Location: Ireland
Price: From € 1.390,-

Sail and Bike Ireland: Coastline of Northern Ireland | Tallship Thalassa

Rarely is any other region subjected to the forces of Mother Nature as the green island of Ireland. Nevertheless, this small and rugged isle, engulfed by the surges of the Atlantic swell, is a place of natural beauty and diversity. While the Western side of the island is commonly frequented by tourists, the controversial Northern regions remain dormant due to their volatile past. Join us on a discovery tour along the exceptional and dramatic coastline of Northern Ireland.

Visitations to important, historical and future orientated cities such as Bangor and (London)Derry are combined with a unique sailing experience and the discovery of scenic landscapes and natural wonders by bike. The tour itinerary includes a visit to Rathlin Island, among additional highlights such as the Giants Causeway.

Your floating accommodation for the week on board the Thalassa also offers a hands-on experience for all who are interested in learning what it means to bring a tall ship into motion.







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  • Ship information

    Tallship Thalassa

    It is with joy that we present the Thalassa. At 47 m long, 8 m wide and a mast height of 35 m this three mast tall ship is an eye catcher in every harbor, only outdone by itself when the 800 m² of sails are hoisted out at sea. The hull of the Thalassa was built in the Netherlands in 1980. Originally named, Relinguenda, she operated as a fishing vessel until 1984 before running aground in Holland. In 1994 the hull of the boat was rebuilt, transforming the trawler into a barkentine. With the installation of modern safety equipment she checks all regulations, and is recognized internationally, enabling you to feel safe and well cared for on board. The Thalassa is fitted with 15 functional double cabins with bunk beds. The cabins are fitted with a private shower and wash basin. Toilets are found in the hallway. The salon is tastefully decorated and offers a comfortable place for people to get together in, as well as a large dining area where meals on board can be enjoyed. The covered deck area offers a great space to relax on in good weather, catching the sea breeze while reading a book or looking through a telescope for signs of rare birds, seals or dolphins. Even the meals can be enjoyed on-deck with a quiet sea, and a pleasant sunset. The accommodating and friendly crew consist of a captain, the first mate, a cook and two sailors. It is of importance to the crew on board the Thalassa that the team on board consists of both male and female workers. Years of experience has proven this system to provide the best atmosphere on board.


  • Program Coastline of Northern Ireland

    Tour Details Ireland: Coastline of Northern Ireland | Tallship Thalassa

    1st Day (Sun) Bangor (Embarkation) (D)
    Arrival to Belfast is organised individually, followed by a taxi ride to the boat in Bangor. An early arrival will give you time to visit the lively harbor town. The first evening meal will give you the opportunity to get to know your travel group and guides, who will accompany you for the duration of the week. 

    2nd Day (Mon) Bangor – Glenarm – Cushendall (aprx. 6 – 14 mi./9 + 21 km; aprx. 130 ft./40 m + 660 ft./200 m of elevation) (B, L, D)
    After breakfast you will take a guided tour around multifaceted Bangor on our bikes. Afterwards you leave the harbour of Bangor on board the Thalassa. The first crossing by boat will bring you to Glenarm, the oldest town in the region. You have the opportunity to cycle along one of the most scenic coastal stretches in Northern Ireland on your way to Cushendall, where you spend the night on anchor.

    3rd Day (Tue) Cushendall – Cushendun – Rathlin Island – Ballycastle (morning: aprx. 5 mi./8 km; afternoon: aprx. 9 mi./15 km; aprx. 860 ft./260 m of elevation + aprx. 6 mi./9 km; aprx. 230 ft./70 m of elevation) (B, L)
    In the morning a short first bike ride leads you from Cushendall to the nearby little coastal town of Cushendun. Here, you will pass by a cave, which was once a filming spot in the popular series Game of Thrones. After a coffee break you board the boat and take a majestic crossing to the nearby nature reserve, Rathlin Island. The small, rugged island is well known for its picturesque coastal landscapes as well as it’s extraordinary bird life in the Kebble Cliffs National Nature Reserve on the western point of the island; your first stop on today’s island cycle tour. Thousands of brooding birds of all varieties settle here, amongst them the guillmots, kittiwakes, razorbills and puffins. Those who wish can also explore the southern point of the island by bike, inhabited by hundreds of seals. You cross over to the mainland and enjoy the evening in one of the cosy pubs of Ballycastle.

    4th Day (Wed) Ballycastle – Londonderry (Sailing day) (B, L, D)
    Today we enjoy a day sailing on the Thalassa. Enthusiasts can seize their chance to hoist the sails, and tie the knots, whilst those looking to relax can find a quite space to read a book or gaze dreamily over the horizon. After arrival in (London)Derry we are able to take a guided walk along the ‘’Walls of (London)Derry’’, the excep-tionally preserved city walls, or to enjoy exploring the city at our own free will.

    5th Day (Thu) Londonderry (Round tour by bicycle) – Greencastle (aprx. 42 mi./66 km; aprx. 3.000 ft./900 m of elevation) (B, L/picnic, D)
    On today’s cycle tour you will leave Northern Ireland behind and will explore a small part of Donegal County. Numerous migratory and endemic bird species share this peninsula as a place of refuge and living space. Enjoy a marvelous 360° degree view from an old fortress, where you can look until Derry on one side and far up to Ireland and Northern Ireland on the other one. Back in Derry you go for a stroll on the well-maintained city wall of the old town and visit some of the most important places of the long-lasting conflict in Northern Ireland. After an eventful day you board the Thalassa for a crossing to Greencastle. With a bit of luck you will have the chance to witness members of the local seal colony as they poke their heads out from under the water close to Greencastle.

    6th Day (Fri) Portstewart – Ballycastle (aprx. 30 mi./48 km, aprx. 1,350 ft./400 m of elevation) (B, D)
    Crossing to Portstewart, where you start your bike tour to Ballycastle. A couple of great highlights await you on today’s tour. A visit to the Bushmills distillery, Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery, gives you the chance to taste the famous whiskey produced here, as well as an education of the various whiskey types of Northern Island. After your visit you immerse yourselves in Irish mythology on a stroll to the ‘’Giant's Causeway’’, following in the footsteps of the giant, Fionn Mac-Cumhaill. This UNSECO World Heritage site features 37 000 fascinating basalt columns thought to have been formed by lava flows more than 60 million years ago. Your cycling tour continues along continues along rolling hills all the way to Ballycastle, where the Thalassa is already waiting.

    7th Day (Sat) Ballycastle – Cushendun – Bangor (aprx. 14 mi./22 km; aprx. 1,350 ft./400 m of elevation) (B, L, D)
    Today you take part on your last bike tour along the Torr Head Scenic Road which offers incredible views in along the way. Once more you find yourselves in Cushendun, the small holiday destination. A short stroll leads you past impressive caves and looming cliffs, along small coastal walkways to an idyllic sandy beach. Afterwards you board the Thalassa which takes you back to Bangor, where you spend a celebrative last evening meal on board together with guests, crew and guides.

    8th Day (Sun) Bangor (Disembarkation) (B)
    After breakfast disembarkation and individual trip home or extended stay.

    We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. Sometimes the tour could be conducted in reverse order. You may find further details in your booking information packet.

    B=Breakfast ; L=Lunch ; D=Dinner

  • Included

    – 8-day/7 nights cruise on a tall ship with crew
    – 4 x half board, 3 x full board, coffee and tea
    – Guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
    – Guided city tour on bikes in Bangor
    – Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
    – Bed linen and towels
    – English speaking tour guide

    – Journey to Bangor
    – Transfers
    – Reservation fee: € 15 per booking/group (obligated)
    – Beverages on board (tally sheet)
    – Bottled Water (1 euro per 0.5 l bottle)
    – Parking fee
    – Meals and beverages ashore
    – Entrance fees to museums and sights
    – Tips for crew and tour guides

    – Double cabin for single use, surcharge: 300 euro (limited, on request)
    – ½ a double cabin can be booked
    Rental bike with pannier: 21-speed hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week or E-Bike: 160 euro/week (limited number, on request)
    – Insurance against theft and damage of the 21-speed rental bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
    – Collective transfer Belfast Airport – Bangor harbour: 20 euro/person (on embarkation/disembarkation days only)
    – Collective transfer Belfast City Airport (George Best) or Hotel Belfast – Bangor harbour: 20 euro/person (on embarkation/disembarkation days only)
    – Other exclusive transfers are on request

  • Cabin types and prices

    Dates and Prices Northern Ireland 2018: 


    (as of 26.06.17)

    Basic tour price

    per person in a double cabin

    01.07. – 08.07.18 1,390 euro (Thalassa)
    08.07. – 15.07.18 1,390 euro (Thalassa)
    15.07. – 22.07.18 1,390 euro (Thalassa)
    22.07. – 29.07.18 1,390 euro (Thalassa)


    – Children up to age 16 requesting their own cabin receive a discount of 25% on the basic tour price. The single surcharge will be charged.

  • Good to know

    On board: 21-speed hybrid bikes with bicycle bag. Our hybrid bicycles are basic bicycles that are available in four frame sizes: Ladies 46 and 52 cm/men 56 and 60 cm. All bicycles are equipped with a precise Shimano gear shift, a fully hydraulic Magura rim break, 28″ hollow chamber rims with quick clambs, safety mudguards and a comfortable touring saddle of Selle Royal. We purposefully avoid attaching drink bottle holders onto our bikes to minimize the risk of accidents. The price for these rental bikes is €80 per week.

    E-Bike CUBE with 9-gear-hub-shifting with pannier bag: €160 (limited, on request). This model is fitted with a performance motor. The 9 gears are perfectly in tune with the motor and are easy to operate. We offer a trapeze frame for all guests up to 179cm, and a diamond frame for people 180cm+.
    For organizational reasons, guests can only bring their own bicycles after previous request and confirmation by the organizing company. Additional information on request.

    The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner).
    Due to our international audience the tour is conducted bilingually, in English and German.
    We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. Sometimes the tour could be conducted in reverse order. You may find further details in your booking information packet.
    Level 2-3:
    Moderately difficult tours in mostly hilly landscapes with stages of 6 – 42 mi./10 – 66 km on usually quiet asphalt roads. In some instances, field paths are used as well. Main roads without separate bike paths are used only exceptionally for short stretches. This tour includes some longer and steeper ascents along which bicycles may be pushed at any time. Strong headwinds may also be encountered.
    Helmet use is mandatory on our tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available (reservation necessary).
    Our tours are dependent on local weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain. You are free to set aside a half or full day,  instead of taking a planned bike-tour. 

    Due to the necessity to embark/disembark the ship by dinghy, balance and surefootedness are required. Due to the change in tide, ladders my need to be used to access the boat/land, covering height differences of up to 3 m. Surefootness and balance are essential.

    The General Conditions (travel conditions) of Boat Bike Tours apply to cycling cruises, as well as to confirmation and cancellation of such tours. In principle, children are very welcome on board. However, before booking, we advise you to satisfy yourself that your child is able to manage a cycle trip of ca. 65 km. Of course you may stay one or more days longer on board (children under the age of 18 years must be under supervision). The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.

    Minimum number of participants for this tour is 14 passengers. The maximum number of participants is 28.

    Legal notice: Tour operator and organizing company for this tour is Inselhuepfen/Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH, Konstanz, Germany.
    Other conditions may apply to this tour: further details on request.

    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065


    Updated: August 4, 2018

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