Sail from Germany to Denmark, Sweden and Poland as we explore the gorgeous south coast of the Baltic Sea, laden with UNESCO World Heritage sites
The Baltic Sea is something of a hidden gem to so many sailors, but for those who have been there, you'll find they often describe it as their absolute favourite. Full of history, culture, fascinating towns and cities and beautiful cities, in two weeks we get to sail to and explore four different countries. Come and join the Baltic Explorer for one of the great sailing holidays
This is a typical itinerary. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but the Baltic has so much to offer that we are all but guaranteed a wonderful time wherever we go.
Day 1: Welcome to the boat in Kiel
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs (the closer to 1200 the better but we know flights and such like don’t always work like that, so don’t worry!) Get your belongings packed away and relax. There’s plenty of things to do in the future but right now it’s about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings. Kiel is a fascinating city due to its history and..trust us… has an amazing sausage restaurant!
Day 2: Time to learn the ropes en route to Laboe
Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. You will have two highly experienced instructors guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great sailing holiday. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! By the end of the day everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics – even though there’s more to learn and practice every day. We’ll probably moor at Laboe overnight, and pay a visit to the U-Boot memorial.
Day 3: Day sail east to Heiligenhafen, Germany
It’s around 30nm sail to Heiligenhafen, so a wonderful day to enjoy the Baltic and get ever more familiar with the sailing and navigation. The town lies just south of the island of Fehmarn and is a really traditional German fishing town, that has just celebrated its 250th anniversary. It’s a lovely place to wander ashore, have a beer and enjoy the warm Baltic sun and German hospitality.
Day 4: Passage to Rostock, Germany
Another lovely day of sailing with about 45nm to the Hanseatic trading town of Rostock. It is really beautiful and there is just so much to see and do, from the medieval riches of the Brick Gothic Marienkirche through to Renaissance gabled merchants’ houses and a long stretch of the city’s defensive walls going back to the 13th century.
Days 5-6: Sailing from Germany to Sweden
It’s time to say auf wiedersehn to Germany and sail 75nm to Ystad, on the south coast of Sweden. Scandinavia is immediately a different feel and pace to Germany and Ystad is a particularly charming town set amongst the gorgeous rolling Skåne countryside and made famous by the TV series Wallander. We’ll stop here for a day to explore, enjoy the long coastal walks and to sample Swedish cuisine!
Day 7: Sailing from Sweden to Denmark
It’s goodbye to Sweden and hello to Denmark, as we make the 40nm sail to Bornholm, a much loved Danish island famous for its castles, pretty fishing harbours and windmills. We love this island as there is so much to see and do.
Day 8: Short day sail to a a medieval Danish fortress!
Today we sail just 10nm to Christianso – a really special little island next to Bornholm which is little more than a medieval fortress and eighteenth century lighthouse on a rocky outcrop. This is Denmark’s most easterly point and the short sail means we can get up late, arrive early and be proper tourists! It’s often so warm and sunny at this time of year so get ready for a swim in the sea!
Days 9-10: Sail from Denmark to Poland
Back to the sailing and we have a really exciting overnight passage to to Poland, making landfall in Gdynia which is a bustling city with great museums, night life and architecture. En route you will help navigate through lots of commercial traffic, and with luck under a million and one stars. It’s a brilliant passage and arrival in Poland is another big change from Scandinavia, not least as everything is three times cheaper! It’s a great fun city and we’ve had many a great night there on previous voyages!
Days 11-12: Lazy sailing and exploring between Gdynia and Gdansk
It’s an eerie and wonderful experience as we sail up through the vast, largely deserted shipyards of Gdansk. It can seem a bit like being in a Mad Max movie, especially when there’s some mist in the air. We dock right in the heart of old Gdansk, which is stunningly beautiful and an absolute favourite of ours. There is a huge amount to see and do here.
Day 13: Debrief & clean up
It’s always amazing how quickly everyone has become firm friends and the boat and its routines seem so familiar. Yet it’s time to wrap it all up and head home. We’ll get the boat back to how we found it, sign logbooks, exchange emails and disembark by 1200hrs.
JOINING & LEAVING THE BOAT
- You join the boat in Kiel, after 1200 hrs on June 04. It is good if you can join us as close to 1200 hrs as possible, but if your flight or ferry gets in later than this, that is fine. We will ask you closer to the time to let us know your travel details.
- You will disembark the boat in Gdansk, Poland at 1200 hrs on June 16.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.
- It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
- Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medial issues.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: ADVENTURE SAILING
Mostly day sailing, shorter mileage and more time to head ashore and explore. Please note, this trip more sailing each than some other routes.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Your travel to and from the start and end points.
- Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
- Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
- Any meals you eat ashore
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.