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Sailing trip on Atyla ship:

Bilbao – Amsterdam

Embarkation: 27th of May at 16:00 — Bilbao
Disembarkation: 6th of June at 11:00 — Amsterdam

From the Basque Country, sailing through France (near the coast of Bretagne, Normandie…), the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey…) and Belgium before arriving in the capital of the Netherlands through its famous canals.

Contribution as a participant / premium participant:

1090 / 1590

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SPECIAL OFFER: Combine this trip with the next one (Amsterdam-Amsterdam) and get a 15% discount on both. Use the code ATYLANTIC when doing your booking.

On this trip we'll have a bit of everything:

  • We'll descend the Estuary of Bilbao's river, all the way from the centre until the sea, passing through the different landmarks (the famous Vizcaya Bridge, Santurtzi, Getxo...)
  • We'll sail in the middle of the sea (Biscay bay, English Channel, North Sea) and we'll sail along the coast and between islands (mostly through France and the Channel Islands).
  • We'll do one or two stops along the way, anchoring somewhere near the coast to go for a swim, and to visit an off-the-beaten-track place (for example an island or a small coastal town).
  • We'll sail through some amazing Dutch canals, all the way from IJmuiden to Amsterdam, to see a completely different landscape.

This trip is our small homage to the city of Amsterdam after the very sad cancellation of Sail Amsterdam 2020 because of the pandemic. Our mooring place will be at the city centre, behind the central station, and (unless Covid-19 prevents it) we'll welcome visitors on board to show them the ship and tell them about our adventures.

Before disembarking, you will have a couple of days to explore the city. Visit for example some of the most famous museums in the country, like the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. You can also set out with your shipmates (some of which might be from Amsterdam) to find the more unique spots in the city. Maybe you decide to rent a bike and move around like a true local?

All included:

  • Accommodation with full board and a private bunk bed.
  • Safety equipment on board.
  • Insurance for your time on board (see terms and conditions).
  • Certificated participation on our Personal development program
  • Official Atyla T-shirt (fair trade & organic cotton).

Other info:

  • Official language on board: Easy English.
  • Duration of the trip: 10 days.
  • Lenght of the trip (estimated): 802NM (~1500km).
  • Not included: Transfers to and from the ship, expenses ashore, special drinks.
  • Check the locations for embarkation and disembarkation.
  • Check the timeline planned for the trip.
  • If you are coming from far away, this trip is perfect for you. Both Bilbao and Amsterdam have important airports with lots of connections nearby.
  • Do you have doubts about what to bring, about what a "private bunk bed" is, about the other people on board...? Check out our FAQ on this page.
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Frequently Asked Questions (common to all trips):

Can I book now and then have some days to check holidays, flights, etc?
Of course! We offer free cancellation for a period of 15 days after you book your trip.

That way, you can book now and secure your spot on board, with the chance to organise the logistics after and certain that you can get your money back in case something doesn't work.

Check our cancellation policy for full details.

What's the difference between participant and premium participant?
Basically participants collaborate in all the activities on board, and premium participants get to choose what they do and what they don't.
People that want to have more free time when we arrive at port, or that are not so physically fit, or that just want to contribute more to our charity book their trip as premium participants. Then it's still up to them if they want to be as engaged as the normal participants.
Use those links to read more details.

participant ans joining as a premium participant?

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

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.

All participants will receive an email 3 weeks before the trip, with the exact measures that will be implemented on their voyage.

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.

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.

All participants will receive an email 3 weeks before the trip, with the exact measures that will be implemented on their voyage.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Why are the map's lines of different colours?

A yellow line indicates that the trip goes to a maritime festival.
A red line is for "normal trips" where there is no festival.
A blue line is for trips in Spanish or in other languages than English.
Regattas and races normally have their own map provided by the organiser.

Do I need to pay the 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.

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. See if you can apply for our volunteering opportunities in Bilbao (Spain), or if you are elegible to our Financial Aid Fund.

What happens if I need to cancel?

Please see here our Cancellation Policy.

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