Location: North Holland - Amsterdam
Price: From € 799,-

Sail and Bike Holland: IJsselmeer Guided | Sailing Ship Leafde fan Fryslân

Are you ready for a voyage of discovery on a magnificent and comfortably-furnished sailing ship? Your sail & bike vacation starts in Amsterdam and takes you along the coast of the IJsselmeer. The picturesque and historic tourist towns, the centuries-old polders and the inland villages are well-connected to one another by excellent cycle paths. Monnickendam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, old trading towns in the 17th century – the Golden Era – are three of the highlights. On the eastern banks of the IJsselmeer, visit the provinces of Friesland and Flevoland and the former islands of Urk and Schokland. On the final day, after your visit to Enkhuizen, the ship sets sail back to Amsterdam, where you have the time to further discover this beautiful capital city.

Your exciting tour of discovery on the stylish and beautifully appointed sailing clipper LEAFDE FAN FRYSLÂN starts and finishes in Amsterdam and takes you along large sections of the IJsselmeer coast over the course of a week of sailing and cycling. Lake IJsselmeer was created in 1933 when the 32 km long “Afsluitdijk” (Enclosure dike) was constructed as part of the larger Zuiderzee land reclamation project. The construction of the Afsluitdijk across the Zuiderzee (a salt water inlet of the North Sea) resulted in the salt water inlet becoming the freshwater lake IJsselmeer. Today the many historic towns and the villages on the IJsselmeer are testament to a time when ships from the Dutch East India Company sailed from here to source their precious cargos of spices from across the seas. The entire region is crisscrossed by excellent cycle paths that you can pedal along to discover the charm of towns such as Monnickendam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen.

During the Sail & Bike tour around the IJsselmeer on the LEAFDE FAN FRYSLÂN, a three-masted barquentine, the daily cycling tours are accompanied by a local, knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour guide. You’ll visit the many charming towns and villages, cycle past the ever-changing, water-dominated landscapes and pick up tips and anecdotes along the way. If you prefer, you can also cycle the route on your own, using our detailed maps.





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    3 or more cabins available
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  • Ship information

    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.).

  • Program/Route

    Tour Details Holland: IJsselmeer | Sailing Ship Leafde fan Fryslân

    Day 1 (Sat): arrival and embarkation in Amsterdam
    Individual arrival in Amsterdam, embarkation between 14.00 – 18.00 hours. During the first night, the ship is moored in Amsterdam, close to the city center. Take the time in the afternoon or evening to visit museums, to shop or relax on a canal cruise.

    Day 2 (Sun): Amsterdam – Waterland – Monnickendam (approx. 35-50 km*, 22-31 miles)
    Your first cycling tour begins after breakfast when you wind your way through the stunning rural nature reserve of Waterland, with its villages, canals, creeks and lakes. One of the highlights is the village of Broek in Waterland, replete with typical wooden houses with exquisitely-kept gardens in the middle of this natural, water-filled environment. If you would like to cycle an extra 15 kilometers (approx. nine miles), then the former island of Marken is a must-do. The cycling tour ends in the attractive port village of Monnickendam, where you spend the night.

    Day 3 (Mon):  Monnickendam – Volendam – Edam – Hoorn (approx. 52 km, 32 miles)
    Time for a cycling tour from Monnickendam through Volendam, Edam, De Rijp and Schermerhorn to Hoorn. Visit a cheese farm en route, savour the fresh fish in the lively harbour of Volendam and wander through the quaint little streets and alleys in Rijp, a former whaling station. The well-to-do merchants in the Golden Era of the 17
    th century built magnificent residences and trading centers here that have been carefully restored and now dominate the village skyline. You can marvel at numerous buildings of yesteryear as you stroll through Hoorn, the final stop on this cycling tour. A shorter route cuts approximately 15 km (approx. nine miles) off the cycling tour and takes you through Volendam and Edam over the IJsselmeer dyke directly to Hoorn.

    Day 4 (Tue):  Hoorn – Enkhuizen (approx. 28 km, 20 miles) | Sailing from Enkhuizen – Urk
    In the morning, cycle over the centuries-old dyke along the IJsselmeer, from Hoorn to Enkhuizen. You are expected back on board for lunch in the port of Enkhuizen. In the afternoon, you sail straight across the IJsselmeer to Urk. Stroll through the narrow streets and alleys to the tiny beach and on to the harbour of this picturesque port village. The houses in Urk were built close to one another on elevated ground to protect them against the water, and that is still visible today.

    Day 5 (Wed): Urk and Schokland (approx. 34 km, 22 miles) | Sailing from Urk – Lemmer
    After breakfast, cycle along the lake on a tarmacked cycle path to the former island of Schokland. Since the reclamation of the Northeast polder (Noordoostpolder) in 1942, Schokland – just as Urk – is no longer an island. Since 1995, it belongs to the cultural heritage of UNESCO. Then cycle back to Urk, get back on board and we sail on to Lemmer, gateway to Friesland. This is an attractive water sport center with its many canal-side cafés and its old, neo-gothic locks.

    Day 6 (Thu): Lemmer – Frisian Lakes & Gaasterland – Stavoren (approx. 48 km, 30 miles) | Sailing from Stavoren – Enkhuizen 
    The bike route takes you from Lemmer over the higher sandy soil of the Gaasterland, with its idyllic villages, and then through the lower-lying peat bogs with their Frisian lakes such as the Morra and the Fluessen. En route, you pass by the historic little town of Sloten. You’ll travel through Molkwerum, a village literally criss-crossed by canals, to the oldest town of Friesland, Stavoren. Late afternoon, we set sail again, this time for Enkhuizen. Enjoy an evening stroll through the old harbour and the center of this enthralling town that flourished in the time of the United East India Company.

    Day 7 (Fri): Sailing from Enkhuizen – Amsterdam
    If the wind is favourable, we proceed under full sail from Enkhuizen along the IJsselmeer coast back to Amsterdam. Anyone who would like to sail and manoeuvre the ship along with the crew is welcome to do so: sailing experience is not necessary. You sail into Amsterdam in the afternoon and there is plenty of time to go downtown.

    Day 8 (Sat): end of the tour, departure from Amsterdam
    Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 AM: End of your trip. A beautiful journey full of new experiences has come to an end.

    Important observations for the Sail & Bike program:
    Adventure is a part of every Sail & Bike program: the departure and arrival day and the location – Amsterdam – 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 the crew sail and steer the ship is welcome to do so. This is of course absolutely up to you and no sailing experience is necessary.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.

    *: Both possibilities are being offered – the guest can choose. 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.

  • Included

    – Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam;
    – Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner);
    – Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); cabin cleaning;
    – Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening;
    – Tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours and daily fully guided bike tours; 
    – Printed instructions and detailed maps;
    – Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 4 pm

    – Transfers to/from the docking place in Amsterdam
    – Reservation fee
    – Other transfers
    – Rental of bike or e-bike
    – Rental bike helmet
    – Parking fees
    – 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 with 3 levels of support, 7 gears, reach approx. 60-65 km/36-39 mi: €165 per week (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
    Rental Bike helmet: € 10 per week/piece (optional)

  • Cabintypes and prices 2018


     Cabin type: for: Highseason Mid-season
    Twin cabin 2 pers.  €     949   €     849
    Twin cabin for single use 1 pers.   € 1,419   €  1,319
    Triple cabin 3 pers.  €     849   €     749

    Triple cabins are only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin.

    DATES SEASON 2018  – ship Leafde fan Fryslân (all dates dd/mm):
    departure on 19/05
    High season: departures on 02/06, 09/06, 16/06, 30/06, 07/07, 14/07, 21/07 and 28/07/2018
    The ship is sailing on our Sail & Bike “Frisian Sea” tour on dates in August and September (info on request).

    We will be offering a child reduction on the Sail & Bike IJsselmeer tour with both Elizabeth and Leafde fan Fryslan in 2018:
    15% reduction for kids up to incl. 15 yrs old, only applicable when staying in the cabin with 2 adults ( triple or quadruple cabin)

  • Good to know

    A Sail & Bike tour is like a little bit of adventure: the only thing which is really fixed on this cruise is the departure and arrival harbor Amsterdam. The sailing routes to be taken depend largely on the weather and the wind. The skipper will determine from day to day the exact sailing schedule and discuss the possibilities with the guests. The skipper and his crew will do everything they can to offer you the program as planned so you can enjoy a fascinating week with a variety of activities, nature and culture, but it is possible that the departure and sailing times and/or the order of the program has to be changed. Enjoy and relax: the elements will lead you! Various parts of the tour will be sailed.

    The standard bicycles on board are mostly unisex touring bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand brake and/or pedal brake and pannier bag. Other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes, children’s bikes) and child seats (front or rear) are only available on these tours after prior request (by booking) and confirmation as a very limited number are available. Bike rental is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no extra cost). Please note that the space on board the sailing ship is limited. The crew or tour operator is in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles.
    In the Netherlands cyclists are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. Please bring your own – good fitting – helmet. Bike helmets are not available on board.  If you pre-reserve a bike helmet (price € 10 per helmet), we can bring it on board for you.

    The cycling and sailing routes on the IJsselmeer depend on the sailing program, weather and weather expectation. The General Conditions (travel conditions) of Boat Bike Tours apply to cycling cruises, as well as to confirmation and cancellation of such tours.

    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 of 18 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
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065

    Updated: October 2nd, 2017

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