During this tour you will explore the open water of the northern part of Holland’s famous lake IJsselmeer and the adjacent Frisian Sea by sailing ship. The highlights of the tour are visits to the North Sea islands of Texel and Terschelling and their beautiful natural areas, small villages and long sandy beaches that you can explore by bicycle. The Frisian Islands and the coasts of North-Holland and Friesland are a true “El Dorado” for cyclists.
Ship Mare fan Fryslân
The Mare fan Fryslân was built in 1960 as a freight ship and was completely renovated in 2006. Since 2007 this classic schooner has been used as a beautiful, almost extravagant, three-mast sailing ship at home on Dutch waters. Facilities: On the lower deck there is an air conditioned saloon lined with wooden panelling that doubles as the ship’s restaurant. Next to the saloon you will find the wheelhouse fitted with a bar, music, video equipment and TV – a major feature of this room is the large panoramic window that offers a breathtaking view over the water. On the lower deck there are 12 comfortable 2-bed cabins (floor area of about 10 m2, 2 floor-level single beds 90 x 200 cm), 1 junior suite with a small corner sitting area and a flat screen TV (about 12 m2) as well as a 1-bed cabin with bunk beds (floor area of about 7 m2). In the 2-bed cabins and the junior-suite it is also possible to arrange to have 3 beds – a Pullman bed/fold-down bed. All the cabins have a private shower/WC/sink and ventilation system. The wooden upper deck offers adequate seating, an outdoor bar with draught beer on tap, a grill and even a Jacuzzi. The sails on the schooner can be operated either by hand or electrically. In the harbours there is a Wi-Fi/WLAN connection (free of charge) available throughout the whole ship.
You will find a short video-impression of this beautiful ship on www.boatbiketours.com/videos.
Ship Wapen fan Fryslân
The 55 metres Wapen fan Fryslân is the largest two-mast schooner sailing on Dutch waterways. In 1965 the schooner was launched as a freight ship that transported all kinds of freight throughout the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. In 2003 the ship was completely transformed into a luxury sailing passenger ship. On board this marvellous five star ship you are guaranteed to revel in the warm and luxurious atmosphere. On deck there is a large pilothouse, an intimate and stylish bar and a seating area. The panoramic windows offer a perfect 360 degree view of the water and the ship. The afterdeck has an outdoor cafe with draught beer on tap, a Jacuzzi and on the middle deck there are various sitting areas where you can enjoy a lovely meal outdoors. The sundeck features deckchairs and offers plenty of seating. The large salon, which doubles as the restaurant, is characterised by its luxurious appearance and flexible furnishing. All 12 spacious cabins (ca. 10 m2) have two separate box spring beds (90×200 m) that can be easily transformed into a double bed. Each cabin has its own shower, toilet, wash basin, a folding bed that can be used as a third bed and a porthole that can be opened.
You will find a short video-impression of this beautiful ship on www.boatbiketours.com/videos.
Sailing Ship LEAFDE FAN FRYSLÂN
The LEAFDE FAN FRYSLÂN, an imposing, three-masted barquentine, makes its maiden voyage for Sail & Bike travel in 2018 and is managed by its owner-operators, Joris and Rinske de Wit. For many years, they have run the MARE FAN FRYSLÂN, a three-masted clipper. The interior of this luxury ship can best be described as refined. The ship has 12 well-appointed twin cabins with two separate beds (ca. 11 m2). A third (bunk-)bed can be added in two cabins. All cabins have an en-suite bathroom with shower, basin and toilet. A porthole or hatch can be opened in every cabin. Sumptuous meals are carefully prepared in the restaurant and the ship’s full-service, cosy bar is fully stocked. The wheelhouse is equipped with a well-appointed seating area and the best views over the water are available here and on deck. The LEAFDE FAN FRYSLÂN can comfortably carry 24 (maximum 26) guests and is 50 meters (approx. 165 ft.) long and seven meters (approx. 23 ft.) wide with a sail surface of 760 m² (approx. 2,500 sq.ft.).
Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Enkhuizen
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 4pm near the beautiful centre of Enkhuizen and close to the railway station. After unpacking your luggage in your cabin the skipper will join you for an aperitif before giving you a rundown of what to expect on the journey, details about the ship and also about safety measures to be taken on board. In the evening take a stroll through the historical center of Enkhuizen, a quaint town that was the home of the Dutch merchant fleet during the Golden Age of The Netherlands. Enjoy your first night on board in Enkhuizen.
Day 2 (Sun): Enkhuizen – Medemblik | (Approx. 24/37 km/14/22 mi.) | Medemblik – Den Oever
Today you can cycle the first leg of the trip along the IJsselmeer coast through the beautiful polder landscape to Medemblik. After the bike tour the ship will sail further to Den Oever. Depending on the weather in the evening the ship will sail across the Wadden Sea to the Island of Texel.
Day 3 (Mon): Texel | roundtrip Texel from Oudeschild (Approx. 1 – 65 km/0.6 – 39 mi.)
The island of Texel is a cyclist’s dream destination with its varied scenery, well signposted cycle tracks and picturesque villages. Our suggestion is to complete a round trip cycling tour of the largest of the Dutch North Sea islands on the easy-to-follow Thijsse-route (about 40 km/24 miles) that takes you via a number of villages, the seal sanctuary station of EcoMare and a traditional beer brewery in the harbour of Oudeschild.
Day 4 (Tue): Texel – Terschelling (sailing about 5 to 6 hrs)
Today you will enjoy sailing on your ship, when the tide and the weather are right, on the North Sea to the island of Terschelling. As you sail your way through the sandbanks of the Wadden Sea keep a lookout for seals resting on the sandbars. In the afternoon the ship will arrive on Terschelling Island which features a number of picturesque villages situated between the polder and sand dunes along its 30km expanse.
Day 5 (Wed): Terschelling (Approx. 1 – 40 km/0.6 – 24 mi.)
While the previous day was all about sailing, today is all about cycling. Terschelling has plenty to offer cycle tourists: nature and culture, 70 km of cycling tracks and 4 beautiful villages. West Terschelling is the largest village on the island and features a number of shops and pubs. The standout landmark on the island is the 400 year-old lighthouse ‘Brandaris’ which can be seen from well off in the distance. Also worth visiting is the heath land of ‘Boschplaat’ which will captivate you with its mud, beaches and dunes. You might even spot a number of ducks, black-winged stilts, large colonies of spoonbills and great black-backed gulls. After a day of cycling relax in comfort back on board your ship.
Day 6 (Thu) sailing Terschelling – Harlingen | Harlingen – Franeker – Makkum (approx. 51/62 km / 32/39 miles)
Today you will arrive in Harlingen aboard the ship. Harlingen is the most important harbor city of Friesland. Via Franeker, with the famous planetarium of Eise Eisinga, you cycle through the beautiful wide Frisian countryside along several villages to Makkum. Do you take the option of the long cycling trip, you then will also visit Bolsward, one of the Frisian Eleven Cities.
Day 7 (Fri) Makkum – Stavoren | sailing to Enkhuizen (approx. 30/48 km / 19/30 miles)
From Makkum you cycle to Stavoren. The short route goes via the old trading town Hindeloopen. The Hindelooper art of painting is world famous. Besides this you’ll find the First Frisian Museum of Ice skating here. The long route runs along several of the Frisian lakes and shows you a different kind of landscape. From Stavoren the ship sets sail to Enkhuizen.
Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Enkhuizen
Disembarkation after breakfast until 10am: End of your trip. A beautiful journey full of new experiences has come to an end.
Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
Important observations for the Sail & Bike program:
Adventure is a part of every Sail & Bike program: the departure and arrival day and the location – Enkhuizen – are a certainty, 100%. For the rest, the planned daily sailing routes are partially dependent on the strength and direction of the wind. The captain decides the precise route to be taken day by day, and discusses the options with his onboard guests. The crew does everything in its power to enable the program to run according to plan and to offer you as fascinating, varied and active a week as possible, in which nature and culture play a major part. It is, however, not unthinkable that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the program itself – may be adjusted during the week. Enjoy the ride and be led by the elements!
Whenever possible, various passages will be undertaken fully rigged and anyone who would like to help us sail and steer the boat is welcome to do so. This is of course absolutely up to you and no sailing experience is necessary.
– Transfers to/from the docking place in Enkhuizen;
– Reservation fee;
– Other transfers;
– Bike rent;
– Rental bike helmet (optional);
– Parking fee (parking at the NS-train station in Enkhuizen is free);
– Entrance fees & excursions;
– Fees for ferries;
– Drinks on board;
– Personal (travel) insurances;
– Gratuities (at your discretion).
Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
Rental bicycle with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes, pannier bag: €70 per week (optional)
Rental E-Bike: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early booking recommendable)
Rental Bike helmet: € 10 per week/piece (optional)
PRICES per person HOLLAND – SAIL & BIKE FRISIAN SEA 2018 (dd/mm):
|Cabin:||for:||June – Sept.||May|
|2-bed cabin||2 pers.||€ 899||€ 799|
|Single cabin or twin for single use||1 pers.||€ 1,149||€ 1,049|
|Junior suite*||2 pers.||€ 1,079||€ 999|
|Triple cabin||3 pers.||€ 799||€ 699|
*: Junior Suite only available on the MARE FAN FRYSLAN
Triple cabins are limited and only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book a triple cabin.
DATES SEASON 2018 SAIL & BIKE FRISIAN SEA (dd/mm)
Ship MARE FAN FRYSLAN: departure on 05/05, 26/05, 02/06, 09/06, 23/06, 30/06, 14/07, 21/07, 28/07, 04/08, 11/08, 18/08., 25.08. and 01.09..
Ship WAPEN FAN FRYSLAN: departure on 05/05, 12/05, 19/05, 26/05, 09/06, 16/06, 23/06, 30/06, 07/07, 14/07, 21/07 and 28/07.
Ship LEAFDE FAN FRYSLAN: departure on 04/08, 18/08, 25/08, 01/09, 08/09, 15/09 and 22/09.
The daily bike tours are individual, conducted at your own pace and without a tour guide. There are daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions are available. The cycling routes are dependent on the sail program, weather and weather expectation. The sailing routes on the Frisian or Wadden Sea are also depending on the tide and the current. Program changes are therefore barring changes.
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. 30-55 km. Children’s bikes, tandems, parent-child-tandems, slip streamers etc. are available on request. Of course you may stay one or more days on board instead of cycling (children under the age of18 years must be under supervision). Child discount on request. Life jackets for children can be arranged on request: please mention the age, height and weight of your child when you book the tour. 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.
Boat Bike Tours BV
’t Prooyen 3-B
1141 VD Monnickendam
Tel: +31 299 313071
Fax: +31 299 313065
Updated: October 2, 2017