Hoist the main sail and escape the big-ship glitz with a nautical summer holiday on board a fully rigged tall ship, combined with a stay in Majorca. Suitable for families with older children and teenagers, Star Clippers’ crewed four-mast sailing ship Star Flyer is the closest you’ll get to a traditional sea-faring experience without skippering your own yacht.
With just 170 passengers, life on board is laidback and sociable, allowing families to climb the masts and take part in treasure hunts and on-deck games. Unfurling the vast sails is a daily highlight as the vessel powers through the waves. Free beach activities, such as sail boarding, kayaking and water-skiing, are included.
The route: The holiday starts with an overnight stay at the boutique Palacio Ca Sa Galesa, located in a 16th-century palace close to Palma’s famous cathedral. Star Flyer then embarks on a seven-night sail to Formentera, Ibiza, Valencia, the mainland fishing town of Sant Carles de la Rapita, Mahon in Menorca and Pollença in northern Majorca, before returning to Palma.
Price: A seven-night holiday costs from £1,769 per adult and £1,199 per child, including return flights and a night in Palma, with Star Clippers.
More info: Starclippers.co.uk / 0808 231 4798