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Join as a winter volunteer

Come to Bilbao (Spain) and join the maintenance works during the winter. Live on Atyla for free and generate sailing credit for your adventure trip on board!

Upcoming sailing trips

Join as a participant to be part of all the activities on board.
Join as a premium participant to get some interesting extras.

Places on board are limited, so book your trip today and enjoy our 15-days free cancellation.

Covid-19 notice:

All our trips include a 100% refund guarantee in cases of Covid-related cancellations.
In most cases it will be as a voucher, but money refunds can also be requested. More info

Trips 2022

Other options

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Purchase a Gift Card

Finally, a truly meaningful present.

An “adventure sailing gift card” that can be used for any of our trips and doesn’t expire.

Receive it instantly, no need for deliveries or going shopping.

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Book a trip exclusively for you

Customize your sailing trip to do it with your colleagues, your friends, your family…

An opportunity to become a better team, to have fun together, and to show off about going on a sailing ship while collaborating with a charity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I great?

Yes you are.

Which measures are taken against Covid-19?

Most probably, we'll be doing Antigen tests to everyone on board upon embarkation. With that we'll be able to create a bubble on board and avoid using masks during the trips.

The exact measurements will depend on the evolution of the pandemic and the regulations in place when your trip starts.

You can see here our current Covid-19 protocol in more detail.

If any trip needs to be cancelled, it will be indicated on this page, and everyone with a booking will be informed per email and compensated according to our cancellation policy.

Can I book more than one trip?

Of course! Each of our voyages is unique and there is no maximum stay on board. We actually recommend people to join us for at least 2 weeks to fully experience our programme and the different challenges on board.

To book several trips in the same booking add them one by one to the shopping cart and then proceed to the checkout.

Can I book for someone else?

Yes, that’s not a problem. You can also book several spots on the same trip for a group of people. The name in the booking is just for the invoice.

The booking confirmation includes a link to the form that has to be filled out by the people actually doing the trip. Just send it to them after booking.

Do I need to pay 100% upfront?

Normally yes, because most of the costs of your trip come from having the ship ready when you embark (maintenance costs and organising costs), we need the contribution upfront.

But we understand that this can be difficult or even scary for some people, that's why we created the option to book with a 25% deposit. This option has a cost of 50€.

What if the trip I want is sold out?

We recommend you to find a different trip since normally our trips get sold out with confirmed reservations. If that doesn’t fit, you can also send us an email and we’ll let you know if there are any cancellations.

How is the booking process? Is it safe? How do I pay?

To book a trip you just need to click on it and select “Add to cart”. This will get you to the checkout page where you can introduce your data and do the contribution towards the costs of the trip.

"Contribution" means that you're not doing a payment for a service or purchasing a travel ticket. This has mostly only legal implications for us, it doesn't make much of a difference for you.

The payment system that we use for credit and debit cards is called Redsys. This is the system chosen by our bank, it allows for secure encrypted payments and complies with all standards of data protection.

The other automated payment option that we offer is PayPal (also a secure and well-renowned provider). Bitcoin is also an alternative to pay for your trip, send us an email to learn how.

If you experience problems during the payment process send us an email we’ll allow you do a bank transfer.

I can’t afford to pay, can I still join?

As a social not-for-profit organisation, we don’t want to exclude anyone from participating on our trips because they lack the funds.

There are different things you can do to get funding:

These trips are cheaper than what I expected... Why?

Yes, the participant experience is partially funded by our charity, because we want to make our trips affordable for more people. The real value of the experience is what the premium participants contribute.

If you can afford it, we recommend you to book as a premium participant (even if you want to participate fully). You’ll feel good about contributing a fair amount.

Can someone help me arrive to the ship and/or come back afterwards?

Yes, there are agencies that can organise that for you. We can recommend Amaia Travel. They know our trips and are specialists in delivery trips to ships. They can find a nice connection for you and probably also a good price (and they, of course, speak English). Ask them!

What is the Covid-19 protocol?

The exact measurements will depend on the evolution of the numbers and the regulations in place when your trip starts.

Expected for our 2022 is:

  • Covid 19 vaccination/testing will be required. It's hard to maintain distances during the living on board and we don't want to put people at risk.
  • No masks will be required for crew on board (including participants). If the number of cases is high and the authorities recommend it, we might get everyone who embarks tested, to  create a "bubble on board" and avoid masks during the trips.
  • Hygiene measures are still kept on high levels, because the cost and inconvenience of doing so are small, and them can prevent other diseases from spreading.
  • No other special measures or controls are expected.

In the unlikely event that a trip needs to be cancelled for any reason, it will be indicated on this page and everyone with a booking will be informed via email and telephone and compensated according to our cancellation policy.

What do I need to bring with me?

Nothing special, the same as any other outdoor adventure. On your booking confirmation email you’ll receive a welcome pack with a detailed list of what to bring.

Can I arrive late to the embarkation?

Yes you do.

The first thing that happens when a new group of participants embark is a round of introductions, and a set of safety briefings. Arriving late would force the crew to repeat those for you alone, meaning hours of extra work.

If you can't arrange to arrive on time (because of flights, etc.) on the embarkation day, we recommend you to arrive the day before, and just spend a day in the embarking city visiting around. If there is space on board, you can embark the day before (the cost of this is 59€).

During the embarkation day, you're welcome any time, to come by and drop your bag, so you can walk freely around town until embarkation time.

If you can't arrive on time, neither make it the day before, you can embark as late as 2.5 hours before the ETD (see timeline), this also has a cost of 59€ (which we give to our crew for the extra work it means for them).

If you have a booking and you can't embark on time, please get in touch.

What will my shipmates be like? Will they be much older/younger than me?

Diversity is one of the elements that make the experience on Atyla so special. Our trips welcome people from different countries, with different professions and different social backgrounds. These many different perspectives make the conversations on board very interesting and enriching.

The ages of the people on board normally span from 16 to 55 years of age, and it is very rare that there won’t be more people of your same age range in your trip.

In any case, we also use the generational diversity as a valuable tool, not only to make everyone feel integrated but also because is great to learn, work and make friends with people of ages different to yours.

What is a "private bunk bed"?

Atyla is not a cruise, so we don't have small 2-person cabins. We have group cabins with bunk beds that host from 5 to 9 people.

To keep some sense of privacy, every bunk bed has a thick curtain that can be closed individually.

Atyla only sails by sail? Or also engine?

Atyla has an engine, and we do use it.

We use the engine almost always for leaving and entering ports, it would be dangerous not to do so.

While we are at sea, we try to use only the sails whenever the wind allows it. Unfortunately, sometimes we need to arrive somewhere by a certain date, and the wind is not blowing so we have to turn the engine on.

When we sail with the engine (in combination with sails, or by itself), the experience on board can still be very enjoyable, but if you want to make sure that you will get to enjoy loads of sailing by sails during your trip(s), try to choose trips that start and end in the same place or trips that cover short distances.

Why are the map's lines of different colours?

A red line is for trips in English.
A blue line is for trips in Spanish or in other languages than English.
Regattas, races and maritime festivals normally have their own map provided by the organiser.

What happens if I need to cancel?

Please see here our Cancellation Policy.