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Tue 16-04-2024, 16:00Marseille, France Fri 19-04-2024, 10:00Nice, France Santa Maria Manuela 3 NightsSM160424 V3

Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Mediterranean coastline

Enjoy a captivating 4-day sailing adventure from Marseille to Nice aboard Santa Maria Manuela. Experience hands-on sailing, breathtaking Mediterranean views, and the allure of Corsican landscapes or the Côte d’Azur. Engage in water sports, savor Mediterranean flavors, and bask in the Riviera’s charm. Discover Marseille’s ancient maritime history and conclude with Nice’s vibrant culture, leaving you with unforgettable memories.

  • Voyage
  • Vessel


  • Sail in comfort aboard the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
  • A hands-on sailing experience aboard a historic 1937 tall ship.
  • Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Mediterranean coastline as you sail along the Côte d’Azur.
  • Friendly professional crew

Santa Maria Manuela

Vessel type / Rig Gaff Schooner
Guest Berths 50
Beam 33ft
Draft 18ft
Deck Length 173ft
Overall Length 225ft
Tonnage 992 tons
Year Built 1937
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Voyage Description


Setting Sail from Marseille

Marseille, with its rich maritime heritage, sets the stage for our voyage. Before setting sail, immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant energy at Vieux-Port, where modern yachts and traditional fishing boats create a picturesque scene. Don’t miss the panoramic views from Fort Saint-Nicolas, a sentinel watching over the city and the sea for centuries.

Along the Way

As you sail along the unspoilt azure waters, we recommend getting hands with all aspects of sailing this ship! The pro crew will teach you everything you need to know – learn to hoist sails, and take the helm of this majestic 68-meter vessel. Witness the magnificent vistas of the Mediterranean coastline, where the possibility of glimpsing diverse marine wildlife and passing iconic landmarks awaits. Depending on the winds, we might set course towards the unspoiled beauty of Corsica or glide along the glamorous Côte d’Azur. Relish the moments of tranquility on deck, there’s the opportunities to go up the mast or relax on the bowsprit. Try your hand at knot-tying, and share sea tales with fellow adventurers. If conditions allow, seize the opportunity to swim, kayak, or paddleboard in the serene waters.

Arriving in Nice

Your voyage culminates in the elegant city of Nice, a gem on the French Riviera. Celebrate your journey with a festive deck BBQ amongst new friends. Should you choose to extend your stay, explore Nice’s rich history, dating back to Roman times. Stroll the famous Promenade des Anglais, delve into the quaint streets and lively markets of Vieux Nice, or simply relax on the picturesque beaches, absorbing the vibrant atmosphere of the Riviera.


April brings mild Mediterranean weather, ideal for sailing. Expect gentle breezes and calm seas, making it perfect for both seasoned sailors and those new to the experience. The Mediterranean’s springtime charm offers comfortable temperatures and clear skies, creating an idyllic setting for our journey at sea.


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice. 


Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.


We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

Start & End Port

Marseille, France

Worthwhile Journeys

You are going to be spending some time in the ports you embark and disembark from. These aren’t just logistical points; they’re opportunities for further enrichment. Take an extra day to discover what’s beyond the harbour. It’s not merely about filling time; it’s about making the entire journey worthwhile.

Keeping in Touch
The exact location of your ship may not be known until closer to your joining time, you will be informed by email once the exact position has been confirmed. Make sure you take a note of the ship’s mobile/cell phone number with you in case you are delayed or there are any other problems on the day.

What to Do in Marseille, South of France

Marseille, steeped in a rich tapestry of history, beckons with its old-world charm. The iconic Notre-Dame de la Garde, a basilica perched on the city’s highest point, offers not only a historical visit but panoramic views of the city. Delve deeper into the past at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM), an architectural marvel bridging the old and new.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant Provençal culture. The streets of Le Panier, Marseille’s oldest neighbourhood, are lined with local artisans and cafes, perfect for experiencing the local way of life. Don’t miss the traditional markets like Noailles, where the scents and colours of the Mediterranean come alive.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor
The coastline around Marseille is a sight to behold. The Calanques, a series of limestone cliffs and coves stretching between Marseille and Cassis, are a natural wonder. The view of the Frioul archipelago, with its clear waters and windswept landscapes, is also a must-see.

As the sun sets, Marseille’s nightlife awakens. The Cours Julien and La Plaine areas are bustling with live music, bars, and a lively atmosphere. Theatre lovers can check out the Opera de Marseille for a touch of high culture.

Eating Out
Marseille’s culinary scene is a blend of French and Mediterranean flavours. You must try the bouillabaisse, a local fish stew. Le Panier district offers quaint bistros with a cosy ambience, while the Vieux-Port hosts upscale dining experiences with a view.

Nature enthusiasts can explore the Parc National des Calanques, offering hiking trails amidst breathtaking natural landscapes. The Prado Beaches provide a relaxing escape with their sandy shores and inviting waters.

Unique Features
Marseille’s unique blend of urban grit and natural beauty sets it apart. The multicultural vibe, combined with historical richness, creates an experience unlike any other French city.

For a luxurious stay, InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu offers stunning views and spa facilities. Alternatively, Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port provides high-end comfort with a maritime twist.

Official Tourist Website
For more information, visit Marseille Tourism.

Weather in Marseille
Marseille enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Winters are mild and wet, while summers are hot and dry. Spring and autumn offer comfortable temperatures with less crowding, ideal for exploring the city and its surroundings.

Sea and Beyond: A Responsible Mariner’s Guide
Since you’re already investing in a unique sailing adventure, why not extend that spirit to your travel choices? Opt for more sustainable methods of transport where possible like trains, coaches or sharing a car. If you fly, and we realise this may well be the case, you could research some ways to offset the carbon created by the flight.

Special Interests
If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

How to Get There

From the UK
Travelling from the UK, you have the option of flying directly to Marseille or taking the Eurostar to Paris and connecting to a TGV train to Marseille.

From Europe
Within Europe, Marseille is well-connected by train, especially from major cities like Paris, Lyon, and Barcelona. Budget and regular flights are also available from various European cities.

From North America
Direct flights from major cities in North America to Marseille are limited but connecting flights via European hubs are readily available.

From Australia
For Australian travellers, there are no direct flights. Typically, one would fly to a major European hub and then take a connecting flight to Marseille.

Nice, France

Nice France

How to Get There

From the UK
The easiest and quickest way to reach Nice from the UK is by air. Direct flights operate from various UK airports including London, Manchester, and Edinburgh. If you fancy a more leisurely trip, consider taking the train. The Eurostar will take you to Paris, from where you can catch a TGV to Nice. Driving is also an option but prepare yourself for a long journey, and remember that you’ll need to sort out your vignette for French toll roads.

From Europe
Being in the heart of the French Riviera, Nice is easily accessible from many European countries. The train system is excellent, with TGV services connecting major cities. For those who prefer road trips, major highways lead into the city. Buses and coaches also run regularly, providing a budget-friendly alternative.

From North America
Transatlantic flights generally land at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. From there, you can take a domestic flight or train to Nice. Keep in mind that this is a long journey, so plan accordingly.

From Australia
If you’re travelling from Down Under, expect a long haul. Flights from major cities like Sydney and Melbourne will generally have at least one stopover, commonly in Asia or the Middle East. Once you reach Europe, a domestic flight or train will take you to your final destination.

What to Do in Nice

Nice is steeped in history. You’ll find landmarks like the Marc Chagall National Museum and the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre, Cimiez. These sites are a treasure trove for history buffs.

The city is a cultural melting pot with a blend of French and Italian influences. Festivals like the Nice Carnival and Fête de la Musique are local traditions worth experiencing.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor
Even without setting foot in a marina, Nice has plenty to offer a sailor. The panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea from Castle Hill is stunning. Also, check out the lighthouse at Cap Ferrat and the beautiful bays of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

For those looking for a more upbeat vibe, the city has a vibrant nightlife. Whether you’re into jazz bars or dance clubs, Nice has it all. And for a truly French experience, why not try an evening at the opera?

Eating Out
Nice offers a culinary feast. From high-end Michelin-starred restaurants to cosy local bistros serving Niçoise specialties, you’re in for a treat. Don’t miss out on trying a pan bagnat or a serving of ratatouille.

The stunning landscape surrounding Nice is not to be missed. The Mercantour National Park is a haven for hikers and nature lovers. The beaches offer not only sun and sea but also a variety of water sports for the adventurous.

Unique Features
The Promenade des Anglais is an iconic seafront esplanade. Stroll along and take in the unique blend of traditional and modern architecture that characterises the city. Don’t forget the flower market at Cours Saleya, it’s a sensory experience you won’t forget.

From luxury hotels like the Negresco to charming bed and breakfasts, Nice offers a range of accommodation options to suit every budget and taste.

Official Tourist Website
For more information, head over to the official Nice Tourism website: Nice Tourist Office


Special Interests

If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.


Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.

UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.

Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.

Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 

If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Santa Maria Manuela

Below is a recommended travel packing list for a sailing voyage.


  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Bed linen, duvet, towels for cabin (but please bring your own beach towel)

What is Not Included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Travel to and from the start and end port
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore unless otherwise stated
  • Alcoholic Beverages , but you can purchase drinks from the bar (you can set up a tab and pay at the end).

What to Bring

For any destination north of Cape Verde warm and waterproof clothing is very important, as it can get cold during sailing, especially at night, even in the summer. A waterproof and windproof jacket is recommended to help keep warm and dry. Waterproof rubber soled boots or shoes are also recommended to keep your feet dry and warm. It is a good idea to bring two pairs of shoes in case one gets wet as salt water soaked shoes take a while to dry. Madeira, Portugal and the Azores in summer can get pretty hot and it is easy to get sunburn at sea as the air is clear. The Cape Verde are in a tropical climate so a good sun screen is essential. Please remember that space on board is limited and pack accordingly. Pack comfortable and practical clothing for all weather circumstances, the key is layers!! It is recommended to pack in a soft bag that can be easily stored away as there is no room on board for suitcases. Electricity on board is European 2 pin sockets, please be sure to bring any adaptors you may need.

Passports, Visas and Insurance

If you voyage is sailing in foreign waters, you will require a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the voyage. You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. We have Third Party Liability Insurance and recommend all those sailing with us to take out relevant travel insurance to cover their voyage.

Medical Conditions and Special Diets

Please inform us in advance of any medical conditions you have and medication which you might need to bring with you. If you have any special dietary requirements it is essential you inform us prior to your voyage. We will make every effort to cater for all diets with prior notice.

Personal Items

This is a list of the items we recommend you bring with you.
  • Warm hat and sun hat
  • gloves - either sailing gloves or gardening type gloves
  • Wet weather clothing – water proof and windproof jacket
  • Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances (think layers!!)
  • Trainers or deck shoes
  • shorts and t shirts
  • nightwear (ear plugs ?)
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • swimwear (googles are useful)
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medication
  • Personal medication
  • Book
  • Small torch (head torches are good!)
  • Camera
  • Log book (if you have one)
  • Valid passport (voyages outside the UK)
  • Travel insurance
  • Musical instruments
  • games or cards
  • book/kindle
You can buy Santa Maria Manuela caps on board.

Diving Holidays on Santa Maria Manuela - Kit List

Please note the ship will only be carrying scuba diving equipment on the specialist diving voyages. On a diving voyage - Bottles and weights are included in the voyage price. If you need diving equipment other than bottles and weights it is €150 extra Nitrox costs €5 euros a dive Classic Sailing will expand on this kit list shortly.


We had the most amazing time. The crew were so friendly and helpful, the food was great throughout, and the cabins were really comfortable. We both climbed the rigging as the sun was setting over Porto Santo to round off a brilliant last day with the new friends we met. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

Ian & Dayna

I have sailed many times on tall ships, this is by far the best yet.

sailing for beginners


Terrific crew and ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew and guests were very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. This is a terrifically well run vessel. 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 operations. Very many thanks.


An amazing ship and amazing crew.


We had a terrific and adventurous time on board during Sachsen Sail in the Bay of Biscay. Thank you to all Santa Maria Manuela crew members!


Un voilier merveilleux avec un équipage très sympathique. Merci pour tout.

A splendid ship with a very kind crew. Thank you for everything.


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