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Portsmouth to Paimpol 2019 :”Roads to the East”

Excelsior continues its tradition of regular attendance at the Paimpol “Festival du Chant du Marin” For many the expedition across the Channel to to northern France is one of the highlights of the Excelsior Sailing season.

Join us in Portsmouth for a trip via the Channel Island to France arriving at the Paimpol Festival and staying aboard for the first night of the Festival.

The Paimpol Sea Shanty Festival 2019 will be following in the footsteps of Marco Polo, Vasco de Gama, Magellan who embarked on a discovery journey to the eastern lands and their treasures. The Silk Road, the Tea Horse Road, the Spice Road… These “roads to the East” helped to develop maritime trade. They also considerably boosted cultural exchanges… and will continue to do so at the Festival’s next edition.

Featuring music from Istanbul, Armenia, Iran, Mongolia, Samarkand, the Cape of Good Hope, Réunion and Madagascar, Kashmir, Mumbai, Kolkata (Calcutta) and India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, China, Japan…  Once again, Paimpol will have you travel, dream, escape, stumble from encounter to encounter and from one musical discovery to the next.

Be ready to enjoy world and Breton music, sea shanties, brass bands, bagadoù and festoù-noz, exhibitions and local product tasting… Not to forget the beautiful extravaganza provided by the near two hundred traditional ships moored in the harbour.

The Paimpol Festival voyages sell out fast so get your tickets quick

Under 25s £95 per person per night

25+ £125 per person per night


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