Sailing trips provide a relaxed, leisurely way to explore the world. Today we’ve curated a list of some of the best sailing trips and excursions to inspire your next maritime adventure.

Multi-Day Sailing Trips

Lofoten Islands, Norway | Embark on the ultimate Arctic Safari adventure by sailing through Norway’s Lofoten Archipelago in the Arctic Circle. This exceptional archipelago emerges dramatically from the sea and is dominated by rough ocean landscapes and fjords sculpted in the last glacial era. The changing weather, the saline lakes, the white-tailed eagles, and the small fishing and whaling villages are some of the most remote destinations on the planet. A multi-day journey aboard a private, luxury yacht provides the optimal cozy retreat from the arctic air and front-row seats to the beautiful scenery and wildlife passing by.

Luxury Sailing Trips - Norway - Ker Downey

Sea Cloud Cruises | Sea Cloud Cruises is the last word in luxury yachting. Their two ships remind passengers of the joys of traditional sailing with age-old traditions like hoisting the sails by hand. The two vessels journey between Northern and Southern Europe, Central America and Costa Rica, and the Caribbean and Cuba, and even make transatlantic journeys, following the waters of early discoverers and adventurers.

Luxury Sailing Trips - Sea Cloud Cruises - Ker Downey

Private Dahabeya, Nile River, Egypt | The most luxurious way to see the Nile River and the ancient sites of Egypt is aboard a private Dahabeya. Ideal for families and small groups, the elegance and opulence of the vessel will transport you back to a time of Victorian aristocracy.

Luxury Sailing Trips - Nile River, Egypt - Ker Downey

One Day Sailing Trips

Lamu Archipelago, Kenya | A sail on the Enasoit Dhow Tusitiri is a one of a kind experience. Originally built for carrying exotic spices and goods along the Indian trade route, the Tusitiri has been carefully restored to be a comfortable vessel from which to explore the Indian Ocean. It’s available for multi-day journeys, as well as half and full day excursions, and while it’s based out of the Lamu archipelago, it has sailed as far south as the Quirimbas archipelago in northern Mozambique.

Bariloche, Argentina | Set sail on a private sailboat on a leisurely day excursion along Bariloche’s idyllic Lago Nahuel Huapi. Bariloche is a beautiful outdoor Patagonia playground surrounded by crystal blue glacial lakes, ideal for island hopping or calm cruises along the mountain lined waters. The highlight here is the lack of company – even in high season, it’s rare to see another vessel on the lake, ensuring that your experience is one of solitude amid nature’s most impressive landscapes.

Luxury Sailing Trips - Bariloche, Argentina - Ker Downey

Lake Como, Italy | Opt for a private sailboat as your mode of transportation along the luxurious waters of Lake Como. Lake Como is a utopia for water sports enthusiasts, with sailing and Venetian water limousines providing both style and comfort during your exploration of this coveted destination. Highlighted on the cruise are some of the fantastic villas, villages, and treasured sites including Villa Balbianello, Isola Comacina, Bellagio and Villa Melzi, Varenna and quaint fishermen villages of the region.

Luxury Sailing Trips - Lake Como, Italy - Ker Downey

Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap, Cambodia | After days spend exploring the tempos of Cambodia, take the waters onboard Ella, a private custom wooden boat, to get a closer look at the authentic floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake. In the morning, breakfast is served on board as you make your way around the lake. Or you can venture out at sunset for cocktails and canapes on board. It’s a unique and exclusive way to discover the floating villages.

Luxury Sailing Trips - Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia - Ker Downey

River Shannon, Ireland | Hidden amid the lake-land waters of the River Shannon is an exclusive private yacht experience for the ages. Your motor yacht, Azul, acts as a “home for the day”, transporting you on immersive full-day secret tours through the waterways, inlands, architecture, and cuisine of Ireland’s Lough Derg. Upon boarding, guests are treated to a seafood lunch of fresh prawns and salmon served alongside fresh goat cheese, strawberries, and homemade bread. From there, the experience is catered to your wishes: enjoy a private painting session with a local artist, stop for a gin tasting on the shore, indulge in a private cheese and charcuterie picnic in an abandoned castle, and learn about the history of Ireland along the way. It is an experiential and exclusive taste of Ireland’s most unique secrets, and it’s all yours.

Short Rafting Excursions

Yulong River, Guilin | A sail in a bamboo raft on the Yulong River in Guilin is a relaxing way to see the countryside and communities along the river. Small farms with water buffalo dot the fertile landscape.

Luxury Sailing Trips - Guilin - Ker Downey

Inle Lake, Myanmar | On Inle Lake in Myanmar, you can see a rare form of rowing – men wrap their legs around the oars to row the boat. It’s the only place in the world where leg-rowing takes place and is fascinating to see.

Luxury Sailing Trips - Myanmar - Ker Downey

Whether it’s a day excursion or multi-day sailing trips, a journey on the water provides an enchanting way to explore the world.

In the words of H. Jackson Brown Jr., “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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