EXCLUSIVE: Britain's glorious western coast with Richard Sykes
This wonderful voyage offers the chance to experience Golden Horizon, the world's tallest square-rigged ship, catch up with old friends (including the former VTA cruise director, Richard Sykes) and experience the very best of our coastline, including little visited ports such as Lyme Regis.
Five-star service levels and the creature comforts of a luxury
cruise are combined with the romance of a classical sailing
experience on this graceful five-mast, square-rigged ship, a near
replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel, France II.
With a relaxed atmosphere on board, excellent dining facilities and 140 all sea-view cabins, up to 70 per cent of her voyages are sustainable. Plus there's a spa on board where you can book in for treatments or relax in the sauna and hamman, three swimming pools and a piano bar where Richard will be on hand to entertain you. He will also join you for a talk and Q&A in the on-board lecture theatre, alongside a series of other special interest and destination speakers.
The itinerary is a really special one. Starting out from Liverpool, one of the great maritime and cultural cities, you will set sail for the Isle of Man, where you will can ride the mountain railway for fantastic views over to Britain, or take to the world-famous TT circuit in an ATV.
Next up is Holyhead, where you can opt to ride the Ffestiniog railway through Snowdonia, explore the island of Anglesey, spot seabirds at the RSPB reserves around South Stack and Ellin's Tower, or take a bracing walk in Breakwater Country Park. From here you will sail on to Fishguard, the gateway to the wonderful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, before heading to north Devon to enjoy the sparkling sandy beaches around Ilfracombe.
The Isles of Scilly will be a real highlight as you explore the flora, fauna, enjoy the wild coastal paths and and bask in the islands' microclimate. Then it is on to historic Dartmouth where you can walk along the shores of Slapton Ley lake or take the local steam railway. The Jurassic Coast awaits with a rare opporunityt to sail into lovely Lyme Regis and a chance to visit Brownsea island when Golden Horizon docks in Poole, before a final sail to Harwich where your journey ends.
Free cabin upgrade offer
All bookings will receive a complimentary upgrade from any twin Marina deck cabin to a twin Gallery deck cabin.
Reasons to book
Sail in luxury
Sail with Richard Sykes
Your expert guides
- Sail in luxury for 10 nights on Golden Horizon
Enjoy a free upgrade from any twin Marina deck cabin to a twin Gallery deck cabin
- All on-board meals
- All events with Richard Sykes including a talk and Q&A
- Choice of dozens of interesting optional excursions
- Calling at Douglas, Fishguard, St Mary's, Dartmouth, Lyme Regis and Poole
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner when served in main restaurant
- Free Wi-Fi
- On-board entertainment and lectures
- Gratuities and service charges
*Excursions are subject to extra fees
Day1LiverpoolLiverpool, United Kingdom
Welcome to Liverpool, home of The Beatles. Walk in the footsteps of the legendary British band today, capturing well known places including Penny Lane, the Strawberry field and Peace Garden. Explore the old and new of this vibrant city, taking in the famous waterfront, St. Nicholas Church and Water Street.
Tonight you will be joined by Richard Sykes, former VTA cruise director, who will welcome you on board.
Day2DouglasDouglas, United Kingdom
Visit Douglas, in the Isle of Mann. Here you could explore the steam railway, the Manx Museum, or visit the Isle of Classic Motors, learning about The Isle of Man's world-renowned racing history. You can even take horse-drawn tram rides along the pedestrian shopping promenade of this charming town.
Day3HolyheadHolyhead, United Kingdom
Holyhead in Anglesey, North Wales is a stunning coastal town with impressive cliffs and gorgeous shores. Visit the South Stack Lighthouse or Holyhead Breakwater Country Park today, learn about the town's seafaring history at the Maritime Museum or at the hut circles archaeological site - the remains of a prehistoric agricultural settlement.
Day4FishguardFishguard, United Kingdom
Between the Preseli Hills and the coast of Pembrokeshire, this small fishing village seems to have stood still in time. The town offers insight into its fascinating history as well as shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. You can explore the surrounding areas with walks through the ancient woodlands and the nearby Gwaun Valley which flows between Fishguard and the Preseli Mountains.
Day5IlfracombeIlfracombe, United Kingdom
Ilfracombe in Devon is the perfect spot for an ice cream on the harbour - in classic British style. Explore the Tunnels Beaches, the wildlife and dinosaur park, Damien Hurst's Verity Statue and the Ilfracombe Museum.
Day6St Mary'sSt Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
Welcome to the Scilly Isles! Just five of these unspoilt islands, 28 miles off the Cornish coast, are inhabited, the largest of which is St Mary's. Enjoy some 30 miles of walking and cycling trails (compared to just nine miles of road) as well as an abundance of wildlife.
Optional Excursion: Take a wildlife cruise around the Eastern Isles, a group of 12 rugged islands, to spot some 453 species of seabird and Atlantic grey seals. You'll also enjoy a tour and wine tasting at St Martins vineyards.
Day7DartmouthDartmouth, United Kingdom
Set amongst wild moorlands and river valleys, with its twin castles at the mouth of the River Dart, Dartmouth is one of South Devon's most enchanting towns. Spend the day exploring the town's museums and art galleries, visit Dartmouth Castle or Agatha Christie's holiday home, Greenway House.
Day8Lyme RegisLyme Regis, United Kingdom
Famed as the home of Mary Anning, whose pioneering work in paleontology is celebrated in the town's fascinating and award-winning museum, housed in her home. Elsewhere, you can see her grave in the churchyard and hunt for fossils along the famous 'Ammonite Pavement' where hundreds of fossils lie exposed and enjoy this lovely part of the Jurassic Coast. Lyme is also the location for The French Lieutenant's Woman and where the screen adaptation was filmed.
Day9PoolePoole, United Kingdom
Poole harbour is a haven for sailors, wildlife-watchers and watersports enthusiasts, and is a gateway to the famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. You may know it for being home of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) - their training college, hotel and restaurant is located right on the edge of the harbour. Explore the historic quayside, and learn about Poole's history of sea captains and pirates in the heart of the old town and at Poole Museum.
Day10At SeaNorth Sea, United Kingdom
Relax on-board the magnificent Golden Horizon, walk around the beautiful deck, find a quiet corner in the stylish library, book in for a treatment in the spa and enjoy the on-board entertainment.
Day11HarwichHarwich, United Kingdom
Arrive in Harwich on Golden Horizon and disembark here to return home after a wonderful cruise.
The world's largest square-rigged sailing vessel, Golden Horizon. A near replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel, France II, she retains the charm, adventure and romance of an historic ship.
Discover iconic and remote locations of the world, on board a ship which perfectly marries rich sailing heritage and modern luxury, with a sustainable twist.
All 140 cabins are outside facing, so guests can enjoy the breath-taking views. Cabins evoke the luxury and facilities expected of a boutique cruise ship, whilst retaining the charm, adventure and romance of a truly historic sailing vessel.
Style & Character
Golden Horizon attracts like-minded adventure seekers for a sailing experience which allows guests to connect with the elements of the natural world.
The ambience on board is relaxed, casual, elegant and without unnecessary formality. We have created an environment which will encourage our guests to return to time and time again, and to share their stories and experiences.
With grace and beauty, the Golden Horizon is a sailing ship first and foremost, sailing to share adventures with our friends, our guests.
Facilities & Services
Guests can unwind in our on-board spa which boasts a Sauna, Hamman, Snow Room and Jacuzzi. The spa offers a range of treatments including massages, facials, wraps and scrubs. There is also beauty salon, which offers an assortment of treatments including manicures, pedicures and blow-dries and there is a well-stocked library and complimentary wifi.
There are three pools to choose from,a gym, plus a Marina from which you can enjoy a variety of watersports and diving.
Our destination speakers will provide guests with engaging insights, specifically related to the voyage and ports of call.The on-board cruise team offers a full programme of activities including wine tasting and cooking demonstrations.
All 140 cabins and suites enjoy a sea view, as well as twice daily housekeeping and luxury amenities. Cabin interiors offer contemporary luxury, with traditional features and furnishings - a tribute to the nautical heritage of a tall ship.
Owner's Suite: Double or twin beds, living
& dining area, balcony, en suite (shower & bath), sofa bed
& guest bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, complimentary mini bar and
Deluxe Balcony Room: Balcony, double or twin beds, sofa bed, en suite with shower over bath, complimentary mini bar.
Cabin: Double bed or twin beds, two portholes, deluxe bathroom with a shower, complimentary water.
Food & Drink
Breakfast, lunch and daytime offerings can be traditional or light and fresh and include dishes with a local flavour.
Our full-service dinner is served over two levels in our spectacular main dining room. A selection of wines and beers are complimentary in the main dining room.
There are five bars including two outside bars and a piano bar which is perfect for enjoying a drink with new friends. Elsewhere, our premium beverage bar, Debeljak's, is stocked with some of the world's finest spirits.
Our resident pianist and musical duo will entertain guests and, as we travel the world, local shows, dancers and singers will help to immerse our guests in the local culture.
Our philosophy is simple but unique - we will follow the sun, using the winds and the currents, to take us to magical beaches and port destinations.
Our aim is to be powered by nature whenever possible and we intend to sail, without using propulsion, for around 70% of each season.
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