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Florette

The Tallship Florette is the last original brigantine in the Mediterranean and one of the last active wooden windjammers. After nearly 50 years as a cargo ship and a world war, she was lovingly converted into a traditional charter ship in the late 1970s and restored to her original condition. For the past 45 years, the ship has been kept in original condition and all sails are still set by hand. Being designed to transport over 200 tonnes of marble across the high seas, her construction is twice as strong as a comparable ship. She was originally launched in Italy in the winter of 1921 as an all-wood sailing freighter without an engine. She still carries cargo voyages across the Atlantic.

The Florette has plenty of space both above and below decks. Below deck is a spacious saloon, bar and dining area with traditional wooden panelling. Above deck there is a large padded area for relaxing, sunbathing or sleeping under the stars (bring your own sleeping bag if you feel like it!). In the middle of the ship is an outdoor dining area, ideal for lunch in the sun or dinner at sunset.

Today, the Florette is equipped with the latest safety standards in line with EU directives for historic charter and sail training vessels and is approved for sea sailing. She sails actively in the Mediterranean for six to seven months and spends winters crossing the Atlantic and sailing in the Caribbean

The captain and his family live on board, but have their own separate quarters. Guests are accommodated in comfortable cabins. All fellow sailors share a total of four toilets and three showers. Another shower on deck invites you to rinse off after swimming in the sea. Only on Atlantic crossings and Caribbean voyages do under-30s get the chance to have a real, authentic pirate experience by sleeping in a hammock that can be hung in the saloon between 9pm and 8am! Each hammock comes with a sailor’s chest for personal belongings. A sleeping bag must be brought with you.

No sailing experience is required to take part in a trip on the Florette. On the first day of your trip, you will receive a sailing, knot and safety briefing and all other information. To ensure safe navigation of the ship, all fellow sailors are expected to actively participate in sailing. Therefore, a certain level of physical fitness is required. When you book a trip, you will receive a questionnaire about this. If you have any concerns or want to know whether a particular trip is suitable for you, you can always contact us.

Life on board The Florette

In the morning, enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea before sitting down to a delicious breakfast and then discussing the plan for the day over coffee.

The Florette’s rigging and sailing experience motivates guests to actively help with sailing, but in between you can also just lie on the sun deck and relax.

A sailing week on the Florette is always a combination of active sailing and island hopping with the opportunity to get to know the land and its inhabitants. Visit, for example, the seven volcanic Aeolian islands north of Sicily. A beautiful archipelago, which with its 5,000-year history is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hikers, snorkelers, kayakers, swimming enthusiasts, foodies and those interested in cultural history will find what they are looking for here. Visit the Archaeological Museum in Lipari. Hike the volcano, enjoy breathtaking views and soothe your tired muscles in the therapeutic sulphur baths. Enjoy local cuisine and wine tastings in Salina. Meet the rich and famous in Panarea and hike to Stromboli, Europe’s most active volcano.

The Florette also has sea kayaks, SUPs, snorkelling equipment and, for less active guests, a hammock or fishing equipment.

Meals are prepared with fresh local ingredients, seasonal produce and local fish, which can easily be turned into delicious Mediterranean dishes. Daily breakfast and six meals are included in the tour price. You can have an additional meal ashore daily at your own expense. You will also have the opportunity to try the region’s specialities.

Accommodation is in comfortable cabins. Or pack your sleeping bag and sleep under the stars. For young sailors under 30, it is also possible to book a hammock.

Ship Type
Brigantine
Ship type
Tallship
Sailing area
Caribbean, South Europe, North Sea

Interior

Cabins
  • 5x Family cabin (1 x double bed + 1x single bed)
  • 2x cabin for 2 persons with double bed
  • 4x double cabin with bunk beds
  • 4 hammocks
  • Sink in each cabin
  • 220V sockets
  • Small table
  • Small cabinet
  • Deck hatch
Saloon
  • Bar
  • Dining area
Sanitation
  • 4 Toilets
  • 3 Showers
  • 1 Shower on deck
Other
  • Central heating
  • Airco

Exterior

Ship Type

Brigantine

Year Built/Yard

1921, Picchotti werf, Fratelli

Home port

Valetta, Malta

Length/Width/Draught

40,00m / 7,20m / 3,20m

Sail Area

max. 650m²

Number of sails

15

Engine

Iveco Aifo, 360 HP

Extras

Sea kayaks, SUPs, snorkelling equipment, fishing rods, upholstered sun deck

Sailing trips

Join the classic, wooden windjammer Florette on a sailing adventure in the Caribbean or on one of her trips in Europe. From solo travellers to couples, families or friends, there is something for everyone on these voyages. An unforgettable and varied sailing holiday with perfect sailing, island hopping with daily shore excursions and wildlife spotting. But swimming, snorkelling and kayaking in secluded bays with crystal-clear waters and kilometres of white sandy beaches are also part of the experience on the Florette.

Single travellers can book a place in a shared cabin (limited availability) or a single cabin. Single travellers under 30 can also book a hammock on Caribbean cruises.

Children under 12 sleeping in their parents’ cabin can travel for free. Only a catering fee of €300 needs to be paid on arrival.

3 August
 to 17 August 2024
From
€ 1200
  15 days
  North Sea, South Europe
Sail the tall ship Florette on the west coast of Scotland through St George’s Channel and explore the coasts of Ireland and Cornwall before crossing the Bay of Biscay to eventually reach La Coruna in Spain. This trip is the perfect opportunity to clock up some sea miles and experience life on open water aboard a traditionally rigged tall ship.
17 August
 to 24 August 2024
From
€ 980
  8 days
  South Europe
From La Coruña, the Florette sails along the west coast of Spain and the coast of Portugal. This trip is perfect for exploring this warm summer sailing area and discovering coastal towns off the beaten tourist track.
14 September
 to 21 September 2024
From
€ 1260
  7 days
  South Europe
This active sailing adventure in Italy is full of phenomenal experiences. From sailing on a historic tall ship to hiking on volcanoes, immersing yourself in 6,000-year-old culture and exploring the beautiful archipelago, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
21 September
 to 28 September 2024
From
€ 1260
  8 days
  South Europe
This active sailing adventure in Italy is full of phenomenal experiences. From sailing on a historic tall ship to hiking on volcanoes, immersing yourself in 6,000-year-old culture and exploring the beautiful archipelago, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
28 September
 to 5 October 2024
From
€ 1260
  8 days
  South Europe
This active sailing adventure in Italy is full of phenomenal experiences. From sailing on a historic tall ship to hiking on volcanoes, immersing yourself in 6,000-year-old culture and exploring the beautiful archipelago, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
12 October
 to 19 October 2024
From
€ 1260
  8 days
  South Europe
This active sailing adventure in Italy is full of phenomenal experiences. From sailing on a historic tall ship to hiking on volcanoes, immersing yourself in 6,000-year-old culture and exploring the beautiful archipelago, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.