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Sailing the Azores on a Tall Ship

Port of departure: Horta, Portugal
850€ Per personFull boat
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Ana
Coordinator: Ana T
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Climb aboard to whale watch in St Jorge Channel, explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo, visit the extinct volcano Algar do Carvão and swim in the natural lava pools of Biscoitos. Enjoy all the Azores has to offer aboard our beautiful ship and discover local food and wine with new friends.
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Activity dedicated to
  • Nature
  • Vacation on the water
  • Tall Ships
Plan
Sail Friday-Friday on our Tall Ship

In 2016, National Geographic Traveller elected the Azorean archipelago the most beautiful place in the world. All different, all equally beautiful, this voyage gives us the option to visit Terceira, Graciosa, São Miguel and Faial.

Trainee guests are invited to get involved in all aspects of the life of the ship as we sail between the islands, with plenty of time to explore their hilly slopes, local culture and food.

Terceira:
One of the largest islands and home to the oldest city in the Azores, Angra do Heroísmo, this island has a rich history worthy of discovering. Take a walk to see the four overlapping volcanoes as well as the forested western end of the island.

Graciosa:
Take a swim in the unusually warm water and relax in the sun or explore the trails by bike, horseback or car! Any transportation method guarantees you a breathtaking panoramic view over the rocky cliffs of white houses dotted in green fields.

São Miguel:
Nicknamed “The Green Island,” this is the best stop for nature lovers. Take in the incredible scenery formed by the volcanoes and keep an eye out for some interesting wildlife!

Faial:
Go for a swim at Conceição and Porto Pim beaches and then see the stretch of dark sand facing Pico mountain. Here you can also whale watch, dive to see the sea life below or explore the trails on the island’s hilly interior.
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Included in the price
  • Meals on board
  • Professional skipper
  • Bed linens
  • Paddle Surf
  • Fishing equipment
Additional information
The posted price is the price per adult. Youths (15-25 years) cost 640€.

For an additional cost, you can go diving in Horta’s marine reserve by Faial.
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Port of departure
Horta, Portugal
Azores
The boat
Four masted schooner Santa Maria Manuela offers adventure voyages, island hopping, ocean voyages, diving and oceanographic expeditions for individuals of all ages and groups. At 223ft long (63 meters) she is the largest tall ship Classic Sailing offers activity holidays on, but the crew to guest ratio is excellent so you will be well looked after. This historic Portuguese tall ship has excellent facilities on board and plenty of holiday toys like dive ribs, 'stand up paddle boards' and kayaks, but this is also a ship where you can take part in the hands on sailing, join a night watch or climb the rigging.

Santa Maria Manuela was once the flagship of the Portuguese cod fishing fleet. Built in 1937, in the same year as her sister ship Creoula, she was designed to fish the Newfoundland Banks and rich fishing waters of Arctic Greenland. She often carries the small rowing and sailing dories that would have set out from the mother ship to fish for cod, so you can continue her fishing tradition from small boats or from her huge wooden decks.
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Details
  • Model:Custom - 4 masted scooner
  • Capacity:46 spots
  • Length:68.00 m
  • Cabins:16
  • Year:1937
  • Bathrooms:16
Features
  • GPS
  • Radar
  • Life jackets
  • VHF
  • Sounding line
  • Electric windlass
  • Autopilot
  • Wind equipment
  • EPIRB
  • Generator
  • Tender
  • Bow thruster
  • Shower
  • Diving equipment
  • Fishing rods
  • HI-FI equipment
  • Wifi
  • TV
Meet Ana, the coordinator
2 reviews
I am a passionate sailor, and whenever possible spend my weekends in or around the water with my family. In 2017, after 13 years, I stopped working at the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and moved to Portugal to work on the Santa Maria Manuela project to run sailing holidays.
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2 reviews
  • Carlos Vargas Mogo
    June 2018
    Fantastic ship, competent and attentive crew, excellent food, "great" companions, what more to ask, than to repeat!
  • Keith Hubbard
    May 2018
    Terrific crew & ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew & Guests very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. It would be difficult to find a better one.
    This is a terrifically well run vessel, or was on this trip. Excellent accommodation, well serviced by a professional crew. All very friendly, helpful and willing to give information throughout. Many opportunities to get involved in most aspects of the ships operation & involvement in the vessel's past history.
    The Island was beautiful and rather unexpected.
    Best wishes & Good Luck for the future.
    Very many thanks

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