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SAIL Amsterdam – A Spectacular Maritime Event Held Every 5 Years!

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands, Holland - SAIL - Tall Ships © NBTC

    Amsterdam, Netherlands, Holland - SAIL - Tall Ships (02) © NBTC
  • Amsterdam Canals © NBTC

  • Canal in Amsterdam ©NBTC

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5 day tour
From £289 per person - minimum 25 passengers

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A city of canals, world-famous museums and historical centres, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most romantic and beautiful cities. Gabled buildings tilt, leaning higgledy-piggledy over the canals which crisscross the Dutch capital’s core. However, once every five years, SAIL Amsterdam draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to witness scores of tall ships sailing into the city, and to soak in the festival atmosphere along the harbour front. 2020 will be the 10th edition of this fantastic event

SAIL Amsterdam truly offers something for everyone. With so many ships, there is always something to see. Take the opportunity to board the vessels and marvel at their interiors. There are also a number of events taking place throughout the city. The centre is split into separate ‘Oceans’, each organising various themed events. The event runs from Wednesday 12th August, with the ships’ arrival to them sailing out of Amsterdam on Sunday 16th August – a fine sight to see!

When wandering about the city, why not visit the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum with its wonderful collection of Rembrandt paintings. A engaging yet haunting attraction is the Anne Frank House, which houses the young girl’s powerful diary. The Grachtengordel district is undoubtedly the most charming part of the city, and the perfect place to stroll and absorb your surroundings. Other attractions include Gassan Diamonds, Heineken Experience or Madame Tussaud’s. A subtle but fascinating city, there’s always something to discover. From treasure trove boutiques to unusual facades and stalls of rainbow tulips, Amsterdam is bursting with little delights. When your feet begin to ache, sit back and relax in one of the many canal side cafes and restaurants. An Amsterdam city break is one of the must-do European destinations.


12th August 2020

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Holland

Depart UK and head down to Hull for your comfortable overnight sailing to Rotterdam. Perhaps enjoy a delicious dinner and buffet breakfast on board before arriving in Rotterdam on day 2.

Short sea crossings are available upon request.

Day 2

Sail Amsterdam

The largest free public event in the Netherlands, SAIL Amsterdam, returns in 2020 after 5 years for its 10th edition. This maritime festival dazzles visitors and crews alike with these beautiful and varied sailing vessels converge from around the world. Head to Amsterdam to soak in the atmosphere and marvel at these truly spectacular ships.

Day 3

Discover The Hague

After a fantastic day in Amsterdam, why not head out to another wonderful but often overlooked city in the Netherlands: The Hague. This coastal city is the seat of government of the Netherlands and is buzzing with life. It is also often dubbed a ‘Royal City’, as King Willem-Alexander takes residence there! Take the time to wander around this surprising city, and perhaps visit one of the many famous museums.

Alternatively, choose to visit Amsterdam again, wandering around the city and visiting museums, or heading down to the harbour to truly immerse yourself in the atmosphere of these huge festival!

Day 4

SAIL Amsterdam – SAIL Out

Today we head back to Amsterdam to watch the SAIL Out parade. As the event draws to a close, marvel at the amazing sight as the multitude of boats hoist their sails, cast off and head back out to sea, sailing off to their respective countries.

Day 5

Return to the UK

It’s time to leave Amsterdam and travel Rotterdam for your overnight sailing returning back in the UK on day 6.

Short sea crossings are available upon request.

Suggested hotels

Hotel Villa Vennendal, Nunspeet ****

Located around an hour east of Amsterdam, this hotel is located in the green, dense Veluwe area. Situated just outside the village of Nunspeet, it has easy access to Nunspeet Satation just a 5 minute walk away. The 4 star has an on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi, free coach-parking, concierge service, swimming pool, fitness centre, 24-hour reception.

Best Western Plus Plaza Almere ****

Located around 45 minutes east of Amsterdam, this hotel is nestled in the heart of Almere. Facilities include 24-hour reception, luggage storage and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are air-conditioned and are fitted with a desk, en-suite bathroom and flat screen TV.

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Dates Hotels Board Basis Half Twin Single Supplement
12th August 2020  Hotel Villa Vennendal, Nunspeet
Bed & breakfast with 3 course evening meal (set menu, no drinks) From £289.00 per person From £109.00 per person
On request Best Wester Plus Almere
Bed & breakfast Price on request Price on request

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