Pacific Heritage Tour

Pacific Heritage Tour San Salvador

Pacific Heritage Tour 2017 is in the works.

We are planning two tours, spring and fall of 2017. Dates and port information is not yet available. If you are interested and would like tour information as it becomes available Please Click Here.

Learn more about the San Salvador and her Pacific Heritage Tour here:

Click here for the EXPLORE page; includes lesson plans, down-loadable San Salvador paper models, and the interpretive text panels used during her Port of Call tour stops.

Click here to read about the adventures of San Salvador during her Pacific Heritage Tour 2016.


What adventurers had to say about the 2016 Pacific Heritage Tour:

Trip of dreams! Perfect blend of adventure & education. Fascinating & gregarious crew!
Jeff Krumm
Great Adventure! Thank you for bringing this part of history into our lives, and thanks to a fun, knowledgeable crew. Once in a lifetime experience!
Steve Whittlesey
AWESOME
Rod Brown
I truly enjoyed the camping nature of the trip. Sleeping at night to the rocking rhythm of the waves will be a memory forever cherished.
Carolyn Cooper
What a privilege to be able to sail on the San Salvador and enjoy the company of crew and guests. Fun, educational, and a meaningful life experience.
Tom Vigran
Terrific crew and ship that led to my greatest nautical adventure in my life! Only wish I could return the favor aloft.
Nelson Balcar – American Airlines Captain RET.
Great time, great trip. It was good to show this fine vessel around and see how well she performs.
Tom Shipman

These Adventure Sailing legs are for people who love history, sailing and want to be a part of history. Very few people have sailed aboard Galleons of the sixteenth century and these sailing legs will be the first time the public will get a chance to see California through the eyes and hands of explorers.

*PAST 2016 Dates:

  • Morro Bay to Oxnard October 10-14
    10th – Guests will board from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in Morro Bay
    14th – Guests depart ship by 10:00 AM from Oxnard

  • Avalon to Avalon October 17-21
    17th – Guests will board from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island
    21st – Guests will depart mid to late morning to access ferries from Avalon

  • Avalon to San Diego October 23-26
    23rd – Guests will board from 1:30 to 2:30 in Avalon
    26th – Guests will depart mid afternoon to evening at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

  • Each leg will feature overnight anchorages at select local Islands.

For updates to future sailings aboard the San Salvador, join our mailing list. To join see footer section below, or keep an eye on this website.

Join us as we set sail for a unique sailing experience. For the novice or the experienced sailor, each leg allows passengers the opportunity to join the crew with sail training lessons and shipboard activities including hands-on demonstrations and practical experience of traditional and celestial navigation, cartography, sail handling, and knots.

Sailing legs will include evening programs on Channel Islands archeology and natural resources, Cabrillo’s journey and California’s origin story, and first people’s encounters with the unknown are sure to entertain and educate all aboard. No sailing experience needed. Ages 12 and up. *Schedule subject to change.



San Salvador

San Salvador

San Salvador

San Salvador

San Salvador Bunks

San Salvador Bunks

San Salvador Bunks an Stairs

San Salvador Head

San Salvador under sail, guest bunks and heads. Click images for larger version.

The 1542 replica galleon San Salvador on tour


Ports of Call tickets, location, and map.

Location: Channel Islands Maritime Museum
3900 Bluefin Cir, Oxnard, CA 93035. – Click for Google Map

Location: Wharf 1, Monterey CA 93940 – Click for Google Map

Location: South T Pier Morro Bay, CA 93442 – Click for Google Map
Across the street from The Maritime Museum of Morro Bay, 1210 Embarcadero

Now is your chance for the first time to see and board the San Salvador as she makes her Ports Of Call during her Pacific Heritage Tour 2016.

The San Salvador under the command of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542, before proceeding further north in search of new trade routes. She was the first recorded European vessel to sail along California, and survey its coastline.

Her expeditionaries established a generally friendly first contact with the indigenous peoples of that coast. The San Salvador must be considered the founding ship of San Diego and of the State of California. As such she functions as an “origin symbol” ship for San Diego in much the same way as the Mayflower is the origin symbol ship of New England.

Her story represents the beginning of a common heritage for the peoples of California, both past and present.

We look forward to your visit!

Pacific Heritage Tour San Salvador

No experience necessary, only good attitudes for uncharted adventure.