Sailing Trip Brittany – Chasing Clouds Route

Sail Atlantic Shores

Sailing Trip in Brittany 

Welcome to the legendary land of Asterix and Obelix. Welcome to the French kingdom of Celts. Welcome to Brittany!

Following our desire of exploring new sailing grounds we were driven to organize a sailing trip in French waters. While preparing this trip we realized that Bretons must be in love with sailing as the shores of Brittany are dotted with moorings, ports, perfect anchorages, and little villages filled with private sailing boats. Sailing is a real passion of Bretons!

This sailing trip is for those who would like to explore the French coast on a sailboat. Keen sailors will appreciate the tidal sailing, exploring river estuaries, passing through locks and sailing on daily sea breezes. Cultural explorers will find it fascinating to visit megalithic sites and tombs, stroll through medieval cities or enjoy café culture in little port villages listening to the slowly fading Celtic dialect. Nature lovers will delight at summer anchorages, taking hikes along cliffy coastal areas of French islands, and occasionally mooring at the forested river banks. Every social sailor will find the usual Naleia spirit to be what s/he most appreciates in life: honest and welcoming people.

French restaurants and brasseries, should satisfy most demanding foodies. This is the land of more types of cheese than days of the year and wines to satisfy every wine buff. Or why not try the local Breton cider? Slow down, enjoy everything around you and you will experience what every French person strives for “le Bonheur”!

On Naleia Yachting Sailing Trips no previous sailing experience is required. The skipper will gradually introduce everyone to the sailing duties, explain the theory and help you understand how it all fits into practice. Expect hands on sailing, sail hoisting, social bonding and one of the most intense holidays of your life.

Explore Morbihan Archipelago and The French Islands

The Brittany sailing trip we prepared allows us to experience the best of the region and introduces us to some unique features of sailing not to be found in the Mediterranean sailing grounds. Tides can be as high as 6 meters resulting in strong currents, local swirls and tidal gates allowing or preventing entrance to some of the ports. We take it as an opportunity to explain to you and practice navigational skills.

Due to the nature of tidal waters, some of our days will be structured according to the tides. We may need to get up early or sail late in order to travel with the tide. Sometimes it may not even be possible to enter the port at the wrong tide. If that happens we will have to wait on anchor for the right level of water.

Sailing up the river estuaries, going through locks, and mooring at the constantly flowing waters is also a new experience to make on this trip. We are keen to enjoy the wind shelter that rivers provide as well as forested surroundings for a peaceful night on board. Naturally, we will also moor at picturesque ports and drop anchor at remote summer anchorages, which we all like so much.

Feel invited to join us sailing in Brittany!

830€ 670€* PP
*Early Bird Price until 05.11.2018


📆 7 nights, departures:
10th August 2019
✈️ Major Airports: Nantes (NTE), Brest (BES)
✈️ Minor Airports: Rennes (RNS), Vannes (VNE), Quimper (UIP)
🌊 Morbihan Archipelago and Bay of Biscay
🔵 Easy Route with tidal navigation


French Coast, Celtic Culture

Visit in the legendary land of Asterix and Obelix. Taste the French cuisine and people watch in the rustic fishing villages. With a bit of luck overhear almost extinct Breton language. Experience the mix of cultures, landscapes and traditions.

Cruising The Morbihan Archipelago

Explore an inland sea with plenty of islands, sandy beaches to relax at and megalithic structures to visit. Navigate the maze of tidal shallows, river estuaries and beautiful summer anchorages. Drop an anchor, swim to the shore and relax on a beautiful beach.

Sailing Atlantic Shores

Experience large tidal differences which cause strong currents and give us a chance to `sail with the tide`. Moor up the forested river estuaries and pass through locks to enter medieval harbours. Feel the sea breeze during the day and the land breeze at night.

Brittany Sailing Trip Highlights

What you can expect to do on this route.

Brittany Sailing Trip Itinerary

We are true to the discoverers` spirit and plan our adventures accordingly to the winds, the weather and your wishes. This means the order as well as some of stopovers may be different than presented below. Leave planning at home! The plan showed below is only an indicative itinerary and your trip may differ. Only the mad men sail against the wind!

 

La Trinité-sur-Mer

Being our starting port La Trinité offers all that we need. Good public communication options to the nearest airports, sheltered marina, supermarkets and great restaurants just nearby. Meet us at the yachts, look out for Naleia flag. After the chaos of first day is over, we dine together and leave the port next day after the breakfast.

 

Houat and Hœdic

With a population of 335 and 113 respectively these two islands are perfect summer anchorages. We find here sandy beaches, protected anchorages and little villages to explore. We sail towards these islands, drop an anchor, swim and relax. Afterwards we take a dinghy and step ashore to have a pleasant walk to explore a bit of inland.

 

Belle-Île-en-Mer

Drop anchor in one of the rocky inlets of the biggest island of Brittany. Enjoy the peace, birds singing and waves crashing on the rocks. Get ashore and walk along the cliffy coastline to take in the beauty of the island. Stop in a Creperie on the way back and round the day with a traditional dish of Crepe.

 

Le Palais

Continue sailing pass the coast of Belle-Île and try dolphin spotting. Moor at Le Palais and explore the defensive citadel as well as the fishing village. Try one of the local restaurants or cook on board with French wine. Enjoy the views of the port from the boat or from the seaside promenade and forget the everyday.

 

Bono

Sail up the river Auray and enjoy the views passing by. Trees, forests, houses, beaches, fields and sailboats tied up to buoys pass by on both sides of our yacht. Moor near the bridge of Bono town, go ashore and enjoy a lunch French style. Sail back down the river and drop an anchor on a remote island on Morbihan archipelago.

 

Vannes

Sailing on the waters of Morbihan we need to take care of the tides. We have a certain tidal window to reach a lock which will let us pass into the Mediavial stronghold city of Vannes. We moor the yachts at guest pontoon and within 5 minutes walking we reach the old town walls. It is an afternoon for strolling and taking in the charm of the city.

 

Gavrinis

Sailing back from Vannes we drop anchor at Gavrinis island and explore an ancient tomb. Build around 5500 years ago this megalithic monument is notable for an abundance of megalithic art. Sailing further we go back to our home marina and have the last captains dinner, sharing favourite memories of the week.

 

 

Keep the connection

Day 8 is the day to say goodbye. All the miles sailed, saunas visited, skills gained and time shared with others will make us bond and build relationships. Cherish these, keep in touch and remember that your sailing tribe is there. See you another time!

What people say about Naleia
I usually fly solo when traveling, and it never occurred to me to sign up for a package tour. But I took a gamble here and Naleia exceeded my expectations. They have somehow figured out how to get adults to buy into a sincere spirit of group adventure and camaraderie without it ever feeling forced. And obviously, the locations are beautiful, the other people are engaging, the sailing is fun (you'll grow in confidence throughout the week), and it's clear that the Dominick and his team really care about the experience they are creating. You can easily do this trip alone, with friends, or with your significant other. I'm sure I'll sail with them again.read more
Holly Masek
Holly Masek
14:15 03 Oct 18
Stop thinking about sailing with Naleia... and just book it. You’ll love it! Your fellow crew members are a wonderful bunch – and we had the most laid-back skipper ever to roam the Med. The scenery is amazing and varied: you’ll moor-up in a port one night amongst super-yachts then drop anchor the following night in a nearly-deserted bay. You’ll learn so much if you’ve never sailed before, but it’s all really relaxed. I’m so glad I took the plunge – you will be too. Maybe see you out there one day soon...read more
Suzanne Lantos
Suzanne Lantos
14:00 21 Jul 18
Dominik has an amazingly ability to make everyone feel included and have a great time while also teaching new skills. But the best part is that people grow and learn new skills for life and learn things about themselves without even knowing. I’m already booked on another trip and have made new connections with people that I know will be friends for life. Thank you all.
Gary Jenkinson
Gary Jenkinson
22:41 17 Jun 18
Well organised trip, with Dominik competently answering all questions before the trip. Skipper Nico with endless patience to teach the basics of sailing to complete Newbies - I'll be back!
Doris
Doris
17:38 17 Jun 18
Loved the sailing trip to Azores.Dominik and the crew were amazing!We had a beautiful experience whalewatching and learning the basics of sailing.I'll definitely sail with Naleia again!! 🙂
Giuseppe Enriquez
Giuseppe Enriquez
12:43 14 Jun 18
Having done the 'Same Same' tour in Thailand. It was one of the most amazing experiences we had. The snorkeling was beautifull and we saw so many fishes and coral. The group of people we were with was great and spending time with experienced skippers we learned a lot about sailing. I highly reccomend it. One tip, do bring your seasick pills if you are sensitive to that. You don't want to recover from your seasickness while the rest of us is swiming in bioluminescent glow in the dark plankton and having an amazing time.Cheers, Joao and Margaread more
joao caldeira
joao caldeira
08:54 08 May 18
I had such a great trip with Naleia! Me and my friends sailed in Thailand with them. It was wonderful. Our skippers Marc and Nico are the friendliest, most fun and professional people. Being on a boat for 10 days is a intense experience, exciting and deeply relaxing at the same time!Sailing is such a gentle way of traveling, you have to be in tune with nature. Our skippers managed to avoid most mass tourism by arriving at our destinations for the night just when everyone else was leaving. This meant that we had the most beautiful islands to ourselves. Thailand is such beautiful country and the islands we discovered were absolutely stunning. I especially loved snorkeling in Ko Ha.On top of all the wonderful experiences we learned about sailing. Hoisting the main sail, standing at the helm, doing tacks, ankering etc are all very empowering experiences!I absolutely loved the trip and am planning to go on other trips with Naleia!read more
Teresa Liska
Teresa Liska
01:50 03 Apr 18
Great sailing experience.. well not too much wind in the Seychelles in February but still an awesome trip! And Nico's a 5 star skipper 🙂
Cba Xyz
Cba Xyz
16:34 02 Mar 18
I had the best time in Croatia. If you ever had the thought to try sailing, I can thoroughly recommend Naleia! The organisation is superb, the people are warm and open and you will learn much more than just the sailing itself. Personal highlights include spotting dolphins, feeling us come together as a team, swimming in deep blue waters and enjoying local restaurants in remote locations accessible by the sea.
Steven Lynch
Steven Lynch
13:26 16 Sep 17
I just went to Croatia with Naleia and I can honestly say it was the best vacation I've ever had. It was the perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation. Dominik and Marc were fantastic skippers, and yacht life is the best life! Equally as important is the community that Naleia cultivates, we traveled with a great group of diverse people who were interesting, easygoing, and fun to spend time with. I will definitely be sailing with the Naleia crew again soon.
Elizabeth Moody
Elizabeth Moody
15:28 22 Aug 17
I joined the Croatia Sunset Route with Naleia having never sailed in my life before and finished as a competent crew member of a fun and international team of new friends. I’d thought about joining a party cruise and seeing some beautiful scenery along the way but the connection with nature and the flexibility of being on two small yachts was so much better as we were able to visit tiny local villages and go swimming and snorkelling in bays that would have been inaccessible otherwise.Learning to sail – great! Making new international friends – great! Flexible personalised routes - great! Professional organisation – great!Beautiful Croatian scenery – great!read more
Bryn French
Bryn French
16:43 19 Aug 17
I went on a trip to Croatia having never sailed before and couldn't have had a more positive experience. The skippers were friendly and happy to teach, the boat quickly became a team and a lot of thought was put into the program of the day! Highly recommended for anyone looking for an adventure on the high seas with a great bunch of people.
Christopher Mills
Christopher Mills
18:16 17 Aug 17
I went on a week trip in Greece, and would definitely recommend sailing with Naleia! Great organization, very kind, fun and interesting people, and amazing places. Personally, it was quite a different travel experience, which I welcomed since that was what I was looking for. Also, you don't need previous sailing experience. Learning is really fun! It was great, I'm looking forward to doing it again!
Maria Bertogli
Maria Bertogli
11:33 07 Jul 17