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V12 - Les Glénan exploration: France’s Sand Archipelago

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*Travellers must be over 14 and under 80 years old to eligible to board the trip

Destination: Lorient – Les des Glénans – Le Havre

Dates: 30 June (Embark 16h00) 5 July (Disembark 10h00)

Voyage highlights

  • Hands on sailing in comfort aboard the newly renovated historic tall ship Santa Maria Manuela.
  • Revel in Lorient’s maritime festival.
  • Swim, kayak in turquoise waters and stroll in the sands of France’s sand archipelago, Les Glenan
  • Why not book two 5 day voyages (V12 and V13) to explore more islands and extend your adventure?

Voyage description

As Lorient’s vibrant Port Festival draws to a close we set sail form this fishing hub with other tall ships. After a day of getting accustomed to the Santa Maria Manuela and connecting with fellow shipmates, we approach the enchanting archipelago of Les Glenan, made up of seven islands around an inland sea with transparent water, and white sandy beaches. You’d be forgiven for mistaking this for the Seychelles, but no, you’re still in Brittany!  

If we’re lucky with the weather, we’ll drift for the day. For the energetic, it’s a chance to swim and enjoy the ship's kayaks and paddle boards. For those with relaxation in mind, take a lift ashore on the ships zodiac to stroll in the sand dunes or relax on the pristine white sandy beaches. There’s time for a bracing swim before we sail north, past the Channel Islands, giving the notoriously fierce tidal race a wide berth, and on towards Le Harve. 

Volunteer to help the crew hoist and set the sails. The feeling of helming a 68m sailing ship with the sensation as she responds to the command of the wheel is something to savor forever. There´s nothing our crew like more then to share their knowledge of sailing with our guests, and they will encourage you to get actively involved in sailing the ship. 

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 on the bowsprit. A drink at sunset on the deck is the perfect way to round off each day 

We disembark in Le Havre, the birth place of Monet’s ‘Impressionism’, well connected for a quick return home. 

In Les Glenan archipelago expect warm and sunny weather in June, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 22°C

When preparing for your voyage please bear in mind:

  • Your passport must have at least 6 months validity at the time of travel
  • The SMM is granted no flexibility for the embarkation and disembarkation times from the customs authorities
  • All guests must be between the age of 14 and 80 yrs at the time of travel