"Our South Seas" is what the Danes lovingly call the enchanting mixture of endless sandy beaches, sparkling white chalk cliffs, countless islands and small harbors with colorful houses. You will be able to discover this beautiful world in an amazing manner, using sailing boat and bike. The attractive combination of sailing on a Tallship with bicycle tours in port is a completely different way of getting to know the Danish South Seas.
With the Atlantis we will approach different ports or bays and instead of exploring the area on foot, you can discover much more of the surrounding countryside by bike. Some of the bike tours do not end where they started. While you are on the way, the ship will sail to the next port and meet you there. That naturally increases the radius of what you can experience on the shore. In some harbors or bays the crew will use the dinghy to take you from and to the beautiful spot in which the Atlantis will be anchored.
For the bike tours we have a dedicated tour guide, who will take you to the most beautiful places and main attractions in the area. Before everyone leaves the Atlantis the tour guide will present the proposed route and explain the gradients, duration and the expectations for the weather on the day. You're always welcome to stay on board, if you like a rest day or just simply to enjoy the beautiful surroundings you find onboard a tallship.
1st Day Kiel-Holtenau / Germany (embarkation)
In Kiel-Holtenau, the crew of Atlantis welcomes you on board at 19:00 hours. You will have time to settle into your cabin before enjoying an evening snack, where you will meet your fellow travellers and get introduced to the crew by the captain.
2nd Day Kiel-Holtenau, sailing to Sonderborg (about 35 km)
Your destination today is Sonderborg. After the first breakfast aboard the Atlantis, you can help setting sail and enjoy the crossing. Around 12 o'clock the Atlantis will reach Sonderborg. After a brief introduction to cycling in groups, you'll get a first glimpse of the country and its people on an afternoon bike ride past a typical Dutch windmill at Düppeler Mill (Dybbøl Mølle). The evening will be spent in the harbor of Sonderborg near Sonderborg Castle.
3rd Day Sonderborg - Fåborg (about 50 km, elevation approx. 400m )
Today the plan is to bike to Fåborg and also cross a small piece of the Baltic Sea by ferry boat. The tour will start after breakfast and will take us to Fynshav, where you take the ferry to Bøjden on the island of Fyn and will continue by bike towards Fåborg. The route follows an idyllic path with small villages along the way. The Atlantis will travel from Sonderborg to Fåborg, where it will then take the smiling cyclists, having completed this wonderful stretch over land back on board. Fåborg will charm you with its quaint half-timbered houses and narrow streets in the city center.
4th Day Fåborg - Svendborg (about 38 km, elevation approx. 360 m)
The bike tour starts in the morning in Fåborg. The goal of the day will be Svendborg. You cycle comfortably through the rolling and hilly Funen landscape and stop at long sandy beaches, which invite you to linger and go for a swim. In the afternoon we reach Svendborg. Half of all Danish wooden ships were built here around 1850. Some can still be admired in the marina today. This lively city invites to be explored with it's winding streets, cute shops and lots of outside seating to enjoy the buzz in the streets.
5th Day Svendborg - Søby (Aeroskobing) (about 38 km, elevation approx. 360 m)
Today you start the day early with a sailing trip from Svendborg to Søby. Once there, you can discover this magical island by bike. The small seafaring island of Ærø has its own charm and puts you back 100 years. Around noon we reach Æroskobing, where we can admire numerous tiny ships in a bottle and explore the picturesque old town: small colorful houses, an idyllic market square with water pumps, half-timbered houses - a wonderful place to unwind.
6th Day Søby - Kiel-Holtenau, sailing day
After a hearty breakfast, you will receive a brief introduction to the sailing industry and the main functions of the rigging. Those interested can actively participate in sailing this majestic tallship afterwards. The pleasure sailors simply let the fresh sea breeze caress their faces, enjoy the view of the waves and the horizon or take time for that book they have always wanted to read, but never found the time for.
7th Day Kiel-Holtenau (farewell / disembarkation)
With a final beautiful breakfast to be enjoyed on board, it's time to pack your bags and say goodbye to the sailors and crew of the Atlantis. Disembarkation is at 9:00 hours. With a suitcase full of memories and a full card in your camera it's time to head home.
Biking Level 1 - 2
Easy tours in mostly flat stages of about 40 km on mostly quiet asphalt roads. In some places, agricultural trails are also used. Stronger main roads without a separate bike lane are only used in exceptional cases. Longer and steeper inclines do not occur on this trip, but you can expect a hilly landscape with constant ups and downs. Depending on the wind direction you may experience stronger headwinds at times. Instead of a bike tour it can be decided to fit in a sailing day. The daily program depends on the weather conditions and the instructions of the captain.
You can bring your own bike, but we are also happy to help you hire a bike in Kiel. Please contact us in this case.
The price includes accommodation in twin cabins with shower and toilet. Towels and bed linen are provided and all additional shipping costs and port fees are paid for. The full board consists of a breakfast buffet, a lunch buffet, an afternoon coffee break and dinner. In addition to the afternoon coffee break, coffee and tea are freely available all day.
Transfer costs and drinks (other than coffee and tea)
Recommendations for your trip:
Sporty casual clothing (suitable for wind, weather and rain), possibly a bathing suit. We recommend using soft travelbags, instead of hard case cases, as they are not suitable for stowing in the cabins. Remember to take your passport/ identity card and cash to settle your onboard account at the end of the trip. Card payment is not provided for.