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V1 - Voyage of Two Festivals: Sete and Castellon

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*Travellers must be between 14 and 80 years old on the date of sailing to be eligible for the trip.

Itinerary: Sete - Castellon

Dates: 1 April (Embark 13h00) 5 April (Disembark 09h00)

Voyage highlights

  • Be at the centre of the Escale à Sète festival Easter parade, sailing in company with other tall ships
  • Soak up the festival atmosphere of Escale à Sète and Castellon festivals.
  • A hands-on sailing experience aboard a historic 1937 tall ship.
  • Sail in comfort aboard the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela.
  • Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Mediterranean coastline as you sail south from the Côte d'Azur.
  • Savor Mediterranean cuisine in charming seafood restaurants.

Voyage description

Escale à Sète is the biggest annual celebration of maritime traditions in the south of France, with the Santa Maria Manuela at the centre of the festivities which annually attract over 250,000 visitors. Join this voyage and honor Europe’s great maritime heritage amongst many other tall ships with a backdrop of traditional French gastronomic and musical entertainment.

After a week of international sea shanties, sports, and maritime shows we set sail in company with the German Tall Ship Mogenster, bound for Escale à Castellon festival.

As we head south west along the Cote D’Azur, 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.

During the voyage, we will sail where the wind dictates. Options include sailing south towards the Beleric Islands and stopping at a calm moment for a chance to swim and enjoy the ships kayaks and paddle boards.

Finally we sail into the historic port town of Castellon, and its vibrant festival which last attracted 273,000 visitors. We mark our arrival with a night of celebration with fellow shipmates during a deck BBQ.

Before heading home enjoy the festival or take time to visit the cathedral, El Fadrí’s 60 meter medieval bell tower or the 17th century Kanamo Market building.

April in Sete offers mild and pleasant weather, with temperatures ranging from 13°C to 20°C, a great way to see the spring in.

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