Tall Ship Sailing from Rotterdam to Cherbourg
- Vessel: Iris
- Where: Netherlands/France
- Duration: 10 days
- Embark: Rotterdam, Netherlands - 28 April 2023, 20:00
- Disembark: Cherbourg, France - 7 May 2023, 10:00
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Sail with tall ship Iris from Rotterdam to Cherbourg exploring the French coast of Normandy along the way.
Join tall ship Iris in the dutch port city of Rotterdam as you prepare to set the sails to explore the French coast before finishing in Cherbourg.
This adventure sailing voyage is perfect for those looking to get to grips with life on a traditionally rigged tall ship as you enjoy sheltered coastal sailing. Anchor in harbour towns and explore ashore after an exhilarating day of sailing.
- Coastal exploration
- Mile Builder
- Fully crewed
- Private cabins
- Hands-on tall ship sailing
Your Sailing Area
The English Channel
The sailing trip starts in Rotterdam, from where you set sail together towards France. The Normandy coast is characterised by steep rocky cliffs, long, fine sandy beaches, dunes and small, natural bays. Small fishing villages and sandy beaches line the coast providing plenty of picturesque anchorages for Iris.
Your exact route will be dictated by the wind, but you could also drop by the English coast at Dover before heading for Normandy. There you will discover beautiful coastal towns such as Dieppe or Le Havre after an exhilarating day of sailing before finishing in the port of Cherbourg.
There are currently no voyages scheduled. Please get in touch with the VentureSail team to find out what’s available, or if other upcoming voyages might be suitable.
Call us in the Office on 01872 487288 or email [email protected], and we will be happy to help you find your next adventure!
Guest berths: 10 Rig: Ketch
Commissioned as a herring drifter in the North Sea over 100 years ago, Iris has been giving a new lease of life, converted into a comfortable charter vessel and now spends her summers sailing guests on the Baltic Sea.
Her traditional ketch rig combined with her sturdy steel hull make her a great tall ship to learn the ropes and get involved with all aspects of sailing such a historic vessel.
Sleeping 10 guests in 5 private twin cabins, she has generous and considered communal spaces below decks. Guests can relax in the large saloon with dining area, separate sofa area and even a small onboard library! A designated chef cooks all meals aboard in the spacious galley so after a day of exhilarating sailing on the water, you’ll be treated to delicious home-cooked, fresh meals.More about Iris
Life on board
Sailing with tall ship Iris is perfect for the adventure traveller looking to explore harder to reach destinations under sail. With private cabins, she’s great for solo travellers and active couples alike, looking for new adventures and exhilarating experiences.
Operated with a professional and friendly crew, guests are invited to get actively involved with all aspects of sailing the ship. From hoisting the 9 sails, taking the helm, learning some basic navigation and rope work – there is no experience needed to climb aboard!
A typical day
Begin the day with breakfast at 8am before discussing the plan and then setting to work, hoisting the sails. Spend the morning exploring the coast under sail, feeling the force of the wind power in the sails and switching off from the demands of the modern world.
The onboard chef will serve lunch at about midday whether under sail or anchored in a secluded bay. Depending on the forecast, spend the afternoon tucking some more sea miles under your belt or exploring ashore before dinner at 7pm.
Sleeping and Relaxation
Below decks the space has been carefully considered from its previous life as a live aboard meaning that the communal spaces are generous and comfortable. You’d be hard to pushed to associate the space with a historic working cargo vessel! A large sofa area and a bespoke dining table sit in the midships with an impressive open plan galley. There are four twin bunk cabins located through a separate deck hatch in the fore that share a toilet and shower, while another twin and double cabin sit towards the stern.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, hot and soft drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheet & duvet)
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Use of the small on board dinghy
What’s not included
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
This voyage will be more than 12miles offshore.
Are all meals included?
Yes - all meals are included in the price (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, hot drinks) Please note that alcohol/soft drinks are not included. There is an honesty bar onboard.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
We can cater for vegetarians, but not vegan or gluten-free diets, please check for other dietary requirements.
Are there any added extra's?
No, unless you go ashore. Excursions are not included.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
5x twin bunk cabins each with a sink and storage space.
Is there a porthole in my cabin?
How many toilet/showers does she have?
There are two showers and two toilets for guest use
Are bedding and towels included?
All bedding is included but please bring your own shower and/or swim towels
Is there a hairdryer on board?
No, please do not bring one. The sea breeze makes a great natural alternative!
Will I be able to wash my clothes?
No, Iris does not have laundry on board.
Is there heating onboard?
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but very much appreciated.
What language is spoken onboard?
Is there WIFI?
No! It's time to disconnect from the modern tech and reconnect with nature! When within shore range, you should be able to reach 4/5G. Please make sure you have international roaming set up on your data plan.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes when connected to shore power or the generator is on, please bring 2pin EU adaptors.
What is the currency on board?
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a need for adventure.
Does the boat have any water toys?
Yes - small dinghy with outboard engine and sail rig.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure. Ginger tea and biscuits also help with sea sickness.
Is there an age limit?
Please contact the office if you have under 16's. There is no maximum age limit as long as guests are fit and mobile.