A weekend with the family in which you will be able to sail a historic ship participating in all the drills that a ship like the Cervantes Saavedra requires. Aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals approved by the UN, we want to raise awareness among passengers about the protection of the marine environment with a guided tour of the Albufera de Valencia in traditional barges, where they will visit the Albufera rice paddies to observe the local birdlife and flora.

We will have the opportunity to learn more about Valencian culture, enjoy the local cuisine and the contrast of a cosmopolitan city with very marked traditions. In addition, there will be water activities with canoes or paddle surfing.



  • Dates: Pending

What is learned over the course:

  • Drills on a historic ship.
  • Marine conservation.
  • Astronomical navigation.
  • Water activities.

Who is it aimed at:

To environmentally conscious parents and children who want to share a different weekend as a family and learn about sailing a historic ship.



Boarding and distribution of cabins (16:00 to 19:00)

Crew presentation

Safety training and buffet dinner on board

Setting sail, intro navigation lights and signals class (21:00)

Intro astronomical observation

At anchor, aft bar available for parents, games, karaoke, screenings and fishing for children.


Stretching and breakfast on board

Groups at different drills.

Preparation of anchoring and communications

Anchored in the albufera and disembarking

Walk through the lagoon

Guided boat tour of the lagoon (pick up by boat and walk through the lagoon to the restaurant’s door).

Lunch, wood-fired rice in a barraca

Return by coach, the ship will already be docked at the mooring.

Free time to visit the city, nautical activities or rest.

Docked at port, dinner on board / optional dinner at the oceanographic restaurant (booking in advance)

At anchor, aft bar available for parents, games, karaoke and fishing for children.



Farewell and diplomas (11:00)

Outings and facilities:

The course takes place on the schooner the Cervantes Saavedra.
The ship is moored in the port of Valencia, a strategic enclave near the historic centre of the city, Albufera and very close to the City of Arts and Sciences.
Guided tour of the Albufera de Valencia by boat, traditional Valencian food (rice) in a typical barraca.

  • Additionally, we recommend for those who are interested, lunch or dinner at the Oceanográfic de Valencia restaurant. Remember to book in advance.
  • On Saturdays there is Opera in the Ciudad de las Ciencias with last minute discounts at 18:30 at the box office.
  • Bicycle or scooter rental.
  • The sailing times, timetables and places of anchorage are provisional and are subject to possible changes according to the sailing conditions and subject to the captain’s discretion, who, based on this, could delay the departure or bring forward the return.
  • Sailing experience is not required.
  • Suitable for children (recommended minimum age 8 years old).
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn on the deck of the boat (deck shoes or sneakers with a light-coloured sole. No heels).
  • Music can be played in the aft bar, as well as on the upper deck, as long as there are no drills happening at the time and respecting the rest of the crew and neighbouring ships in the coves.
  • Meals are self-service normally in two shifts.
  • Safety regulations must be observed at all times.

Bow drill: Bow drill, anchor winch, stowage, use of ropes and knots, hoisting and lowering of the jibs. Maintenance of devices and conservation of wood.

Bridge drill: Bridge Management System, voyage planning along with interpretation of the weather forecast, navigation devices and aids, VHF radio communications (World Relief System. DISSTTRES), chart positioning, filling in the navigation log, interpretation of the ARPA radar, and will also act as helmsman under the command of the Captain and his officers.

Stern drill: Lifting and lowering of sails, classic sailing, interpretation of the part for classic sailing, safe manoeuvring, correct rigging and correct use of lines for the postural safety of the students and maintenance of the rigging.

Engine drill: Knowledge of the different components of the engine, annotations in the engine log of the correct operating parameters, maintenance and vision of the operation of equipment in general (batteries, valves, filters)

At anchor Helping with cleaning, correct use of products according to the type of wood and food preparation, presentation and arrangement of tables.

  • Comfortable clothes.
  • Warm clothing.
  • White sole deck shoes
  • Cap
  • Cotton t-shirts
  • Sweatshirt
  • Nautical or waterproof jacket
  • Aqua shoes.
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Pareo
  • Sleeping bag to watch sunrises and watch projections on the sails
  • Exercise mat
  • Thick socks for deck nights
  • Navy blue beach towel
  • Bring flexible and / or folding travel bags (avoid rigid suitcases).

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  • Dates: Pending