In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan departed from Seville for the first circumnavigation of the globe. Join a traditional tall ship as it sets sail in the footsteps of Magellan to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of this heroic adventure
Join for one leg or for the whole 87 day voyage all the way from Seville, Spain south across the ocean and into the Strait of Magellan in Chile to Punta Arenas! Cross the equator and complete a full transatlantic voyage!
This is a hands on tall ship sailing adventure and will allow for lots of sail training, climbing and rigging work. With so many days at sea you’ll really get to learn the ropes and feel comfortable setting the sails. Together with the permanent crew, you will have time to learn about maintenance, sail theory, sail making- and traditional rigging work. At night, you can admire the spectacular starry skies.
Your voyage begins with lovely temperatures and favourable winds, making your first days at sea nice and easy-going. The closer you get to the equator, the more the weather begins to alternate between light winds and calm. The sails must be regularly adjusted in order to make good progress and everyone works on board as a team to keep the ship sailing. After a stop in the Canary Islands, the ship will sail to the Cape Verde Islands where the Magellan fleet stopped at the end of the circumnavigation.
From the Cape Verde Islands its across the Atlantic Ocean (and the equator!) before voyaging along the coast of Brazil, just like Magellan. Although Magellan made a stop in the Bay of Rio de Janeiro, the ship will sail further to Montevideo, Uruguay.
After serious mutinies and several storms, Magellan’s fleet left the bay of Rio de Janeiro in August 1520. They sailed along the coast of South America in search of a certain strait that would allow passage through South America to the East.
500 years later, your ship will undertake a spectacular detour to the Falkland Islands/Las Malvinas before following Magellan’s route into the Strait of Magellan to finish this trip in Punta Arenas.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Hands on sailing adventure with over 2 months at sea including a transatlantic crossing!
- Stops at the beautiful Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, Montevideo & The Falklands
- Follow in the footsteps of a great explorer
Once arrived at the Falklands/ Las Malvinas we will take you all the way around the island and you will have a lot of days to spend roaming the island with our guides and spotting its incredible wildlife. Spot Gentoo Penguins, Magellanic Penguins and a lone King Penguin with their chicks in their natural habitat, standing guard over their burrows. Spot the everpresent seabirds like the Kelp Geese, White Tufted Grebes, oystercatchers, petrels, and of course, the magnificent albatross. During expeditions to shore, you’ll be accompanied by many playful and curious Commerson’s Dolphins and seals who like to show you the best way to go.
In September 2019 your ship will depart from Sevilla to commemorate the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan.
You will leave from Sevilla, Spain and make your way South across the ocean and into the Strait of Magellan in Chile where you will arrive on December 12, 2019, in Punta Arenas.
From Sevilla to Tenerife
Just as 500 years ago this voyage will start in Sevilla. After embarking on board Bark Europa, you will have a day of excursions in this beautiful old city to find out all you can about the maritime history and the start of Magellan's adventurous expedition. In the evening, after you are settled in, you will enjoy our first meal on board together and prepare ourselves for the start of our own great adventure! Just as Magellan did, you will set sail from Sevilla the next day and sail towards Tenerife.
From Tenerife to Cabo Verde
After a stop in the Canary Islands, you sail to the Cape Verde Islands where the Magellan fleet has stopped at the end of the circumnavigation. Sailing in this part of the world is pleasant and the wind and currents are favorable and warm. The more south you sail, the temperatures will rise. During the voyage you sail about 150 miles off the coast of the Western Sahara with a favorable wind from north east.
From Cabo Verde to Montevideo
From the Cape Verdian Islands you will cross the ocean for a journey along the coast of Brazil, just like Magellan. Although Magellan made a stop in the Bay of Rio de Janeiro, you will sail further to Montevideo. With more than a month at sea, there is more than enough time to assist in sail handling, helping with daily maintenance projects, sailtraining, learning about (celestial) navigation, ocean winds and currents. At night, you can admire the spectacular starry skies.
From Montevideo via Falklands/Las Malvinas to Punta Arenas
The ship will follow Magellan's route into the Strait of Magellan to finish this trip in Punta Arenas. But before you cross the Strait, you will make a spectacular detour to the Falkland Islands/Las Malvinas.
Price€ 10,375 EUROS pp in 2 person cabin (reserved for 2 people travelling together) / € 8,545 EUROS pp in 4/5 person cabin (It is possible to do shorter individual legs of this voyage - please enquire for full details)
The price includes meals, tea & coffee.
What's Not included
The price excludes the transfer to and from the ship, travel insurance, cancellation insurance, airport formalities and drinks from the bar on board.
Trip Duration87 days
Start LocationSeville, Spain
End LocationPunta Arenas, Chile
The ship is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages, with various places for relaxing: library, lounge, poker corner and deckhouse. These different areas allow you to do your own thing: perhaps some quiet reading or a more active role in the social life in the deckhouse. The ship is equipped with a DVD player, a CD player, i-Pod connection and radio.
There are four 2-person cabins, four 4-person cabins and four 6-person cabins. The comfortable cabins each have an en-suite toilet and shower. An experienced cook and cook’s assistant will prepare three meals a day.
The ship is a Dutch vessel and part of the permanent crew is Dutch. But we have an international crew and guest crew and you will find various nationalities among them. The common language on board is English.
The ship’s cook and assistant provide 3 delicious, freshly made meals a day. Meal options on board are: non-vegetarian or vegetarian. Due to the limited size of the ship’s galley and storage all other meal requirements and allergies need to be checked with our cook. A vegan diet cannot be catered for on board.
This Trip is Suitable For
Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, navigation, weather observations, furling the sails on the yards and much more. The permanent crew will give lectures and instruct you during the voyage in steering, navigation and line handling. This will be done in a “Dutch” style, so without yelling, blowing whistles and so on. A
Sailing experience is not necessary. Instructions will be given in watch responsibilities, basic sail theory, line handling, steering and navigation.
This voyage combines the best aspects of a sailing expedition. Enough days at sea to really learn the ropes and feel comfortable setting the sails. Time to fully dive into the sailing theory with the permanent crew and bring this to practice on the tough and unpredictable weather and sea conditions in this remote area.
This special purpose sail training ship was built in 1911. In 1994 she was fully restored as a barque (three mast rigged ship) and now roams the seas of the world in the best seafaring tradition. With a professional crew of maximum 14 and a complement of 48 voyage crew members of different ages and nationalities, the ship is powered by canvas and co-operation. The crew makes sure the ship operates safely. The atmosphere on board reflects an adventurous maritime history. The traditional mahogany deckhouse, teakwood decks and floors as well as the beautiful interior with authentic early 20th century details provide a perfect ambiance for a fantastic voyage.
Life on board
Onboard the ship we call our guests ‘voyage crew’. This means that the permanent crew will train you to be a sailor. Unlike going on a cruise, on this ship you will be going on a hands-on, active sailing adventure. You will be divided into three watches; Red watch, Blue watch and White watch, named after the colors of the Dutch flag.
You will be ‘on watch’ for four hours after which you have eight hours of free time.
During your four hours on watch there will be different tasks that will be divided between the members of your watch. There will always be two people on helm duty. You will together, maintain a steady course on the helm. The crew will explain how to steer the ship and what to look out for.
During the watch there will also be two people on look-out duty at all times. On the bow of the ship, you will stand look-out. You spot ships, buoys, debris, and icebergs in the water then communicate this to the officer on watch.
The rest of the watch members will be on deck duty. The permanent crew will give you sail training and you will assist in all sail handling. This involves setting- and taking away the sails by hauling- and easing lines, climbing the rigging to furl or unfurl the sails.
The crew will instruct you how to work on deck and you will learn how to trim the sails to the directing of the wind. During deck duty, there is also time to assist the crew with the maintenance of the ship. This way you will learn how to work with traditional tools and methods. Woodworking, sailmaking, celestial navigation, and traditional rope- and rigging work will all be apart of your sailing voyage.
The captains and officers are easy to talk to and like to get involved in your sail training. They will explain traditional- as well as modern ways of navigation. They will organize and run you through safety drills and procedures.
During your eight hours ‘off watch’, there is time to rest and enjoy the scenery. You can read a book in the library or in the deckhouse. The bar will be open for a drink and a snack. The crew will be giving lectures on various subjects, from traditional sailors skills and knowledge to science and astronomy.
During your time off watch, you can still assist the permanent crew and the voyage crew ‘on watch’ with sail handling and maintenance jobs. The galley team sometimes asks for a hand peeling potatoes or apples on deck so they can make yet another of their famous pies.
In the deckhouse, there will be people playing games, reading books, listening to music, writing diaries and emails. Your off watch time is for you to fill in, you may do as little or as much as you would like. These hours are also for you to catch up on your sleep.
When you are setting sails, reading or working away on deck, in the galley they are always busy preparing meals to keep everyone well fed. Multiple course meals will be served three times a day with coffee and tea times in between, whatever the weather. In the evenings the crew prepares team challenges and pub quizzes to enjoy together with your watch mates.
For those who booked the full trip from Sevilla to Punta Arenas or combining two legs, it is possible to stay on board during the stopover in Sal and Port Stanley (Falklands) on a breakfast-only basis.
During the days between two legs the crew will take care of cabin cleaning, taking in new stores and will be busy with custom procedures and maintenance. The careful attention that the crew want to give to our voyage crew will therefore be limited during those days.
After breakfast all guests will therefore be brought to shore, which is a good opportunity to stretch those sea legs and explore the towns and islands. No lunch or dinner will be served and after dinner you will all be welcomed back on board!
However, during our stop in Tenerife, you can’t stay on board. Please arrange accommodation on the island for 2 nights from the 30th of September until the 2nd of October. On the 2nd you will be welcomed on board again at 17.00 in the afternoon.
The same goes for our stop in Montevideo, you won’t be able to stay on board. Please arrange accommodation in the city for 2 nights from the 14th of November until the 16th of November. On the 16th you will be welcomed on board again at 17:00H.
For those who have only booked one leg, it is not possible to stay an extra day on board.
Dates & Availability
- 19 Sep 2019 – 13 Dec 2019
Originally built in 1910, this beautifully restored Dutch tall ship has been crossing oceans and seas on a regular basis since 2000 and has a reputation of a ship that really sails.
Following the favourable winds of traditional sailing routes has brought her to all the continents sailing both the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, thus earning her nick name ‘ocean wanderer’.
Crew and guests join the ship from all over the world and all ages. As a sail training vessel, everyone on board is assigned to the watch system to help sail the ship - navigating, taking the helm and handling the sails. Sailing experience is not required just a desire to sail to new horizons and experience all aspects of a sailor’s life on board: The wind, the sea, new friends and adventure.
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