aberdeen

Aberdeen is the third-largest city in Scotland and is nicknamed the “Granite City” because many buildings are made of granite.
The city centre is around Union Street and ends in the east at the Mercat Cross. The cross stands at Castlegate, where the castle of the city once was, but now you will only find the market square. From the market square, you can walk on the vowels of Shiprow to the southwest along Provost Ross’s House, and go on to the harbour. At the end of the day, we continue our Sailing tour Inverness – Amsterdam and leave Aberdeen.

Day 4: Holy Island

We probably arrive early at Holy island, a very special island on the border with England. The island is connected to the mainland with a causeway which is submerged at high tide. The actual name is Lindisfarne and this is also the name of the monastery on the island. The monastery was founded around 635 by the Irish monk Aiden Lindesfarne, who came from the island of Iona. In 793, the monastery was plundered by Vikings. In the southeastern corner of the island, we will find Lindisfarne Castle on a steep cliff. This is a 16th-century castle, which was restored in the early twentieth century.
We anchor in the marsh area around Holy Island, which is surrounded by grey seals. We visit the island with the zodiac, and in the course of the evening, we leave for Whitby.

Day 5 & 6: Whitby

Whitby is a small quaint town with a venerable history, dating back to the Middle Ages. There are still fishing boats in the harbour, which is the heart of the city. The Flying Dutchman has become a familiar sight and is always received kindly. There is so much to see and enjoy that we stay the entire day.

Day 7: North Sea

At first light we leave the port and discuss the weather, wait layout, route, sail setting, etc. We continue sailing in the evening with perhaps a fantastic sunset and maybe accompanied by moon and stars to the Dutch coast, a Sailing tour of 220 nm.

Day 8: IJmuiden and Amsterdam

At the end of the afternoon, we are likely to see the white dunes of the Dutch coast
looming. We will pass the locks of IJmuiden and at the end of this impressive Sailing tour, we moor in Amsterdam. Now it is time to raise a glass, relax and look back on our amazing trip.

Day 9: Amsterdam

Unfortunately, this wonderful adventure has come to an end. After a very rich breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. This gives you an opportunity to discover the culture of Amsterdam.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Open to novice sailors

Inverness, Scotland

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The declared program is a guiding principle and can be influenced by winds and ties.

Day 1: Inverness

We welcome you on board of the Flying Dutchman at 18.00 p.m. where you can meet the crew and the other guests. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage and visit Inverness. At 19.00, we will have diner and a nice evening together. It’s also possible to go to one of the traditional pubs, with some live music.

Day 2: Scottish east coast

Today we will start our sailing adventure from Inverness to Amsterdam early in the morning, and sail along the beautiful Scottish coast. The crew will give you sailing instructions and answer all your questions. It will take us 24 hours to get to Aberdeen.

Day 3: Aberdeen

Aberdeen is the third-largest city in Scotland and is nicknamed the “Granite City” because many buildings are made of granite.
The city centre is around Union Street and ends in the east at the Mercat Cross. The cross stands at Castlegate, where the castle of the city once was, but now you will only find the market square. From the market square, you can walk on the vowels of Shiprow to the southwest along Provost Ross’s House, and go on to the harbour. At the end of the day, we continue our Sailing tour Inverness – Amsterdam and leave Aberdeen.

Day 4: Holy Island

We probably arrive early at Holy island, a very special island on the border with England. The island is connected to the mainland with a causeway which is submerged at high tide. The actual name is Lindisfarne and this is also the name of the monastery on the island. The monastery was founded around 635 by the Irish monk Aiden Lindesfarne, who came from the island of Iona. In 793, the monastery was plundered by Vikings. In the southeastern corner of the island, we will find Lindisfarne Castle on a steep cliff. This is a 16th-century castle, which was restored in the early twentieth century.
We anchor in the marsh area around Holy Island, which is surrounded by grey seals. We visit the island with the zodiac, and in the course of the evening, we leave for Whitby.

Day 5 & 6: Whitby

Whitby is a small quaint town with a venerable history, dating back to the Middle Ages. There are still fishing boats in the harbour, which is the heart of the city. The Flying Dutchman has become a familiar sight and is always received kindly. There is so much to see and enjoy that we stay the entire day.

Day 7: North Sea

At first light we leave the port and discuss the weather, wait layout, route, sail setting, etc. We continue sailing in the evening with perhaps a fantastic sunset and maybe accompanied by moon and stars to the Dutch coast, a Sailing tour of 220 nm.

Day 8: IJmuiden and Amsterdam

At the end of the afternoon, we are likely to see the white dunes of the Dutch coast
looming. We will pass the locks of IJmuiden and at the end of this impressive Sailing tour, we moor in Amsterdam. Now it is time to raise a glass, relax and look back on our amazing trip.

Day 9: Amsterdam

Unfortunately, this wonderful adventure has come to an end. After a very rich breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. This gives you an opportunity to discover the culture of Amsterdam.

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