Tall Ship Sailing from Amsterdam to Kiel
- Vessel: Iris
- Where: Netherlands, Germany
- Duration: 10 days
- Embark: Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2 June 2023, 20:00
- Disembark: Kiel, Germany - 11 June 2023, 10:00
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Explore the Frisian islands and the Kiel Canal as you sail from Amsterdam to Kiel with tall ship Iris.
Join tall ship Iris in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam as you prepare to set the sails for the German port of Kiel. Discover the UNESCO world heritage archipelago of the Frisian Islands and the German island of Heligoland.
This voyage is perfect for those seeking a tall ship sailing adventure and tucking some sea miles under their belt while experiencing sailing on open water.
- Island hopping
- Fully crewed
- Private cabins
- Hands-on tall ship sailing
Your Sailing Area
Amsterdam to Kiel
Set the sails with Iris as you pass through the West Frisian Islands of the Netherlands providing a plethora of low lying island anchorages with sweeping sand dunes and stretches of white sandy beaches to discover. Fringed by salt marshes giving way to swathes of inland forest, the Frisian islands are a popular holiday destination for those seeking tranquility and nature. The Waddenzee mudflats surrounding the islands have been a designated UNESCO world heritage site since 2009 and are one of the last remaining large-scale, intertidal ecosystems home to grey seals, porpoise and marine birds.
This sailing voyage is great sea mile building experience as you detour to the island of Heligoland, a German archipelago sitting in the North Sea with imposing but fascinating red cliffs and a very small village population.
The next part of the voyage will see Iris tuck back in to the German coast and prepare for the journey through the Kiel canal. A 98km freshwater Canal connecting to the Baltic Sea and an important shipping trade route. Passing through the Kiel Canal is a fascinating experience as you watch all manor of trade ships, small boats, motor vessel and tall ships navigate this engineering feat.
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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.
Iris is perfect for those seeking an adventure sailing experience exploring the coasts and islands of Sweden and Denmark, crossing the Bay of Biscay or discovering the Breton coast.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 not 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.
Are there any added extra's?
No, unless you go ashore. Excursions are not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Can cater for vegetarians, but not vegan or gluten-free diets, please check for other dietary requirements.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
5x twin bunk cabins each with a sink and storage space.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
There are two showers and two toilets for guest use
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes when connected to shore power or the generator is on, please bring EU adaptors
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a need for adventure.
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 bedding included?
All bedding is included. Please bring your own shower and/or swim towels
From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
To: Kiel, Germany
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Get the Eurostar direct to Amsterdam Central from London St Pancras International which takes about 4 hours.
Direct flights go from the following UK airports to Amsterdam Airport (AMS);
London Luton (LTN), London Stansted (STN), Belfast (BFS), Bristol (BRS), Liverpool (LPL), London Gatwick (LGW), Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA) and Manchester (MAN) with easyJet.
Belfast (BHD), Southampton (SOU), Cardiff (CWL), Leeds (LBA), Aberdeen (ABZ), Durham (MME) , Inverness (INV), Kirmington (HUY) , Newcastle (NCL), London City (LCY), London Heathrow (LHR), Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA) and Norwich (NCI) with KLM.
London City (LCY), London Gatwick (LGW) and London Heathrow (LHR) with British Airways.
Amsterdam Airport (AMS) is about a 20 minute train journey operated by Dutch Railways (NS) from the city centre.
For travel from the UK you are best flying to Hamburg Airport.
Hamburg Airport (HAM) is about a 1 hour 45 direct bus ride from Kiel with either Deutsche Bahn Regional on the 4550 route which runs every 3 hours or FlixBus on the N73 or 172 bus route which run twice daily.
Flights go direct from London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), London Stansted (STN), Edinburgh (EDI) and Manchester (MAN) with easyJet, Ryanair, Eurowings or British Airways to Hamburg Airport (HAM).