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Calais, France

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The exact location in Calais will be confirmed closer to the time, make sure you have the ship's number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day. 

For Joining Morgenster, use the ship's tracker to help you meet the ship on the day: Where is Morgenster Now?

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Thanks to the Euro tunnel, it is now easy and convenient to drive to Calais from Dover with the trip taking around 3 hours. If you’re coming to Calais from within Europe, E40 will bring you in from the north east, from the south you’ll need to pick up the A26 and from the south west, the A16 will lead you to Calais.

By Sea and ferry

Calais has regular ferry services from Dover and Folkestone in the UK, this is the most popular ferry route.

Rail & transfers

If you are coming from the UK you can take the EuroStar service which will stop at the Gare De Calais-Frethun. There are also 2 other stations serving the city with trains available to Paris, Brussels, Lille and other main cities.

Air & transfers

The Calais-Dunkerque Airport is located about 20 minutes outside the city centre but is a small airport. For a larger international airport you’d be better served by Charles de Gaulle at Paris and then you can take the train to Calais which is about a 2 hour journey. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Contrary to popular belief, Calais is more than just a stepping stone to the rest of Europe or a stop over on the way back to the UK. Calais has been used as a port for 100's of years and was even used by Julius Caesar to muster 800 to 1000 sailing boats plus horses to attack Britannia, as the UK was then known.

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

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